Toothaches can come in many different forms, but no matter which, they are always uncomfortable. Although many patients that experience dental pain immediately try the pharmaceutical approach to remedy the situation, today's BLOG will discuss some simple, natural ways that may help to cure this common problem.
Toothaches can be caused by infections, gum diseases, teeth grinding or clenching, trauma, or even having an abnormal bite. Several symptoms may become noticeable when you start to experience a toothache. You might develop a fever, have trouble swallowing, notice an unpleasant discharge, and most often, feel lasting pain when you bite down.
If you begin to notice any of these symptoms, check out a few simple remedies below that may help you manage the discomfort. However, if the pain continues, always contact our dental office to schedule an appointment to be sure that a bigger issue has not developed.
- WARM SALT WATER. Rinse your mouth out with warm salt water, which can help to disinfect your mouth and may soothe the area where the discofort is occurring.
- COLD COMPRESS / ICE PACK. Applying a cold compress or ice pack to your jaw in the area that hurts can reduce swelling.
- FLOSS. Once again, thorough and effective flossing of your entire mouth can help as the problem could be caused by food debris that is struck between your teeth or below the gumline.
- ESSENTIAL OILS. Certain of these oils do possess pain-relieving qualites. Clove, nutmeg, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil can be diluted, placed on a cotton swab, and applied to the problematic tooth and/or gum area. Repeating the process as needed can also help.
- PEPPERMINT TEA. Similar to essential oils, peppermint tea has been shown to soothe and even slighly numb the area of discomfort. Swish the tea around you mouth once it has cooled off for temporary relief.
- GREEK YOGURT. Many patients are surprised to find that yogurt contains healthy bacteria that can help fight against dental pain.
- GARLIC. Crushed garlic can be rubbed on the aching area to help relieve the pain. Garlic contains allicin, which slows bacterial activity. The application may burn at first, but it has been known to help treat inflammation.
When it comes to preventing toothaches, you can try various measures. Since prevention truly is the key, always make sure that you brush and floss everyday and maintain regular professional dental cleanings and exams at our office, which will decrease the likelihood of infections that can lead to many toothaches. And of course, if you have tried the natural remedy approach and your dental discomfort continues to persist, seek professional dental help!