Your tooth is aching, but your dentist is booked out until the end of the week. How can you relieve the pain until your dentist appointment? There are a few options to help you carry on with life painlessly until the dentist can treat you.
Toothache plant, also known as jambu, is a natural way to sooth pain in your mouth. When you rub one of the leaves against your gum, it will create a numbing sensation within a few seconds. You can also chew the leaf and hold it against your gum or tooth. The numbing effect will wear off after a while, but it is safe to reapply as needed. If you don't have a toothache plant, ask around your friends and family, or visit your local nursery.
Cloves are a pleasant smelling spice which also possess powerful medicinal qualities, such as relieving inflammation and creating a numbing sensation. This spice can be used effectively to help alleviate tooth pain. Grind a few cloves with a mortar and pestle, then combine with a few drops of vegetable oil to make a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area, and leave it on for at least 10 minutes. This method will help numb your tooth, so repeat as necessary.
Chewing on a clove of garlic can also provide relief from tooth pain, or apply freshly crushed garlic to the affected area if it hurts to chew. While not as pleasant tasting as cloves or toothache plant leaves, garlic has additional qualities such as being antibacterial and antimicrobial. The raw garlic juice will help fight against infection in your tooth and can provide quick relief against toothache. Combine with a pinch of salt for extra relief; salt helps by absorbing moisture around the tooth and gum, which can reduce inflammation and also fight against bacteria.
Over the counter painkiller medication can also be helpful for relieving toothache pain. However, it is important not to take more than is recommended on the packet or to take for longer than recommended. It can be useful to note that medication can be used safely in conjunction with the above mentioned topical applications, so if you feel that one method isn't removing enough pain for you, you can combine an internal (medication) and externally applied method.
Although these home remedies are effective at relieving tooth pain temporarily, they should not be used as a replacement for seeing your dentist. If you have specific questions about tooth pain, talk with a dentist at a clinic like Fairfield Dental Healthcare Clinic. Relieving the pain is not treating the cause, and if left untreated, your dental health could deteriorate rapidly. Toothache can signal cavities, gum disease or even non-dental conditions such a heart disease or ear infections.