Treatment of toothaches can only be carried out by a dentist or a dental professional. There are over-the-counter medications and at-home treatments that you can use to help alleviate the pain caused by toothaches. However, most of these methods only provide temporary relief.
Over-the-counter medications include ibuprofen or aspirin, but you can also purchase benzocaine gels. These numbing agents will help by numbing the area, reducing the amount of pain you are experiencing as a result. There are also several remedies that you can try at home which will help treat the pain associated with toothaches just as well as the over-the-counter options.
One of the simplest methods is to do a salt water rinse. Take approximately half a teaspoon of salt and mix it with one glass full of warm water—approximately 8 ounces. Take this solution and gargle it in your mouth several times a day. Using this mouthwash can help to clear any debris as well as reduce inflammation.
You can also use cold compresses and ice by placing it on the part of your jaw where your toothache is located. The cold will help to numb a bit of the pain and reduce any swelling that may occur.
Clove oil can also numb the pain associated with toothaches. Pour a small amount of clove oil—maybe a one to two drops—onto a cotton pad or swab which you can then place on the affected area. Adjust as needed, but the clove oil should provide results similar to using a benzocaine gel.
Remember to go see your dentist or a professional healthcare provider when you experience severe tooth pain. Dentists are able to actually treat the root cause of your toothache to ease your pain. He or she may also be able to advise you on what medications or products you should be using for relief.
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