Fastest Ways to Stop a Toothache

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Fastest Ways to Stop a Toothache

A toothache is may be the most unpleasant sensation that you can experience in your life. In fact, dental pain is rated as the second most severe pain in the world, second only to the pain of renal colic and kidney stones.  Not only is the pain intense and severe, but you know you have to see your dentist now which be costly.

The reasons for experiencing a toothache are various, and it is important to know that visiting your dentist should be your top priority. The number one reason is of course decay, which had spread to reach the nerve of the tooth causing severe, intense pain. Another reason that is also very common is gum disease and pockets. These are spaces formed between the teeth as a result of a lack of hygiene. They trap bacteria and food remnants causing pain that is quite severe. If your tooth is cracked, you’ll likely feel intense pain, especially when biting.

In all these cases, your dentist should be the first line for a cure. Your dentist is the only one who is best equipped to detect these problems, correctly diagnose them, and begin accurate treatment. However, most of us cannot drop what they have right now to visit the dentist. Dr. Kacos, Your local dentist in Shreveport, LA, understands that you are often quite busy. So until you have the time to visit him, he offers these great pieces of advice on the fastest ways to stop a toothache:

Fix Your Toothache with Saltwater:

Salt water is actually a natural mouth rinse. In the old days, this was the only method of cleaning your pockets. By mixing a tablespoon of salt with a warm glass of water and rinsing it throughout your mouth, you would feel immediate relief. This is because of the alkaline nature of the salt that tends to pull out the acids responsible for pain, decay and gum disease. We asked our friend, Dr. Matt Laurich, a dentist in Livonia, MI, about toothache remedies. Dr. Laurich says that saltwater is at the top of the list for fastest ways to stop a toothache. He highly recommends this to his patients.

Fix Your Toothache with Cloves:

Oil of cloves is a natural pain reliever. In fact, it is an ingredient in some dental materials, including those needed to fill your root canals. Directly applying oil of cloves (or mashing a bunch of them to create a paste) to a decayed tooth would provide some relief, since it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Fix Your Toothache with Onions and Garlic:

This may come as a shock, but onions and garlic have great antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and can kill germs. You could mash up some onions or garlic with a tablespoon of salt and applying the paste to the infected tooth, or, if you can stand it, directly chew a piece of onion or garlic for immediate relief.

Fix Your Toothache with Tea bags:

Tea has antioxidants and natural anticoagulants. If you wet a tea bag in warm water and apply it to an area of inflammation or infection, you would feel the difference in a few minutes.

One final piece of advice, prevention is better than cure. If you stick to your oral hygiene regimen and take good care of your teeth and mouth, and frequently visit your dentist every few months, you could detect problems early and make sure you never reach the stage where you need these remedies. If you think you may be having a dental emergency in Shreveport, LA, contact our office, and we’ll see if we can help.

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