How to manage toothache
Important: If you have dental swelling that is spreading and is compromising your breathing, swallowing or is causing your eye to close or and visual changes please contact 111 or 999 as this is a dental emergency.
Brush very thoroughly around the teeth making sure that you get your brush all around the gum around the tooth.
DISSOLVE 2 TSP OF SALT IN A CUP WITH SOME WARM WATER - SWILL YOUR MOUTH USING THE WARM SALT WATER 5 TIMES EACH DAY MAKING SURE YOU USE THE WHOLE CUP EACH TIME.
A numbing dental gel may help reduce feeling in the gums and dull the pain. These gels are available over the counter from your pharmacy or online and contain the active ingredient benzocaine.
Most dental gels can be applied directly to the affected gums throughout the day. However, it is important for a person to follow the instructions included in the product.
Applying an ice pack to the jaw can help reduce inflammation, which in turn may relieve pain. Using ice can also have a numbing effect. Try holding an ice pack with a tea towel around it against their jaw for up to 15 minutes. If you do not have an icepack use frozen peas ect.
We advise that you call and speak to your dentist who may suggest that you take Ibruprofen.
Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter pain relief medication that helps reduce inflammation.
Follow the recommended dose on the packet.
Please note: If you have uncontrolled bleeding, have suffered trauma or you have dental swelling that is spreading and is compromising your breathing, swallowing or is causing your eye to close or and visual changes please contact 111 or 999 as this is a dental emergency.