We all know only too well how much discomfort toothache can cause and while some simply grin and bear it, pain is nature’s way of letting us know there is a problem and to ignore this is not a wise thing to do.
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Here are some common mistakes made by people who suffer from toothache.
Focusing On Killing The Pain
Of course, it is important to take painkillers if the toothache is very persistent, but numbing the pain isn’t going to address the underlying cause and that is something for your dentist to discover. You can take over-the-counter pain medication while waiting for your dental appointment. The dentist might write you a prescription if the pain is that bad. We need to focus on what is causing the pain, which might be an infection or the result of tooth decay, and until we sit in a dentist’s chair, we won’t know the cause of the toothache.
Thinking The Toothache Will Magically Vanish
If, for example, a person has a dull ache in the gum area, rather than visiting the Gold Coast dentist Robina Town Dental, or their local dentist, they think the toothache will simply vanish as quickly as it arrived. Sadly, this is never the case and the first thing to do is consult with your local dentist, who can discover the cause of the pain.
Forgetting Natural Painkillers
It is late at night and toothache comes on, you might actually have something in your kitchen that will relieve the pain. Items such as cloves or clove oil, turmeric, peppermint, and chamomile can all relieve toothache, so do take a look at what you have in your home before looking for a 24/7 pharmacy.
Playing With The Affected Area
Some people will press a swollen section of their gums, or play around with their tongue, almost like they are hoping that this will somehow stop the pain. Any stimulation is going to make the pain worse rather than better and it is always best to book an emergency dental appointment as soon as you can.
Using Alcohol To Numb The Pain
While it may be true that swilling whisky in your mouth can alleviate toothache, there is a tendency to swallow and repeat the exercise; we all know where this will lead. Actually, if you become inebriated, the pain will be worse, so don’t bother drinking alcohol to stop toothache. There is an old wives’ tale that says placing an aspirin tablet on the affected area will ease the pain, yet this can cause serious gum tissue damage, so do avoid using this method.
While no one likes toothache, it isn’t something that is going to heal itself. The sooner you see a dentist, the better. Don’t fall into the above traps, as pain is nature’s way of telling you that something is not right. Better to make an appointment with your local dentists as soon as is possible. In the meantime, take over-the-counter medication for the pain.