A toothache is a signal that something is wrong with your tooth or gums, so if you are in pain, it’s important to see a dentist right away. If you are experiencing a toothache, it’s fine to take an over-the-counter pain reliever. For people who cannot or prefer not to take medication, however, natural remedies can be used to bring relief until a dentist appointment.
Here are a few tips for natural toothache relief from Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Alpharetta.
What Causes a Toothache?
Toothaches occur for a variety of reasons. Often, knowing the cause of the toothache makes it easier to find a way to ease the pain until your dental appointment.
Often, a toothache occurs due to tooth decay. There is no way to treat this at home; you’ll need to see a dentist as soon as possible. When a tooth becomes decayed, a filling, root canal, or extraction is necessary. The sooner you see your dentist, the better your options.
Sometimes pain that feels like a toothache is actually due to infection in the surrounding tissues.
A piece of food or an object can become lodged between the teeth and irritate the gums. If you’re suddenly feeling pain, be sure nothing is stuck.
Natural Ways to Relieve a Toothache
Applying a cold compress to the side of the face can provide pain relief and also prevent swelling.
If the toothache is caused by infection, swishing with warm water and salt can speed up healing and lessen discomfort.
Bite down on a warm teabag to alleviate pain. Swishing with peppermint tea can also bring relief.
Using a small amount of clove oil on the affected area can relieve pain and fight bacteria that are causing your discomfort. Be sure to use only a very small amount.
Remember that natural remedies should be used only to provide comfort in the meantime, rather than replacing a trip to the dentist. Be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of your toothache and get the necessary treatment.