When you have a toothache you should immediately book an appointment with your dentist. A dentist will be able to determine and treat the source of your toothache better than any treatment that is available.
In between the appointment, or appointments, is when you can be using treatments that will ease a toothache.
One of the simplest ways to treat a toothache is to take an ibuprofen or another pain reliever. These may help to temporarily reduce the amount of pain that you are experiencing.
This method will usually work best for minor toothaches. Remember to follow the instructions on any of the pain relievers that you use to treat your toothache.
Ice packs and cold compresses will also help. These will work by numbing the area and relieve the pain on a temporary basis.
If cold compresses are not working to numb the pain, you can always purchase numbing gels that are specifically meant to treat a toothache and the pain associated with it.
These special gels usually contain benzocaine which will help to numb the affected area. It is important to remember to follow the directions provided on whatever numbing gel that you are using.
Numbing gels will usually last for several hours, but you should not overuse these types of products.
Cleaning the mouth can also help to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. You can do this by doing a salt water rinse.
Start by mixing one teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water. Take this and swish and gargle it in your mouth for about 30 seconds. It is recommended that you do this several times throughout the day before you will be able to notice any major effect that it has.
Your dentist will also be able to provide you with more information on how to treat toothaches.
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