7. Use a Salt Water Rinse
To help manage jaw pain associated with an abscessed tooth, salt water is very effective.
Salt has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help reduce inflammation and ease pain. It also helps draw out any infection and prevent the growth of bacteria in the mouth, thus preventing further jaw pain.
1. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to a glass of lukewarm water.
2. Mix it until the salt dissolves completely.
3. Rinse your mouth with this solution.
4. Do this 2 or 3 times a day to reduce pain and other discomforts.
8. Rest Your Jaws
You can rest your jaws and ease the pain by avoiding foods that require a lot of chewing or are quite tough or crunchy. Some examples are apples, chewy meat, chewing gum, sugar cane and roasted cobs.
Avoiding these foods will spare your jaws from overworking, particularly when the pain is severe. You can try soups, pastas and other easy-to-eat foods that do not require too much chewing.
At the same time, avoid taking big bites. Cut your food into smaller portions, so you don’t have to overwork your jaw.