In America, there approximately 130 million people OR 43% of the total population who don’t have any dental coverage. This is a stunning figure. It means that almost half of the population in the country can’t afford dental care, mainly due to lack of decent low-cost dental coverage package available. What are the solutions to tooth ache for people with no dental insurance and can’t visit a dentist when needed?
If you are reading this article, and you happen to be one of the people who don’t have dental coverage, from the statistics above, you know that you are not alone. Among every 10 Americans, more than four of them do not have any dental protection. So if you are having your tooth ache now, but you don’t have any dental coverage, what can you do? In fact, you can call your community health department to see if there is a free or reduced fee dental clinic in your area. Most counties have one. Or you can also visit the Emergency Room in a hospital, even without a dental coverage, most probably; the doctor there may prescribe you pain killers or antibiotic for the infection for tooth ache relief.
According to a 2003 study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, an average of 738,000 people visit an emergency department for tooth ache or injury each year. In Washington’s King County, which includes the city of Seattle, dental issues represent three of the top 10 factors driving uninsured patients to the Emergency Room (ER). If you choose not to visit the ER, then just go to nearest drug store, consults the pharmacist there for some over-the-counter medicines.
Besides, you can also try some traditional tooth ache remedies at home. First of all, rinse your mouth, I understand you probably are reluctant to do this especially if there is a swelling around the teeth or a serious tooth ache, but cleaning the mouth is important. Try swishing with warm water first and then if possible use a toothbrush or floss to help remove any food particles from around the tooth. Food pieces may add extra acids that continue to irritate the affected tooth. After that, apply some clove oil on the affected area or you may also chew a clove slowly using the aching tooth to release the juice, and leave it there for about 30 minutes. Do this three to four times. This should ease the tooth ache.
With the above tooth ache remedies, you should get relief from your pain after a while. If the problem persists, it is advisable that you set up an appointment and see a dentist. I understand that you may not have dental coverage, but you can get the list of dentists who are willing to offer services to patients without dental plan or insurance from the Emergency Room during your visit, so you can have a thorough check up of your affected tooth by the dentist.