Relieving Toothaches: Tooth Pain Remedies

You have a painful toothache, but you can't get to the dentist right away. What can you do? Don't let it slow you down. Here are some ways you can get toothache pain relief quickly and easily.

Over-the-Counter General Pain Relievers for Toothaches

Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) such as Ibuprofen or Naproxen Sodium, or non-NSAID Acetaminophen for temporary relief.
NOTE: Consult a physician or dentist. Please use only according to the instructions on the label.

Over-the-Counter Toothache Pain Relievers

Orajel™ Toothache Pain Relief Gel, Cream, Liquid, and Swabs contain benzocaine, a topical pain reliever for temporary relief, that can be used by adults and be given to children 2 years of age and older.

NOTE: Consult a physician or dentist. Please use only according to the instructions on the label.

Toothache Home Remedies

You can also try home remedies for toothache relief too:
  • Avoidance - Do not chew on the side where the pain is located. Avoid extremely hot or cold beverages and don't chew ice. When you brush, be very gentle.
  • Saltwater - Mix a few teaspoons of table salt in a glass of warm water and swish it around in your mouth as long as you can stand it (but don't swallow it). The salt and heat together may provide some pain relief.
  • Flossing - This might help remove any food particles that are stuck between teeth.
  • Clove Oil - You can soak a cotton ball in this natural pain reliever and bite down with the painful tooth.Caution: cloves are also a fairly strong spice and may result in burns to the gum.

Food-Based Home Remedies for Toothaches

Certain foods are also known home remedies for toothaches. These include:
  • Garlic - Chewing on a clove of garlic is a time-honored remedy.
  • Onions - Chop a fresh onion and hold it inside the mouth.
  • Lime/Lemon Juice - Take a fresh lime or lemon and cut it into small slices. Bite into the slice if it's not too painful.
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