You and your family have just set out on a great trip when your tooth begins to ache. Now what? First, do not put any pain killers, such as aspirin, directly on the gum surrounding the tooth because the medicine can burn the gum tissue. You should clean your mouth out by rinsing with warm salt water. Gently swish the warm water in your mouth and then spit it out. If possible, floss around the tooth to remove food which might be caught between your teeth. You should take ibuprofen to help with the pain. If the pain does not subside, you might need to find a dentist at your destination. If you will be home within a day or two, please call our office for an appointment. We would like to help you prevent any dental emergencies; when you come to our office routinely we are able to spot dental issues before they become emergencies.