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Home care options for toothache pain

If you have a toothache, it’s important to figure out what’s at the root of your pain. From there, you can determine how to best relieve any pain, swelling, or other symptoms. More serious toothaches may require a dentist’s intervention. If your symptoms persist for more than a day or two, see your dentist.

Home remedies to help alleviate temporary pain:

1. Saltwater rinse: A saltwater rinse is an effective first-line treatment. Saltwater is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. Treating a toothache with salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds.

2. Hydrogen peroxide rinse: may help to relieve pain and inflammation. In addition to killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can reduce plaque and heal bleeding gums. Make sure you properly dilute the hydrogen peroxide. To do this, mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and use it as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow it.

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3. Cold compress: may help relieve any pain you’re experiencing, especially if any type of trauma has caused your toothache. When you apply a cold compress, it causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict. This makes the pain less severe. The cold can also reduce any swelling and inflammation.

4. Peppermint tea bags: can be used to numb pain and soothe sensitive gums. Allow a used tea bag to cool down before applying it to the affected area. It should still be slightly warm. You can also swap approaches and use this to cool, rather than warm, the area. To do this, put a used tea bag in the freezer for a couple of minutes to chill it, and then apply the bag to your tooth. 

5. Garlic: can it kill harmful bacteria that cause dental plaque and act as a pain reliever. Crush a garlic clove to create a paste and apply it to the affected area. You may wish to add a tiny bit of salt.

6. Vanilla extract: contains alcohol, which can help to numb pain. To use this, dab a small amount of vanilla extract onto your finger or a cotton ball. Apply it directly to the affected area a few times per day.

See your dentist if:

If your toothache is severe you need to see your dentist so you can treat it properly. Many toothaches will require medical attention. An over-the-counter pain reliever could help until you see a dentist.

You should also see your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • fever
  • trouble breathing or swallowing
  • general pain that lasts more than one or two days
  • swelling
  • pain when you bite
  • abnormally red gums
  • foul-tasting discharge, or pus

Regular oral care, like brushing and flossing frequently and going to the dentist at least two times per year, can prevent most severe dental conditions. Lingering tooth pain or gum swelling can contribute to larger issues if left untreated. Contact Capozzi Dental to schedule an appointment today!

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