How to Temporarily Relieve Tooth Pain
Tooth pain is some of the worst pain humans’ experience. How many of us related to Tom Hanks’ character in Castaway when he was desperate for a dentist? Thankfully, we aren’t stuck on a deserted island and can easily get to dentist’s office. However, how many of us put it off like Don Draper did in Mad Men? Or some of us would gladly go to the dentist to get relief but the office is closed?
What do you do in the meantime? How can you temporarily relieve the pain?
There are several causes for tooth pain: cavities, wisdom teeth, decay, loose filling, etc. The first thing you should do is make an appointment with Dr. Wells. However, it may take a little while to see him. In the meantime, you can use over the counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or Tylenol. You can also try applying a topical analgesic like Orajel. Analgesics work by numbing the nerve endings to dull the pain.
Another method of relieving toothpain is to do a saltwater rinse. Add a ½ teaspoon of table salt to 8 ounces of lukewarm water. Swish it around your mouth and then spit it out. Another home remedy is to apply a cold compress to the side of your face where you feel the pain. Swelling of cheek or jawline, may also indicate that you have an abscess deep within your roots. This can seriously affect your jaw and other teeth.
We know that desperate times call for desperate measures. There are two more home remedies that might work. The first one is to put some ice in your hand and hold it in the space between you thumb and forefinger on the same side of the body as your toothache. Hold it for 7 minutes- this may seem a bit strange, but research shows ice can stop pain signals to your brain.
The last home remedy we suggest is clove oil. Cloves have long been used to help relieve toothaches. Rub some clove oil directly on the sore area or soak a cotton ball in it and place it against the tooth and gums. Clove oil is known to be just as effective as over- the- counter analgesics.
The holidays are a busy time of year and the last thing you want to deal with is a toothache. However, this time of year with all the sweets, toothaches are more likely to happen. Use this guide to help temporarily relieve the pain- but make an appointment as soon as possible.