What should you do if you have toothache?

Toothache is one of the most common dental problems that people face, but what should you do if you’re in pain?

There are many different potential causes of toothache, most of which are likely to require dental treatment to prevent the problem from worsening. Therefore, you should aim to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. However, if you are not able to get an appointment straight away, there are several actions that you can take to ease your pain while you wait:

take painkillers, e.g. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen

gargle with warm salt water

use an over-the-counter pain relief gel that is suitable for oral use

eat soft foods

avoid food and drink that is either very hot or very cold

avoid food and drink that is very sugary

avoid smoking

gently numb the area by applying a cold object to the outside of the cheek

keep your head elevated

SOURCES

Bupa

NHS

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