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Feb
25

What To Do For a Toothache

Ouch!  Nothing is worse than waking up one morning with a toothache, or a feeling of throbbing in your mouth.  Inevitably, this happens on a weekend and your dentist is not open until Monday morning.  There are a few things you can do to help relieve the pain and pressure until you can be seen by your dentist during business hours.

If you are experiencing a toothache, or throbbing near the gum line, the first thing you should do is rinse your mouth with warm water. The warm water will help cleanse the area, and clean out any food particles or bits that may be stuck in your mouth.  Try to use dental floss to remove any food or debris that may be caught between each tooth.

If you are not allergic to any over-the-counter medications, you can take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for the pain.  Follow the package directions carefully and do not take more than the recommended amount.  Never, though, place an aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen tablet directly on the tooth or gum as this can cause permanent damage and injury to the area.  In some cases, topical anesthetics will help deaden the area and you can try putting a few drops of a topical anesthetic (purchased at any local drugstore or grocery store) on the gum line for relief.

Extreme temperatures seem to make toothaches worse oftentimes. While waiting to be seen by your dentist, avoid extremely hot or cold foods.  Softer foods may be more comfortable during this time.

If you are having any problems with your teeth, contact your local dentist for a comprehensive dental exam. He or she will thoroughly evaluate your issues and work with you to have you pain free and back to normal life as soon as possible.

Posted on the behalf of Crabapple Dental

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