Typically, a toothache comes on because of some sort of decay; a cavity, receding gums, exposed root, or a broken or loose filling. They can begin aching slowly, or come on strong and sudden. No matter the reason, it is important to make an appointment with us immediately so we can get to the root cause of the problem to address the discomfort quickly. Unfortunately, there are times when you’re unable to get to our dental practice as soon as you’d like. Maybe you’re out of town on business or a vacation. When a prior obligation will not allow you to come see us right away, there are some home remedies that have been known to ease the ache until you can.
Cold Compress – Inflammation and swelling can be relieved when a toothache is caused by an injury by holding something cold against your cheek. A bag of frozen peas or a steak have been stereotypical cold compresses, but blue bricks and gels have become common. The way it works is that it constricts blood vessels in the afflicted area.
Peppermint Oil and Teas – Peppermint has a natural numbing property. You may have noticed all the holistic peppermint products currently on the health market. That makes it a good all-natural remedy for an aching tooth. Just drink a little tea, or drop a dab of oil on the point of pain.
Saltwater Rinse – A time-tested remedy for a plethora of mouth-related injuries, saltwater is a universal antiseptic and anti-inflammatory that has been used for wound cleansing for thousands of years.
Numbing Medications – Over-the-counter pain-relievers are always available at your local pharmacy, and topical numbing agent benzocaine can be used. Just be sure to get advice from the pharmacist about which one would be best for your situation..
Mouthwash – For discomfort caused by infection, an antibacterial mouthwash will help by ridding the mouth of germs. Don’t neglect to check the label because not all of them contain antibacterial medicine.
If you have a toothache that is giving you discomfort, call Dr. Amanda Rhoades and our helpful team at Eastern Hills Dental immediately. Phone: 513-231-7474 . We will rearrange our schedule so that you may come into our office in Cincinnati, Ohio as soon as possible.