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Four Tips for Soothing a Toothache

Whether it’s a dull and throbbing ache or a sharp pain, toothaches can come in many different forms. Chances are you or your child has had the discomforting experience once or twice in your life. It’s the type of experience that nobody wants to have, because a toothache can be as annoying as fingernails scratching a chalkboard.

What’s a good way to describe a toothache? Let’s see … your mouth feels as if it’s being besieged by one of those Loony Tunes-style jackhammers. As fate would have it, toothaches always seem to occur over the weekend or after-office hours, leaving you to suffer and forcing you to cancel your plans.

Not so fast!

There are numerous tried-and-true home remedies you can use to ease the pain until you can make an appointment with our office. Here’s a look at four ways to soothe a toothache.

  1. Don’t underestimate the power of salt water. Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will both soothe your toothache and disinfect your mouth. However, make sure the water is warm; cold water can further exacerbate a sensitive tooth. Follow up the saltwater rinse by swishing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide.
  2. Clove oil, eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, and vanilla extract are proven to be comforting elixirs. Dip a cotton swab in one of these mixtures and apply it to your tooth and gums. These substances, which you may even have in your kitchen cupboards, are known to have pain-relieving qualities. For the best results, repeat the application throughout the day.
  3. Eating yogurt is good for toothaches and mouth pain. Yogurt is filled with healthy bacteria that combat pain. Afterward, place a cold compress on your jaw.
  4. Try flossing. Your toothache might be throbbing and severe, but there’s always a chance the pain is caused by a piece of food awkwardly lodged in your teeth.

We hope that helps! Give us a call to learn more!

2 Responses to “Four Tips for Soothing a Toothache”

  1. Hardy Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

    Thanks for this very educational blog post! A toothache is a common problem in children. It is one of the most common reasons for school absence, and it can cause great discomfort.

    A toothache can be an indication of dental disease, typically involving the pulp of the tooth. The pain caused by a toothache can either be acute or chronic. Acute pain is short-lived and usually lasts only a few hours, while chronic pain persists for longer periods. Toothaches are often described as throbbing or constant pain that may be referred to different areas of the head depending on which teeth are causing the problem.

    The most common cause of acute pediatric dental emergencies are maxillary molars, followed by mandibular incisors, both which happen because these teeth have root canal treatment done to them more frequently.


  2. Harbor Smiles

    Thank you for this very informative blog post! A toothache is a sign of dental illness, which usually affects the pulp of the tooth. A toothache can be either acute or chronic in nature. Acute pain is brief and lasts only a few hours, whereas chronic pain lasts for extended periods of time. Toothaches are commonly defined as throbbing or persistent pain that might relate to various parts of the head depending on which teeth are creating the issue.

    The most common cause of acute children dental emergency is maxillary molars, followed by mandibular incisors, both of which occur as a result of more frequent root canal treatment.


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