Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 ways to treat a toothache.

A toothache generally occurs when the pulp, located at the center of each tooth, becomes swollen. This pain could be due to several reasons ranging from cavities to a mild or severe infection. You could help the pain with the following tips we will share with you but keep in mind it is always best to call our dentist right away to determine the problem and avoid complications further on:
  1. Take a painkiller. OTC medicine such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help ease the pain for minor toothaches.
  2. Numb the affected area: you can purchase a numbing gel to relieve the pain for a couple of hours. This can be purchased in any drugstore or pharmacy without prescription. 
  3. Apply ice: ice helps to swell down the affected area and ease the pain. You can buy a cold compress or simply place ice on a towel and press it on. 
  4. Clean your mouth: check the cavities in our mouth for small pieces of food that might have been gotten stuck. Brush, floss thoroughly and rinse.
  5. Use home or alternative remedies: sea salt rinse (warm water and a spoonful of sea salt), clove oil, hydrogen peroxide (apply with a Q-tip, do not swallow), acupressure and even hard liquor (pressed on a cotton ball) are other alternatives used to relieve the pain.
Follow these tips to relieve the pain temporarily but we strongly advise to visit our dentist to make sure nothing serious is causing it. If you experience fever or chills, discharge, unbearable pain or have trouble swallowing or breathing visit us right away. Our experienced and caring dental staff at our dental office in Glendale or Van Nuys will treat you with the best care possible, providing you with the latest in dentistry in a relaxed and soothing environment.

Contact Information:

Glendale Office
6300 San Fernando Road
Glendale, CA 91201

Van Nuys Office
15333 Sherman Way Suite M
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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