Saturday, 30 January 2016

Home Remedies to Reduce Tooth Ache Until you Can See Your Dentist

One of the worst experiences is waking up in the middle of the night with severe tooth ache. For some reason it never happens when the dental practices are open and you have to sit in agony until the clock strikes 9am to get on the phone and make your emergency dental appointment.

There are a few home remedies you can take advantage of, using items you already have sitting in your kitchen cupboard. While these will numb or reduce the pain, they are not long term solutions, but they may be able to offer some temporary relief until you can make and visit your dentist first thing in the morning.

Clove Oil

Clove oil may not be something you would normally keep in the cupboard, but it is definitely worth while investing in some. You can pick up a small bottle of clove oil at your local pharmacy. Use a cotton bud and dip it in the oil and then place it directly on the tooth that is giving you grief. Try not to get this on your lips or gums and be aware, it is going to taste awful. The benefit though is that you are going to find that within half an hour the pain will start to subside and that can provide relief for a short period.

Salt Water

Salt is a wonderful product to have in the home and not just to add flavour to your food. Salt has antiseptic properties and when mixed with warm water can easily be swirled around the problematic tooth. Add one teaspoon of sugar to some warm water and mix thoroughly, then swish it around your mouth, this will remove debris, reduce swelling and help relieve some of the pain caused by swelling until you can get in to see your dentist.

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint Tea may taste amazing, but what you may not know is that it has numbing effects. Make your tea and allow to draw and cool, then swish it around the problematic tooth. The tea will numb the area and give some temporary relief.

Ginger and Cayenne paste

Mixing these two spices together in a small bowl and then adding a drop or two of water to make a paste can help reduce tooth pain and enable you to relax until you can get in to your dentist. Dip a cotton bud into the paste and hold it directly on the tooth, while trying not to get it on your gums, tongue or lips.

About Tariq Drabu

Tariq Drabu is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. This Manchester born and educated dentist was one of the youngest dentists to graduate in the United Kingdom. He has worked at some of the busiest hospitals in the UK and Saudi Arabia and completed his Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is the owner of the very successful Langley Dental Practice and is also the Clinical Lead Dentist for the Oral Surgery Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services at NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale. Tariq Drabu also teaches and mentors postgraduate dentists in oral surgery at the UCLAN Dental Clinic in Preston.

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  1. Dr Tariq Drabu, peoples are generally avoiding these things which cause them leads to a major problem. but i agree with you that if one feels problem then they must to consult a dentist at initial level.

  2. Dr Tariq,Thanks for sharing this article. It's Valuable information.

  3. Dr Tariq I request you to share one article on how to brush teeth properly.

  4. Dr Tariq Drabu can you share any medicine for tooth ache relief..?

  5. Dr Tariq Drabu, Thanks for sharing this valuable article.

  6. Dr Tariq Drabu, keep sharing such easy home remedies with us. thankyou

  7. Dr Tariq if tooth started aching, does it means that nerve of tooth is infected and RCT is the only option?

  8. Tooth aching is very painful. it directly effects on head.

  9. Dear All, I know that these are common remedies but still there are so many peoples out there who don't know these easy remedies. try to think on their point of view. Thankyou Dr Tariq for sharing these Home Remedies. I really believe that so many peoples will take benefit from these points

    1. You are right laura. in-fact many of these might came to know new things from this post

  10. Good article Dr Tariq Drabu. Thanks for sharing it

  11. I also want to know if there is some common pills for tooth aching

  12. Suzan you can contact Dr Tariq Drabu for your question. else visit his website may you can find your solution there. Because you never know a busy dentist, when you will get your answer.

  13. Like suzan i also want to know if there is some pills for pain relief in tooth aching