Toothache - Home Remedies

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Are home remedies effective for toothaches?

If a visit to the dentist is not immediately available, there are a few remedies that may help to ease a toothache in the meantime. Avoid chewing in the area of pain and minimize exposure of cold or hot food or drinks to the area. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) can be effective when taken regularly. Other pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and aspirin may also help. Rinsing the mouth out with warm water and thoroughly brushing and flossing could help remove food debris that is adding to the irritation. Oral pain relief products containing benzocaine (Orajel and Anbesol) can provide temporary relief to a tooth or the gum area. It is important to note that if there is any kind of swelling that is rapidly growing, a visit to an emergency room may be necessary as this kind of dental problem cannot wait.

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