The written articles of this series only contain a summary of each condition and First Aid procedure; therefore it is advised that training or reading of the full manual is completed to understand the full procedure. Reading these articles alone does not classify as First Aid training.
Toothache develops when pulp inside a tooth becomes inflamed due to dental decay. If the condition is left untreated, the pulp may become infected which leads to a throbbing pain; the infection inside the pulp may also spread to the mouth and jaw if left untreated.
- A throbbing feeling which causes pain in the mouth.
- To reduce the feeling of pain, painkillers may be given. If the casualty is an adult, they may take the recommended dose of paracetamol (or their usual painkillers); if the casualty is a child, they may take the recommended dose of paracetamol in either tablet or syrup form.
- Give the casualty warm compress which they can apply to the affected side of the face - ensure that the compress is not too hot otherwise burns may occur. Ideal compresses include hot water bottles wrapped in towels.
- If available, a plug of cotton wool can be soaked in oil of cloves and this can then be held against the affected tooth. The oil of cloves acts as a local anaesthetic.
- If the pain persists or worsens, advise the casualty to seek medical assistance from their dentist.
|Apply a warm compress to the affected side.|
For more information, see page 225 of the DK First Aid manual.