Toothaches are painful and, in many cases, unavoidable. Certainly, one of the first things you should do when you have a toothache is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kacel, your Highland Park, IL dentist. However, sometimes toothaches begin when the dentist office is closed or, at the very least, you may have to wait until you can get in for an appointment.
Toothaches can be caused by gum disease, infections, trauma, teeth grinding, or an abnormal bite. Sometimes a toothache can also lead to trouble swallowing, a fever, and lasting pain after you bite down. Below are a few natural ways you can treat a toothache to help diminish the amount of pain you experience until your dentist in Highland Park, IL can see you.
When you notice a toothache, get some warm salt water and rinse your mouth. This helps disinfect your mouth and soothe the pain. You can get a similar result with hydrogen peroxide. Applying an ice pack or cold compress to your jaw in the area where it hurts will also help with swelling.
It’s a good idea to floss your whole mouth, because sometimes the pain is caused by food stuck between teeth. Afterwards, if there is still pain, dilute essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, or clove, and use a cotton swab to apply it to the problem tooth and gum area.
Foods and drinks like peppermint tea, crushed garlic, and Greek yogurt may also be helpful. Peppermint tea can help by slightly numbing the area, Greek yogurt contains bacteria that can help fight pain, and garlic slows the activity of bacteria that could be causing the pain.
Of course, consulting with your ADA approved dentist in Deerfield, IL, and scheduling an appointment is the best recourse when you are suffering from a toothache. The pain could be caused by a serious problem that, if caught quickly, could save you from pain and invasive treatments in the future.
If you have any other questions about toothaches, or about oral hygiene in general, reach out to Steven Kacel, D.D.S., M.A.G.D., F.A.D.I. and his friendly staff at his Northbrook Dental office will happily answer any questions you may have. Call (847) 457-0400 to make an appointment today.