Toothache happens to all of us and usually you don't have to resort to drastic measures to make the pain go away. First, you have to understand why this happens.
"A toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve in the root of a tooth or surrounding a tooth is irritated," explains WebMD. "Dental (tooth) infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth are the most common causes of dental pain."
"Bacteria growing inside your mouth can contribute to gum disease and dental decay, both of which can cause pain."
Majority of dental problems can be avoided with daily brushing using your usual fluoride toothpaste. Flossing is also important, as well as having your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year.
So back to your toothache. Taking pain relievers is usually our go-to method, but if you don't have an ibuprofen at the moment or if you would rather try natural methods first, here are some ways to make yourself feel better.
1. Apply cold pack on the affected area
Toothache is a sign of inflammation and the most common way to bring down the swelling is to apply a cold pack. A bag of frozen vegetables works just as well if you don't have a pack on hand. Place on the side of your face close to the inflamed area. Place a piece of cloth between your skin and the ice pack to protect your skin.
2. Gargle with salt water
This should be easy when you're just at home. Put a sprinkle of salt on a glass of warm salt water and then gargle the liquid thoroughly. Make sure to swish the liquid all over your mouth.
3. Use a hot pack
For some, a hot pack works better than a cold one. If you don't have one, you can improvise by filling a clean sock with rice. Tie the end of the sock and place it in the microwave to heat for a couple of minutes.
4. Peppermint tea bags
You can maximize the use of your tea bags if you are looking for toothache remedy. Peppermint has mild numbing qualities which can ease pain at least for a while. It's best to cool your tea bags in the freezer before using it for your toothache.
These are all good for minor toothache. However, there are cases in which a visit to the dentist is a must. Such level of pain is often intolerable and can hinder you from your daily activities.
So how do you know if you need an emergency visit to the dentist? If you have reddish swollen gums or red bump in the mouth, it's a sign of an abscessed tooth. You may also have throbbing pain on the affected area and you may have blood or pus coming out of the tooth or gums. In severe cases, your face or jaw can get swollen.
If you see any of these signs, schedule an appointment with your dentist ASAP. Consult with nothing less than the best dentists in town. Call MB Chen Dental Clinic at 09175031508 or you can drop by their clinic at Unit 8 GF Fort Strip, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.