Anyone who’s ever suffered from toothache knows how frustrating and unrelenting the pain can be. Toothaches range from sharp and intermittent to constant and gnawing, and can be a disturbance to your daily routine. Aside from physical discomfort, it can also be inconvenient and expensive to go to a dentist for something which might be cured with a simple home treatment. Try our suggestions below to find relief from mild toothache from the comfort of your own home:
Ice is a classic pain reliever due to its numbing properties. To relieve toothache, try holding an icecube in the affected area of your mouth. Do not chew on the ice, as it can cause damage to your teeth. If the cold is too intense, try filling your mouth with ice water and holding it for a few moments before spitting it out, or create a cold compress by wetting a flannel and putting it in the freezer until it’s cold (but not frozen) and holding this against your teeth.
Salt is a natural disinfectant and can help to reduce inflammation by clearing out infection. Try dissolving half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and then use it to gargle as you would with your regular mouthwash.
Chew on Garlic
Although notorious for creating strong breath odours, garlic is actually a powerful pain reliever with strong antibacterial properties. If you’re feeling brave, try chewing on a segment of raw garlic with your sore tooth or teeth. If you prefer a milder option, soak a cotton ball in garlic oil and set it against your troublesome tooth for a strong localised pain reliever.
Elevate Your Head
When you lie down flat, the blood pressure in your head increases, causing heightened feelings of pain that can stop you from sleeping. If your toothache is particularly bothersome at night, try piling up your pillows and keeping your head in an elevated position.
Over the Counter Medications
If natural remedies aren’t working for you, try a painkiller such as aspirin or ibuprofen. These counteract inflammation and can bring relief to tooth pain.
Don’t Stop Brushing
Tenderness on your teeth or gums might make you want to avoid brushing your teeth and making contact with sore areas, but this will only make the problem worse! If you don’t brush your teeth, bacteria can build up and create plaque and tartar which erode the surface of your teeth and cause decay. If your teeth are feeling sensitive, opt for an electric or sonic toothbrush, which gives your tooth surface a gentle but consistent clean. Try out our portable electric Sonisk Pulse toothbrush, which gives gentle sonic vibrations to keep your teeth clean without provoking sensitive areas.
Remember! If your toothache persists after trying all the above tips it may be a sign of a more serious issue, so make sure to book an appointment with your dentist to get to the root of the problem.