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How to Get Rid of a Toothache Without Medication

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Sandra Ketcham has nearly two decades of experience writing and editing for major websites and magazines. Her work appears in numerous web and print publications, including "The Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "The Tampa Bay Times," Visit Florida, "USA Today," AOL's Gadling and "Kraze Magazine."
How to Get Rid of a Toothache Without Medication
A woman suffering with tooth pain rubs her jaw. Photo Credit Eric Audras/ONOKY/Getty Images

Toothache pain can range from mild to unbearable, with most causing a constant ache, throbbing pain when chewing, a sore jaw and a general feeling of illness. Most toothaches result from tooth decay, according to MayoClinic.com. While all toothaches that persist for longer than two days require professional evaluation, you can ease toothache pain at home, without medication, while waiting for your appointment.

Step 1

Brush and floss your teeth to remove any trapped food particles that might be causing or contributing to your toothache. This is important even if brushing and flossing causes pain. Continue brushing, flossing and using antibacterial mouthwash as normal until you see your dentist.

Step 2

Rinse your mouth with warm water and salt every hour. Mix 1/2 tsp. of normal table salt in 8 oz. of warm water to make a saline mouth rinse. Swish the solution around inside your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out.

Step 3

Soak a cotton ball in oil of cloves and wedge it between your gum and the affected tooth. MayoClinic.com states that oil of cloves will relieve pain temporarily. Repeat every hour.

Step 4

Apply a cold compress to the affected side of your face for 20 minutes, several times each day, to reduce inflammation and ease pain. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital suggests using a cold pack or ice wrapped in a damp washcloth.

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