The excruciating pain of a toothache is not easy to endure. Fortunately, there are some ways you can relieve the pain.
- See The Dentist-All of the other methods we will talk about temporarily ease the pain. Seeing the dentist is the only one that solves the issue. Most likely, you have a serious dental problem that a dentist can handle with medical treatment. Even if your pain subsides, it will most likely return in full force. This could mean your tooth is infected or abscessed. If your toothache is keeping you up at night or interfering with your ability to function, make an appointment with your dentist ASAP.
- Pain Relievers- Taking the recommended dose of over the counter pain relievers may help until you can get to the dentist. Ibuprofen may be the best choice, since it eases inflammation.
- Clove Oil– This is a natural oil used in dentistry to temporarily numb the nerves. It can be found at a pharmacy. Follow the directions carefully and precisely.
- Rinse– Food or debris could be causing or aggravating pain. Mix 1 teaspoon of salt with warm water and rinse, swish and spit. This will help remove food particles.
- Floss– This can also help dislodge stuck food.
- Chill the Pain-An ice cube, cold water or even ice cream can numb the pain.
- Heat the Pain-Hot soup or hot tea could sooth the pain. If your tooth is sensitive to extreme heat or cold, sip on lukewarm liquids, like tea, cocoa or lemon water.
- Watch What You Eat-Although cold and hot can sooth pain, it could also aggravate the pain. Be careful with hot, cold, sweet and spicy food and drinks. Also, avoid foods that need to be chewed thoroughly, like meat. Stick to liquids and soft foods at comforting temperatures.
- Cool Swelling– Put an ice pack or cold compress on the outside of your cheek, if the toothache is causing swelling.
- Keep Your Head Up-Elevating your head can decrease pressure and lessen the throbbing pain of the toothache.
We urge you to call us at (417) 777-8654 at the first indication of a painful toothache. It could save you days of agony and help prevent anything worse from happening.