May 18, 2020

Toothache in Quarantine? 10 Common Pantry Items That Can Help

Filed under: Uncategorized — allheart_dental @ 5:52 pm

Man on couch with ice pack has toothache in quarantineTo help slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all dental practices have temporarily closed. While many are still treating true dental emergencies, all other non-urgent appointments have been postponed until social distancing orders have been lifted. If you have a mild or moderate toothache that doesn’t require immediate attention, it may be safer for you to treat your symptoms at home until quarantine is over. Here are 10 common household items that can help you manage your tooth pain until your Arlington dentist reopens.

1.) Dental Floss

Gently floss around your painful tooth. Your discomfort may simply be caused by a piece of food wedged between your teeth.

2.) Saltwater

Dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a glass of water and rinse your mouth with it. Not only will this dislodge any stuck particles, but salt is a natural disinfectant that can soothe inflammation and fight infections.

3.) Hydrogen Peroxide

You can also wash your mouth out with a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and reduce pain. After spitting it out, rinse your mouth with plain water several times.

4.) Clove Oil

Place a few drops of clove oil to a cotton ball and put it directly on your painful tooth. Cloves contain pain relieving properties, but can irritate your tongue and gums, so apply carefully.

5.) Black Tea Bags

Some studies suggest the tannins contained in black tea can reduce swelling. Put a warm, damp bag of black tea onto your tooth for temporary relief.

6.) Ginger & Cayenne

Create a paste by mixing equal parts powdered ginger and cayenne with water, then rub the mixture onto your toothache. These spices can block pain signals to the brain.

7.) Sugarless Gum

If your toothache is the result of a broken tooth, damaged filling, or cracked dental crown, the exposed area can be covered in dental wax or wet sugarless gum to prevent sensitivity.

8.) Fluoridated Mouthwash

Uncomfortable tooth sensitivity may also be cause by weakened enamel. You can strengthen it and ease sensitivity by rinsing regularly with a fluoridated mouthwash.

9.) Ice Pack

An ice pack or cold compress is a tried-and-true method for numbing pain and reducing swelling. You can apply either to a toothache for 15 minutes at a time.

10.) Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers

There are a variety of store-bought products and pain relievers that can help ease toothaches and other oral pain. However, if you are bleeding, do not use anything that contains aspirin.

Remember, any pain or discomfort in your smile should be evaluated by your dentist, so don’t hesitate to call them in quarantine. If your dentist deems it safer for you to come in for treatment after social distancing orders have been lifted, these DIY toothache remedies can help manage your symptoms until your appointment.

About the Practice

Now and always, the health and safety of our patients at Allheart Dental is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and adjusting our infection controls accordingly. Alongside meeting the ambitious sanitation standards set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we are regularly disinfecting all common areas and treatment rooms with hospital-grade sanitizer. If you are experiencing tooth pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us via our website or at (817) 308-0966 for our Arlington, TX office.

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