Do you have a toothache? Toothaches are very common and they are best handled with a trip to a licensed dentist. However, if you’re trying to soothe the discomfort while you’re waiting for an appointment, you’ll find that there are some OTC and natural remedies which provide pain relief, while also being quite gentle on the body.

Common causes of toothaches include tooth decay and infection. Impacted wisdom teeth may also cause some aggravating discomfort. When you see your dentist, he or she will be able to confirm what’s causing your pain and then fix the problem.

toothacheSometimes, people can’t afford to go the dentist. This is just a fact of life. If you’re in this boat, you should definitely check to see if your community offers free or low-cost dental care to those in lower income brackets. Chances are there will be some type of service.

Certain toothache pain, such as that triggered by wisdom teeth which are infected and/or not growing in properly, will only intensify over time. This is why getting the care that you need is so important.

In the meantime, be sure to try these pain relief tips…

Mild Pain Relievers are Smart Choices

The types of OTC medications that people take for headaches should work well for you. We don’t need to name brands as so many famous headache medications are out there. You surely know a few already. Acetaminophen is an active ingredient to watch for.

Also, OTC meds which target and reduce inflammation should work well, since a toothache may be caused by swelling of tissue around the trouble spot. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory ingredient and it comes in many different brands. It will take down swelling caused by inflammation. Of course, if you have major dental surgery such as sinus lift or root canal, then you may need  prescription strength ibuprofen.  Some people have trouble with NSAIDs due to stomach acidity.  If that applies to you, then there are alternatives. Your dentist may prescribe codeine which is a very powerful painkiller that needs to be used with care as it can be addictive.

Also, drugstores sell pain relief gels which are safe for usage inside of the mouth. Just be sure to choose a formula which is made for this purpose. You’ll need to know that it’s safe as an oral gel for toothache pain. They make formulas for kids and adults. Obviously, the adult version has more active ingredient, so choose what’s appropriate.

In terms of natural remedies, consider rubbing fresh crushed garlic on the affected area. Salt and pepper are also known as natural pain relievers and anti-germ remedies for toothaches. Garlic has antibiotic properties, so it’s known as “nature’s anti-biotic”. Salt and pepper work pretty much the same way. A lot of people don’t realize that these everyday ingredients have the power to reduce toothache pain.

Now that you know some tips, you’ll be ready to soothe the discomfort.