In life, there are several things that cause you pain… breakups, car problems, and your credit card bill but there are also things that are not supposed to cause you pain and your teeth are one of those things that aren’t supposed to hurt. Because your teeth aren’t normally supposed to hurt, a toothache can catch you off guard the first time it happens.
The pain you experience from a toothache can range from mild to severe but most people are not quite sure what to do about a toothache when they first experience it. In your mind, it’s not an extreme case worthy of a dentist visit, so you take pain relievers to ease the pain and eventually the pain stops and life is back to normal, right? Yes, but in the back of your mind, you have to wonder what caused that toothache… because it didn’t just happen for no apparent reason.
Whenever you have any type of tooth pain, you need to pay your dentist a visit because there could be some underlying issues that caused that toothache. It can be due to grinding or clenching your teeth in your sleep or an impacted tooth. But you won’t know the cause unless you see the dentist. If you see the dentist and an impacted tooth is the cause of your toothache, you need to make an appointment to get the impacted tooth removed.
Generally, the biggest signs to know when to pay a visit to your dentist include but are not limited to:
- Severe pain
- Teeth being sensitive to hot or cold
- Jaw pain
- Pain in the wisdom tooth area
In the Meantime …
So, when making an appointment to have your wisdom tooth removed, the dentist office might not have immediate openings… they may not be able to remove that tooth until a week or two later, depending on their availability. So while you’re waiting on your appointment to come, you don’t have to wait in pain… there are natural remedies that you can do at home to alleviate the pain associated with toothaches.
Utilize Essential Oils
People typically use essential oil for diffusers but these pain-relieving oils are great for more than just diffusers. Essential oils like clove and tea tree are great for providing temporary relief of toothache pain. The thing to always remember about essential oils is that you must dilute it with every use, whether it’s with a carrier oil or water. Using essential oils the right way is one of the biggest and most important things you need to know about them.
You can mix an essential oil like clove with a carrier oil like olive oil and put a few drops on a cotton ball and apply it to the pain area for relief or you can put a few drops of tea tree oil in water and gargle to provide relief. Just consult with your dentist to make sure it’s okay to do based on your medical and dental condition.
Gargle With Salt Water
A salt water rinse is probably the simplest solution to easing the pain of toothaches. Salt water cleanses your mouth and acts as an antiseptic for your mouth that can also alleviate the pain associated with gum infections and abscesses. To make a salt water gargling solution, Very Well Health recommends you mix a teaspoon of table salt with a cup (8 oz) of warm water. Stir the solution until the salt is completely dissolved.
Once the salt is dissolved, gargle and spit until the solution is gone. You’ll want to swish the warm solution in your mouth for about 30 seconds so it can cleanse your entire mouth and then spit it out.
*If you have high blood pressure, consult with your doctor before implementing a salt water rinse*
Make a Cold Compress
A cold compress is going to aid in the pain and discomfort associated with swollen and inflamed gums. You can make a cold compress by soaking a rag in cold water, putting it in a freezer bag, and then putting it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes so that it can get nice and cold. Once your rag is cold inside the bag, apply the compress to your affected area and hold it there for 10 minutes, and then remove it from the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat this process until you start to feel the pain dissipate. Do this as needed.
Tooth pain is not something to play around with. If you’re experiencing pain in your mouth, teeth, or gums, you need to immediately make an appointment with your dentist to find out what’s going on because you shouldn’t have pain in your mouth so when you do, you know that something isn’t right. If you maintain a good daily oral regimen, that will help keep you out of the dentist’s office. Brush your teeth, floss, and use mouthwash regularly.