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How can I control the swelling and pain from a toothache?

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To control the swelling and pain from a toothache:

  • Apply a warm, moist compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek.
  • Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for pain. Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 18.
  • Do not put aspirin against your gums near the aching tooth. It can burn your gum tissue.

From: Toothache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Handling Dental Emergencies."

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies" and "TMJ/TMD (Facial Pain)."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Emergency Care."

Merck Manuals: "Toothache and Infection."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Handling Dental Emergencies."

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies" and "TMJ/TMD (Facial Pain)."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Emergency Care."

Merck Manuals: "Toothache and Infection."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

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