Getting a toothache can feel like getting hit by a car, except without actually getting hit by a car. Whether you’re experiencing shooting pain, a dull aching feeling, or just overall discomfort, these four tips will help you stay comfortable until you can make it to the dentist.
- Swish that Salt
Although trips to the beach as a kid, made the taste of saltwater burn your throat and sting your eyes, if used correctly, it can be a real lifesaver. By simply mixing 1 tsp of salt per every cup of warm water, you can create the perfect solution. Slowly swish the solution in your mouth for 30 seconds–this will not only help to break up any excess food or debris that may be trapped between your teeth, but it will also help to reduce any inflammation that may be present.
- Ice Ice Baby
Ice Ice Baby isn’t just a favorite song from the past. In face, icing your jaw can help to not only reduce any swelling caused by a dental problem, but it can also help to relax your jaw and make you feel a little more comfortable.
- Smoke Signals
If you’re an avid cigarette smoker, stop sending smoke signals, and put the cigarette down. Smoking will not only aggravate your oral health but it can also lead to further infection. As hard as it might be, try to stay off of them until after you see your dentist— it will make a world of difference.
This over the counter pain killer will be your best defense against fighting both the pain and inflammation that’s wreaking havoc on your mouth. Simply take 400 milligrams every 4 to 6 hours, depending both on the label and what your dental office recommends.
Dealing with dental pain might seem like the worst thing in the world, but it doesn’t have to be. From swishing salt to laying off the cigarettes, these four things will help you feel more comfortable and less in pain while you wait to get into the dentist.
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