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How To Get Rid Of A Toothache The Easy Way

Updated on November 25, 2012


First I must make it very clear that every remedy mentioned in this text is simply a means of relieving the pain and sensation of a tooth ache temporarily. None of these remedies are meant to be a substitute for actual dental treatment. A tooth ache can be a warning sign that needs to be taken seriously. An infection in your teeth can do much more than simply damage your mouth. Infection can cause a number of ailments and disease including heart disease and with prolonged affects it could lead to cancer. If the infection has breached the enamel and is in the pulp of the tooth an even greater risk can form. Bacteria from the infected tooth could reach the brain. The result is a bacterial infection that may prove fatal. Remember to use these remedies only for short term pain relief and management of your problem. Seek out a dentist as soon as possible.

The pain from a toothache can be nearly unbearable and should be a cause for major concern.
The pain from a toothache can be nearly unbearable and should be a cause for major concern.

Go For The Clove

Clove oil is one of the most noted and celebrated methods of temporary tooth ache relief. It contains the highly sought out properties of both antiseptics and anesthesia. This means it will prevent infection and numb the almost unbearable pain that comes with tooth aches.

Clove is however a very acquired taste and most people have difficulty in consuming it. It must be taken in moderation and with caution.

The first step is to dilute the potent clove oil. This is done because clove oil can irritate and even in some cases burn the skin of the user. Dilute it by adding 10 drops of clove oil to one tablespoon of olive oil. The olive oil does not have to be a specific type but in my experiences I have found extra virgin to be a little easier on the old palette.

Once you have your solution ready soak a cotton ball or even some gauze in the mixture. Be careful not to over do this. The ball should be moist but not dripping oil. I should warn you that some people will not be able to use this method because clove oil has been known to trigger the human gag reflex. Place the cotton ball or gauze around the affected area and lit it sit. The best option is to let the oil soaked ball rest against the gums of the irritated or infected tooth.

Some people actually use small bits of the cotton or a small amount of gauze and soak it in the mixture. They will then place it into the open cavity of the tooth that is hurting. While many people have recommended this method I myself have found it to be rather painful.

All My Rowdy Friends

The next remedy only applies to those people who are of drinking age. Whiskey has been a proven pain reliever for ages. Watch any wild west film and you will see it sooth a gun shot like aloe to a sunburn. In olden days parents would use a finger tip soaked in brandy or whiskey to sooth the pain of a teething baby. These days that practice is almost unheard of.

The alcohol in whiskey acts as an antiseptic. In nice terms it also functions as an anesthesia, in realer terms it gets you drunk numbing pretty much anything. Whiskey is not a method I would abuse when concerning a tooth ache. It does work but added use is only gonna make matters worse.

You need to pour a shot glass of whiskey. Take the shot and swirl it around in your mouth paying close attention to the area that is infected or hurting the most. The next option is yours. You can swallow the brew or spit it out. Either way as long as it has made contact with the infected area it will have done it's job.

You can also use a cotton ball soaked in whiskey or vodka to accomplish the same affect. The more potent the alcohol the more likely it is to ease the pain. The catch here is the more potent it is the more likely it is to get you drunk. be cautious.

A Good Mouth Washing!

I find a nice rinse with warm salt water provides a little bit of relief to a really bad tooth ache. If this is not enough I would suggest some antiseptic mouth wash. Listerine is usually the best for this procedure and it has a great taste to boot.

You simply gargle and swish the liquid around in your mouth. As with the whiskey you want to focus the attention on the affected areas of the mouth and gums. I have noticed that just keeping the mouth wash in my mouth resting against the area causing the most of the pain has done wonders to ease the sensation and dull the pain.

You can also add one tablespoon of baking soda to a half glass of lukewarm water. This will generate the same affect as the mouthwash but will usually be less abrasive to any sensitive areas of your mouth.

Warm Rest

The last remedy I want to teach you is the simplest. Just get a nice soft wash cloth and soak it in warm water. Make sure the water is not to hot so you do not risk burning the skin but not to cold because that will actually make the tooth hurt worse. Just place the warm rag over your jaw or mouth and let the heat sooth the pain. I find this works best when I can lay down and rest while doing so.

It may not be as quick as other methods but it is by far the most natural way to handle tooth pain.

A happy tooth is a tooth you can keep!
A happy tooth is a tooth you can keep!


As I mentioned earlier these remedies are not permanent fixes to tooth problems and pain. They are simply there to provide relief until you can reach the proper dental help needed to fix a toothache. The best advice is to never over medicate with pain medication. This is a huge no no to prevent addiction as well as liver disease. If you must take a pain pill or some form of pain medicine take only what is recommended and never any more.

Toothache pain is unbearable and can cause so much discomfort. It is vital that you make an effort to subside the pain until a dentist can be reached. Until next time, keep smiling.


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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i brushed my teeth five times a bad and use watermelon powder to ease the pain. Actually it is the gum that is swollen cause toothache

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      Sam Little 4 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      I am a baby when it comes to tooth aches. I hate them. I hope this helps in the future though and thanks for the comment.

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      Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I don't know why I read this but it may come in handy some day. The very thought of tooth ache makes me uncomfortable. I remember years back, when they yanked a wisdom tooth, they gave me a clove oil soaked cotton ball.