It never fails. Just minutes after the dental office closes, a toothache comes on out of nowhere. You want to call, but know that no one will be able to help until morning. That, or you will wake up with a toothache over the weekend and cannot get seen until Monday. Until you can get seen, what are you supposed to do? Living with that type of pain is never easy, nor should you have to. Here are a few things that you can do to help dull that ache until you are able to get it checked out and fixed.
Keep Your Mouth Clean
When you get a toothache, you need to make sure to clean out your mouth. This means that you should brush your teeth and floss, too. If the toothache stemmed from something stuck between your teeth, this may eliminate the problem altogether. You should also make sure to rinse your mouth out well when you are done. Ideally, you want to use an anti-bacterial or anti-microbial mouthwash when you do this. It can sometimes help reduce your pain as well.
Rinsing Your Mouth Can Help
When you get a toothache, rinsing it with the right fluids can help. Some of them help increase your body’s ability to heal, while others help reduce inflammation. Try rinsing with a bit of warm salt water. This helps with giving your body a boost at healing, which is why you do it following oral procedures and oral surgeries. You only need about a scant teaspoon per 8 ounces of warm water. Rinse your mouth out as long as you possibly can, then spit the water out. You never want to swallow this water.
You can also rinse your mouth out with diluted hydrogen peroxide as well. The same thing does with this. Rinse as long as you can keep it in your mouth, then spit it out. As for the dilution, half and half is usually best, but if you can handle the taste of a bit more hydrogen peroxide, that is alright, too. Oil pulling can also help your mouth. This is when you take a safe oil, such as grapeseed oil or coconut oil, and swish that around your mouth. In this case, your goal is to swish it around for as close to 20 minutes as you can. Then, when you spit it out, spit it into the garbage. That way you do not clog up the sink’s drain. This practice removes a lot of debris from your mouth that could be partly to blame for your toothache.
Over the Counter Medicines Can Also Help
Taking over the counter medications can also help you manage the pain of a toothache. You should opt for one that has anti-inflammation properties, such as ibuprofen. If your stomach is not able to tolerate that, then go with acetaminophen. Just take regular doses of it, following the instructions on the bottle, and keep a regular dose in your system. That way, the benefits the medications offer stay in your system. If you forget to take a dose, the effects could go down and your pain could go up.
You never want to ignore any type of toothache. Call our office if one shows up, and we will do what we can to see you as soon as possible. Until you can get into the office, use these remedies to help manage the pain. Once you come in, we can see what is causing your pain and help treat the problem.