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Ways to Manage Tooth Pain While On the Road


Have you ever gotten a toothache while you were on the road? Finding a dentist while you’re on the road can be very difficult and tooth pain can be unbearable.

Here are a few ways you can manage tooth pain until you can make it to see your dentist.  These are not intended to be long-term solutions!

Loss of a filling or a chipped tooth-

Caramel and taffy are delicious, but they can wreak havoc on dental work and can even pull loose your fillings or caps, leaving the nerve exposed to the air, food and cold or hot beverages. The pain can be intense and it can drive you mad. If you can’t make it to a dentist quickly, there’s a product called Red Cross that can hold you over until you get to the dentist. Red Cross is not meant to be a long-term solution!Red Cross

Red Cross can be purchased at drug stores throughout the country.  The Red Cross tooth kit contains a topical medication, tweezers and cotton packs.

Be sure to read the directions closely!

Orajel Severe Toothache is another over-the-counter medication that can provide instant pain relief.  Orajel Severe Toothache claims to be the “highest concentration of pain medicine available without prescription.”  To use, you simply apply the topical cream to the affected area.

General Tooth Pain and Irritated Gums-

Gargle with room-temperature salt water.

Gargle with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Apply a tea tree oil, peppermint oil or almond oil compress.  Soak a cotton ball in the oil and then apply it to the affected area.

Gently chew on a ginger root.

Apply a cold compress.

Apply a clove oil compress. Soak a cotton pad in clove oil and apply it to the affected area.

Boil a peppermint tea bag and let the tea cool, then gargle with the peppermint tea.

An old wives’ tale was to chew an aspirin. This has been disproven, as aspirin contains acids which can irritate an already aching tooth.

If your tooth pain persists, seek immediate care.  If you have an infection in your gums it can spread to other areas, which can be very dangerous, if not deadly.



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