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Toothaches antibiotics or natural way?

Toothaches antibiotics or natural way?

Toothache is a common condition that can come in way of your daily work. This pain can be extremely debilitating. Most of the people prefer taking antibiotics when suffering from toothache. In fact, doctors also advise taking it during this condition. But new guidelines of the American Dental Association (ADA) suggest something else. According to them, antibiotics should not be recommended for getting relief from a toothache. Though they are effective, antibiotics should be used wisely for them to work effeciently when needed in severe conditions. Otherwise, the bacteria will develop resistance against them. According to scientists, even simple dental treatment or intake of over-the-counter medications like acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help to provide relief from toothache.

Try cold compress

This is most effective when the cause behind toothache is a trauma. this method can potentially constrict the blood vessels present in the area affected and reduce the pain. This can also provide relief from inflammation and swelling. All you need to do is wrap some ice in a towel and keep it on the affected area for at least 20 minutes. Repeat this process every 2 hours.

Use garlic

Having anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, garlic can help you get rid of the toothache effectively. Make garlic paste by crushing some of the cloves and apply the paste on the inflamed area. You can also add a dash of salt in the paste.

Rinse with saltwater

Rinsing or gargling with salt water can flush out the food particles stuck between your teeth. Also, it can reduce the inflammation and help you get rid of the toothache. For best effects, add half teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash.

Antibiotics are not recommended for toothaches, according to a new American Dental Association (ADA) guideline.

Patients with toothaches are often prescribed antibiotics by physicians and dentists to help relieve signs and symptoms and prevent progression to a more serious condition.

However, the new guideline and accompanying systematic review found that healthy adults experiencing a toothache are best served not by antibiotics but by dental treatment and, if needed, over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

“Antibiotics are, of course, tremendously important medications, however, it’s vital that we use them wisely so that they continue to be effective when absolutely needed,” said Peter Lockhart, chair of the ADA expert panel and research professor at Carolinas Medical Center in the US.

Studies have shown that antibiotics, which are designed to stop or slow the growth of bacterial infections, don’t necessarily help patients experiencing a toothache.

In addition, antibiotics can cause serious side effects, and overuse has resulted in bacterial strains that are resistant to antibiotics.

The guideline offers example scenarios when antibiotics may be prescribed for a toothache.

“When dental treatment is not immediately available and the patient has signs and symptoms such as fever, swollen lymph nodes, or extreme tiredness, antibiotics may need to be prescribed,” Lockhart said.

“But in most cases when adults have a toothache and access to dental treatment, antibiotics may actually do more harm than good,” he added.