If you have toothache, seek immediate advice from your dentist before the problem becomes severe. However, the following advice may be helpful until you are able to see your dentist:
- avoid hot, cold or sweet stimuli. This will help prevent pain from pulpitis.
- if the pain is prolonged and severe, painkillers such as ibuprofen (eg Nurofen) may provide some relief. Remember even if the pain goes away, without treatment it will eventually become worse.
- if the pain is caused by exposed root surfaces, toothpaste for sensitive teeth, either used normally or rubbed onto the exposed root, may be helpful.
- a hot saltwater mouthwash (a teaspoon of salt to a cup of water) used to thoroughly rinse the painful area may help if the problem is caused by a tooth erupting.
- a saltwater mouthwash can also prevent infection if you have mouth ulcers.
- visit your dentist as soon as possible. This way any treatment will be simple.