Posted on 3/20/2019 by Roberta Cerveny, DDS
|When you first start to feel the pain from a toothache, the very first thing you're probably going to do is feel a touch of dread.
No one likes pain, and tooth pain can often be the worst because it makes it so hard to eat, drink, or even talk. There are a few things you need to do right away that can reduce the pain and help keep your mouth healthy.
Wash Out Your MouthFirst, thoroughly rinse out your mouth with water. If your tooth pain is caused by something stuck in the tooth, this will hopefully dislodge it. You can use a mirror and flashlight to inspect your teeth to see if there's something stuck in one of them. If there's not, look for bleeding or other signs of damage or distress. You may notice a cavity that needs to be dealt with.
If you do see something stuck and rinsing with water doesn't remove it, try using your toothbrush or dental floss. Be sure to be gentle with your brushing, though. Using too much force can damage your gums.
Use Over-the-Counter Pain Relief
While you might be tempted to try a home remedy or two, some of those remedies actually cause more harm than help. Others really don't do anything at all. The best option for pain relief is to take an over-the-counter medication.
If you do remove something from your tooth and the pain doesn't lessen or if you do see a cavity, you need to contact us to set up an appointment. While you may feel like you're fine because you aren't in pain any longer, it's likely that the pain will return.
There's a much better chance of handing the problem quickly and easily if we can deal with it early on. The longer you put off coming in, the worse the problem will become.