4 Ways to Deal with a Toothache

What you can do

If you have a toothache, it’s important to figure out what’s at the root of your discomfort. From there, you can determine how to best relieve any pain, swelling, or other symptoms.

A regular salt water rinse and cold compress application can typically remedy minor irritation, but more serious toothaches may require a dentist’s intervention.

If your symptoms persist for more than a day or two, see your dentist. They can provide guidance on how to relieve your symptoms and prevent future pain.

You should also talk to your dentist before using any of the following remedies if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any medical condition that may be impacted by herbal ingredients.

Keep reading to learn more.

1. Salt water rinse

For many people, a salt water rinse is an effective first-line treatment. Salt water is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. Treating a toothache with salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds.

To use this approach, mix 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.

2. Hydrogen peroxide rinse

A hydrogen peroxide rinse may also help to relieve pain and inflammation. In addition to killing bacteria, hydrogen peroxide can reduce plaque and heal bleeding gums.

Make sure you properly dilute the hydrogen peroxide. To do this, mix 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and use it as a mouthwash. Don’t swallow it.

3. Cold compress

You may use a cold compress to relieve any pain you’re experiencing, especially if any type of trauma has caused your toothache. When you apply a cold compress, it causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict. This makes pain less severe. The cold can also reduce any swelling and inflammation.

To use this approach, hold a towel-wrapped bag of ice to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time. You can repeat this every few hours.

4. Peppermint tea bags

Peppermint tea bags can be used to numb pain and soothe sensitive gums.

To do this, allow a used tea bag to cool down before applying it to the affected area. It should still be slightly warm.

You can also swap approaches and use this to cool, rather than warm, the area. To do this, put a used tea bag in the freezer for a couple of minutes to chill it and then apply the bag to your tooth. 

Attributed to: https://www.healthline.com/health/dental-and-oral-health/home-remedies-for-toothache

How to relieve Gum Pain

Gum pain can result from a range of health and lifestyle issues. These causes, and the pain itself, can range in severity. However, a number of home remedies can provide immediate relief.

A person may have gum pain because they have a condition that affects the gums, or because they are simply brushing too hard.

Some other causes of gum pain include:

  • canker sores
  • friction from dental devices, such as retainers or dentures
  • hormonal changes, in females
  • gingivitis, which often causes the gums to bleed
  • oral thrush, a fungal infection that can cause a yellowish film to form in the mouth and throat
  • periodontitis, a serious infection that can develop if a person does not receive treatment for gingivitis
  • cancer of the mouth or throat, though this is less common

Home remedies can help soothe gum pain, and when it is mild, they can completely eliminate it. However, if the pain is persistent or severe, a person should seek medical advice.

In this article, we list seven home remedies that can provide quick relief from gum pain. We also discuss when to see a dentist.

7 home remedies and how they work

In the sections below, we list seven home remedies that may provide quick relief from gum pain:

1. Hot or cold compresses

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Possible home remedies for gum pain include compresses, salt water, and tea bags.

Applying a hot or cold compress can help reduce swelling, which can relieve pain in the gums.

To make a hot compress for the gums, dip a clean cloth into hot, but not scalding, water. Wring out the excess water, then press the cloth against the area of the cheek or lip that covers the painful part of the gums.

To make a cold compress, use an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth.

Learn about other ways to make a cold compress here.

2. Salt water

Rinsing or gargling with salt water can reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria living on the gums. This can help reduce any swelling that is causing pain.

To make a salt water rinse:

  • Mix a quarter teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water.
  • Take a sip and swish the solution around in the mouth, or gargle with it, before spitting it out.
  • Repeat this as often as necessary.

3. Tea bags

Many teas contain plant compounds called tannins. According to some research, tannins can reduce gum pain by killing bacteria that may irritate the gums.

Green, hibiscus, and black teas all contain significant quantities of tannins. These compounds cause the puckering feeling in the mouth after drinking strong tea or red wine.

Some teas contain ingredients that may help reduce inflammation, including ginger and additional chamomile.

To reduce gum pain, steep a tea bag in boiled water for a few minutes, then remove it, allowing it to cool slightly. While the bag is still warm, apply it directly to the site of the pain for around 5 minutes.

4. Herbal paste

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A person can make a paste with turmeric and water that may help relieve gum pain.

People have used herbs for their pain relieving properties for centuries.

Clovesturmeric, and plants in the Spilanthes genus may help reduce pain, and a person can use these to form a paste that they can apply directly to the gums.

To create an herbal paste:

  • Mix a powdered form of turmeric or clove, for example, with a small amount of warm water. Mix until the consistency becomes paste-like.
  • Apply some of the paste directly to the site of the gum pain.
  • Leave the paste on for a few minutes, then rinse it away.

A person can use the paste as often as necessary to help alleviate pain.

Learn about the many other potential health benefits of turmeric here.

5. Essential oils

Many pharmaceutical products contain essential oils due to the various health benefits that they provide. A person can also purchase essential oils to create their own remedies.

Cloveoregano, and peppermint oils all have properties that may help reduce inflammation, decrease pain, and improve circulation.

A person can make a spray containing essential oil and water and use this to reduce gum pain. To create the spray, add 4 or 5 drops of essential oil and 1 ounce of water to a clean spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto the site of the gum pain.

6. Oral gels

Benzocaine is a medication that can numb sore gums, and it is the main ingredient in common oral gels, such as Orajel and Anbesol.

It is important to follow the instructions on the label when using an oral gel to treat gum pain.

7. Over-the-counter pain medication

Pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil) can help ease dental and oral discomfort.

A person may see the best results when they combine over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers with home remedies, such as gargling with a salt water solution.

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A person should speak to their dentist if gum pain is persistent or severe.

A person can often relieve mild-to-moderate gum pain at home. However, it is important to be aware of the warning signs that can indicate a potentially serious underlying health issue.

Some symptoms to look out for include:

  • persistent pain
  • severe pain
  • swelling
  • fever

The presence of any of these can suggest that a person has gum disease or another condition, such as oral thrush, that requires professional treatment.

When an infection is causing gum pain, receiving treatment for the infection will usually relieve the pain.

Attributed to https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326107

Toothaches That Happen At Any Time

Sensitivity to Temperature

Hot sensitivity may be of short duration or linger many seconds.  Short duration sensitivity often go away on their own.  Lingering sensitivity may indictate a problem that should be resolved by seeing a dentist.

Cold Sensitivity

Short duration:   These sensitive pangs are often caused by root exposure but may have other causes.  These sensitivities may resolve spontaneously but usually require professional intervention.

Long duration:  These sensitivities do not usually self-correct.  Visit your dentist.

 Sensitivity/Pain when Biting or Chewing

This is often associated with a cracked or fractured tooth.  However it may also occur with recently restored teeth. If the tooth is cracked or fractured, the tooth will need to be rebuilt.  This may be a restoration that is a filling or a crown .

If the tooth was recently restored, the surface of the new restoration may need to be adjusted.  Sometimes even the slightest difference in the bite will create a stress point that can be easily adjusted at the dental office.

Can’t put your teeth together without pain/ Sensitivity to any form of pressure?

This usually indicates a serious dental problem.  Prescribed medication can temporarily relieve the pain but you must see your dentist.

 Swelling or a Bubble on the gums?

Swelling seen in the mouth or externally (face, cheek, neck) usually means there is an infection.  Prescription medication will help alleviate the pain.  To resolve the problem you will need to see the dentist to treat the tooth that has the infection.  Even if the medication has taken the pain away that does not mean that the infection has disappeared.  Without treatment usually the pain returns.

 Can’t Sleep or Wakes you up?

This situation has multiple causes and you must see your dentist to resolve the problem.

Something is really stuck between your teeth

Every so often something gets stuck between your teeth. Even after flossing and  flossing, you can still feel something stuck.   The smallest pieces can feel very irritating.  At this point you may be thinking of trying to get at the problem with a sharp object.  That is not a good idea. Contact your dentist. This is definitely not a DIY project. Your dentist will have proper tools that will safely open up the contacts between your teeth and remove the foreign objects.

Use your teeth only for food not as a bottle opener.

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Sports and Accidental Injuries

Oh oh my tooth is Out!

So you’ve knocked out a permanent adult tooth…

Time is of the essence.  The tooth may be good enough to re-implant.  But it should be re-implanted as soon as possible.  Assuming the tooth is still in one piece, you’ll want to keep it moist in order to place it back in the socket.  It is important to NOT handle it by the root. An easy thing to do is to place the tooth between the cheek and gums.  If this option feels uncomfortable to you, you can always keep your tooth viable in a glass of milk.  Now that the tooth is protected, get to the dentist as soon as possible!  Good chance that it can be put back.

Cracked Up !

You’ve cracked your tooth!  The first thing you would do is rinse your mouth with warm water immediately.  If you had an injury to the face, you might also want to keep your face from swelling with a cold compress as you head to your dentist. Depending on the fracture, bring the piece to the doctor.  It may be useful.

Biting Off More Than You Can Chew!

When you bite your tongue or lip it’s annoying but it will heal on it’s own.  However, if you bite through your tongue or lip, causing quite a gouge in your flesh, gently cleanse the area with water and apply a cold compress. Go straight to your dentist or emergency room.

Broken Jaw?

It is never a good thing to have  a broken jaw, but that can happen.   The very first thing to do is to get a cold compress in the area that is broken  and the as quickly as possible, go straight  to a hospital emergency room for treatment

Avoiding the problem

These are just a few basics in dealing with the most common of dental emergencies.  How about avoid having to deal with them in the first place?

  1. Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports or recreational activities.
  2. Do not chew ice, hard candy or hard popcorn kernels. It might taste good and feel fun but do you want to see the dentist between your check ups?
  3. Use scissors,  bottle openers, knives for their appropriate activitiesl…NOT YOUR TEETH. Teeth are built to chew and cut food only.

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