Dental Pain Relief
At-Home Dental Pain Relief Options
Little can compare to the pain of a toothache, and because we are all likely to experience this sensation at some point in our lives, it is a good idea to know a few dental pain relief options beforehand. Dental pain can occur as a result of many common issues, such as gum decay, abscesses, cavities, trapped food, and sores. Few people know that dental pain can also be caused by migraine headaches, sinus pressure/drainage, and ear infections. The dental pain relief options we are going to talk about center around relieving pain that is actually caused by an oral problem rather than a headache or sinus issues, but remember for future reference that these are possible causes behind a toothache.
Cucumber is a little-known form of dental pain relief. If you find that a tooth is bothering you and you simply cannot get into the dentist right away, then you might want to try this method. Cut a thick slice of refrigerated cucumber and place it on the tooth that bothers you. The chill of the cucumber alone will help to relieve the pain by slightly numbing the area. The cucumber itself is the perfect consistency to surround the tooth and protect it from temperature variations (a common trigger of tooth pain) without applying too much pressure to the tooth and gums.
It is no great secret that peppermint has a nice cooling effect. This trait allows the gums and tooth to become slightly numbed while the antiseptic properties go to work on the area. As an antiseptic, peppermint can actually penetrate the immediate area to cleanse it of bacteria and draw an abscess to the surface. Peppermint is also an anti-inflammatory agent, meaning that it helps to reduce pain caused by swelling and tightness. There are a few ways that you can use peppermint as dental pain relief. If you have pure peppermint oil, you can mix a few drops of this with water and rinse your mouth thoroughly with the mixture. Spit it out when finished. You can also chew on peppermint leaves until they soften and then apply them to the painful tooth and the surrounding gums. After a while you can spit out the peppermint leaves and replace them as necessary. Alternatively, you can rub a bit of diluted peppermint oil onto the gums to soothe and treat an abscess.
Cloves are one of the more well-known home remedies for dental pain. Clove oil is readily available and quite cheap compared to over the counter numbing gels. Cloves are highly effective at reducing even severe tooth pain plus they contain antiseptic properties which work towards cleansing the area of bacteria, food particles, etc. To use clove oil, simply rub a bit of the oil all over the tooth and gums that are causing you pain. You can also use a whole clove (the same you would use for cooking) and rub it over the tooth and gums. You can then chew on the clove to release a continuous flow of its antiseptic and numbing properties into your mouth. This works especially well if you chew the clove on the affected side of the mouth provided it does not worsen the pain in your tooth.
Garlic can be used in the same way that cloves and peppermint leaves are used. It also contains natural antiseptic properties and is highly effective at relieving pain. Simply rub the affected area with a peeled raw garlic clove. You can chew the clove or simply tuck it against your cheek and the affected tooth. You can also crush the garlic clove and add a pinch of salt to it, then apply it directly to the affected area.
Although these remedies are quite effective at relieving dental-related pain, it is important to remember that they merely alleviate the symptom of the pain and not the actual cause. If you are experiencing frequent or extreme dental pain then it is important that you see a dentist to treat the issue.