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Everyone knows that a toothache is an unpleasant experience, but it can also be an indicator of a more serious problem. If you have a toothache that lasts for more than a day or two, we recommend that you contact a dentist immediately. But, what should you do in the meantime? Here are a few suggestions:

Use salt water to rinse your mouth: This remedy is one of the most commonly recommended methods for attaining relief from a toothache. Simply put a quarter teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water and swish it around. This combination will alleviate pressure on your nerve ends and provide quick relief.

Try over-the-counter pain medications: You may have heard that it’s a good idea to put the pain killer directly on the gum of the afflicted tooth. This isn’t true. Because these pain medications are acidic, it could actually cause harm. We do recommend painkiller, but only if you just swallow them.

Apply some oil of cloves: Also known as eugenol, oil of cloves is an ingredient in many dental products. Place a few drops of the oil of cloves onto a small piece of cotton, put the swab on the painful tooth, and bite down. Instead of oil of cloves, you can also try crushing or grinding a clove, mixing it with olive or cooking oil, and placing it on the piece of cotton.

Use an over-the-counter antiseptic with benzocaine: An antiseptic with benzocaine can also be useful for providing temporary relief. However, it is extremely important that you use this antiseptic as recommended on the package’s instructions. It is also important to never use a product with benzocaine on a child younger than two.

If you would like more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!