Sometimes we need temporary relief from a toothache until we can get in to see a dentist. This is a guide about home remedies for toothache.
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If you have a toothache and can't get to the dentist right away place one or two (or more) whole cloves between the gum and cheek by the affected tooth. It will naturally numb the area for a while. This can be repeated as often as necessary. Cloves are a spice you probably have in your pantry. They are used when you bake a ham.
Source: I learned this from family visits with a variety of generations, passing tips along to the younger people.
By Irene from Williston, FL
To ease tooth ache pain don't buy toothache gel which does a good job numbing the pain but can be expensive. Instead buy a large tube of Sensodyne toothpaste or the dollar store brand of sensitive toothpaste and take some out and place on the spot where the tooth is hurting. This will instantly stop the tooth from hurting and it lasts for hours while the numbing gel (i.e. Ambesol) only lasts for a few minutes. I have tried this and it works. I carry a small tube of the Sensodyne toothpaste in my purse. You can get a free tube of it from the Sesodyne toothpaste website.
By Cherie from Taylor, MI
Most toothaches are caused by an infection around the tooth. It is between the tooth and the gums causing pressure. Try coating the area with Tea Tree Oil on a Q-tip. Try to keep your tougue away from it, it tastes terrible. Do this two or three times a day if you can. It takes about two days to have an effect. After the pain is gone continue it for one more day as insurance, There are two types of the tea tree oil available, get the one that is about $15, it works.
By Dave from Oshawa, ON
For a really painful toothache, dip a piece of cotton in vanilla and put it in the tooth, within 10 to 15 minutes you won't even know you had a toothache. Get to the dentist anyway.
Source: Hand me down from Grandma, she knew everything.
By Kathy from Omaha, NE
Garlic is another remedy that works on toothache pain. I place a sliver of garlic between the infected area of the tooth and cheek for as long as I can stand it, because the garlic has a peppery taste. The garlic, like cabbage, will draw out the infection and relieve the pain and swelling. Cloves work to numb the infected area also.
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Here are questions related to Home Remedies For Toothache.
I have a bad toothache. What can I do?
By Prisie1111 from Palm Springs, CA
By Hallie 01/12/2011
My family has used this remedy every time we get a tooth ace, Get a head of cabbage, they are pretty cheap, chop some of it up really small, wrap it in a cloth, and put it on your tooth, it doesn't taste bad! I think it tastes quite good! You leave it in till tastes bad, then take it out and put another one in, it pulls all of the infection, or anything else out and stops the hurt, it will heal the tooth back to normal in just a day or two! Hope this helps!! :)
I recently had a horrible toothache and nothing worked to stop the pain. Then my soon-to-be hubby brought home a few packets of this stuff called Pain Aid from work. This stuff works so good, but I can't seem to find it any place! It has Acetaminophen, Aspirin, Salicylamide and Caffeine in it. Does anyone happen to know where to find it or something similar to it that works so well?
Thank you in advance! :^)
Katie from PA
Okies... Well a friend of mine was suffering from a horrible toothache and had no way to get any medication for it. She called me complaining and had not slept for quite sometime. Well all the old standards I knew about like liquor, oil of cloves, asprin directly on the tooth etc, weren't available to her. I asked my 90 year old grandmother. She had read something in a 1920's local paper. Sounded nutty to me. But I told my friend about it. And what do you know . It actually worked and she went to sleep within 20 mins comfortably. It's totally natural.
Take a rasin and split it open. Fill it with pepper. Place on the bad tooth or area where you are hurting and leave it there. Within 20 mins you should be feeling some relief. Don't thank god...Thank my grandma.
I need temporary relief for a toothache until I can get to the dentist. Any help would be appreciated.
Donna from Sacramento, CA
Okies... Well a friend of mine was suffering from a horrible toothache and had no way to get any medication for it. She called me complaining and had not slept for quite sometime. Well all the old standards I knew about like liquor, oil of cloves, aspirin directly on the tooth etc, weren't available to her. I asked my 90 year old grandmother. She had read something in a 1920's local paper. Sounded nutty to me. But I told my friend about it. And what do you know . It actually worked and she went to sleep within 20 mins comfortably. It's totally natural.
Take a raisin and split it open. Fill it with pepper. Place on the bad tooth or area where you are hurting and leave it there. Within 20 mins you should be feeling some relief. Don't thank god, Thank my grandma.
Any good remedies for toothaches besides over the counter or oil of cloves?
Laurie from Marshfield, WI
By Irene (Guest Post)10/23/2008
Many years ago, I used a shot of whiskey swirled around the achy tooth and spit out (I was pregnant). It not only helped with the pain, but was a type of antiseptic, until I could get to the dentist. It is imperative you get to a dentist ASAP!
I have a toothache that has been bothering me for four days now. What can I do to relieve this pain? Everytime I am about to sleep it hurts; so what can I do?
By Kyle J.
By Cindy S.07/31/2013
Ibuprofin will work great. Like 3 200mg tablets until you can see your dentist.
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Does anybody have any home remedies for a killer toothache? Please help!
Gladys from Chelsea, MA
By Sleepless In Detroit
I listened to all suggestions, even stuffing whole cloves into the large missing filling's old cavity. Once the severe pain begins, it needs antibiotics from the doctor. I got Clindamycin and it healed the infection, which is always from pus inside the tooth and surrounding gum-line/mucous membranes. Just be careful not to overdose on any painkiller, as I did with 5cc of pus swelling between my jaw skin and lower teeth.
After it healed, I bought Jason's Sea Fresh toothpaste with CoQ10 and Perilla, which heals the gums so well that I have not had any more problems and it's been about 6 months! A little more expensive than good toothpaste because it's organic, has no fluoride, and the Perilla comes from the mountains of China which truly heals the gums fast if used twice a day.
Don't wait too long. I have too much dental work needed, so I have to hope for charitable help for my teeth. The perioxide rinse will help to PREVENT the infection, but will NOT help to heal it AFTER the abcess is there. Regular toothpaste tastes like liquid sugar, now that I've used the Jason so long, and I will NEVER use that sugary stuff again. I feel that IT caused the decay as much as anything. : (
I wound up going to the local emergency room in a hospital who admitted me immediately at their insistence, although I told them clearly that I cannot pay for it. Later they claimed I owed $6700, even though I received a total healing the second day and they knew all about it, saying they had no idea why I healed so quickly, that it MUST be a miracle!
Good luck and God bless you. : ) (03/06/2007)
By Lord Jock
(Remedy) Grandma says "Take a raisin and split it open. Fill it with pepper. Place on the bad tooth or area where you are hurting and leave it there. Within 20 minutes you should be feeling some relief." Don't thank god. Thank my grandma. (02/10/2009)