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How do you relieve tooth pain?

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To relieve tooth pain temporarily, over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, and home remedies can be used. It is often necessary to visit a dentist to determine the cause of the pain and to find a permanent solution.

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For immediate relief, use an oral numbing gel or clove oil to eliminate the pain of the toothache. Place the clove oil directly onto the painful area, or mix a small amount of crushed cloves with cooking oil, and use it in place of clove oil. Oral numbing gel should be used according to the instructions on the product packaging. Garlic is also used for temporary relief by chewing a whole clove of garlic several times daily. Over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can relieve the pain of a toothache temporarily.

To relieve tooth pain with salt, add several teaspoons of salt to a cup of warm water, and stir the mixture until the salt is dissolved. Swish it directly over the affected area for several minutes, or until the pain subsides. Do not swallow the saltwater.

Most conditions that cause tooth pain require treatment by a dentist. The dentist may provide medications, such as antibiotics, to treat the cause of the pain. Related conditions, such as tooth pain caused by a sinus infection, must also be treated for permanent relief.

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