If you’re like most people you have probably experienced a toothache at one time or another. Other than being agonizing, they can be distracting if you are trying to proceed with your daily routine. If you can’t get to your Mooroolbark dentist right away you could try these remedies take to relieve the discomfort you are feeling until you can get treatment.
One thing to note though, if you are experiencing a fever, throbbing pain, swelling in the face, or other signs of infection, you should seek care from an emergency dentist as soon as possible.
By applying an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables to the side of your face that is experiencing the pain, you can numb the discomfort you are feeling. Be sure to wrap the compress in a towel or cloth so you don’t accidently damage your skin. Do this in 20-minute intervals.
A natural remedy that has shown to be affective against toothaches is rinsing your mouth with warm, saltwater. This helps to reduce inflammation and speeds up the healing process of wounds in the mouth. To make this rinse, add ½ teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water.
Anti-Inflammatory Pain Medication
You can reduce swelling and blunt pain signals by taking an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen. Make sure that you are taking the medication as instructed.
If the area of discomfort is your jaw, you can reduce pain by applying a hot pack. Placing it on the side of your jaw can lessen pain by interrupting signals from your mouth to your brain. If you don’t already have a heat pack, you can easily create one by filling a clean sock with rice and tying the end. Place it in the microwave for a couple minutes and voila! You have your very own, homemade hot pack.
Garlic has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. In order to use it to relieve a toothache, crush up a clove of garlic and make a sticky paste. Next, apply it to the area where you feel pain.
Until you are able to get to your dentist for care, give some of these a try in order to reduce pain. Some of them may prove to be effective.
Our dentists at Mooroolbark Family Dental can you advise you on what to do in an emergency. Please call us on (03) 9726 7955 or if it’s after hours please call your nearest hospital.