Whether chronic or temporary, any form of dental or jaw pain can cause great discomfort. If you’re suffering from mild or severe pain that’s affecting your teeth or jaw, it’s important to listen to your body and get it checked out by a dentist. Until you can get to your dentist, here are some effective methods of managing dental pain.
Pain and sleep often form a vicious cycle – when you’re in pain, it can be hard to sleep well, and when you don’t sleep well, your pain can worsen. On the other hand, getting a good night’s sleep can help to improve your pain threshold, making it well worth taking steps to improve your sleep hygiene.
If you’re experiencing dental pain that comes and goes, it can be useful to keep track of this by keeping a pain journal. Rate the pain on a scale from 1 to 10 and write any details about when it occurs, such as after drinking cold water. You can then share this journal with your dentist to see if there’s a pattern and determine the cause of the pain.
If your dental pain is making you feel anxious or tense, try practicing breathing exercises. Focusing on your breathing and making sure you breathe deeply can minimise pain, tension and stress. You can also practice breathing exercises wherever you are regardless of what you’re doing, making it a convenient method of pain reduction.
East Bentleigh Dental Group can help determine the cause of your dental pain and provide treatments that enable you to experience relief. To make an appointment, call us today on (03) 9575 1100.