5 Steps To Take When You Have A Toothache

Ouch! Toothaches are such a pain in the mouth, and they can happen at the most inopportune times. If your tooth starts hurting, here are some simple steps you should follow:

1. Call your dentist

The first thing you should do when you get a toothache is to call your family dentist. Toothaches can be a sign that something is wrong with your teeth, so it's important to have a dentist perform an exam. Your dentist will be able to tell you if you have a cavity or another problem, and he will recommend the proper course of treatment. Many dentists will be able to get you an appointment very quickly if they know you're in pain.

2. Take painkillers

Toothaches can be so distracting! Until you're able to get to the dentist, you can treat the pain yourself with over-the-counter painkillers. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen are good choices. Make sure to follow the instructions on the bottle and only take these medications in the recommended dosage.

3. Topical anesthetic

If your tooth is really bothering you and oral pain relievers aren't helping enough, consider using a topical anesthetic. You can find them in the oral care section of most drugstores, usually in the form of an ointment containing ingredients such as lidocaine and benzocaine. Apply the ointment on the gums around the affected tooth, according to the package directions. Or if you prefer using a more natural remedy, try applying clove oil to the affected area. Clove oil has long been known to help sooth tooth pain.

4. Soothing mouth rinses

This is a healthy homeopathic remedy that you can try. Swishing salt water in your mouth can help to reduce pain and swelling until you can see a doctor. WebMD suggests that you dissolve half a teaspoon of salt into one cup of warm water. Hold this mixture in your mouth and swish it around up to two times per day. Make sure you don't swallow any of the salt water when you're done. 

5. Distractions

Last but not least, try to keep your mind off your toothache. Take a soothing bath, listen to music, or read a book. After you have called your dentist and treated your pain to the best of your ability, distracting yourself is the last step. Focusing on other things can help to reduce your awareness of the discomfort.

Tooth pain is the worst, but with the help of your dentist and these easy home remedies, you will be feeling better in no time. Get in touch with general family dental services for more help.