We’ve all experienced some form of toothache pain. Whether it’s because of a broken tooth, a loose filling, a tooth infection, or worse, a tooth abscess, it’s something that is virtually intolerable and requires immediate relief.
To show you some methods of controlling toothache pain, we’ve consulted Dr. Farhat, a dentist in Sterling Heights, Michigan. But wait, this advice is mainly for immediate pain relief and is not meant to take the place of getting a dental appointment as soon as possible, and having your dentist examine you to identify the root cause of your pain.
Hot Water + Salt
Mix one tablespoon of salt into a glass or mug of hot or warm water. Ensure the salt is dissolved before using the solution to rinse or gargle in your mouth.
How does this solution help alleviate the pain? It works by drawing out the fluids responsible for your toothache pain from the gums, thereby helping reduce the irritation and inflammation you are experiencing.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This type of vinegar has been known for its beneficial health effects, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. The acidic nature of apple cider vinegar also makes it an effective antibiotic – killing bacteria that may be causing your toothache. To use apple cider vinegar, wet a piece of cotton or a cotton ball with the vinegar and gently press it on the affected tooth.
Ice or Cold Compress
An obvious method for numbing the pain you are experiencing, you may apply the ice or cold compress externally, on the affected area, or inside your mouth directly on the affected tooth.
A well-known antibacterial and antiseptic substance, you can use alcohol like vodka, whiskey, brandy or scotch as a mouth gargle that will also help numb you from the toothache pain. However, using alcohol, even for medical reasons, is prohibited for people below 21 years of age.
Various Types of Oil
Pain relief and inflammation are among the two things natural oils can alleviate. Unsurprisingly, you may also use them to help reduce your toothache pain. These therapeutic oils include sunflower oil, almond oil, tea tree oil, sesame oil, oregano oil, nutmeg oil and clove oil.
All you need to do is combine a little oil with water and use it to rinse your mouth. Alternatively, you can use a cotton ball to apply the oil directly to the affected area.
Easily accessible, you can directly use hydrogen peroxide as a mouth gargle or rinse. You may also opt to mix it with some water and use it the same way. Just make sure to spit it all out after gargling or rinsing.
A Final Word
There are other materials and methods you can use in controlling toothache pain such as peppermint, vanilla, almond and lemon extract, potatoes, certain leaves and roots, onions, cucumber, turmeric, citrus fruits and even acupressure!
However, be sure to visit Dr. Farhat as soon as the pain subsides so you can get the treatment you need.