What to do about Tooth Ache

Toothache is a dreadful pain. Having that throbbing feeling of non-stop pain in your mouth that you can’t really soothe can be debilitating. Maybe you’re dealing with a sore and tender mouth, throbbing gums, and even headaches. Whatever the case may be, a toothache can be a sign of a serious problem and you should schedule an appointment with your Dentist to get it checked out. But until then, here are some things you can do at home to ease the pain.

Try a Salt Water Rinse

Swish around warm, salty water in your mouth. It helps! A good rule of thumb is to use a ½ teaspoon of salt for every 8 ounces of water. It doesn’t have to be boiling water, but we recommend making your salt water rinse a bit hotter than lukewarm water. The salt and warm water combination works as an antiseptic. It gently removes bacteria from the infected area which may alleviate the pain. Be sure to give it a few swishes, then spit it out, but don’t swallow it. It may be a good idea to gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be affecting the pain.

Try OTC Pain Relievers

Acetaminophen is a good pain reliever which we suggest for children. In addition, adults can choose from many of the over-the-counter options such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Remember to follow the instructions carefully when taking OTC medicines and be careful not to mix them with other substances that might cause harmful effects such as alcohol and prescription pain medicines.

Apply a Cold Compress

Swelling typically occurs due to a buildup of fluid or as a result of inflammation. If you’re experiencing swelling of any kind, it’s a good idea to put a pack of ice on your jaw or cheek. This may help ease the pain as the swelling starts to go down. Swelling could also point to a more serious issue such as an abscess. Watch for fever and red gums as this will point to a very serious infection that would require an emergency dental visit.

Use OTC Anesthetics

Did you know you can numb your mouth to the pain? Yes, anesthesia is not just for hospitals. Now you can get them over-the-counter. These pain relieving gels can soothe a toothache in no time. They come in both gel and liquid form. They contain benzocaine, which acts as a temporary numbing agent. You can apply it directly over the area that is sore such as your tooth and gums. For immediate relief.

The remedies outlined in this post should help alleviate the pain until you can get in to see your Dentist. Whether it’s a light throb or an excruciating pain, toothaches can be a sign of tooth decay and other major dental problems. Therefore, seeing your Dentist when this occurs is your best course of action. At our Dental Office, we practice a full scope of general and cosmetic dentistry. If you haven’t had a dental check-up, that’s a great place to start when preventing toothache and tooth decay. Contact us to set up your next dental appointment.