March 02, 2023 4 min read
A toothache can be a severe and persistent pain that can make it challenging to get a good night’s sleep. This can lead to fatigue, irritability, and a general feeling of discomfort that can affect your daily life. The good news is that there are several simple and effective ways to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with toothache. Here are some of the best wayshow to get rid of a toothache at night.
These are all immediate and temporary remedies for pain relief but your body is telling you something deeper is wrong. Don’t just mask the pain, but see your health professional as soon as possible to handle the underlying cause of pain.
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One of the quickest and simplest ways to relieve the pain of a toothache is to use over-the-counter pain relievers. These can include ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin. Simply follow the instructions on the packaging, taking care not to exceed the recommended dose.
WARNING: These are only intended for short-term use.The long-term use ofpain killers, even over the counter ones, and especially NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) can cause damage to your stomach, intestinal lining and they can greatly impact the health of your gut microbiome. These are for SHORT term relief ONLY.
A cold compress can help to reduce swelling and numb the area, providing temporary relief from tooth pain. Simply wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth and hold it against the affected area for up to 10 minutes at a time. Repeat as necessary, taking breaks of at least 10 minutes in between.
Clove oil has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for tooth pain. Simply dip a cotton ball in the oil and apply it to the affected area, taking care not to swallow any of the oil. Alternatively, you can add a few drops of the oil to a small glass of water and rinse your mouth with it.
A saltwater rinse can help to clean the area, reduce swelling, and relieve pain. Simply mix a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it, making sure to swirl it around the affected area. Salt water is anti-bacterial and a good swish will not only help to contain an infection but the warm, salt infused water will help reduce inflammation as well. Repeat as needed.
Many over-the-counter types of mouthwash contain anesthetic that can help to numb the area and relieve tooth pain. Simply follow the instructions on the packaging, taking care not to swallow any of the mouthwash.
We include this one as many are often tempted to sooth the area with heat or a heating pad. A toothache is an infection and the body’s response to infection is inflammation. Applying heat to the affected area can help to increase blood flow and swelling, making the problem worse. It is best to use cold to bring down inflammation.
Here is old folk remedy that can provide relief. Peppermint oil is a great antibacterial agent and using a peppermint tea bags can be a simple and effective way to relieve tooth pain. Simply steep the tea bag in hot water and allow it to cool to a comfortable temperature. Then, place the tea bag against the affected area, holding it in place for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat as needed.
Applying gentle pressure to the affected area can help to relieve pain by reducing swelling and numbing the area. Simply press your tongue or a clean finger against the affected tooth, taking care not to apply too much pressure.
There are several points where applying light pressure can bring about relief from the pain of a toothache. You don’t have to be an acupressure expert to figure these out, as you will experience relief when you find the right spot. Two of the best spots are found on your cheeks:1)is located directly down from the outer corner of the eye, across from the lower edge of the nose and 2) this one is just between the corner of the mouth and the earlobe; basically the middle of the jaw bone. Using your thumbs or fingers, just apply light pressure for a minute or so to these spots for easing up pain.
If your toothache is persistent, then it is important to seek professional dental care as soon as possible. Your dentist will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your toothache and provide appropriate treatment to relieve your pain and restore your oral health. Letting a toothache go on and on, without treatment, is not only painful but it can lead to serious infections, inflammation and body wide issues.