When Toothaches Strike
What to Do When a Toothache Strikes from Love Family Dental
A toothache can be one of the worst things to interrupt your day, especially when it’s unexpected and you have no idea why it even happened. So, what do you do?
Causes of Toothaches
We will always say it…good oral hygiene and preventative care will almost always keep you safe from having one of these horrible aches come on due to decay. Tooth decay can cause infection and gum disease that trigger a pretty severe toothache. Other reasons may include trauma to the tooth, grinding of teeth or an abnormal bite. In any event, it is imperative that you have it looked at to determine the cause so that the issue can be remedied and not just masked by medication.
To provide yourself with some immediate relief, you can try taking NSAID pain relievers like ibuprofen or non-NSAID pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol). There are also topical treatments that numb the area like Orajel or Anbesol. You can also attempt a few home remedies like rinsing with salt water or flossing the area should you have a food particle irritating the area.
When to Call the Dentist
You should definitely call the dentist if:
• The pain is intolerable even with over-the counter medication
• The toothache lasts longer than 2 days
• You have a fever or an earache
• You have pain when opening your mouth wide
What if I’m Out of Town When My Toothache Strikes!?
If you are out of town for business or pleasure, you should follow these steps:
1. First, rinse your mouth out with warm water to clean it out. Floss to remove any food that may be trapped between teeth.
2. Take an over-the-counter medicine and make sure you follow your medical doctor’s orders if you aren’t allowed to take NSAIDs. Remember, you can take an oral pain reliever and apply a topical pain reliever to the area for immediate relief.
3. Depending on the severity and persistence of the pain, call your doctor for an emergency visit when you get back home or if the pain is severe enough, ask your dentist office if they have a recommended dentist in your area. You may need to visit a dentist in the area but you should ensure your dentist at home is aware and can send them x-rays or other dental history if needed.
4. Never allow your toothache to persist longer than a week without seeing a dentist.
The doctors at Love Family Dentistry in Astoria care about your dental health and your smile. If you are in need of dental assistance, please call us so we may help!