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Ways Of Managing Oral Pain

If you’re suffering from oral pain then it’s no laughing matter and if you can’t get to an emergency dentist in Basildon right away then somehow it seems to hurt even more. However, if you have to wait for a few hours or a day before you can see your dentist here are a few tips to help you manage your pain.

Common pain relief options

oral painFirst of all try and find out where the pain is coming from. Sometimes this can be difficult because it seems as if your entire face is aching. If it seems to be areas of your gumline that are hurting or in between your teeth then try using a salt water mouthwash and swish this around your mouth for a couple of minutes. One teaspoon of salt dissolved in a glass of warm water is all that’s needed.

The pain could be caused by a particle of food which has got lodged beneath your gum. Try flossing around all of your teeth provided your mouth isn’t bleeding. Salt water will also soothe other irritations to reduce the pain.

Finally you could try some over the counter pain relief tablets such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen. Don’t take aspirin as this thins the blood and could present problems if your dentist in Basildon needs to carry out any dental work.

Oil of Cloves

Clove oil works well to relieve oral pain and can be easily purchased from most chemists. Place a few drops on a small ball of cotton wool and place this over the area where the pain is coming from. Don’t leave this in your mouth overnight or you could swallow it when you fall asleep.

Other household remedies

If you’ve got any cough drops which contain menthol or benzocaine then you could try sucking one of these to try and ease your pain. Sometimes a painful area can also be relieved by placing a warm wet tea bag against it, so it’s worth giving that a go to.

Toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth can often help withtooth pain, especially if it’s only sporadic. Although they do take a while to become effective they can be useful if you can’t get to see your dentist for a few days.

These tips are only intended for temporary relief and you need to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Basildon as quickly as possible. If your pain just can’t be relieved by any of the methods mentioned above then we do offer a same day emergency dental appointment for anything from toothache in Basildon to chipped teeth and missing fillings. Call us on 01268 726789 and we’ll do all we can to help you. For more information about the range of services that we provide then take a look on our website at

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