Oral pain is one of the worst pains that anyone can ever experience! It interferes with normal activities like talking, eating, and even sleeping. When the pain gets bad, you need to go see a dentist. But if the pain strikes at an inconvenient moment, what can you do? The specialists at Andover Dental Group recommend trying one or more of the three tips shared here until you are able to get in for a consultation.
1. Apply a Cold Compress
If you have a throbbing tooth, applying a cold compress to your cheek may help dull the pain. Don’t place ice or anything else very cold directly on the tooth. This could actually make it worse! Try placing the cold pack on the outside against the area of the toothache to see if that helps.
You have a couple of options when it comes to medication. First of all, try placing a little over-the-counter numbing jelly on the sore spot. This is usually effective for a few hours.
Your next option would be to take an over-the-counter NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Tylenol may also work well for you. It’s safest to take whatever you usually take for aches and pains.
3. Bring Down Inflammation With a Saline Rinse
Rinsing with a solution of about a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water can help to reduce painful inflammation if the discomfort originates in soft tissue. This means that if you have an injury to your tongue, lips, or cheeks or inflammation in your gums, this solution can help. Swish the solution around your mouth for about 30 seconds.
Whatever technique works for you, don’t let the lull in pain make you forget to visit the dentist! Try these temporary fixes until you can make an appointment with Andover Dental Group.