If your child is suffering from a really bad toothache, you should seek the attention of a dental professional as soon as possible. But you can’t always drop what you're doing and get to a dentist right away.
Here are eight home remedies that can help ease the pain from a toothache.
Eight Simple Remedies for Toothache Pain
The following home remedies can help alleviate your child's toothache:
Salt water—Have your child swirl around some salt water in his or her mouth for as long as they can, particularly on the side with the aching tooth, and then spit. Repeat several times.
Extract—Vanilla, almond, peppermint, and lemon extract can be applied to a cotton ball and held against the tooth. This method can also be used with baking soda or vinegar.
Tea bag—The leaves in a tea bag can have a numbing effect. Make a fresh cup of tea and have your child suck on the warm (not hot!) discarded tea bag.
Ice pack—Cover an ice pack or ice cubes with a towel and have your child hold it against the painful side of their face.
Cayenne pepper—Mix some cayenne pepper with water to make a paste and apply the paste to the sore tooth.
Garlic—Grind up a clove of garlic and apply it between the sore tooth and gums.
Leaves and roots—Chew on a plantain leaf or ginger root to provide a similar soothing affect.
Additional foods—Cut off a slice of lime, potato, cucumber, or onion, and have your child hold it in his or her mouth.
Seek Treatment for a Toothache at Kool Smiles
Soothing the pain from a toothache is only the first step. A toothache is usually a sign of something more serious, such as a cavity or infection, so it is important to take your child to a dentist as soon as possible.
Your nearest Kool Smiles can help your child get the treatment he or she needs at a price you can afford. Kool Smiles accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicaid, TRICARE, and SCHIP.
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