COVID-19 has made it incredibly difficult to complete even the most basic errands, including stops at the grocery store and picking up essential items like prescriptions. While staying at home, social distancing, and hand-washing are some of the most effective methods for preventing the spread of the virus, what are you supposed to do if you have a toothache during COVID-19 and can’t get to a dentist right away? Once you’ve scheduled an emergency appointment with a dentist, here’s what you can do next other than taking over-the-counter painkillers.
Cloves are known for numbing the nerves thanks to its primary numbing ingredient known as eugenol, which acts as a natural anesthetic! To minimize exposure to other parts of the mouth, place two drops of clove oil onto a cotton ball and place it against your tooth. You can do this for up to half an hour to reduce any discomfort you feel. Just make sure it doesn’t come into contact with your gum tissue or tongue in the process.
Salt Water Mixtures
By taking one teaspoon of salt and dissolving it in eight ounces of boiling water, you can make a mouthwash that works to reduce dental pain felt from a toothache. After letting it cool down, swish the mixture around your mouth for 30 seconds to remove irritating debris and reduce any swelling that may be present. You can repeat this process as often as you need to.
Start by placing one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in one cup of boiling water and allow it to steep for at least 20 minutes. Once cooled, swish it inside your mouth for at least 30 seconds, then either spit it out or swallow it. Not only can this provide some pain relief, but it can leave a fresh peppermint scent in your mouth.
Hydrogen peroxide can work to kill bacteria as well as provide temporary relief for your tooth pain, especially if your toothache is accompanied by a fever and foul taste. Make sure the solution you use is 3 percent and do not swallow the mixture. After rinsing for 30 seconds and spitting it out, rinse your mouth out with plain water.
By applying either a foldable ice pack wrapped up in a towel or an ice cube wrapped up with a plastic bag and cloth to your cheek, you can temporarily numb the nerves in your tooth and reduce your discomfort. Just make sure to only apply the compress in 10 minute intervals and remove it for an additional 10 minutes to avoid accidentally damaging your facial tissue.
While at-home remedies can provide some temporary relief, it’s best to call a dentist and make sure you have an emergency appointment scheduled!
About the Author
Dr. John A. Carollo is more than prepared to help those experiencing dental emergencies, even during the current pandemic. However, he understands that not everyone can make it to his office right away, even if they have tooth pain. His expertise in emergency dental care is sure to get you out of discomfort fast and put you on the path towards treatment that addresses your dental emergency at the source. If you have a toothache, don’t wait to contact his office through his website.