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Tooth Pain Relief: The Best Medications to Choose

Updated on September 4, 2012

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Toothache - Seirogan Works Best

Every time someone in my family has a toothache, Seirogan comes to rescue. I always keep a bottle of Seirogan in the house because having a toothache is like having a world of pain and only Seirogan helps stop that pain instantly. You’re supper lucky if you have never experienced a toothache because when a toothache strikes, you can’t eat, you can’t sleep, you can’t even talk. Almost very small movement of your mouth would make that dreadful pain even worse. Toothache often makes a throbbing pain in your head too. It might not be that terrible if a dentist can see you right away and you can handle the bill. But what happens if your dentist is not available for the next couple days or you just simply can’t afford a dentist, toothache will most likely serve you an experience that you’ll never forget unless you know how to stop the pain by yourself.

What cause a toothache

A toothache occurs when the central portion of the tooth which contains very sensitive nerve endings suffer an infection or inflammation. Besides the normal irritation and swelling of an infection, the majority of the pain is caused by unrelieved pressure to the nerve endings. Here are the main factors that can trigger a toothache:

  • Broken tooth
  • Decay tooth
  • Severe gum recession
  • Gum disease

Best toothache remedy:

Clove oil: A natural painkiller because it contains eugenol which has the ability to destroy bacteria within a body and to numb the tissue. It can be purchased over the counter at your local pharmacies or health food stores. Apply clove oil to the affected tooth and surrounding gum with a cotton swab, or stuff an infected tooth hold with a cotton ball that is soaked with diluted clove oil with same amount of olive oil or coconut oil.

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Best toothache medication:

There are many different types of over the counter toothache medications, but I only favor one which is Seirogan. It takes away the pain almost instantly.

Seirogan - is one of a year-round medications I keep in my house. It works great on indigestion problems as well as toothache. Seirogan is made in Japan in 1902 and has been widely used around the world. You can buy it at many Chinese pharmacies or order it online. Seirogan is soft and shaped like a small ball. It tastes awful but works like a miracle. The smell of Seirogan is also very strong - quite stinky, I must say. I have to wrap a bottle of Seirogan pills in three layers of socks in order to contain its smell every time I travel but pray that I don‘t have to use them.

The main ingredient of Seirogan - J.P. Creosote

J.P. Creosote - Contains anti-septic and preservative properties. Some people mistakenly think that J.P. Creosote is a coal-tar creosote which is poisonous to living beings. However, the fact is that J.P. Creosote is a wood-tar creosote. It is made by repeatedly distilling and purifying the wood tar from beech and pine wood. J.P. Creosote was introduced as a medicine component as early as 1833 and has been used around the world for treating different medical problems such as dyspepsia and pain.

How to use Seirogan for toothache

Smash half of a Seirogan pill and fill the hole of an infected tooth, or paste the smashed Seirogan pill along the gum line of the infected tooth. If it's for a very small crack on the tooth, mix half of Seirogan pill with a dab of water, then spread it on the tooth so that it's easy for the medicine to sink through the crack and get to the root faster. You can gently rinse off the Seirogan with lukewarm water after the toothache is gone.

How to prevent future toothache

Prevention is the most effective way to stop toothache from happening the first place.

  • Protect your gum from shrinking. Use soft toothbrush and brush gently in circular motion so that it won’t damage the gum.
  • Keep your teeth & gum clean. Floss and brush your teeth at least twice a day. It would be best if you could floss and brush your teeth every time after you’ve eaten so that there won’t be any chance for bacteria to form onto the teeth.
  • Don’t challenge your teeth for biting or chewing food/things that are too hard or you might crack your teeth and cause a toothache.
  • Frequent use of mouthwash is also a good habit because mouthwash can stop bacteria from accumulating.
  • Use Hydrogen Peroxide, an antiseptic oral deriding agent, to stop minor gum infection so that it won’t advance to a major problem that can cause a painful toothache.
  • Don’t smoke - Tobacco products can damage the teeth and gum.
  • No piercing on your lip or tongue - Jewelry can damage the gum tissue by rubbing it.


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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Seirogan has been wildly used in China. Is there a Chinatown or Japan town in the city you live? If there is, you probably be able to find it there if you can't order it from Amazon.

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      John 5 years ago

      Never heard of Seirogan. Does anyone know if it is available in the UK and if so where? Very informative and useful Hub, thanks Kittyjj

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Steve for reading and commenting. :)

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      Steve Orris 5 years ago from NE Ohio

      I have never used Seirogan. I have some 'sensitive' toothpaste which helps but Seirogan sounds better. I'd better pick up a bottle. I know what tooth pain is like. Very bad. Thanks for the info.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Hi L, I don't see why not to give Seirogan a try. You just need to make sure that you don't overdose. Follow the instructions on the label on how to fix a toothache. I hope it'll work for you.

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      5 years ago

      I'm having daily tooth pain, I'm self-employed web designer and developer and things have been on the slower side as of late for me (Only enough money for bare necessities) so I can't even afford the $200 cost to get it checked to see what the problem is, I think I have about 3 or 4 cavities, my left molar broke. Most of my pain it coming from a pinhole cavity on my right side canine I guess it's called. There is no way for me to see a dentist, Salt water barely works, I brush and use Listorine once or twice a day, usually making the pain worse, Advil and Orajel doesn't seem to be working, would you still recommend Seirogan?

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Hi Lu, once Seirogan is on a tooth or along the gum line of a tooth the pain starts to fade. The last time I used it was at dinner time. Some juice or food got into a crack of my back tooth and sent me up the ceiling. I smashed half of a Seirogan and mixed with half drop of water, then covered my tooth with it. (For a tooth with a big hole, you don't need to add water.) It calmed that sharp pain right away. Within 15 minutes the pain was completely disappeared and didn't return. But I went to see my dentist the next day afternoon anyway just to make sure it wouldn't happen again.

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      Lu 5 years ago

      Yes I use Bonjela too. I used it for my kids when they were teething and when I want to help them pull off their loose tooth. It has a numbing effect. Does not work for long though.. How long does Seirogan works for? Btw, I am a great follower of your hub too. Thanks for all the useful information.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      I have never used Bonjela. My sister and my friends have used clove oil and it worked for them. But I prefer Seirogan. Thank you Nettlemere for reading and commenting.

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      I didn't find the clove oil based treatment as effective as bonjela (don't know what it contains) when my tooth was infected. I haven't heard of seirogan - I'll have to see if it's available in the UK.

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you Melovy for reading and your compliment. :)

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      I had never heard of Seirogan before, but I do use oil of cloves. This is a useful hub, and I agree with Nare, the drawing is great!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Thank you urmilashukla23 for stopping by and vote up.

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Very informative and useful Hub. Voted up!

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Yes, I did draw the picture myself. I love drawing ever since I was little. I am now working on a picture book which involves a lot of drawings. Hopefully I will have enough time to get it done by the end of this year. Thank you Nare for your kind words.

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      Nare Gevorgyan 5 years ago

      Ann I have become a fan of your writing and formatting style. This hub is so useful and the first pic is AWESOME! Couldn't be better. Did you draw it yourself?

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      Ann Leung 5 years ago from San Jose, California

      Sorry to hear about your toothache Phillydreamer. I hope everything is under control now. Take care! :)

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      Jose Velasquez 5 years ago from Lodi, New Jersey

      Where were you 5 days ago. I had the mother of all tooth aches, and I had to use peroxide as a mouth wash and pop about 12 Motrin before it started to go away.