Toothache Help: What to Do In Case of a Toothache
Pain from toothaches can be temporarily treated at home, but many require a Dentist's care. Find out what you can do if you have a toothache and why you should see a Dentist for treatment.
Gauge Your Pain Levels and Swelling
- Be aware of how long your tooth has hurt. If it's been more than 1-2 days, you should see your dentist right away.
- Check for swelling in your gums or face related to the toothache. If you see any at all, seek immediate medical attention.
Consider the Cause of Your Toothache
- Most toothaches are related to cavities and need evaluation and treatment by a Dentist.
- Recent dental work (such as a root canal, tooth extraction, etc.) can lead to an infection that needs to be treated by a qualified Oral Surgeon.
- Sinus infections can also cause severe tooth pain. If you have cold symptoms with your tooth pain, you may need to be treated for a sinus infection.
Manage Your Toothache Pain
- Follow these tips to treat the pain until you can seek proper dental or medical care.
- Orajel™ Toothache Pain Relief Gel, Cream, Liquid, and Swabs contain benzocaine, a topical pain reliever that adults can use and administer to children 2 years of age and older.
- Remember that home treatment of toothaches is temporary. Most toothaches require dental or medical care. Do not avoid seeing your dentist.
See a Dentist About Your Toothache Right Away If…
- The pain lasts longer than 1-2 days (even if it comes and goes).
- The pain is so severe that it interferes with your daily activities or sleep.
- You also have a fever, earache, or pain when opening your mouth.
- You have foul-tasting drainage (sign of infection) in your mouth.
- If you have any swelling in the gums or face, it is a medical emergency. You should seek immediate medical care.
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