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Everyone knows that a toothache is an unpleasant experience, but it can also be an indicator of a more serious problem. If you have a toothache that lasts for more than a day or two, we recommend that you contact a dentist immediately. But, what should you do in the meantime? Here are a few suggestions:

Floss to remove any food in your teeth: Toothaches can be caused by a variety of problems, including decay, an infection, a fracture, or an erupting tooth. Obviously, each of these problems requires help from a dental professional, but toothaches can be caused by more mundane issues. For example, the source of your ailment could be food lodged between your teeth. The solution to this problem is fairly simple: just try flossing to remove the problem.

Use over-the-counter pain medications: Has someone told you that it’s a good idea to put pain medication right on the gum of a sore tooth? Have you wondered if it’s true? Actually, because these pain medications are acidic, it could actually cause harm. We do recommend painkiller, but only if you just swallow them.

Apply oil of cloves: Also known as eugenol, oil of cloves is an ingredient in many dental products. Place a few drops of the oil of cloves onto a small piece of cotton, put the swab on the painful tooth, and bite down. This should alleviate your pain.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!