How To Manage Your Own Dental Pain Until You Can See Your Dentist

If you are suffering with dental pain, but are not able to see your dentist for a couple of days, then you will need to manage your own pain until your appointment.

The best way to manage your pain largely depends on the root cause of the problem. Since you may not know exactly what the issue is, until after your dental appointment, you should start with the first suggestion below and move down the list until you have received pain relief.

Brush and Floss 

If you have a cavity in one of your teeth, then trapped food particles may cause the tooth to ache. To solve this problem, you need to brush your teeth very well.

To get your teeth as clean as possible, use this mixture:

  • ½ teaspoon toothpaste
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

The baking soda and salt serve as extra abrasive substances to help scrub your teeth, so that they are squeaky clean.

Once you have brushed, then you should floss your teeth with dental floss. If your teeth are very close together, then you should use a waxed dental floss.

Saltwater Rinse

Once you have brushed and flossed, then you should rinse your mouth with a basic saltwater solution.

Use this mixture:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup warm water

Swish this solution around between all of your teeth, and then spit it out into the sink. Repeat until all of the solution is gone.

Over-The-Counter Benzocaine Products

You can purchase over-the-counter teething pain medication at any local pharmacy or grocery store. These medications can be used by adults, or children, who have dental pain. All of these medications contain benzocaine which is a local numbing medication.

To use a local numbing medication, simply rub it on the area that hurts. It will numb the area for about an hour. Repeat as necessary.

Over-the-Counter Pain Medication

You can also take over-the-counter pain medication for dental pain. Before you take any medication, even OTC medications, you should speak to your dentist. Some medications can affect your body's ability to heal, and others can interfere with your body's ability to clot blood. The last thing you want is to take the wrong medication and have further problems after your dental work is completed!


Dental pain is never fun. However, if you experience emergency dental pain, away from access to your dentist, you now know how to manage your pain while you wait. Contact a dentist like Willowdaile Family Dentistry for more information.