Apologies to the “old wives” and their tales, but there is a reason you feel pain and have a toothache. Many people still believe they can ease toothache pain with a natural “cure” and move on. There are situations where this may temporarily work, so we will address the validity of the tales and discuss several natural remedies for a toothache.
Keep in mind there is a difference between a remedy for pain and a cure.
Natural Remedies And Their Safety
Most natural remedies are safe, and many will lessen or numb the pain, at least for awhile. Some popular ones include:
- A used wet peppermint tea bag is helpful in easing the pain. Apply it cold right on the painful tooth or freeze it. Keep it on for 20 minutes, and it will temporarily numb the pain and bring some relief. This method is completely safe.
- A warm salt water rinse will soothe the area and also rid it of bacteria. This is a safe remedy too
- Hydrogen peroxide mixed with water in equal parts is an effective rinse to attack bacteria, but less safe than salt water should you swallow some.
- Bourbon soaked into a cotton ball will numb the pain. Just as it was used on the battlefields of the past, it is both an antiseptic and reduces pain. The hot toddy has also been hailed as a cure for the common cold. This method is definitely not safe for children.
The main takeaway from these so-called natural remedies is they provide only temporary relief and their use will not alleviate the pain in the long term.
The Only Real Cure For A Toothache
You might utilize one of these natural remedies above to abate the pain until you can get to the dentist. Most toothaches require medical attention, and only your dental professional can discover the cause for the pain and deliver the necessary treatment.
The longer you wait to find out what is causing the pain, the more complicated and expensive the solution may become. Treating the issue immediately is always best!
A toothache can be caused by cavities and decay, the erosion of the enamel on your teeth, or could be the beginning of periodontal (gum) disease. An impacted tooth or an infection could be the underlying cause of tooth pain.
Sometimes there may be what is known as “referred pain” coming from another part of the body. A sinus or ear infection infection can cause tooth pain. More serious causes can be the early sign of a heart attack or lung disease.
Brush and floss every day, and maintain your oral health with regular visits to your dentist. It is the best defense against costly and painful dental issues.
Make Regular Dentist Appointments in Hickory, NC
Whatever the underlying cause of tooth pain, waiting to see a dental professional is not a smart strategy. Seek treatment from Dr. J.D. Robinette as soon as possible.