Home Care Assistance can help with Home Remedies for Seniors that need to Get Rid Of Tooth Pain
There are a variety of things that can cause tooth pain. Seniors may experience tooth pain from a cracked tooth, a cavity, loose fillings, or many other dental-related reasons. Seniors also may experience tooth pain if they are prone to chronic sinus conditions. Sometimes sinus pain and pressure can be felt in the mouth and teeth because the sinuses sit right over the teeth.
If seniors are experiencing serious dental pain or if they have a dental emergency like a broken tooth they should see a dentist right away. Seniors with home care assistance can get help making a dental appointment and getting to the dentist from a home care assistance provider.
If the pain isn’t caused by a dental emergency and seniors may need to find a way to get rid of the pain while they wait for a doctor or dentist appointment. Some tried and true ways to get rid of tooth pain at home are:
A saltwater rinse is a simple and effective home remedy for tooth pain. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water. Swish the solution around in your mouth for about 30 seconds before spitting it out. This rinse can help reduce inflammation and kill bacteria in the affected area.
Clove oil contains eugenol, a natural anesthetic and analgesic that can provide temporary relief from tooth pain. Soak a cotton ball in a few drops of clove oil and apply it directly to the affected tooth or gum. Be sure not to swallow the oil.
Peppermint Tea Bags
Peppermint tea bags can help soothe tooth pain due to their natural numbing properties. After steeping a peppermint tea bag in hot water, allow it to cool, then place it on the painful area for about 20 minutes.
Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse
A hydrogen peroxide rinse can help reduce pain and disinfect the mouth. Mix equal parts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. Swish this mixture around in your mouth for about 30 seconds and then spit it out. Avoid swallowing hydrogen peroxide.
Applying a cold compress to the outside of your cheek can help reduce inflammation and numb the area. Use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth and apply it to the affected side of your face for 15-20 minutes.
Vanilla extract contains alcohol, which can numb the affected area and provide temporary relief from tooth pain. Apply a small amount of vanilla extract to a cotton ball and place it on the painful tooth or gum.
Garlic has natural antibacterial properties and can help alleviate tooth pain. Crush a garlic clove to make a paste and apply it directly to the affected area. Be cautious, as garlic can be strong and may cause a burning sensation.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that can help reduce tooth pain and inflammation. Mix turmeric powder with water to create a paste and apply it to the affected area. Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing. Turmeric tea can also be used to soothe tooth pain. Mix some honey into the tea because honey has antibacterial properties.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera gel is known for its soothing properties and can be applied directly to the affected area to relieve pain and inflammation. Just make sure that the gel used is cleared for internal use and isn’t just for external problems like sunburn.
Over-the-Counter Pain Relievers
Non-prescription pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can provide temporary relief from tooth pain. Follow the recommended dosage instructions on the label.
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