When you have a TOOTHACHE, do these 5 things:
- Pay attention to your symptoms so that you can describe them when your dentist asks you the following: When does it ache (middle of the night, after eating, constantly, randomly)? What does it feel like (throbbing, sharp, pulsing)? What makes it feel better (heat, cold, pain meds)? What makes it feel worse (eating, talking, cold drinks, hot food, etc)? When did the aching begin? And how has it progressed (worsening, improving, or staying the same)?
- Call your dentist. Don’t wait until the pain is excruciating. Toothaches tend to worsen in the middle of the night and on weekends 😉, times when your dentist is not in the office. The earlier you address your symptoms, the better the chances of success with treatment.
- Consider essential oils. Clove, tea tree, oregano, peppermint, and garlic are great options. (See previous articles for more information.) Clove is the most effective at quickly numbing tooth pain by soothing the nerve inside the tooth. Apply a small amount onto a cotton ball and place it against the painful site.
- Over-the-counter pain meds. Ibuprofen is great for oral pain. If you can’t tolerate Ibuprofen, Tylenol is a good alternative. If you’d like something more homeopathic, Arnica is fantastic.
- Watch your diet. Obviously you want to avoid the foods and drinks that make the ache worsen. But also consider that as a whole, there are certain foods (ie some dairy and sugars) that increase inflammation, making pain worse and decreasing our body’s ability to heal. Focus on foods that boost immunity, like fruits, leafy greens, and organic healthy fats.
Nobody likes toothaches. And most times, they are avoidable. How? 1. Maintain great oral hygiene—brushing, flossing, and mouthwash daily. 2. Don’t underestimate the importance of routine dental check-ups and cleanings. The cleanings will remove plaque and bacteria from those hard-to-reach areas, and the check-ups allow your dentist to catch and treat cavities & infections early, before they become a pain in the…mouth. 😊