9 American Ways to Treat Your Toothache at Home (And One to Avoid)
Acupressure is a technique that gained plenty of popularity over the past few years. The best part? You can perform it yourself right at home!
With one of your thumbs, press the point on the back of your other hand in the spot where the base of your thumb and your index finger meet. Apply as much pressure as you can bear for two minutes.
Science shows that this practice can help your body to release endorphins, also known as the feel-good hormones which may soothe pain in affected areas.
If you feel that you’re suffering from any possible tooth problem, it’s best to start using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Aside from being a healthier option, this might even ease some of your pain!
For example, if you’re having a problem with shrinking gums, using a sensitive paste every time you brush your teeth can help to ease most of the pain you get from hot or cold foods. That’s because when your gums are shrinking, the enamel surface of your teeth is left exposed. This enamel is much more sensitive than the rest of your tooth, hence the temperature sensitivity.
It’s also equally important to use the softest-bristled brush you may find on the market in order to keep gum tissue and prevent bruises.
The big ‘no-no:’ Goldenseal
The extraction of goldenseal root has long been used due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Although this plant can provide some health benefits, the Cleveland Clinic warns people that goldenseal could affect blood pressure and even increase the risk for bleeding in combination with blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin.
Of course, it’s not to say that the substance is dangerous or life-threatening. However, it’s best to talk to your doctor if you’re going to use goldenseal extracts in any way.
What are you doing to ease your toothache at home? Share your answers in the comment section and we’ll drop another advice to stay healthy in return!