5 Ways to Deal with a Tooth Ache
A toothache can occur due to the inflammation of the pulp, leading to excruciating pain. Inflammation can come about due to various reasons, key among them; an infection of the gum, cavities or a blow to the tooth. Below is a combination of remedies that can be applied to relieve the pain associated with a toothache:
1. Take painkillers
The first step you might consider is going for an over-the-counter painkiller prescription. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and aspirin are the recommended drugs. They are good in providing quick and effective relief from pain and work best for minor toothaches. Regardless of the intensity of the pain, it is essential to stick to the recommended dosage. Sometimes you might have a throbbing tooth with intense pain, which radiates to nearby areas such as the eyes, ears and throat. In such cases, see a dentist immediately.
2. Keep the area cold
Cold-compressing the area affected by a toothache is another way of easing the pain. You can fill a storage bag with some ice then compress it on the cheek area affected. The ice temperatures will help reduce the pain. Be sure to cover the ice-filled storage bag or ice pack with a towel. Avoid applying ice directly to the tooth as at times the aching tooth might be sensitive to hot and cold substances.
3. Numb the area
Using an over-the-counter numbing gel can help you ease the pain. The gel is directly applied to the affected area and can take some hours to be effective. Consider using clove oil or whole cloves if you do not have a numbing gel. Cloves are natural numbing agents.
4. Rinse with warm salt water
Warm salt water rinsed in the mouth a couple of times in a day can help relieve tooth pain. The salt water will also fight any bacteria that might cause an infection and reduce swelling. Gurgle the water repeatedly, ensuring that it touches the affected area.
In summary, while the above remedies might hold off the pain for a while, it is important to see a dentist. In many cases, toothaches are a result of an infection of badly decayed teeth which require medical interventions. Some symptoms such as pain that doesn't reduce even after taking medication, trouble swallowing, fevers and chills should be a major concern and help should be sought immediately. A dentist will advise you on the best approach to permanently relieve the pain.