Treatment of tooth pain should be left to a certified dentist, but there are several at-home methods that you can use before your dentist appointment.
The simplest treatment is to do a saltwater rinse. This requires mixing approximately half a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Gargle the mixture and then spit it out and remember to not swallow it. This method should provide some relief until you can book an appointment with your dentist.
Pain relievers such as ibuprofen or aspirin can also help to alleviate some of the pain. For children, it is advised that they take products that contain acetaminophen.
More obvious treatments for tooth pain are to use cold compresses or ice. These methods can help to numb the affected area and to reduce some of the swelling that may have been caused as a result of the tooth pain.
A more medicinal, or natural option, is to use clove oil. Take the clove oil and rub it along the areas of the tooth or gums that have been causing you pain. This will help to numb the area.
Over-the-counter gels and liquids are also available to help treat tooth pain. These products typically contain benzocaine, which causes a numbing effect. Products with benzocaine are for short-term use only, so be sure to go see your dentist as soon as possible.
A toothache plant also exists, but there is no proof as to if it actually helps to relieve tooth pain.
Be sure to remember to go see a dentist who will be able to provide you with further information as to why you may be experiencing this tooth pain.
A dentist may also advise you on other ways that you can treat the pain, or tell you that there is a prescription medication that could help treat the tooth pain.
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