What to do if you have a toothache


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What to do if you have a toothache

So you’re looking for a toothache remedy. There are a couple of reasons why you would be experiencing a toothache. You may have a toothache from a cavity, a toothache from wisdom teeth or maybe even because you have an infection.

What are some of the symptoms associated with toothache? Swollen face, pulsing pain, swelling of the gums, a foul taste in your mouth, fever and pus in the mouth is something you may also be experiencing. There are many harmless causes of toothache, however, if you do have any of the above you need to get yourself checked out by a dentist!

Whilst we would always recommend seeing your dentist if your toothache persists, here are some possible toothache relief ideas for you to try in the meantime.
  1. Use a cold compress. Using a cold compress can be handy when attempting to reduce swelling and pain. You should apply a cold compress for around 20 minutes, before taking a break for an hour or so. This may help if you have wisdom teeth pain, however, if it does continue and is accompanied by swelling or a foul taste in your mouth it’s important you see a dentist as soon as possible.
  2. Got a toothache? Bonjela! Bonjela is a popular thought, however, it is typically used for superficial sores like ulcers and gum inflammation. However, if you feel your pain may be caused by an ulcer or other gum sore this could be something to try. If you speak to a pharmacist they may be able to suggest a numbing gel that could be more beneficial for you.
  3. Try a salt water rinse. One of the best things you can do if you have a toothache is to use a saltwater rinse to sterilise your mouth. A lot of toothaches are caused by infections. Although keeping your mouth sterile will help, it is important to see a dentist immediately if you do think you have an infection. Dental infections can cause abscesses if untreated.
  4. Take some over-the-counter pain medication. Paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin may help you become more comfortable.
What are some of the causes of toothache?

You may be thinking I have a toothache but no cavity naturally, our minds do go straight to decay and cavities, but there are lots of reasons for a toothache, let’s go through some now.

  1. A cracked or broken tooth
  2. Dental decay
  3. Pain associated with braces
  4. A loose or broken filling
  5. An infection.

Incredibly common with wisdom teeth, as they are more susceptible to infection, with the increased difficulty of cleaning. The best tip for wisdom tooth pain relief is salt water rinsing throughout the day, using an ice pack in short intervals and over-the-counter pain medication. Ensuring your mouth is clean is important, and you may find with this course of action the pain subsides, however, if it does not, be sure to contact your dentist or doctor, as you may need antibiotics.

So let’s wrap up our toothache home remedy ideas. Our best tip and takeaway for you is that keeping your mouth extra clean and sterile is probably the most important step, some toothaches may just fade away after this extra step is taken. We’d urge you to see a dentist as soon as possible if it doesn’t, so whatever you’re experiencing doesn’t progress into something worse.

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