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3 Ways to Temporarily Relieve a Toothache

If you are experiencing a toothache, you probably are having a great deal of pain! With dental emergencies, you can experience tooth throbbing and sharp pains that really hurt. Call your dentist right away to see what’s wrong and save your tooth.

Young Woman with Toothache at Dentist in Boston, MA

But until you can see your provider, try these 3 steps to help give you some form of relief:

  1. Salt water rinse: Salt is soothing to your gums and it helps reduce inflammation. Mix 1 tsp. of table salt and 1 cup of warm water. Swish in your mouth for 30 seconds and spit back out into a sink. Repeat two to three times, every hour or so.
  2. Over-the-counter pain relievers: Ibuprofen can help reduce inflammation along with relieving pain. Inflammation is one of the most common causes of tooth pain.
  3. Over-the-counter gum numbing liquid or gel: This topical liquid or gel pain reliever will help numb the area around the tooth. Apply it 3-4 times daily until you can see your dentist.

Causes of Toothaches

Tooth pain is generally a result from the center part of your tooth becoming inflamed. There are different causes of toothaches, including: damaged fillings, gum infection, cavities, infection in the tooth root, broken teeth or grinding your teeth.

Pain shouldn’t ever be overlooked and it won’t ever go away on its own. If you have a tooth infection, you may need to start an oral antibiotic to help prevent the infection from spreading before your dentist works on the tooth.

Toothache Relief in Boston, MA for Woman at Dentist

Emergency Pain Relief

Contact Back Bay Dental right away if you are experiencing any form of tooth pain. In the meantime, try the above pain relief techniques until you make it to our office. Regular visits can help us prevent toothaches from happening. Schedule your checkup today!

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