Top 10 tips for treating your toothache!

We recommend calling us straight away if you start to feel any tooth pain.  However if you are out the back-of-beyond and it comes on.  Here are some suggestions.

1. Take two Nurofen (Ibuprofen)

Ibuprofen is best since it does a good job of reducing painful inflammation. However, be sure to read the instructions on the bottle for proper usage whichever you choose.

2. Use Antiseptic Rinse Regularly

Using Antiseptic rinse regularly and brushing 2-3 times per day will help to prevent future toothaches, and relieve minor toothaches in the process.

3. Chew a Clove of Garlic Every Morning

If you try this and loved ones suddenly begin avoiding you – don’t blame us!

4. Apply garlic and salt to the tooth

Mash a clove of garlic together with a pinch of rock salt and apply the paste to the site of the toothache. Garlic has allicin, a powerful antibacterial compound. This is thought to help stop the bacteria which cause toothache.

5. Put cold compress on side of cheek

6. Numb the affected tooth/teeth with a gel.

Bonjela is perhaps the best known desensitising agent. However, this remedy will not eliminate a toothache, just numb the area for temporary relief.

7. Chew on a Piece of Onion

Yes, I know this sounds almost as unpleasant, or perhaps more unpleasant to some of you than chewing on garlic cloves. However, onions are bactericidal, so they can kill off the bacteria causing your toothache.

8. Rinse your mouth with water

This can help to remove any food debris that may be aggravating your toothache.

9. Plug the tooth with gauze or wax

Plugging the affected tooth with gauze or wax can reduce it’s sensitivity to air or debris in your mouth. Again, not a cure, but it will help to reduce painful irritation.

10. Elevate your head

Elevating your head can reduce the pressure to the affected tooth and its surrounding area – thus reducing the pain you’re experiencing.

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If none of these remedies effectively eliminate your toothache, then it’s time to give us a call.  A good rule of thumb is if the toothache is causing you to lose sleep or consume your attention throughout the day it’s time to see us. Please don’t assume that your toothache is no big deal and let it worsen. What you have could be a tooth abscess which needs to be treated right away to avoid the infection from spreading.