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Friday, February 9, 2018

Toothache Type of Day

You know the feeling, the one where your head pounds, your gums throb, and your mouth is sore and tender. It's a toothache most likely a dental cavity due to tooth decay or it may be due to gum disease or accident. Its time to head to the dentist and get there soon. What?? can't see doctor today?? Now what do you do:

Saltwater rinse is one thing you can do until you can get to dentist. Swish warm, salty water around in your mouth. A simple mix of 1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 ounces of water will help you out. Remember do not swallow. In addition to rinsing floss around your sore tooth to remove any bits of food that may be stuck.

Dentists suggest acetaminophen for children to take for toothache pain. Adults can choose from over the counter medicines like Ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin. However, swallow the aspirin and do not put aspirin on tooth or gums. Many believe that putting the aspirin on the tooth or gum will help but it does not work according to dentist and could be more harmful.

Cold compresses can help when ones face is swollen. Simply place an ice pack on your cheek. The pain may ease and swelling may go down. If your tooth has an abscess or pus in the root of your tooth it may be swollen as well. Fever and red gums means you should go to doctor or dentist at once

clove oil and garlic are a couple of natural remedies to help reduce tooth ache. The oils in the two is very common to that in tooth gels that are meant to help numb pain. Remember neither these home remedies or the gel are meant to last more than a couple of days

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  1. Hi Angie,
    Thanks for the suggestions. I have an appt. for oral surgery to extract a molar next Wednesday. Such pain to endure but am taking antibiotic until then. I have hydrocodone but prefer acetaminophen because it doesn't make me feel sick.

    1. so know what you mean, I have had some mouth work done as well, the antibiotic will help. I hope all goes well


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