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If I have a toothache, how can I clean my mouth?

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If you have a toothache and need to clean your mouth, you can:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Floss gently between teeth to remove food particles from the area.

From: Toothache Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Handling Dental Emergencies."

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies" and "TMJ/TMD (Facial Pain)."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Emergency Care."

Merck Manuals: "Toothache and Infection."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Handling Dental Emergencies."

American Dental Association: "Dental Emergencies" and "TMJ/TMD (Facial Pain)."

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: "Emergency Care."

Merck Manuals: "Toothache and Infection."

 

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on February 12, 2018

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