Toothache is a major problem nowadays, as most people are dealing with it because of the wrong and irregular eating habits. Toothache can be caused by many ways and can cause swelling if becomes severe. Here we’ll talk on the methods possible to reduce swelling of the cheeks/face during toothache.
Causes of swelling during toothache
There can be various aspects that cause swelling of cheeks during toothache. The most possible causes are as follows:
- Infection: Teeth infections are mainly caused due to tooth decay and gum disease like Gingivitis.
- Injury: Inflammation in facial tissues due to injury causes swelling.
- External: External issues like gums get swollen from grinding or you might have a chipped tooth causes toothache and hence swelling on the cheek.
- Abscess: It is basically a kind of pimple/blister which forms inside the mouth. It contains pus inside it, which is harmful if bursts inside our mouth. As it spreads and contaminates the area that comes in contact. It is more of an infection that keeps on getting worse with time if left untreated.
- Pain and swelling in gums around the paining tooth.
- Severe pain around the swelled cheek
- Not able to speak properly.
- Facing problem while eating food.
Swelling of the face can be treated with efforts at home, just by following these simple strategies discussed below.
First, we’ll talk about the things that will be needed for prevention or treatment.
- Ice Packs: Either you can purchase an ice pack from a medical store or you can just make one at home. Crush a big ice cube with the help of a crusher and put it in a plastic bag and your ice pack is ready.
- Thin towels: These are easily available at home.
- Table Salt: Simple salt that is used in the kitchen.
- Toothbrushes: Try to get a soft bristled one.
- Toothpaste: The one that contains fluoride in it.
- Simple dental floss: It is available at most medical shops in America
- OTC anti-inflammatory medicine: It is suggested to get a professional doctor’s advice on pain relieving and swelling before taking OTC medications on your own. If the swelling is caused due to an infection, these medications will be help to reduce swelling of the face.
Home remedies to reduce swelling of the face
Home Remedies can reduce the swelling, but it doesn’t treat the reason. It’s better to get proper dental treatment from a good dentist.
The following remedies are very much reliable and have shown good results in the past:-
- Use ice packs: Ice packs are very helpful in reducing swelling and diminishing toothache. Never put ice in direct contact with the swollen cheek as it can damage the tissues and make the situation worse. We recommend you to use a clean cloth or a transparent bag that comes along with frozen vegetables. Leave the icepack on the swollen part for about 10-20 minutes. Then take a break of 20 minutes before reapplying. Repeat the process accordingly.
- Warm Compression: Soak a thin towel in warm water and squeeze the excess water. Now place it firmly on your swollen cheek and leave it there for 5 minutes. Repeat the process accordingly.
- Salt Water Rinses: When we rinse our mouth with warm salt water, the tissues of mouth get exposed to a solution that is saltier than our own body fluid. This salt water pulls out the excess amount of water from our gums. Hence, as a result, the tissues get dehydrated and swelling is decreased. Salt water also reduces the bacteria levels from our mouth. As the bacteria cannot survive in salty water.
- Baking Soda & Water: Baking soda is very helpful in improving oral health matters. It is very simple to use as well. Just mix baking soda with water and make a paste out of it. Now gently apply this paste on the gums that are swollen. This will show you amazing results with time. Don’t forget to brush your teeth after doing this.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera has its uncountable list of benefits. Whether it be the face, hair, teeth or anything else aloe vera never fails to impress. In this case, use fresh aloe taken from the plant and massage it with your fingers around the paining tooth. Aloe vera reduces inflammation and strengthens the gums.
When to consult a doctor
A diligent toothache is an indication from our body for a checkup from the dentist. Teeth and gum infections are spread more quickly than other infections. These should be treated urgently. If the swelling of your cheek is accompanied by severe pain, fever, chills, pain while opening your mouth, call your dentist for an urgent appointment. These symptoms can be signs of major infection or an abscess*. If these infections are left untreated they can spread to the jaw bone damaging your gums and tissues. It might even lead to a blood infection called Sepsis (life-threatening).
Precautions/Tips By Teeth Masters
- Brush Your teeth twice a day.
- Floss between the teeth at least once in two days.
- Keep your mouth and teeth completely clean by following proper hygiene.
- Try to quit lying down as people have a habit to do so. According to a study lying down increases the swelling on our face by causing fluids to collect in our facial tissues and eyes.