The stay-at-home orders put in place to help slow the spread of COVID-19 have forced all of us to make adjustments to our daily routines.
During times of crisis, sometimes it’s the everyday issues that cause us the most frustration. Toothaches, for instance, are one of the most annoying forms of pain a person can experience, but they aren’t generally a sign of an emergency — assuming the pain isn’t intense.
Toothaches can be caused by a variety of dental issues. Cavities, tooth decay, and even potential gum infections can each cause toothaches. The longer you put off addressing these issues, the more serious they can become, something the team at WhiteWing Dental in McAllen has seen quite often.
Tips for Handling a Toothache
1. Apply Ice
One of the best ways to treat any form of pain is to apply ice to the affected area. Use an ice pack or place some ice cubes in a ziplock bag and place it against your cheek to help reduce inflammation and discomfort. Make sure not to apply the ice directly to the tooth itself; this can make your pain worse, especially considering how sensitive our teeth are to temperature.
If you would prefer not to put an icepack on a large area of your face, you could also chill your fingers using ice before gently massaging your tooth, gums, and cheek.
2. Rinse with Saltwater
Did you know that rinsing with saltwater can help relieve the pain of a toothache? Saltwater can help clean out any bacteria that may be lingering and can also reduce swelling!
We recommend mixing ½ teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water before gargling it for at least 5 seconds. Be sure to avoid swallowing the water, however. Drinking saltwater can make you ill.
3. Use Garlic
Believe it or not, garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries! Besides adding flavor to your meals, it contains its own benefits, including helping kill off unwanted bacteria in your mouth.
When you crush a garlic clove, it releases a liquid called allicin. Allicin can be applied gently to the affected area to help reduce the pain.
4. Apply Peppermint Tea Bags
In yet another example of everyday household products having more uses than you’d expect, peppermint tea bags can help treat toothaches! This treatment won’t completely erase tooth or dental pain, but it can help ease the effect.
Simply apply a cool or luke-warm wet tea bag to the affected area. Remember, be careful using tea bags that are particularly hot or cold as either one could increase your discomfort.
5. Dab with Clove Oil
Clove oil is one of the long-held secret dental pain remedies used by cultures across the globe. This natural alternative to other pain relievers contains eugenol and can both relieve pain while also offering sterilizing effects similar to benzocaine.
Clove oil should be applied carefully by dabbing the affected area with a clove oil-treated cotton ball.
WhiteWing Dental: Ready to Return to our Clients on May 4th!
We are happy to announce that we are now reopening our doors here at Whitewing Dental with added precautions that adhere to state and federal social distancing and containment protocols.
We will be scheduling appointments to help our clients and communities maintain good dental and overall health. We will be following the most rigorous standards of protection to help keep you and your loved ones safe and sound. During this unique and difficult time, we are proud and thankful to be able to do our part for McAllen, Texas.