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Are home remedies effective for a toothache?

Generally, home remedies are only effective as a temporary measure to calm a severe toothache and are not intended to cure the problem. How does one try to stop a toothache fast without the aid of a dental professional? Oral pain medication will be a key step. Over-the-counter pain medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve) are called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and are best taken on a schedule to provide pain relief. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is an alternative painkiller. In some cases, alternating doses of ibuprofen and acetaminophen is effective.

Additionally, clove oil is a natural remedy that is used in some sedative dental filling materials and can be found at the pharmacy. It can be applied to an exposed area of the tooth by biting into a small cotton ball that is soaked with clove oil. This may help stop a toothache temporarily. Other products which contain benzocaine (including Orajel or Anbesol) can temporarily numb the affected tooth or gums and provide pain relief as well.

To help a toothache until treatment can be found, one should avoid chewing on the affected tooth/area and minimize extreme temperatures of hot and cold. Keeping the area clean and free of food debris may help as well. If swelling of the surrounding gums or tissues is present, immediate treatment with a dentist or physician is advised to avoid the spread of infection. Home remedies are meant to temporarily alleviate pain, but not to treat infection.

Above all, proper diagnosis and timely treatment by a dental professional is strongly advised to effectively treat a toothache.

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Comment from: h m., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 30

I just had a very painful abscessed tooth, the only thing that would lessen the pain was holding cold water in my mouth.

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Comment from: chuck111, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 23

The very best thing for real toothache pains is always just an apple, really. A little slice of apple, you just gently much on it, kills most severe mouth pains pretty quick. It puts the vitamin C right there where it's needed, on your sore gums and teeth, and starts killing all the bacteria instantly. You also just need to munch on a slice of apple, all day long, like gum, and it keeps your mouth clean all day. Other fruits do work, green grapes seem to help, but not quite as well as ordinary green apples.

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