Toothache at night can disturb sleep and cause much discomfort.
Here are some effective home remedies suggested by Dr Shetty to get rid of toothache at night:
For many people, a saltwater rinse is an effective first-line treatment. Salt water is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. Treating a toothache with salt water can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds.To use this approach, mix 1/2 teaspoon (tsp) of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.
2. Clove oil on a cotton pellet
Clove oil is known to soothe pain and hence application of a small cotton pellet on the aching tooth may relieve the pain to a certain extent.
3. Antibacterial mouthwash
Like all mouthwashes, apart from giving you great smell and minty breath, antiseptic mouthwash helps prevent infection by inhibiting plaque from building up around the teeth. Mouthwash also loosens up and helps remove any hidden food particles during brushing and flossing. Even better, this antiseptic reduces the chances of cavities.
4. Cold compress
You can use a cold compress to relieve any pain you’re experiencing, especially if any type of trauma has caused your toothache. When you apply a cold compress, it causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict. This makes pain less severe. The cold can also reduce any swelling and inflammation.
To use this approach, hold a towel-wrapped bag of ice to the affected area for 20 minutes at a time. You can repeat this every few hours.
5. Take a pain reliever
For temporary relief, you can take a store-bought pain medication as directed on the label. Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are often the best choices for tooth pain, as they can also reduce inflammation at the site of the hurting tooth.
6. Elevate your head
Try sleeping with your head propped up on several pillows. Elevating your head higher than the rest of your body will prevent blood from pooling in your head and mouth. As a result, it improves circulation, decreases swelling, and alleviates some of the pain.
7. Watch what you eat
Until you can see your dentist, avoid foods and beverages that might worsen your toothache, like those that are particularly cold, hot, or acidic. Depending on the cause of your toothache, chewing with the tooth in question can cause even more damage, so it’s best to avoid putting pressure on it for now.
8. Clean the tooth
Cleaning the area around the painful tooth with a toothpick and dental floss may help relieve pain due to food stuck inside the gums.
9. Consume cold liquids
If the toothache is increased by hot liquid intake, one can try to consume cold liquids which may in some cases soothe the pain.
Source: Hindustan Times