Is a common reason for visiting the dentist. Pain from toothache can affect the teeth and jaws. Tooth decay is a common reason for toothache, which won’t usually get better on its own.
Toothache pain can be constantly throbbing, or may be set off by food or drink.
Treatment for Toothache
1. Clean Mouth
- Have the person rinse mouth with warm water.
- The person should gently floss teeth to remove food particles from area.
2. Control Swelling and Pain
- Apply a cool compress to outside of mouth or cheek.
- Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for pain. Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 18.
- Do not put aspirin against gums near aching tooth. It can burn gum tissue.
3. When to See a Dentist
See a dentist if:
- Pain persists.
- The person has jaw pain accompanied by a popping or clicking noise; this could signal temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
4. Follow Up
If you seek dental care:
- The dentist will examine the person’s teeth and may take an X-ray.
- If there are signs of infection, the dentist will prescribe an antibiotic.
- Treatment for TMJ may include a mouth guard to prevent tooth grinding, stress reduction techniques, or surgery.