Top 5 Natural Remedies For Tooth Pain

When you have tooth pain, the best thing you can do is to make an appointment with your dentist. However, Tooth-painsometimes it is not possible to be seen immediately. In that case, it is important to manage your discomfort safely and effectively. Beyond non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) agents such as aspirin or ibuprofen, there are an array of natural and effective home remedies that can make your wait for a professional dental examination more bearable.

Top 5 Natural Remedies For Tooth Pain

  1. Cold compress. If your tooth pain includes swelling, you can place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth, on your cheek, directly over where the swelling is.
  2. Saltwater rinse. A standby for generations with dental patients, this remedy simply requires you to add a half-teaspoon to eight ounces of warm water, swish it in your mouth, and spit it out. Do not swallow the mixture.
  3. Apple cider vinegar. Dip a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply to the painful area.
  4. Tea tree oil. This remedy can be applied by direct application of a few drops on a cotton ball to the affected area, or you may add a few drops to a glass of lukewarm water and rinse out your mouth with it.
  5. Vanilla extract. For this remedy, saturate a cotton ball in the extract and hold in place. Other extracts that can also provide relief include almond extract, lemon extract and peppermint extract. Be very careful about not swallowing these extracts.

It is important to understand that all of these tooth pain remedies are intended to only provide short-term relief. They are not intended to be a long-term pain control strategy, nor should they supplant a thorough examination by your dentist to determine the source of your pain. In particular, you should ask for an emergency appointment when you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe jaw pain
  • Bleeding or sore gums
  • Mouth sores, patches or lumps
  • Sharply increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods/beverages

“Tooth pain is not a ‘natural’ condition you should accept and adapt to,” says Dr. Carol Ford, founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates in central Phoenix. “These natural remedies are a safe way to ease your discomfort, but they must be followed up by an appointment to assess your oral health.”

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