If you have suddenly ended up with a toothache then you want to make sure you do everything you can to treat it properly and to make sure that the experience is as painless as possible. This means making a phone call to your dentist as soon as you realize the toothache isn't being caused by something that you can take care of on your own. The truth is, most times a toothache will require a trip to the dentist because they are generally caused by a cavity, an injury or an infection. All of these things will require attention from a dentist. You can learn about the steps to take when a toothache shows up in this article. 

Check for lodged food and remove it

The very first thing you are going to want to do is to make sure that the toothache isn't being caused by food stuck along your gum line or between two of your teeth. You can use dental floss to dislodge any food particles and your pain should go away quickly. Also, rinsing with warm water can help to dislodge food caught between your teeth. If this is not the issue then now is the time that you want to put out that call to the dentist.

Treat the pain

If food stuck in your teeth wasn't the culprit then you are going to want to treat thee toothache until you are able to get into the dentist. You can get some relief by taking an over the counter pain reliever or anti-inflammatory. Gargle with warm salt water to relieve some of the pain and to help keep your mouth cleaner.

Biting down on a piece of ice and allowing it to melt on its own can help to take away a toothache as long as it is not being caused by an exposed nerve. You can also put a cotton ball soaked in clove oil on the affected tooth for relief or put a piece of fresh garlic next to it. Both of these things are great for helping to quickly take away the pain associated with toothaches.

Warning: One thing you may feel may be a good idea to get relief from a toothache is to melt an aspirin or pain pill near your tooth. However, this is NOT advisable as melting these on your gums can lead to the burning of the gum tissue.

For more tips on dealing with a toothache until you can get to a dentist, call an office like the Randolph Dental Group.