Toothaches are hard to ignore. When your mouth throbs, it's hard to think about anything else. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce your pain until you can see your dentist. Dr. Jonathan Stone, your Wayne, PA dentist, shares a few tips that will help you deal with toothache pain.
Try a saltwater rinse
Combine eight ounces of warm water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir well. Take a sip of the mixture and swish it around your mouth before spitting it out. The rinse may help temporarily reduce your pain.
Take a pain reliever
Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium and aspirin can help relieve toothache pain. You may have heard the old wives' tale that claims that placing an aspirin next to your tooth will relieve toothache pain. Unfortunately, putting an aspirin against your tooth won't help your pain and will probably burn your cheeks and gums. Swallowing the aspirin is a much better idea.
Buy an over-the-counter product designed to numb toothache and teething pain. These products are applied directly to the gum around your tooth and provide temporary relief.
Use ice and cold compresses
Cold compresses and ice can help reduce pain and swelling caused by a toothache. If your toothache is accompanied by a swollen cheek or jaw, redness, fever, swollen glands, sensitivity to hot and cold, or a pimple on the gum next to your tooth, you may have an abscess. It's important to see your Wayne dentist as soon as possible if you have these symptoms, as an abscess won't go away without treatment.
Buy oil of cloves
Applying oil of cloves to your gums will help numb the area around your tooth naturally. You can find the oil in the oral care aisle in drugstores and supermarkets. Soak a cotton ball in the clove oil and place it against your tooth.
Avoid hot and cold foods and beverages
Drinking or eating hot or cold beverages can increase toothache pain. Cavities occur when acids destroy part of your tooth enamel, exposing the dentin underneath. Without the protective layer of enamel, your tooth may throb every time you eat or drink something hot or cold.
Are you worried that you may have a cavity? Call Dr. Stone, your Wayne, PA dentist, at (610) 687-0505 to schedule an appointment.
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