Most of us have experienced tooth pain at some point in our life. Fortunately, most of us only deal with tooth pain on rare occasions. However, this is little consolation at the time the pain occurs. While nothing we’re going to say in this post will guarantee that you’ll never get tooth pain again, we can make those instances when you do more tolerable. Keep in mind that these tips are not intended to replace your dentist – rather they’re meant to provide you with some relief while your awaiting your appointment. So, without further ado, here’s our list of tips for putting a stop to that tooth pain.

1. Try a Tooth Desensitizer
Most drug stores carry over-the-counter tooth desensitizers. Typically, you only want to treat the problem tooth or teeth with a tooth desensitizer. This will temporarily numb the area and should provide some relief.

2. Pain Relievers
Acetaminophen and ibuprofen are good over-the-counter pain relievers. These can help to reduce inflammation and pain in the affected tooth/teeth. Be sure to follow the instructions on the labeling for proper dosage.

3. Garlic with a Pinch of Salt
This is a bit of a home remedy – but it works. Try placing a clove of garlic covered with a pinch of salt on the affected area. This will temporarily relieve the pain. Do this as often as necessary, because, unlike pain relievers and desensitizers, side effects aren’t an issue – except bad breath.

4. Take a Swig of Whiskey
Obviously this is a solution suited for adults only. Alcohol has been used for thousands of years as a pain reliever. To reduce tooth pain, take a swig and swish it around the affected area. You can spit out the alcohol when you’re done swishing, or swallow for a little pick-me-up!

5. Leave it Alone – Sometimes the tooth pain you’re experiencing isn’t as serious as it seems. It may be that food particles are stuck between your teeth and causing discomfort. Typically, if this is the case, the food will be worked out from between your teeth in a matter of hours or days and the pain should go away on its own.

Your Remedies
Do you have your own remedy for relieving tooth pain that works? Please share it in a comment below.

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