Introduction to toothaches
When a person has pain in the tooth, known as a toothache, it can be a very bothersome condition. A toothache will make it hard for a person to many things that they do in their everyday lives, such as eat, sleep or talk.
It is usually best to go to see a dentist when a person has a toothache, but there are a lot of home remedies that a person can use to ease the pain in the meantime.
Of, course as soon as the pain becomes severe, the person should go see a dentist. However, there are home remedies that can relieve the pain being caused by the problem temporarily, but home remedies cannot cure what is at the root of the toothache and the general problem.
If a person has a serious toothache, then more likely than not, they will also have a serious dental problem that needs medical treatment by a proper professional.
Therefore, it is best to go visit the dentist before the pain gets even worse and the medical condition continues to deteriorate.
A good way to get rid of the pain, at least temporarily, is to use gentle heat and cold. Hot packs or ice cubes can be wrapped in a towel and applied to the jaw next to wear the problematic tooth is situated.
It is also a good idea to eat and drink hot and cold things such as tea, soup or ice cream. If the tooth is very sensitive, then it is best to serve all of these things at lukewarm temperatures instead.
It is important to avoid all foods and drinks that can potentially make the toothache worse. Foods that contain a lot of sugar or spices should be avoided, as well as chewy foods that need to be chewed a lot and require a lot of effort being made by the jaw, such as meat and vegetables.
Liquids and soft foods will be best so that the pain is not aggravated while eating.
If the pain is getting increasingly hard to handle, the best remedy for temporary relief comes in the form of aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
However, if this does not work, try to crush the aspirin into a powder, add water, and then make a paste out of it that should be applied directly to the problematic tooth and the surrounding gum area in order to numb the pain.