Hi, Dr. Burhenne here of AsktheDentist.com.
This week, we’ve been talking about tooth pain.
And I wanted to add something that I think is important.
If you do have tooth pain, I have this system or protocol that I call the 3, 3 & 3 for tooth pain.
Catchy, I know. But I say it so that when my patients go home, they can remember it.
So, if you have tooth pain—and we just discussed this on a previous video—
there’s inflammation inside of the tooth, tooth pain is pretty excruciating.
On a scale of 1 to 10, a lot of people will say 10.
They’ve had child birth, they’ve had brain surgery,
they’ve had kidney stones, and they still rate it a 9 or 10.
So, what do you do? What do you do until you can get to see your dentist?
There are two things that I’d recommend—the 3, 3 & 3, I’ll get to that.
The other thing that doesn’t get often discussed is when you lie down.
Let’s say you won’t see the dentist until the next day,
when you sleep at night, keep your head elevated.
When you drop your head to the level of your heart, your body and you’re lying down,
all the blood rushes to your head, the blood pressure changes in that area where the swelling is
the inflammatory response, and it just makes it worse.
So, keep your head elevated. A wedge-shaped pillow would be great.
And here’s the 3, 3 & 3.
And if you can—of course, discuss this with your dentist or with your doctor.
Make sure that you can take Advil or Ibuprofen (Ibuprofen is the generic term).
Take three Advils three times a day for three days. That’s the 3, 3 & 3.
And the important part is this. Don’t take it, and then when the pain goes away or lessens,
don’t stop taking it.
The trick with Advil is it works very well with inflammation.
That’s where most of the pain comes from in tooth pain.
It comes from that inflammatory expanding state in a closed space inside of the tooth.
So you have to reduce the inflammation, and then the pain will go away temporary.
So, the key here is to keep the titer levels, the concentration in your system up.
And so, for those three days, even if you’ve seen the dentist in that interim time, keep it up.
If you back off on it, it’s going to come back and it takes a while for it to kick it in again
and to reduce that inflammation.
The key is to reduce the inflammation inside of the tooth. And that’s why the 3, 3 & 3 works.
Take three Advils. That’s 600 mg. of Ibuprofen.
Take it with a little gulp of milk or some toast. Just a little food in your stomach, it doesn’t matter.
Take three Advils three times a day for three days
and that should lessen or take away your tooth pain until you can do something about it.
I hope that helps.
Thanks for watching.