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4 Tips for Relieving Pain From an Abscessed Tooth

If you have an abscessed tooth, which is an infection of the gums or roots of a tooth, it can be extremely painful. While you need to have it treated by a dentist, you might need to relieve the pain before you get into the dentist's office. These tips will help to relieve your pain and discomfort until your appointment.

Take Over-the-counter Pain Relievers

There are many dental issues that can be relieved temporarily with simple over-the-counter pain relief medications, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Even if the abscessed tooth pain is severe, don't try to combine multiple medications or take more than what is recommended on the bottle. You should also avoid taking any prescription-strength medications unless first directed by your dentist. You are not trying to treat the abscessed tooth, as you still need to see the dentist. You are just making it more comfortable until you can get your appointment.

Get Antibiotics

It is possible that your dentist can call in antibiotics if you let them know over the phone that you have an abscessed tooth. This is not going to be the end of the treatment for the infected tooth, but it can help you get through the night or weekend. Your dentist may be unavailable or out of town, but willing to call in a prescription to get you started on a round of antibiotics. That way, when you do get into their office, the treatment for the tooth can begin shortly.

Rinse Your Mouth With Saltwater

Getting rid of the bacteria in your mouth can be a great way to temporarily relive pain from an abscessed tooth. Aside from good oral hygiene, you can also do this by rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. Simply add some table salt to a glass of warm water and swish it around your mouth like mouthwash. Do this for a couple minutes, then spit it out. Do this a few times a day until your dentist appointment, and it should provide some relief.

Use Cloves

Dry cloves and clove oil are an excellent way to reduce pain from an abscessed tooth and other types of tooth pain. If you have a whole clove or powdered clove, you can put it directly on the tooth to experience some relief. However, you really want the oil inside the clove. Get some clove oil and pour it on a cotton ball. Place this cotton ball on the gum tissue where the abscessed tooth is to start experiencing some relief.

For more information, contact Runcorn Dental or a similar location.