People have different ways of describing pain, so be aware that you may need to do a little research and ask questions to determine if you are, or a loved one is, experiencing pulsing or throbbing pain, sensitivity, shooting pain, a consistent dull pain, or even jaw discomfort. Also consider the situation in which the pain occurred – while sleeping, eating, drinking, playing sports – as the situation may give you or the dentist clues to the underlying issue.
Consider following these instructions in the case of any minor irritation. If debilitating pain occurs, we suggest you contact your dentist immediately before treating, as your ailment may be caused by a larger concern.
At Home Pain Relief
- Numb the Pain –Try holding an ice pack or a few ice cubes wrapped in a cloth to your affected area (from the outside – against your jaw). You can hold the compress there for four to five minutes at a time, and repeat the process as needed. In some cases ice will make your tooth pain worse – in which case you should discontinue use.
- Garlic – Known for its healing effect on tooth pain, garlic can sometimes provide quick at home relief. Place a garlic clove on the affected tooth (you can bite down to keep it in place or place it between your cheek and the tooth) for five to ten minutes. In some cases garlic has been known to cure a toothache completely.
- Over the Counter – There are several products on the market designed to alleviate tooth pain, acting as a numbing agent mostly. Orajel makes a line of adult and kid friendly products aimed at providing instant and effective relief from toothaches to cold sores to sensitivity, and more.
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