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Natural Cures for a Tooth Ache

Updated on October 3, 2011

Stop the Pain

I just got over a tooth ache. It woke me up in the middle of the night and I could not sleep. I struggled to remember what my mom did for me when I was a kid and had a tooth ache.

Ice or Garlic?

While I was trying to remember, I tried icing the area. That did not work too well. It made my face cold but my tooth was still throbbing. Then I vaguely remembered, the first thing she always did was put on some raw garlic. No matter the problem, tooth ache, ear ache whatever the problem, the cure was garlic. That actually helped calm down the pain so it did not throb.

Whiskey and Honey

Then I remembered what it was she used to do. We'd swish around a mixture of whiskey and honey and swallow. I tried it and I did feel better though the taste of garlic, whiskey and honey was quite an experience.

Tooth Decay

While this by no means is meant to cure tooth decay, it did stop the tooth ache. If you have decay as the cause of your tooth ache, you will need to see the dentist to get it cleaned out and filled. In the mean time, try the raw garlic and failing that the whiskey and honey should do the trick until you can see your dentist.


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    • Tom T profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom T 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Alexander Mark - Yes natural cures are often based on experience with things that do work. I'll look for the TJ toothpaste. Thanks for the comment.

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      Alexander Silvius 

      8 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Unfortunately, this could be a great help to me. I love natural remedies, even if it involves whiskey.

      As far as tooth decay, I have read that xylitol actually helps to rebuild enamel in some cases. Xylitol is an ingredient recommended in some recipes of natural toothpaste.

      Speaking of which, I buy natural toothpaste from Trader Joes and this has eliminated the constant pain I felt in all my teeth (the healthy ones too) on a daily basis. Maybe I should write a hub about that. Thanks for the useful hub.

    • Tom T profile imageAUTHOR

      Tom T 

      8 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Raydfernandez - no problem. Hope you never need to use it!

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      8 years ago

      great share Tom! I always like the idea of natural remedies....thank you

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      Chris Eddy111 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That's an interesting tip that I'll have to pass on to my mom. Thanks.

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      10 years ago

      Thank you again Tom. I knew about the whiskey but not the garlic. Here is another remedy from my vocal teacher. If you have a sore throat being a vocalist you know I need to know this: Gargle with baking soda and water. "IMPORTANT!!!!!" "PLEASE STIR AND DILUTE THE BAKING SODA BEFORE YOU GARGLE WITH IT!!!!!" Also, eat some toast! Ice cream will soothe it too. But of course as always see your doctor.


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