Toothaches are a common dental condition that can cause minor to severe tooth pain. Typically, if you have a toothache, you’ll experience intense pain that stems from the affected tooth or jaw. The discomfort usually comes on suddenly and can be attributed to cavity formation, an infection, tooth irritation, or another condition.
Toothache refers to pain in and around the teeth and jaws that are usually caused by tooth decay. If you have toothache for more than one or two days, visit your dentist or take precautions as soon as possible to have it treated. The longer you leave it, the worse it will get.
You may not think much of it if you experience toothache occasionally. The foremost step, if you believe you may be having wisdom tooth pain, is to schedule an appointment with a dentist. After taking the required X-rays, the dentist will be able to evaluate the area and diagnose whether or not you are suffering from actual wisdom tooth pain.
For temporary wisdom tooth pain relief, there are the following 6 proven methods to get rid of toothache:
1. Over-the-counter pain reliever
One of the best over-the-counter pain relievers for dental pain is ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil). Other pain relievers effective for dental pain include naproxen (Aleve) and acetaminophen (Tylenol). Always check with your doctor if you can safely take any new medication, and see your dentist for evaluation and treatment of dental pain as soon as possible.
2. Ice pack
An ice pack is a tried and tested method for quick, temporary relief when it comes to soreness and inflammation in your mouth. Ice can help numb the achy area and stop the pain signals to your brain.
Apply an ice pack to your cheek or jaw in the area where the tooth hurts. Keep icing the area for a few hours to get tooth pain relief.
3. Warm saltwater
Pour a glass of warm to hot water and mix salt into it. Use this solution to rinse four or five times a day. This will reduce inflammation and help the tissues contract. We recommend using this rinse whenever you have gum pain or a foreign body like a sesame seed stuck between your gums.
To use this approach, mix 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
4. Garlic or raw onion
In addition to warding off vampires, garlic does have medicinal value. When crushed or finely chopped two chemicals in the garlic join to form Allicin, which has antibiotic properties and can offer some relief. You must crush the garlic to form Allicin. Be aware that crushed garlic can be irritating to the gum so restrict it to the cavity in the tooth.
If you can stand the taste, onions are a great natural remedy for wisdom tooth pain. Simply take one onion, cut it in half, and place it on the inside of the cheek where the tooth is hurting. Leave it in your mouth as long as you can stand occasionally biting down on it to extract the juice. Although it may leave a strong, bitter taste in your mouth, it will greatly relieve your tooth pain.
5. Clove oil
Clove oil is an essential oil that comes from the clove plant and has been found to have some qualities which make it perfect for controlling dental pain. Clove oil is a crucial ingredient in toothpaste as well. It has germicidal properties that fight tooth pain, sore gums, and infections. It is even effective in treating mouth ulcers.
These medicinal properties of the clove oil along with warm water can be used as a mouth freshener too. This will even keep bad breath away. You can add drops of clove oil in warm water and do this twice a week to observe effective results.
Wheatgrass juice is said to work wonders on nearly any ailment. The oxygen from the plant with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antimicrobial properties makes swishing with wheatgrass juice a good practice no matter what, it is great for addressing infections caused by bacteria. So, simply get some wheatgrass juice and rinse it in your mouth a few times a day.
The chlorophyll content in it helps to fight the bacteria in the teeth. You can use the juice as a mouthwash.