Tips for Toothache Relief at Home

When your tooth hurts, relief is often the only thing you can think about. In fact, tooth pain is such a distraction that over 25% of adults in America admit to taking time off from work to deal with it. Often, the first signs of tooth sensitivity occur at the most inopportune moments, and an emergency dental visit may not be an immediate option. Fortunately, these tips can offer some much-needed toothache relief at home until you are able to reach your dentist’s office.

How to Address Your Toothache

  • Chill out—Apply a cold compress, ice pack, bag of frozen peas, etc., to your cheek on top of the offending tooth. The cold will ease the pain and help reduce swelling.
  • OTC pain relievers—Over-the-counter medications, such as Ibuprofen and Aleve, can help reduce the pain, as well. Be sure to swallow the medication; do not rub the painkillers directly on the tooth. The pills’ acidity can eat away at your tooth and irritate your gum tissue, making matters worse.
  • Cloves—Cloves and clove oil have been used as a natural toothache remedy since before modern medicine. You can apply the spice directly to the afflicted tooth, or rub oil on and around the tooth and surrounding gum tissue. Be sure to use only one or two drops of the oil.
  • Avoid irritants—Tooth decay is a common cause of tooth sensitivity. To prevent exacerbating the situation, avoid sugary and acidic foods and beverages. If a cavity develops, then seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid more intense tooth pain.

Learn More About Relieving Your Toothache

If you suffer from a toothache and these or other home remedies don’t relieve it, then visit your dentist to find out why your tooth hurts and how to effectively treat it. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124.