April 3, 2020
How to Treat Toothache at Home
More than a fifth of the world’s population has been under lock down in the global fight against coronavirus. Most of the dental clinics are closed as a part of taking precaution. Dental clinics are taking appointments only for the emergency cases. So its very important to keep your oral hygiene and oral health during these days. If a toothache strikes when you can not see your dentist you may feel desperate to relieve the pain. For temporary relief, consider trying one of these toothache home remedies.
1. Cloves are a traditional remedy for numbing nerves; the primary chemical compound of this spice is eugenol, a natural anesthetic. But clove oil needs to be used carefully. Pouring the oil on the aching area can actually worsen the pain if you get it on sensitive gum tissue or on your tongue. Instead, put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place it against the tooth itself until the pain recedes. In a pinch, use a bit of powdered clove or place a whole clove on the tooth. Chew the whole clove a little to release its oil and keep it in place up to half an hour or until the pain subsides.
2. Avoid eating acidic, cold, or hard foods right before bed. These foods can aggravate your teeth and any cavities that may have already formed. Try to avoid foods that trigger pain.
3. Use an ice pack before bed. Wrap an ice pack in cloth and rest the painful side of your face on it. This can help to dull the pain so you can rest.
4. Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water helps to loosen debris lodged in cavities or between teeth. It may also reduce swelling, boost healing, and relieve a sore throat.
A saltwater rinse can be made by dissolving 1 teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swish around in the mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting out. This process can be repeated as often as needed.
5. To help kill bacteria and relieve some discomfort, swish with a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. This can provide temporary relief if the toothache is accompanied by fever and a foul taste in the mouth (both are signs of infection), but like other toothache remedies, it’s only a stopgap measure until you see your dentist and get the source of infection cleared up. A hydrogen peroxide solution is only for rinsing. Spit it out, then rinse several times with plain water.
While several dental conditions can cause toothaches, cavities are one of the top reason. Fortunately, there are many things you can do at home to protect your teeth from cavities aside from the toothache home remedies. Brush your teeth twice per day and always remember to floss!