Tips on Easing a Toothache at Night

Poway and Rancho Bernardo, CA

The presence of pain in your mouth could be caused by several different reasons and create issues when speaking and eating. Whether you have pain while eating, drinking, or continuous pain that never seems to end, it can seem to increase in the middle of the night. Talk about timing! That’s why your Poway emergency dentist Dr. Nicol Cook recommends the following at-home remedies to help you manage tooth pain during the night.

  1. Saltwater Rinses

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As a tried and true remedy to reduce inflammation and disinfect your mouth, swishing saltwater could help reduce the pain as it removes bacteria and other food debris from your teeth. Simply add one teaspoon of salt in an eight-ounce glass of warm water, stir well, and then swish the solution in your mouth for about 10 to 20 seconds and spit it out in the sink. You can do this as often as you prefer. It is safe, even for children, just be careful not to drink it!

  1. Cold Compress

Use a cold compress to reduce inflammation. A cold compress or ice pack can be applied to the side of your face for up to 20 minutes at a time. You could use ice wrapped in a kitchen towel, a bag of frozen vegetables, or a baggie filled with ice. Avoid using any heat, as this may only intensify the pain.

  1. Clove Oil

A century-old natural remedy for toothaches, clove oil, provides a numbing effect on the area of pain and helps reduce inflammation. Clove oil contains eugenol which also helps reduce swelling. For the proper application, place a small amount on a cotton swab or cotton ball and apply it to the sore tooth. Since the product is natural, you can reapply clove oil as many times as needed throughout the night.

  1. Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

As a temporary pain reliever, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief products can ease the discomfort until you can see your Rancho Bernardo dentist for an exam. In a 2018 study conducted by Case Western Reserve University, Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen did better than opioids to relieve pain because Ibuprofen provides anti-inflammatory properties, hence reducing the pain. However, just because you may experience temporary relief from OTC medication does not mean your tooth is healed. You still should see the dentist right away for an assessment and treatment.

Toothache Relief in Poway and Rancho Bernardo, California

Pain in your teeth is not normal and could be a sign of something serious. In addition, the pain and situation could potentially cause additional health risks if not properly treated. When you find yourself with a toothache at night and cannot sleep, try the above recommendations by your Poway general dentist, Dr. Nicol Cook, to help you manage pain during the night. We encourage you to contact or call our Poway emergency dentist at (858) 673-0141 to set up an appointment if you experience intermittent or chronic tooth pain. At Smiles by Dr. Cook, we welcome patients of Poway and Rancho Bernardo.

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