What to Do When You Have a Toothache

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Toothaches are common dental problems that could be caused by many things, like lodged food, tooth decay, etc., but that doesn’t mean that they are any less inconvenient. So, to help you relieve your toothache, our Lifetime Dentistry team has some tips for you. We recommend doing the following things:

-Step No. 1: Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. You can also rinse with salt water to draw out the infection and reduce the swelling.

-Step No. 2: Use dental floss to clean between each tooth. Your toothache may be caused by a lodged piece of food that is irritating the tooth and gums.

-Step No. 3: If your mouth is swollen, place an ice pack outside the tender area. This should help reduce swelling and relieve your pain.

-Step No. 4: You can relieve your discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain medications, but please do not place the medication directly on the gums near the aching tooth. Doing so can burn the gum tissue and cause further damage.

-Step No. 5: If your toothache does not go away after you’ve used these tips, it’s best to call our office and schedule an appointment with your dentist at your earliest convenience. You may be suffering from a more serious dental issue that needs to be solved as soon as possible.

For more information about toothaches and what may be causing yours, please call 563-263-9082 today and talk to Dr. Holly Krystek or a member of our dental team. The sooner you call us, the sooner you’ll better understand toothaches. We look forward to hearing from you!