Dental Care

Tooth Pain Relief When You Need it Most

Rapid tooth pain relief is possible. From a persistent lingering ache, to blinding pain, toothache can leave you feeling desperate and helpless, particularly if you have no recourse to any form of tooth pain relief.

However, there are several steps which can be taken in order to reduce pain, at least until such time you can get to a dentist.

Let's face it; toothache can be soul destroying, in that it can be unbelievably persistent, not to mention the fact that the level of pain can be quite unbearable.

Unfortunately however, the vast majority of people will suffer from toothache several times during their lifetime, and the worst thing about it is that severe toothache usually involves a continuous, painful throbbing which simply refuses to go away.

Also, as so many can attest to, no matter how much you try to avoid using the tooth in question, the pain simply seems to get worse by the minute. Even breathing seems to result in making the pain worse than what it already is, and of course, eating or drinking becomes an experience best avoided altogether, rather than having to endure even more pain than you currently are.

Even though toothache can be caused by several things, toothache which results from a filling falling out, a crown coming loose, or complications concerning braces, is often the most severe of all, and as such, one should make a point of familiarizing oneself with regards to different forms of tooth pain relief, bearing in mind that it may not always be possible to get to a dentist immediately.

If you've ever suffered from severe toothache in the past, then you'll no doubt agree that having to wait a day for a dentist appointment is already too long, but fortunately there are several things you can do in order to ease the pain.

In this short article we will take a look at a few different things you can try in order to minimize tooth pain until such time that you're able to see a dentist.

Make sure there are no food particles stuck between your teeth

Having bits of food stuck between your teeth can in itself cause you to have toothache, in that certain foods can end up irritating your gums.

Irrespective of what is causing your toothache, you should gently brush your teeth in order to remove any food particles which could be trapped.

Once you're satisfied that there's nothing stuck between your teeth you should go ahead and swish some mouthwash or salt water around your mouth.

Avoid chewing

Of course we cannot avoid chewing altogether, but you really need to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where you're experiencing the pain.

Likewise, you should try to avoid any foods or drinks which are either hot or cold, as these can often result in the pain becoming excessively worse.

Furthermore, until the time that you get to see a dentist, you should try to avoid eating foods which require a lot of chewing.

You should also brush your teeth gently immediately after you finished eating in order to ensure that no food remains between your teeth.

Numb your mouth with clove oil

Cloves are a natural tooth pain relief which act by numbing the area. A few cloves can be placed between the problem tooth and your gum in much the same way as chewing tobacco. After a while the cloves will begin to soften, at which point you can begin gnawing on them gently in order to release the essential oils.

Alternatively, you can purchase a bottle of clove oil from your local pharmacy. If opting for the latter, simply soak a small ball of cotton wool in some clove will and apply it directly to the tooth in question. Not only will clove oil to help to reduce the pain, but it can also help in preventing infection.

The great thing about this remedy is that you can use it as often as you like, but in the unlikely event that it makes your toothache worse, you should stop using it immediately. In that case, you should also immediately rinse your mouth with some salt water.

Use an ice pack

Using an ice pack is probably one of the best known remedies out there, although you should of course take into consideration that any relief will only be short lived.

Even so, you can simply repeat the process over and over again. Also, even though a regular ice pack is recommended for this purpose, you can of course improvise if need be, by using a packet of frozen vegetables, or even a small plastic bag filled with ice cubes.

Irrespective of what you use, simply apply the ice pack to the outside of your face, adjacent to the source of pain.

Using topical medications

There are literally hundreds of products on the market nowadays which have been specifically designed for tooth pain relief, many of which are ointments or gels which can be applied to the affected area.

Pain killers

There are several painkillers available on the market known to be effective in terms of tooth pain relief.

These include the likes of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and of course, Aspirin. Most dentists however tend to recommend Ibuprofen in that it not only helps to relieve the pain, but being an anti-inflammatory, it also helps to reduce any swelling which may be present.

In the event that you decide to use Aspirin, you need to remember that it should never be applied directly to the tooth in question, because it can end up making matters worse.

If you find that you've tried all the remedies listed in this article and yet you cannot seem to get rid of your toothache, then you should go to your local hospital's emergency room and ask for some tooth pain relief, in which case you'll usually be given prescription medication.

Even though such medication is usually strong enough to get rid of your toothache, it cannot rectify the underlying cause, and as such, you still need to make a point of getting to a dentist as soon as possible.

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