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Home Remedies For A Toothache – DIY Or Dental Treatment?

Excerpt: If you have a toothache that lasts more than one day you should immediately see a dentist...
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If you have a toothache that lasts more than one day you should immediately see a dentist. Toothache symptoms can be miss-diagnosed by people for a couple of possible causes including, but not limited to:

  • Tooth sensitivity – It may be temporary and can happen for no reason.
  • Gum disease – Can be reversed at home if it is caught early enough.
However, if the ache or pain is ongoing and does not go away in 12-24 hours, there is a good chance it will not get better on its own. Even if you manage to prevent the pain symptoms from affecting you, this does not mean it has gotten better. Tooth decay is generally irreversible and unless it is a minor cavity, may eventually result in a dental abscess, which can be a serious, life-threatening issue!
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Can You Treat A Toothache At Home?

If it is caused by dental decay, the answer is no. You may be able to stop the pain, but you are probably not fixing the actual issue that caused the problem to occur. However, if you cannot get to the dentist in a timely manner, or a dentist appointment is not in your budget, there are definitely a few things you can try to make the pain more reasonable.
If the pain is unbearable or it prevents you from doing your daily activities, please immediately seek professional help as this is a serious concern.

Saltwater rinse

Add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of water, gently swish it around your mouth and gently spit it out. Afterward, do the same with normal water to get rid of the taste.

When should you do it?

The saltwater rinse can be done for any emergency, it can even be done on a daily basis if you wanted to, salt has anti-microbial properties that can help treat the area.

Cold Compress

Take a cold bag, generally filled with ice or frozen food, then apply that to the side of the face for ten-minute intervals.

When Should You Do It?

If you are experiencing swelling or pain, then the cold temperature will help to numb the area.

Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medication

Medication like Advil or Tylenol is a staple in a lot of homes and first aid kits. If you are experiencing pain or swelling take the appropriate dose of the medication.

When should you do it?

If you have no medical condition preventing you from taking these drugs, then you should take them when you are feeling pain, discomfort, or swelling.


Take a fresh clove of garlic, add a bit of water and crush it until it forms a paste, immediately and gently apply it to the affected tooth. This must be done quickly as the numbing properties happen just after the garlic is crushed.

When Should You Do It?

This method has been used for a very long time to curb pain caused by toothaches. It may not get rid of the pain completely, but it is a cheap, natural method that may take the edge off.

Elevated head

Keep your head at a higher position than your body, (either standing or laying on pillows), this will take away some of the pressure from the head which may be causing you more pain.

When Should You Do It?

If you have pain or inflammation, it may help a bit, and will not cost anything to try.
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