Dental Care

Tooth Pain - A Curse We All Face At Some Stage

Tooth pain is something that practically everyone experiences at some stage, and of course, it can be the result of several different causes.

Fortunately for us, there are numerous steps we can take, not only to prevent it in the first place, but also to alleviate the pain when it does strike.

Let's face it; painful teeth can be excruciating at times, and if you've ever experienced persistent tooth pain, then you'll know yourself that it can quite literally drive you up the wall.

Unfortunately, when we experience pain, it's our body's way of letting us know that something is wrong, and as such, we're being told to do something about it.

Even though this kind of pain can be the result of several different causes, the most common reasons include:

  • Cracked or broken teeth,

  • Tooth accidentally knocked out,

  • Jaw related problems,

  • Something stuck between two teeth,

  • Infections, even outside the mouth, like sinus infection related pain.

Of course, you need to bear in mind that healthy teeth don't tend to crack without a good reason, so if you have one or more cracked teeth, you need to go and see a dentist as soon as possible to determine what the underlying reason is.

Depending on how badly your tooth is cracked, and how long you've left it for, you could also find yourself dealing with an exposed nerve. Here again, having an exposed nerve can cause enough tooth nerve pain to ensure you cannot even get to sleep at night.

Having a tooth accidentally knocked out can also be incredibly painful, and in order to minimize the chances of dirt getting into the open wound, you should try to see a dentist as soon as possible. Also, if the tooth is still intact, your dentist may be able to restore it.

Various jaw related conditions can also result in severe pain at the teeth, but unfortunately, such conditions can often only be determined by a qualified dental specialist.

Many people also experience dental pain as a result of food being stuck between two teeth. Bear in mind that certain types of food can irritate the gums, in which case the pain tends to radiate out from the area where the food is trapped.

Another leading cause of tooth pain is infections, in that infections can often develop, especially if you have cracked or broken teeth. In fact, you could also end up finding yourself dealing with an abscess, which as you may well know, can prove to be incredibly painful.

Another cause of discomfort can be phantom pain, where it is not clear what the origin of the pain actually is.

Managing the Pain

Of course, if you're suffering from tooth pain then you should try to get to a dentist as soon as possible, but if for some reason you cannot, there are several different remedies, both herbal and over-the-counter, which you can try in order to relieve the pain.


The most common tooth pain remedies include but are not limited to:


If tooth pain is being caused by food that is stuck between teeth then a good rinse with warm water is often all that's required.

For best results, floss should be used directly after the rinse in order to ensure all the trapped food has been removed.

Salt Water

Salt water helps to reduce inflammation, while at the same time acting a disinfectant and a pain relief agent.

Ideally, one should swish a salt-water solution around the mouth for approximately twenty to thirty seconds, with the most emphasis being placed on the painful area.

This process should be repeated until the glass is empty.

To make a suitable salt solution, simply dissolve a teaspoon of regular table salt or Epsom salt in a standard 8oz. glass of water.


Simply place a few cloves between the tooth and your cheek, and then keep them in place in much the same way as you would with chewing tobacco.

After a few minutes the cloves will begin to soften, at which point you can begin gently chewing on them, using the tooth that is causing the pain. The oil from the cloves will spread to the surrounding area and result in a certain amount of numbness.

Keep the cloves in position for approximately half an hour. Contrary to what you may have heard, this can be repeated as often as you wish, without causing any further damage.

Chamomile or Echinacea Tea

Both the above-mentioned teas can be purchased in most grocery stores, but if your tooth pain is severe then you may want to consider preparing your own tea using fresh herbs.

Simply prepare the tea and sip it slowly until the pain subsides.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

There are several over-the-counter remedies available, some of which are more effective than others. Anbesol or Orajel for example, are both well known brands of oral ointment used for the relief pain.

Other common remedies include:

  • Aspirin (Do not apply directly to the affected area)

  • Ibuprofen

  • Calcium tablets

  • Magnesium tablets (not recommended for people with heart or kidney problems - consult with a doctor first)


The bottom line is that this kind of pain can often be unbearable, and of course, it may not always be possible to get to a dentist immediately.

In that case, you can usually find some dental pain relief by using one or more of the remedies mentioned above.

If a remedy for dental pain doesn't work for you, then you simply need to try one of the others, or even a combination of remedies.

Last but not least, you need to bear in mind that as far as tooth pain is concerned, prevention is better than cure.


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