There are few things more terrible than tooth pain, even minor tooth pain. As soon as you experience that familiar sharp throbbing, you should call the dentist and make an appointment. However, don’t wait in agony for your appointment. There are a number of different things that you can do to ease terrible tooth pain before you can get to the dentist.
1. Elevate your head at night.
When you lie down to go to sleep, the blood will flow to your head. This can increase the pain of your hurting tooth or teeth. Elevate your head with several pillows when you go to bed for the night, and you will have a better chance of actually sleeping.
2. Buy clove bud and some cotton swabs.
Clove bud is an at home treatment remedy that actually works. You probably won’t be able to find clove bud at any large store, like Wal-Mart or Rite Aid. If you go to any herbal store or whole foods store, you will be able to find clove bud. If you aren’t able to find it anywhere, you can buy just cloves at your local supermarket, but it won’t work as well.
Brush your teeth to remove any plaque or food debris. Place a few drops of clove bud on the cotton swabs. Apply the clove bud directly to the part of your mouth that feels pain. Also apply the clove bud to the area around the tooth that hurts. Only use a few drops! Clove bud may burn, but that’s pretty typical.
The way that clove bud works is to basically overwhelm the nerve endings. The burning sensation won’t last for very long, so don’t worry about it. You can use clove bud for a short amount of time, but it can end up destroying your nerves. This means that you shouldn’t use it for any longer than a week.
If you can’t find clove bud, you can also try a product called First Aid. This product contains clove bud, so it works in much the same way. Simply follow the directions on the box.
If you can’t find First Aid or clove bud, chew on a number of cloves from the supermarket, much like chewing tobacco. Leave the cloves in your mouth for about 30 minutes. This should numb the pain for a few hours.
3. Baking soda and water
Dissolve some baking soda in warm water. Rinse your mouth with the baking soda solution to ease the pain. It also might help to rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help prevent infection.
If you are on a low sodium diet, you can still use warm salt water. Instead of using table salt, use Epsom salts. Epsom salts have magnesium in them instead of sodium, so you won’t have to worry about your blood pressure.
4. Remove any trapped food from your mouth.
Food particles that are stuck in your mouth can also cause pain. Rinse your mouth with warm water first in order to loosen up any food debris. Then, floss your teeth to remove any other food that is trapped between your teeth.
5. Use an over the counter treatment.
Some of the over the counter treatments that are available. Some of the more popular ones are Anbesol and Orajel. Simply follow the directions on the package.
6. Pain relievers
Some of the most effective pain relievers for tooth aches are asprin and ibuprofen. Take 324 milligrams of asprin every four to six hours. Or, if you prefer, take 200 milligrams of ibuprofen every four hours.
7. Ice it
All you have to do for this is take a bunch of ice, wrap it in a towel, and hold it to the outside of your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes every hour.