General Dentistry Tricks and Tips: Soothe Your Toothache
Toothaches can be horribly painful, uncomfortable and if very serious—unbearable! Fortunately, there are many at-home remedies that can keep the pain at bay until your general dentistry office is open and can see you for an appointment.
Of course, none of the following remedies is a substitute for dental care at a general dentistry office, and you should always seek out professional care if you have a serious toothache or notice severe swelling or redness.
There are several different kinds of extracts that can help ease the pain of a toothache, and many of them are probably already sitting in your kitchen cabinets! Try dabbing a little bit of almond, vanilla, lemon, or peppermint extract on a Q-tip and holding it to the affected area. This will help dull the pain.
Make yourself a cup of hot tea and re-use the warm tea bag to numb that achy tooth. Any type of tea will do because tea leaves contain natural substances that will help numb your pain.
Clove oil is used in many dental products found in general dentistry offices across the nation, so it’s no surprise that cloves can be used as an at-home remedy as well! If you’re suffering from a toothache, rest a single clove against the affected area until the pain goes away. You can also use a very small amount of clove oil or grind up some cloves to create a paste. However you use them, cloves are a great remedy for tooth pain.
4. Hydrogen Peroxide
If you are worried that your tooth is infected, hydrogen peroxide will help dull the pain while also disinfecting and cleaning the area. Mix it with a little bit of water and swoosh it around in your mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out. Do not swallow! If you fear an infection has already taken place, is imperative that you schedule an appointment with a general dentistry practice as soon as possible to avoid complications caused by the infection.
5. Peppermint Leaves
Not only do they taste and smell great, but peppermint leaves can also act as a natural remedy for toothaches. Gently chew on a few peppermint leaves or hold a clump of dried leaves to the affected area to get some much-needed relief.
Have a toothache? Make an appointment at our general dentistry practice.
As we mentioned above, these at-home remedies are great short-term solutions if your regular dental office is closed and you’re in pain, but there may be an underlying issue that needs to be addressed by a dental professional immediately.
Parkcrest Dental Group is proud to offer premier general dentistry and pediatric dentistry services to residents of the Springfield area. We can help you get rid of that toothache for good and provide answers and treatment for any underlying issues to improve your overall oral health. Contact our Springfield dental office today to make an appointment with a Parkcrest dentist.