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Mae West once said, “Love conquers all things, except poverty and toothache” and if you have ever had a toothache, you know that the pain has a way of focusing your attention on nothing but your hurting tooth. One of the problems that come with a toothache is the inconvenience. Toothaches come at the worst times, never when you are sitting in the dentist’s office waiting for your regular appointment. That means you may have to wait before you can have the problem addressed.

If you feel a toothache coming on, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Pamela Crumrine as soon as possible. But if for some reason you can’t get in right away, you may need some relief from the pain. You might try a pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. A topical pain reliever may work, but topical relievers containing benzocaine should never be given to children under the age of two. Clove oil also contains a natural anesthetic, and a few drops on a cotton ball applied to the tooth can help to relieve discomfort. An ice pack, cold pack, or even a package of frozen vegetables can be used to reduce swelling and relieve the pain temporarily. You should avoid hard foods that can aggravate the pain. Also, toothache or not, you still need to keep your teeth clean. You will need to continue to brush and floss and doing so may even help you feel better.

If you are dealing with a toothache in Beaver, Pennsylvania, please don’t wait until you can’t stand the pain. If you would like to make an appointment at Pamela Crumrine DDS, please call 724-775-4860 today so we can get started on fixing your smile. We are here to help you with your oral care needs!