Severe tooth pain can be very frustrating. there are several limitations to having a toothache and if you’ve ever had a tooth pain you will know how difficult it is to eat and drink.

Most often it gets worse at night, toothache at night comes with the most severe tooth pain and unbearable pain as well.

Here are a few tips on how you handle severe tooth pain at home for the meantime until you can get a doctors appointment or book a one with you dentist.

Lets start by analyzing a few symptoms that can cause severe tooth pain.

Symptoms of Severe Tooth Pain

These are some of the symptoms that accompanies severe tooth pain:

  • Pain on tooth while eating
  • Fever,mostly at night
  • Throbbing of tooth Discoloring of tooth
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquid
  • Swollen gums with pus as sign of infection
  • Bleeding or discharge from around a tooth or gums Injury or trauma to the area

These signs and symptoms may also come with tooth decay, tooth fracture, or gum disease. Tooth decay or redness of an area around the gum may pinpoint the source of the pain.

Why is Toothache worse at night?

There are a lot of factors that contribute to severe tooth pain becoming worst at night, sme of those factors may include;

Increased awareness:

The daily hustle and bustle of life during the day keeps you occupied and gives you so much divided attention that you barely notice the tooth pain. But during the night when all the distraction is over, the pain becomes subtle and more painful.

What you had for dinner:

The type of meal you had for dinner can increase your level of tooth pain during the night.

Having a large meal, cold, sugary,acidic, or starchy meals for dinner can increase the level of your tooth pain.

Your sleeping position:

 Lying down at night can also increase the pain for toothache, this is because more blood flows to the head when you’re lying down.

As a result there is more pressure on the head causing more pain to the teeth.

What Causes Severe Tooth Pain?

There are many possible reasons as to why you will develop severe tooth pain most of which relate to your teeth directly. Some of this causes may include:

Gum disease: a disease like gingivitis can cause tooth pain. This disease is often accompanied by redness and swelling of the gum.

If left untreated it can lead to periodontitis, this means that the teeth pull away from the gums leaving a pocket that collect bacteria.

Tooth damage: tooth damage can be a major cause of severe tooth pain. A dental implant, filling, falling down are simple causes of a damaged tooth.

Diabetes: excess sugar in the blood if not well controlled can lead to tooth decay which leads to severe tooth pain.

Cavity: cavity are caused by holes in the teeth, cavities can lead to an abscess which is an infection of the nerve inside the tooth. This can wear through the enamel and dentin of your teeth.

What can I do for severe tooth pain?

  • Apply a cold pack or bag of frozen vegetables to the side of your face.
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
  • Apply a hot pack to the side of your jaw.
  • Acupressure may be able to reduce toothache pain by causing the body to release endorphin.

Home Remedies for Severe Tooth Pain

Severe tooth pain is not to be taken lightly, before you book a doctors appointment you might need some home remedies.

These are some of the home remedies that can help with the pain.

Garlic: Garlic has a pain relieving and anti-bacterial features that help to smooth out the pain. Crushing it int a paste and applying on the affected area works best.

 Onion: just like garlic onion helps to relieve tooth pain too. All you have to is bite down on a freshly chopped onion on the affected tooth and gain some relive.

Peppermint tea bag: the mint in the peppermint tea bag can help relieve tooth pain as well. Carefully bite down on the bag for a few minutes.

Hydrogen peroxide: dilute with warm water, gargle for a few minutes and spit it out.

Hot water and salt: a mixture of salt and water can help relieve tooth pain. Mix a tablespoon of salt in warm water and rinse the tooth for a few minutes then spit out the water.

other remedies for Severe Tooth Pain

  • Use Mouthwash that contains methyl salicylate
  • Most importantly avoid very cold or hot foods, because they may make the pain worse.
  • Aspirin may be helpful for problems in the joint of the jaw in adults.
  • You may get relief from biting on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves. You can get oil of cloves at most drug stores.
  • medical treatment 

What is the best painkiller for toothache?

Anti-inflammatory analgesics such as Ibuprofen are the best toothache medicine as the pain is usually caused by swelling. If you can’t take them – if you are allergic to aspirin, for example – then paracetamol is the next best thing.

Severe tooth pain prevention

Its easier for most people to avoid tooth pain with regular dental care. Besides, if you can’t get dental care, here are a few tips to help prevent severe tooth pain.

  • Maintain a healthy diet. consume less of refined sugar and starch cause bacteria thrives on them,  always brush your teeth after eating(mostly dinner).  
  • Establish a good cleaning program for your teeth. Brush your teeth regularly to remove food particles. Rinse regularly with antiseptic mouthwash to help get rid of bacteria that causes gum diseases.
  • Book an appointment with your dentist t have your teeth cleaned at least twice a year.  It helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Do not smoke. Smoking may increase the or make the tooth pain worst.
  • Most importantly always wear protective dental guard during sport to prevent tooth damage.