The best way to treat a toothache is to seek a dentist do that the cause can be identified and the appropriate treatment be started. However, while you wait for the appointment there are some natural way you can relieve the pain at home:
- Floss between your teeth where you are feeling pain because sometimes food residue may be causing an inflammation;
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and salt to help improve mouth hygiene, eliminating bacteria and helping to treat a possible infection;
- Mouthwashes with Artemisia or chamomile tea can help because they have strong anti-inflammatory properties that relieve pain;
- Biting a clove in the area that the affected tooth is may help to relieve pain because it can fight bacteria that may be causing the inflammation;
- Hold an ice pack on the face, place it where you feel pain, or put an ice stone in your mouth because the cold decreases inflammation and relieves the pain.
If pain is frequent and your dentist has said what you can take in these situations, it is possible to take a painkiller or an anti-inflammatory drug, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, to control pain and decrease inflammation.
These home remedies should not replace your dentist's appointment because there can be an infection or cavities that need to be treated and although this type of medication can relieve the pain, the cause can continue to worsen over time.
The tooth that is hurting is also very sensitive to changes in temperature, so avoid eating foods that are too hot or too cold, as well as avoiding cold air in the mouth when speaking. A good tip is to apply a patch over the tooth to protect it from air temperature.
Possible causes for the pain
A toothache is mainly caused when a tooth cracks, but it can also happen due to the presence of cavities, abscesses or to the birth of a wisdom tooth, for example.
Although the birth of a wisdom tooth does not require specific treatment and pain alleviates over time, almost all other causes need to be treated and therefore it is very important to always go to the dentist so he can evaluate the situation.
In addition, trauma to the mouth can cause fractures in a tooth or root of a tooth that cannot be identified with the naked eye, but can cause pain mainly while chewing or when in contact with hot or cold foods.
When to go to the dentist
You should always seek a dentist if toothache presents itself, but it is even more important to make an appointment when:
- The toothache does not go away with home remedies or painkillers;
- The pain returns in a few days;
- There is bleeding for more than 2 or 3 days;
- Teeth are very sensitive and prevent you from eating;
- A fracture is visible on the tooth.
One of the best ways to prevent toothache from recurring is to brush your teeth every day, as well as doing a routine dental appointment at least once a year.