During this trying time, most people are trying to stay home as much as possible. Most non-essential medical services are being put on hold, and that includes dentistry. Although dentists should remain open for emergency services, the average dental issues may have to wait until the stay-at-home orders expire and life begins to return to normal.
If you have a dental issue that is not an emergency but is causing you pain, there are some things you can do at home to help you through until you can reach a dentist. Here are some of your options.
- A salt water rinse will disinfect your mouth, remove debris from between the teeth, and reduce inflammation.
- A hydrogen peroxide rinse will kill bacteria, reduce plaque, and help heal bleeding or sensitive gums.
- A cold compress will constrict the blood vessels, reducing pain.
- A compress of a warm used peppermint tea bag to the affected area of the gums that are sensitive or hurting can reduce inflammation and pain.
- Crushed garlic made into a paste can be applied to the affected tooth, killing bacteria and reducing pain.
- Dabbing vanilla extract on your hurting tooth can help numb it and decrease pain.
- Dabbing clove oil on the affected tooth can also be beneficial.
Of course, if none of these work to reduce your pain and it is more than you can bear, you should call your dentist and see if you can get an appointment. If you try these methods and you develop additional problems such as a tooth breaking, decaying, or bleeding gums, you should also contact your dentist for instruction.
If you have questions about dental care while you’re waiting to get into the dentist, contact us today to get your questions answered.