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.
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
I have to disagree with this post. Tea tree oil is a wonderful topical antiseptic; however, it is toxic and should never be taking internally.
I am so sorry but ingesting tea tree oil can be life threatening (and if it's in your mouth you're bound to swallow some of it) and especially threatening for those who happen to be allergic to it. As Louel53 mentioned use oil of cloves or orajel and as Lilac said you need to get to the dentist asap for tooth pain. I've used oil of cloves in the past for relief until I could get to the dentist and it worked well; you can ask your pharmacist for it.
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
2 thumbs up! I tried clicking the thumbs up button, but it did not work ;-( Thanks for the great tip!
I tried this Sensodyne trick (luckily I already had a tube) and I couldn't believe the immediate relief; you are my middle-of-the-night hero! I cannot thank you enough - my tooth was throbbing so bad I was considering ripping it out; I couldn't leave my sleeping child to run out and buy Orajel. I had tried Advil or anything I had at the house and even tried to take Z-Quil to knock me out but the pain just kept me awake. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this!
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have a bad toothache. What can I do?
By Prisie1111 from Palm Springs, CA
Buy yourself some "orajel advanced tooth desensitizer", It's a liquid that comes in a packet, in a box, that is made to go directly on to sensitive teeth. It cost around $5 at K-mart, other stores & online. (it's far better than the orajel numbing cream). The tooth desensitizer is like what my dentist put directly on my nerve when he did my crown to make sure my tooth would never hurt again.
If someone in your family is diabetic, you can use a syringe with all the needle broken off (or I used a dosage syringe, made to give a small child medication. available at any drug store) or you can just use an eyedropper. Put the orajel tooth desensitizer" in to the syringe or eye droper. Then take a paper towel & dry off your tooth & the surrounding area, get a mirror & good lighting & squirt the tooth desensitizer" directly into the cavity. If the cavity is on the top teeth, you will have to kind of turn your head upside down (for gravity) & squirt the desensitizer in to the hole. (try to keep it off your gums!)
Try to get it directly in to the cavity, then let it sit there for a minute so. Be aware that this will likely cause you intense pain! But after that 1 second of pain, you will have no pain in that tooth for months! This medication is not meant to be used this way, but let me tell you, in emergencies, it works wonders & keeps the pain away!
Another treatment that really works (& dentists use) is clove oil. It's is fantastic stuff! (that's why dentist offices smell like that, it's the clove oil!) You can find clove oil in Health Food Stores & most drug stores. Use only 1 drop, on a Q-tip or a toothpick or 1 drop sucked in to a tiny little stir-straw, then put directly in to your cavity (stay away from your gums!) Then pat away any excess with a paper towel. You can use the Clove Oil, Then the stuff Cricknc recommends. (See post below.)
It is not healthy to not take care of your teeth. Maybe you are like me & have no money for dental work. Take my word for it, if you do not take care of your teeth, you can get infections in your heart valve & may need the valve replaced! Also, if you take too much Ibuprofen or aspirin for very long (for pain) you can end up with kidney damage &/or holes & bleeding in your stomach lining. & if you take too much Tylenol you can permanently damage you liver! ("too much" is taking more than 2 extra-strength Tylenol a day). So take care of your toothache as soon as you can get in to a dentist!
---> Sadly, there is little to no help for the working-poor when we have toothaches or need dental work!
Ditto on the oil of cloves (you can ask your pharmacist for it) or Orajel to get temporary relief but you really, really must see a dentist because problems with teeth can cause serious health issues! Call your local Department of Human Services/Resources or your doctors office to ask where your nearest low/no cost dental clinics are and call those dental clinic(s) to ask their rules of how to get help from them!
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.
I need temporary relief for a toothache until I can get to the dentist. Any help would be appreciated.
Donna from Sacramento, CA
My dentist recommends 3 ADVIL tablets/capsules every 4 hours. Good luck!
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.
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.
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
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!!!!!
Zee medical makes it. They supply work places and commercial industries. I have packs and packs of them
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?
Any good remedies for toothaches besides over the counter or oil of cloves?
Does anybody have any home remedies for a killer toothache?