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Home Remedies for Toothaches

Home Remedies for Your Toothache PainToothaches seem to have a mind of their own, beginning during the middle of the night or on a weekend when the dental office is closed. If your toothache is not a serious emergency or you cannot get into the office right away, there are things that you can do at home in order to alleviate the pain until you can be seen. Of course, all emergencies should be addressed by your family dentist. The tips below may help alleviate your discomfort.

•  Check the area for foreign objects or food: If you think something may have gotten stuck in your teeth or gums, try to gently dislodge it. The most common way to remove anything that is stuck in between teeth is with a clean piece of floss or by rinsing with lukewarm water, swishing and spitting it out. Sometimes removing the piece of food or a foreign object is enough to alleviate the pain.
•  Apply ice: If you are in a lot of pain or your gums are swollen, an ice pack covered with a thin cloth or a cold compress can help to reduce the swelling and decrease the amount of pain that you are in temporarily.
•  Take over the counter ibuprofen: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, such as ibuprofen, can also help to reduce the swelling and the pain.

These tips should only be used temporarily until you are able to be seen and have the problem cared for by us. As always, call our office right away with any emergency, and have these tips handy to help you feel better in the interim.


Dr. Nicholas Grasvik
4690 SW Hall Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005


Easy to find in downtown Beaverton.
Lots of parking available

(503) 350-1234

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