Tooth pain is caused when the nerve root of a tooth is irritated. Most common causes of dental pain are – dental (tooth) infection, decay, injury, or loss of a tooth (including tooth extraction). Below are some of the ways to ease tooth pain at home while you wait to be seen by your dentist.
- Use an analgesic that is available over the pharmacy counter, like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This will help relieve inflammation associated with the pain. Follow instructions on the label and take only recommended dosage.
- Apply a Tooth Desensitizer over the area. You can purchase a product over a pharmacy counter. All you need to do is apply the stuff to the sensitive area, and within minutes, you will notice a reduction in sensitiveness.
- Apply clove oil to the affected area to ease tooth pain. You can pick up a bottle of clove oil in any pharmacy.
- Wheat grass has excellent properties to fight tooth decay. Use wheatgrass juice as mouthwash as often as you desire.
- You can use icepack on the affected area to chill the pain. Make sure you wipe the icepack with a towel to avoid frostbite. However, if you find that ice aggravates your sensitive tooth, skip ice treatment.
- If you have a swelling on the cheek from tooth pain, use a cold compress on outside of your cheek to reduce the swelling.
- Rinse mouth with warm water. Although this will not bring down the pain, it will remove any food debris that might be causing or aggravating the tooth pain.
- Take room temperature food. Be careful of temperature extremes. When you intake hot, cold or sweet food, as these foods/beverages may aggravate an already sore and sensitive tooth.
- Place a clove of garlic dipped in rock salt on the affected area.