Have you ever been at home and found yourself with an aching tooth? If you are ever unable to get a dentist appointment right away, or make it to the store for pain medication, or simply feel like being resourceful with household items you have laying around, here are a few tips to help accomplish some simple, do-it-yourself home dental care in the mean time:
Nearly everyone has this common household item lying around in the pantry. Grab some baking soda, and moisten the tip of a cotton swab. Once you have done this, dip the moistened end of the cotton swab into the baking soda, and rub it liberally around the pained area, as well as on the aching tooth in question. Baking soda is often used in dental care, whether it is for pain-relief, tooth cleaning, or even whitening. Another baking soda option is to take a heaping spoonful of it and mix it into a glass of lukewarm water. Swish this water around in your mouth, and spit it out when you are finished.
If you have an ice pack, or even a bag of frozen peas or corn, cover it in a thin cloth or hand towel. Place the pack on your jaw, in the general area of pain. The coolness of the ice pack will help subside inflammation, and might help swelling go down. It will also act to somewhat numb the pained area so it is not so apparent, and help take away some of that agonizing annoyance that comes along with a tooth ache.
Salt water, hydrogen peroxide, and alcohol
All of these items can be swooshed around inside your mouth to help cleanse the infected, painful area, as well as help to subside the pain. For the salt water, take a heaping spoonful of salt, and mix it into a glass of lukewarm water. Swish it around your mouth, and make sure to spit it out. The same goes for the peroxide: after swishing it around, spit it out. The peroxide can be used straight from the bottle, or mixed with some water to help with the terrible taste. Grandma’s old go-to dental care, alcohol (such as brandy or whiskey), can also be used by swishing with it or rubbing it on the aching tooth.
It is important to know that there is a reason for your toothache—perhaps you accidentally chipped it, or there might be an infection, cavity, or even gum disease or some other malady. Although these home remedies provide a quick fix for an aching tooth when other options aren’t readily available, it is important to eventually seek the proper dental care from a professional. Making sure that your teeth remain well taken care of will help ensure that you have a beautiful smile—and a healthy mouth—for many years to come. In the mean time, sooth the annoyance and pain of that aching tooth with these helpful home remedies.
Sarah Smith is an avid health and nutrition blogger. She’s currently working with Cornerstone Dental Langley to help educate the public about preventative dental care and health.