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How to Relieve Toothache at Home

Sometimes toothache strikes at the most inconvenient of hours – you could be out and about or just about to fall asleep. If you’re unable to see your dentist straight away, for whatever reason, there are a few remedies you can try before your dentist can help you. It should be noted that all remedies should only be used as temporary relief and are in no way a permanent solution.

Why is Toothache Worse at Night?

Many people claim that their toothache feels worse at night. Whilst this may simply be because there are fewer distractions at night, it may also have something to do with increased pressure as your blood rushes to your head when you lie down. Try propping up your head with your pillow to provide some relief.

If toothache strikes at night, there are various things you can try to help relieve the pain:

Cold Compress

Wrap a small bag of ice in a towel and apply to the side of your face that the pain is coming from. Whilst the cold may help to distract you from the pain, it may also constrict the blood vessels in that area which can reduce pain and swelling.


Ibuprofen can help to reduce the pain and swelling of mild to moderate toothaches. Any medication must be taken as instructed on the box, regardless of whether the pain goes away or not. You should notice your symptoms ease 20-30 minutes after taking ibuprofen orally.

Rinse With Saltwater

A saltwater rinse is often used by people to help soothe a sore throat and ease mouth ulcers, but it can work just as well when it comes to toothache. Whilst it is certainly not a permanent solution, the natural antibacterial properties of salt can help to clean the affected area and potentially reduce swelling.

Brushing and Washing

If you have a toothache, you may want to be particularly careful when brushing your teeth, but this does not mean that you should not keep your mouth clean. In fact, keeping your mouth clean can help to reduce the pain felt by toothache. If you are unable to see your dentist, try to brush as normal, being careful of the affected area. You may also want to keep a suitable mouthwash on you to rinse after brushing, at a separate point throughout the day. Many types of mouthwash come in handy mini sizes.

Love-Teeth Dental Practice

Feeling pain in your teeth or gums can be worrying, but the good news is we are here to help. We take emergency and non-emergency appointments, so please call 0161 773 7080.

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