I have a massive tooth ache and ear ache together. The pain is so bad that I have not slept for a couple of days. No insurance, Got something that will provide relief?

In most probability, the toothache and ear ache are interconnected. The teeth and the ear are connected by branches of the same nerve, therefore any problem in the teeth may affect the ear and vice versa.

For instance, the ache in the tooth and ear may be caused due to an ear infection or it may also be caused due to tooth decay. Treatment will depend upon the cause of pain.

Usually tooth decay is the main cause for toothaches. Bacteria which thrive on sugar and starch from food that stick to the teeth cause tooth decay by eroding into the teeth enamel. The first symptom that the tooth ache is a result of tooth decay is a sensation of pain (which feels almost like an electric shock) when you consume food or liquid which is too hot, too cold or too sweet.

It is, however, best to consult a doctor or a dentist if the pain continues, or worsens even after a couple of days. Some home remedies which may relieve pain till you see the doctor are as follows:

  • Take an over-the-counter pain killer as per directions on the package.
  • Use warm water to rinse mouth.
  • Remove food particles stuck between the teeth with a dental floss.
  • Apply Eugenol (oil of cloves) to the tooth or bite into a cotton ball soaked in Eugenol.
  • Other essential oils which can provide relief include - chamomile, myrrh, peppermint and tea tree. Apply a drop directly to the tooth and gums around it.
  • Use a compress on the face near the aching tooth and repeat often. To make this compress soak a clean cloth in a mixture of  1 quart hot water, 2 drops of chamomile oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil.
  • Avoid foods which are too hot or too cold. Also avoid eating sugar.
  • Try and brush teeth with a fluoride toothpaste after every meal / snack.
If the cause of pain is an ear infection, beginning antibiotics is the only cure. Old folk remedies suggest dropping some warm oil into the ear lobes; however, this is a myth and it can in fact increase the risk of infection.

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/first-aid-toothache/FA00013

answered by G R

Toothache can be a result of injury or irritation. Gargling with salted water proves beneficial. Antiseptics like garlic is also helpful.Your earache might be attributed to various factors, such as, wax, pus, infection and so on. Visit a ENT specialist for further guidance.

answered by r k

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