• 10 MAR 21
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    How to Deal With a Toothache Until You Can Get to the Dentist


    An ordinary Friday night watching a movie can turn into a nightmare if a popcorn kernel causes pain in one of your teeth. There is nothing worse than a throbbing, painful tooth. If you’re experiencing this type of pain, there are a few home remedies that will help reduce inflammation and calm your painful tooth down until you can get in to see Dr. Angela S. Evanson, DDS.

    Ways to Help with the Immediate Toothache Pain

    Salt Water Rinse

    The easiest treatment for an inflamed tooth is a simple salt water rinse. Dissolve 1/4 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water and use it like you would use mouthwash swishing it over your teeth. Salt is a natural disinfectant and it can reduce inflammation and heal oral wounds. In addition, the water can loosen food particles and debris stuck between your teeth.

    Rinse Your Mouth With Hydrogen Peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide and water mixed together make an antibacterial mouthwash that reduces inflammation and relieves pain from a toothache. Mix a 50/50 solution of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in a glass of warm water and use as you would a regular mouthwash, swishing it over your teeth and spit it out.

    Apply a Cold Compress to Your Cheek Near the Affected Tooth

    This technique can control toothaches, and is especially effective for pain caused by trauma. When your skin becomes cold, the blood vessels constrict, numbing the pain and reducing swelling. If you don’t have a regular ice pack, wrap a bag of ice or frozen peas with a towel and place it on your cheek for 20 minutes at a time. Repeat every few hours as needed.

    Rinse with Wheatgrass Juice

    Wheatgrass is renowned for its ability to heal when consumed. You can also use it as a mouthwash rinse to relieve inflammation and prevent oral infections.

    Apply a Cotton Ball Soaked With Clove Essential Oil

    Clove essential oil contains eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic that numbs pain and reduces inflammation. Moisten a cotton swab with the oil followed by a drop or two of olive oil to slightly dilute it. Apply the cotton ball to the affected area several times a day as needed. (Be sure to use a new cotton ball each time).

    Seek Professional Treatment for a Toothache As Soon As Possible

    These are just a few ways to help the pain of a sudden toothache subside. If your toothache is due to an abscess or deeply rooted infection, the at-home remedies will not be sufficient. If your pain doesn’t subside after a day or two while implementing these treatments, call Dr. Evanson at (720) 409-0008 or contact us online to set up an emergency appointment.

    Typically, x-rays are taken to get a picture of what’s going on with the painful tooth. There are several remedies for treating a toothache including:

    • Remove harmful bacteria and plaque trapped under the gum line.
    • Fillings and dental crowns to restore badly decayed teeth.
    • Draining and rinsing an abscess from a localized infection.
    • Root canal to clean out the nerve and hopefully save the tooth.
    • If it’s impossible to save your tooth due to an infection, abscess, or crack, tooth extraction might be necessary.


    Don’t let a popcorn kernel ruin the evening for you! One of these home remedies should help you get through the weekend and into the capable hands of Dr. Evanson.  She provides quality care for patients in Parker and the neighboring communities of Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, and Lone Tree and she is skilled in offering a wide variety of dental services for your entire family!

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