Everyone agrees, toothache pain is terrible.

There are few things as painful as a toothache, but, as pain is merely a symptom,  you can’t truly heal until you find the ROOT (pun intended) cause. Many people approach pain via self medication (e.g. NSAIDs, opioids, etc.); unfortunately, treating a symptom only ensures the problem will occur again. Ignoring the pain and/or self medicating will only give a small, inexpensive problem the incubation time needed to become a big, expensive life issue.

When you have pain, contact your wellness dentist to set an appointment immediately. In the meantime during the short wait for your appointment, however, here are a few short-term, home remedies:

  1. Rinse with warm salt water up to four times a day. This will help clean and soothe the inflammation around the tooth. It can reduce swelling and gently removes bacteria from the affected area. Heat 8 ounces of water on the stove and add 1 tsp of salt. Once dissolved allow water to cool until it is at a safe temperature. Rinse and swish salt water around in your mouth for 30 seconds and then spit it out.
  2. Apply clove oil or a product with clove oil in it. Eugenol, the active ingredient in cloves is a natural pain reliever. Rub a tiny amount of the clove oil on your gums to ease pain. Too much of it can irritate the inflamed area. Mix a couple drops of clove oil with olive oil or coconut oil to dilute it before applying it to the area.
  3. Use a cold compress to help reduce swelling and relieve pain in the area. Try it for 15-20 minutes every couple hours. This can be especially helpful if the pain is related to a trauma. Do not to place ice directly on your skin; it will burn you. Use or create a compress that is cold but not freezing.

Remember, call your dentist if you have tooth pain to make an appointment: (303) 839-5109. Stamm Dental Wellness wants you to live with as little physical pain as possible so you can enjoy life with health and vitality.