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Simple Relief Techniques For Tooth Pain

Dr. Ali Saeed Sethi

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While there is nothing as a ‘good ache’, but an aching tooth is especially bad. Not only is the discomfort associated with it nigh unbearable, but the pain is also really bad. Worse yet, it does not remain restricted to the tooth but extends to the entire face as well. In extreme cases, it might also cause headaches too. This is why managing tooth pain relief is so important.

Moreover, the ache is persistent and disruptive. It interferes with eating and sleeping, the disturbance of which then propagates to everyday life as well. While most of the timely intervention of a dentist is required, but the minor ailments can be still be resolved using home remedies.

Moreover, pain relief techniques are also very important to know as most dentists are available via appointment only. Scheduling the visit may take some time, and thus home remedies act as a temporary aid to curb the toothache.

The following are some very simple regimens for tooth pain relief that can be easily done and are very effective. Since these are natural, they do not have side-effects. These are also great for people suffering from issues like stomach ulcers and hence cannot take pain killers to get relief from the nasty toothaches.

1. Salt and water mouth wash

A very easy tooth pain relief tip is to rinse the mouth using the salt and water rinse. Salt helps to reduce the inflammation and painful swelling causing the ache. The rinsing action helps to sway and flow away any particles stuck in the gums that might be causing or aggravating the pain.

Moreover, since salt and water combination has good anti-bacterial properties, it also helps to protect against the infections.

2. Clove

Cloves are a renowned tooth pain relief treatment in the subcontinent, and rightly so. Research has shown that the compound found in cloves, eugenol, is effective in pain and inflammation relief.

Eugenol helps to numb the region of the pain and therefore acts as a natural pain killer. Cloves can be used in a variety of ways to provide relief. It can be either made into a paste by soaking in water to soften its hard exterior or chewed as it is and then placing it in the region where the pain is originating from.

3. Hydrogen peroxide

Infections in the mouth are a common cause of toothache. Some are very severe that they need to be treated through prescription medication. However, regardless of the severity of the infection, hydrogen peroxide rinse can be a very helpful painkiller.

Hydrogen peroxide is also effective for tooth pain relief from periodontitis as well.

Hydrogen peroxide should only be used when it is diluted with water. Mix equal parts of water in hydrogen peroxide and swish and swirl in the mouth. This rinse is not safe for children, as they can accidentally swallow it.

4. Icing

Cold compress is a go-to treatment for pain relief as it helps to numb the area. It also helps to reduce any swelling and inflammation there might be as well. Icing can be done over the cheeks or the pack can directly be applied to the tooth as well.

5. Peppermint tea rinse

Like clove, peppermint is also another very useful herb for tooth pain relief. As it contains antioxidants and antibacterial compounds, it is very helpful in preventing the infection from aggravating. It also has a mild numbing effect hence it is also effective for curbing the intense pain.

Peppermint tea rinse is easy to do. Just brew some tea and swish it around the mouth especially in the troubling region. If tea is too difficult to brew, you can also suck on the teabag. The saliva in the mouth will help bring out the concentrated juices of peppermint from the leaves in the bag.

6. Keep your head elevated

When the head is elevated, it receives less of the pulsating blood supply which often can cause the pain to aggravate. This remedy is especially useful during the night, when the toothache is preventing blissful slumber. Just prop some cushion underneath the upper back and head so that they are elevated from the rest of the body.

7. Mouthwash rinse

Since alcohol too has an antiseptic effect, an alcohol-based mouthwash is also a good remedy for preventing (further) infections. It also has numbing properties, has also aided in deintensifying the pain encountered by the body.

Furthermore, as the mouth wash is swished and gargled in the mouth with force, it also helps dislodge any particles that might be stuck in the gum or between the teeth that at times, cause swelling and pain.

8. Call in the medicine guns

Unlike the over the counter pain medication that not everyone can take, a topical treatment can be taken by almost all adults (unless specified otherwise by the doctor). These basically help to numb the area for tooth pain relief.

9. Guava Leaves

Not only are guavas themselves great, but their leaves are also loaded with beneficial properties. Guava leaves contain an anti-inflammatory effect for pain and swelling relief.

 The leaves can be chewed on to release the juices containing healing elements. If that is too unpleasant, you can also brew the tea from the leaves. Use the tea then to rinse thoroughly the mouth.

It is important to note that if the home remedies are ineffective in treating the pain or provide only partial relief, a visit to the doctor cannot be further held off. There are many reasons for toothaches; from dental work gone awry to bad oral hygiene to infections, all of which can only be resolved by the dentist.

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Ali Saeed Sethi - Author Dr. Ali Saeed Sethi is an endodontist (specialist dentist) based in Lahore. You may reach him out for a whole range of dental health issues and dental services. He has over 8 years of experience in his field and is providing his expert services at Dental Square, Thokar Niaz Baig, near EME Housing Society, Canal Bank Road, Lahore.
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