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Toothache Pain Relief

woman with Toothache at Weekend Dentistry, San Antonio, TXPain is how your body tells you that something is wrong. Ignoring pain often does not make the issue go away. The same is true for toothache pain. When you are dealing with a toothache, not only does it cause discomfort, but it can also interfere with your quality of life, making it incredibly difficult to eat or speak. If you are dealing with a toothache, Weekend Dentistry can help.

What Causes a Tooth Ache?

There are many things that can cause a toothache. Causes include:
•  Food or other debris stuck between your teeth.
•  An infection inside the tooth.
•  Tooth decay.
•  Tooth damage.
•  A damaged filling.

Taking Care at Home

There are several things that you can do at home to help deal with toothache pain. These treatments include:
•  Over the counter pain relievers. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help to alleviate pain. Ibuprofen can also help with inflammation, while acetaminophen is only designed to provide pain relief.
•  Saltwater solutions. Saltwater, or saline, solution can help to clean out bacteria, drawing out fluids that are causing inflammation, which aids in providing temporary pain relief.
•  Ice packs. Ice, wrapped in a towel to provide a buffer, can help to alleviate pain and can also help with swelling.
•  Hydrogen peroxide can be swished on its own or diluted in water to help reduce toothache pain. Just rinse and spit, be careful not to swallow any.
•  Apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is well known for its antibacterial properties. Because of its acidity, it can kill the bacteria causing your discomfort. Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and apply it to the affected tooth.
•  Peppermint tea bags. Peppermint has mild numbing effects, which can help to temporarily relieve pain. You can also chill the tea bags for additional pain relief.

Dental Care for Tooth Ache Relief

While you can take action to alleviate pain at home, it is best to have your mouth examined by a professional. If there is an infection present, it generally will not go away on its own. Most infections tend to only worsen over time, leading to more significant symptoms such as fever and chills. Infections can also lead to abscesses. An abscess forms a barrier to contain bacteria. Without treatment, it can grow larger as bacteria multiply, destroying bone mass. An abscess can also rupture, which can then allow bacteria into the bloodstream. The sooner you get treatment for a toothache; the easier and less invasive treatment will be.

Preventing Tooth Aches

The best way to deal with a toothache is to prevent one from developing in the first place. Brush and floss your teeth every day and have them cleaned and examined every six months. Avoid biting and chewing on hard items like ice or popcorn kernels. If you play sports, it is also important that you wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth from sports-related injuries. Preventing toothaches not only saves you from significant pain, but it can also prevent the need for invasive, expensive treatments.

With the right toothache relief, you can eliminate tooth pain and restore your quality of life. For more information, or to schedule your appointment, call Weekend Dentistry at (210) 783-0944 today.

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