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Toothaches at Shenton Park Family Dental

Experiencing a severe toothache can be difficult and painful, especially when dental care is unavailable, like during the middle of the night. Having some tips handy to help manage the pain until you can see a dentist could make all the difference.

How to Deal with Severe Toothache Pain

Woman with tooth painAt Shenton Park Family Dental, we advise our patients to try these methods of dealing with toothache pain

  • Soft Diet – stick to soft foods that are gentler on your teeth to avoid increasing the pain
  • Avoid chewing on the sore area
  • Pain Killers – over-the-counter pain relievers may provide temporary relief. Combining paracetamol and ibuprofen can also give more relief. Always follow the instructions on the package with regards to recommended dosage and intervals for the best response. If you have any questions, speak to a pharmacist
  • Rinsing with Salt Water – gently rinsing your mouth with warm salt water helps reduce inflammation and dislodge debris stuck between the teeth
  • There are a few 24 hour open chemists around Perth – the pharmacist may be able to recommend something else to assist with pain management, such as ‘Oral-Eze’

Until you make it to our office, you can try home remedies and natural solutions to help with your discomfort. For example, you can apply clove oil to the affected area to temporarily numb the pain or use a heat pack or cold compress over the painful area to provide soothing relief.

Special Considerations with Toothaches

Recognising toothache symptoms in children – especially those who may not be able to verbalise the problem – , such as reluctance to eat, fever, trouble sleeping, and sore, tender jaws, is crucial for quick intervention. Toothaches in children may come from tooth decay (caries), teething pain, gum problems, or trauma.

Scheduling regular dental check-ups helps detect and address issues early. Encouraging good oral hygiene practices like brushing, flossing, and limiting sugary foods is also helpful.  If your child complains of toothache or shows symptoms, seek dental care promptly.

For expectant mothers dealing with toothaches, it’s essential to consider safe pain relief methods but essential to seek professional dental treatment to prevent spreading infection. Always consult with your dentist or healthcare provider before taking any medication. Paracetamol (Panadol) is generally considered safe during pregnancy for managing toothache pain.

Get the Help You Need Now

Remember, if you continue to experience considerable pain and discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately. Our dental professionals will diagnose the problem, relieve your pain, and restore your oral health.


Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.

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