Toothaches can cause unbearable pain in the teeth and jaws. Dental issues associated with toothaches are cavities, cracked teeth, tooth decay, loose fillings, and abscesses in the gum. Toothaches are caused by the inflammation in the dental pulp.
Toothaches can be caused by sugary foods and drinks and failure to brush and floss. Toothache that doesn’t go away within two days should necessitate a visit to the dentist. Treatment for toothaches will be dependent on severity and can range from use of medication to getting a root canal.
To get relief for the unbearable pain before seeing the dentist:
- a) Swishing salt water can reduce the pain, reduce swelling and even wash away food debris around your teeth. Mix a teaspoon of salt with boiling water in a cup and swish it around for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. Frequent swishing will produce the desired results in reduction of pain.
- b) Icing the affected tooth or area for about ten to fifteen minutes helps to numb the nerves and reduce pain. Place a few small ice cubes in a plastic bag and then wrap it with a thin cloth to place it over the area.
- c) Applying clove oil will numb the pain since they contain a compound known as eugenol, which has anesthetic properties. A lot of caution is required when applying olive oil since pouring the oil over any sensitive gum tissue can cause more pain. Use a cotton ball and apply two drops of olive oil and then apply it over the aching tooth.
- d) Rinsing with 3% hydrogen peroxide solution will bring relief and also kill bacteria in the mouth. You should rinse with the hydrogen peroxide solution and after spitting out, rinse out the mouth severally with water.
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