London City Smiles

How to manage Toothache until you can see the dentist

At London City Smiles we are following recent guidance from NHS England and the Department of Health, dental practices have been advised to stop aerosol sprays and prioritise emergency treatment where possible during Coronavirus lockdown.


In the meantime, there are some home measures may help make symptoms manageable until care can be accessed.

If the tooth is extremely sensitive to hot or cold, antibiotics will not help. The decay must be removed and filled.

A good cleaning with fluoride toothpaste and reducing sugar intake will help stop decay from getting any worse.


If there is a hole in the tooth, or a tooth has cracked and is now sensitive and/or sharp, a temporary filling can be packed into the space. Those kinds of filling you can easily find in supermarkets and pharmacies

Rub toothpaste directly on the affected area and do not rinse afterward.


If you need to access emergency care:

  • Have you or anyone in your house been self-isolating?
  • Do you have any symptoms?
  • High temperature or continuous cough?

If YES to any of the above, CALL 111. They will direct you to an emergency facility with appropriate protective equipment which will allow staff to treat you safely.