Teeth can become sensitive for a number of reasons, like an advancing cavity or aggressive gum disease, to name just a couple. Depending on its severity, a toothache may be no more than a nuisance, or it may be intense enough to distract you from everything else. What is almost certain, though, is that there’s an underlying issue that should be addressed immediately. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, then call your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, you may find temporary relief from your toothache by following a few simple home remedies.
Toothache Relief at Home
- Chill out—If your toothache is accompanied by swelling, then place an ice pack or cold compress to the cheek to help reduce it. Cold water or an ice cube may offer relief in some instances, but if your tooth is sensitive to temperature, then refrain from ice or water.
- Floss—Food debris has a tendency to stick between teeth. If a piece is large enough, it may cause enough pressure on your teeth to cause them to ache. If something is stuck between your teeth, then flossing it out may relieve pressure and sensitivity. If your toothache persists, then call our office immediately.
- Take a pain reliever—An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as aspirin, can offer temporary pain relief. However, do not rub the medication onto your tooth. Contrary to popular belief, it does not accelerate pain relief. In fact, the acidity can damage your gums and tooth structure, exacerbating the problem.
- Drink milk—Though it may not offer immediate relief, consuming milk and other dairy products provides your body with calcium, which teeth require to maintain the strength of their tooth enamel. As the protective outer layer of teeth, enamel can weaken when oral bacteria metabolize food into acid. Consuming calcium helps keep enamel strong and reduces the risks of tooth sensitivity.