Brushing teeth before a visit to the dentist is important. This is because the dentist will typically want to make sure that your teeth are clean before seeing the dentist. If you don’t brush your teeth before your appointment, you’re more likely to have a bad toothache when the dentist does a cleaning.
However, it’s not necessary to brush before every dental appointment. It’s best to brush your teeth every day to get them clean and strong.
After brushing your teeth
Take your dental floss or a string of dental wax and wind it around your toothbrush. You can also use a dental floss tie.
If you have a toothache, pull out the tooth that’s giving you the pain, and put the cotton or string of dental wax or floss over the affected area. Hold the tooth in place, and make sure you’ve pulled any food or debris out of the tooth.
Try to avoid the following:
- Biting down on the tooth
- Biting down on the gumline
- Chewing on objects like a pen or pencil, which can cause damage to the tooth
- Chewing gum or biting into a hard object, which can cause chipping or breaking of the tooth
What to do if you don’t have a toothache?
If you don’t have a toothache or don’t want to wait for an appointment, there are a few things you can do at home.
While you’re waiting for your appointment, here are some home remedies to try if you have a toothache.
1. Apply a cold compress.
If you’ve been to a dentist, you may already have some of the pain medication you need at home. Some people may also need to use an over-the-counter pain reliever.
To make a cold compress, apply a towel or a clean cloth to the tooth and then put the compress on the tooth. You can also make cold packs by freezing a bag of ice.
2. Use a hot compress.
You can also make a hot compress by wrapping a clean towel or blanket with a heating pad. Place the heating pad on your tooth and hold it in place for at least 10 minutes. This should cause your tooth to feel better.
3. Use an ice pack.
To use an ice pack for a toothache, place the ice pack on your tooth for a few minutes. You can also use an ice pack to numb the tooth.
4. Use an over-the-counter pain reliever.
If you experience a toothache, try to avoid consuming anything that’s hot or spicy. This can cause the toothache to become worse.
5. Take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory.
Anti-inflammatory medications can help relieve pain. These include ibuprofen (Advil), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and other medications.
6. Use a mouth rinse.
If you have a toothache, you can try a mouth rinse. Mouth rinses are designed to moisten and clean the mouth.
7. Try a topical pain reliever.
Some people find that a topical pain reliever works well for toothaches. For example, you can try an over-the-counter analgesic. These include:
- Capsaicin (Capzasin)
- Benzocaine (Anbesol)
- Hydrocortisone (Cortef)
When to see a dentist?
You should see a dentist if you have a toothache that doesn’t go away or gets worse. You should also see a dentist if you have a toothache that doesn’t go away or gets worse. Be sure to mention if you have pain in other parts of your mouth, face, or jaw.
It’s also a good idea to see a dentist if you have a toothache that keeps coming back. This is more likely to be a sign of a more serious problem.
Toothaches and dental procedures can be treated at home. However, it’s important to see a dentist right away if you have any concerns. This can help you avoid other problems down the road.
Prevention tips for toothaches
If you’re prone to toothaches, here are some tips to help prevent them.
- Brush your teeth twice a day using a soft bristled toothbrush. You can also use a toothpaste that’s rich in fluoride.
- Floss regularly to remove food particles and plaque.
- Use a dental cleaning tool, such as a dental pick, to remove food particles and plaque from between your teeth.
- Try to avoid biting down on the tooth.
- Avoid hard objects, such as pens, pencils, and hard candy.
- Chew gum or eat hard candy to keep teeth strong.
- Try to avoid foods and drinks that are hot or spicy.
- Try to avoid consuming anything that is strong.
- See a dentist if you experience a toothache that doesn’t go away or gets worse.
- See a dentist if you have a toothache that keeps coming back.
- Avoid using tobacco products, including cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products.
Take home message
Toothaches are annoying, but they’re sometimes treatable. When you have a toothache, it’s important to see a dentist right away. This can help you avoid other problems down the road.
If you don’t have a toothache, you can take some steps to help prevent future toothaches. It’s also important to see a dentist if you have any concerns.
Toothaches can be painful and inconvenient. However, they’re treatable at home. If you’ve been experiencing tooth pain, it’s a good idea to see a dentist for a professional diagnosis.
If you need to see a dentist, make an appointment and take the following steps:
- Be honest with your dentist about any other symptoms, such as a headache, earache, or jaw pain.
- Bring your toothbrushes and other personal belongings with you to your appointment.
- Bring a list of any medications, supplements, and over-the-counter medications you take.
- Bring a list of any allergies you have.
- Bring an identification card or driver’s license if you’re over the age of 16.
- Bring any X-rays or other imaging devices that you may have.
- Bring a list of any other health conditions.
A toothache is a sign that something is wrong, but it’s usually not a sign that you need to see a dentist.
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