Dentist-Recommended Home Remedies for When Your Tooth is Just ‘Killing You.’
Posted on July 11th, 2019
We’ve all had it happen–it’s the beginning of a long weekend, or maybe you’ve just settled in for a getaway with the family out of town and BAM! A toothache starts. Read on to learn some Hedgecock Dental home remedies to keep you comfortable no matter how far from Travis County you may be!
Toothaches can come on with a variety of symptoms from a pounding headache to throbbing gums or–one of the most uncomfortable issues–that sharp shooting pain in your tooth each time you bite down, Yikes! If you can’t make it right into to Austin’s favorite, Hedgecock Dental, for relief, consider some of our doctors’ recommended at-home remedies to hold you over!
Suggestions to ease discomfort:
Ice: Soothe your pain with a cold compress. This easily accessible suggestion will numb the area and reduce any swelling. How-To: Hold the compress on the side of your face with the toothache for no more than 15 minutes at a time. Alternative suggestion: As long as you can fight the urge to bite down on the ice (you could break a tooth!) you can try holding ice water in your mouth for several seconds to get relief!
Clove oil: Clove oil naturally numbs pain and can be as effective as over the counter toothache gels. How-To: Soak a cotton ball and dab in the area that’s feeling uncomfortable, on the tooth and the gums. It can hold you over until you can come in for an appointment and get some real relief at Hedgecock Dental!
At-Home Infection Fighters!
Remember, the best way to help a toothache and fight infection is to come to your favorite dentist in Travis County right here at Hedgecock Dental! If you can’t get right in right away, start protecting yourself against infection with these at-home remedies.
Saltwater Rinse: Swishing gently with salt water can prevent the spread of any possible bacteria or infection connected to your toothache. How-To: Try a mix of ½ teaspoon table salt to 8 ounces of water. Remember, swish, and spit! Don’t swallow the salt water.
Garlic: Yep, garlic! You won’t win any fresh breath contests, but garlic has naturally occurring disease-fighting properties! How-To: Chew a piece of garlic, place chopped bits on your tooth or soak a cotton ball in garlic oil and place it on your sore tooth.