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Painful Problems – Tips for Relieving Dental Pain

By Jill Feilmeier on August 23, 2012 in Dental Health

Dentist working with a patient

Dealing with any type of pain isn't easy. Dealing with dental pain can sometimes be even worse because of the hundreds of germs inside your mouth. Whether it's from a chipped tooth, tooth decay, wisdom teeth erupting, cuts in your mouth or an outside source, dental pain is some of the worst pain you can experience.

Tooth pain that is caused by dental problems (i.e. cavities and tooth decay) is the most common kind of dental pain. Many children complain of toothaches when in reality they are complaining about very serious dental cavities. Taking your child to the Dentist by 1 can help reduce this epidemic.

Dental problems are not the only causes of tooth pain though. Tooth pain can also be caused by jaw problems or as a symptom of a bigger health issue.

The best way to deal with dental pain is to see your dentist. You dentist can help you identify the cause of the problem and, in most cases, fix it. If the pain is too much to bear, you can use an over the counter desensitizer, such as Orajel, or take a pain reliever.

If you don't have medicine at home and can't get to the store, you can place an ice pack outside the affected area. This will help numb the area and the pain. Keeping the affected area clean will also help reduce pain by keeping bacteria away.  No matter what you think the cause may be, once you start to experience tooth pain you should see a dentist as soon as possible. It is better to be safe than sorry!