Helping Yourself When It Comes to Toothache

What do you do when your toothache flares up in the middle of the night? Your dentist does not make 24-hour house calls and the dentists' office is not even open after 6pm? There are a few ways to self-treat a toothache, though you have to remember a toothache should eventually be treated professionally by a dentist.

First of all, what is a toothache? A toothache is a pain or discomfort involving the area surrounding the tooth. The discomfort or pain can range from mild irritation to excruciating pain.

What causes toothache? The most common cause of toothache is a cavity, but there are many other types of toothaches. In fact, a toothache may not even indicate a problem with the teeth at all, it may be referred pain, indicating a problem elsewhere in the body.

Avoiding hot or cold food and drinks will help you from aggravating your toothache further. It may sound common sense, stay away from sweets stuff like confectionaries, cakes and drinks. Sugar is known to speed up the decay of teeth. Chewing may also irritate and intensify your toothache. Soups and broths will keep you sustained until you get to the dentist's office.

If your toothache starts to get unbearable, take a painkiller. Although, painkillers help subside the pain, this is not a permanent solution. You will still need to go see your dentist, to see find out what is wrong, even if your toothache is gone.

Rinsing your mouth with saltwater (by dissolving salt in warm water) might help with irritation of the gums. As it acts like a disinfectant, saltwater can also help in preventing mouth ulcers. This saltwater rinse is useful when facing toothache in the emergence of wisdom teeth.

Home made remedies to combat toothache include rubbing clove oil or onion on the aching region. Both clove oil and onion is well-known for its analgesic properties. Although, some might consider it more pleasant for your eyes to rub clove oil on your gums.

These methods of self-treatment should remain temporary answers in dealing with the pain. Seeking professional help remains the best way to handle toothache. Many people are scared of the dentist, but ultimately a trip to the dentist is the only way to treat the root causes of most toothaches and prevent them from creating even more serious problems.

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