Going to visit Dr. Janice Scott is your best bet in regards to taking care of an abscess tooth or toothache. However, if you start to suffer from dental pain either while you are on vacation or to help ease the pain until you can get into our office, it’s important to know just how to tackle the pain in order to get yourself back to feeling like normal once again. From swishing with salt water to taking Ibuprofen, this article will list the best at-home remedies to help ease your dental pain.
As a natural pain reliever and germ fighter, gargling with some lukewarm salt water will help to reduce the pain that you are feeling and get rid of any swelling that you might be suffering from. Simply mix 1 teaspoon of salt with 8 ounces of warm water in a small glass. Then sip on the water, without swallowing it, and gargle it in your mouth for around 45-60 seconds. Although the flavor may not be too enticing, just know that the results are enough to keep you gargling over and over again.
To help reduce the amount of swelling that may be occurring due to your infected or abscessed tooth, it’s important to sleep with your head elevated. Simply place a few large pillows behind your head so that you are at an angle rather than laying flat on your back. Although you may not be used to sleeping with your head elevated at first, you will quickly get used to it.
Although you might not think that an over-the-counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen can help ease the strong sensation of oral pain that you are experiencing, you will be mistaken. In fact, ibuprofen is a great way to help get rid of the pain you are experiencing without having to worry about any sort of addictive properties that come along with prescription painkillers. Before taking Ibuprofen, contact Dr. Janice Scott or your general practitioner to see what dosage is recommended for you .
Until you can get into see Dr. Janice Scott, try the above tips to help ease your discomfort. To learn more about dental care or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!