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Tooth discomfort of any kind is usually a sign of tooth decay, infection or trauma. If the pain is moderate to severe, you should see Dr. Jamine Rogers at Shoals Smile by Design as soon as possible. If the pain is mild, or a dentist appointment isn’t an immediate option, there are some steps you can take to ease the pain.

First, try rinsing your mouth with warm water. Swish the water around for a minute or so, and repeat as necessary.

Second, if you suspect the pain is caused by a piece of food lodged between your teeth, use ADA-approved floss to clean between your teeth.

Third, if the pain is caused by trauma to the tooth, there will probably be swelling. Place an ice pack on your cheek or jaw where the swelling is occurring at 30-minute intervals.

Fourth, if the pain is persistent and distracting, you may want to consider an over-the-counter pain reliever. To avoid burning the gum tissue, please don’t place any medications directly on the tooth or gums.

Fifth, monitor the state of your mouth to ensure the pain is not a symptom of a bigger issue. If you develop a fever, swollen gums, pain when you bite down or trouble breathing and swallowing, contact your dentist immediately for treatment.

If you have a toothache in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment by calling 256-314-0676. At Shoals Smile by Design, your oral health is our biggest priority.