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Getting Fast Relief From A Bad Toothache

When you have a toothache you will want to get in to see your dentist as soon as you can so you can figure out the cause for the pain and get the problem fixed. However, you may be in a good amount of pain until you are able to get in for an appointment. This article will help you with finding some relief from a toothache until you can get help from your dentist.

Keep your mouth clean

When you are experiencing a toothache, you want to keep your mouth as clean as possible. If your pain is from a cavity, allowing tiny food particles or acids in the cavity can cause irritation. If it's caused by nerve exposure, then food particles can touch the nerve and cause you a great deal of pain. Brushing your teeth every time you eat something can help keep your mouth clean. Chewing sugarless gum after meals can also help.

Gargle with salt water

Gargling with warm salt water a few times a day will help give you some relief from the pain and help with inflammation. To make the mixture, heat up some water in a coffee cup. You want the water to be warm, but not hot enough to cause you more pain. Mix in a tablespoon of table salt and stir it well. Swish the mixture around in your mouth and push it mostly toward the part of your mouth that has the affected tooth.

Use ice to get relief

You may experience face swelling along with a toothache, depending on what is causing your pain. This inflammation can make the side of your face hurt as well. You can hold an ice pack on your cheek to get some relief. You can also use ice for the pain in the tooth. Bite down on a medium sized piece of ice with the tooth that's hurting you and allow it to melt on its own.  

Use over the counter medications

You can use over-the-counter anti-inflammatories for swelling and pain. You can also use tooth relief gels to help relieve some of the pain temporarily.

These remedies should only be used to get you by until you can get in to see your dentist. If the pain is bad enough, you want to let the dental office know it is a dental emergency so they can get you in right away.

To learn more, contact a dental office like Family Dentistry Of Brick, PA