There’s never a good time to have a toothache. Depending on your situation, a small cavity or abscessed tooth could be the source of your dental related pain. While you wait for emergency dental care, try out our top toothache home remedy tips.

FLOSS YOUR TEETH
While it may sound cliched, flossing can sometimes relieve a mild toothache. The reason being that sometimes small pieces of food get dislodged between your teeth. If you dislodge a piece of food that’s been stuck for an extended period of time, your gums may bleed a little. This is normal.

SWISH WITH WARM, SALTY WATER
Swish with warm, salty water to loosen any small pieces of food or debris dislodged between your teeth. Salt water rinse can also help to disinfect and heal wounds in your mouth. To make a salt water rinse, mix 1/2 teaspoon salt with a glass of warm water. You’ll then want to swish the mixture around in your mouth and spit it out when you’re done. Don’t swallow it.

APPLY A COLD COMPRESS
Holding a cold compress up to your cheek can help to numb a toothache. The coldness of the compact makes the blood vessels underneath constrict. With less blood circulation, you’ll experience less dental pain.

CALL OUR EMERGENCY DENTIST

A toothache is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. If your tooth pain persists, call our office as soon as possible to schedule an immediate appointment. Our emergency dentist is available 24 hours a day, in Ballito and Durban North