Have you ever had a toothache? Do you know what it feels like to just sit down and hold one side of your mouth because of one excruciating pain? Anyone who’s ever had toothache knows what an agonising pain it can be. Unfortunately, the nagging pain can have a nasty habit of occurring in the night when the dentist’s office is closed. The pain is so bad that it will leave you tossing and sometimes crying at night. Toothache can occur due to tooth decay, too much of eating sweet food, and lack of adequate oral hygiene.
If you have toothache for more than one or two days, visit your dentist as soon as possible to have it treated, and keep in mind the longer you leave it, the worse it will likely get. Follow these simples steps that will take the pain away and prevent it from reoccurring.
- Rinse with salt water
Before you get to a dentist, one of the first things you can do is rinse with warm salt water. Salt water temporarily increases the pH balance of your mouth, creating an alkaline environment in which bacteria struggle to survive. A salt water mouth rinse is useful for a number of reasons. It’s a great option for anyone who has a sore throat, gum sores or recently underwent dental procedures. It doesn’t take the place of modern dental hygiene, but is used as a supportive measure for adults and children alike. You can use the rinse to soothe and heal mouth sores, benefit a sore throat caused by strep, tonsillitis or even a common cold, and provide emergency dental hygiene in the event you don’t have your regular mouthwash or toothpaste handy.
- Applying ice
An ice pack comes in handy if your face is at all swollen because it can reduce inflammation and it may also ease the pain. But never apply ice directly to tooth.
Not one that you would usually associate with pain relief, but the use of garlic can also provide immense relief from toothache. Crush a clove, mix with a little salt and apply to the affected tooth.
- Cheap painkillers
If you need some relief (and these are only intended for short-term) ibuprofen, diclofenac and paracetamol are the most recommended painkillers for toothache. The pain will go away after you have taken it along with plenty of water.
- Sensodyne rapid action
Try as much as possible to change from your regular tooth paste to Sensodyne. This tooth paste has some ingredients in it that when applied directly to the affected teeth and left for about 10 minutes will ease the pain.
- Use a mouth wash
After you must have brushed your teeth, always make sure that you use a mouth wash to enable it wash the mouth properly and get rid of the tooth paste taste. Make sure you go for the one that will prevent tooth decay, not the one that will freshen your breathe. Make sure you use the mouth wash to gabble your mouth for about 10 minutes before you pour it out.