How to get rid of a toothache
If you have ever had tooth ache before, you will know it is one of the worst pains you can feel. In fact, most women say that toothache is more painful than giving birth! Usually, tooth ache presents as a constant, aching pain that does not go away no matter how many pain killers you throw at it. It often is worse when drinking hot or cold foods or sweets, and can radiate to your ears, eyes or throat if it is that bad.
What exactly is a tooth ache?
There are numerous causes of tooth ache but for today we will be covering the main cause- decay. If food and bacteria are not removed from the teeth, it will remain and create decay. If this decay is allowed to worsen, it will spread throughout the numerous layers of the teeth until it hits the nerve of the tooth. Once the decay is close to the nerve, the nerve starts to react by becoming inflamed. This inflammation of the nerve is what causes that dreaded tooth ache, and what we dentists call pulpitis. The more the decay is left there, the more irritated the nerve becomes until it eventually gives up and dies (RIP nerve :( ). At this point, the dead nerve often can become infected, and create a dental abscess. Whilst none of us ever want this to happen, it unfortunately happens to more people than expected. It is imperative that the decay is stopped as soon as possible so that it is not allowed to spread and kill the nerve of the tooth.
The best way to avoid this is by making sure you go to your dentist every six months for a check up to make sure that everything is decay free and healthy. If you are left in a position where you DO have a tooth ache, here are my top recommendations.
What You'll Need
- Two teaspoons of salt and one glass of luke warm water.
- Clove Oil and a cotton pad.
What You'll Do
- Go to your dentist as soon as possible! The longer you wait, the lower the chance that your dentist will be able to save your tooth and you get to keep it in your mouth! Us dentists will be able to diagnose the tooth ache and get you out of pain on the same appointment.
- Warm salt water rinses. Dentists LOVE warm salt water rinses. The salt is antibacterial and helps to calm the nerve down.ou are unable to see your dentist immediately, rinse up to five times a day with warm salt water.
- Cold water. In SOME cases (about 30%), the nerve gets so irritated from the decay it quite literally gets hot and angry. In these particular cases sipping cold water periodically throughout the day should help alleviate the pain.
- Pain killers! If the pain is that bad, I recommend switching between 400mg ibuprofen and 1 gram of paracetamol every 4 hours. Both pain killers work in different ways to combat pain and quite nicely together (this si subject to any medical conditions. Please check with your GP if you can take these painkillers).
- Clove oil. Funnily enough, the material that we palce inside the tooth to calm the nerve down contains clove oil (eugenol) in it. If you are watiign to see your dentist, you can try apply little bit of clove oil on a cotton pad and applying it onto the tooth in question for a few seconds. If you place it there for too long however, it can burn the gums so please be careful!
Tips & Warnings
- If in pain, the most important thing too is to make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. These tips are for how to curve the pain in an emergency when a dentist is not available or you are unable to reach one!