09 Mar

Dentists share at-home toothache advice as demand for appointments increases

Dentists have shared advice for patients suffering from toothache as the demand for appointments increases.

Toothache is a very common ailment. In many cases, it can be treated without the need for professional intervention, but it is important to note that dental pain can be a symptom of abscesses and infections. Dental infections should be treated immediately.

In cases where pain is mild and symptoms don’t get worse, DIY treatment can help to ease discomfort. Over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, can be effective short-term remedies for toothache.

Patients are advised to follow the dosage instructions and seek advice from their dentist, GP or pharmacist if they are already taking medication or they have underlying health issues. Painkillers should be used for a maximum of a few days. If pain continues or gets worse, patients should contact their dentist.

Alternative remedies include dabbing coconut oil onto the affected area of the mouth to clean the tooth and reduce inflammation and using garlic paste. Garlic is a natural pain reliever, which has been lauded for its medicinal properties for centuries. Clove and thyme oils can also help to reduce pain.

There are several possible causes of toothache. In some cases, natural remedies and painkillers will be sufficient to ease symptoms and alleviate discomfort. In others, however, treatment may be required. Abscesses cause severe, acute pain and they should be treated swiftly. Patients will need to see their dentist if they have symptoms of an abscess. The abscess will be drained and removed.

Dental pain may also be linked to decay and tooth wear. If there is a cavity, or the tooth is damaged, dentists may recommend restorative treatment, such as a filling or a crown. If the pulp, the living tissue of the tooth is infected, root canal therapy offers an alternative to extracting the tooth.

Severe toothache can be debilitating. Patients who experience ongoing discomfort, intense pain or symptoms that get worse should contact their dentist urgently.