Toothache can strike without warning at any time, including at times when it is either inconvenient or impossible to make an immediate visit to the dentist. In such cases, sufferers need to find some temporary relief from what can be excruciating pain.

There are certain natural substances known to have a beneficial effect in relieving toothache. These include peppermint oil, ginger, garlic and onion. All these things can help with the pain if rubbed against the gums in the affected area.

Another such temporary remedy for toothache is oil of cloves. If you soak some of this into dental floss you can apply it to the painful area of the mouth and, once again, you should experience some mild relief.

If you are afflicted by bad toothache but cannot get to the dentist straight away, another way of easing the pain is by means of an ice pack applied to the gums.

There really is no permanent solution to toothache except to visit the dentist as soon as possible. The pain may be due to tooth decay, a dental abscess, or even a sinus infection, but you won’t know what is to blame until you consult a medical professional. However, in the meantime, you could use non-prescription painkillers such as advil. There are also some gel products that have a moderate anaesthetic effect. Rubbing a gel of this kind into the gums might help as well.

Many people have a deep-seated fear of the dentist, based on a terror of the drill and other monstrosities. In a way this is understandable, but when toothache strikes there is nothing for it: to the dentist you must go. While the above products and substances can provide some relief, they will not get rid of your toothache since they are only palliatives. Only the dentist can get to the bottom of the problem and eradicate it, so you should make an appointment to see him as soon as possible.