Adult: Toothache

  • During clinic hours, go to the Schiff or Blondell Dental Clinic as soon as possible.
  • After Hours, follow the instructions below:
    • Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm saltwater to dislodge trapped food or debris.
    • DO NOT place aspirin or Anbesol on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress.
    • Take 800 mg Ibuprofen for pain (If you are allergic to Ibuprofen, take Tylenol).
    • Go to the Schiff or Blondell Dental Clinic the next morning. DO NOT eat or drink anything after midnight. Have someone come with you to the clinic to drive/escort you home.
  • If you have a fever, swelling that interferes with breathing and/or a bad taste in the mouth, immediate dental attention is necessary.