Dental discomfort can hurt so much. Those who have never experienced it before may never understand what it feels like. But for those of us who have, we can all admit the pain is incomparable to anything.
Sometimes the pain would get so severe that it ruins your entire day. Other times, it could get so serious that you wouldn’t even be able to sleep at night.
The fact you’re here means you’re looking for quick remedies to your toothache problem. If I’m going to be honest with you, your best bet is to find a dentist office near me. But when you can’t get to a dentist right away, you may want to try some of these techniques.
1. Try over the counter medication
If a dentist office is far, you can walk into a nearby pharmaceutical store instead. There you will find several over-the-counter solutions to your problem.
For example, regular pain-relieving medications like aspirin and ibuprofen are good options. If you don’t like pills, you can ask for gels instead.
There are many pain-relieving gels you can apply directly on the affected area.
2. Cold compress with ice
Quickly relieve your toothache by applying ice to the affected area. Of course, there are multiple ways of going about this.
You could wrap the ice in a towel and place it on the affected tooth/gum area for a number of minutes. Or you could place the ice directly on the area without biting down on it. Or you could simply keep iced cold water in your mouth for about 15 minutes.
3. Avoid lying down
This may not completely cut out your pain, but it can help manage it. When going to sleep, avoid lying in a flat position. As much as you may be tempted to do that, try and avoid it.
The reason is because when we lie down, blood pressure in our head increases. And when this happens, it increases the blood flow through the gums and teeth, exacerbating your pain.
A better practice is to sleep in a chair – like in an upright position.
If you must sleep in a bed, in a flat position, make sure you have multiple pillows behind your neck. This will help raise your head a little bit up, regulating the blood flow through your head.
4. Use cold or warm peppermint teabags
This method is a little bit similar to the cold compress technique. The only difference being that you’ll have to use a tea bag instead.
To use this approach, get a warm teabag from your teacup and then place it directly on the affected area. The heat from the bag will heat up the gum and tooth and bring comfort to the area.
Some people don’t like this approach because they fear the teabag might hurt them. If you’re one such person, try a cold teabag instead. It works just the same way.
In this case, you’ll need to first keep the teabag in a freezer for a few minutes before applying.
To get a better result from either of the two approaches, make sure the teabag is one gotten from peppermint tea. Peppermint tea possesses antibacterial properties.
5. Try salt solution
Prepare a salt solution of ½ teaspoon of salt and then rinse your mouth with it.
When you wash the mouth with salt water, the rinsing helps remove any impurity that may be hiding in your mouth (food leftover, debris, etc.). At the same time, the salt acts as a disinfectant that deals with inflammation.
6. Wash the mouth with Hydrogen Peroxide
If the salt solution doesn’t work, you may try a different solution like Hydrogen Peroxide.
Unlike salt solution, Hydrogen Peroxide attacks not only the inflammation but also the bacteria.
To use this technique, mix a 50/50 solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in a glass of warm water and use as a mouthwash. In other words, swish it through your mouth and over your teeth and then spit it out.
7. Clove oil
Clove itself is known to boast several antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties. In its oil form, the substance generally passes for an antiseptic.
When struggling with toothache, you can use the clove oil as an instant remedy. You can put it on a cotton ball and then leave it on the aching spot for a number of minutes. Or you can apply directly on the aching tooth. Or you could mix it with water and then swish it over the tooth before spitting it out.
8. Try thyme mouthwash
Thyme has powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Meaning it can fight the inflammations and bacteria causing you pain in your mouth.
Another beautiful thing about thyme mouthwash is you can make it anywhere at home. Meaning, if your ache begins in the middle of the night, you can quickly prepare a mouthwash and get an instant relief.
To use, you can put the preparation on a cotton ball and then leave it on the aching spot for a few minutes. But if you don’t have a cotton swab around, you can add a few drops of thyme essential oil to water and make a mouthwash.
9. Try garlic
Everybody knows garlic for its antibacterial properties. When you have a nipping pain in your teeth that’s preventing you from sleeping at night; you can relieve the pain fast by chewing on garlic. Alternatively, you can crush some garlic pieces, make a paste from it, and then apply that to the affected area.
10. Apply vanilla extract
Vanilla extract is another effective treatment method that can help numb your pain. Thanks to its alcohol composition, it’s believed to help soothe the pain around an aching area.
To use, most people prefer to place on a cotton ball and then leave on the aching spot for a few minutes. But if you don’t have a cotton swab around, you can place a little amount on your finger and then rub the area with it.