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Toothache

Self-care

Floss and brush regularly as food particles might cause irritation. Pain relievers can provide temporary relief, but use topical drugs containing benzocaine sparingly.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Fever
  • Red, swollen gums or foul-smelling discharge
  • Difficulty swallowing or breathing
  • Injury

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Lasts more than a day or two
  • Difficult to work or complete daily tasks

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