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Finding The Most Effective Toothache Relief Methods

Most toothaches are caused by sensitivity to the nerve (pulp) of the tooth due to decay, injury to the tooth, and infection. You could also be suffering from gum disease, tooth fractures, or even sinus infections that can cause bursts of pain as well. Though you may need dental intervention from a professional to restore the tooth and combat the pain, if it is not immediately available, try these natural remedies to help give you some toothache relief.

 
Rinse With Salt Water
 
Placing hot or cold water in your mouth may cause a shock to your already sensitive tooth. Rinsing with warm salt water may be helpful. Mix a couple teaspoons of table salt in a glass of warm water, then try swishing the mixture or ultrasoni scaler  in your mouth. In addition to easing the pain and cleaning the infected areas, the salt also helps to draw out excess fluid around the swollen gum tissues.
 
Apply Ice to Stop Inflammation
 
The presence of cold helps to curb pain and swelling in superficial nerves, so applying an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the face may help numb the pain. You should, however, never apply ice directly to the tooth. Even very cold drinks may cause pain if the root is going bad; this also applies to hot drinks and sugary foods.
 
Apply Oil of Cloves
 
Oil of cloves is an essential oil found in health food stores that can help soothe tooth pain. Apply a few drops to a cotton swab, then apply to the affected tooth. If the oil of cloves is too strong, dilute it with some olive oil.
 
If clove oil is used, it can be applied by cotton swab or a piece of tissue, or applied gently to an affected area. Mr. O’Connor said it can be found in most health food stores. “Although considered safe when used correctly in small amounts, it can cause liver and respiratory problems when ingested in large quantities,” he wrote.
 
Benzocaine, which was used in the 2006 study, is the active ingredient in oral pain relievers Anbesol and Orajel, which are commonly available over the counter. Benzocaine is an anesthetic.
 
The over-the-counter drugs and dental instruments have valuable advice for patients, too: Tooth or gum pain, particularly that which lasts over a period of time, should be evaluated by a dentist. It may be a symptom of an underlying condition that requires attention.