Posted by: Javier Portocarrero
A toothache can come out of nowhere and bother you throughout the day. In fact, it can derail you from your daily activities because finding ways to banish the pain will be all you’ll think about.
Luckily, there are many home remedies you can try to help relieve your toothache. Chief among them are the following time-tested remedies:
Initially, gargling saltwater may not sound like a good idea. However, this practice has long been used to bring relief from toothaches for generations. An article from How Stuff Works explains how to do this home remedy correctly:
“Preparing this treatment is easy: Just pull out your salt container, measuring spoons and measuring cup from your kitchen cabinets; add 2 to 3 teaspoons of salt to a drinking glass; and then pour in one cup of warm water… you can then mix the combination with a spoon and take a gulp of it.
Don’t swallow the salt water; you should swish it around your mouth like mouthwash. Once you spit it out into the sink, take another sip and swish some more.”
Numb the Tooth
Head over to the nearest pharmacy and ask for clove oil. The chemical composition of clove oil allows it to numb your tooth and provide you temporary relief from toothaches.
Use this method with caution and as directed by the instruction of the label. Ingesting clove oil in large amounts can lead to dangerous side effects. If you decide that it is too risky, you can ask for a numbing gel similar to what Mesa, AZ dentists use, which you can rub along your gums and tooth.
Take note, however, that these methods only bring temporary relief, which should be enough time to set an appointment with one of the many experienced dentists in Mesa, AZ like Dr. Portocarrero. If the pain is so severe that it keeps you awake at night, make sure to see your dentist ASAP. It may be a sign that you have an abscessed tooth. Delaying treatment can result in the death of the nerve within your tooth and infections occurring along the jaw and neck.
(Source: 5 Home Remedies for Tooth Pain; How Stuff Works)