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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.

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.

Page last reviewed: 04/05/2021
Next review due: 04/05/2024