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If you a toothache develops, you may wonder what to do to stop it. Here are some simple treatments that might alleviate the ache.

First, use some warm water to rinse your mouth. After rinsing, do a flossing session in order to remove any food stuck in your teeth. It can help to rinse again after flossing.

You can take an aspirin or similar pain reliever. We do not recommend that you not put aspirin on the gums, as this can burn the tissue.

To alleviate any swelling, which would probably occur if the ache was caused by trauma such as hitting your mouth, you can use a cold compress. Alternate between setting the compress on for 20 minutes and leaving it off for 20 minutes.

You may also try an OTC antiseptic that has benzocaine. We recommend you exercise caution with this, as some evidence has come forward suggesting benzocaine may cause methemoglobinemia. Methemoglobinemia is a condition where the amount of oxygen your blood can carry gets decreased.

In order to be safe with benzocaine, use only the prescribed amount. To be even safer, discuss benzocaine with our dentist, Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta before you use it. Also, come visit him if these treatments do not ease the ache or it comes back.

If you do have a toothache that will not go away, come visit Lake City Way Dental Center in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta will work to identify the cause and alleviate your discomfort. To phone in, call 206.363.1828.