The pain of a toothache can be excruciating and if you cannot see your dentist right away, there are a few things you can do to ease the pain. There are medical conditions that can cause tooth pain such as sinusitis and even pain from the heart, called angina. If you are certain that the toothache is from a tooth, any one of the tooth sensitive tooth pastes may offer some relief. However, the most effective temporary remedy is clove oil. It is a natural pain killer and antibacterial. Follow the suggested steps below for temporary relief.
Gently rinse out your mouth with warm salt water or a glass of warm water with a squirt of lemon or lime juice. This will get rid of any food residue and sugar. Brush any other teeth that are not painful. Repeat this rinse once or twice more.
Mix 2 to 4 drops of clove oil with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil. Soak a clean cotton ball with the mixture and place this compress against or on top of the aching tooth. If the affected tooth is in the back of your mouth, place the compress on the top of the tooth and bite down gently to hold it in place. Leave this compress in place for as long as possible until the throbbing pain is gone, or you have achieved a level of pain that you can tolerate.
You can also take aspirin to help alleviate the pain. Since aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, it will help reduce the swelling and therefore pressure on the nerves of the tooth. Other natural remedies include garlic juice, or chewing on a garlic clove. Garlic is one of nature's best antibiotics and may help forestall a more serious infection until you can see you dentist. Vitamin C is also one of nature's antibiotics and is helpful if there is also a component of sinusitis.
If you are able to stop the pain, do not cancel the appointment with your dentist, since the toothache pain may signal an abscessed tooth that requires treatment and a possible short course of antibiotics.