You’re relaxing at home, spending time with your family after an exhausting day at work, when suddenly, a sharp pain shoots through your tooth! What should you do when it’s too late in the day to visit your emergency dentist? We’ve written before about three remedies you can use, but now it’s time to learn about three more options you can choose from. While you should always call your dentist and leave a detailed message so they can see you first thing in the morning, here are three home remedies you can use to get a good night’s sleep in the meantime.
Many drugstores have over-the-counter numbing ointments that you can use. Take a clean finger and gently rub the gel over the affected tooth and gum area, and you should be able to get some shuteye after that. These gels often contain ingredients such as benzocaine to relieve pain. Keep in mind that if it’s your child who’s dealing with a toothache, you should not give them anything with benzocaine.
Let half a teaspoon of salt dissolve in a glass of warm water. Then, swish this mixture around in your mouth. If your toothache is caused by debris being stuck in your tooth, then this (along with flossing) should be enough to dislodge it. Salt is also a natural antibacterial agent, meaning it helps fight inflammation. So, if your toothache is because of an infection, a saltwater rinse can combat the symptoms and temporarily alleviate your pain.
Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
Your toothache might be the result of gum disease, also known as periodontitis. Gum disease is when bacteria infects your gum tissue and causes loose teeth and bleeding and painful gums. However, a 2016 study found that rinsing with a hydrogen peroxide solution can reduce both plaque and symptoms of periodontitis.
Mix hydrogen peroxide in a glass with equal parts water. Rinse your mouth out with it, but be sure to NOT swallow. This solution is not ideal for children, as there is a risk that they could accidentally swallow it.
While calling your emergency dentist should always be first on your to-do list when you have a toothache, there are things you can do until you can reach their office. Follow these tips to help you get through the night until you can see your dentist in the morning.
About the Author
Dr. Renata Santeli graduated from NOVA Southeastern University’s dental school in 2016. She is a Board-Certified dentist who is also an active member of the American Dental Association. If you call her office in Daytona Beach, FL with a dental emergency, her team will do the best they can do get you in for an appointment as soon as possible, and even provide some basic first aid advice over the phone. If you find yourself with a severe toothache, you can contact Dr. Santeli by clicking here or calling (386) 274-2021.