How to manage dental pain when self-isolating

manage-dental-painAs the nation continues in lockdown due to Covid-19 access to manage dental pain from teeth is difficult. Dental pain can occur for a number of reasons and everyone has varying pain thresholds.That’s why at Time Dental we’ve provided some top dental emergency pain relief tips.

How to manage pain from teeth when self-isolating:

Analgesics and anti-inflammatory tablets:

To help with reducing pain, Paracetamol can help. Ensure instructions are followed for any medication and that your medical health allows you to do so. You must only take the recommended dose as described on the packet.

If you need more help you can combine paracetamol with Ibuprofen and take them at the same time. Ibuprofen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory that works well in combination.

Another excellent combination is co-codamol combined with Ibuprofen. Please read the label before taking any type of medication.

Desensitising toothpaste:

Colgate sensitive pro-relief or sensodyne rapid relief can help to relieve sensitivity to cold drinks.  The toothpaste can placed on the finger and then rubbed onto and around the sensitive tooth. This must be applied at least 5 times a day to gain any benefit.

Clove oil:

This essential oil can be found in pharmacies as well as purchased on-line. Place the clove oil on a cotton bud and apply this to the tooth that has a sensitive area or a hole in it. This can work very well to reduce sensitivity.

Anaesthetic gel:

Gel such as Orajel can be applied directly onto the area to help numb the pain. This gel contains anaesthetic and can be purchased easily from pharmacies.

Warm salt water rinse:

This is an excellent remedy to help with ulcers, swellings in the mouth or gum problems. Take a glass of warm water, add 2 teaspoons of salt and rinse your mouth at least 4 times a day. This reduces the bacterial load in the mouth and promotes healing.

Using a mouthwash with chlorhexidine:

Products such as Corsydyl, CB12 or Curasept mouthwash has chlorhexidine gluconate. This is an anti-bacterial ingredient which helps heal ulcers, bleeding gums and swellings in the mouth.

Keeping your head raised when lying down:

If you have a toothache, it can sometimes get worse at night when lying down. This is  due to the increased blood pressure in the tooth which can then increase the pain. An extra pillow to help keep the head elevated when you sleep can really help.

Cold compress:

Sometimes tooth pain can lead to a swelling. A cold compress can help reduce a swollen face as well as offer some temporary pain relief. NEVER put heat externally on your face if you have a swelling as this will make the situation worse.

Top tips on how to manage dental pain to follow shortly for specific dental problems. We’re here for you.