If you are struck by a sudden toothache and have no possibility to go to the dentist, you can relieve or on the contrary, increase your toothache with certain actions. Perhaps you wouldn’t want your pain to become worse, so you must know what things to avoid in such a painful situation.

Home remedies on relieving pain can easily be found on the Internet. But they won’t work if you do things from the list below. This article is to raise people’s awareness of things to avoid when suffering from a toothache:


Contaminating the sore tooth will make it hurt even more. Food irritates the nerve endings and increases your pain. Instead of this, clean your teeth thoroughly and try not to contaminate them until you get the help of your dentist.


Heating the sore spot in your mouth will increase the blood circulation in that zone. This will make your pain worse. Instead of this, put an ice cube to relieve your pain. Remember that it will give you only a temporary pain-reducing effect!


The air getting into the mouth can be a pain-increasing factor. It is better to hold your mouth closed if you feel your pain get worse when your sore tooth contacts the air. But this isn’t true for everyone. For people with malocclusion, things are different. In such cases, it is better to hold the mouth open.

Staying in Bed

The normal desire when you feel pain is to stay in a calm, safe, and comfortable position until it goes away. When it comes to toothaches, it’s a mistake. When you lay down in a horizontal position, you increase the blood flow down to your sore tooth and increase your sufferings. Instead, get up and do something around the house; this will also help you stop focusing on your pain.

Taking Antibiotics

Regardless of how desperate you may feel, don’t do it. Antibiotic treatment, without knowing the root cause of the pain, can do more harm than good. No matter how bad your teeth hurt, don’t even think of it. If it’s unbearable and nothing helps, take an analgesic instead. And, of course, try to reach your dentist as soon as you can to discover the reason for your pain and begin the proper treatment.

About the author

Amelia Grant

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.

Our attention to ourselves, to our daily routine and habits, is very important. Things that may seem insignificant, are pieces of a big puzzle called life. I want to encourage people to be more attentive to their well-being, improve every little item of it and become healthier, happier, stronger. All of us deserve that. And I really hope that my work helps to make the world better.

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