Using Pain Relieving Medications For Dental And Facial Pain
If you or anyone in your family is experiencing any kind of tooth or facial pain it is important to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. If there is any kind of infection, it needs to be treated immediately. Sometimes pain relieving medications may be needed. However, take note of the important reminders below:
- Over the counter analgesics such as paracetamol or ibuprofen are the most easily available.
- Only use the dosage and frequency recommended on the packet.
- If you prefer to use aspirin, use it according to the directions on the packet. Don’t hold a tablet in the mouth adjacent to the painful tooth: contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t allow the aspirin to subdue the pain more rapidly, and it is likely to cause a severe chemical burn to the sensitive lining of your mouth.
- Don’t ever give aspirin to young children
- You can also try using clove oil (which can be bought at the chemist). Applying this to the sensitive area may provide you with some relief while waiting for your appointment.
- If pain is severe and you can’t get to a dentist, speak with your GP or pharmacist about stronger pain relief.
- Don’t ever use another person’s prescription painkillers.