Experiencing dental pain whilst you are in self-isolation can be frustrating and challenging. You may be feeling at a loss as to how to manage your symptoms whilst your regular dental practice is closed. Though we are available over-the-phone to provide our patients with advice for dental emergencies, Sarum Dental Practice is currently closed to the public as per government guidelines. So, we have put together a list of pain management tools that you can easily use at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Pain relief for toothache in self-isolation
Toothache is generally a condition that must be addressed by a dental professional or it can evolve into more serious issues. However, until you are able to come into the Sarum Dental Practice to see your dentist, we recommend medicines such as paracetamol and co-codamol, which will help to reduce the sensitivity you may be feeling. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.
Anaesthetic gels, and even clove oil, are effective at numbing painful toothaches. Simply massage the oil or gel onto and around the tooth and gum using a regular cotton bud. Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly before and after putting them near your mouth.
In order to reduce the risk of tooth infection, saltwater rinses made from dissolved salt in warm water and swirled around the mouth, will help to create an acidic environment that bacteria cannot survive in.
Pain relief tools for inflamed gums at home
Inflamed and sore gums can be a result of food and debris lodged between the teeth and gums. This can cause significant pain and annoyance if not removed but is easily remedied from home. If an area of your gums feels sensitive and sore, make sure to floss gently using an interdental brush, water flosser, or regular string floss. Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash afterwards, such as Corsodyl. If you’re still worried about the health of your gums, Corsodyl have created an online gum health test tool to help you assess the condition of your gums from the safety of your home.
Relieving mouth ulcer pain during self-isolation
Unfortunately, there is no quick fix to heal mouth ulcers and they can be extremely painful and irritating. There are, however, a few tips and tricks you can do from home to make you feel more comfortable. Firstly, make sure to eat softer foods so as not to aggravate the mouth ulcer any further. Anaesthetic gels can be very effective at numbing the affected areas providing you with some relief until the next application. Gengigel in particular creates a pain-relieving barrier when applied to the mouth ulcer and can also be used for other oral problems such as inflamed gums and gingivitis. If your mouth ulcer persists for longer than 2 weeks, it is recommended that this be discussed with your regular Sarum Dental professional.