A sudden toothache can be difficult as you and will cause several problems for you such as chewing food, speaking, and even sleeping. While the most common reasons for the tooth include cracked, infected teeth. There are other causes too which lead to severe tooth injury.
Some of the other causes of the tooth of toothache include:
- Facial injury,
- Impacted teeth in the jaw (especially wisdom teeth)
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Sinus congestion or infection
While in most cases of toothache it can be easily treated by your dentist. Meanwhile, you can follow several remedies to get relief from the pain temporarily.
Over-the-Counter Emergency Toothache Relief
There are some over-the-counter (OTC) which you would easily find at the local pharmacy for the treatment of toothache.
Meanwhile, before that, you have to keep the following thing in mind before you meet your dentist.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or naproxen (Aleve), attack the inflammation and even give relief from the pain. While on the other hand, you need to keep one thing in mind the intake of ibuprofen for a long time can cause irritation or damage to your internal organs such as the stomach, kidneys, and liver.
If you can’t take NSAIDs, then acetaminophen (Tylenol) is a good option for temporary toothache relief. For that be sure to read the label and also follow the directions and take the correct amount of dosage. As taking too much paracetamol can also cause damage to the liver.
Medicinal drops and tooth gels
Medicinal drops and tooth gels are highly effective to provide relief for toothache. These medical drops and tooth gels include an ingredient like benzocaine that helps to provide a soothing feeling to the area when applied topically.
Temporary dental fillings are also available in the pharmacy that includes repair kits that soothe the edge of a missing filling or loose coping. These repair kits are not long-lasting and you would need to visit a dentist to replace these temporary fillings with a permanent one.
Home remedies that will give you temporary relief until and unless you visit your dentist.
The use of clove oil is a very popular and common home remedy for toothache. Through research conducted in the year of 2016, it is said that clove includes an ingredient called eugenol which helps to numb the skin and helps to provide relief from the ache. Clove oil is easily available in the medical section of supermarkets.
To get relief from toothache just squeeze a few drops of clove oil into 1 teaspoon of olive oil (or other carrier oil) in a small bowl. After that soak a cotton swab in the mixture. Then place that soaked cotton ball on the sore tooth and leave it there for 5 to 10 minutes.
While it is said that clove oil is generally considered to be safe, it is not recommended for children’s use.
Salt water rinse
To get relief from a severe toothache you can try gargling, with salt water which gives better relief from the inflammation. Research shows that rinsing with salt water gives good gum health and even provides relief and promotes good teeth and gum health.
To make a saltwater rinse to get relief from a toothache, make a mixture of 1 teaspoon of salt with an 8-ounce glass of warm water and give it a mix. Swish the solution around in your mouth for up to 30 seconds, then spit it out.
For temporary relief, consider rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide diluted in water. Start with a 3-percent concentration of hydrogen peroxide (this is what you’ll find in a brown bottle sold at most drugstores). Mix 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 2 parts water.
After swishing in your mouth for about 60 seconds, spit out the solution. Do not swallow it. Afterward, rinse with water.
Garlic is considered to be one of the most effective ways to get relief from many health problems. Garlic is a medicinal food that makes our immune system strong too, as it contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties in it.
Research shows that allicin in garlic provides a soothing effect and gives relief from toothaches too. You can easily peel a fresh garlic clove and then directly apply it to the affected tooth area.
It is one of the most useful remedies to get relief from pain and toothaches. Even a study shows that peppermint tea is also a good home remedy as it has antimicrobial properties which create a barrier and fight by crushing the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.
First, brew a cup of tea by adding boiling water and then add a teaspoon of dried mint leaves or a mint tea bag. Remove the tea bag or strain the tea leaves and let them cool. Then rinse your mouth with cold tea to get relief.
Aloe Vera is a medicinal plant that has got several medicinal properties. This medicinal plant even provides relief for diseases that are related to inflammatory gums and toothaches and other irritations which are related to the mouth.
Even research shows that Aloe Vera gel is a great medicine that reduces the symptoms of periodontitis, which is a serious gum disease that destroys the gums. Research conducted in 2016, shows that Aloe Vera mouthwash is times more effective for reducing periodontitis than chlorhexidine, which is a commonly used germicidal mouthwash.