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Tips for Soothing a Toothache Before Your Appointment

Tips for Soothing a Toothache Before Your Appointment


Getting a toothache out of the blue is painful as well as inconvenient. It’s important to get to the dentist as soon as you can for treatment and to prevent anything from getting worse.

Your Dentist Will Provide Treatment and Long-Lasting Relief


There is always an underlying cause for a toothache. Some common causes include tooth decay, gum disease, or erosion of tooth enamel. Whatever the cause is, it’s important to remember that it will not go away on its own and will get worse over time.

It is highly recommended to get to the dentist as soon as possible for any tooth pain. You will be provided long-lasting pain relief as well as treatment for the underlying cause of the toothache. This will prevent any tooth pain and damage from getting worse.



We know it can be difficult to work in a dentist visit into your schedule. We also know that the tooth pain can be very painful while waiting to get into the dentist. You can try these quick fix options for temporary relief at home.


Over-The-Counter Pain Medicine


Pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can offer short-term pain relief. Do not put aspirin on the tooth or gums. Swallow as you normally would. Aspirin directly on the tooth or gums can damage soft tissue in the mouth.

Salt Water


Salt water as a mouth rinse can clean out an infected area and loosen up any food debris that may be stuck. Depending on the cause of the toothache, this may help relieve some pain.




Garlic is said to contain properties that prevent bacteria growth as well as offer some relief from the pain. You may chew on the garlic or make into a paste and apply directly on the tooth. Warning: this is a bad breath risk!


Clove or Peppermint Oil


These two contain natural anesthetics which have the ability to numb the pain. There is a risk of damaging your soft tissue, so it’s important to be careful. A drop or two of oil on a cotton ball can be applied to the tooth.

Before trying any of these at-home remedies, be sure to check in with your dental provider, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.


Don’t Delay in Getting Treatment for a Toothache


Don’t forget that toothaches will only get worse the longer they go on. These quick fixes are only for short-term relief and are meant to be used while waiting for dental treatment. They are not a substitute for the care you would receive from a dental professional.


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