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Home Dental Emergency Tips

Easing Your Oral Pain Before Your Emergency Appointment

When dental emergencies occur, they can be overwhelming to deal with, especially if you’re unsure of what actions to take to relieve your pain. In any case, it’s always important to call your emergency dentist in Medford first. Once you reach our office, we’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and schedule your appointment for as soon as possible. Below, we’ve also outlined some ways that you can quickly relieve any discomfort you’re in as you’re making your way towards our office.

Home Toothache Remedies

an ice pack sitting on a kitchen counter

If you don’t have medication that can help relieve your toothache on hand, there are a variety of home remedies that you may be able to find in your pantry to help ease your discomfort. Some of these include:

  • Rinsing with a saltwater solution that contains a ½ teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water.
  • Mix three percent hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and swish it in your mouth.
  • Wet a peppermint teabag in hot water and place it in the freezer until it gets cold. Place the cold teabag on the tooth that’s aching to help numb it.
  • Dab a small amount of clove oil onto a cotton ball and place it on the affected area.

Cold Compresses Help With Swelling & Pain

person looking worried with their hand against their face

Many people don’t know that something as simple as a cold compress or a bag of frozen peas can help relieve any swelling and pain caused by dental trauma. All you need to do is place it on the affected outside area of your mouth for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off, for up to an hour. It’s a good idea to wrap the compress in a clean dish rag or shirt before you place it directly onto the skin to make it less shockingly cold.

Creating a Home Emergency Dental Kit

dental first aid kit sitting on a counter

In any dental emergency case, having a prepared kit readily available is the best scenario. You can easily make one and include items to help with the most common dental situations. Some items to include in your kit are:

  • Latex-free gloves
  • Individually wrapped gauze pads
  • Saline solution
  • A sealable container
  • Ibuprofen
  • Dental floss
  • A dental mirror
  • Denture adhesive

Our team would be more than happy to provide you with more detailed guidance over the phone when you call us to schedule your appointment as well!