How to Relieve Tooth Pain

At some point in their life, everyone has had a toothache that has interfered with their plans. While enamel and dentine are strong, the inner part of your teeth is made of soft tissues, nerves, and blood vessels. Often, these sensitive tissues are attacked by bacteria or germs and can cause severe tooth pain.

For minor toothaches, there are many home remedies you can use to relieve the pain. However, if the pain persists, it’s best to get a consultation with Dr. Roshan Emam in Palo Alto, California, to address the cause of the toothache and prevent it from developing into something more serious.

How to Treat Tooth Pain at Home?

If you have a toothache, you can try some home treatments to get relief from the pain and discomfort. Some popular remedies are:

  • Rinsing With Salt Water 

The first line of home treatment for a toothache is rinsing thoroughly with warm salt water. Salt water is an excellent disinfectant and helps soothe the pain and reduce inflammation. 

  • Using a Cold Compress

You can use a cold compress to numb the affected area and reduce tooth pain. Keeping a cold compress on for at least twenty minutes every few hours will also decrease swelling and inflammation.

  • Rinsing With Hydrogen Peroxide

Rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide solution can also help with inflammation and tooth pain. Dilute 3% hydrogen peroxide in equal parts water and rinse thoroughly. It will help kill bacteria and also help heal your gums.

  • Baking Soda Paste

Applying baking soda paste to the affected area can help soothe the pain and kill the bacteria in your mouth.

  • Clove Oil

Rinsing your mouth with a drop of clove oil in water or placing a cotton ball dipped in clove oil on the painful area can numb toothaches and reduce swelling.

  • Peppermint Tea Bags

Placing a warm peppermint tea bag on the affected region will numb the area and relieve your pain.

  • Garlic

Applying a paste made of garlic and a touch of salt to the affected area can bring you relief as the antimicrobial allicin in garlic kills bacteria.

While you have a toothache, choose soft foods and try to chew or bite away from the infected area. You can also use approved pain medication to relieve the pain.

If you want a professional opinion on what is causing your toothache and to treat the cause, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roshan Emam at 850 Middlefield Rd. Suite 8, Palo Alto, CA 94301 by calling us at (650) 321-0340.


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