Tooth pain? What you can do Tooth pain? What you can do

Tooth pain? What you can do

For your smile 26 August, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

Know what measures to take when you have tooth pain.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the reasons you can have pain in your mouth include: the accumulation of food and remains between the teeth, especially if there are separations between them; inflammation or an infection in the gums; a trauma such as an injury or even grinding; a sudden fracture; a crack that occurs over time; or a sinus infection, which can feel like dental pain.

To reduce pain, consider the following tips:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Floss to remove any food particles or plaque between the teeth.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to relieve pain.
  • Apply an over-the-counter antiseptic directly on the tooth and on the irritated gum for temporary relief.
  • If the pain is caused by an injury, apply a cold compress on the outside of the cheek

See a specialist immediately if the person has symptoms such as pain that lasts more than one or two days, a fever, or signs and symptoms of infection such as swelling, pain when biting, reddened gums, discharge with an unpleasant odor, or problems breathing or swallowing.

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