Toothaches can manifest in various ways, each causing discomfort. Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team, want you to be aware that simple remedies can often alleviate this common issue.
Possible causes of toothaches include infections, gum diseases, teeth grinding, trauma, or an abnormal bite. Symptoms may include fever, difficulty swallowing, unpleasant discharge, and persistent pain when biting down.
If you observe these signs, try the following remedies to manage the pain. If the discomfort persists, contact our Boca Raton office to schedule an appointment, as a more significant issue may be at play.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to disinfect and soothe the affected area. Hydrogen peroxide can also help if swished in the mouth.
- Apply a cold compress or ice pack to the jaw near the affected area to reduce swelling.
- Thoroughly floss your entire mouth to remove any food debris that may be causing the issue.
- Essential oils such as clove, nutmeg, eucalyptus, or peppermint oil may possess pain-relieving properties. Dilute one of these oils and apply it to the problematic tooth and/or gum area using a cotton swab.
- Swishing cooled peppermint tea in your mouth can provide temporary relief by soothing and slightly numbing the area.
- Greek yogurt, containing healthy bacteria, can help combat pain when consumed.
- Crushed garlic, rich in allicin that slows bacterial activity, can be applied to the affected area to alleviate pain.
To prevent toothaches, prioritize daily brushing and flossing. Regular oral examinations by Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz can also reduce the risk of infections leading to toothaches.
If the above remedies prove ineffective, contact our Boca Raton office for an appointment to identify the cause and find a suitable solution.