Why do toothaches seem to get worse at night, and what are some home remedies that can help alleviate the pain? Read on to learn about 10 home remedies for toothaches and when it’s time to see a dentist.
The reason toothaches seem to get worse at night is two-fold. An article written in Medical News Today, reviewed by dentist Christine Frank explains:
1) Blood rushes to the head when a person is lying down – this extra blood may increase pain and pressure.
2) There are fewer distractions at night! The darkness and silence that accompany bedtime point a spotlight on the pain in your teeth.
What are the potential causes of toothaches, anyways? Again, Medical News Today provides a great list:
- Losing a filling
- Dental abscesses
- Jaw trauma
- Wisdom teeth or adult teeth coming in
- Food stuck in your gums or teeth
- Grinding teeth at night
- Gum disease
Do you suffer from any of the above? Do you experience toothaches at night? Christine Frank, DDS, reviewed an article from Healthline that speaks to home remedies that may help relieve your pain. Here are 10:
- Over-the-counter pain medication, such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
- Head elevation – try propping up two pillows during sleep.
- Avoid acidic, cold, or hard foods before bed – these can cause irritation.
- Rinse with a mouthwash containing alcohol – this will disinfect and numb your teeth.
- Use an ice pack on the offending jaw before bed.
- Saltwater rinse – this is a natural antibacterial agent, so it may reduce inflammation.
- Hydrogen Peroxide rinse – dilute food-grade hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and do not swallow the solution. This rinse has been found to reduce plaque and symptoms of periodontitis.
- Clove – soak ground cloves in water to make a paste. Apply this paste to the tooth or put in an empty tea bag.
- Peppermint tea – peppermint contains antibacterial and antioxidant compounds. The menthol may also have a mild numbing effect.
- Garlic – has a strong antibacterial effect and may help kill bacteria in the mouth that are contributing to your toothache.
When to See a Dentist
Home remedies only provide temporary relief. If you are experiencing chronic toothaches, please see your dentist. Revitalizing Smiles welcomes patients from Fairfield, Trumbull, Monroe, Westport, Bridgeport, and Greenwich and all over the tri-state area. Make an appointment today at our Fairfield, CT office, and let our team give you a reason to smile again!