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10 Tips for Treating Toothaches

Toothaches are nothing new. We’ve all experienced it in one form or another over the course of our lives. Thankfully, we are experiencing it less and less than our ancestors with advancements in dental care, and regular checkups. But, should you be so unfortunate to get a toothache, there are some simple steps you can take to minimize or possibly eliminate your tooth pain.

10 Tips for Treating Toothaches

1. Take two Aspirin, Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
Ibuprofin is best since it does a good job of reducing painful inflammation. However, be sure to read the instructions on the bottle for proper usage whichever you choose.

2. Use Antiseptic Rinse Regularly
Using Antiseptic rinse regularly and brushing 2-3 times per day will help to prevent future toothaches, and relieve minor toothaches in the process.

3. Chew a Clove of Garlic Every Morning
If you try this and loved ones suddenly begin avoiding you – don’t blame me.

4. Apply garlic and salt to the tooth
Mash a clove of garlic together with a pinch of rock salt and apply the paste to the site of the toothache. Garlic has allicin, a powerful antibacterial compound. This is thought to help stop the bacteria which cause toothache. (tip courtesty of ehow.com)

5. Put cold compress on side of cheek

6. Numb the affected tooth/teeth with a desensitizing agent
Orajel is perhaps the best known tooth-desensitizing agent. However, this remedy will not eliminate a toothache, just numb the area for temporary relief.

7. Chew on a Piece of Onion
Yes, I know this sounds almost as unpleasant, or perhaps more unpleasant to some of you than chewing on garlic cloves. However, onions are bactericidal, so they can kill off the bacteria causing your toothache.

8. Rinse your mouth with water
This can help to remove any food debris that may be aggravating your toothache.

9. Plug the tooth with gauze or wax
Plugging the affected tooth with gauze or wax can reduce it’s sensitivity to air or debris in your mouth. Again, not a cure, but it will help to reduce painful irritation.

10. Elevate your head
Elevating your head can reduce the pressure to the affected tooth and its surrounding area – thus reducing the pain you’re experiencing.

When to go to the dentist

If none of these remedies effectively eliminate your toothache, then it’s time to visit your dentist. A good rule of thumb is if the toothache is causing you to lose sleep or consume your attention throughout the day it’s time to see your dentist. Don’t assume that your toothache is no big deal and let it worsen. What you have could be a tooth abscess which needs to be treated right away to avoid the infection from spreading.

Your Top Toothache Remedies

How do you relieve your toothaches?

Additional Resources

The Doctors Book of Remedies

Toothache Tails

Reader Comments

  1. kaye June 13th

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    treatment with garlic is true. I have tried it before in the absence of a pain reliever. I rubbed the garlic on my gums and the pain was immediately gone.


  2. Ruth Njagi December 7th

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    Great article!!!!Now i have just the idea on what to do on my tooth ache.Thank you for the info.


  3. Ziggysr January 2nd

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    HEHY PEOPLE I FOUND THAT GARGLING GARLIC AND CHEWING A GARLIC GEL PILL RELIVES TOOTHACHE NICELY ,MAY HAVE TO DO IT 2XS A DAY ,BUT ITS NATURAL WHAT I LIKE THE MOST ,ONIONS WORK ALSO


  4. Dr Zafar Hameed Malik March 6th

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    I am Dr Zafar Hameed Malik, I read your article, I have inspired, I want to share that if you have toothache try this Echinacea mother tincture on your teeth it reliefs in seconds…… garlic is also a good remedy…. if you want more information about treatment (Homeopathy)  contact my cell No. 092 321 5260211


  5. HASHIM June 22nd

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    Grand Garlic and Salt is like a magic cure to toothache, Thank you!!


  6. deep singh September 15th

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    im surprized that black cloves is not added its a numbing agent i just used it thooth hurt so bad soooo bad couldnt go to sleep but then i remembered as my father who had no dental insurance used to do when he had pain in thooth …..chew on a few black cloves ….i chewed on 4 black cloves kept the chews bits in the area of pain near gums (think of chew tobacco ) spit them out and then put 3 whole black cloves in place but did not chew ……it was amazing i spit it out in the morning when i woke up trust me you wont swallow it lol slept like a baby ……black cloves are amaxing …..if you have other pain aswell i think it works on minor burns aswell….i dunno why mom has a bunch of them in our kitchen or even what the possible use in cooking they would have….but there there and there awsome


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