Some toothache pain comes with cold and flu symptoms or vice versa. The throbbing pain of a toothache is awful. And this pain seems to usually happen with the back wisdom teeth especially during the months of September - January.
When having cold and flu symptoms along with the toothache, it's a good idea to treat the cold symptoms with an over-the-counter medication such as "Robitussin Cold + Flu liquid capsules" (non-drowsy formula), or NyQuil.
Also drinking hot soups and herbal teas can help with toothache pain and cold symptoms.
Toothache home remedies step-by-step
- Take 2 Excedrin pain relievers (extra strength) drink with water and avoid soaking pain relievers on your teeth and gums (can cause gum damage).
- Brush teeth gently every morning with Sensodyne toothpaste or Natural White Sensitive toothpaste.
- Now apply Orajel (maximum strength) or Anbesol (maximum strength) directly painful and throbbing gums. Wash hands before applying; use a small dime size amount and squeeze it on a Q-tip.
- Begin to rinse and swish your teeth with warm salt water for 40 seconds, after eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and before bed. Use 2-3 teaspoons of iodized white salt and mix with 8 ounces of water. Do a warm salt-water rinse after every meal and/or every 3 hours to keep tooth bacteria away. Do a mouth-rinse with salt and water everyday until you can get to a dentist.
- Wear chapstick or Vaseline to prevent lips from being chapped or cracking.
- Try to take an evening nap (sleep) daily if possible for at least 30 minutes or more.
- Load up on vitamin C such as applesauce, 100% orange juice, bananas, etc. throughout the day.
- If it's cold in your home wear socks, a rob, pajama pants, etc. to keep the cold out of your body.
- Drink plenty of water; at least 4-6 bottles of clear water daily can help speed up the healing process of the toothache pain and flu symptoms.
- Avoid eating hard foods such as nuts, apples, hard cookies, etc. Avoid eating snacks and candies that contain sugar. And remember to chew food on the other side of your mouth where it is less painful.
One good way to eat your fruit (vitamin C) when having a toothache or cold symptoms, is to slice the fruit and eat it with hot oatmeal. You can cook the hot oatmeal with: sliced apples, peaches, bananas, strawberries, etc.
Try and sip hot soup, eat warm oatmeal with sliced bananas, and herbal tea twice a day to help the common cold, flu and toothache symptoms go away sooner. Also it's a good idea to do another salt and water rinse in your mouth before bed every night until the toothache pain is gone.
Hopefully this list of toothache home remedies will work for someone, but if the pain still exist see an Emergency room Doctor or your regular doctor for antibiotics (due to infection). Some toothache pain situations lead to a possible tooth removal by a professional dentist. If you don't have medical insurance go to a free clinic.
Check out my other article How to Brush Teeth Properly - Foods for Healthy Teeth