Tooth ache

United States
September 3, 2012 12:05pm CST
Does anyone know away I can relieve a horrible tooth ache long enough for me to wait to see the dentist. I'm in an enormous amount of pain, and can't really focus on anything for too long. I need something that will last a few hours in between treatments, because the stuff I'm taking now lasts about 5 minutes then the pain comes back worse.
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@inertia4 (28164)
• United States
4 Sep 12
The only ways I know how is take a few Advil, regular ones and also use a good amount of Anbesol. I have had a tooth ache for a while now, it comes and goes. And the last few days it was bothering me. So I took some Advil and used some Anbesol. It seemed to take the pain away enough so I could get things done. I need to get to the dentist myself.
• United States
5 Sep 12
It's funny how we put this stuff off till we have no choice. I just thing the worse thing than the pain associated with dental surgery is the bill that comes afterwards.
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@inertia4 (28164)
• United States
5 Sep 12
I totally agree with that one. I know how it is. I keep on putting this off myself and when the pain stops I forget about making an appointment. Then after a few weeks it starts up again. I need to get this taken care of. Hope you get your tooth ache checked out also.
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• United States
5 Sep 12
I plan to, but I finally got the pain under control, so I'm contemplating saving my money for when I really need it. LOL
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@beenice2 (2773)
• Sackville, New Brunswick
4 Sep 12
Goldenseal tincture is very good, my husband has two teeth that have holes in them and my son too, they rinse their mouth with it, you put 9 drops in water of Goldenseal tincture and rinse your mouse with it everyday until you can see or have the money for a dentist, tell you it works. You have to buy it from a health store. Good luck.
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• United States
5 Sep 12
I've never heard of the stuff. Is it expensive? Do you know what ingredients are in it?
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@JohnRok1 (2051)
4 Sep 12
You can take up to 8 x 500mg paracetamols (Recommendation is to take two at a time. If this number isn't exceeded, it is absolutely safe) and 6 x 200mg ibuprofens (one at a time, but must be taken soon after at least a bite of food) in any 24 hour period. As for topical application, application of iodine counter-irritant (See my post on http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2652449.aspx?p=2. Alice, please don't delete this discussion - Nothing is plagiarised from the one I'm referring to, and hydrogen peroxide was not discussed previously in the way it is discussed here) to the junction of the tooth and the gum is probably more effective and less damaging to tissues than hydrogen peroxide (If the chemist can't supply this to you, you can use a mixture of peroxide with potassium iodide, or, if totally desperate, peroxide with iodised table salt - I am assuming there is enough buffering capacity in your saliva to generate iodine from the iodide, but I may be wrong. If so, try tincture of iodine).
• United States
4 Sep 12
I'll see if I can pick up some iodine. At this point I'll try anything, because its really hard to sleep because of the pain. I think the pain is due to three or four cavities in my back teeth. I don't think any of the teeth are broken. If anything the teeth feel strong, otherwise I'd be trying to pull them out myself. LOL
• United States
5 Sep 12
My problem is a craving for sweets combined with the fact that i have been bearing with the tooth aches for a over a year now. If it wasn't for the pain I wouldn't even consider going to a dentist, because I hate doctor's bills. I've been taking about 600 mgs of Motrin every 8 hours. Rinsing my mouth with peroxide, and chewing cloves. The pain is under control now, but I have made the appointment with the dentist anyway.
• United States
5 Sep 12
I had to take extreme measures to get the pain under control. Usually when I see a doctor for severe pain he usually prescribes 800 mg Motrin 3 times a day. I've taken much more in the past. I do realize they can tear your stomach up, but I also take a ton of Antacids because I have frequent heart burn.
@peavey (16973)
• United States
3 Sep 12
One of the ingredients in Orajel is clove oil. Pure clove oil actually works better sometimes because it can get down where the pain is rather that sitting on top of your tooth. Clove oil numbs anything it gets to and you can reapply it as often as needed. It's worth a try.
• United States
4 Sep 12
I tried chewing on cloves, and the taste was horrible. The chewing part was difficult, because it was painful to chew on something so hard. Where would i be able to get clove oil at?
• United States
5 Sep 12
I actually went with dried cloves. They taste horrible, but they really do numb the whole mouth. Who would have thought such a tiny thing would be so effective?
@deazil (4744)
• United States
3 Sep 12
Philly, I know the feeling. What works for me is 1/3 hydrogen peroxide to 2/3 water. I rinse my mouth with it, holding it my mouth on the side where the tooth is. I believe this helps because oftentimes a toothache is caused by infection. I don't rinse my mouth with water afterwards even though it feels "fuzzy" from the HP. Every hour or so is how often I do it. Also here is a good link www.earthclinic.com/CURES/tooth_abscess.html Hope this helps.
• United States
3 Sep 12
The peroxide gave me good results, but the pain came back worse. I was using my tooth brush to apply it, but maybe gargling will work.
@deazil (4744)
• United States
3 Sep 12
Make sure you mix it with water! HP is very strong stuff. Try like I said - keep it in your mouth on the side where the tooth is. It should help if there's an infection. I've used it once to get rid of an abscess and it worked quickly. I sooo sympathize with you. Toothaches are unbearable. And I am terrified of dentists.
• United States
4 Sep 12
I've tried using the peroxide, and it's not working anymore. I think the pain might be due to cavities. I've made the appointment for the dentist, but I'm afraid they might not treat me because I don't have health insurance.
@sweety_81 (2125)
• India
5 Sep 12
I do realize that how difficult would it be for you to work, or in fact focus on anything with such a bad toothache. However, in your current scenario, you may take some approved OTC(over the counter) medicine for tooth pain relief. It might be a combination of Combiflam with some other medicine(s). Or, may be some home remedy like use of clove etc.
• United States
5 Sep 12
I was taking OTC medicine, but it wasn't working by itself. I had to find a way to get rid of the infection that was causing the pain. By brushing my teeth three times a day, gargling with peroxide, and taking pills I finally found a system that works. My teeth feel much better, but I'm scared to stop taking the pills because they might be the reason the pain is gone.
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@sweety_81 (2125)
• India
18 Oct 12
Regular brushing combined with flossing and mouth wash indeed helps in the longer run, and doing it at least two times a day does help.
@jenny1015 (13367)
• Philippines
20 Sep 12
I take Mefenamic acid or Naproxen Sodium to alleviate the pain. I usually take it about 3 times a day until the ache subsides.
• United States
20 Sep 12
I've never heard of these products. How safe are they?
@911Ricki (13590)
• Canada
4 Sep 12
Tynelol? The oral gel that can be boughten at the store? I had a tooth ache and it was very painful but more just when I ate. I would avoid that area until you can go to the detist.
• United States
4 Sep 12
I've been taking 600-800 milligrams of Motrin, and the pain is still unbearable. Do you think Tylenol will work better?
@natliegleb (5176)
• India
3 Sep 12
it might pain a lot in the initial moments,but once you bear it ,it would be fine,i suggest you to take cold water and give some goggling in it or eat only cold foods to chill it down
• United States
3 Sep 12
The tooth ache isnt as bad as the headache it causes. I was going to try something cold, but i wasn't sure if it would make my teeth heart worse as they seem very sensitive to the cold.
@echoforever (5181)
• United States
3 Sep 12
I don't know any real solutions but I was going to suggest warm salt water as well. I am sorry that you'll have to wait to see a dentist, that pain can be real bad for a tooth ache. If you can get some numbing agent at the store orajel or something I would also suggest that.
• United States
3 Sep 12
Orajel tends to stop working after a few minutes. Saltwater might work, but how would I mix it together. How much salt and how much water.
@moulee87 (320)
• India
3 Sep 12
Philly, tooth ache come due to the less enamel on your teeth. It is due to eating high toxic food that is prepared in fast food and also by eating very hot or cold food. However you can make your teeth strong as before by regular brushing, washing with salt water etc,. More important thing is you need to wash your mouth before you go to bed! You can also cloves to reduce the pain by placing it on the place where it aches! Please take care Philly.
• United States
3 Sep 12
I'll try to do the salt water trick if it will help prevent tooth aches. Ive been actually brushing my teeth every hour since this tooth ache started. Its gotten to the point where Ive been brushing with peroxide, because it greatly reduces the pain, but the relief is only temporary and i feel like Im doing more harm than good.
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@Angelpink (4018)
• Philippines
9 Mar 13
Hi Phil ! toothache is so painful that pain reaches to all body parts , as if only the tip of the hair which has no pain. It is so beautiful to scream , to cry , to punch if the pain is so intense. I suggest hence it can't be extracted if pain is still there , have some ice cubes in the area where the pain is . This will numb thee whole area and less pain you'll feel now or put some ginger on affected area , this perceived to have some antibiotic effects . Hope this can help , God bless !