There are many reasons we might start to notice some pain, pressure or discomfort due to a toothache. A toothache can come on fast for anything from an infection to an abnormal bite that causes pressure in our jaw. Patients often report a discomfort when chewing, touching the tooth or trouble swallowing.
While the most important thing to do is give Krengel Dental a call when you’re starting to notice an ache, there are some ways to soothe the aches and pains before you can come in for an appointment. So, first step if a toothache persists, give us a call (952-888-1311). Next steps, try one (or all) of these natural home remedies to bring comfort more quickly:
- Ice It: If you are noticing pain or pressure in your jaw that feels similar to pain you experience before swelling occurs, go grab an ice pack! Applying a cold compress to the area that hurts can help decrease swelling, ultimately lowering your discomfort.
- Add Some Salt: Add some salt to some warm water and rinse/gargle for a few minutes. This combination helps to disinfect your mouth and a good rinse can reach the areas where you are experiencing pain to ease the ache.
- Floss it Out: Believe it or not, toothaches can be caused by those small, sneaky debris getting caught in our teeth. Make sure to do a thorough job flossing every tooth to get to the crevices and corners where debris may be camping out and causing you pain.
- Pump up the Probiotics: Who knew that yogurt could help relieve a toothache? It’s true– the healthy bacterias and calcium in greek yogurt can fight pain away while also helping to keep enamel strong and delay any tooth decay.
- Go for the Garlic: While we can’t promise that vampires will go away, we do know that garlic can help relieve pain! Allici, a compound in garlic, has many antioxidant benefits and helps to reduce inflammation. Rub some crushed garlic on your aching tooth to treat inflammation and slow down any bacteria. This one may burn a little, so be mindful when using the technique.
Some of these may be surprising, but the hope is that it helps ease the pain and aches in the short term. If you notice that these methods are not working or that your toothache has not gone away after a day, let’s get to the solution. Give us a call at 952-888-1311 and a friendly staff member will be guide you in providing answers for the problem.