Toothaches are most often caused by infection, decay or some form of trauma to the tooth. In the case of a toothache, the best treatment is to visit Dr. Lois Lee at Meadowdale Dental Clinic for a diagnosis of the pain. However, if a visit to the dentist is not an immediate option, here are some steps you can take to remedy the discomfort:
1. Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Swish it around for about a minute or so.
2. If the ache seems to be caused by food that is stuck between your teeth, use ADA-approved floss to clean between each crevice of your smile.
3. If your toothache is caused by tooth trauma, you can reduce the swelling with an ice pack. Place the pack outside the area for 30-minute intervals.
4. Over-the-counter pain medications are another option to relieve your pain. However, please do not put the medication directly against the gums above the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue.
If the pain persists longer than a few days, or if you suspect an issue with one or more teeth, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (425) 361-0842. We’re happy to take a look at your teeth here in Lynnwood, Washington.