Advice on managing dental pain
- Avoid doing anything that brings on or worsens the pain. For example, some toothache can be made worse by hot or cold foods or cold air.
- Holding cooled water or crushed ice around the tooth can help certain types of dental pain.
- Severe pain from the mouth or teeth sometimes feels worse when lying flat, therefore, try lying propped up as this might ease the pain.
- Use painkillers that have successfully provided pain relief for you in the past without adverse effects.
- When taking painkillers, always follow the directions on the packet for advice in precautions in some medical conditions. Ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.
- Avoid taking aspirin as a painkiller if there is bleeding.
- Current national guidance suggests that ibuprofen should be avoided if you are known or suspected to have the COVID-19 virus.
- If your pain gets worse, you can seek dental advice via the Dental Helpline:
Telephone: 03330 063 300