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You probably think that sleeping with a toothache is impossible, right? Well, yes and no.
It is a YES because it is not uncommon to have a troublesome that just won't stop bothering us until we go to the dentist. And, it is a NO because it is also not uncommon to ‘postpone the pain' with some modern medication and old-fashioned remedies.
So, if possible, go to the dentist as soon as your tooth starts to hurt. But, if not – don't be desperate. Here's what you can do to ease your toothache pain.
Just as mentioned before, if it's not too late, go to your dentist immediately. He (or she), will give you a dental exam and in an hour or two, you will go home in a pain-free way.
By giving your tooth an x-ray, your dentist will determine what is the cause of your pain – tooth decay, a missing or loose filling, a crack in your tooth, a cavity, a gum line infection, etc. Once you two determine the problem, your dentist will fix it, give you some medication, and send you home so that you can a better night's sleep.
However, if having a dental appointment is not a solution right now (as it is probably nighttime), go to your pharmacist and buy over-the-counter medication for temporary relief. For instance, you can get some ibuprofen like Advil. Your pharmacist can also prescribe some medicines or some medicated ointments, so be sure to ask.
Moreover, another thing you should be sure to do is to share any conditions or medical health problems you have with your pharmacist. And, why is that important? Because certain painkillers don't ‘mix' well with certain medical conditions!
Have you heard about the salt rinse? It is when you rinse your mouth with warm salt water, of course. This will kill bacteria in your mouth and soothe the pain coming from your bad toothache. Some people also claim that this helped them not only reduce inflammation but also reduce swelling in their mouths as well. Whether this is true or not, we don't know. But, what we do know is that warm saltwater rinse before bed won't do you any harm.
So, here's how to make it: in a tall glass, mix 100 millilitres of water with one teaspoon of salt. Swish this in your mouth for one minute and then, spit it out. Do this a couple of times, that is until you have used up all the salt water.
If you are experiencing a throbbing sensation, go to ‘cold extremes'. Yes, dentists recommend this one. Instead of warm water, use ice-cold water for creating a saltwater rinse. Cold water is great for reducing inflammation.
Speaking of cold water, you can also try putting an ice pack on your jaw, that is, on the paper where you are experiencing, pain, inflammation, swelling, etc. But, be careful – putting an ice pack (or a bag of frozen peas) on your skin may result in ice burns. To avoid ice burns, just put a cloth between your skin and the ice.
One of the reasons why your tooth is causing pain may be the trapped food. Yup, if you had a late-night meal and you didn't wash and floss your teeth correctly, some leftover food particles may be hurting your gums. You can recognize this pain by its throbbing feeling, for example, or by the redness and sensitivity of your gums. Luckily, there is an easy fix for this kind of problem – just floss your teeth thoroughly.
We are not going to lie to you – with a toothache at night, there's no chance you can sleep peacefully. The chances are that you will be waking up in the middle of the night. However, to ensure that the pain doesn't get worse, you have to prevent fluids, that is, you will have to prevent the buildup of fluids around your tooth. The fluids coming from your mouth may increase the inflammation and make your tooth hurt even more.
To do that, you will have to elevate your head while sleeping. It would be best if you could sleep in a sitting position. But, we know how hard that is, so, instead, try putting one or two more pillows under your head and shoulders until tomorrow morning.
To stop asking yourself questions such as ‘Why do my teeth hurt at night', ‘Why do my teeth hurt when I wake up', ‘Why is this toothache killing my sleep', and ultimately ‘ How to fall asleep with a toothache', just pay attention to your oral hygiene. Most dental problems can be prevented by taking care of your mouth every day and by paying your dentist a visit twice a year. As simple as that.
Thus, to avoid having painful symptoms of an affected tooth, here are some things you should do:
There are many things that may be causing an aching or an aching jaw. What they are, we don't know. We are not dentists. But, we are The Sleep Advisors, and what we do know is how to sleep when those aches come to take their toll. So, if you too are experiencing a painful toothache tonight, give one of those tips from above a try.