How to keep toothaches from being a pain to your business
Distracted workers cost American businesses millions of dollars every year.1 And there’s little that’s more distracting than the pain of a toothache.
Get to know more about toothaches so you can help save your employees some pain and keep them productive.
The causes of toothache pain2,3
- These are the most common reasons an employee might be suffering from toothache pain:
- Infection that has reached the nerve
- Gum disease
- Teeth grinding and clenching
- Sinus or ear infection
- Heart disease (tooth and jaw pain can be symptoms)
- If pain lasts more than a day, it’s crucial to see a dentist. An oral exam will reveal the reason for the toothache. An injured tooth may require seeing a dentist or visiting an emergency room immediately. Urge your employees to seek help quickly.
- If the problem is not treated early, it can worsen and result in more serious and costly treatment.
How to get temporary relief
- While anyone suffering from a toothache should see a dentist as soon as possible, the pain can sometimes be relieved for a short period with these self-remedies:
- Rinsing with warm saltwater.
- Carefully flossing to remove any food trapped in teeth.
- Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Using an over-the-counter toothache gel, cream or liquid that contains benzocaine. (Consult your dentist or physician before using over-the-counter relief.)
- Applying a cold compress to the cheek when a tooth has been injured.
How you can help your employees
- Share this information so employees can learn the causes and temporary relief methods for a toothache.
- Keep toothache relief options in your first-aid kit.
- Encourage employees to practice good oral health habits — brushing twice a day, flossing daily, seeing their dentist regularly, and wearing a mouthguard while playing sports or taking part in many activities.4
- Most important, offer a great dental plan as part of your benefits package. Americans with coverage are more likely to see the dentist,5 which means they are much less likely to let productivity-killing toothaches linger.