The pain of sudden toothaches can stop you in your tracks. It may even be so bad that you are unable to make it to your dentist. If this is something that you are experiencing or have experienced, here are some home remedies to help ease the pain.
Vanilla, Almond, Peppermint or Lemon Extract
Soak a cotton ball in 1 of the 4 extracts (vanilla, almond, peppermint or lemon). Hold the soaked cotton ball to the area that is causing the pain for a short period of time.
Sunflower, Sesame, Oregano, Nutmeg, Clove or Tea Tree Oil
Many oils contain pain relieving, anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to reduce the pain. There are 2 ways to apply this method to receive the best pain relieving results. You can rinse your mouth with a small amount of oil combined with water or apply the oil to a cotton ball and place directly on the area causing the pain.
Mix ½ teaspoons table salt in 8 ounces of warm water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth, then spit it out. Do not swallow the mixture.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Pain Relievers
The best OTC pain reliever for children is for them to take acetaminophen. Adults, on the other hand, will receive better relief from using ibuprofen. Whether children or adult, the pain reliever is to be swallowed. Do not put it right on the tooth, or your gums.
Lemons and limes contain high amounts of citric acid and vitamin C. Vitamin C and citric acid work to destroy bacteria and supports the immune system. Cut the fruit into slices, bite into them to extract the juice and then place into the area that is causing the pain.
Place the ice pack on your cheek, on the side causing the pain. This helps to ease the pain as well as decrease any swelling.
Over-the-Counter (OTC) Anesthetics
Pain relieving gels containing benzocaine, will ease the pain by numbing the area for a short amount of time. Apply the gel or liquid directly to the sore tooth and nearby gums.
All the above remedies are for short term use only. They are not meant to replace a visit to the dentist. Use these home remedies to aid you with your tooth pain until you can get in to see your dental provider. Dental offices take dental emergencies very seriously and most offices can get you in the same day if not first thing the next day.