Dental pain can make your life miserable. Eating and talking can be difficult when your mouth hurts. Chipped teeth, swollen gums, and sensitivity to hot and cold are relatively common dental complaints. Aches and pain in the jawbone and gums are also common discomforts. You might be able to relieve this pain with self-care measures, but some cases of dental pain indicate a more serious problem and require the attention of a dentist.
Apply a topical anesthetic, such as a dental relief gel, to your gums. Clove oil is also a natural dental pain reliever, and rubbing a few drops on gums can soothe the ache.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Both are effective at relieving dental pain, including before or after dental procedures.
Apply a warm compress to the outside of your jaw. Hold the compress in place for several minutes. This might relieve aching and swelling.
Check for possible causes of dental pain. Brush and floss teeth and rinse your mouth well. Chewing gum and getting pieces of food wedged between teeth can cause sore gums and jaw aches. Popcorn kernels and hard, chewy candies are common culprits for dental pain.
See your doctor if your aching jaw is a recurring problem, as this could indicate a more serious problem, such as temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, disorders. If the jaw and gum pain begins suddenly, it might be caused by an abscess, broken tooth or other dental emergency.