A toothache refers to a situation in which you feel pain around your tooth area. Causes for a toothache are tooth cavity, gum disease or exposed roots. If you don’t treat a toothache well, then it could lead to a tooth extraction eventually. Consuming excessive soft drinks, pastries, cakes, or products having high sugar levels cause tooth problems.
How to get rid of a toothache instantly and quick at home?
Follow the below home remedies in case of mild tooth pain to naturally get rid of a toothache.
- Squeeze some drops of clove oil and olive oil into the dish in the ratio of 3:1. Soak a cotton ball or swab with the clove oil and swipe it gently around your affected tooth area or put it over the area. Clove oil is a natural pain killer and antibacterial.
- Chew a garlic piece. It can help you get relief from a toothache to an extent.
- You can also make use of an easily available onion.
- Lime is a good home remedy as it contains vitamin C
- You can take aspirin painkiller.
- Gargling with warm water and salt also helps.
- Whiskey and brandy are also useful to get relief from a toothache.
- Rinsing your mouth with some drops of tea tree essential oil steeped in the water will also help.
You should consult a dentist if you have one of the following:
- If you are suffering from blood pressure, diabetes or heart-related problems
- If your toothache doesn’t subsidize in 3-4 days
- If you have swallowing or breathing problems
- If you have a fever
- It is also recommended that children and pregnant woman visit their dentist before trying home remedies on their own.
For small tooth decay or cavity, treatments would include tooth filling. In a case of larger tooth decay, treatment would include a crown or a dental onlay. If your pulp is injured because of cavity penetration, then either root canal treatment or a tooth extraction is done.
Treating gum disease involves removal of bacterial plaque and dental hygiene.
In case the root of your tooth has been exposed, it will become sensitive towards anything cold, hot or sour because they are not any more protected by healthy gums. During the early stages of tooth sensitivity, dentists recommend toothpaste and gel that could be used on a daily basis.
As the saying goes, preventing a disease is always better than curing it. It is highly recommended that you brush your teeth twice on a regular basis and visit your dentist once every 6-months.
Causes of a toothache
(1) Gum diseases
What is gum disease?
Gum disease is also known as periodontal disease. Gum disease means inflammation of the gum line (soft tissue) that can grow and affect the bone that supports and surrounds your teeth. And it could cause loss of a tooth. Some of the reasons that result in gum disease include diabetes, smoking, oral hygiene, etc.
(2) Dental cavities
Dental caries or cavity is the most common causes of a toothache.
What is dental cavity?
A dental cavity is a hole in the teeth. When there are holes in the 2 external layers of tooth enamel and the dentin, it is known as a dental cavity. The larger dental cavities are extremely painful and it might be accompanied along with a small swelling around your tooth.
(3) Tooth root sensitivities
What is tooth sensitivity?
Tooth sensitivity is a common name for root sensitivity or dentin hypersensitivity. The roots are the lower two-thirds of your teeth that are usually buried in bone. When the bacterial toxins dissolve the bone, it causes the bone and the gum to recede and exposes the roots. The exposed roots become sensitive to hot, cold and sour foods since they are not any more protected by bone and gum.