Most of us have felt terrible and annoying pain of a toothache. Some even consider it the worst pain one might experience in a lifetime. All things considered, it is a nasty state of affairs involving sleepless nights, painful days and inability to function correctly. Since sometimes we are bound to bear the pain on our own since our dentist is on vacation or the only appointment we managed to get is a few days away here are a few advices on how to relieve yourself of this nasty, persistent and utterly painful pest called toothache.
First of all, this pain may be caused by numerous factors. A decayed tooth, some other dental or gum infection as well as food trapped between our teeth or an externally caused injury may all be causes of the toothache agony. Additionally, it may even be connected with our sinuses and have nothing to do with our teeth. That being said, different remedies may work for different causes.
First of all rinsing is known to help greatly, so, whenever able, rinse with a mouthful of warm water and decrease pain significantly. Flossing is another excellent tool for fighting toothache so floss, but gently, in order to remove possible food leftovers stuck between your teeth without hurting or irritating your gums in the process. If the pain can be pinpointed to a single tooth, spirits like whiskey or brandy are known to do the trick. Namely, alcohol numbs the tooth root and the nerve, relieving us of any pain or reducing the amount of it.
Salt, mixed with warm water does miracles while fighting toothache, so rinse with this solution several times a day, especially before going to bed.
Ice and cold application add on to the list of remedies. Place one or more ice cubes in a cloth and hold on the troublesome spot for shorter but frequent amounts of time. While doing it, massage the spot; it is known to relieve the pain almost completely.
As for the over-the-counter medicines, oil of cloves has proven to be the best choice. Just put one drop in the aching tooth and experience relief.
As for what not to do, there are also some rules. Do not bite with the troublesome tooth to prevent more damage and pain from taking place. Also, do not expose your tooth to heat but rather expose it to cold and ice in order to stop and prevent infections from occurring.
Finally, keep your mouth closed or open, depending on what works for you. Some toothaches escalate with the intake of air while some disappear with the same action so feel free to find your own painless mouth pose.