Nothing compares to tooth pain. I’ve been there. A toothache can knock even the strongest man to his knees. Whether it’s abscessed, broken, or just hurting, there are things you can do if you can’t make it to the dentist right away. Most of us have experienced the excruciating pain, and in the moment, you’ll try anything to relieve it. I have found that these “remedies” will give you some sort of relief from the pain.
- Taking ibuprofen will help with swelling and inflammation. I usually take this first, and if it doesn’t help, I will combine it with a home remedy.
- A warm salt water rinse can also provide relief. Just dissolve about two tablespoons of salt in a cup of hot water. Hold it in your mouth as long as you can, swish it around, and spit. It helps to disinfect your mouth. This is temporary, relief lasts about a half hour or so.
- A hot or cold compress can help numb the pain, just wrap an ice pack or ice cubes in a thin towel, and press it to your cheek.
- Clove oil has worked very well for me in the past. You can buy it at any supermarket, and is a natural pain killer. Just dab a cotton swab in the oil, and place it on the tooth. It does have an unpleasant taste, so try and avoid your tongue or gums.
- If you think you have an abscess, you can use black tea bags to draw it out. You wet the tea bag with warm water, and hold it in your mouth for 4-6 hours on the abscess. This draws the abscess fluids out, and will greatly reduce the pain.
- A peeled clove of garlic with a pinch of rock salt placed on the hurting tooth will help.
- Place a few drops of pure vanilla extract directly on the tooth, or on a cotton swap and apply it to the tooth. This can also be used to soothe teething babies.
- Crush a baby aspirin into a fine powder. Add a little water to form a paste and apply it to the tooth and surrounding gums.
- Chill a potato in the refrigerator. Peel it and cut a small slice to fit in your mouth.
- Orajel or Ambesol are numbing gels you can buy over the counter. Just apply a small amount to the tooth and nearby gums, and reapply as directed.
I hope this helps alleviate your pain, there is nothing worse than a toothache. Make sure to see a dentist as soon as possible, usually toothaches are a sign of a serious dental problem. Remember when your parents brought you to pediatric dentist Turlock when you were a kid? You certainly got relief after the pain subsided because of the help of the dentist. This is why you should also consult with a dentist even if you are no longer a kid. I hope you feel better soon!