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Can't Reach Your Dentist?

Until you can, here's what to do for that toothache

(HealthDayNews) -- It's the middle of the night and your tooth is throbbing. What can you do to relieve the pain until you can get to a dentist?

John Hopkins Health After 50 recommends you:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Apply an over-the-counter medication containing benzocaine or take aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Use a cold compress on the outside of your cheek.
  • Floss around the affected area in case a trapped food particle is causing the pain.
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