Orange City & Deltona, FL
Have you ever noticed that sicknesses and pain seem to get worse at night? Let’s go ahead and add toothaches to this mystery. But, if you’ve stumbled onto our blog, you’ve already been pacing the floor in pain – toothache pain that is! So, we will get down to business and share how to deal with a nagging toothache at night.
Before we jump right into home remedies for toothaches, you need to have a general idea of what is causing you pain.
There are many sources of dental pain that include:
- Cavities – a big hold in your tooth, especially if it is discolored or black, probably indicates a cavity.
- Gum disease – classified as inflamed gums that bleed easily, foul-smelling breath, and even loose teeth, gum disease can cause gum tenderness or tooth pain.
- Cracked or chipped tooth – a crack may not be visible, but you will certainly notice if half of your tooth has been broken off.
- Sinus infection – pressure in your sinuses, either from allergies or a sinus infection can cause an immense amount of dental pain, especially in your upper teeth.
- Pulpitis – or an abscessed tooth is when the tooth’s nerve is infected. This type of pain usually will make you pace the floor in agony, and it’s described as some of the most severe dental pain.
The best course of action to take if you find yourself the unfortunate recipient of dental pain is to contact an emergency dentist in Orange City by calling Terry Soule, DDS, at (386) 775-1552. But, if you aren’t able to make it in right away, try some of these soothing remedies to buy yourself a little time.
- A throbbing toothache will get worse when you lay down. Instead, sleep with your head elevated using several pillows. Or, just plan on spending the night in the recliner.
- Brush and floss your teeth, including around the problem tooth, to remove any possible food debris that may be irritating the gums. Believe it or not, but a little piece of leftover steak from last night’s dinner can cause quite a bit of pain, mimicking a toothache.
- Soak a cotton ball or cotton pad in clove oil and apply it to the area where the toothache is coming from. This works well if you have a deep cavity or an infected tooth.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water as often as you’d like. It can help soothe inflamed gums.
- Take over-the-counter pain medication for short-term pain relief. But, don’t rely on it for the long-term. Eventually, it won’t provide enough relief, leaving you in more pain than you bargained for.
- Treat swelling of the face or gums by applying a cold compress for up to 20 minutes at a time. Avoid applying heat! It will worsen the pain.
These remedies are in no way meant to replace actual medical advice from a doctor or dentist. But, they certainly could come in handy when a toothache hurts so bad that it has you pacing the hallway at 3 a.m. The best thing to do when you have a toothache is to get in to see the dentist right away. Do not ignore the pain or try to mask it with a home remedy for more than absolutely necessary. Eventually, it will catch up to you!
To schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist in Debary or Deltona, call Terry Soule, DDS, at (386) 775-1552.