Tooth decay is one of the leading problems among children and adults, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). In 2004, more than 90% of adults suffered from tooth decay and 20% of them ignored treatment.
Toothache Caused by Cavities
When tooth decay is ignored, it often leads to a toothache. The bacteria or infection in the tooth or gums, as well as exposed nerve endings of the tooth, is what causes the pain. The pain goes away on its own sometimes, but often, it needs immediate dental treatment, pain relievers, and antibiotics.
Managing Toothache from Cavities at Home
Taking pain relievers like Ibuprofen is the quickest way to get temporary relief. If that’s not available, here are home remedies that could help relieve discomfort until a Lakeville dentist sees your tooth:
Did you know that salt has medicinal properties like anti-infective and anti-inflammatory? In fact, according to a 1999 article by the Science Tribune, salt has been used in early Egyptian medicine (1600 B.C) and early Greek medicine (2000 B.C.).
Mixing a teaspoon of salt to 12 ounces water and using the solution as a mouth rinse will give temporary relief. Saltwater neutralizes acid in the mouth and stops bacteria from breeding by turning the mouth into an alkaline environment.
Apply a cold compress to the area of the face where the tooth aches to numb it. This is also helpful if there’s swelling. WebMD also suggests rubbing an ice on the space between the thumb and index finger on the side where the tooth aches. Numbing that area blocks pain signals to the brain.
Crush a clove of garlic and put it directly on the infected tooth. Freshly crushed garlic releases allicin, which has anti-microbial properties.
Home remedies do provide relief against a toothache, but only temporarily. Pain may become intense and infection might develop and spread if the cause is not addressed properly and immediately. You should visit the dentist to know whether you need antibiotics and which among a filling, extraction, or root canal is best for your condition.