If you are experiencing a toothache, chances are you are not getting a good night’s sleep too. With any tooth pain, it is important to see a dentist and not let the problem worsen. Quite often many ignore a toothache thinking it will go away. However, it can become more painful and cause more trouble if it is neglected. If you need some relief at home until your dental appointment, at The Dental Room – we’ve got a few tips for you!
Tip #1: Use over the counter pain medication (ibuprofen or acetaminophen). A numbing gel can also help to dull the pain to help you fall asleep.
Tip #2: Keep your head elevated. Use a pillow to help prop your head. This can help prevent blood from rushing to your head, which can intensify the pain.
Tip #3: Avoid consuming cold food and drinks before bed, or anything with too much acidity. This also includes any hard foods too! These can trigger pain from an already existing cavity.
Tip #4: Use mouthwash! Rinsing with mouthwash can help numb the pain and also disinfect your mouth.
Monitor your toothache for 24 hours. If the pain subsides, it may have been caused by an irritation. If the pain does not subside and any of the following occur, see a dentist as soon as possible:
- the pain becomes more severe
- a fever or headache is present
- trouble breathing or trouble swallowing
Our team at The Dental Room in Calgary can help with toothaches and tooth pain!