If you’re having a toothache you should definitely book an appointment with your dentist, especially if it has persisted for several days or the pain is severe. However in the meantime you may want to try other home remedies that may be able to alleviate the pain and provide some short-term relief.
While there are many home remedies for toothaches out there, the four most useful are:
- Cold compress
Find and ice pack, or wrap some ice blocks in a cloth and press it against the outside of the area where the toothache is coming from. It will help to slow the flow of blood to the affected area, and reduce any swelling or inflammation that is present.
Using a cold compress is particularly effective if the toothache is due to an actual injury to your gums. However it can help to generally numb the pain in other cases too.
- Saltwater rinse
Mix some salt with water and swish it around your mouth. Because saltwater is a natural disinfectant, it can help to reduce swelling, relieve soreness, and generally help any wounds to heal faster.
More importantly if you do rinse your mouth with saltwater it will help to dislodge any debris that is caught between your teeth that could be making your toothache worse.
- Clove oil
If you have any clove oil handy, try to dab some onto a cotton ball and apply it to the affected area. Clove oil is not only a natural antiseptic, but it is also a numbing agent that can be just as effective as many over-the-counter painkiller gels.
Assuming the pain continues you can feel free to use clove oil to numb it several times a day.
- Peppermint tea
Peppermint tea can be used in a number of ways as an herbal remedy. Aside from drinking or rinsing your mouth using it, you can also hold a warm, wet teabag against the affected area to reduce the pain slightly.
Like clove oil, peppermint has numbing properties that make it useful to soothe toothaches. On top of that the menthol in peppermint is antibacterial, which can be helpful too.
Make no mistake there are many other home remedies that you could try such as vanilla extract, wheatgrass, guava leaves, and more. Keep in mind that none of these remedies will cure the root cause of your toothache however, and at best they’ll be able to provide you with some relief until you are able to visit a dentist.
At the end of the day your priority should be to make an appointment with your dentist Stockport and visit them as soon as possible. That way you’ll be able to uncover the root cause behind your toothache and deal with it – which is the only way to ensure long term relief.
Keep in mind that the most common causes of toothaches are cavities and gum disease, and in both of those cases it is better to deal with the issue as soon as possible.