Do you know how to manage dental pain until you can see your dentist?
Tooth ache can creep up on you – sometimes bother you for a few days then settle, only to reappear in a few weeks or months. This is typical for advancing decay – or getting a hole in your tooth. Or dental pain can come on suddenly if a tooth cracks or from direct trauma (think weekend sport, no mouth-guard)
In either case, when toothache really strikes waiting even a day to see the dentist can seems like a very long time.
Three tips for managing tooth ache:
Knowing these few tips can help manage the pain and stress levels.
#1. ANALGESIA: It is now accepted that combining two readily available over-the-counter medications provide the best pain relief. Normal doses of paracetamol and ibuprofen when taken together have been shown to provide greater relief from pain than either medication taken alone.
#2. ICE: Holding an ice-pack to the outer cheek has an excellent anti-inflammatory effect, which eases pain by reducing swelling in irritated, inflamed tissues. Twenty minutes with an ice-pack also produces a soothing localised numbing effect, enhancing relief from pain.
#3. ELEVATION: And finally, avoid lying flat at night – in other words, keep the injured or inflamed area elevated above the level of the heart. This prevents increased swelling in the area and the awful throbbing that can come with it. An easy way to do this is to prop yourself up with a few extra pillows in bed or sofa; reclining loungers provided the easiest way of all, to sleep with head slightly elevated.