A few years ago, I realized that I was thinking about dental care all wrong. Instead of listening carefully to my dentist and making the necessary changes, I assumed that he was ultimately responsible for making sure that my teeth stayed healthy. Unfortunately, I developed a few serious cavities because I failed to properly brush and floss my teeth, and I knew that it was my fault. I decided to start taking notes at my dental checkups and carefully abiding by the dentist's orders. The difference was almost miraculous. This blog is all about working with your dentist to improve your result.
If you currently have a tooth that's aching, you'll most likely want to make an appointment with a family dentist to find out what is happening with it. Unfortunately, it may be hard to see your dentist as soon as you would like. This means you'll be in some degree of pain until then, which can make it difficult to go about your day. Here are 4 ways you can soothe the pain you are experiencing.
If you are looking for an over-the-counter remedy, try using toothache gel. It can help numb the area so that it doesn't feel as painful, with many of them using benzocaine as the active ingredient. They are worth trying if you're away from home and need a quick solution to your toothache.
Using garlic is a great way to make the pain from a toothache go away, but many people don't like it due to the taste that garlic leaves behind from using it. In order to use garlic, you will need to cut the garlic clove in half, then place each piece against the gums on each side of the tooth that is giving you problems. The part that should be touching your gums should be the side that is exposed from cutting it. Once the area feels better, you can chew on a garlic clove using the affected tooth as well.
Cotton and Clove Oil
Clove oil will work great for toothaches when the pain is more severe. Just know that clove oil can cause a stinging sensation when you initially put it on the affected area. The sting will go away and the oil should provide relief to the pain. All you need to do is dip a cotton ball into some clove oil and place it on the gums of the affected tooth. Repeat as necessary to make the pain go away.
If you suffer from sensitive teeth to cold temperatures, ice may not be the best idea. Otherwise, it can help you deal with the pain of a toothache. Try using it by gently biting on an ice cube to keep it in place. It will slowly melt cold water onto the tooth and help numb the affected area and give pain relief.
With these tips in mind, it should hopefully buy you enough time until you're able to see the dentist. They'll be able to look at the tooth and recommend how to relieve the pain for good.