Toothache – how to cope with the pain

Toothache often seems to strike at your busiest times or when you are stressed. With Christmas and New Year coming up, you may find yourself having to deal with a dental emergency. Here are some quick suggestions on what to do if you or a loved one has toothache over the holidays.

How to ease the pain
  • You may take painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen as they have few side effects. As with any medications, always read the directions and follow dosage directions. Read instructions carefully if you are taking prescribed medication, or have existing medical conditions such as asthma or ulcers.
  • Aspirin should only be taken by adults. It should not be given to children, during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.
  • If your face is swollen, use an ice pack to ease pain. Swelling may occur if you an infection caused by an abscess or experience trauma such as a knock or blow to the mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salty water, this helps with infections of the gum and wisdom tooth pain.
  • Rub or dab clove oil in the area. It can help give relief by numbing the area though it does have strong taste.
Extra tips to relieve toothache
  • Avoid very cold or hot foods and drinks as well as those that have a lot of sugar or acid.
  • Gently floss between teeth to remove food articles as they may be aggravating an infected area.
  • When lying down, elevate your head to relieve some of the pressure.
Common causes and symptoms of toothache


Decay and cavities (hole) are the main cause of toothache, but other causes include gum inflammation, abscesses, infections, injury, and even sinusitis and earache can result in toothache. Pain can be sharp, throbbing or constant and accompanied by swelling or a bad taste. Some people may experience headaches or fevers.

It is never a good idea to ignore toothache, as it can lead to tooth loss. Book to see your dentist to find out what is causing the pain, and the treatment options. To avoid toothache in the future, maintain healthy dental hygiene and have regular checkups.