How can I relieve a toothache?

A toothache causes much of a problem for you and me. It is one of the discomforts that is hard to shake off quickly. How to ease the pain? Here are four methods:

1) Rinse your mouth with warm water.
Make sure that your mouth is clean in that there aren’t bits of food bothering the sensitive spot. Water that is extreme in temperature can hurt your mouth, so go for lukewarm to warm water that is better. Next, you can try flossing gently between your teeth. What flossing does is it gets rid of the food particles and bacteria lingering in your oral cavity. However, do avoid flossing too roughly around the affected area because this could cause it to hurt more and to bleed. You can also add salt to it and rinse your mouth with saltwater. Saltwater can kill bacteria that will result in your toothache feeling better. It can also assist in easing the area so that it doesn’t get infected. Mix 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 fl oz (240 mL)] of warm water. The technique is to swirl it around in your mouth and spit it out. Take caution and make sure that you don’t swallow!

2) Use over the counter pain medication.
At times, the best way to overcome the pain is to mask it with pain medication until you can see a dentist. Most over the counter medication will work well for your toothache, In situations where it’s so severe that the medication doesn’t relieve the pain, you should see a healthcare person as soon as possible. For example, Aspirin is particularly useful for problems in the joint of the jaw in adults. Also, Acetaminophen (not aspirin) should be used for children and teenagers as it is more suitable for that age range.

3) Using clove oil. Oil of clove is known globally as an age-old home remedy. It works due to the chemical eugenol contained in the oil, which possesses antibacterial and anesthetic properties. For the usage of relieving tooth pain, soak a small cotton ball with a mixture of not more than two to three drops of clove oil and ΒΌ teaspoon of olive oil. Place the cotton ball in your oral cavity near the hurting tooth and bite down hard to keep it in place. Be careful not to sleep with the cotton ball in your mouth to avoid complications. The FDA has stopped considering this treatment effective enough as to recommend it. However, some dental practitioners still believe it has benefits and would recommend them to their patients. Clove oil is widely available at pharmacies and health food stores.

4) Visit the dentist. If you have extreme pain, it might be due to pulpitis or another diagnosis. When the over the counter medication doesn’t alleviate your pain, you should see your dentist or doctor because this could be an emergency. This is particularly true if you have extreme pain and swelling. Fever is an important sign of infection in dental disease. Typically, tooth decay doesn’t cause a fever. In cases of traumatic injury, you should be seeking medical help as quickly as possible. Conditions such as accidently swallowing teeth and permanent tooth loss due to trauma are considered as dental emergencies

These four methods are what is needed to relieve your toothache and restore health to your oral cavity. Prevention is better than cure. Therefore, be diligent in taking care of your oral health starting today!