Taking proper dental care at home will keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong while helping you prevent most ailments.

However, everyone is still vulnerable, and accidents can happen at any time, leading you to a dental emergency. These situations can range from a tooth fracture with severe pain to a small cavity with lesser pain that could be managed with a few medications.

In this article, we will talk about 5 pieces of advice that will help you ease your pain at home before attending a dental emergency consultation.

Pain Management 

The first thing you might want to do is identify the type of pain and the causes. This will tell you if you need to promptly visit your nearest dental emergency dentist, or you could wait until there is a free spot at your dentist.

Severe pain with extra-oral inflammation, swelling, and fever, always needs to be rushed to the dentist.

However, mild to medium symptomatology can be treated with the following dental care methods to ease the pain while you wait for your appointment: 

  1. Over the counter pain medication

Pain relief medication is usually the first thing you might want to do. Whether you are suffering from severe or mild pain, these medications will help you ease the pain for a while.

Medications that possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic, or both properties such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen are the most recommended.

It is essential to only take the doses indicated by the package.

  1. Sleep with your head elevated

Dental pain usually occurs when we go to bed. This is because during the night there are fewer distractions, and the mind focuses on the discomfort. Moreover, when we sleep in a laying position, there is a higher blood flow and pressure to the head and inflamed dental pulp which can intensify the pain.

  1. Saltwater rinses

Salt has good anti-inflammatory and disinfectant qualities. Mixed with warm water as a mouthwash, it can help you control the pain. It also helps control plaque around your teeth.

  1. Clove oil

Clove has antiseptic properties that help control inflammation. It contains eugenol, which is a compound used by endodontists in small doses to reduce dental pulp inflammation. It also has a small local anesthetic effect.

Try applying the clove oil directly into the teeth or area in pain, or rub it with a clean cotton ball.

  1. Cold

Cold acts as a vasoconstrictor, making it a perfect natural anti-inflammatory widely used in medicine and emergencies. 

You could wrap ice on a towel, use an ice pack, or a cold compress. Put it on the outside of your face for a few minutes on the affected side.

Keep in mind that this helps to decrease general inflammation. However, when applied directly to a tooth with pulpitis will most likely cause you pain. 

These 5 oral care pieces of advice will help you ease the pain while you attend to a dental emergency dentist. However, it is vital to understand that they will just ease the pain temporarily, and only a dentist can fix what’s causing it.

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