If your tooth or teeth are throbbing then please try these self-care tips for some temporary relief, while you’re waiting to see your dentist:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater
  • Floss gently to remove built-up plaque or food in between teeth
  • Apply a cold compress to your cheek or jaw
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication, like ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), acetaminophen (Tylenol), and aspirin can relieve minor pain
  • Numbing gels or pastes, such as benzocaine, can help to dull the pain