When it comes to having tooth pain it can be one of the worst feelings. No matter what a person does, it can seem like the pain never subsides and it may only hurt worse. However, it is important to remember that the pain is happening for a reason and even if it subsides with certain remedies, it is important to visit a dentist.
Tooth and gum pain do not typically just randomly happen. It will be important, even after getting the pain to subside, to schedule a visit with your dentist to figure out the cause if you cannot figure it out on your own.
What are some remedies for tooth pain?
Although visiting the dentist is important, there are some different steps and tricks that someone can do to help the pain subside. This can be done while a person waits on their appointment with the dentist and can also be relayed to help the dentist figure out what the issue is.
In this article, we will cover a few different ways that someone can try to help in subsiding tooth pain that can be throwing your day to day life off. A few helpful hints of ways to do this include:
Applying a cold pack
It may not seem like it could make much of a difference, but people quickly find out that it can. By applying a cold ice pack to the side of a person's cheek where the tooth pain is, can greatly help. This can also reduce the swelling which goes hand-in-hand with the pain that they are experiencing.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever
Many times people experiencing the pain can forget little things to try that can make a big difference. By taking a type of pain-relieving medication, such as ibuprofen, it can greatly help in reducing the pain. Be sure and follow the guidelines on the bottle and not take more than is recommended unless instructed by a medical professional.
Rinse with warm salt water
Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water is great in general for fighting bacteria and keeping a person's mouth healthy. However, when there is a pain, the warmth of the water and healing properties of the salt can be highly beneficial.
Apply a warm compress
Applying a warm compress on the side of the mouth and cheek can be helpful, too. Just like with the ice pack, the warm compress can help in reducing inflammation and ease the tenderness to the area that is experiencing the pain.
Peppermint tea bags
Although it may sound odd, applying a peppermint tea bag on the affected tooth and area can be helpful. The peppermint is a natural relaxer and has healing properties that can partially numb the area. Of course, it will not be as strong as the numbing agents a dentist can give. But, in a pinch and while a person is waiting for their appointment it can make things much more doable!
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