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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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By 7 found this helpful
July 14, 2008

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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By 5 found this helpful
May 9, 2012

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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By 9 found this helpful
August 13, 2012

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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By 5 found this helpful
August 3, 2012

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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By 4 found this helpful
July 13, 2015

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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By 3 found this helpful
February 20, 2014

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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By 6 found this helpful
March 4, 2011

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.

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By 2 found this helpful
July 19, 2013

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.

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By 1 found this helpful
January 11, 2011

I have a bad toothache. What can I do?

By Prisie1111 from Palm Springs, CA


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January 11, 20110 found this helpful

http://www.ehow  othache+remedies

A home remedy is only temporary. Please make an appointment to see a dentist.

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By 0 found this helpful
April 27, 2006

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 guest (Guest Post)
April 29, 20060 found this helpful

If you have a toothache the best thing to do is have it checked by your dentist, it could be decay, a problem with the nerve, a problem with your gums, your bite or who knows what else, if your pain is returning, it means it's not getting better. I think the product sounds like a great idea for an emergency if you want to feel comfortable until you reach a dentist though! Good luck.

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May 1, 20060 found this helpful

I agree with Leslie....if you have a severe toothache, you need to get into your dentist pronto! I had a very bad toothache, oh about 6 yrs ago....I would cry like a baby from the pain and it kept me awake at night. I only put up with it a couple days and then went in and turned out I had a bad nerve. The Dentist removed the nerve and did something temporary until I could have a root canal done. You can't use some sort of product long term and ignore that there could be something serious going on. You don't need to find more of that product, you need to go see the Dentist and don't delay!

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 1, 20060 found this helpful

The ingredients you describe are the same ones in Excedrin Migraine. We used to have this at work, our version was called PainAway, and one day i compared the ingredients at the drug store. It's the same thing. And it really does work!!!


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By guest (Guest Post)
May 1, 20060 found this helpful

You can order Pain Aid from Zee Medical Products, located in St. Louis, MO. 1-800-423-4563.

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By guest (Guest Post)
May 1, 20060 found this helpful

Temporary fix=clove nails. Get them at your local healthfood store. Just push one on each side of your tooth. It helps cleanse mouth, freshen breath, but, also, deadens the pain naturally.


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May 2, 20060 found this helpful

As a former dental assistant, I'mgoing to get preachy here. Pain is the last sign that there is something wrong with a tooth. Alot of people figure they won't go to a dentist until something hurts them. It's too late then. Regular preventative checkups can save you money in the long run. For now, tho, you need to get something done about that tooth. Just taking aspirin or whatever is only a temporary fix. The tooth will get worse. What could just be a cavity now could end up to be a root canal later on if you let it go. A simple filling is much cheaper than a root canal and a crown.

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May 3, 20060 found this helpful

Until you see the dentist get clove oil from I guarantee it will make you pain free it is what dentists use. It also numbs any kind of pain. anywhere on the body

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May 3, 20060 found this helpful

Pain aid is wonderful, I found it at work in the emergency kit for a headache years ago. Here in Georgia we have QT ("QuikTrip") gas stations and they sell them in individual packets by the registers. I also saw them at a Flash Foods station on the counter. If all else fails, the same medicines are found in Excederin Migraine pills. It's the same as BC and Goodies Powders. The caffeine makes the meds. work faster.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 10, 20070 found this helpful

I can't afford to go to the dentist and get a root canal. I'm in excruciating pain. :-( So much so that I can't help crying. I'm popping pills like crazy and went through a tube of orajel in two days. This pain is worst than childbirth. I can barely function and work with this pain. I'm in agony and distress and depressed over this.

Editor's Note: T.J. some dentists will give you help with the bill or give you credit or work out payments if you are in pain. Call around and see what you can work out, there is nothing worse than tooth pain and they know that.

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By guest (Guest Post)
April 10, 20070 found this helpful

i have some im a sales rep

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By guest (Guest Post)
February 18, 20080 found this helpful

Hi Katie, I found it only on Ebay, but not under the name Painaid. Do a search with the word Salicylamide, and you will find it there in almost the same ingredients. God bless, Judy

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 13, 20080 found this helpful

The dentist is the only that can stop the pain. This is coming from a poor 23 yr. old w/o dental insurance! Move to Canada. Their health care is free!

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By guest (Guest Post)
March 13, 20080 found this helpful

Pain pills only work for a very short period of time.

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By guest (Guest Post)
July 14, 20080 found this helpful

They are available through the Zee corporation. You can find them on their web site for a reasonable price. I googled painaid and got the web site and order info. I agree with you, they are the best! From tooth ache to PMS we use them for everything!

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By 0 found this helpful
January 13, 2009

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 0 found this helpful
October 22, 2008

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

Laurie from Marshfield, WI

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October 22, 20080 found this helpful

Rinse with warm salt water or ice pack wrapped in a towel outside the mouth.

These are according to my home remedies book.

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October 22, 20080 found this helpful

I have never tried it but have read about using acupressure points:

http://www.ehow  acupressure.html

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 23, 20080 found this helpful

As a former dental assistant, I would tell you that you need to get to a dentist and have it checked out. Pain is the last sign that something is wrong with a tooth. Leaving it go and using home remedies could turn something simple, such as a filling into something much more expensive such as a root canal. I don't want to scare you, I'm just telling you what I know from 14 years in the dental field.

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October 23, 20080 found this helpful

Ditto, what the former dental assistant said as so was I. Also if you let it go to long it will get infected swelling up and BEFORE the root canal can be done. You have to take series of antibiotics BEFORE the dentist can begin the root canal. Also most general dentists do not do root canals sending you to a specialist. This will cost much more. Get to your dentist.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 23, 20080 found this helpful

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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July 29, 20130 found this helpful

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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January 11, 20110 found this helpful

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)

By ThriftyFun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: (04/15/2007)

By pcwork

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)


Toothache Remedies

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

By Lord Jock

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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)


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.

By XDarkSyntaX

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