How Can You Treat a Toothache?

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To treat a toothache, clean and inspect the mouth, try at-home remedies and treatments to reduce the pain, and see a dentist, if necessary. The time required to cure a toothache varies depending on the cause and treatment method.

  1. Clean and inspect the mouth

    Gently floss your teeth, then use warm water to rinse your mouth thoroughly. Look at the tooth that aches to try to determine the cause of the pain. Tooth decay is a common cause of tooth pain and requires treatment by a dentist.

  2. Use natural remedies

    Recommended at-home remedies include using warm salt water and salt mixed with pepper. Use warm salt water as a mouthwash to reduce swelling and fight bacteria. Mix salt, pepper and a few drops of water to create a paste. Apply it on the tooth, and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it to help ease discomfort.

  3. Treat the pain

    Take a painkiller, such as Tylenol or Advil, to help relieve toothache pain, and apply a cool compress outside the mouth near the affected tooth.

  4. Visit a dentist

    A dentist should be seen if the pain is severe or if the toothache lasts longer than two days. Additional symptoms that require a dentist include fever, earache, pain when opening the mouth wide and jaw pain with a clicking noise. Proper treatment is important for dental infections because they can spread to other parts of the body.