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10/31/2010

Toothache remedies

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    1. Schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as your toothache turns from twinge to pain. Most home toothache remedies are aimed at getting rid of toothache pain, not solving the problem at the root of the toothache.

    2. Numb and soothe the pain of your toothache with gentle heat and cold. Hold a hot or cold pack, or ice cubes wrapped in a towel, to your jaw next to your aching tooth. Sip hot soup broth, hot tea, or eat some ice cream. If your toothache is sensitive to extreme heat and cold, sip on lukewarm liquids, like tea, cocoa, or lemon water.

    3. Don't eat or drink foods that will make your toothache pain worse. Stay away from hot and/or cold foods, or foods with a lot of sugar and spices, or even foods that need to be chewed thoroughly (like meat, fruits and vegetables, etc.).

    4. Use aspirin and other NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to get rid of toothache pain. Taking the recommended dose of aspiring, aleve, ibuprofen, or other NSAIDS may be enough to relieve the pain from you toothache until you can get to a dentist. If this isn't working, you can try crushing an aspirin to a fine power, adding just enough water to make a thick paste, and applying this paste to the aching tooth.

    5. Clove oil is natural oil with pain relief properties. Dab a small amount of clove oil on a cotton swab and hold the oil directly to the painful tooth or gum area until the oil has had time to absorb into the affected area. Clove oil has an unpleasant flavor, so it's probably wise to keep the oil from touching your tongue.
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