How to handle toothache

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Sudden onset pain in your mouth or jaw is often a sign that something is wrong. There are many possible underlying causes, so it’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible. However, in the meantime, there are a few things you can do to help alleviate the discomfort.

Self-treating tooth and jaw pain
If you are experiencing discomfort, there are some things you can do to help yourself. If the pain is severe, you might try a painkiller. Over-the-counter pain relief, such as aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol can be effective. You might also try a topical pain-relieving gel applied to the affected area. If the pain is milder, or you prefer a drug-free treatment, you could try an ice-pack pressed lightly against your cheek. It’s not advised to apply the ice directly to your tooth! Alternatively, if you are experiencing swelling, you can try saltwater. Salt has bacteria-killing properties, so rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution can help. Use half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water, gently rinse your mouth and spit it out. You can repeat this as often as required.

What causes toothache?
There could be a whole range of toothache causes, such as tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses or tooth misalignment. However, whatever the cause, the sooner it can be identified and treated, the better. Whatever the underlying issue, toothache causes pain that can range from a dull throb to a severe sharp pain. You might experience this discomfort continuously or periodically, such as when biting down or drinking something cold.

While it might be tempting to continue to treat mouth or jaw pain at home, especially if it’s not too severe, this can lead to more serious problems in the long run. So, if you’re in any discomfort, it is important to make an urgent appointment with your dentist to determine the ‘root’ cause.

We are available to offer you an appointment very quickly, no need to suffer. Please call Dr Young’s team 01606 75615