There are several home remedies you can try in order to treat a toothache. Try cleaning your mouth with warm water or warm salt water, and using dental floss to remove anything caught between your teeth. Sometimes a wet tea bag placed near an aching tooth can help, but make sure the tea bag isn’t hot. Another home remedy is to apply an antiseptic that has benzocaine onto your gums or tooth, or try rubbing oil of cloves (also called eugenol) on your gums, to help numb them. The herbal remedy feverfew has a long history of use for toothaches, and the capsules can be found at drugstores. If you know that your toothache is from trauma to the tooth, you can apply a cold compress to your outside cheek near the tooth.
While you may want to take an over-the-counter painkiller such as aspirin or ibuprofen initially, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends seeing a dentist if your toothache continues, and not treating the toothache with painkillers alone. While medication can make the pain go away while you’re taking it, there could be something wrong with the tooth (an infection or gum disease, for example) that needs professional dental treatment.
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