How to Treat a Kid’s Toothache at Home

Toothaches are usually the result of nerve irritation on the tooth. One of the many reasons why nerve endings get irritated is tooth decay, tooth injury, and gum disease. The pain due to jaw trauma will reach your teeth and develop into a toothache.

The first thing that you must do, of course, is to consult with your dentist. Do so even if you’re only having normal, throbbing tooth pain. Remember that a tooth problem, when left ignored, can turn into a more serious health condition, more so if the tooth becomes infected. Fortunately, there are many natural treatments for toothache that may provide relief until your appointment with the dentist arrives. Here are some remedies you can try at home:

1. Cloves

These herbs have natural analgesic and antibacterial characteristics. They are popular in the folk medicines of China and India, where they’ve been used for many years as a remedy for all kinds of pain. For toothache, cloves are quite effective.

If you have a toothache, you may use the dried cloves that you can find in most health stores. It’s the same type that is added to orange if you’re mixing mulled wine. It’s also what’s used for making clove oil. To suppress your toothache, dry cloves is placed on the problem area. You may also add a few mixtures of olive oil to clove oil. Dip one cotton ball to it and place it on the tooth.

You will still feel the pain but as long as you’re applying more of it using a cotton ball, you should be good. However, cloves aren’t pleasant to the taste. Avoid getting it on your tongue. It’s always recommended for you to consult with your dentist before you try cloves. Like using any natural remedy, take precautions. If you are pregnant don’t use this remedy.

2. Brine Solution

Whether you have a toothache or not, rinsing your mouth using warm salt water is usually a great idea. A brine mouthwash does a great job of flushing up all the chunks of food that are stuck between the teeth that cause toothache. Brine mouthwashes can also alleviate toothache because saltwater can reduce the swellings in the gums that can cause pain.

In a glass filled with warm water, mix some salt to make a brine mouthwash for your toothache. Rinse for at least 60 seconds. Let the mixture roll around your mouth, paying careful attention to the area that gives you trouble.

3. Cold Compress

While it may seem rather counterintuitive to stick something cold on the source of the toothache, it works. Believe it or not, a cold compress can help relieve toothache pain, particularly if it’s caused by tooth swelling.

Frozen peas placed in a cold compressed or wrapped in a kitchen towel works too. You may also soak a towel for two to three minutes in ice. Just place a little bit of pressure on the tooth to minimize cheek and lip swelling. Try rubbing an ice cube on your tooth if that doesn’t solve the problem. If none of these works, be sure to consult with a pediatric dentistry expert.

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