If you have a toothache, you are probably not getting a good night’s sleep. It’s important to see a dentist and not let the problem become worse. Often people ignore a toothache thinking it will go away, but it can become more painful and cause more trouble if neglected. If you need some relief at home in the meantime, we’ve got a few tips for you!
Tip #1: Use over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. A numbing gel can also help to dull the pain so that you can fall asleep.
Tip #2: Keep your head elevated. This can help prevent blood from rushing to your head which can intensify the pain. Use a pillow to prop your head up.
Tip #3: Avoid consuming acidic or cold food and drinks before bed. This also includes any hard foods too. These can trigger pain from an already existing cavity.
Tip #4: Use mouthwash! Rinsing with mouthwash can help numb the pain and disinfect your mouth.
Monitor your toothache for 24 hours. If the pain subsides, it may have been caused by an irritation. If the pain does not subside and any of the following occur , (the pain becomes more severe, a fever or headache is present, trouble breathing or trouble swallowing) see a dentist as soon as possible. Our team at ToothMatters Dental Clinic in Richmond Hill can help figure out the problem!