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If you have a toothache or an injury to your mouth or tongue, you want to know how to treat the problem and control the pain. The information below will help you to control the pain and treat the issue on your own until you are able to get in to see the dentist for professional treatment.
How to treat a toothache
The first thing you need to do when you are experiencing a toothache is to control the pain. You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever to get some relief. You can also bite down on an ice cube until it melts to numb the area and stop the pain. Although an ice cube does offer instant relief, the pain will return fairly quickly.
Clove oil can also be used to help get relief from the pain of a toothache. You can take a cotton ball and soak it directly in some clove oil. Place the cotton ball on or next to the tooth that's hurting you. Be prepared for a bit of stinging in your mouth when you first put the cotton ball in place. However, the stinging sensation will go away and the tooth will feel better. The relief from clove oil is longer lasting than that of ice.
Be very gentle when you brush your teeth; you may want to switch to a soft-bristle toothbrush until your toothache is gone.
How to treat a cut in the mouth
If you have a cut in your mouth, the first thing you need to do is make sure it isn't bleeding too badly. If it is, you need to get in for immediate treatment. If it's simply causing you pain or irritation, you want to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. This will help with the inflammation and the pain. If your mouth is swollen, put an icepack on the outside of it.
Do not eat salty, spicy or acidic foods, because these foods will cause you more pain. You also want to refrain from hot foods and stick to cold ones. Don't use a mouthwash that contains alcohol until the cut has healed; this will sting badly.
Make an appointment to get in to see your dentist any time you have a toothache or you have an injury to your mouth that's concerning you. Sometimes you will even need antibiotics to treat an infection, and this is something you don't want to put off.