There are few things more unpleasant than a toothache. Of course, a visit to your dentist in San Diego is the best way to treat a toothache. However, sometimes toothaches develop when the dentist office is closed or, at the very least, you may have to wait a bit before you can get in for an appointment.
Toothaches can be caused by gum disease, trauma, infections, grinding your teeth, or by an abnormal bite. In addition to severe discomfort, a toothache may lead to difficulty swallowing or a fever. Below are a few natural ways you can treat a toothache at home to help decrease the amount of pain you experience until your dentist in Encinitas can see you.
If you notice a toothache, get some warm salt water and rinse your mouth. The salt water helps dilute the bacteria and soothe the pain. You can get a similar result with hydrogen peroxide. To help with swelling, apply an ice pack or cold compress to your jaw.
Similarly, when you notice pain it is a good idea to floss your whole mouth. Sometimes the pain is caused by food stuck between teeth. Afterwards, if there is still pain, dilute essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, or clove, and use a cotton swab to apply it to the problem tooth and gum area.
Some food and drinks including peppermint tea, crushed garlic, and Greek yogurt may also be helpful. Peppermint tea can help by slightly numbing the area, Greek yogurt contains bacteria that can help fight pain, and garlic slows the activity of bacteria that could be causing the pain.
Of course, consulting with your ADA approved dentist in Del Mar, and scheduling an appointment is the best recourse when you are suffering from a toothache. If caught quickly the pain could be caused by a serious problem that could save you from worse pain and more invasive treatments in the future.
If you would like more information on treating a toothache or need to schedule an appointment with a dentist in San Diego, call (858) 345-4497 to speak with our friendly staff.