November 24, 2003
Can't Reach Your Dentist?
Until you can, here's what to do for that toothache
(HealthDayNews) -- It's the middle of the night and your tooth is throbbing. What can you do to relieve the pain until you can get to a dentist?
John Hopkins Health After 50 recommends you:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Apply an over-the-counter medication containing benzocaine or take aspirin or ibuprofen.
- Use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek.
- Floss around the affected area in case a trapped food particle is causing the pain.