Toothaches can be some of the most painful things anyone can go through and unfortunately, getting to the dentist immediately can prove to be difficult for most. If you can’t get an appointment, you shouldn’t let your toothache stop you from doing anything. There are plenty of ways to help relief the pain, from OTC drugs to certain foods!
Over-the-Counter General Painkillers
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds or NSAIDS like Ibuprofen or a non-NSAID such as Acetaminophen are both great for short-term relief and are easy to get your hands on. Check out any pharmacy or drug store. You might even be able to find name-brand or generic versions which are cheaper.
Over-the-Counter Toothache Painkillers
Orajel is available in a gel, cream, liquid, or swab version and specifically targets the tooth where the pain is. The topical pain relief is short-term and can be used by anyone over the age of 2 years old. Again, this is available in most pharmacies or drug stores.
Avoid – avoiding any hot or cold foods or drinks, chewing on the other side, and being very careful when brushing are the best ways to avoid any extra pain.
Rinse – Rinsing your mouth out with salt, hot water can both provide pain relief, and kill infections. Mix a few teaspoons of sea salt with boiled, cooled water and swish it for as long as you can manage. You can do this several times in the day.
Floss – While it might be a little painful to do, the relief after will be worth it. It will remove any food particles that may be stuck, avoiding any extra issues with your tooth.
Clove Oil – Cloves are a natural painkiller that can cause burns to your gums – be careful when using. Soak a cotton ball in clove oil and bite down on it with your paining tooth.
Garlic – chewing a clove of garlic can relief pain – though you will smell like garlic so be prepared!
Onions – holding a fresh onion in your mouth can relieve pain – just chop it into slices first!
Citrus Juice – lemon or limes cut into small wedges and bitten down on can relieve pain!