Dental pain has a nasty habit of attacking at ungodly hours. Hours when the dentists are unlikely to be available. The night suddenly becomes very long. Dental offices are closed, and the pain drags on. But not to worry, your best dentist is here to offer some relief. In this blog, we are going to look at a few remedies for toothache that you can either access in your home or stock up on just in case you need them in the future. It is important to note, however, that these are only short-term fixes and do not replace the need for a dentist. Check out the companion video about home remedies for dental pain.
- Pain Killers can reduce dental pain
These include Panadol, ibuprofen, aspirin, and many others. Most pharmacies can sell you these without a prior doctor’s prescription. Care must be taken, however, to only take the dose recommended by the pharmacist. They do not take the cause of the pain away, they just stop you from feeling pain and so you should see a dentist immediately.
- Ice Pack can reduce dental pain
In case you have a toothache and your face has also swollen, a reliable short-term solution is to place an icepack on the swollen side. This will reduce the swelling, and since ice can constrict blood vessels, it can also reduce pain. Apply this pack at least three times a day.
- Clove Oil can reduce dental pain
Clove oil has a component called Eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic and also has analgesic properties. These properties are why even your dentist uses Eugenol as part of treatment. Place a small amount of oil on a cotton swab and apply it to the affected area and repeat a few times a day until you can see a dentist.
- Vanilla Extract can reduce dental pain
This is a common ingredient in baking, but is also a handy remedy for tooth pain. It contains alcohol which numbs pain and also acts as an antiseptic. Apply a small amount to the affected area using a cotton ball or your finger.
- Peppermint Teabags can reduce dental pain
Peppermint tea, besides tasting great, also has a variety of other uses. It can soothe both toothaches and hurting gums. This is of course, not while it is hot but when it is still in the tea bag. You can place a used tea bag in the cooler for a few minutes before applying it to the affected area for another few minutes. Using a slightly warm tea bag is also permissible.
- Over-the-Counter Anesthetics can reduce dental pain
There are many over-the-counter anaesthetics that can soothe the pain in the teeth. These contain an agent called bupivacaine, which is an anaesthetic and that means that it kills sensation in an area. Apply these as directed by the pharmacist as different formulations are available, for example, gels.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse can reduce dental pain
Just a heads up, we must carefully handle this, lest its risks outweigh the benefits. Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide in an equal amount of water and rinse your mouth, taking care not to swallow. It is great for pain and inflammation.
- Saline Rinse can reduce dental pain
This is a rinse of your mouth using warm salty water. It is an excellent remedy as besides reducing pain, it also removes any debris that may contribute to the pain and also helps heal any wounds that may be present in the mouth. It also helps with inflamed gums.
After using any of the above, ensure you visit the dentist for proper treatment of the dental problem. You can book an appointment with our dentist for a free consultation and checkup.