Relief for Tooth Pain

No one likes tooth pain and everyone easily recognizes where toothaches comes from.

You may have trouble eating or drinking cold/hot fluids with tooth pain. Also, sleep disruption and tooth pain during your daily brushing or flossing. Tooth pain can cause headaches and discomfort.

Before you reach for the ibuprofen, here are some quick temporary remedies for tooth pain. Please dont wait until tooth pain becomes extremely painful or your tooth gets infected to the point that it will require tooth extraction – call your Los Angeles dentists.

Natural Remedies for Temporary Tooth Pain

Toothaches can be helped with inexpensive items you probably have in your home. Some all-natural treatments for temporary relief from tooth pain include:

Lemons & Limes

Citrus fruits are high in vitamin C and help fight the bacteria causing your toothache. Simply cut a wedge or two and bite down with the problematic tooth.

If you can’t handle the taste, simply release some of the juice from the fruit, and apply it to the sore tooth.

Garlic and Onions

These aren’t the best options if you are concerned about your breath, but garlic and onions are helpful for tooth pain sufferers. Garlic acts like an antibiotic, and onion has antiseptic properties. Both qualities temporarily reduce tooth pain, and chewing on either vegetable for a few seconds will give you some relief.


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Vanilla Extract

This common baking ingredient also reduces toothaches by numbing the site of the pain. Pour a few drops of vanilla extract on a cotton swab, and rub the swab along the affected area. This is also true for other extracts such as peppermint, lemon or almond.

Salt and Warm Water

Rinses made with salt and warm water have been medical remedies for centuries. Whether you have a sore throat or toothache, this rinse will reduce swelling, kill germs and reduce pain.

The amount of salt varies, depending on each person’s tolerance for the taste, but a teaspoon is a reasonable quantity to mix into your rinse.

Over the Counter Toothache Remedies

Peroxide/Antiseptic Rinses

Antiseptic rinses help kill the germs and reduce the swelling that comes with a toothache. Listerine and Peroxyl are commonly recommended and should be used according to the directions on the bottle.

Oral Analgesics

Oral analgesics like Orajel are useful at reducing tooth pain. You simply swab the substance on the affected area according to the directions on the box.

The numbing sensation, however, can cause difficulty swallowing, and this remedy is not recommended for children or the elderly. Swallowing the substance can also cause nausea, and you must avoid eating for at least an hour after use.

When to Call a Dentist

Call a dentist the minute you feel any discomfort or tooth pain. The source of the lingering pain could be a cavity, a cracked tooth, a sign of sensitive teeth or an indication that root canal may be necessary.

Don’t let fear of the dentist prevent you from receiving the treatment you need. Schedule an appointment with a dentist in Los Angeles, New Image Dental.

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