Cracked teeth, loose fillings, cavities or abscesses, pains in the mouth can be a pain in the…well you understand. A dental problem can seemingly come out of nowhere to ruin your day. If you are unable to get in to see your dentist right away, we have some helpful tips to get you by while you wait for your appointment!
- Clove oil
Cloves are a timeless traditional remedy known to numb nerves. This spice carries with it a compound chemical called eugenol which is a natural anesthetic. Although this is commonly used, be sure to use with caution. Instead of pouring the clove oil directly on the location causing you pain, pour two to three drops on a cotton ball or swab and place it on the tooth itself until the pain recedes.
- Peppermint tea
This is a method that can serve a number of purposes outside of just toothaches such as headaches and sinus congestion. With a nice flavor and some numbing qualities, peppermint tea can help ease your toothache in no time. Simply put one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in one cup of boiling water for 20 minutes. Once you allow the tea to cool, you have the option to swish the tea around your mouth and spit it out or swallow it.
- Cover a crack with chewing gum
If you have cracked a tooth, loosened a filling or lost it completely, taking chewing gum and covering the area can help alleviate the pain or hold a filling in place until you can see a dentist. We recommend not chewing with that tooth until you see your dentist. This is not recommended to be anything more than a short-term patch solution.
- Hydrogen Peroxide rinse
If the toothache you are experiencing is accompanied by a fever and/or unpleasant taste in your mouth, you may have an infected tooth. To kill the bacteria and relieve some of the discomforts, swish a mouthful of 3% hydrogen peroxide, spit, and rinse with plain water. Although it may not be the most pleasant taste or feeling initially, this stopgap solution will help tone down the pain while you wait to see a professional.
- Use the Proper Brushing Utensils
It is best to be aware of the products that you may be sensitive to or that just plain don’t work for you. Having a discussion with your dentist on what tools you should be using every day will help not only prepare you for how to handle toothaches but can keep you from having them in general. Use a toothpaste designated “for sensitive teeth” if you must. Gums shrinking? This type of toothpaste paired with a softer-bristled brush will help preserve gum tissue and prevent further shrinking.
These home remedies are perfect for short-term pain relief but in the end, it is better to be safe than sorry. At RLJ we would like to reiterate that if you are having issues with dental pain, please contact us and set up a meeting with one of our trained professionals at one of our many locations.