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How to Treat a Toothache at Home

A toothache is pain in and around the teeth and jaws. Tooth decay, an infection, loose or broken fillings, or receding gums can cause it.   If the pain lasts for more than 1 or 2 days, it is best to see a dentist immediately to have it treated.     Until then, the following simple remedies may provide temporary relief from the discomfort.  1.  Cold Compress or Ice Pack          A cold compress or an ice pack can help ease dental pain, especially if a toothache is due to injury              or swollen gums.                    Hold the ice pack against the outside of the cheek near the painful tooth for a few minutes at a                   time.   The cold helps to numb the pain and reduce swelling and inflammation.  2.  Rinse with Salt Water Rinsing with warm salt water can reduce swelling, help healing and remove debris lodged in and around the teeth.  Dissolve 1 tsp of salt in an 8 oz cup of very warm water and swish for 30 seconds.  This can be repeated as often as needed 3.  Clove O