What Are Some Remedies for Toothaches?

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Although it is often necessary to consult with a dentist when a toothache occurs, remedies to ease the pain and help reduce irritation include rinsing the mouth with warm water and flossing to remove food particles. An over-the-counter pain reliever also helps to reduce pain, says Mayo Clinic.

Directly applying oil of cloves or oral antiseptics that contain benzocaine on the irritated tooth or gums may provide temporary pain relief for a toothache, according to Mayo Clinic. People with toothaches should avoid placing painkillers or aspirin directly on the tooth, as the ingredients can damage or burn the gum tissue.