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How to Treat a Toothache

  • Posted on: Sep 30 2019
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If you have shooting pain or dull pain in your mouth, our number one piece of advice is to come into our office for an appointment. However, if you can’t come to see us for a couple of days, we have a few ways that you can find relief from your toothache or at least take some of the edge off. Let’s take a closer look at a few tried and true tips.


As long as you aren’t already on any sort of blood thinners or medications that conflict with Ibuprofen, it’s one of the best things you can take for a toothache. Ibuprofen is not only non-habit forming, but it can help with both pain and swelling which tend to be intermingled. Just make sure that you speak to your primary care physician before you start taking it if you aren’t sure if it’s safe or not.

Ice It

If you are experiencing some swelling along with pain, then icing it will also help. When icing your cheek, try to keep something like a cloth as a barrier between the icepack and your skin, so that it doesn’t give you a freezer burn. Try icing for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off at first and see if that gives you any relief.

Rinse With saltwater

If your toothache is caused by some sort of infection, then rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution can help you fight it off. All you have to do is mix ½ tsp of salt with 1 cup of lukewarm water. Then, gently swish the saltwater in your mouth for about a minute, spit it out, and then repeat.

Although these tips won’t necessarily get rid of your toothache, they can help you find some relief until you can come into our office. To learn a little bit more, contact our Quebec office and give us a call at 514-875-7971.

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