Tooth Pain


Seeking relief from tooth pain?

Tooth pain can be a warning sign of a number of dental issues. If you are experiencing any tooth pain, contact your dentist to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, there are some options to temporarily relieve the pain including over-the-counter options and home remedies.

Temporary at-home remedies for dental pain relief

  1. Salt Water. Salt water is a natural antibacterial solution and is often available and easy to make. Salt water can help remove food particles and debris that are in hard to reach places. Salt water can reduce inflammation and promote healing any wounds in the mouth. To create the solution, mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it like you would with mouthwash.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can help to minimize pain and inflammation in your mouth. It kills bacteria, fights against plaque and heals bleeding gums. To properly dilute the hydrogen peroxide, mix 3 percent peroxide with equal parts water and use it as a rinse. Make sure you do not swallow it.
  3. Cold compress. Apply a cold compress to the area to force the blood vessels to contract. This method will reduce the severity of the pain and help with the inflammation. You can create a cold compress by wrapping a bag of ice cubs with a towel and applying it to the area.
  4. Garlic. Garlic can kill the bacteria that causes the development of dental plaque and also reduce pain. Crush garlic to form a paste and apply it to the area

Schedule an emergency dental appointment

At DC Dental Spa, we regularly treat patients with tooth pain during and outside of office hours. Tooth pain can be a sign of several dental problems and should not be ignored. Call our dental emergency hotline at any time to speak to a specialist.

DC Dental Spa
730 24th St NW, Suite 9
Washington, DC 20037
Phone: 202-871-3228
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