How To Ease Tooth Pain Until You Can Get Into The Dentist

By Dr. Natalie Ann Amann

Tooth pain never hits us when it is convenient and dentist’s offices cannot always fit you in to their busy schedules as soon as you need them too. But you don’t have to worry there are plenty of ways to ease tooth pain until you can get to the dentist.

–Over the counter tooth desensitizers – There are products available over the counter that can desensitize your aching tooth until you are able to see a dentist. These products generally just wipe on to the tooth and dry clear. Some tooth desensitizers will last about a month with only one application! Those who would prefer alternative medicine that they may consider to be more natural should consider using oil of cloves in the place of a store bought desensitizer. To use oil of cloves, you will want to wet a cotton ball with the oil and pack the cotton by the tooth giving you trouble.

–Pain reducers – You have the option to choose ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen. All will provide you with some kind or relief although ibuprofen comes most highly recommended. Remember that these medicines should be taken orally and as recommended on the labeling (typically every 4-6 hours).

–Rinse your mouth – sometimes toothaches are caused by food that has become lodged in your teeth. Using lukewarm water to rinse the debris away can solve the problem.


–Floss and brush – when rinsing your mouth out doesn’t work try brushing and flossing gently to dislodge any food particles. Be sure that you do so with care as your gums are likely to be sore and particularly sensitive. You do not want to do more harm than good by brushing or flossing too vigorously.

–Have a drink – Alcohol will act as a numbing agent when absorbed by the gums. You can try pooling some whisky over the area of your mouth where your teeth hurt. Let the whisky sit in your mouth for a while and them spit out the excess.

–Salt water – rinsing your mouth with salt water will help prevent the spread of any bacterial problems that you may be experiencing. Salt water also helps the healing process around. Salt water may not relieve a lot of the pain that you are currently experiencing but it can prevent a bad situation from getting worse.

–Massage – scientists have found that there are sensory points in other parts of the body that carry the same impulses that a tooth ache would. This means that massaging the area between the bones of the thumb and forefinger will actually distract the impulses that travel along the same nerves as your toothache and give you temporary relief.

–Biting – try not to use the side of your mouth where you are having pain. Sometimes when a tooth hurts because of trauma, it is best to leave the tooth as alone as possible and the body will often times heal itself.

–Ice – putting an ice pack on the check where the tooth hurts can provide comfort through reducing swelling and numbing the area. Use the ice for 15 minutes at a time, three to four times a day.

–Stay away from the heat – although eating hot foods or using a heating pad may feel nice, doing so will draw any infection to the outside of the jaw and make the situation worse.

About the Author: Dr. Natalie Ann Amann, DDS, is a popular King of Prussia, Pennsylvania dentist specializing in Smile Makeovers, Dental Implants and King of Prussia Sedation Dentistry. Visit the

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