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How to Ease Cavity Pain

author image Wendy Rose Gould
Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.
How to Ease Cavity Pain
Cavities should be treated immediately.

Cavities, or tooth decay, are caused by plaque buildup, bacteria and food particles. Cavities can cause a minor sensitivity, a dull ache, or even extreme pain and discomfort. Regardless of whether you're experiencing mild or severe pain, schedule an appointment with a dentist if you suspect a cavity. Left untreated, cavities can result in damaged nerves and gums. While waiting for your scheduled appointment, use some self-care techniques to ease your pain.

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Step 1

Rinse your mouth with warm water at least once an hour. The warm fluid may alleviate some of the pain, and also removes food debris that may be lodged in the cavity.

Step 2

Take an over-the-counter pain-relieving medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen or aspirin. Refer to the instructions and warnings on the bottle, and take as directed.

Step 3

Create an ice pack by placing four to six ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag. Cover the back with a clean washcloth and gently press the bag against the area of your face where the tooth is located. Change the ice as necessary.

Step 4

Brush, floss and rinse your teeth as normal until your scheduled appointment. Use only a light amount of pressure when brushing the affected area to prevent extra pain.

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