Toothache Self-Care at Home
- For toothaches
- Over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) may be used. These should be taken these as directed on the package and around the clock on a schedule while the patient arranges a dental appointment.
- Avoid very cold or hot foods because this may make the pain worse.
- Relief may be obtained from biting on a cotton ball soaked in oil of cloves. Oil of cloves is available at most drug stores.
- For jaw pain
- Aspirin may be helpful for problems in the joint of the jaw in adults.
- Acetaminophen (not aspirin) should be used for children and teenagers.
- If pain occurs every time the patient opens their mouth widely, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) may be the source of the pain. Yawning or taking a large bite of food may intensify the pain. An appointment with the doctor or dentist will help to determine the cause.
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