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There is an old Polish proverb that says “The tongue ever turns to the aching tooth.” And if you have ever had an aching tooth, you know exactly what that proverb means. When you have a toothache, it is not uncommon for you to think of nothing else. A toothache has a way of grabbing and keeping our attention in a way that no other pain can. And if you are thinking of anything else, it is how to make the pain stop!

If you do have a toothache, the first thing you should do is make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Michael J Leahy. We will do our best to get you in as soon as possible, however you may not be able to come in right away. And unfortunately, a toothache is not something that you cannot reschedule. So what can you do to make life bearable until you can see the dentist. You may want to try an over-the-counter pain reliever. Remember to only take the recommended dosage, not matter how great the pain may be. Do not apply aspirin directly to your tooth or gums. Doing so will not dull the pain, but it can burn your gums. There are also topical pain relievers available in most stores, but if you have a child under the age of two who has a toothache, be sure to talk to our dentist before you use a topical product. If the product contains benzocaine, talk the the dentist or your doctor before you use it. You may want to try rinsing with salt water to relieve the pain, and gently brushing or flossing may remove a piece of food or foreign object causing pain in your teeth. You can also place a few drops of clove oil a cotton ball and hold against the area causing pain. Another great way to find some relief may be to hold an ice pack or cold pack to your face, which may also bring down any swelling that accompanies the toothache. The swelling and pain can als be relieved by aspirin or by another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory. If you have questions about medication, make sure you talk to us about them when you call to make your appointment.

Although you can’t always avoid a toothache, there are things that you can do to minimize your chances of getting one. First, eat a balanced diet that is low in sugars and carbohydrates. Second, brush your teeth twice a day, and floss once a day. Third, see your dentist for your routine cleanings and exams so your dentist can detect and treat any small problems before they become big and painful ones. And if you do notice any pain, no matter how minor, let the dentist know.

If you are coping with a toothache in Columbus, Ohio, we can help at Michael J Leahy DDS. If you would like to make an appointment, call 614-848-4900 today and we’ll schedule your visit.