You can’t predict how or when the pain from a toothache may strike. The throbbing sensation could be enough awaken you from a sound sleep or it could start out as merely a nagging discomfort and progress from there. Whatever the case may be you will want relief asap but you might not be able to get to your dentist right away. There are a variety of over the counter products and home remedies that can offer a temporary respite from the pain.

A salt water rinse comes highly recommended and is a long standing home remedy for toothache pain relief. Stir ½ teaspoon of salt into an 8 oz. glass of warm water and swish gently around the aching tooth. Use a piece of dental floss to remove any food particles that may have gotten stuck in the tooth. A rinse of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water is another popular, but temporary remedy.

A clove of garlic can add a lot of flavor to a home cooked meal. It also contains a liquid known as allicin which has been helpful in the treatment of some oral diseases more common to children. Pop a piece and chew or chop it up and let it rest on your tongue, it could help ease your discomfort, though it won’t do a lot for your breath.

Over the counter pain relievers that contain benzocaine will produce a numbing effect that will mask the pain of a toothache. These products come in the form of a gel or a liquid and can be found in the tooth care section of your pharmacy.

The main thing to understand about any of these remedies and others along the same lines is that they are only a temporary fix. A toothache can be a symptom of a serious dental issue and should be evaluated by your dentist.

Spokane Valley Dentistry offers complete care emergency services. Dr. Patterson and his team of professionals are on hand to treat your needs @ 509-926-6261 in Spokane Valley, WA.