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Toothache

Toothache can be a sign of a problem with your teeth or gums. See a dentist if it’s severe or lasts more than 2 days.

Painkillers and pain-relieving gels for your mouth can help ease toothache until you see a dentist.

Common causes of toothache include tooth decay, a dental abscess or a damaged tooth.

You can reduce your risk of getting toothache by cutting down on sugary food and drink, and by brushing your teeth twice a day.

Read more on the NHS website.

Painkillers and pain-relieving gels for your mouth can help ease toothache until you see a dentist.

Self-care


Do

  • take painkillers, like ibuprofen or paracetamol (children under 16 should not take aspirin) – a pharmacist can advise you

  • try rinsing your mouth with salt water (children should not try this)

  • use a pain-relieving gel for your mouth – this can be bought from pharmacies or supermarkets

  • eat soft foods, like yoghurt or scrambled eggs, and try to avoid chewing with the sore tooth


Don't

  • do not eat foods that are sweet, very hot or very cold

  • do not smoke – it can make some dental problems worse

How to rinse with salt water
  1. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water – warm water helps salt dissolve.
  2. Rinse your mouth with the solution, then spit it out – do not swallow it.
  3. Repeat as often as you like.

Read more on the NHS website.

You can reduce your risk of getting toothache by cutting down on sugary food and drink, and by brushing your teeth twice a day.

Read more on the NHS website.

Common causes of toothache include tooth decay, a dental abscess or a damaged tooth.

Read more on the NHS website.