What is the best way to get rid of a toothache while waiting for an appointment at your dental clinic? If you are suffering from a toothache and can't wait to see your dentist, there are plenty of ways to feel better. Read on to find out more!
Take Tylenol or Advil
Many people use over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Advil (ibuprofen) when they have a toothache. These drugs can help you feel better in just a few minutes, and they provide fast relief from pain. However, you should not keep taking these drugs for more than three days in a row. Consistent use of these drugs can lead to serious side effects. If you would prefer something stronger that provides longer relief from your toothache, your dentist may recommend a prescription that contains codeine.
Avoid cold foods
Ice cream, popsicles, cold sandwiches, and other cold foods can irritate the nerves in your tooth. The pain you feel when eating these foods is the nerve trying to tell you that something is wrong. However, if you keep eating these types of foods it will only make the problem worse. Instead, try to eat warm or room temperature foods.
Use a cold compress
A cold compress can help soothe your pain. Just soak a washcloth in cold water, ring out the excess water, and place it on the part of your face that hurts. The cold can numb the swollen area and decrease swelling to relieve some of the pressure.
Use a topical aesthetic
Topical anaesthetics can provide immediate pain relief when applied to the gums. These are milder than other oral pain relievers, and they are only used for short durations. During your next visit to your dentist, they may recommend that you use these products.
Rinse your mouth with saltwater
Try to rinse your mouth with a mixture of salt dissolved in a large glass of water. This mixture can help decrease the swelling and discomfort in your mouth without causing any pain or irritation. Drinking a lot of water will also help wash the bacteria out of your mouth, helping to reduce any inflammation. It will also remove any excess fluid from your mouth that can lead to swelling of the gums.
If you would like further advice, you should contact your local dental clinic today. A member of the team will be happy to assist you.Share
23 August 2021
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