Toothaches can strike at the worst of times. While you should ideally go to see a dentist as soon as one develops, you may find yourself in a situation where you can’t reach a dentist for a few days, either because you can’t find time to get away or one doesn’t have time to see you. Knowing how to soothe a toothache can help to relieve the pain until you can get in to see the dentist. These methods should not be used as a permanent fix for your toothache. They should instead just be considered a stop gap measure until you can get in to see the North Phoenix Dentists or another dental office near you.
Obviously, pain killers are one of the top choices. Toothache pain can be quite severe. Aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen, and similar pain killers can reduce the pain. In some cases though, the pain is too strong, and it will not remove the pain entirely. In those cases, it is important to not overdose but to turn to an additional method. If you need guidance on the appropriate amount, you can call the North Phoenix Dentists to find out what the best dosage is.
Clove Oil Application
An old fashioned cure that actually does help remove the pain from a toothache is the application of clove oil. The clove oil needs to be pure. Do not purchase “essence” of clove oil. “Extract” is typically a good one. You can purchase this at most health and drug stores. You can then take cotton balls and apply several drops to the ball. You should then apply the ball directly to the location of the pain. If the toothache has affected your jaw, you can also apply it externally. When applying the clove oil, make sure that you apply it to the surrounding area as well. Most of the time, toothaches include referred pain, meaning that the actual source of the pain may be nearby and not at the site of the pain.
Let the clove oil sit on the affected area for ten minutes. If you start to experience any burning or increased discomfort for more than a few seconds, remove. Reactions are very rare, but they are not something that you should just ignore. The clove oil itself will sting slightly because it is shutting down the nerve endings temporarily.
Old Fashioned Cures That Will Make Your Toothache Worse
There’s one old fashioned cure that you should not try: alcohol. Alcohol was a common painkiller before the general availability of over the counter painkillers. In fact, it is one of the world’s oldest painkillers. The alcohol does not actually remove the pain, but it removes the ability to feel the pain. However, alcohol is likely to increase the pain and infection already present in the tooth. The sugar and acid content in most alcoholic beverages will also accelerate the rate of decay.
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