5 Ways to Relieve Toothache Pain

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Tooth pain usually comes suddenly and unexpectedly. It can make for long days and restless nights. Whether your toothache pain is sharp, throbbing, constant, or recurring, your dentist can find the source and recommend the appropriate treatment.

If your toothache pain is accompanied by facial swelling, bumps on the gums, or a high fever, contact an emergency dentist immediately. In the meantime, rinse your mouth out with saltwater several times to reduce the pain.

If you have a non-emergency toothache at night or if you just can’t get to the dentist today, try one of these remedies to relieve your toothache pain.

1.    Pain medication

Over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol and Advil can quickly reduce toothache pain while you are waiting to visit the dentist. Remember to only take the recommended dosage on the packaging.

It’s also important to note that pain medication isn’t a solution to the problem. You must visit the dentist to find the source of the pain so it can be addressed.

2.    Saltwater rinse

As stated earlier, a saltwater rinse is one of the most effective ways to find relief. This is because saltwater has antibacterial properties that reduce inflammation and helps fight off infection. If there are any food particles or debris lodged between your teeth, pushing and pulling the saltwater through your teeth may help remove it.

To make a saltwater rinse, simply combine half a teaspoon of salt and warm water, swish it around in your mouth for about 30 seconds, and spit it out.

3.    Hydrogen peroxide rinse

Much like saltwater, hydrogen peroxide is antibacterial. Along with killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide is known to reduce plaque, reverse gingivitis, and whiten teeth!

Hydrogen peroxide rinse is made up of half food grade (3 percent) hydrogen peroxide and half water. Swish the solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds and spit it out.

Swallowing any amount of hydrogen peroxide could be dangerous to your health. For this reason, never allow children to use this solution as a toothache pain remedy.

4.    Cold compress

Ice can help constrict the blood vessels surrounding your toothache pain. Simply apply a bag of ice wrapped in a towel to the side of your face that’s hurting for 15 to 20 minutes. The pain should subside. Repeat this every few hours until you go to sleep or the pain is gone for good. 

5.    Peppermint tea or tea bags

Peppermint contains both antibacterial and antioxidant compounds and menthol which can numb toothache pain.

You can either swish peppermint tea around your mouth like you would mouthwash or place a warm, wet peppermint tea bag on the affected area. If you would rather use a cool tea bag, simply place a wet tea bag in the freezer for a few minutes then apply it to the tooth. 

Your Dentist: The Toothache Relief Specialist

While these methods may get rid of your toothache for a few days, many times the only true solution is professional dental care. There are so many different causes of toothache pain and your dentist is the only one who can get to the root of the problem.

The most common reason for tooth pain is tooth decay. If left untreated, the decay will likely lead to cavities and even more dental pain.

Other causes of toothache pain include:

  • Dental abscesses (this requires emergency dental care)
  • Trauma
  • Losing a filling
  • Erupting wisdom tooth
  • Food or debris stuck between teeth
  • Food or debris lodged in the gums
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Gum disease

To find relief from your toothache pain in Atlanta, GA, call 404-577-6620 today.

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