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One of the most uncomfortable forms of pain is caused by a toothache. When your mouth is hurting, you can forget about chewing, smiling and in some cases even attempting to talk. These tips will help you take care of a toothache until you can see a dentist.

Acids formed in the mouth by the bacterial breakdown of sugars causes the deterioration of the enamel on a tooth. Once this occurs a small cavity can form, which, left untreated, can invade the inner tooth which contains nerves and blood vessels. When a cavity reaches this point, it is usually accompanied by pain. When a toothache occurs and you are unable to see a dentist right away, begin by trying to ease the pain with aspirin or another analgesic. If the cavity is in an area you can get to you can soak cotton bits in clove oil and apply it directly to the cavity. Rinsing your mouth every so often in a solution of baking soda and lukewarm water may also help alleviate the pain. If the tooth is abscessed it will be accompanied by swelling and pain. In this case, try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. In some cases this will cause the abscess to burst and if this happens you should thoroughly rinse away all the pus with warm salt water. But remember that all of these treatments are just temporary fixes for the pain and you will still need to see a dentist before the condition worsens.

If you have already seen a dentist and you are still having pain such as reactions to hot or cold food and liquids, sweet or sour or chewing, this can signal further problems with the tooth. When you have extreme pain from chewing or heat this could mean that the tooth is dying. When heat bothers a tooth you can try using ice cubes held against the tooth to ease the pain. When chewing causes pain it could be a sign that the tooth is fractured. If you see your dentist as soon as possible the tooth can usually be saved in this case. If you can't see your dentist immediately, try sleeping with your head propped up to alleviate the pain.

Recent studies have shown that taking green tea supplements or drinking the tea can cut down on tooth decay. According to research, green tea's main antioxidant EGCG is 100 times more powerful than vitamin C and 25 times more powerful than vitamin E. Fluoridated water has proven to be another preventative for tooth decay. If the water in your community is not fluoridated you can get the drops or pill from your dentist.