How To Get Rid of Tooth Pain
Oral care is priceless, and seeing your dentist two times per year for check-ups is vital in maintaining a healthy mouth. However, we’re living in a D.I.Y. society in which health comes second to pleasure or entertainment.
People all over the world want home remedies for toothaches instead of visiting their dentist twice a year for regular cleanings. In fact, most professionals recommend you have monthly dental visits, but it’s hard enough to get a patient to come in once a year.
Dentistry is becoming a commodity in today’s world as opposed to a necessity, prompting people in search of tooth pain remedies to treat the symptom with painkillers instead of tackling the root of the problem. Pun intended.
As much as we urge you to find a dentist immediately if you have any amount of tooth pain, we know not many people will listen. So, we still feel the need to get rid of your tooth pain by any means necessary, but be aware that this will only buy you a little time before your pain gets even worse.
WHY DOES MY TOOTH HURT?
There are several reasons why your tooth, or teeth, might be hurting.
1. The most obvious reason, of course, is that you probably have a cavity. If you wait too long to fill that annoying hole in your tooth, the treatment might end up being much more expensive. Taking care of a cavity in its early stages will be painless and affordable.
2. Tooth enamel erosion is also a leading contributor to tooth pain. Enamel erodes due to tobacco use, drinking too much coffee or black tea, tooth trauma, among other reasons. It’s virtually impossible to reverse erosion, so the only solution is to give your teeth proper maintenance from now on.
3. Gum disease, or periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gingivitis, will not only swell the area around your teeth and cause unimaginable pain but can increase your risk of suffering a heart attack as well.
4. Without even knowing it, a significant portion of the population suffers from what is known as bruxism, better known as grinding your teeth at night. This issue will need professional care as soon as possible or will lead to other health complications.
5. Tooth decay leads to inflammation of the pulp – the pulp contains the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue inside a tooth, and provides nutrients and blood to the tooth – and subsequently causes tooth pain.
HOW TO SOOTHE A TOOTHACHE
There is no scientifically proven home remedy for toothaches, but tooth pain remedies are still trusted and implemented on a daily basis by people all over the world.
These quick fix dental treatments have been passed down from generation to generation, and we have yet to find a winning formula that would make dentists obsolete.
Oh, the things we’ll do to avoid the dentist. *Sighs*
– Bourbon-soaked cotton balls are go-to’s when it comes to relieving dental pain. (Insert LOL here.) People are still using this method to numb the pain, even if it’s just temporary. Soaking a cotton ball with a bit of bourbon to place it on the throbbing spot might seem harmless but avoiding proper treatment can result in…well we don’t have to tell you what you already know.
– As far as home remedies go, swishing salt water is one of the safest alternatives to dentistry. Not really, though. This solution, like all other D.I.Y. solutions, provides only temporary relief and avoiding the root of the problem will be the end of most teeth. Although swishing a saline solution or salt water for 30 seconds in your mouth does cleanse certain bacteria and areas with pus, there are no long-term benefits to doing so.
– Garlic is an excellent addition to most dishes and is even better at keeping vampires away. It’s not as effective, however, at relieving pain. Sure, you can mash a clove of garlic and add a pinch of salt to use a paste where it hurts, but this will only be temporary relief of course. Chewing on garlic two to three times a day is the more extreme version and will relieve your toothache momentarily. It will also negatively impact your social life. Nobody likes garlic breath.
– Though it only contains a tiny amount, alcohol is an active ingredient in vanilla extract, making it a slight numbing agent. It is also believed to soothe a toothache due to its relaxing scent. Like bourbon, the solution is applied by rubbing a tiny amount to the area in question with your finger, or by placing a cotton ball with a dab of the extract on the affected area at least three times a day.
– Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most dangerous methods to ease tooth pain since it can cause intestinal complications if ingested or can burn your mouth if not enough water is mixed in with the hydrogen peroxide. (Mix equal parts of water with three percent hydrogen peroxide and swish for 30 seconds. Repeat a maximum of two times.) This solution is more effective than salt water at reducing bacteria, but it’s just not worth the risks.
HONORABLE MENTIONS OF HOW TO SOOTHE A TOOTHACHE
Clove oil and peppermint tea bags are two ways of temporarily alleviating tooth pain before your appointment with a dentist. Its herbal properties make a peppermint tea bag much safer than clove oil, which can worsen the pain if it comes in contact with other sensitive areas of your mouth.
If the problem persists after trying all these home remedies for toothaches, and it will – then please make an appointment to get your teeth checked by a dental professional A.S.A.P.!
HOW TO SOOTHE A TEETHING BABY
The solutions listed above are not for children and much less for teething babies. Rubbing your baby’s gums with a clean, fresh and moistened washcloth will often do the trick.
If not, over-the-counter remedies for teething babies will be the only solution. Avoid pain relieving medications that have benzocaine as it is proven to cause a rare condition that decreases oxygen in the bloodstream.
Drying the baby’s drool will help a bit in relieving or soothing the pain, and carefully feeding your child solid foods like bananas will help them feel comfortable.
A teething baby only needs to see the doctor when a fever presents itself or when symptoms unrelated to teething appear.
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
We hope you finish this article not with new home remedies to ease your tooth pain but with newfound knowledge of the importance that a dentist has in your life.
Dental practitioners can change your life forever by making your teeth more healthy, more appealing, and can even give you confidence, unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
Dentists can also diagnose other health complications completely unrelated to dentistry, like sleep apnea, for example.
Make getting a dental check-up a mid-year resolution or what have you, but knowledge of what is causing you pain is the first step to ridding yourself of buccal uncomfortableness.
There is no need to receive treatment on your first visit. The dentist you choose will just create a health plan for you to follow thoroughly and let you know what best suits your needs.
Don’t settle for one opinion or for a professional you don’t quite vibe with or trust. See what others have to say and whoever makes you feel the most cared for will be the winner.
Seriously, there’s no time to waste. Stop suffering and help a dentist help you, NOW!