Toothaches can be painful and it can be hard to get to the root of the problem to alleviate the pain. Indeed, a toothache can be caused by a cavity, shifting teeth or any other dental problem. Whatever the case is, you want to alleviate the pain and the ache right away. Fortunately, before you visit a dentist, there are a number of toothache remedies you can try at home. Ideally, you want to find the source of the pain first so that you can then assess the seriousness of the issue at hand. Some toothaches may be tougher to tackle than others. Here are some effective home remedies for toothaches.
- Place an ice pack over the affected area. One of the best ways to dull and numb the pain caused by a toothache is to place a pack of ice over the affected area. You can do this by putting some ice in a thin washcloth and the holding the ice pack over your cheek. Holding the ice in this location for a couple of minutes can greatly reduce the pain.
- Over-the-counter painkillers. Another option is to use an over-the-counter painkiller like Advil or Tylenol. Typically, you are only supposed to take a certain amount of these painkillers, because they can have an adverse affect if you take too many. However, if you stay within the recommended dosage amount, you can effectively dull the extreme pain caused by the toothache. If you have an abscess and can’t visit the doctor in a few days, this may be the best option to both reduce the pain and the swelling. Oftentimes, the swelling is what is causing the pain in the first place.
- Refrain from chewing hard foods. Also, it is critical that you refrain from chewing any food that is difficult to eat, like hard candy, chips or anything else that could spike a nerve. Moreover, you probably want to stay away from eating extremely hot or cold food, because that could also cause the pain to get worse. Until you figure out what is causing the pain, you want to stick with soft food, like applesauce and oatmeal.
- Use a topical painkiller. If you have a regular dental clinic, like Lighthouse Family Dentistry, that you visit once a year, you may want to call the dentist and ask for some topical pain medication. If you don’t have a dentist, you can pick up this topical medication at your local drugstore. However, the stuff that a dentist will prescribe is often much stronger and more effective.
- Gurgle some warm salt water. On top of everything, you may want to think of gurgling some warm salt water. For one thing, the warm salt water will be soothing on your teeth and the salt will help calm the nerve in the tooth that is affected. In the end, you can gurgle a salt water solution – a few times a day – until it is time to visit a dental clinic to get to the bottom of what is causing your toothache in the first place.