Most toothaches are caused by sensitivity to the nerve of the tooth due to tooth decay, injury or infection. Other causes include gum disease, tooth fractures or even sinus infections that can cause bursts of pain. Though professional dental intervention may be necessary to restore the tooth and combat the pain, there are other natural remedies available if you dentist is not.
Hot or cold water in your mouth may cause a shock to your already sensitive tooth but rinsing with warm salt water may alleviate the pain. Mix a couple teaspoons of table salt in a glass of warm water, then swish the mixture in your mouth. In addition to easing the pain and cleaning the infected areas, the salt also helps to draw out excess fluid around the swollen gum tissues.
The presence of cold helps to curb pain and swelling in superficial nerves, so applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the face may help numb the pain. You should, however, never apply ice directly to the tooth. Cold drinks may cause sensitivity pain if the root is damaged; this also applies to hot drinks and sugary foods.
Oil of cloves is an essential oil found in health food stores can also help soothe tooth pain. Apply a few drops to a cotton swab and apply it directly to the affected tooth. If the oil of cloves is too strong, dilute it with some olive oil.
You may not feel like moving around if you have a throbbing toothache, but for people who exercise regularly, moving about can release endorphins, the body's natural pain relievers. You may find that a brisk walk is helpful.
Getting your body into a relaxed state may help alleviate some tooth pain. Guide your mind into a state of relaxation by concentrating on something pleasant, practicing deep breathing, and listening to soothing music – this will hopefully divert your attention away from the pain. If all else fails, try an analgesic; anything you take for a headache, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or acetaminophen, should help combat the pain until you can see your dentist.
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