Some pains seem to be much worse than others; most people describe migraines, toothache, and gallbladder attacks as some of the most uncomfortable and difficult to manage pains.

With toothache, the first thing you will do is call an emergency dentist. But if you want to wait for a regular dental appointment, you might have to wait a while.

In between the first sign of toothache and the appointment, there are several things that you can do to try and manage the pain.

When you make the appointment for the dentist, if you explain you are in pain, they might offer some solutions to help you in the meantime. Quite often, one of the below suggestions will work.



One of the worst things about a toothache is that swelling around the tooth causes more discomfort. It can make it difficult to chew, talk, and it might throb. If you can take an anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen every few hours (as directed on the box), this can help reduce both pain and swelling.

Keep in mind that once the medication begins to wear off, the swelling and pain are likely to return, so keep up with taking them at the correct intervals.

Warm packs

If you have pain anywhere on your body, warmth will often help to reduce it. The same goes for your toothache. If you don’t have any warm packs in your home, then you can make do with a cloth soaked in warm water and rung out.

An alternative is to make a makeshift warm pack from socks and rice. After being placed in the microwave, the rice-filled sock will be warm and can help reduce pain.

Cold packs

A cold pack can be more effective than a warm pack. The cold pack has two main benefits; one is that it offers a slight numbing of the area, and the other is that it can reduce inflammation.

A cold pack is easier to create than a warm pack for most people. You will need a bag of frozen peas or something similar out of your freezer.

Keep in mind that you should wrap any ice or frozen items that you use with the washcloth. The washcloth provides a barrier between the ice and your skin and will help prevent any damage.

Salt rinse

Many people find that gargling and swilling their mouths with warm salt water can help. The salt in the water can help to give you some temporary pain relief and might help to reduce any infection in your mouth.

The warm water can also offer wound healing, and the warmth itself can work similarly to a warm pack.

Dental pain can be uncomfortable at best and extremely painful at worst. If the pain becomes rapidly worse, accompanied by heat or anything unusual, it is important that you contact your dentists asap.

Treat your oral health the same as you do your mental health and physical health. Regular checkups and a good routine: 3 Steps To Healthier Living – Bare Health and Fitness