As you wait for your upcoming dental appointment to have your new ceramic crown installed, there are many ways that you can treat the pain that you are experiencing in your damaged or decayed tooth. By treating your pain at home, you can stay more comfortable until you are able to see your dentist.

Here is further information on the five best ways to alleviate your dental pain:

Brush Only with a Soft Toothbrush 

It is very important that you brush your teeth well, even if your mouth is sore of if your tooth is sensitive to heat or cold. By using a very soft toothbrush and lukewarm water, you can clean the affected area without causing yourself additional pain. This is necessary to remove any food particles and bacteria that could lead to a gum infection.

Rinse with a Warm Saltwater Solution

One simple way to help your dental pain is to mix up some salt water and swish it around in your mouth. The best way to mix a saltwater solution is to use a coffee mug of warm water and place a teaspoon of salt into it. Stir the solution well and then use it as a rinse as needed to control pain.

Apply a Cotton Ball with Clove Oil

Clove oil has been used for decades to assist in controlling pain caused by tooth and gum problems. You can buy clove oil at any pharmacy and should apply it by placing a couple of drops on a cotton ball. Place the cotton ball directly on the area of pain for a few minutes to allow it to soak into your gums and relieve the pain.

Drink Your Favorite Tea

Since teas contain tannins, they are wonderful for use with dental pain. Brew the tea as you normally would, and then apply the spent tea bag to your gums for a few minutes. When you remove the warm tea bag, your gums should feel better, and you can continue the pain relief by drinking your warm tea. Avoid drinking the tea when it is too hot because this could cause you additional pain.

Use Frozen Vegetables for Ice Packs

Finally, ice packs are usually hard to use on places like your face or jaw, because they are not very malleable. To overcome this, use bags of frozen vegetables for ice packs. Break up the vegetables by dropping the bag of veggies on your counter before you apply it to your sore area. Contact a practice, such as the Pittsburgh Dental Spa, for more information.