During this pandemic, many dentists have limited their in-person appointments to emergencies to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID19 to patients and staff. What do you do if your issue isn’t an emergency but you are experiencing discomfort? Here are eight tips to help you manage dental pain until you can get in to see your dentist Toronto professional in person.
1. Use an Ice Pack
Ice helps to reduce inflammation and swelling, and can also help manage the pain of a toothache. Use a cold pack wrapped in a cloth and place it against your cheek on the side of your mouth where you have pain. Leave on for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
2. Salt Water Rinse
A warm salt water rinse can help promote healing if you have an open sore or missing tooth. It is also good for rinsing away harmful bacteria in your mouth and can help reduce dental pain and swelling. To make a saltwater rinse, simply make a solution of one half teaspoon salt in a cup of warm (not hot) water. Swish in your mouth or gargle for 5-10 seconds then spit.
3. Rinse With Ice Water
Another method of using cold to treat pain and inflammation is by rinsing with ice water. This gets the cold water directly onto the affected area which can help by reducing swelling and numb the pain.
4. Clove Oil
Clove oil is a traditional treatment for toothaches. It contains eugenol, which can help reduce inflammation and numb dental pain. To use, you can add a few drops of clove oil to a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth like a mouth wash. You can also add a few drops onto a cotton ball and place it in your mouth beside your affected tooth.
Peppermint is another traditional remedy for treating pain and discomfort. It acts as a muscle relaxant and pain reliever and can help reduce inflammation in toothaches. The menthol in peppermint helps to increase blood flow, which can help to speed healing and the cooling sensation helps reduce pain.
To use, allow peppermint tea bags to steep in some hot water. Remove the tea bags and allow them to cool. When they are still warm, place them next to your sore tooth. You can also place the tea bags into the freezer for a few minutes for a cool pain relief sensation.
6. Tylenol or Ibuprophen
Over the counter pain medications such as Tylenol or ibuprofen can help manage dental pain and discomfort of a toothache until you can get in to see your dentist. You can also try tooth pain relievers that can be applied directly to the tooth. If your pain cannot be managed with over the counter medication, contact an emergency dentist for an appointment.
Garlic is also a traditional remedy for pain and to help promote healing. Garlic helps to kill off bad bacteria that cause plaque and gum inflammation and it also helps relieve dental pain. Garlic can be a strong taste for many people, but if you chew on a clove of fresh garlic it can help to relieve your tooth discomfort.
Tumeric is another traditional cure that you can find if your spice cupboard. Turmeric has natural antiseptic qualities and also helps to reduce inflammation. To use it you can make a past from some turmeric powder and a little water. Apply this paste to the sore area of your tooth.
If you do need immediate dental help, visit the nearest dental clinic in Oshawa for an appointment.