A toothache may seem insignificant, but it can spiral out of control and harm your overall health and wellness if left untreated. Our body sends us signals to tell us what we need, and a toothache is one of these signals.
Tooth pain usually indicates that something is off-kilter, and we strongly encourage patients to seek immediate treatment. For example, tooth pain could be a sign of developing decay, an injury, or a harmful infection. Whatever the reason, your dentist can treat the problem and ensure your smile is healthy.
Common Reasons for a Toothache
There are many reasons why you may have a toothache, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Bacterial infection inside the tooth, also known as an abscessed tooth
- A broken or injured tooth
- Damaged filling or crown
- Grinding or clenching your teeth
- Infected or inflamed gums
- Erupted tooth or tooth removal (e.g., wisdom teeth)
If your toothache doesn’t subside, please get in touch with us so we can help you!
How to Treat Tooth Pain at Home
Many people often ask us, “What helps tooth pain?” The answer isn’t always straightforward because it depends on what type of pain you’re experiencing and where it’s occurring in the mouth.
Of course, we always highly recommend seeing your dentist as soon as possible if you have tooth pain. However, we know you can’t always see the dentist right away, so here are some tips on how to ease tooth pain at home.
#1 Cold Compress
Is your face swollen? Apply a cold compress to your cheek for 24–36 hours to ease pain and reduce swelling. Make sure to wrap the compress in cloth to protect your skin from damage.
#2 OTC Medication
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory to relieve pain short term.
#3 Salt Rinse
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to reduce inflammation and heal oral wounds.
#4 Clove Oil or Peppermint Tea
Apply diluted clove oil or a steeped and chilled peppermint tea bag to the tooth. Both clove oil and peppermint have natural numbing and antiseptic properties.
Contact Your Phoenix Emergency Dentist for Toothache Relief
Over-the-counter medications or home remedies are not long-term solutions to toothaches. Please contact your Phoenix dentist, Dr. Chad Hines, at Dental Care at Moon Valley today if you have tooth pain.
Dr. Hines is a skilled and gentle emergency dentist who can relieve your pain and find a long-lasting solution for your needs. We can create a personalized treatment plan and discuss the most effective remedies for tooth pain so you can regain your smile’s comfort and wellness.