At Smilepod we understand that toothache is unpleasant. Obviously, during normal circumstances, the best option is to get it checked out but if you are unable to reach a dentist immediately there are some things you can do to help manage your symptoms at home.
PLEASE NOTE – These are general guidelines so if in doubt please contact your dental practice for specific advice.
Toothache can make life miserable and if your tooth is sensitive to hot, cold or sweet food antibiotics will not help.
These home measures may make symptoms manageable until you can see a dentist.
- Good cleaning with fluoride toothpaste and reducing sugar intake will help slow the progression of any decay.
- Rubbing a desensitizing toothpaste directly onto the tooth may help reduce the pain(do not rinse it off )
- If there is a hole in the tooth or the tooth has cracked you can purchase over-the-counter filling material to temporarily fill the cavity.
- Clove or Peppermint Oil contain natural anaesthetics and act as numbing agents. Be careful as they are strong and can damage your mouth’s soft tissues.
- Drip a drop or 2 on a cotton ball and apply gently and carefully.
- Over-The-Counter Pain Relievers can provide short-term pain relief. If you use aspirin, swallow it as you normally would.
- Do not put it right on your tooth or gums as this will not relieve any pain and can damage the soft tissues of your mouth.
A toothache should never be ignored so we recommend making an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can so we can find the cause of your toothache and treat the pain.
Smilepod has six central London studios to choose from. For dental emergencies, we recommend calling us directly. We will always try and see patients who are in pain.