Tooth pain is one of the most uncomfortable conditions that someone can experience, and it typically strikes when you least expect. If you’re not able to get immediate dental care, there are a few things you can do to help relieve symptoms until you get professional care.
Warm and cold compresses are a fast, easy way to help alleviate discomfort from infections or swelling. Alternating the warm and cold every 10-15 minutes helps keep inflammation down as well as soothe the area.
Ibuprophen or naproxen are over the counter NSAIDs that relieve pain and symptoms associated with dental problems, such as inflammation. Only take these drugs as directed unless you are otherwise directed to do so by your dentist. Overdose of certain over the counter pain relievers can cause liver damage. Over the counter topical gels can provide temporary relief in areas suffering from dental pain.
Rinsing with warm salt water helps cleanse any areas as well as reduces swelling in the tissues. Use one to two teaspoons of salt in a warm glass of water (this allows the salt to dissolve thoroughly.) Rinse or gargle with the solution for about 30 seconds and repeat as often as necessary.
If you’re experiencing pain or a dental emergency, call your dentist immediately. Most dentists provide an after-hours contact number for existing patients for emergency dental care. A team member will contact you in a timely manner and discuss your symptoms, as well as the best plan of action to help relief your condition. As always, getting routine dental care and treatment completed in a timely manner is the best way to avoid unexpected dental problems. Even if your symptoms stop, you should follow up with your dentist to prevent other complications associated with your experience.
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