Nothing ruins your mood quite like a sudden raging toothache, especially at night. If you get one during the day, that’s one thing, since you can call your emergency dentist and schedule an appointment as soon as possible. But when it happens at night? You’re kind of stuck with your pain until the morning, and even longer if it’s the weekend. Fortunately, as we’ve written about before, there are plenty of nighttime toothache remedies you can use. Here are the final three in our series.
Your pain may be temporarily alleviated by swishing some peppermint tea around in your mouth or sucking on peppermint tea bags. This is because peppermint contains antioxidant and antibacterial compounds, which can help if your toothache is the result of an infection. Furthermore, menthol, which is an active ingredient in peppermint, may also have a small numbing effect on sensitive areas of the mouth.
One of the main compounds in cloves, known as eugenol, has been shown to reduce tooth pain. A 2015 clinical trial showed that people who applied eugenol to their gums and socket after a tooth extraction had less inflammation and pain during the healing process.
Eugenol acts as a numbing agent. To use it for a toothache, soak ground cloves in water to create a paste. Then, apply the paste to the affected tooth. Alternatively, you can place it in an empty tea bag and apply it to the area. You could also gently chew or suck on a single clove and allow it to sit near the painful tooth.
Keep in mind that this remedy does not come recommended for children, since there is a risk that they might swallow too much clove. Single cloves can be spiky, thus painful if swallowed.
Allicin is the main compound in garlic, and it has a powerful antibacterial effect that might help kill off the bacteria in the mouth that lead to cavities and toothaches. Just chew a clove of garlic and allow it to sit in the mouth near the affected tooth. That being said, the taste of raw garlic might be too much for some people. If so, you might want to go with one of the other methods we’ve written about.
There aren’t very many things that can ruin your night quite like a toothache. However, these remedies can quiet your pain and help you get some shuteye until your dentist’s office opens in the morning.
About the Author
Dr. Renata Santeli earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from NOVA Southeastern University. She is Board-Certified by the state of Florida, so you can trust that your oral health will be in good hands when you visit Lakeside Daytona Dentist in Daytona Beach, FL. If you have a toothache, contact us by clicking here to schedule an appointment right away so we can take care of your pain.