Tips to alleviate a toothache until a dentist can be seen

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Toothaches can happen at any time and are usually the result of an underlying dental problem. It’s important to see a dentist as soon as possible when a toothache occurs to determine the cause and receive treatment to alleviate the pain.

If you are unable to seek immediate dental care,  these tips may help reduce toothache pain temporarily until a dentist can be seen.

Gently floss in between the sore tooth to remove any food debris or particles that may be lodged there.

Gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water.

Purchase an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen (acetaminophen, if it is for a child age 2 or older) and take according to directions on the package. Swallow the pill, placing it next to the tooth can cause an abscess on your gum.

You can apply oil of cloves or an over the counter antiseptic that contains benzocaine directly onto the gums or tooth. Both of these act as a numbing agent to temporarily relieve pain.

A cold compress can be applied to the facial area if a trauma has occurred, to reduce pain and swelling.

Please keep in mind that these tips are in no way intended to substitute professional dental care and are provided for emergency purposes only to help alleviate toothache pain until a dentist can be seen.