A toothache is a painful frustration for everyone, primarily when it occurs at night. It becomes difficult to stay asleep when you get a toothache at night. Several natural remedies can assist you in getting rid of toothache. Before knowing about those helpful remedies, understanding what leads to such toothaches is vital.
Common causes of toothache at night
Toothaches occur when something happens to your teeth or your gums. They also occur when there is a pain in other body parts. Here are a few causes of toothache:
- Injury in your mouth or jaw because of dull force trauma to your facial part
- Infection of sinus: the sinus pressure and drainage from sinus infections can lead to tooth pain.
- Tooth decay: When a cavity eats away at a tooth's enamel, one can experience pain, and tooth sensitivity as the nerves in your teeth get exposed, leading to pain.
- Loose filling: When a dental filling becomes loose, it exposes the nerve present inside your tooth and gets exposed to bacteria, pressure, heat, and cold-causing pain.
- An abscessed tooth: Dental abscess is characterized as a pocket of pus in your tooth that can cause toothache at night. It is due to gingivitis or bacterial infection.
- Food or debris getting wedged in your teeth: When the organic or inorganic matter is wedged, it can lead to pressure between your teeth.
- Disorders in the temporomandibular joint: It is called pain in your jaw point, but it also affects your teeth, causing pain.
Ways to get rid of toothache at night
There are a few home remedies that you can try to get rid of this annoying tooth pain at night.
- Use over-the-counter medicine: Some medicines like ibuprofen, aspirin, and acetaminophen help relieve minor pain from toothache. You can use numbing pastes or gels containing benzocaine for treating infants or children under the age of 2.
- Sleep by keeping your head elevated: When you prop your head high, your body can stop the blood from rushing to your head. When blood pools in your head, your toothache intensifies and keeps you awake.
- Do not eat acidic, stiff, or cold foods before going to bed: Such foods increase tooth pain and cavities that might have already formed. Try avoiding foods that trigger tooth pain.
- Rinse your teeth using a mouthwash: A mouthwash containing alcohol can disinfect and numb your teeth.
- Use an ice pack: You can wrap an ice pack in a cloth and place your face over it. This helps in minimizing the pain so that you can rest.
- Therapeutic methods: Some methods are utilized by natural healers for treating oral diseases like tooth pain at night. Some of the natural things that have been utilized are
- Mango bark
- Leaves of sweet potato
- Leaves of sunflower
- Pear seed and bark
- Guava leaves.
It is essential to talk to your dentist before you use natural remedies. Keep monitoring your pain over the next 24 hours. If it decreases, then it is because of irritation. But see a dentist when
- The pain is very severe
- Tooth pain has been happening for two days
- When you have fever, pain, or headache along with toothache
- You are facing trouble while breathing or swallowing
Depending on the cause of your toothache, your dentists determine the treatment that best fits your condition. Suppose you have tooth decay, then the dentist might clean and fill the cavity in your mouth. When your teeth have some splits or cracks, your dentist might repair or recommend a replacement with a false tooth. When tooth pain is due to a sinus infection, it will go away as time passes, and sometimes you might need to take antibiotics.
Do not be late to consult your dentist when your toothache occurs for more than two days or causes discomfort for a long time. MyDentalPlan is one of the best platforms where you can get in touch with some eminent dentists.
About the Author:
Suprithi Choudhary, M.Pharm (Pharmacology) Medical Content writer
Suprithi is a Pharma Professional working as a medical content writer and previously worked as a Research Scientist and Senior Research Analyst
- C.M Academy
- Attended the Panjab University- Chandigarh, Pharma post-graduate in Pharmacology
Special thanks to Dr Deepak Kulkarni, a dental surgeon with over 23 years of experience who proofread this blog. He graduated from the H.K.E's Dental College, Gulbarga, and has certifications in ACHS International Accreditation Education Plan; Advanced Rotary Endodontic - Restorative Continuum; and Leadership, Team Building and Customer Service Leadership from the Oscar Murphy International.