| 08/19/13

It seems that toothaches always strike at the worst possible times. When you’re on a trip, at home late at night, or enjoying a weekend with your family, the last thing you want is to be knocked down by dental pain.

We always emphasize to our patients that the best way to avoid toothaches is to receive routine preventive care and have any treatment needs addressed in a timely manner. However, there is always the risk of something flaring up and keeping you very uncomfortable before you have a chance to come see us. Here are 3 ways to help alleviate your pain while you’re getting in touch with us for an appointment:

Take an anti-inflammatory medication as prescribed.

Ibuprofen and Naproxen are both NSAIDs, which can be taken at home to help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Do not apply aspirin to the area of pain, as this causes chemical burns and damages tissues.

Try rinsing the area with warm salt-water

Rinsing with warm salt water helps reduce swelling, and thereby pain related to common dental infections. Warm water works best because it helps to dilute the salt effectively. Use only 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt per glass of water. Rinse thoroughly and repeat as often as needed.

Alternate a warm and cold compresses against the side of your face.

Warm or cool compresses can be applied to the side of your face for several minutes to help alleviate pain. Alternating between the two can also keep swelling at bay.

Even if your symptoms go away, the condition that caused them still exists. Contact Herrick Dental, your Columbus, Ohio dentist immediately should you be experiencing a dental emergency. If it’s after hours, one of our team members will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.

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