20+ Toothache Remedies For Pain Relief

If there’s one list to keep handy–this is the one. It never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and the dentist’s office is closed. Although only a doctor can definitively determine and cure the source of the problem, the following list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through the night until a professional can be visited.

SpoonI have plenty of helpful items listed, most are everyday, commonplace ingredients so there’s sure to be at least one or two in the pantry or spice cabinet available to be utilized immediately.

Important: Whether you are experiencing dull discomfort or a severe ache, there is a reason for it and it’s best to have it taken care of by a dentist as soon as possible. If it’s infected (gum area is swollen and/or face feels hot), don’t delay in getting professional medical care. These tips are merely intended to assist a person trying to get through a short period (day or two) until a professional can check things out.

Directions: Apply selected treatment directly to both the problematic tooth and surrounding sore gums unless otherwise directed.

Items instructed to chew or liquids to be swooshed around inside mouth, do so with the sore tooth and focus on surrounding area.

Take Care: Do not swallow liquids, spit out when done.

Master List of Home Remedies

  1. Salt Solution: Mix a heaping spoonful of salt in a small glass of water, swoosh around for as long as possible, spit out. Repeat at least twice.
  2. Cloves: An old timer’s remedy, rest a clove against the sore tooth until agony dissipates. Alternative: A drop or two of clove oil (careful, too much may be toxic) or make a thick paste of ground cloves and water or ground cloves and olive oil.
  3. Alcohol: Swoosh a bit of whiskey, scotch, brandy or vodka. A strong mouthwash containing alcohol can do the trick too.
  4. Hydrogen Peroxide: Swoosh a bit of hydrogen peroxide. If the taste is too horrid, try diluting by adding a titch of water.
  5. Vanilla Extract: Saturate a cotton ball, hold in place. May also use a cotton swab dipped in extract.
  6. Almond Extract: Same method of treatment as with Vanilla (above).
  7. Peppermint Extract: Same as with Vanilla (above).
  8. Lemon Extract: Same as with Vanilla (above).
  9. Tea Tree Oil: Just a drop or two is all that’s needed. Also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree to a small glass of water and swoosh around.
  10. Oil Of Oregano: Combine a few drops with olive oil (or water if preferred) and use to saturate a cotton ball.
  11. Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball and keep in place. Regular household vinegar works too.
  12. Ginger Root: Take a fresh chunk of ginger and carefully chew a bit (remember to focus on the sore tooth).
  13. Garlic: Take a clove of garlic, smash it and apply (settle inside cheek). Alternative: Mix in some salt.
  14. Peppermint Leaves: Chew on fresh peppermint leaves. Also try dried, just keep them in place.
  15. Potato: Cut a raw chunk of potato (skin off) and hold in place. Can also pound a piece of raw potato, mix in a pinch of salt and use the mash.
  16. Lime: Cut a slice or wedge of lime and apply, bite into it if possible to release some of the juice. Sensitive to cold? First bring the lime to room temperature if it was refrigerated.
  17. Onion: Slice a piece of raw onion and tuck inside cheek. The onion needs to be freshly cut (so it provides a bit of onion juice).
  18. Cucumber: Slice a piece of cucumber and hold over the sore area. If refrigerated, bring the cucumber to room temperature first (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece may be soothing. You may also incorporate a pinch of salt.
  19. Plantain: Chew up a fresh plantain leaf. If too sore to chew, switch to the other side of mouth. Once the leaf is macerated a bit apply to the troubled area and hold in place.
  20. Cayenne Pepper: Make a paste with cayenne pepper and water, use mixture to pack the area (including gum).
  21. Black Pepper: Use full strength or make a mix of pepper and salt.
  22. Baking Soda: Take a cotton swab and moisten with water, dip in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. Alternative: Make a rinse/solution by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture.
  23. Tea: Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag and tuck inside cheek. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins naturally found in tea leaves can aid in numbing things.
  24. Ice Pack: Cover an ice pack with a face cloth or towel then settle over cheek where the problem is. Will help numb things. If that doesn’t work, do the opposite–a hot compress (not too hot that skin is burned).

Tips

  • If the discomfort is unbearable and there’s no dental office open, call the local hospital’s emergency room–chances are they have a dentist on call (for a fee).
  • Try gently brushing teeth and flossing–this might bring some relief.
  • If the side of the face is in anguish and it feels like you’re going to lose your mind (I’ve been there)–it could be a sinus infection or an allergy affecting sinuses rather than a dental issue (even though it definitely feels like it). Try a Herbal Decongestant Steam to break up sinuses, this might relieve things enough until getting to a doctor. Chances are a prescription for penicillin is what’s needed to clear up the infection.

Something I found that worked in the above, very painful, severe situation the last time it happened to me (I’ve had three occurrences so far):

  • Swoosh cool or room temperature water in mouth where the trouble is. Keep the liquid there as long as possible.
  • Once the throbbing starts again, spit out and replenish with a fresh mouthful of fluid.
  • Spit out and repeat as often as necessary.

I had to do this for about 4 hours straight one night until the dental office opened in the morning. The hurt was an unbearable, unspeakable, nerve pain. This was the only thing preserving my sanity, giving immediate and fast relief–unfortunately it lasts for only moments at a time. I ended up having a molar pulled but only after a round of antibiotics and a few days taking prescription pain killers. I’m not actually clear on what the problem was in that particular case, I think it was an abscess…I was in serious distress at the time and couldn’t see my usual dentist but I’m confident in the care I received.

What’s In My Medicine Cabinet: I now stock a box each of Extra Strength Anbesol (topical Anesthetic) and Maximum Strength Orajel in the medicine cabinet at all times. The brands aren’t what matters, both have 20% Benzocaine Gel and I found the ingredient helps dull this type of extreme nerve pain in the beginning stages before it blows up and you have to keep water in your mouth the entire time. It would also help relieve discomfort from an abscess in the advanced stages. If it’s 3 AM and nothing on the home remedies list above will work, running to a 24 HR Pharmacy is *well worth the effort* to go out driving to pick this up. They merely provide temporary relief, but there’s something about dental pain that is so intense and causes such severe distress that anything even minimally removing or easing the ache just a little bit is welcome.

I hope this information is beneficial and a quick cure is discovered that works to bring the discomfort to a halt, but please don’t ignore the issue and get to a dentist as soon as possible. Home remedies can help through the night, but problematic teeth and gums only get worse if ignored. Good luck!

Note: These are simply notes I have collected, they are not professional medical advice.

**Updated: Removed aspirin tips in case the warnings weren’t clear enough for some, better to be safe than sorry!

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Comments

    • charlene
    Reply

    thank you so much using vanilla extract..i so dislike any type of painkillers

    • Nancy
    Reply

    Thank you so much. The vanilla extract worked great. What a relief !! I have a dental appt. next week.

    • Dean
    Reply

    Hi. I tried the vanilla extract on a q-tip and cotton ball and it provided some relief. I swished some extract around in my mouth for a minute and the pain went from a 10 to a 2 or 3.

    The weird part it the tooth that hurts had a root canal last year.

      • Steph
      Reply

      It could be an abscess or infection πŸ™

    • Louise
    Reply

    Oh my God. I love you. The vanilla worked right away. I love you I love you!

    • abby
    Reply

    After hours of no sleep! I tried the black pepper n salt n the pain literally disappeared. Thank you so much!!

    • volleyball5beast
    Reply

    Another good one that my dad had me try is if you take about half of a tylenol and chew it in the side of the mouth your toothache is on. It really does help. Relieves any swelling on the gums and relieved the pain :))

    • HardestyMom01
    Reply

    I have a tooth that broke off and the gum is exposed. No ins. etc. So I tried the apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball and placed it on the area (three different times) It worked. The pain is gone! It has been 30 minutes and I feel SO MUCH better. (Taste horrible, but who cares! I am pain free!)

    • Sara
    Reply

    Thanks everyone for all tha remedies but nothing seems to work for me!!! my tooth craked an im in exscruating pain!! I cant sleep,cant talk,cant eat im jus hopeless i made a appointment to my dentist and he cant see me until next month i really need some help…

      • Jim
      Reply

      Sara –

      Most cities have Emergency Dental offices (just like we have for our pets on weekends and evenings) and they can be a lifesaver for us.

      Good luck!

      • Kevin
      Reply

      If you have a cracked tooth and your dentist won’t see you for a month, it is time to find a new dentist. That is completely unacceptable.

    • laurence hampton
    Reply

    vanilla extract works great. Also I have used excedrin migraine tablets with great results too.

    • Jen
    Reply

    Tried the vanilla extract. It did work, however not long. I also used Colgate Sensitive Pro-Relief, rubbed directly on the tooth with my finger and that works as well, but again not for long. I had maybe 30 min relief for each remedy. These are good short-term options in the middle of the night when the dentist office is closed!

    • Jim
    Reply

    Good grief the cloves tip worked for me and I can finally get some sleep!!!! Thanks for this.

      • Linda Anderson
      Reply

      Just wanted to say I just put a clove in by my tooth pain and it is now giving me relief. It is amazing how fast it worked. Thank u

    • kelly
    Reply

    hey everyone, i was in pain all night, i tried everything and to no avail. i have screaming 1 year twins and no coffee this morning so i was in double pain. i just tried excedrin and it worked fast!!! after 2 painful days this is the only thing worked for me, hope it lasts until i can see the dentist! good luck everyone!

      • nyoka
      Reply

      I have always used excedrin for my toothaches but after about 2 days it quit working for me. I tried the vanilla and it gave me some relief, hope it works till I can get to the dentist.

    • Cindy
    Reply

    Garlic is great,my hubby fixed me garlic soup that in my system was a big help. πŸ™‚

    • Tara
    Reply

    Thank you. I tried the mint extract after taking ibuprofen and using orajel to no avail. The extract worked in about 10 seconds. I am ready to cry with relief.

    • Chevy
    Reply

    Vodka….. Taaka… Thnks

      • jackie
      Reply

      OMG……..Whisky……the pain has gone, marvellous

    • bethany
    Reply

    i havent tried any of these yet but am in a great deal of pain and i think the best way is to make an appointment at your dentist so they can give you a filling for instant relife.

      • Jaimie
      Reply

      VANILLA EXTRACT. It Worked!!! Thanks ALl

    • Tanya
    Reply

    I will never have another tooth ache again as long as Garlic is readily available!
    A few years ago, I had a tooth ache that was hurting so bad that I could not sleep. I tried store bought soothers but they didn’t even give me 2 minutes of releif at the time. After searching online, I fould the vanilla trick and that worked for about 1/2 hour to an hour at best. Once again, I took to the internet to find a better remedy and that’s when I decided to go with the garlic. I applied it one time and literally within a few seconds, the pain was gone and nearly forgotten about. The pain returned once after remmoving the garlic and not even immediately after…I’d say about an hour after the garlic was gone. I was hesitant to try the garlic simply because of the smell. The taste wasn’t to much of a factor since i love garlic but still questionable since I was putting it directly in my mouth instead of in a skillet with my dinner. To be honest, the smell and taste only lasted a few minutes which was not a big deal since the pain was gone. Since them I make sure to have garlic on hand at all times. Not only for tooth aches but because there are so many different uses for it. My son has acne really, really bad. I read something online (or one of my many iphone apps) about using garlic to zap acne and to my surprise, the next morning after rubbing garlic on his face, about 50% of the acne was gone. In a few treatments it was completely cleared up! Garlic is the wonder remedy!

      • drew
      Reply

      Its now 2:24 a m I dont have any extracts but I do have a shovel and garlic grows behind my home guess where Im going ?

        • Christian
        Reply

        Omg, I’m in so much pain, but this just cracked me up! I’m looking around thinking what I can use and I too see a shovel, but I’m thinking about asking someone to wack the side of my face!! Please put me out of my misery!! Haha, not really funny though

      • karen burt
      Reply

      Tanya, I take it u used a clove of fresh garlic on tooth??? I don’t always

      keep here :(….. don’t suppose garlic powder) would work, huh??…lol, lol.. I may try the powder on a dampened warm cotten ball…ty πŸ™‚

    • Precious
    Reply

    I’ve had a killer toothache for three days. I tried ibuprofen, naproxen, and oxycontin. I also chewed cloves (eww). Nothing worked for long, some not at all. Vanilla extract was instant relief. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

    • Cassie
    Reply

    I recently had three teeth worked on and my whole side of my face has been throbbing from being sore. I put the vanilla extract on a Qtip and within seconds the pain went away leaving me time to study without feeling my tooth pain! Thank you soooo much!

    • andy
    Reply

    natural products are also the best ones for taking care of your mouth on a regular basis.I took your advice to use fresh ginger on my toothache and it DOES help alot! Thanks for this excvellent help!great article.

      • Edwin
      Reply

      The pain was made WORSE when I pressed a fingerful of salt on the aching tooth.

      WHAT FINALLY WORKED for me was when I gently chewed on very thin slices of ginger with my aching tooth and leaving it there to soak for the whole night. When I walk up in the morning, everything was fine and the ginger in my mouth still had that ‘bite’ when I chewed on it. Yucky Eeew but Heavenly Peace!

    • Kim
    Reply

    Thank you so much, I’ve had a severe toothache for a while now, it’s been coming and going for months and last night it finally flared and would not stop. Ive been begging God all morning to help me, to give me strength and to show me how to help myself. After trying numerous drugs (legal of course) and brushing and mouthwash, I ended up on your page and I do believe He sent me here, you’re help has been invaluable in helping me!!! The salt water and vanilla extract are sanity savers!!! Many thanks!

      • Arsha K. N-M
      Reply

      Thank you so much. I had a severe ache in my leftside molar to midback and it was late-12pm and I was asking God and claiming healing too and I believe he guided me here too cause I had no extra cash to go to dentist next day and I felt like my face was going to explored, tried 2 painkillers-asprin, no relief, got on the cell phone search for home remedies, found tipnut, tried warm watered cloth on side of the face, took a small garlic crushed mixed with some saltwater, swoosh ground inside mouth focused on area, in less than 5 minutes, pain is gone. Thank you so much. Gonna try vanilla extract next time, if there is a next time. May God cause this site to grow:-)

    • Felicia
    Reply

    I tried the apple cider vinegar and had instant relief but about 2 minutes it was back. =/ Tried the salt on a cotton ball applied the the area and nothing. I’m going to do the ACV again and again and again to see if that will do the trick. Pray it does b/c I just cant afford 3,000 for a root canal.

    • jason
    Reply

    i have just tried the salt water then staright away applied lemon extarct and the staright after that i put a ice cube on me gum were tooth was throbbing and it was instant relief try it

      • omolola
      Reply

      Have tried the salt water, mouth wash, alchol and it didn’t work for me. Am always having pains everynight. Plsss I need more tips. I called a friend and she advice that I should go and have the tooth removed. Guess that’s what am gonna do first thing in the morning. Cos the pains is unberable.

    • CharlieFreak_118
    Reply

    Great post. Helped me to get past that annoying ache. Try the extract ones. Those seem to be the best working, according to other comments.

    • Liz
    Reply

    I tried what I can in this hotel room at 3 am during a hurricane watch and nothing in here works mouthwash crackers salt hot water but I did chew up ice where it hurts and it gutted like hell but took the pain away for a while just kept doing it and it is gone enough for me to sleep;)

    • Michelle
    Reply

    I tried salt, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, lemon extract, vanilla extract, ibuprophen, acetomenaphen with caffeine, and mouthwash. My tooth doesnt look like it has a cavity. It looks very good actually, just throbs endlessly. Oh, and I also flossed. Nothing has helped.

      • Kimberly
      Reply

      A friend of mine grinds her teeth in her sleep and had the same healthy looking tooth with pain as you do. A dental x ray showed that the grinding caused her tooth to break under the gums.

      • Shelby
      Reply

      Might also be TMJ…The first time mine flared I thought it was a toothache. Finally got the dentist and my teeth were fine. For TMJ hot moist compresses are good and avoid crunchy foods…mine hurt so badly I was curled up in the fetal position crying. It can be caused from grinding/clamping teeth.

        • Jessica
        Reply

        I also use to grind and clench my teeth at night. I would wake up with terrible headaches and sore and tender teeth and gums. Clove oil mixed with olive oil worked wonders for me. Be careful with clove oil as it is very strong and can burn sensitive skin like that on your gums and tongue. I usually mix 10-20 drops of clove oil with a tablespoon of olive oil, then rub the mixture on my gums or soak a cotton ball and apply that to the offending tooth. You can mix it stronger to get a stronger numbing affect but that will increase your risk of burns.

    • aileen
    Reply

    After 2 days of antibiotic and a paste of Sensodyne around tooth as Dentist advised, my pain continued. I got instant relief from a Q-tip soaked in vanilla extract as the tip suggested and had instant relief, thank you!

      • Josee
      Reply

      the thing that is good with the vanilla extract is that you can apply it as much as you want. Tynenol,advil stuff like that stops working before its time to take more

    • chelle
    Reply

    With everything use a numbing agent. I have found a few things that worked for me but everyones different nd sone aches are worse then others. Ive found relief alternating between hot nd cold on the outside of my mouth i usually do it at my bathroom sink with just a washcloth. Another thing is saltin crackers u chew them up to a almost swalowing time nd then put on ur tooth i actually just chewed them a little on my good side then finished chewing it on the bad side. The whole idea of that is to coat the tooth or get it into the hole if u got one. Mouth wash works if its a minor toothache for a severe one i recommend taking two extra strength headache pills (the bottle says for toothaches also) but aim for one that has acetaminophen, asprin nd caffine,,caffine is terrific for pain sometimes.

      • Kristan
      Reply

      “American red cross toothache kit” is the ultimate best thing. You can get it from any drug store. But all it is is clove oil. But let me tell it works better than anything.

    • Rory
    Reply

    One I found to work, but not quite long enough, is to take a pinch of salt, and grind it right into the tooth. It kills the pain almost instantly. The only problem: the salt dissolves within seconds.

    • joey
    Reply

    after using red cross (pure clove oil) for so long and ibuprofen i think i have become immune lol.so i tried the salt water and it helps a lil.then used mouthwash and kinda iffy on that one.whiskey seems to work just dont swallow lol.really main thing i found that works is goody cool orange.it kicks in quick and last a while.i know i need to go to a dentist but when u are broke and have no ins. its hard to do so if there are anyt other suggestions please i would love to hear before i wind up pulling it myself

      • Jezebel
      Reply

      OK so here is another trick I use Ground Cloves and Vanilla Extract (it has to be pure extract not imitation) mix the two together and make a paste and OMG it works so well and lasts a GOOD while.

        • Anitra
        Reply

        @Jezebel

        Thank you so much!!!!! I just used what you suggested and it worked instantaneously.

        • Elyse
        Reply

        Oh my god this helped me so much!!!
        I tried oragel and nothing, then the vanilla on its own and nothing, made the paste and it cured it almost INSTANTLY.

      • Ana
      Reply

      Here the community college has free clinic if you let student working with dentist work on you. But takes twice as long check your local college or tech school.

    • Paige
    Reply

    I can actually say that the vanilla extract did work!! Thank gosh!! I have been in pain for like an hour now!! I was in tears it hurt so bad!! I even went to the dentist two days ago!!!! I tried washing my mouth, ibprofuen, and codine. Nothing worked!!

      • Moosa
      Reply

      How did you use vanilla extract.

    • Jerry
    Reply

    It’s 3.00am and I’m trying the vodka technique. It helps almost instantly, not only for the pain, but also the pressure, and it even seems the swelling is going down a bit too.

    • Linda
    Reply

    Clove oil did it for me. Rinse with water and then dip a cute in clove oil and put directly on cavity for about one minute. OMG!! RELIEF!!!

    • Scotty
    Reply

    I was up at 1 a.m. trying to find some simple and quiet way to make my sensitive toothache go away, at least for the night. I tried basic black pepper and some sea salt and it removed my ache substantially. Pressure on the tooth still hurt but after i did it about 3 times, one after the other dissolved away, even the pressure went down too.

    • Harold
    Reply

    WOW!!!! This realley works……Vanilla Extract: Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla extract and hold in place over problem tooth. Can also use a cotton swab dipped in extract and carefully swab the painful area….thank you so much, feel alot better now, stop hurting soon as i put the vanilla on it

    • cheryl
    Reply

    My husband use apple cider vinegar on a cotton ball got almost instant relief.

      • Varna
      Reply

      Apple Cider Vinegar gave me instant relief. Hoping it lasts.

    • Karen
    Reply

    Oh my goodness, thank you SO much for this. I have tried using Orajel and it was basically doing nothing at all for the pain. I tried the suggested vanilla extract on a cotton swab and it took the pain away almost instantly!

    • Dan
    Reply

    I use Yarrow, which grows in the garden, and wild,
    to kill the pain, and heal my abcessed teeth ( heriditary )
    Mixed with euchinacea, golden seal, elderberry bark, and licorish root
    as tea

    made the pain and the abscess and the puss disappear

      • CJ
      Reply

      Dan how much and did you swish with it or drink it? CJ

    • Luke
    Reply

    wow! i owe you my life! i was in insane pain… i tried ibuprofen… i tried orajel(it helped a tiny bit) but i figured why not try some mouthwash that has alot of alcohal in it… left it on the hurting side for about 30-40 seconds wooshed it a little… and im feeling immediate relief!!!

    now i can get atleast 4 hours of sleep before work in the morning.

      • Josh
      Reply

      The best solution for me was a shot of vodka.i got a shot of vodka and put it in my mouth and swirled it around like a mouth wash method for about 5 seconds.then i keep the vodka on the hurting side for about 30 seconds and instant relief…im soooo happy now!:) πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        • Robert hernandez
        Reply

        cool thing about the vodka mouth wash it that you can drink it afterwards lol

          • colleen
          Reply

          you should NEVER drink what you swished around in your mouth if you have a toothache. if its absessed even alcohol won’t kill the entire infection and you are then taking it in to your body and that can be toxic.

          • Jenn
          Reply

          I was stunned to find a mom say that she put liquor on her baby’s teeth for teething pain. Then I read it is much, MUCH safer than Oragel! I might try it myself now — for this excruciating pain I’m in!

            • Donna

            Whiskey is what my great grandma, grandma, mom and I all used for teething. Just a drop rubbed on the gums…works great! Helps with a toothache as an adult also!

    • william
    Reply

    well the only way to cure a toothace is to go to the dentis but i have come to find out that crest or any kind of mouthwash help to numb the pain for a little while it helped me to go to sleep

    • vaseem pasha
    Reply

    thanks u very much for this remedies as it is 2am and i m seating and trying u r remedies which giving me relax

      • kaylee
      Reply

      The raw potato was a fail, salt water ehh somewhat worked. im in pain & plan on attempting all

        • karen burt
        Reply

        hey, kaylee & vaseem, try teabag next
        helped me … I put in mouth on affected tooth for approx 15 min… & DID help me.. take aspirin (regular, cheapo, generic) aspirin….Aspirin helps reduce immflamation if IS any around the tooth, it will help reduce immflammation (swelling), & pain. Going to try the clove next. (lucky enough to have bottle of cloves here for baked hams)…. Good luck girls & I just heated up a small amt. of water with tea bag in it, squezzed it out & place on tooth..helps get u to sleep anyway πŸ™

          • Amber Schmidt
          Reply

          I would try aspirin but it thins my blood. Been up all night taking ibuprofen like its candy and using oraljel but none worked I tried the warm saltwater it helped

        • mike c
        Reply

        I cut a small wedge of raw potato dusted in salt a stuffed it into the hole it hurt like hell on nerve at first but then finally no pain… Thank you.

    • Hope
    Reply

    Do not leave the goody powder in your mouth very long. It eats the lining of your cheeks and adds to the pain substantially! I made that mistake and am paying for it now. Good luck to you all.

    • amber
    Reply

    its 3am and i woke up crying in pain i have tried mouthwash and salt water and neither helped and i have nothing else on the list besides ice so im currently trying that. in hopes the Ibuprofen will kick in but thank you for posting this cuz im sure it would be helpful if i had anything on it!

    • Greg
    Reply

    RE: #24 and the mention of baby aspirin.

    NEVER give aspirin to a child under 19 years of age. It can cause Ryes’s syndrome. Unless you are in a third-world country, you would not be able to find children’s aspirin alway.

    I apologize for getting off topic. However, I felt the need to get the word out.

    As for me, the cloves worked well. I imagine that any extract containing alcohol or any high proof spirit will work well. Also try cough drops if you have them. They contain a local anesthetic similar to many OTC toothache remedies.

      • mary
      Reply

      hey,Dr. Greg, what country are you from? Because here in the good ‘ol U.S. of A., Bayer brand aspirin sells a few different doses of aspirin. Low doses are intended for children and/or heart patients. Plus, haven’t you ever heard of St Joseph’s Baby Aspirin?? Just saying….

        • Dan
        Reply

        I am in the USA. My doctors would not allow aspirin until well into college. There are medications with low doses for children, but they are never aspirin.

          • BDoc
          Reply

          Dan, you are absolutely correct! Aspirin is not given to children due to causing Reye’s syndrome. But there are exceptions like a child with Kawasaki disease. Unless otherwise, Aspirin is not given to those under age 16!

            • BMetz

            I’m 47, and many times over my childhood we were all given childrens aspirin, heck I even downed a whole bottle and had to get my stomach pumped, and never came down with anything from it when I was around 4. If the cases are rare I’ld rather have them as a child then most these other pills that are on the market now-a-days that have a lot worse side effects and later on problems, i.e. kidney, liver, heart attacks, so on.

            • Ta

            You can give aspirin to kids. It’s only if they have a fever, then you DO NOT treat it with aspirin.

            • Carol

            My cousin got reyes syndrome from his mom giving him baby asprin it happens!!

            • Kim - Pharmacist

            Baby aspirin should not be given to children with a fever, flu, virus or chicken pox because it can cause Reye’s Syndrome in children with those conditions (so can Pepto Bismol because it contains salicylates which are the main ingredients in aspirin).

      • lake2
      Reply

      I agree, I’m a nurse…baby aspirin only means low dose aspirin….not intended for children

    • Bree
    Reply

    as as expecting mother i kept putting going off to the dentist to have this broken tooth removed.. well tonight i woke to regret it. severely.. to t the point of tears for the last hour!! i tried the warm salt water with no luck.. then gave in and tried the almond extract ( didnt want to search for the vanilla) relief almost instantly!!!

    • Mike Hawk
    Reply

    Chewing tobacco seems to help if you take a pinch and hold it between the affected tooth and the one opposite it. It’ll calm you down a bit too, assuming you are of age of course.

      • blake
      Reply

      I use chewing tobacco regularly and with my current toothache, it causes a pain that is unbearable.

    • Paula Edwards
    Reply

    I tried ice, I tried heat, I tried oxycodone, and Ibuprofen (not mixed of course)and got no relief..at 3am, with a broken tooth now severely throbbing, and no extra cash to go to a dentist (and no insurance-who can afford it)in the morning, I went to the kitchen and rifled through my spice cupboard looking for the vanilla extract..and found NONE!..I did however, have Orange extract, and pure lemon extract-so I chose the lemon, grabbed a q-tip and doused my aching tooth. I can assure you-I felt relief almost instantly!!! Now I can finally get some sleep! Thank you again for this great tip!

    • Mandy
    Reply

    I can attest to the greatness of vanilla extract on a cotton ball! Got me through an entire wisdom tooth! πŸ™‚

      • ellie
      Reply

      So much pain ( thanks to this)

        • cookie
        Reply

        I am currently in a tough sittuation. My dentist performed half a root canal..thats right, half, i suppose to collect the rest of his money once the pain came back…yes he knew it would. anyway..ive tried clove powder, rubbing alcohol, minced garlic..the only and best thing that has given me relief has been garlic capsules. you can find these at family dollar cvs, etc. i pricked the capsule and dropped some garlic oil in the hole. I promise u guys, this will bring u relief as well. i didnt have any clove oil and vanilla had me crying up all night one time like a mad woman. my boyfriend looked horrified! lol. hope this helps.

          • ash
          Reply

          didn’t have any garlic capsules did have garlic cloves though cut a nice slice and put it where tooth was hurting and bit down the pain has decreased significantly thanks cookie πŸ˜‰

          • Sharon Rochelle
          Reply

          Fresh garlic clove sliced and placed on the gums works in seconds.

          • Linda
          Reply

          My teeth are very sensitive. What should I do so I want be in so much pain

          • richard
          Reply

          This may sound crazy but, I had an absesed tooth and I had tried the heck out of everything. So I was lying there in bed in the middle of the night and seen vicks vapor rub beside the bed. I just gave it a shot. I took it and rubbed it on both sides of my lower and upper jaw. and on my face. (not on the inside but on the outside of my mouth) . within secounds my pain was gone. I was able to sleep the whole nite and used this until the tooth could be pulled. Just to see if I was crazy I told about 6 people about this that posted on facebokk about having tooth aches. And for all but 1 of them it worked. So give it a try.

            • Shannon

            I actually tried the very same thing and yes it does work although I also used a hot washcloth along with it. Unfortunately I gave my Vicks Vapor Rub to a friend and haven’t bought anymore!

            • Shannon

            I tried Vicks vapor rub too about a year ago and yes it worked wonders! Don’t know what gave me the idea but I also put a warm washcloth against my cheek and within minutes the pain was gone! Unfortunately I’m out of Vicks now! I’ve also had moderate success with vanilla/lemon extract and the ice cube between thumb and forefinger. I’ve also repeatedly held mouthwash with alcohol in my mouth until it killed the nerve. It hurts like a bitch,but if you can hold out it’ll eventually kill the nerve and the pain!

            • Samantha

            This help me alot thank you

      • valerie
      Reply

      The vanilla extract has worked a miracle for me. I have had a toothache for a week, no insurance, so just been dealing with the pain. I took a spoon and poured the vanilla extract in it and swished it in mouth on the affected side and instantly I had relief.

        • Bill
        Reply

        The vanilla helped me alot also,,,instantly,,Thank you for comment,,got me to try it,,

      • Lisa Hartzog
      Reply

      Thanks so much I tried nitequil throat spry orajel ambesol and didn’t have any cloves but I used your method with vanilla extract and omg it work so fast thanks alot:-)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Eddie Edwards
      Reply

      I’ve been up all day with a toothache. I’ve tried peroxide, warm salt water, cold and hot suppress. Nothing worked. Then I saw the vanilla extract and knew we had some so why not give it a try. It was so instant it gave me cold chills. Luckily I have an appt in the morning after working last night, no sleep today, and work tonight. Will be taking the vanilla and cotton balls with me to work.

      • Loreal
      Reply

      Thank you so much, all I had was vanilla essence/extract and now I can actually talk. Feeling better, took 2 and then another pain killer (ibrufen)(sp) and eased constant pain but throbbing pain had me in tears a few times, salt water and mouth wash didn’t really work, good luck you all.

      • Kemi_dmccboxes
      Reply

      How do I begin to thank u. Vanilla essence worked like magic. After several days of excruciating pain. God bless you!!!

    • jan
    Reply

    I took your advice to use fresh ginger on my toothache and it DOES help alot! Thanks for this excvellent help!!!!!

    • CAROLYN
    Reply

    CATNIP CAN ALSO BE USED. TAKE FRESH CATNIP CHEW UNTIL GOOD AND MOIST THEN PLACE ON THE TOOTH THAT ACHES. KEEP THERE FOR AWHILE AFTER YOUR TOOTHACHE HAS STOPPED.

      • Deana Ellard
      Reply

      I was told by a dentist to never ever use anything warm or hot on the cheek because it will help to breed the infection and make it worse. It is comforting, I know because I did that and my face swelled and looked like a softball was in my cheek. The dentist found out what I had done and informed me to never do that. The other methods here are great have used most of them. I am here today to refresh my memory about toothaches because I have one right now. I did not get the idea to use heat on here though,that was my own stupid idea.

        • Margaret
        Reply

        I was told today to use a heating pad and the heat might help. I haven’t done it yet and after reading what you said I will not try the heat. I am so happy you shared that with us. I hope you are doing better now. mine hurts so very bad. it is 11:00 pm I am so tired I can’t sleep. I am trying to find something that will help me. what happened is one of my teeth broke and the tooth that hurts is the one next to the one that broke. I don’t know why but I am sure that when I can afford to get to a dentist he/she can help me. In the mean time I need something that will help me. Either that or the pain I am having will KILL me. I AM IN SO MUCH PAIN. Thank you for sharing I won’t us heat at all. YOU ARE GREAT!

        • Patti
        Reply

        I use clove, tea tree, OR melaleuca essential oils, but be sure they are PURE oils. The clove oil burns a little bit at first but I just keep brushing my teeth and the toothache and the burning sensation eases up. I only use dōTERRA oils as it has been proven to be pure.
        You can also swish warm salt water until it feels cool. An ice pack on your cheek (not in your mouth) can also be used.

      • Kimberly
      Reply

      Over 48 hrs no sleep and this is the worst toothache Ive ever had. PURE torture, and I’ve had a lot of toothaches including abcessed. There is no swelling, it broke off at the gum line a month ago. Have appt. tomorrow if I can make it til then. I am literally crying, moaning and screaming and would rather give birth to triplets with no epidural than endure this one more sec. I tried everything, finally tried the Vanilla extract and did get some relief. I have shooting, searing pain all around it. I think the nerve is exposed?? Never have experienced such pain, this is suffering at it’s worst. God help me.

        • sandie
        Reply

        I am having the same problem my mouth is killing me been taking pain killers all night n no relief. I have 7 broken off at the gum line so I will have to go to see the dentist hoping he will put me in hospital n do the lot I hate going to the dentist but I must go I going to try the tea bag one so hoping it will b better. hope to go n see dentist today and he can book me in for the hospital to get them all done. I hope u get help asap as well nothing worse than pain that won’t go away

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