How to Manage if Talking Hurts Until Your Appointment to See Us
Posted on 11/15/2019 by Harry Albers, DDS
Tooth pain can take the fight out of you. People routinely say that mouth pain is right up there with childbirth. It is thought that King Henry the eighth was so bloodthirsty because of the horrible pains in his mouth.
The truth is that toothaches can drive anyone mad, especially when it hurts to talk. Here are a few things you can do to take the edge off until your appointment to see us if talking is just killing you.
Over the Counter
The first and easiest is the good old over the counter analgesics such as acetaminophen, aspirin, naproxen, or ibuprofen. Not only do these products help with the pain, but they will also reduce any swelling, making the toothache that much easier to deal with.
Studies have shown that these analgesics in combination with caffeine heightens the effects and make the pain relief that much more potent. It is possible to get many of these products over the counter with caffeine already in them, but you could always have a cup of unsweetened coffee or tea. Which brings us to our next point.
Hot and Cold
Heat or ice could also help with the swelling and help to numb the pain. Ice cubes, popsicles, or frozen yogurt can help to numb the pain and make it a little easier to talk. If cold is not your thing, then maybe a hot cup of green tea can help to reduce the swelling and make a world of difference.
If your teeth are sensitive enough that you cannot even fathom the thought of eating or drinking, then you can try an ice pack or a heating pad on the area of your face that hurts the most. Heating and cooling have been an effective way to manage pain for hundreds of years and will certainly make talking a bit easier.
If it is an emergency be sure to call us. Otherwise, follow these tips and try a combination of pain relievers and temperature therapy to help you get by until your appointment. Know that once you get in here we are going to do everything necessary to get rid of the pain and get you back to normal.