Home Remedies For Toothache

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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Question: Pain Aid for a Toothache

By Katie 13 58

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

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By heathera515 1 1 Flag

July 10, 2015

Katie the medicine u talked bout called Pain Aid, is a wonderful one. I live in Nebraska and the convenience store I manage actually carries these and others continuously. We get it from company called See medical. Look it up!!!!!

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Question: Temporary Relief for a Toothache

By Donna 1 4

I need temporary relief for a toothache until I can get to the dentist. Any help would be appreciated.

Donna from Sacramento, CA

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By Chaz 3 Flag

February 10, 2009



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.

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Tip: Remedy for Toothache Pain

By cherie 2 29

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


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Tip: A Remedy for a Toothache

By kathy 1 1

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


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Tip: Tea Tree Oil For Toothaches

By Dave 3

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


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Question: Toothache Remedies

By Prisie1111 1

I have a bad toothache. What can I do?

By Prisie1111 from Palm Springs, CA

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By Hallie 5 17 Flag

January 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!! :)

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Tip: Toothache Relief

By Irene M. 20

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


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Tip: Clove for Tooth Ache

By gem 154 262

Got a toothache? Relief is on it's way. Place a whole clove inside the jaw next to the tooth that is bothering you. In just a little while, the pain will begin to subside.

Don't have whole cloves? Take a cotton ball,add clove oil, and lay it in the area it is needed. Only use a small amount as the clove oil is concentrated. Most pharmacies sell clove oil or you can buy it from your herbalist.

Note: This is only for temporary relief. If pain persists you should see your dentist.

By Gem from VA


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Question: Homemade Remedies For Toothaches

By laurie 4 4

Any good remedies for toothaches besides over the counter or oil of cloves?

Laurie from Marshfield, WI

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By guest (Guest Post) Flag

October 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!

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Tip: Clove for Toothache

By Katie M. 9 4

Take a clove and let it sit in your mouth for a minute or until soft, then apply over the painful area until the pain goes away.


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    Tip: Aleve (Naproxen) to Relieve Toothache

    By Myrna Luz De J. 1

    Last night I had a menacing toothache that would not cease. These are all the remedies that I used and the one that finally did the trick at 9:45 this morning!

    • Clove oil: dabbed a Q-tip in it and spread it in the affected area to no avail.

    • Cinnamon (organic extract oil) and warm water mouthwash: no avail.

    • Himalayan pink sea salt with organic garlic, organic lemon juice, and warm water: no avail.

    • Crushed fresh garlic clove: chewed it on the side of the mouth with the non-offending teeth then moved it to the hurting side to let the juice penetrate: no avail.

    • Dunked a cotton ball in organic apple cider vinegar to no avail (twice, 10 minutes apart).

    • Cotton ball doused in organic vanilla extract: intensified the pain.

    • Rinsed with 3% hydrogen peroxide: no relief.

    • 3 Extra strength Excedrin: no relief, not even a smidgen.

    • 1 512 Oxycodone: absolutely no respite from the pain.

    • Reiki: off and on for an hour: nothing.

    • Vicks VapoRub and Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Gel (topical analgesic that my father uses for his severe arthritis. I was desperate!): I rubbed both onto the exterior cheek where the pain was and the jaw and top of the neck. Finally I got a little relief, but it was minor and temporary.

    • I prayed.

    • I laid down to try to get some rest and decided to "go into the pain" and just feel it all out without resisting as a tactic for maybe breaking through to the other side. All I felt was pain. And then soon after anger. Pain makes you feel a whole range of emotions. By this point, I was pissed off.

    • I swished vodka in my mouth and let it rest for as long as I could in the pained area and finally felt it numbing and the pain decreasing. I could finally, after a 10 hour wrestling match with pain and torment, felt some alleviation.

    • At 7:30 in the morning, exhausted, defeated, and now with a pain that seemed to taunt me, I dragged myself to my mother's house crying and begging for help. She got me a couple of Aleve, I popped them in and went back to bed in a haze. I woke up four hours later with just remnants of soreness and the memory of the horrible night I had. But inexplicable excited that the pain was gone.
    The pain was removed with 2 simple Aleve tablets (naproxen). I still feel intermittent jabs of discomfort but have an 8 am appointment with a local dentist. I know I'll need major work done and I can no longer avoid this dance with destiny. I have a couple of battered teeth and surely an infection.

    My advice is to try the remedies I listed above and see which works for you. So many people swear by the vanilla extract as well as the garlic. For me, the only saving grace was an over the counter pharmaceutical but it was pure heaven and almost instantaneous. Most importantly, take good care of your dental hygiene. It affects all your organs and, if you are lazy about it, you will suffer needlessly.


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      Question: Remedy for Toothache Pain

      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.

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      By Cindy 7 160 Flag

      July 31, 2013

      Ibuprofin will work great. Like 3 200mg tablets until you can see your dentist.

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      Tip: Garlic as Remedy for Toothache

      By dee53 1

      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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        Archive: Toothache Remedies

        Does anybody have any home remedies for a killer toothache? Please help!

        Gladys from Chelsea, MA



        Put a few drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and pack it against the aching tooth. If you don't have any clove oil handy, a clove will work almost as well. Or, try chewing on a clove of garlic. It tastes pretty bad and forget about your breath! Your pain should be gone within a few minutes!

        By MrsMoted2 (05/17/2005)

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        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Put a tea bag inside your mouth where you have the toothache and hold it in there for about 10 to 15 minutes, and your toothache will lighten up, and it will take a lot of stress from hurting off of you, too. (08/09/2005)

        By Kay

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        I've heard people say to use ginger root, but what if you don't have any, but you do have ground ginger. Take the ground ginger and mix it with a small amount of water to create a paste. Apply it to the aching tooth, and it should stop for a couple of hours.

        By Bullet_tooth_tony

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        A lady friend at work told me about clove oil, and another tip; crush an aspirin, ibuprofen, or codeine product (Vicodene,Tylenol or whatever) and put it inside the cavity of the tooth. Then bite down on a cotton ball soaked with clove oil for 1/2 hour. The swelling hasn't subsided, but the pain has.
        maybe i'll get some sleep tonight (09/22/2005)

        By Sleepless In Detroit

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        The dentist once told me that you mix equal parts of peroxide and water, and swish this in your mouth. That will help rid the infection. I can't remember how many times I had to do that, but it does help until you get to the dentist to have the problem taken care of. (03/04/2007)

        By kghsave

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        See a dentist immediately! A nine year old child in our area died from and infected tooth. The infection spread to his brain. (03/06/2007)

        By Jazzylazzy

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Ouch, this reminds me too much of when I hurt so badly that I accidentally overdosed on Tylenol, poisoning my liver and praying for a miracle healing, which I got after I'd been admitted, and about to be placed on the Liver Transplant list. Don't take too many Tylenol, rather alternate between Tylenol and Alieve.

        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. : )


        By Lynda

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Saturate a cotton ball or sterile gauze with warm oil of cloves and apply it to the tooth for about half an hour. Ordinary cloves wrapped in the gauze will work, too, but not as well or as comfortably. (03/07/2007)

        By sheilamay

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Toothaches are painful but can be prevented by take suitable precautions. Avoid eating
        food which will result in the formation of acid in the mouth, brush teeth regularly with a fluoride
        toothpaste. I found the information at: aches.in/preventtoothache.html (04/15/2007)

        By pcwork

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Ive had a horrible toothache for the last several days. I went to my dentist to find out I do indeed need a 1,200 dollar root canal, so its either pay my bills and rent to have a place to live or live with a toothache. I went to Walgreens, and bought some stuff called Cavity Gum. It kinda looks like gum. You tear off a piece and place it into the cavity. It offered a lot of help, with some Ibprofen. Until I can save at least a hundred dollars to have the tooth pulled. I live paycheck to paycheck. It's sad when you have a low income, and have to be in pain because you can't afford to get proper care! (07/23/2007)

        By BOBBIE

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Swish a wee drop of whiskey around the tooth. It's only temporary, but it takes the pain away. (08/11/2007)

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        RE: Toothache Remedies

        It sounds crazy but Cayenne pepper. Just rub a little bit around the tooth or in the cavity and the pain will be gone! It's a little spicy but its worth it. (09/30/2007)

        By Elizabeth

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        I have a killer toothache right now. Not so bad as it was 15 minutes ago (hurt so bad I was crying).
        I took too much Tylenol, which is bad for you but the pain was overwhelming. Then sprayed chloraseptic spray in my mouth and directed it towards my tooth. Still hurts, but bearable.
        I want to thank you guys. I am seriously about to head out for some clove oil and for peroxide. I hope this works. Thank you. (10/15/2007)

        By Meghan

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Most dentists nowadays take credit and even do their own financing. Better to make some arrangement with the dentist and have the work done, make a small deposit and pay later, rather than risk developing an abscess! Most dentists would be happy to discuss this option. Phone around until you find one who will work with you. If you have no dental insurance, see if there is a dental school near you - or get that medical "discount plan" that means you don't have to pay the full fee. Just get the proper antibiotics and don't wait too long! Take lots of Vit. C, too. (10/15/2007)

        By pamphyila

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Bad teeth and gums seem to run in our family no matter how much we brush and take care of our mouths. My 2nd daughter had some really bad teeth that got started when her 1st husband kicked her in the mouth with steel toed boots and cracked all the front ones. She'd have abscesses so bad she was delirious. But it wouldn't be just one, it would be the whole mouth.

        It got so bad one time, she finally went to the hospital and they told her,her whole head was abscessed and if it hit her brain or her heart she'd die. She finally has dentures thank god!! These teeth are nothing to play with! (05/28/2008)

        By CindyM56

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        I've never had a toothache, so I haven't been able to try what someone told me: put your ear (the one on the same side as the tooth) over boiling hot water. Apparently the vapour is supposed to help make the pain go away (in 5 minutes), just be careful not to burn yourself cause it can be really hot. I don't know if it works, but if you have a killer toothache, I guess you'd try anything. (10/16/2008)

        By Carol

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Try baking soda and warm water a small teaspoon of salt. Rinse until all is used. It works. Afterward place a small wet tea bag for about ten minutes. This numbs it as well plus it must have some kind of anti bacteria properties because the swelling on the side of my cavity went down tremendously. Good luck to you. (10/24/2008)

        By Mary

        RE: Toothache Remedies

        Talk about pain, a few months back a tooth that had been slowly decaying for years just dropped off, one of my molars, the root was still intact and pretty much all that was left of the tooth was slowly getting covered up by my gum. I had planned on getting to a dentist but kept putting it off because there was no pain. Until now! This is the 2nd worst tooth ache I have ever had, and I know its most likely not going to get better unless I get this thing yanked OUT! I've been putting Oragel on the darn thing, but it only lasts for a short time, and seems to make the tooth a bit more sensitive right afterward. I have no clue what to do at this point, I guess Ill have to rest in bed until the pain knocks me unconscious.

        (b)Editor's Note:(/b) Quite often dentist will take emergency patients quickly. Call your dentist or if you don't have one, call around. For anyone with this type of problem, you can get bone loss, and lose other teeth if you let something decay like this. (10/30/2008)


        RE: Toothache Remedies

        It works! 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 minutes comfortably. It's totally natural.

        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.

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