Let’s look at some common mistakes people make to get rid of their toothache.
Applying Excess Clove oil – yes, it is a common mistake people make. There is no problem with clove oil actually. However, they use it in a wrong way and invite problem. There is a subtle difference between correct and incorrect use. Correct use is when a person dips a small cotton pellet in clove oil and then dabs it over a piece of cotton to remove the excess of clove oil. Then the person places the clove oil pellet into the painful tooth cavity and it gives relief in majority of cases because eugenol present in clove oil is known to ‘cool down’ the inflammed tooth nerve. Of course, the relief is temporary say for a couple of hours or a few days at the most but its real value you just can’t imagine unless you have gone through a toothache episode.
Those who use it wrongly, they just dip the cotton in the clove oil and directly (without removing excess of clove oil) keep it into the tooth cavity. Such use in most of cases leads to mouth blisters as the excess of clove oil flows out of the cavity and causes acute ulceration in the mouth. If this happens, one must apply some analgesic+antiseptic dental gel over the ulcerated area for a couple of days.
Applying Powdered Aspirin — Another mistake that people do is applying powdered aspirin in the mouth around the painful tooth. This used to be a common practice when we were studying dentistry. Of late i encounter such cases rarely. With this incorrect use of aspirin, the person gets ‘Aspirin burns’ in the mouth which take a few days to heal. As such any powdered pain-killer tablet just can’t relieve toothache. Of course, oral use of aspirin can be helpful in some cases!
Indiscriminate use of antibiotics — This is also a common problem. Without consulting a dentist, a person purchases some ‘favorite’ antibiotic from the chemist and starts taking it. In most of toothache cases due to involvement of dental pulp (‘nerve of the tooth’), antibiotics are of little use. Rather their indiscriminate use leads to antibiotic resistance which is a big problem that world is facing these days.
There are many other non-specific ways which people use to get relief in toothache like applying a cotton pellet soaked in alcohol, or nail-polish. The best is to approach a dentist at the earliest convenience in case you are troubled by toothache. After all, a stitch in time saves nine.