It’s Saturday night and you bite into that nice bowl of ice-cream only to find that instead of tasting a sugary bowl of deliciousness, you’ve struck some sort of dental nerve. Ouch! And the worst part is that the dentist’s office is closed until Monday morning. What will you do? If you’re like most people and you’ve run into a dental emergency when the dentist’s office was closed for a long weekend, here are 4 ways to deal with the dental pain until you get help.
A great way to help fight infection or prevent the further spread of said infection is to get rid of the germs. As an all-natural germ fighting solution, swishing with warm salt water is a great way to give you temporary relief. Simply place 1 ½ teaspoons of salt into an 8 oz cup of warm water and stir. Swish in your mouth for 45 seconds, spit, and repeat.
- Ice and Heat
Alternating between ice and heat is another great way to help alleviate any pain or inflammation due to dental pain or infection. Just make sure that the ice pack that you’re using isn’t too hard— try things like a medical ice pack found in the first-aid section of the grocery store, or something softer and more conforming to your jaw like a bag of pees.
- Sleep Elevated
In order to prevent the blood from rushing to your head, make sure that you sleep elevated. This will help to combat the pain and discomfort so that you can get a decent night’s sleep and work to fight off any oral infections that might occur.
Even if it’s the last thing you want to ingest, Ibuprofen is a lifesaver. As both an over the counter pain reliever and anti-inflammatory, taking ibuprofen a every 8 hours will help you feel more comfortable until you can make it to the dental office.
Being stuck with dental pain and no sign of your dentist until the next work day can be beyond frustrating. However with these 4 things, you can get more comfortable until you are sitting in that dental chair.
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