Toothache Treatment and At-Home Tips to Relieve Pain

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Toothaches are unpleasant at the best of times, and they have a nasty habit of creeping up at the most inconvenient moments. It's not always possible to get to the dentist right away, and even when it is, sometimes your practitioner's recommended toothache treatment takes time. The good news is that there are a number of steps you can take at home to get some relief from the pain. Run these tricks by your dentist first to make sure they don't clash with his or her treatment plan.

Relieving Toothache Pain

Paracetamol

An over-the-counter medicine containing paracetamol is useful in treating toothaches. According to the American Dental Association, it's the most common pain killer recommended after dental treatment. Paracetamol is an analgesic that changes the way your body perceives pain, which is what makes an ache tolerable.

NSAIDs

Toothaches are often accompanied by inflammation, swelling and redness of the gums, or irritation in other parts of the mouth. These symptoms may benefit from anti-inflammatory medication or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs). You should only take one of these medications if you know for certain that you have no allergies to the ingredients, and you should always ensure you take an NSAID with food to avoid irritation to the stomach.

Topical Medication

Topical medication applied directly to the tooth can also provide you with some short-term pain relief. Ask your dentist for a recommendation.

Ice Packs

Holding an ice pack or a package of frozen peas to the outside of your face can be surprisingly helpful. The cold helps numb the pain. Apply the ice for a few minutes at a time and then take a break.

Avoid Hard Foods

Toothaches are frequently caused either by a broken tooth or a dental cavity, so until you are sure of the reason for your pain, it's best to take precautions. As you wait for toothache treatment, and directly afterwards, stick to soft foods to avoid further damage to brittle or sensitive teeth.

Keep it Clean

It is essential to maintain good dental hygiene even when you have a toothache. If it's too painful to perform your regular daily brushing and flossing, try a mouth rinse to clean the mouth while alleviating discomfort and promoting healing.

It's not always convenient to get the treatment you require at the time you need it, but these options will help reduce the pain enough to see you through until you can get professional help.

 

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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As we get older, dental care for adults is crucial. Here are a few of the conditions to be aware of:

Gum disease – if your home care routine of brushing and flossing has slipped and you have skipped your regular dental cleanings, bacterial plaque and tartar can build up on your teeth. The plaque and tartar, if left untreated, may eventually cause irreparable damage to your jawbone and support structures, and could lead to tooth loss.

Oral cancer – according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, men over the age of 40 have the greatest risk for oral cancer. About approximately 43,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer of the mouth, tongue or throat area, and the ACS estimates that about 7,000 people will die from these cancers. The use of tobacco products and alcohol increases the risk of oral cancer. Most oral cancers are first diagnosed by the dentist during a routine checkup.

Dental fillings break down – fillings have a life expectancy of eight to 10 years. However, they can last 20 years or longer. When the fillings in your mouth start to break down, food and germs can get underneath them and can cause decay deep in the tooth.

Keep your teeth clean with an oral health routine.

Establishing an oral health routine is important for a healthy mouth. Try one of our oral health products to help you establish a schedule.