Toothaches often come on suddenly and can be quite painful. If you don’t experience them often, it can be difficult to know if you need professional dental treatment or if you should try to treat it yourself at home. Most patients use a combination of both of these methods as they try to figure out how to cure a toothache.
Home Remedies for Toothaches
As with other types of dental problems, the best cure is to prevent a toothache from happening in the first place. You may be able to do this by brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily in addition to using antiseptic mouthwash. Besides preventing frequent toothaches, this method can also cure a minor toothache once it has started.
Mixing garlic and salt together and placing it on the affected tooth is another simple way to cure a toothache. However, you should use rock salt and not table salt if you choose to do this. Garlic contains an antibacterial agent that kills bacteria before it can cause tooth pain. The salt helps to neutralize the garlic and prevent it from leaving such a strong aftertaste in your mouth.
You may be able to eliminate the pain with an over-the-counter numbing agent or aspirin. While these methods temporarily eliminate pain, they don’t help you get to what is causing it. Other common home remedies include lemon juice mixed with asafetida or chewing on a raw onion if you can tolerate the taste.
Seek a Professional Evaluation for Chronic Tooth Pain
Even when the pain is only minor, it’s important to have Dr. Vanama of Discovery Dental evaluate your tooth if it persists despite your attempts at treating it. She will complete an oral exam to determine what is causing the problem and then treat it promptly. You should also contact us for an appointment if the pain gets worse over time. If your tooth pain becomes severe, please contact us at any time for emergency dental services.