The discomfort felt on or around the tooth is defined as toothache. Anadolu Health Center Dentist Arzu Tekkeli, who says that this situation can often be a harbinger of a tooth or gum problem, said, “Toothache can have many different causes. The complaints and symptoms of toothache can vary from person to person. The pain may occur intermittently in some people, while in others it can be continuous. While simple measures such as salt water mouthwash can eliminate the pain in mild toothache, a dentist should be consulted for toothache due to serious diseases.
Anadolu Health Center Dentist Arzu Tekkeli said, “Toothache should never be neglected. Symptoms such as fever, a sharp pain when biting or chewing, discomfort and tenderness around the tooth, pain or sensitivity to cold and hot drinks can be accompanied by toothache. Emphasizing that it is important to first identify the underlying causes of toothache, Dt. Arzu Tekkeli said, “Especially in the presence of complaints that continue for 1-2 days, a dentist should be consulted without wasting time, and treatment should be started with the recommendation of the physician.”
Dt. Arzu Tekkeli explained the ways to get rid of simple toothaches:
Salt water gargle
Many people suffering from toothache prefer to gargle with salt water first to control this condition. Salt water is a natural disinfectant and also helps to clean food residues between teeth. During gargling with salt water, inflammation in the wounds in the mouth can be reduced. For this application, it is sufficient to gargle with the mixture prepared by adding half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of water.
Cold applications to the pain area can be an effective approach, especially in cases where the underlying cause is trauma. During cold applications, the blood vessels in the relevant area narrow due to the decrease in temperature. In this way, a slight decrease in the feeling of pain occurs.
Garlic appears as a food that has been included in both traditional medicine practices and recipes due to its various contributions to health for thousands of years. Garlic helps to eliminate harmful bacteria that cause plaque formation on the teeth, as well as affects the relief of the feeling of pain. In applications for toothache complaints, garlic is grated or crushed to make a paste. It is then rubbed onto the affected area. Some people may also choose to chew raw garlic directly between the affected teeth.
Another natural application that has been used against toothache for many years, such as cloves and garlic. The oil contained in cloves may contribute to the control of pain sensations and the reduction of inflammation in that area.
Thyme is another herb with very strong antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It should not be forgotten that if these applications are made with the oil of the plants, they should be diluted with water and applied to the affected area with a cotton ball. Thyme oil can also be used as a mouthwash by dripping one drop into a glass of water.