If you have recently fallen and cracked your tooth, you may be waiting to see your dentist to have it fixed. However, you may be experiencing pain and worrying about it becoming infected. If so, use the following three-step home remedy to take care of your cracked tooth.
Step 1: Rinse Your Mouth With A Homemade Mouthwash
The first step in this home remedy is rinsing your mouth with a homemade mouthwash made from clove oil and salt. The salt cleans the area around your tooth, reduces swelling and helps kill bacteria in and around the crack in your tooth.
The clove oil helps relieve the pain in your tooth, as well as acts as an antiseptic. However, do not use more than the amount listed or try to use it undiluted. Clove oil can irritate your gums if you use too much, especially if you have sensitive tissue. If you know you are sensitive to cloves, use half the amount in this treatment, or use peppermint oil instead.
In a small glass, dissolve two tablespoons of table salt in a quarter of a cup of warm water for five minutes. Then, add four drops of clove oil, stirring well after each drop.
Rinse your mouth with the solution for a minute, paying particular attention to the area around your cracked tooth. After spitting out the mouthwash, rinse your mouth with cool water for about 30 seconds. Then, proceed to the next step.
Step 2: Apply A Gauze Pad Soaked With Salt Water
The next step is to apply a gauze pad soaked in salt water to the affected tooth to concentrate your efforts to kill the germs around it. Rinse out the glass used in step one, and mix together three tablespoons of water and one tablespoon of salt, letting it dissolve for five minutes. Place a two-by-two inch gauze pad in the liquid, and let the pad absorb it.
Remove the gauze, and fold it in half. Then, place the pad on the tooth, and bite down gently. Do not apply too much pressure or grind your teeth, as the fibers in the pad could irritate the tooth if you rub them too hard on the cracked area.
Leave the gauze pad on your tooth for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the gauze, then rinse your mouth for about 30 seconds with cool water. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 3: Rub Peppermint Oil Onto The Tooth
In this step, you will be applying peppermint oil directly onto the tooth. The peppermint oil provides you relief from any pain by numbing the exposed nerves. It also acts as an antiseptic and antibacterial, keeping the tooth clean and free from germs.
Saturate the end of a cotton swab with two or three drops of undiluted peppermint oil. If the cotton is still dry, add a drop or two more until it is completely wet. Place the swab directly on the tooth, and apply gently apply pressure for 30 seconds. This releases the oil from the cotton and allows it to penetrate into the crack.
Remove the swab. Try not to eat or drink anything for at least a half an hour. This gives the peppermint oil time to fully penetrate into the gum tissue and the pulp of the tooth.
Using the above home treatment twice a day can help prevent infection and relieve the symptoms of your cracked tooth. However, you may want to see a dentist at a clinic like Kingsgate Dental Clinic as soon as possible, especially if you notice a sharp increase in pain, swelling or discharge.