Before using any strategy to relieve toothache at home, it is very important to try and identify a possible cause. Mild toothache normally happens due to the accumulation of food residue between the teeth, but it can also appear as a sign of more serious problems, such as tooth decay or periodontitis.
Therefore, when the pain is very frequent or when it does not go away, it is recommended to consult a dentist as soon as possible, so that the correct cause can be identified and the treatment started.
Here are some tips that can help relieve toothache at home:
1. Floss and brush teeth
Flossing is important to remove any food residue that can be stuck between the teeth, causing the area to become inflamed and painful.
After flossing, it is also recommended to brush your teeth carefully, avoiding putting a lot of pressure on the affected area.
2. Rinse with warm saltwater
A warm saltwater rinse can help clean your mouth and fight some micro-organisms that may be causing the pain. To do this type of rinse you should dilute one teaspoon of salt in one cup of water and rinse the mixture for 30 seconds every hour.
3. Apply clove oil
Clove oil has amazing analgesic and antibacterial properties that can help fight any type of infection that may be developing, relieving pain and inflammation. Simply apply two drops of this oil directly on the inflamed tooth or with the help of a cotton swab, three times a day. Another option is to chew on a clove directly on top of the affected tooth.
4. Rinse with ginger tea and propolis
Ginger tea has calming and anti-inflammatory properties, while propolis has healing and antibacterial agents. Together they are able to help relieve pain and clean the inflamed area.
Add 5 drops of propolis for each cup of ginger tea, and rinse your mouth twice a day.
5. Apply ice
To help ease pain faster, you can also place an ice-pack to your face, near the sore area, but it is important to cover the ice-pack with a clean cloth so you don’t burn the skin. The ice should stay on for 15 minutes and this procedure can be done three times a day.
6. Take OTC medication
If none of the natural options work, OTC medications may be the only solution. Analgesics and anti-inflammatory medication, such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen, are the most used to alleviate tooth pain. However, OTC medication should only be used by adults and for a short period, preferably under the guidance of a physician.