Managing your toothache at home

  • Over the counter painkillers can help (take in accordance with the instructions on the packet)
  • Patients who have confirmed COVD-19 should avoid taking Ibuprofen

Tooth sensitivity:

If you have extreme sensitivity to hot or cold, sensitive toothpaste can help. Rub the toothpaste onto the affected area and don’t rinse afterwards.

Wisdom tooth pain:

  • Most flare ups can be managed with good home care.
  • Make sure you do thorough cleaning (even if painful)
  • Corsodyl mouthwash (max 1 week use)
  • Warm salty mouthwash (1 teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water)
  • Painkillers and soft diet

If you have difficulty swallowing or swelling in your cheek, you may need antibiotics. Call your dentist or NHS 111.


Most ulcers heal within 7-10 days. To ease the pain try:

  • Warm salty mouthwash (1 teaspoon of salt in half a glass of warm water)
  • Difflam spray or mouthwash
  • Thorough cleaning
  • Corsodyl mouthwash (max-1 week use)
  • Painkillers and Soft diet

Rubbing Dentures

Denture adhesives like Fixodent may help secure a loose denture. Sharp edges can be filed using an emery board.

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums is NOT a dental emergency. Bleeding gums are usually due to gum disease, and will not stop until brushing improves so brush 2 daily with fluoride toothpaste for 2 minutes. Concentrate especially on the areas that are bleeding. Use floss or Tepe brushes to clean between your teeth every day.

Non-Urgent Dental Care

May need to wait until your dentist can re-open

  • Loose or lost crowns, bridges, or veneers
  • Broken, rubbing or loose dentures
  • Bleeding gums
  • Broken/chipped teeth/loose or lost fillings with no pain
  • Loose orthodontic wires.

You need urgent dental advice if you have:

  • Facial swelling extending to the eye neck or floor of mouth
  • Bleeding following an extraction that does not stop after 20 minutes of solid pressure with a gauze or rolled up cotton hanky
  • Bleeding due to trauma
  • Severely broken tooth, or tooth that has been knocked out
  • Toothache that is preventing sleep, eating combined with swelling or fever that is not manageable with pain killers

You need to go straight to A&E if you have:

  • Facial swelling affecting your vision, breathing or preventing your mouth opening more than 2 finger width
  • Trauma causing loss of consciousness, double vision or vomiting.