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How to Temporarily Relieve a Minor Toothache

Tuesday June 16, 2015 by
Melissa Brown, DDS

If you have ever had a toothache, you know the pain and discomfort it can cause. Whether it is a slight pain or a throbbing sensation, it is definitely not something you want to experience. And since toothaches do not always happen when the dentist’s office is open, this usually results in having to find some sort of over-the-counter relief for your minor tooth pain.

WHAT IS MINOR TOOTH PAIN?

Minor tooth pain can occur after eating something really hot, cold, or sweet. It can also come with redness of the gums, inflammation, or headaches. The causes of minor toothaches can come from a hole in the tooth, such as a cavity, an infection surrounding your tooth, the decay of a molar, or a cracked or chipped tooth. Other issues that can cause toothaches are sinuses or a piece of food stuck in between two teeth.

HOW CAN I TEMPORARILY ALLEVIATE PAIN?

If you find yourself experiencing a toothache in the middle of the night or on the weekend when your dentist office is closed, it can be very frustrating. It is important to know of some minor toothache remedies that you can do at home until you can get in to see your dentist.

Minor Toothache Remedies include:
Clove Oil – Cloves contain a natural anesthetic known as Eugenol, which is a numbing agent. Dab a bit of this oil on a cotton ball, and then apply it onto the aching tooth. This is only a temporary relief for minor toothache, but it will definitely help to ease the pain.
Peppermint Tea Bag – This remedy can be used in two ways. You can apply the cooled tea bag directly onto the aching tooth, or you can also put the tea bag in the freezer and then apply to the tooth for a numbing affect. You should keep the tea bag on the tooth for 20 minutes for the best relief.
Salt Water Rinse – Saltwater is a great cleanser, and it is often used to clean out infected areas. The rinse will also help to loosen any debris and help to provide temporary relief of toothache.
Hydrogen Peroxide – Just like salt water, hydrogen peroxide is commonly used as a cleaning aid. Peroxide is more effective, however, because it can attack the bacteria rather than rinsing it away.
Garlic – This remedy acts similarly to an antibiotic, and it can inhibit the bacterium that is attacking the tooth. Garlic can be used in a couple different ways when treating a toothache. The first is to mash up the garlic with a dash of salt and apply the paste to the throbbing tooth. The second one is to simply chew up the garlic in your mouth.
Vanilla Extract – This one is really based on a perceived belief that vanilla is thought to be soothing and relaxing. When you combine that factor with the numbing agent that the extract provides (due to alcohol being an active ingredient), it can help to relieve the pain caused by the toothache.

It is important to understand that these remedies are simply a temporary solution to easing the pain associated with a toothache. It is very important to visit your dentist as soon as possible so that he or she can properly diagnose and treat the problem. We hope you never have to experience the pain that comes from a toothache, but if you should, these minor toothache remedies will help to ease the pain until you can make a trip to your dentist.

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