Request Request Appointment Pay Pay A Bill Like Us Like us on Facebook Reviews Read Our Reviews Call Give us a Call Map View our Map
Patient Portal

Toothache Triage: Easy At-Home Remedies for Oral Pain

January 18, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — cstonedentalfargo @ 1:45 pm
A woman holding her cheek because she needs emergency dentistry

Toothaches can strike at any time. Whether it’s some plaque you missed between your teeth or a sudden crack, you may find yourself on the receiving end of oral discomfort. In times like this, you may need to call your dentist for emergency dentistry, but until you can get into the chair, you might be on your own. That’s why you might need some home remedies to tie you over.

If you want some easy resolutions for tooth pain that you can do at home until your appointment, continue reading.

1. Ice

When a toothache strikes, ice reduces inflammation and numbs the affected area. The best way to apply it is to wrap a few ice cubes in a thin cloth and place it on the painful area for 15 minutes. This can help alleviate pain and swelling in one swoop.

2. Elevate Your Head

Elevating your head while resting can minimize blood flow to the affected tooth. This can sometimes reduce pain and the throbbing sensation that comes with it. This can be especially effective if you’re trying to sleep.

3. Saline Rinse

A simple saline rinse can be an effective way to kill bacteria and provide temporary relief from a toothache. Mix a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and swish the solution around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out.

4. Crushed Garlic

Garlic, known for its natural antibacterial properties, has been known to combat toothache pain. Crush a garlic clove to form a paste, apply it directly to the affected tooth, and leave it on for a few minutes. Garlic’s antimicrobial properties may help reduce pain and fight infection. 

5. Clove

Clove has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for toothaches due to its anesthetic and anti-inflammatory properties. You can apply clove oil directly to the affected tooth or chew on a whole clove gently. Be cautious not to place it directly on the gum, as it can irritate the sensitive tissues. 

6. Tea Bags

A warm tea bag can act as a soothing compress for a painful tooth. After steeping a tea bag in hot water, allow it to cool slightly and then place it against the affected area. Peppermint tea, or a teabag with a few drops of peppermint oil can also act as an anti-bacterial.

While these home remedies can provide temporary relief, it’s important to stress that they do not substitute professional dental care. If you experience persistent or severe toothache, it’s time to see your dentist! Don’t delay emergency treatment as toothache is usually a sign of something more serious.

About the Author

Dr. Stacy Goodwill and Dr. Jessica Majidian are your friendly and talented dental professionals at Cornerstone Dental. They take pride in the welcoming environment they’ve created at their practice and the incredible team they’ve put together to help you reach all your smile goals. They use ultramodern dental technology and techniques to make every visit better than the last. Call (701) 237-3583 to schedule an emergency dentistry appointment or visit the website to learn more.

No Comments

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.