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How to cure toothache

Updated on September 10, 2014

Cure toothache with olive oil

I know it sounds crazy. 'Has BritFlorida lost it at last?' No, it's true and it works. You can cure toothache simply and effectively by using the regular olive oil you have in your kitchen. I have a problem tooth and yesterday it was particularly troublesome. A spoonful of olive oil and fifteen minutes later it was almost pain free.


Half an hour later, there was only a remnant of toothache. By bedtime, it was gone completely (and toothache is always at its worst in bed, don't you agree?) Today, I can't even remember what it felt like but I do know that yesterday it was affecting my whole jaw and even my throat.


I'll tell you right now that this is something you need to do in private, or otherwise your family will think you've gone totally bonkers. In the shower is a good,private place. Brush your teeth, oh so gently so as not to anger the offending tooth, then simply swill a tablespoon of olive oil around your mouth, concentrating especially on the painful area. After fifteen minutes, spit out the oil (nicely and politely). That's all.


I can't remember where I first heard about this and why it's called 'pulling' I have no idea - possibly because when you swill, try to pull the oil through the gaps between your teeth. You will look like a complete nutcase, of course, but my goodness, it works. And there's another aspect I love about it - it's cheap! It makes your teeth feel brand new (and considering the age of my teeth, that's pretty amazing).


I have absolutely no idea. But it does. Is it a psychological affect? That could be part of it, true, but if so, it doesn't take away from the fact that it works. Will it work for every type of toothache? Again,I don't know and I'm certainly not a dentist. I can only say it works for me. I use a high-quality olive oil - but it's just the regular kind that I use for cooking and I buy the one that you see above because it's beautiful for cooking, for salad dressings, the can looks so pretty in my kitchen and yes, it's even good for performing a miracle toothache cure. Next time you think you need expensive dental work, try oil pulling instead!

Which Oil Is Best?


Opinion is divided. Personally,I think it's a matter of choice. I have no idea how this works (but it really does for me) but I think that it's a combination of different effects.

Firstly, I think that the oil has a soothing quality. Let me tell you why. When I was a young teenager on holiday in Italy, I decided to spend the first day in the hot sun.Yep, I was very red with burning skin.

A member of the hotel staff came to my room with a soup bowl full of olive oil with a dash on vinegar. She told me to rub this onto the burns. It worked - brilliantly.

I believe too that when you swill the oil around your mouth, scraps of food and other debris clings to the oil. Often, it's a sesame seed or something similar that has worked its way into your gum causing the toothache.

Just my theory but feel free to experiment. Until you know that it will work for you, use whatever you have in the kitchen.


Some people say that oil oil pulling has far greater benefits that just curing toothache. Watch the video and tell me what you think in the comments section below.

Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing
Oil Pulling Therapy: Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing

One reviewer of this book said that it had changed his life.

I'd recommend that you read the reviews because people tell of astonishing results.

Amazing really when you consider that all you need is something that is probably sitting in your pantry right now.

Note that this book is also recommended in the video below.


Hear from Angus again.This video was made when he had been oil pulling for just over a week. He already saw benefits.

In this video, he explains exactly how and when to do this.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson


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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @j3st3r: It's certainly worth a try!

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      Leroy J Dayhoff 4 years ago from Scottsboro, AL

      Never heard of this. Very interesting. I've had two teeth to give me problems in the past and I'll tell you what, they didn't survive much longer before getting pulled. Man! A true relentless toothache is really just it's own category of pain. Nothing quite like it. I will certainly remember this if I ever find myself in that situation again. Even if you do plan on going to the dentist tomorrow.......nothing quit like fixing the pain right now.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @blestman lm: I find that with toothache, the benefits are almost instant but with inflamed gums, it might take longer. Well worth a try though!

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      blestman lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I never heard of this before. I have inflamed gums so I am very interested in the oral detox

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @chenraz1: Coincidentally, I mentioned at in a response to an earlier comment. I gently massage the baby's gums with olive oil. I don't know if it's the oil or the massage, but it seems to work. I've done this but it might be an idea to check with the doctor first, depending on the baby's age.

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      chenraz1 4 years ago

      Thanks for the information. Very interesting! I wonder if it can help babies when their teeth are appearing...

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @JohnTannahill: As I an neither, I'll stick to the oil :)

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      @BritFlorida: NHS dentists charge a flat rate which is a lot less than going private but a lot more than a bottle of olive oil. Dental treatment is free if you're a child or you're pregnant - prescriptions as well.

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      Thank you for the info! Sundae ;-)

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      I've never heard of this before and my sister is a dental hygienist. What I am guessing here is that the reason for the toothache matters. If it's because of "sensitivity" or a receding gum line (nerve pain, due simply to exposure) then perhaps the oil "coats" the exposed nerve ending(s)?However, if something more serious like a cavity (or need for a root canal) then perhaps a trip to the dentist is warranted (and necessary).Still, I'm curious what a dentist would say about this (hopefully one will chime in).

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @JohnTannahill: Eeeewwwww John! Yes, I think that's exactly what the oil does (although I'm not going to repeat what you said!) But truly, next time you have toothache, DO try it. It really does work. I have the most horrible teeth but at least they don't hurt :) I don't know if you have to pay for dental treatment in the UK these days (it was free when I lived there) but if you do, oil can save you so much money.

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      John Tannahill 4 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I'd never heard of this and I did have a bout of toothache not so long ago. It's horrible. It affects your whole head. I wonder if the oil draws out the bacteria and puss - gross innit. With that in mind, I'll avoid the temptation to try to recycle it into salad dressing.

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Pat Goltz: That's very interesting, thank you. I personally wouldn't have a problem giving up sugar or artificial sweeteners but I imagine it could be a problem for many people. I know what you mean about swallowing the oil! I had to start gradually, doing it for just a few minutes the first day, longer the second day and so on. This is why I think it's a good idea to do it whilst showering - if the oil in my mouth just gets to be too much, I can simply spit it out without being gross :) I do find that even ten minutes can help toothache considerably though, although other people recommend longer. Thank you for visiting and for the information - I appreciate it.

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      These days, you have to be careful because most "extra virgin" olive oil is only partly olive oil. It's cut with vegetable oil, which is bad for your health. If I swished olive oil around in my mouth for 15 minutes, I'd swallow it! Xylitol also stops toothache, and it has the added benefit that it makes the bacteria responsible for tooth decay slippery so they can't attach to the teeth. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol, but it reverses tooth decay. If you eat right, you can actually heal a cavity. But it requires giving up all real sugar (and artificial sweeteners, for that matter). This is fascinating, and I will remember it. It might come in handy sometime.