Tooth pain and How to Relieve Toothache (Reasons and Solutions)

Have you ever experienced tooth pain or a toothache? If your answer is yes, and if you want to find out why you are experiencing this and how to solve it, continue reading below! We will explain why you might be experiencing tooth pain, and also several short-term pain relievers such as home remedies to relieve your toothache. 

What are some Causes of Toothache or Tooth Pain?

A toothache or tooth pain is caused when the nerve in the root of a tooth or surrounding tooth is irritated. Dental infection or decay are the most common causes of tooth pain. Pain may also occur after extraction (when your tooth is pulled out). Pain sometimes originates from other areas and radiates to the jaw, thus appearing to be tooth pain. Some common causes that may lead to toothache or tooth pain, but not dental related are sinuses, ear pain,  and even heart disease. 

The most common cause of toothache most is due to inflammation of the central portion of the tooth called the pulp. The pulp contains nerve endings that are very sensitive to pain. Inflammation to the pulp may be caused by dental cavities, trauma, infection. These are some of the causes of tooth pain or toothache, there are other dental related causes, do contact Vivid Dental Surgeons to find out more! (click)

Home Remedies for Tooth pain

Saltwater Rinse to prevent Tooth Pain  

This is the most common and best thing you can do. Add ½ teaspoon of salt to warm water, and rinse your mouth several times with it. Remember not to swallow it. This should help you to relieve the toothache you may be having. This is a temporary measure to relieve tooth pain before you head to the dentist. 

Over-the-counter Toothache Pain Relievers 

Our practice recommends panadol or ibuprofen for pain relief from toothache or tooth pain for adults. However, for children you may want to use acetaminophen, or simply consult the pharmacist on duty. You may go to Guardian or Watsons to purchase these over-the-counter toothache pain relievers.  Remember than these medications are for swallowing, do not place them on the area of toothache or tooth pain. 

Cold Compress or Ice to Relieve Toothache 

If your toothache is severe and causes your cheek to swell, you may want to place an ice compress on it to reduce the pain. Also, don’t take this for granted, swelling means that you have an abscess that is why you are experiencing tooth pain. Thus, you should contact your dentist to have it checked out as soon as possible to prevent further damage and infection.


Clove Oil as a Natural Toothache Reliever 

Clove oil is known to contain a substance called benzocaine which is found in toothache relieving creams or gels. To use clove oil: soak a cotton ball with it and directly place it on the area of tooth pain. This is simply a natural numbing agent to relieve your toothache. 

Over-the-counter Anesthetics 

You may purchase tooth pain-relieving gels and creams at pharmacies and use them directly on the sore tooth and nearby gums. Benzocaine will numb your mouth for some time. Beware: this is only for short-term use, do contact your dentist for the permanent solution to your tooth pain. Book an appointment with us today! (hyperlink)

Signs and Symptoms Other than Toothache 

  • Pain when chewing food 
  • Hot or cold sensitivity 
  • Bleeding or some discharge from around tooth or gums 
  • Swelling around a tooth or swelling of you jaw 
  • Injury or trauma to the area 

If you experience tooth pain or toothache, don’t panic, use some home remedies for pain relief and contact your dentist immediately to schedule your appointment for permanent toothache pain relief. If you experience the signs and symptoms other than toothache mentioned above, you are recommended to see the dentist as soon as possible. Remember to avoid toothache and tooth pain, do keep good oral hygiene standards by brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing too! Vivid Dental Surgeons wish you a pleasant day ahead!

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