08 Aug How To Manage a Toothache Until You Can See Your Dentist
There are many different causes of toothaches. Gum disease, a crack, an abnormal bite, and grinding your teeth can all lead to tooth pain. However, the main cause of a toothache is tooth decay. As a tooth breaks down the root decays and this leads to pain in the nerves under the tooth.
Anyone that has ever had a toothache knows they can be extremely painful. A toothache can keep you from eating, sleeping, and working. Therefore, you will want to take care of the problem as soon as possible. However, most dentists don’t have weekend hours. So, what can you do if your tooth starts hurting on Friday night? Should you suffer through the pain until Monday morning? Not necessarily, there are a few at home remedies that you can try to reduce the pain until you can get to the dentist.
Toothache Remedies: Over the Counter Medications
There are several over the counter drugs that you can take to help you reduce the pain you are feeling. You don’t have to suffer through pain without the help of medication. There are different drugs for different purposes.
If you have serious swelling than a Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or NSAID for short, can help. NSAIDs reduce swelling by blocking the enzyme that causes the swelling. There are two types of NSAIDs, Ibuprofen, and Naproxen. Advil and Motrin both contain Ibuprofen. Naproxen is found in Aleve. Taking these medications as recommended will reduce swelling.
When it comes to relieving the pain of a toothache, there are several over the counter options. Obviously, you can use a medication such as Asprin of Acetaminophen. These medications will reduce the pain by blocking your pain receptors. However, there are other medications that you can use specifically for oral pain. A Benzocaine topical treatment will numb the area around the problem tooth. These products are similar to the Novocaine that you receive from your dentist, only not as strong.
If you do take medication to help with your toothache, make sure to follow all of the recommendations on the packaging.
Toothache Remedies: Heating and Cooling
Another simple at home remedy for tooth pain is heating the area. Applying a heating pad to the area can reduce swelling as well as relieve pain. Apply a heating pad to the area for 30 minutes and then switch to an ice pack. The ice will numb the area and greatly reduce the amount of pain that you feel. You can repeat this process over and over until you can see a dentist. This type of treatment is good for almost any type of pain you may have.
Toothache Remedies: Other Treatments
There are some other things that you can try if you want to relieve the pain until you can see your dentist. These treatments include:
Peppermint oil contains menthol. Menthol is used in many over the counter oral gels that numb the area. If you are looking for a natural alternative to over the counter products, peppermint oil could work for you. Simply mix peppermint oil with a neutral oil such as olive oil and apply the mixture to the tooth. Diluting the oil will reduce the risk or irritation. With peppermint oil, there is no risk of using too much.
Salt Water Rinse
Gargling salt water is a remedy that many moms across the country to cure sore throats and toothaches. Tooth pain is caused by bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria feed on sugar, namely sucrose. When the bacteria breaks down the sucrose, the process produces lactic acid. Lactic acid in turns eats away at your teeth. Salt will neutralize the lactic acid. Therefore, salt water reduces the amount of decay and the pain that lactic acid causes. Mix 1/2 of a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. Swish the salt water around your mouth for one minute and spit it out. Repeat this process until the glass is empty.
Treating the Issue
All of these treatments are short term solutions. If you have a toothache, you want to see a dentist as soon as possible. Treating your pain at home may relieve some of the discomforts. However, there is no at home treatment that will fix the problem. Allowing tooth pain to go unchecked for long could have serious consequences. Allowing a small problem that has a simple solution to fester could result in a much more serious problem that has a more complex solution. If you have a toothache contact us today. We can help get to the root of the problem and fix the issue before it becomes a more serious concern.