How to Manage Toothache


There is nothing worse than waking up in the middle of the night due to unwelcome toothache. At this time of the night, all the dental practices in the area are closed, which means you have to effectively manage your pain until you can secure an emergency appointment with your dentist the next day.

Dr Tariq Drabu, a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon in the United Kingdom, advised that in the event your toothache starts late in the night or over a weekend and it’s too unbearable to deal with or you cannot manage it effective, you can visit your nearest accident and emergency centre, who should be able to assist you in managing your pain until you can get to the dentist.

Of course the most obvious way to manage any tooth pain or sensitivity is to make an emergency appointment with your local dentists. Most dentists keep a few appointments open each day for unexpected emergencies. Phone the practice as soon as they open to ensure you secure one of these emergency appointments to have your toothache treated and eliminated as quickly as possible.

Toothache is one of those pains you cannot shake. If you are suffering from pain or sensitivity caused by one of your teeth, then you are in for a painful experience until you can get to the dentist. Each of your teeth comprises of dental pulp. The dental pulp sits in the centre of the tooth and the root and houses all the nerves, which if become infected or if you have a cavity that works its way into the pulp, you will feel pain.

The pain can be sensitivity to hot and cold, it can be constant, it could be throbbing and it can be excruciating. The first thing you are going to want to do is gently brush your teeth and floss the bothersome tooth as soon as possible. It may be something as simple as a food particle getting caught between the teeth which is causing the pain. In some instances a gentle brushing can help alleviate some of the pain until you can get in to see your dentist.

Another option is to mix a heaped spoon of salt with some luke warm water, ensure the salt dissolves and then rinse the tooth. Salt is a wonderful disinfectant and it can help reduce inflammation and pain.

Head to your kitchen cabinet in search of some cloves. Cloves may taste horrific, but they do have anaesthetic properties. In fact if you have ever had a temporary filling, then you will be pleased to know that these include cloves. Clove oil is also effective in numbing the tooth for a period of time, or at least helping to take the edge off the pain until you can get some expert assistance.

Interestingly, vanilla extract can also be exceptionally helpful to fight pain when it comes to toothache. Even though you know sweet things are bad for your teeth, in this event, a small amount of vanilla extract on a cotton ball or bud and held on the tooth can reduce the pain until you get to the dentist.

The final option, you may want to try, is to place one or two drops of tea tree oil on some cotton wool and hold that on the tooth.

Dr Tariq Drabu advises that the only solution to manage toothache is a visit to the dentist. While there are numerous home remedies that may work, they are not long term solutions and should only be used until you can secure an appointment and see the dentist.

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