Have you ever been settling down to bed, only to get jolted awake by a sharp sting of pain in your mouth? Since it’s too late in the day to call your dentist, it seems like there’s nothing you can do. Fortunately, as we’ve written before, there are home remedies you can employ to lessen your pain until the next day when you can contact your dentist. Read more to learn 3 more tips for managing a nighttime toothache.
There are numerous products available in drugstores, such as Orajel or Anbesol, that contain a helpful ingredient known as benzocaine. When applied to a sore area of the teeth or gums, benzocaine can provide a temporary numbing effect and pain relief. Keep in mind, however, that benzocaine is not suitable for children, so if it’s your child who’s suffering from tooth pain, use some other method to deal with it.
This common home remedy had stood the test of time, and that’s because it really works. Saltwater possesses a natural antibacterial agent, so there’s a chance it will reduce inflammation. If your toothache is caused by an infection, that’s why saltwater is so effective.
Rinsing with saltwater is also a common way to dislodge any food particles that may be stuck in between your teeth, causing a toothache. If that doesn’t work, try flossing around the area to get rid of any food debris.
Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
Periodontitis, also known as gum disease, is a bacterial infection in the gum tissue, and is generally the result of poor dental hygiene. It can cause your gums to bleed and your teeth to be sore and even come loose from their sockets!
A 2016 study found that rinsing with mouthwash that contained hydrogen peroxide can reduce plaque and also symptoms of periodontitis.
To help alleviate your toothache, dilute food-grade hydrogen peroxide in equal parts water. Swish the solution around in your mouth, but don’t swallow it. This remedy may not be suitable for children, as there is a risk that they could accidentally swallow the mixture.
These are only three ways to get rid of a nighttime toothache. Be sure to check out our previous blog post and stay tuned over the next couple months to read our next blog post with our final three tips!
About the Author
Dr. Clifton Baldwin has more than 30 years of experience practicing general and cosmetic dentistry. He provides a laid-back, patient-centered style of care at his Spring, TX practice. If you call his practice with a dental emergency, such as a toothache, the team will do everything in their power to see you on the same day as your call. To learn more, contact Dr. Baldwin by clicking here or calling (281) 893-4746.