A toothache and gum pain is a very common complaint affecting everyone at some stage in their lives. The most common types of a toothache are caused by tooth decay, gum infection, cracked tooth, irritated tooth nerve, loss of a filling, broken tooth, new tooth erupting through the gum or loss of a tooth. Sometimes a tooth or jaw pain can be caused by another unrelated problem such as jaw pain, ear pain or even heart problems. Find out if a cold compress really words.
What are the Symptoms?
Usually, the first sign of a toothache is tooth or gum pain which can be either sharp or a dull ache. Toothache pain can be intense and unbearable often waking you up at night and making eating, drinking or even talking difficult. The pain may become worse when not treated and spread to the gums or even other teeth. There may be bleeding from the gums, especially from between teeth. The infected tooth may be sensitive to hot, cold or both extremes of temperature. It will also be sensitive to pressure so try to eat on the opposite side of your mouth until a toothache has been fixed.
In some cases, upon examination, the tooth may look fine with no visible signs of decay or damage. However, the root may be infected, and the tooth may require root canal treatment where the dentist completely cleans out the inside root cavity of the tooth and fills it with a special filling compound.
Toothache Pain Relief
Over-the-counter pharmaceuticals for toothache pain relief, such as paracetamol, aspirin or Tylenol, will provide temporary relief from the pain of a toothache but do not fix the cause of the problem. Once the drug has worn off the pain will return.
If your toothache is caused by a broken tooth, lost crown or filling that has fallen out you will need to visit a dentist to have the problem fixed.
One of the best home remedies for a toothache is to wash your mouth with a solution of warm water and salt. Dissolve one heaped teaspoon of salt into a quarter glass of warm water and rinse your mouth for up to five minutes, four times a day. This doesn’t taste nice but will dramatically reduce redness, pain and swell in the gums around your tooth.
One traditional home remedy to treat a toothache is to swab or dab the tooth and gum with a cotton ball soaked with clove oil, which is commonly available in supermarkets. The oil has a soothing and anti-inflammatory effect which helps reduce the pain.
Ice is another simple remedy to reduce the pain and symptoms of a toothache. If your tooth is not sensitive to cold, put an ice cube in your mouth and hold on the sore tooth to suppress the nerve pain. You can chew ice cubes on that side of the mouth that is painful. The coldness of the ice has a mild anesthetic effect.
Turmeric is known as a miracle cure for a toothache. Take some turmeric sticks and burn them down. After burning, crush the sticks into a fine powder and place this powder on your sore tooth.
Home Remedies for a Toothache
When you cannot visit a dentist right away or cannot afford the cost of dental treatment the above methods will help relieve the pain. While useful to know in the fight against a toothache these methods and most other medicines only treat the symptoms, not the cause. Fortunately, there is an excellent natural medicine cure for a toothache that is proven to work very well within 24 hours and is much less expensive than a visit to the dentist.