"What can I do about a toothache?"

Q: What can I do about a toothache?

A: If you have a toothache, whether it comes on and then doesn’t go away or if it keeps going away and coming back, you should make an appointment with your dentist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Until you see your dentist, there are various things you can do to try and relieve some of your pain.

* Floss your teeth, thoroughly but very carefully. This way, it’s possible you’ll remove some food particles that are stuck between your teeth or along the gumline. Don’t be too rough, or you risk aggravating your mouth even more.

* Rinse your mouth with warm water and spit it out. This may loosen up any food particles stuck in your mouth, and it may sooth irritated gums. Adding a pinch of salt can help to control infection, but be sure not to swallow the salty water.

*Use over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin, or use a topical gel containing benzocaine. But never put aspirin or other painkillers directly on the sore spot, or they’ll burn!

If you have a toothache, visit our office in Los Angeles and we’ll be happy to help you.

Dr. Natalie Khadavi sees patients in the Los Angeles area. Visit our website or give us a call at (310) 482-3971 for more information about how we can provide you and your family with healthy smiles that last a lifetime.

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