Getting Rid of a Toothache
A throbbing tooth can make it difficult to go about your day—it makes it hard to eat, drink, and enjoy doing the things you love the most.
Getting rid of a toothache should ideally involve you taking a trip to the dentist office. Most toothaches are caused by some sort of dental infection, and only a qualified dentist can diagnose the problem and effectively treat it. If a toothache gets worse, it can lead to increased pain and life-threatening blood poisoning (once the bacteria from the infection gets into your blood).
Of course, a toothache reaching this point is extremely rare. You’re probably more concerned at making the pain go away in the short term and getting rid of your toothache fast. Here are a few ways to ease the pain while you wait for your appointment with the dentist.
One thing you can do right of the bat is take an anti-inflammatory pill (like Ibuprofen or Aspirin). This will ease your pain fairly quick, and perhaps make it more tolerable for a while until it dies down. Be sure to follow the directions on the package when using any over-the-counter pain medication.
Applying a cold press is another quick and effective method of calming tooth pain. Take some ice from the freezer and wrap it in a cloth, then press it against your cheek where you’re experiencing the toothache. Not only will it numb the pain, it will also help take down any swelling you might have.
Finally, one of the best ways to get fast relief from a toothache is to sleep it off. Although the pain may make it difficult to fall asleep, oftentimes you will wake up feeling better and energized. Also, your body needs sleep in order to fight infection, and depriving yourself of sleep will only make things worse.
Cleaning a Throbbing Tooth
You need to keep up your daily oral health routine even when you have a toothache. This means proper brushing and flossing. Carefully floss around the problem tooth, brush gently, and rinse with mouthwash. Sometimes this can help with the pain, and help it from getting worse.
Home Remedies That May Offer Relief
While you’re waiting for your dentist appointment, you may decide to try out a few home remedies to help ease the pain and get rid of your toothache fast. Here are a few ways that could prove beneficial:
- Gargle salt water
- Dab your tooth with a little clove oil (more than a drop or two can make the toothache worse)
- Clean your tooth with a Q-tip dipped in hydrogen peroxide (do NOT swallow the hydrogen peroxide)
You might find that your toothache goes away after some quick home treatment. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you should cancel your dentist appointment. There may be some lingering problem that will just flare up again if you choose to ignore it.
See the Dentist
If you have a toothache that won’t go away, it is important that you go and visit the dentist as soon as possible. A dentist will be able to find the underlying problem that is causing your pain, and perform the correct procedures to alleviate it. This could include:
- A dental filling
- Root canal
- Tooth extraction
- Wisdom tooth removal
After your toothache is remedied by the dentist, be sure to follow all of the appropriate instructions for healing so you can have a healthy mouth once again. After all, prevention is far more effective than any form of treatment.