With improved dental techniques and regular check-ups, toothache is less common that it once was. But an aching tooth, should you suffer from one, is a signal that the tooth in question needs further investigative work by a qualified dentist, even if the pain disappears on its own accord. The most common kind of tooth pain is caused by sensitive teeth, and exposure to hot, cold and sweet substances usually brings on a twinge of cursory pain. Less common, is the condition of Bruxism, or teeth grinding, which can, after a time, be responsible for the aching of teeth due to excessive grinding, while in some other cases, sinus problems can be at the cause of toothache.
As a little side note, when I was doing some research into toothache I found this funny little clip which sums up how having a toothache can make you feel!
There exists several possibilities to cure a throbbing tooth, but it must be remembered that it is not considered permanent, and that a consultation must be followed up from a qualified dentist. For those seeking to cure toothache in the short term, some of the options are as follows:
- Sea salt, mixed with warm water creates a mouthwash which can alleviate a painful tooth.
- Oil of clove is a tried and tested way of escaping toothache, and in fact has excellent properties for doing so. Both a analgesic and antiseptic.
- Onion, freshly sliced, and pressed against the afflicted tooth so some of the juice can flow out, can give a good degree of relief.
- Baking soda can be used, dipping a toothbrush in the powder and carefully brushing the tooth and gum area can reduce swelling and pain.
- Guava leaves, either chewed or boiled in water and allowed to cool to be used as a mouthwash, releases anti swelling properties from the leaves and can offer a relief from the pain.
- A warm tea bag, pressed against the tooth in question, will reduce swelling and ease pain by virtue of astringent tannins found naturally in the tea.
Although there are many more remedies, all are considered ‘home made’ by qualified dentists, and they will always recommend you visit your dentist for proper treatment, not just for the pain relief, but as untreated bouts of toothache can lead to more serious problems and could potentially cause more damage.
The remedies are always seen by dentists as an emergency stop-gap, a quick thing you can do to alleviate the pain before seeking treatment, rather than using them to quell the pain then carry on as normal. For most, this is indeed common sense, but the idea of going to the dentist remains, for many other people, a thought not worth bearing, and once the pain has subsided, so has any notion of seeking proper treatment.