First Aid forTooth Pain
Ogden Nash once said: “Some tortures are physical, and some are mental, but the one that is both— is dental.” If you’ve ever had any toothaches before, you sure would know exactly what Nash meant.
Tooth decay, gum disease, loose fillings, abscesses, exposed tooth roots, sinus pressure, trauma or irritation commonly induces toothaches. The pain may come and go, but when it kicks, it can include sharp pain, dull aches, throbbing, and sometimes even burning. This is due to nerve endings that are exposed causing the tooth to be sensitive to heat, cold or pressure.
The worst kind of toothache, however, is that which includes swelling of the face or neck and fever. It also comes with red, swollen or bleeding gums and unusually bad breath even after brushing. When this happens, you should make an appointment to see the dentist immediately as these are the type of toothaches that get worse by the minute. If they are not promptly treated professionally, they may even lead to more serious medical complications.
First Aid Remedy
Most Americans agree that any pain in the teeth must be considered an emergency. This is because toothaches are never tolerable and the pain seems to get worse the longer one waits out. Unfortunately, however, it is not very unusual that one cannot get a hold of their dentist immediately upon contact.
So until your dentist can attend to you, you can try these first-aid tips for that toothache:
- Always start with rinsing your mouth with warm water.
If you can tolerate the taste, Saltwater would be perfect as it is incredibly cleansing. Just dissolve a teaspoon of salt into a cup of boiling water and wait until it cools down. Gargle some in your mouth for a minimum of 30 seconds for as often as necessary. It will surely prevent further swelling and effectively cleans the toothache area.
You can also rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide. This is a great alternative to salt as it also cleans the gums around the problem tooth and kills any bacteria. It will provide some pain relief and help you manage the discomfort until you can see your dentist.
- Use dental floss to remove any food particles or plaque wedged between your teeth. When particles are huge than normal and stuck in between your teeth, a rinse will not be enough. Flossing may help a toothache if it is the result of food debris lodged in the tooth, which exacerbates the pain of cavities or worsens gingivitis. As such, cleaning your mouth thoroughly can make the pain go away./li>
- Take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to dull the ache. It is also important to note that placing painkillers directly against your gums may burn your gum tissue, so this should be avoided./li>
- You can also apply an over-the-counter antiseptic that contains benzocaine directly to the irritated tooth and gum for temporary relief. Use this sparingly, however, as an overdose of numbing medications can also cause fatal side effects if too much of it is absorbed through your skin and into your blood./li>
- If the toothache is caused by trauma to the tooth, apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek to relieve pain and control swelling./li>