A toothache should always be seen as a serious warning sign that says something is wrong with your tooth or gums. This is especially true if the toothache is not associated with any kind of trauma.
If you or your child is suffering from a toothache, you should contact your dentist immediately to get advice on the best course of action to take. In the meantime, there are a few things you can do.
You can try to rinse that area of your mouth with lukewarm salt water. This will help remove food particles and debris from the area that might be causing pressure. It will sooth the gums.
You can also place a cold compress on that side of your face. To make a cold compress, simply place ice in a zip-lock bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel. You can then hold it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Try not to hold it to your face for longer than 20 minutes as the cold can also irritate and harm your skin.
The sooner you can get to your dentist, the better the chances are that we can assess the situation and help alleviate the pain. If you have a toothache, you should call us at 334-745-6393 to schedule an appointment.