Your teeth consist of enamel which makes up for the hard coating. Then there are the cementum and the nerve endings. Now, the very nature of tooth decay is to wear away the enamel, ultimately exposing the sensitive nerves.
If you have severe tooth decay then, you will be experiencing extreme pain. Situations like these will have you running to the dentist. But the question is – what to do until the day for the appointment comes? The pain can’t be entirely addressed without specialists getting a look at it. But there are some ways you can gain temporary relief until your dentist appointment.
1. Call your Dentist to Make an Appointment and Discuss some Temporary Pain Relievers
You might become tempted to get your hands (or in this case, your teeth) into some painkillers, but that is not best for your health. In fact, painkillers can do more wrong if taken without medical supervision.
Hence, as you are calling the doctor to make the appointment, ask about what you can do to manage your unbearable toothache until then. There are some steps discussed below which should be helpful to you for reducing the pain, but still, proper medical advice is not replaceable.
There are some dentist offices like MGA Dental, after hours dentist in Brisbane & Gold Coast where you can manage to get an appointment quite quickly. So if you’re in too much pain, try calling these places.
NOTE: If the dentist recommends you some medicine for the meantime, remember to inform him or her about the current medications you are taking, if any. This will help prevent chances of drug interactions.
2. Stay Clear of Pain Triggering Food and Drinks
Your teeth are now decaying because the food you ate got stuck in your mouth and formed plaque which later cultured bacteria. This bacteria eroded the tooth enamel, exposing the nerves. At this stage, you should make a vow and stay away from sweet or acidic snacks and beverages. These won’t be painful per se, but will promote the tooth decay even further.
But what might prove to be painful, will be cold or hot food and drinks. Anything that is off temperature in the downwards or upwards direction, will cause you pain and distress. This is because the dentin layer of the tooth has been compromised by the tooth decay. So if in contact with any extremes of temperature, it will send strong pain signals.
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3. Brush, Floss and Use OTC Medicines
You might think it’s wise not to brush the painful area inside your mouth. It is true that brushing will cause painful discomfort. But that is not a reason to avoid it. Remember, your negligence in oral care is what got you stuck in this predicament in the first place.
Try and keep your mouth clean. Maybe removing some food particles or plaque will reduce the toothache. And it will surely remove the tooth decaying bacteria from your mouth, which otherwise would have amounted to more pain and agony.
If brushing the decayed area is too painful, then you should try flossing. In extreme cases, you can also head on over to your local chemist and get some OTC temporary filling materials to help seal the decay.
NOTE: If you use warm (not hot) water instead of cold water to rinse your mouth it might be soothing.
- Use Oil of Cloves or Eugenol
This is an old and particularly effective method for handling toothache. Eugenol is found in many dental materials as it serves the purpose of an antiseptic as well as an anaesthetic.
You can find Eugenol at any health food store. Just soak a small piece of cotton in the oil and then blot the cotton to remove the excess liquid. Use a tissue for this purpose, to avoid chances of getting the bacteria from your hands onto the piece of cotton.
Now just take a pair of tweezers and carry the cotton into your mouth and place it on the painful decayed tooth for about 10 seconds. Be careful not to swallow any of this oil.