You’ve been looking forward to a couple days off. Time to relax, get outside or enjoy family.
But nothing can ruin a weekend more than waking up with a toothache. They can come out of nowhere and can be a small pain or a BIG pain.
An aching tooth can wreak havoc your daily life. It can affect your speech and how you eat… and it can interrupt your sleep.
Why does your tooth hurt? Sometimes it’s an obvious issue, but it’s always best to have a dentist take a look as soon as possible to check for:
>> Gum recession
>> Gum infection
>> Broken crown
>> Bruised ligaments around your tooth
If you can’t get to the dentist right away, try some of these simple remedies for temporarily easing tooth pain at home.
Ice – Hold an ice pack against your cheek over the sore tooth to try and dull the pain.
Dental Cement – If you have a missing or loose filling, you can Stabilize it with temporary dental cement from your local drugstore. If you’re in a pinch, a piece of softened sugar-free gum will work, too.
Cough drop – Cough drops usually contain a small amount of anesthetic (menthol or benzocaine) which can relieve minor tooth pain. One or two in your mouth should do – just be sure to and suck on them – don’t chew!
Clove – Clove oil is a natural way to numb a sore tooth. You can also chew on an entire clove and then hold it against your tooth as it softens.
Saltwater Rinse – Swish warm salt water in your mouth to bring down inflammation and soothe irritated tissues.
Hydrogen Peroxide – A good rinse with peroxide cane help reduce bacteria present with an abscess or other infection.
When you can’t get to the dentist right away, it’s ok to find relief for your toothache at home. Just remember that all the remedies suggested here are temporary. Only your dentist can cure your tooth.
Dr. Potts is a gentle, caring dentist uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. He practices comfortable, health-centered dentistry, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition technical proficiency, Dr. Potts is a careful listener. He makes sure to understand what you want and will explain beforehand what treatment is best for your individual needs, along with all options available to you.