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.
What is a Natural Remedy?
A natural remedy is a means by which to help the body heal or an alternative to traditionally prescribed medicinal regimens. You may remember a grandparent recommending some natural remedies while growing up.
Sore throat? Gargle with warm, salt water.
Sinus infection? Try a warm compress on your face and sip on some tea.
While not all natural remedies may fully cure or alleviate health issues, they can, at times, be a wonderful first-step before seeking traditional methods of care.
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 Get Rid of 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 interim and not a replacement for 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.
Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry is ready to assist you and works towards a solution for your toothache. It’s never a good idea to simply continue enduring the pain when your body is simply trying to alert you that something is not quite right.
Let Dr. Brett Silverman take care of you and provide you with the best possible service for your oral health. A quick dentist visit may eliminate a more serious issue down the road.
Call our office today to schedule an appointment and get one step closer to healing!