Braces as an adult? No way. At least, that was what I thought when my dentist told me that I was going to have to see an orthodontist about my crooked teeth. But my teeth were so misaligned that they were causing me pain when I chewed, so I decided to at least look into it. Turns out braces today are nothing like the ones my friends had when I was a kid. Mine were practically invisible, and I didn't need to wear them that long. I started this blog to encourage other people like me who are nervous about the prospect of wearing braces as an adult. My straight smile is so worth the trips to the orthodontist, and wearing braces was nowhere near as bad as I thought. Read on to find out more about how you can straighten your smile.
If you are getting toothaches, the best thing you can do is to get in to see the dentist as soon as possible. However, you may be left dealing with the pain for a day or so before you are able to be seen. Toothaches can happen for a lot of reasons, a few examples being cavities, exposed nerves, broken teeth, infections and gum disease. There are things you can do to help your tooth feel better while you wait to be seen. These things include:
Keeping your mouth as clean as possible
When your tooth hurts, you want to do everything you can to make as healthy as an environment as possible to prevent further irritation. Keeping your mouth as clean as possible can help. You should use mouthwash in the morning and in the evening. You may also want to use warm salt water a few times a day and swish it around in your mouth. Not only will the warm salt water help to keep your mouth cleaner, but it will also help to take away some of the pain of a toothache. Keeping your mouth clean is also very important for gum disease treatment, if that's the cause of your toothache.
Watch what foods you eat
When you have a toothache, you want to be careful of the foods you eat. You should stay away from hot or cold foods because your tooth will be more sensitive and these foods can bring on more pain. Also, you should stay away from sweet foods because they can also cause you pain, and the sugars from them will stick to your teeth and cause the growth of more bacteria, which can lead to worsening cavities and/or infection.
Control the pain
You can use different methods to control the pain of a toothache. You can try using over-the-counter tooth relief gel that's available at grocery stores and in pharmacies. You can also bite down on a piece of ice until it melts to numb the area, taking away the pain. Also, soaking a piece of cotton in clove oil and placing it on the affected tooth will take away the pain. You can also take a piece of fresh garlic and put it on the tooth for relief from the pain.
Now that you know the right way to care for your teeth when you have a toothache, you will have an easier time making it until your dental appointment without a lot of the pain that's generally associated with certain tooth problems.Share