If your tooth hurts, call the dentist quickly. And while you wait for me to visit you, apply the remedies that we give you. They are simple and very effective.
How to relieve toothache
Toothache has different causes, and sometimes it’s hard to know why. Therefore, the first thing to remedy is to call the dentist and ask for an hour as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we propose a series of home remedies so that you can relieve toothache until it is time to go to the consultation.
Extreme dental hygiene
If there are food debris, flossing or interdental brushes can ease the tooth’s pressure and provide some relief. Try not to apply too much force on the affected area so as not to increase the pain. Then brush regularly to remove any debris that may remain.
Ice, a homemade anesthetic
Take some ice cubes and wrap them in a thin cloth, and put them on the affected cheek. The cold has an anesthetic effect and will help alleviate toothache. Instead, it would be best if you never put the ice cube directly on the affected tooth, because the result would be the opposite; it would increase tooth sensitivity and pain.
Rinse with saltwater
With your mouth completely clean, do a homemade rinse by mixing a tablespoon of salt with warm water (never hot). It would be best if you did not swallow, gargle with it. Saltwater has an antiseptic effect.
Propolis against sensitivity
Propolis reduces tooth sensitivity, which is helpful when you have sore teeth. It also has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory action. Soak a cotton ball in alcohol-free propolis extract and apply it to the painful tooth,
The “miraculous” clove
This spice has anesthetic properties thanks to its eugenol content, a phenolic derivative that has soothing properties. It is also anti-inflammatory and hygienic, so it can help you until you can see your dentist. You can apply it in powders or essential oil on the affected tooth, but never whole.
Use the home medicine cabinet
In addition to using anesthetic sprays that you can spray on the tooth, you can also take over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers (paracetamol) or anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen). Instead, it would help if you did not resort to acetylsalicylic acid because it can increase sensitivity and bleeding.
And you should not take antibiotics without knowing if there is an infection and without prescribing a doctor. These medications will not cure you, but they can provide relief while the dentist does not attend to you.
The food, soft and warm
Make your life easy and try to make soups, creams, purees, fish, omelet…. Dishes that do not require much chewing and that give your teeth a break. To avoid also accentuating the dentin’s sensitivity, avoid extreme temperatures, and take the food as warm as possible.
Avoid sugar and sweets
If without pain, sugar and sweets do not help dental health when you are raging with the teeth, you should avoid them altogether, since it worsens sensitivity and pain. It would help if you also avoided alcohol and tobacco because they also aggravate the situation.
Sleep supporting the “good cheek”
If you sleep on your side, try not to support the cheek sore from the affected tooth, so that the pressure does not worsen the pain sensation. If you’re having trouble sleeping on the other side, you can put a tennis ball attached to your nightgown to force you to turn around.
If you have ever had a toothache, you have little desire to repeat the experience. When it is acute, it is one of the most desperate pains that we can suffer, and we count until the seconds for the dentist to catch us.
To make the wait more bearable, in the photo gallery, we tell you the home remedies for toothache that you can apply until the dentist can assist you and determine the origin of your cavity.
1. What Causes Toothache
- Depending on how your pain is, you can deduce what can cause it.
- Suppose the pain is sharp and comes on suddenly. It is usually due to cavities.
- Suppose it is dull and constant pain. The cause is usually inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tooth.
2. How to relieve toothache at home
- Take care of dental cleaning and floss
- Rinse with warm water and salt
- Apply ice wrapped in a cloth on the affected cheek to “anesthetize” the area
- Apply propolis extract soaked in cotton on the grinding wheel
- Clove powder or essential oil also helps against toothache.
- You can temporarily use anesthetic sprays and pain relievers (paracetamol) or anti-inflammatories (ibuprofen).
- Take soft foods to avoid chewing too much and warm, to prevent tooth sensitivity.
- Avoid sugar and sweets, as well as alcohol and tobacco.
3. Don’t let it pass
It is essential to go to the dentist as soon as possible to treat toothache. Think that if there is an infection, it can end up complicating itself seriously. Also, although it is not usual, pain may have an origin outside the mouth, either due to an ear problem that radiates to this area and is a rare symptom of a heart attack.