Have you come down with a toothache at 1 AM on a Saturday night?
Here are eight things to try to relieve the pain until you can see a dentist.
Salt Water Rinse
Salt water is a natural way to cleanse your mouth of debris and bacteria, and bring down inflammation. Swish a mixture of salt and warm water gently around your mouth.
Ice is one of the best ways to numb oral pain whether it’s due to an abscess, injury, or swollen gums. It also reduces swelling, a primary cause of pain.
Peppermint Tea Bag
A warm cup of brewed peppermint tea could give you some soothing relief. But you might enjoy the cooling sensation of a damp peppermint tea bag that’s spent a few minutes in the freezer and then used as a compress.
Garlic has natural antibacterial properties. Crush a small amount with some salt and place it on the throbbing tooth.
You might not have clove oil handy, but it is a great natural anesthetic. Its active ingredient is a substance called eugenol, which is also found in dental materials. Dab a little clove oil on your sore tooth.
Peroxide is dangerous if swallowed, so mix only a small amount with equal parts of water, swish for 30 seconds, and then rinse your mouth out thoroughly with plain water. The peroxide can help calm a raging infection in your tooth or gums.
Whether your tooth starts to feel better or not after trying these remedies, you should still schedule an emergency dental appointment as soon as possible. Teeth don’t usually hurt without good cause and your dentist can help you figure out and treat the problem at its source, before bigger issues show up.
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