Over the last few weeks, several states have either extended or put into place shelter-in-place orders in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. In Louisiana, people are making an effort to leave their home less, and only go out if they need essential supplies or are required to work. Instead of risking your health in an effort to ease your toothache, here are five at-home remedies made from ingredients that you may be able to find in your pantry from your dentist in West Monroe.
What Causes Tooth Pain?
Toothaches and pain can be caused by a variety of problems of varying severity. Getting at the root of the issue can be difficult, especially while you’re self-isolating, which is why it’s important to contact your dentist if you believe that the problem is serious. Here are some common causes of tooth pain and discomfort:
- Severe cavity
- Eroded enamel
- Infected tooth pulp
- Broken tooth
- Lodged food or debris
The first step you should take to rule out the simplest cause (a piece of stuck food or debris) is to gently floss between your teeth to try to remove any objects. If your pain still persists, it’s important to contact your emergency dentist as soon as possible, even if you’re self-isolating.
5 Home Remedies for Tooth Pain
Until you’re able to talk to or visit your emergency dentist, there are some ways that you can ease your discomfort without leaving the safety of your home. Here are five at-home tooth pain remedies that you can find in your kitchen pantry:
- Wet a peppermint tea bag and place it in the freezer for a few minutes to cool it down. Put the cold teabag on the affected tooth to help numb and cool the area.
- Swish a lukewarm salt water solution around your mouth. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of boiling water, let it cool, and swish it around your mouth for 30 seconds.
- Place a cold compress on the outside of the affected area (on your cheek) for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off to bring down any swelling and provide you with relief.
- If you have a severely decayed or broken tooth, you can cover the area with a piece of sugar-free gum to block it off from harmful oral bacteria.
- Place a few dabs of clove oil onto a cotton ball and press it against your affected tooth until your pain subsides.
Can You Get Emergency Dental Treatment During COVID-19?
Fortunately, your local dentist in West Monroe is still accepting emergency dental patients in an effort to reduce the flood of people visiting overwhelmed local emergency rooms. Plus, you’ll be able to rest-assured that you’re receiving the best possible specialized care to diagnose and treat your problem. They’re taking extra precautionary measures to protect themselves, their staff, and their patients from COVID-19, so you won’t have to stress about visiting their office.
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to seek emergency dental care, because a small oral health problem can quickly threaten your overall wellbeing when left untreated. If you have any questions or concerns about the steps that your dentist is taking to keep you safe during your visit, don’t hesitate to contact them ahead of time to get your concerns addressed.
About the Author
Dr. Scott has over 39 years of experience treating the most complex dental emergencies. He is dedicated to helping ease his patients’ pain and providing them with the best possible care. He has completed over 2500 hours of continuing education courses in a variety of dental topics, including oral pathology and head and neck anatomy, to name a few. For questions or to schedule an emergency appointment during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit his website or call 318-325-4600.