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Did you know a toothache can be a sign that you have a bigger problem? If you have a toothache, we invite you to get help from a dental professional. However, what should you do while you wait? Since we don’t want you to be uncomfortable, we are happy to offer some remedies that may help.

Use pain medications: You may have heard that it’s a good idea to put the pain killer directly on the gum of the afflicted tooth. This isn’t true. Because these pain medications are acidic, it could actually cause harm. Of course painkillers can help, but only if you swallow them.

Try flossing: Some of the problems that cause toothaches require help from a dental professional, but toothaches can be caused by more mundane issues. For example, the source of your ailment could be food lodged between your teeth. The solution to this problem is fairly simple: just try flossing to remove the problem.

Salt water can help: A salt water rinse is one of the more common treatment options. Just mix a quarter teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water and swish it around your mouth. This rinse will alleviate pressure on your nerve ends and provide quick relief.

Apply an antiseptic: An antiseptic with benzocaine can also be useful for providing temporary relief. However, it is very important that you use this antiseptic as recommended on the package’s instructions. It is also important to never use a product with benzocaine on a child younger than two.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!