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A bad toothache can be treated from home, but it should never be ignored. There are a number of things that could cause a toothache – you could have a cavity, a gum infection, it could be Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder (TMJ), or even a sinus infection. You need to book an appointment with a dentist to find out what the problem is. A quick call can save you from days of unnecessary pain.
If your gums are swollen, you can sometimes soothe the swelling by rinsing your mouth with salt water at room temperature. If the pain is not going away, you can take an over the counter pain reliever such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen. Make sure that you don’t eat any tough or chewy foods that will make the situation worse.
Help! I lost a tooth!
With quick emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket can often be replanted. It is important to be prepared and know what to do if this happens to you or someone with you. Act quickly, yet calmly, and follow these simple steps
- Pick up the tooth by the crown (the white part that you chew with).
Find the tooth as soon as it’s knocked out, and be very careful with it. The root is easily damaged and has to be kept in good shape for a successful replant.
- Gently rinse the tooth with water.
A very gentle rinse is all that is required. Don’t use any soap, or other cleaning agents, and don’t try to rub the tooth clean. Avoid wrapping the tooth in anything, this will only harm the delicate root structure.
- Reposition the tooth in the socket.
The sooner this is done, the better. To do this, carefully push the tooth into the socket. Keep your jaw closed to keep the tooth in place, or hold the tooth down with your finger.
- Keep the tooth moist at all times.
The tooth must not be left to dry. If it doesn’t fit back into the socket, keep the tooth in your mouth next to the gum. A small container of milk is the next best option if that isn’t feasible, and get to your dentist.
- See the nearest available dentist within 30 minutes, and explain to the receptionist your urgency.
Visiting the dentist as soon as possible is key. Within half an hour is ideal, but teeth have been saved after being out of the socket for longer than this. Don’t despair, just make it to the dentist as quickly and safely as you can.