If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night because of a toothache, you know just how frustrating it can be to have to cope with the pain. You know you need to make a dental appointment for any kind of emergency, but the office is closed until tomorrow morning. What can you do in the meantime? Keep reading to learn about ways you can ease the throbbing enough to get some rest, until you can be seen by your dentist.
Tip #1: Take Over-the-Counter Pain Medication
One of the easiest ways to counter that toothache is to take medication intended to reduce discomfort and inflammation. If you have Tylenol, ibuprofen, or aspirin on hand, try taking it according to the dosage information and directions on the packaging.
You can also use a numbing paste or gel with benzocaine that can dull the sensations around the hurting tooth.
Tip #2: Rinse Your Mouth
You can rinse your mouth with a mouthwash containing alcohol to ease a toothache. That can help disinfect and soothe the painful area. If that feels too abrasive, you might try a warm saltwater rinse, instead. This can also keep germs at bay while gently clearing your mouth of any irritating debris.
Tip #3: Avoid Eating Harsh Foods
Certain foods and beverages might sting if you have a tender tooth, so try not to eat them right before bed. Avoid foods that are extremely hot, cold, or hard to chew. These are known to cause some sensitivity at times.
Tip #4: Natural Remedies for Toothaches
Some plants have properties and ingredients that can address minor aches and pains. If you have any of these oils at home, you can soak a cotton ball and press it against your tooth:
- Guava leaves
- Sweet potato leaves
- Mago Bark
Don’t leave the house at night while you’re not feeling well to get any of these. They might help, but there are other remedies to try, too.
Tip #5: Elevate Your Head
Don’t hesitate to pile up the pillows if your tooth hurts! Elevating your head lowers pressure caused by blood flowing into the head and mouth. This can also help reduce inflammation around your tooth.
Tip #6: Use An Ice Pack
If your tooth also presents with swelling, then an ice pack might help ease your symptoms enough to fall asleep. The cold can minimize swelling and cause a pleasant, numb sensation. Try laying the sore side of your face against the ice pack until you drift off.
Toothaches can happen for a number of reasons, and they all warrant a visit to the dentist to get checked out. Whether it’s from a cavity, gum disease, or some other cause, your dentist will be able to properly assess your condition to get you the help you need. Before you know it, you’ll be back to long nights of pain-free sleep!
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Drs. Ernie Costello and Jay DeHart take the time to get to know your dental needs and goals so they can provide you with the best care possible. They offer emergency dentistry services with evening and weekend availability so they can see you right away. Whatever the cause of your toothache, they can help find solutions to address it! Feel free to request an appointment on our website or by calling (847) 259-1111.