Dental Pain

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What to do if you are in dental pain:

  • Seek the attention of a dental professional as soon as possible.
  • Continue to clean the mouth as normal.
  • If pain is too great for normal cleaning, use of a wet wash cloth, warm salt water rinses, and mouthwash are recommended until a dental professional can be seen.
  • Over the counter pain medications like Aspirin, Tylenol, and Ibuprofen may help with toothache pain while waiting for treatment. Never place Aspirin directly on a painful area of a tooth, this can cause chemical burns.
  • While waiting to see a dental professional, a trip to the emergency room, or another emergency care provider, could be helpful. While most places are not equipped to treat dental emergencies, they can prescribe medications, such as antibiotics, to help ease the pain and severity of the problem.


The MOVHD Smiles For Life Program is unable to prescribe medication of any kind in the screening clinic.