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A pain in the gums, jaw bone or an individual tooth is often a serious warning sign that something is wrong in your mouth. This is especially true if there isn’t a direct trauma associated with the pain. In most cases this is a sign of an infection or tooth decay.

If you have a toothache you should contact us immediately. We can give you advice on the best course of action. If you can’t contact us immediately there are a few steps you can take to help manage the problem in the short term.

A blow to the face might come with some swelling. If so a cold compress held lightly to the side of your face might provide some relief. To make a cold compress simply place ice in a zip-top bag wrapped in a washcloth or tea towel. You can then hold it to your face for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Try not to hold it to your face for longer than 20 minutes as the cold can also irritate and harm your skin.

A topical oral anesthetic can also be lightly massaged onto the gums to help numb the area. If you have debris in your mouth you can also try to rinse the area with lukewarm salt water.

The sooner you can get to your dentist the better the chances are we can assess the situation to help alleviate the pain. If you have a toothache you should call us at 703-385-3800 to schedule an appointment.