Today’s post is the first article of a series on common dental emergencies and remedies that you can use while waiting to see your dentist.

Toothaches can arise due to a myriad of reasons, the most common being extensive dental decay affecting the nerve within the tooth. We all know how these aches tend to occur on Saturday evenings, when dental clinics are already closed for the weekend, leaving you miserable and with little options left for seeking help. Instead of letting the toothache ruin your mood and your well-deserved break during the weekend, there are actually steps that you can take to help ease the pain. One very simple way is to avoid exacerbating factors, such as chewing on hard sticky food or taking hot or cold drinks.

Over the counter painkillers are quite effective in controlling mild to moderate toothaches and are usually sufficient for most to tide them over a couple of days before their appointment with the dentist. Painkillers such as aspirin should however not be placed directly over the painful tooth (or area) as they can result in chemical burns of the gums and cheek. If taking painkillers is not a suitable option due to previous allergic reactions in some individuals, topical application of oil of cloves has been proven to be fairly helpful in managing mild toothaches. The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of clove oil can help relieve toothaches although reapplication every few hours is needed.