Toothache Remedies

01-Jan-08 at 01:38 PM:
NAME: Dawn
INGREDIENTS: Pure Peppermint Extract

INSTRUCTIONS: I have a molar (2 of them) that the filling has fallen out of. I HATE going to the dentist! I have been in pain for 5 days now and the only thing I have used is oragel (benzocaine)it numbs it for awhile but when it wares off its worse. I cant take any ibuprophen or tylenol right now cause I have to have surgery in 2 more days, they thin your blood. So I really have been suffering! I happened accross your web page, and you really saved me! You said to try all these different things and the one that worked for me is the Peppermint Extract! Oh Thank You soooooo much! I may have to use it alot till after my surgery but it works for me till I can see the dreaded dentist.

Thank You for having this website!


Thank you for taking the time to make the site you have.

I felt compelled to thank you and contribute my experience after a night of truly horrific toothache.

Things that didn't work.
A shower - Too take my mind off it. - Nope sorer if anything
100mg (Count em!!!) of Tramadol. (Left over from my partner having a major organ removed(Meant to be a really strong Pain killer... Sure.......) )
Ibuprofen 400mg - to be fair I had probably used this to saturation levels over the past week(on a businees trip to Norway) or so - It worked VERY well initially but at 02:17 roughly - Not so good.

Useless in fact.

This pain was proper bang your head against a wall to distract your brain from the actual pain kinda toooth ache.
I can't properly describe how all encompassing this pain was.

Much more tolerable now.

First ALT remedy - Start drinking Scotch- Laphroig is good - tastes kinda medicinal anyway but have 2 4 finger glasses- Alcohol will cut through any pain at all though only temporarily and if you have work tommorow you better phone in sick 'cos you are NOT GOING TO BE SAFE TO DRIVE.

However Needs Must.

After one glass I did the salt water thing and that really worked.
My only problem with that is how temporary it is - It is the best possible 20 minute pain relief but that is not enough time to get you to sleep (and if it is and you're toothache is like mine you would wake from the pain after about a 40 mins)

I've been trawling the web and my experience seem to mirror a Neuralgic pain - The painkillers I've taken should have been very effective.
Tramadol especially is a SERIOUS OPIATE analogue ( for all you corporate ppl (like me) who could test positive for opitaes at ur nxt random drug test)

I guess the gist of this combination therapy...

If it's during the day - salt water is king.
Instant relief and lasts about 20-40 mins

if you need to sleep:

Ibuprofen- anti-inflammatory - good for abcesses - No better drug for toothache BUT - Tolerance seems to build up very quickly - SAVE IT FOR NIGHTIME.
Saltwater - works a treat - Instant pain relief - tastes not so good but such a relief. - keep a cold water bottle to spit with.
Laphroig or some other Very potent Whisky or spirit- Good when you have exhausted all other avenued of therapy. - Alchohol will cut through any pain temporarily - If you have run out of Ibuprofen and are on top of any abcess problems - this may be temporary solution.
However - My biology is sketchy at best - however , whilst the alcohol may kill the bacteria intensifying your toothache the sugars still present in the spirit will intensify it long term so be aware that whilst this is a solution to a nightmare night - It will add to the problem every day/night it's used.,

But again Thanks, I feel so relieved now - Thanks awfully.

PS - IF YOU HAVE A TOOTHACHE RIGHT NOW - Go gargle with salted water - It will wear off but it's the most instant fix and feels like mana from heaven....

Good luck fellow sufferers. <Relieved smile...>


14-Nov-07 at 01:08AM:
NAME: Nikkie
INGREDIENTS: Pure Peppermint extract

INSTRUCTIONS: I have a bad toothache right now or should I say I justhad a bad one! I have been sitting here since 3am its now 358 and mytoothache is almost gone I just went down the list of remedies here on
this site and tried a few and am going to give you my opionion on themnow. At first I took a cold ice pack out of the freezer and applied it to my face and it just numbed my face but try it may work for you! Then I went to my cupboard to get sum Vanilla extract. It didnt work well at all! So now I grab the peppermint extract and I would never have this in my cupboard if my moms bestfriend did not pass away so thank youvery much Linda Patterson May you Rest In Peace! Anyway this stuff is the best! I am sitting here with a Q-tip in my mouth soaked in
Peppermint Extract. I dont want to take it out because it has worked so well! It numbs ur cheeks and gums to the point where I dont think you notice the pain!


16-Nov-07 at 05:38AM:
NAME: Teresa
COUNTRY_OF_REMEDY: United States of America

INGREDIENTS: Maximum strength Orajel Gel
INSTRUCTIONS: My toothache started a week ago and has spread to thepoint that the entire left side of my mouth hurts constantly. I haven'tslept at all for 2 nights because the pain gets worse when I sit and isalmost unbearable when I lay down. I've tried several home remedies listed here and found that swishing with cold water gives me some relief but I was swishing every 2 to 5 minutes while sitting or laying down and my gums and lips are getting sore from doing it so much. Last night I got desperate for sleep and eventually found that if I generously spread orajel on a wet, folded Viva paper towel (has to be a strong one) and squeezed it and molded it to the tooth, it provided pain relief all night and I finally got to sleep. The paper towel stayed on the tooth all night. Today I get to see my dentist but I wanted to let everyone else know about this in the hopes that it will help someone get some


07-Oct-07 at 07:31AM:

SUBJECT: Home Remedy
NAME: kyle

INGREDIENTS: mouthwash.
INSTRUCTIONS: i have a rotten tooth (wisdom) and its impacted... what ido is swish a mouthful of listerine until you just cant stand itanymore... it helps for around a half hour... also try to heep you rblood pressure in you head low... stand up or walk around, dont lay down as thiswill cause more blood to enter the head and effected tooth causing more pain. (hence why toothaches hurt more at night.

28-Sep-07 at 08:38

SUBJECT: Home Remedy
NAME: Carter

INGREDIENTS: vanella extract
INSTRUCTIONS: Just grab some vanella extract put a 1/2 teaspoon full inyour mouth and let it rest on the tooth that hurts.

26-Sep-07 at 09:00

SUBJECT: Home Remedy
NAME: animesh
NAME_OF_REMEDY: cleaning teeth
INGREDIENTS: A Neem stick the size and breadth of tooth brush..

INSTRUCTIONS: chewe it from one end in order to make a brush.It will
not become a conventional one but closer to it.Now brush your teeth and
keep chewing the stick.You wont like the taste at all but is very
affective ,in addition the Neem juice is very good for tounge,gums and teeth
it self.
This is an Ayur Vedic home remedy.

listerine helps with the pain of a toothache . just gargle and the pain is gone

NAME: Jillean Whyte

INGREDIENTS: Vinegar, the soloution to most of the world problem!
INSTRUCTIONS: Cures tootache - soak cotton wool in vinegar, put into
mouth where it hurts and bit down, pain is temporarily gone. Cleansdentures, leave in for 15 mins. Whitens teeth - once a week dip a wettoothbrush in white vinegar and brush teeh (also cures bad breath), make surewhen you take vinegar internally rinse your mouth out with plainwater, as acid on teeth will damage teeth, oh and it'll clean your sink aswell, removing calcium deposits!

Ingredients = Cucumber
Instructions = cut a good enough piece to fit on the tooth that is hurting or any pain on the body and it will take the pain away. P.S. REMEMBER TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS REFRIGERATED IT'S A BETTER SOOTHING FEELING
(The get to the dentist as soon as you can)
Country of Remedy = United States
Candy Likins

5-Aug-06 at 12:06 PM:
NAME: Carol Hatchett

INGREDIENTS: dried peppermint, salt water, (oats)
INSTRUCTIONS: Place a little wad of dried peppermint leaves around the tooth or abcess, spit out after a few minutes.
If you repeat this several times during the day, it should bring the abcess to the surface, lance it with a pin and treat it again. Rinse with warm salt water. Oats will work to draw out an abcess,but peppermint relieves pain as well.

17-Jul-06 at 08:01 AM:
NAME: Josh C.

INSTRUCTIONS: this is going to sound insane but this actually worked.just chew on a piece of bolognia for about 30 seconds and then swallow it or spit it only gives you temporarily relief.but it does work.and i do not know why...there must be some ingredient within it.i used standard oscar meyer bolognia.

16-Jul-06 at 03:07 PM:
NAME: Deidre & Dominic
Dent's Tootheache Gum
INSTRUCTIONS: This is the best remedy to use if you have a large hole or cavity. After doing quite a bit of research on this problem (My husband and I
both have a tooth that is broken with large cavities)The main reason that the tooth hurts (especially if you're getting those zapping flaring pains) is because of the bacteriaeating through the pulp of your tooth and getting at the well as causing an infection!! The best way to kill the problem is to first kill all the bacteria. This is accomplished very well by using clove oil, or find this tiny little bottlein the toothache first-aid looking kit (the bottle has a red cross on it)at your local drugstore, it also comes with a tiny box of small cotton pellets. This stuff is very powerful and you should use a very small amount (I almost threw up once by using too much!) While the Eugenol(clove oil) is working on killingthe bacteria, pack the cavity with some old fashioned Dent's toothache is found in the same section of the drugstore and is sold in a bluish, old fashioned looking box. Old fashioned products work very well when it comes to toothaches! You get a small piece of red gummy stuff wrappedin foil. bite off a piece that you can chew a bit and pact into the hole or cavity. After a while, the painwill subside. Keeping the hole or cavity sealedfrom the air as well as new bacteria will be the only way to keep the pain from returning, so you need to close the cavity up for good! Dentemp filling material can be purchased as well,although it never works as well as the stuf from the dentist, so don't be surprised if the temp filling you put in crumbles after a day or two! Try making the smallestfilling possible that will stick and stay put. I have experimeneted quite a bit with this stuff and I've found that the trick is to get it to close the hole but don't use excess material because you will just end up chewing it away or ruining the filling. Sometimes even after the filling falls
completely out I have remained pain free for severalmonths before the routine starts all over again! My husband has finally begun work on his teeth at the dentist office, but I'll have to keep up with remedyuntil he is finished and we have the money to begin work on mine! Honestly, this stuff does work a miracle together, and will kill the bacteria that can lead to abcess if not stopped. Keeping the air, food particles, and other stuff out of the cavity is the key to keeping the pain and infection at bay, but ultimately we have to get to a dentist to fix it for good! Hope this helps others.. all this stuff costs about $20.00 at the store , but lasts quite a while. Good luck:) Deidre @ Dominic

10-Jul-06 at 10:18 PM:
NAME: jon
COUNTRY_OF_REMEDY: united states
INGREDIENTS: hot wet washcloth
INSTRUCTIONS: apply a hot wet washcloth to the ares of pain until pain subsides...repeat as many times as needed...It will amaze for extreme toothache pain

11-Jun-06 at 09:21 PM:
NAME: Fosh

Warm Water
INSTRUCTIONS: as many have said before Table salt and warm water is great, i used it and the pain didnt completely go away but its nothing compared to the horrible pain it was at first. Works pretty well and brushing ur teeth afterwards gets rid of the bad taste.

15-Jun-06 at 09:27 AM:
NAME: Gayle A.

INGREDIENTS: Olive Oil, cotton ball.
INSTRUCTIONS: I have invented my own toothache remedy, whenever I have a toothache I use olive oil. Put a very small amount [probaby just enough to cover the bottom of the cup or just a little bit more] on 10 seconds or until it is slightly warm to the touch) get a spoon and have someone pour it in the ear on the side it is hurting, lay on your opposite side for about 30
seconds so it'll have time to drain down. Your toothache will hopefully be gone. This has worked for me countless times, even with an infected tooth. It also helps prevent ear infection. Hope it works for you!P.S. Please do not try to put it in your ear yourself, you will end up with a very slimy bath.

Good day!
I found your website very informative, and I thank you for providing it.

Here are my tips for easing toothache pain

1) Use a wet tea bag, and place it on the sore tooth. This has helped me 9 times out of 10. Infact, I suppose you could keep a frozen tea bag in the freezer and use it on your tooth.

2) Garlic Cloves placed on the tooth has helped ease the pain.

3) Ginger Root - Shave a pisec of and place on tooth. I hear that it helps with the infection, and it eased my pain, some.

10-Jun-06 at 06:00 PM:

NAME: trish

NAME_OF_REMEDY: toothache
INGREDIENTS: real vanilla extract
INSTRUCTIONS: i suffer from constant toothaches. and whenever they hit, i know what to do! there are two ways to go about this remedy.

1. for toothaches that arent all that bad, put some real vanilla extract on a cotton ball and place on the hurting tooth. it'll numb it!
2. for extremely bad toothaches (cant sleep, eat, drink, etc) swish around some real vanilla extract on the side of your mouth that hurts. it wont taste good, but it will numb it completely. and you wont have trouble sleeping just because of that pesky tooth ache.

04-May-06 at 04:13 AM:

NAME: Lori Graham
INGREDIENTS: Maximum Strength Anesthetic Oral Gel Pain Relief Gel.
This stuff numb me right away. It also last for a while. Longer than most
medicines. Purpose Anesthetic. That's what you want. Also I have more
than one toothache. I have four going on at one time. Two uppers, and
two lowers. Both in the back, on the right side. I could not eat, sleep,
talk. My ear, jaw, and head hurt too. I have been waiting for my
insurance to go thru. Im still waiting. So I just keep applying Maximum
Strength Anesthetic Oral Gel about 4 times aday. But I can not wait for my
insurance. I rather go to the dentist and get this taken care of fasst.
INSTRUCTIONS: The Main Active Ingredient is Benzocaine. It also
contains allantoin, benzalkonium chloride, clove oil, edetate disodium,
peppermint oil, polyethylene glycol. propyl gallate, propylene glycol,
puritied water, sodium saccharin, sorbic acid, zinc chloride.

Date/Time: 2006-03-27 20:59:21 PST
Amanda Alexander
email address =
Country of Remedy = United States

Ingredients = Raw Potato
Instructions = If you have any cold potatoes in refrigerator peel the skin off and cut a good enough piece to fit on the tooth that is hurting or any pain on the body and it will take the pain away. P.S. REMEMBER TO MAKE SURE THAT IT IS REFRIGERATED IT'S A BETTER SOOTHING FEELING.

Date: Sunday, January 15, 2006
Time: 9:08 AM EST
email address: CHINKA01@NETZERO.NET
Country of Remedy: US

Ingredients: Accupressure
Instructions: 1. On the sides of both index fingers. Just below the bottom of the finger nail apply even but FIRM pressure gently massaging it until pain goes away...REALLY works. Do as often as neccessary until pain subsides.

Date: Saturday, December 31, 2005
Time: 1:58 PM EST
Barb Lee
email address:
Country of Remedy: usa

Ingredients: Table salt
warm water
Instructions: I can't say for sure which one worked but one if not a combination of two worked like a charm!! a lot of salt inwarm water and swished it around my mouth and garggled with Listerine. Took the pain away in under 5 minutes!

Date: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Time: 7:48 PM EST
Danny Lee
Country of Remedy: USA

Ingredients: Ice, cold water, mouthwash, running water
Instructions: Ive had some very VERY bad toothaches, and Orajel dosent quite work for me. Ice sometimes does help, put a piece in your mouth and try to hold it on the side that bothers you, and just let it melt. Do it as many times as you need to. Cold water can work the same way. These have helped me many times. When the pain isnt very severe, Ive used mouthwash to help me, and it has helped many times, but sometimes it dosent work either. One thing I have used when the pain was extreme, and extreme times call for extreme measures, is to go to the kitchen sink, turn on the water, grab the hose next to the knobs, and spray the water directly on the place that hurts. Yes, its extreme, but I was willing to do just about anything to help myself escape the pain. Honestly folks, it has helped me. Of course I had to stand there for a long time, but atleast I was able to buy myself some pain free time. As much as I hate to say it, the best thing to do is to get to a dentist when you can. I hate to go, but Im usually glad I went when its over...and pain free. Isnt that the main goal here? Good luck.

Date: Thursday, November 10, 2005
Time: 12:36 AM EST
Country of Remedy: USA

Ingredients: clove oil, dentemps
Instructions: This is a temporary fix for a tooth with a large cavity. Soak a small piece of cotton in clove oil and use a toothpick to press
it into the cavity. Then apply dentemps, following the package instructions.Also, taking Echinacea, Garlic and Oil of Oregano will help prevent infection.Remember, this is a temporary solution. If you have a tooth that needs a root canal and you don't get it fixed, you can get a serious infection.

Date: Friday, October 7, 2005
Time: 2:45 PM EST
Email address: James Cisney
email address:
Country of Remedy: USA

Ingredients: Aspirin
Instructions: I went to this website when I had a toothache a few weeks ago and couldn't get to an oral surgeon because it was a weekend.I tried many of the remedies including lodging an aspirin against the tooth. When I went to see the oral surgeon he said my gum and cheek tissues were inflamed. Then he asked me if I had put aspirin there. He said it was a typical case of "aspirin burn."So I really don't recommend people using aspirin, and some of the other remedies seem like they could also cause tissue inflamation. So I would exercise caution. I'm sorry to say it but I got
the best results taking acetominophen.

Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2005
Time: 9:41 PM EST
Email address: Dawn
email address:
Country of Remedy: USA
Name of Remedy: Toothache
Ingredients: water/ice....Listerine
Instructions: My husband and I both are fighting recurring toothaches due to broken molars. He swishes ice cold water around the painful tooth and it absolutely eases the pain. Its only temporary but can be repeated as long as necessary and can be swallowed. ( stay near a potty ) Personally I have accidently stumbled on a preventive routine and have been avoiding a toothache ever since. I wash my mouth with Listerine antiseptic mouthwash....even during a toothache and it really works.

Date: Friday, August 5, 2005
Time: 2:25 AM EST
email address:
Country of Remedy: USA
Name of Remedy: tooth ache
Ingredients: warm salt water.
I just poured salt into a glass and filled it with warm water. I didn't messure a thing.

Instructions: My 6 yr old son started crying right before bedtime (They always get sick at bedtime!) with a tooth ache. I tried everything. We started with tylenal, immediately followed by orajel. He proceeded to cry saying that the jel burns?!?!? Of course, the relief only lasted a few minutes at most. We then used mouth wash and brushed his teeth. Still pain. I tried ice packs....too cold....heat...too hot....chewing ice cubes helped 3:00am, I almost lost it. So I tried the famous salt water.. He cried and gaged..But after I got him to really try it,he was fast asleep within 5 minutes...pain free.

Date: Friday, July 1, 2005
Time: 3:49 PM EST
Tamika Smith
email address:
Country of Remedy: USA

Ingredients: toothache gum
Instructions: go to your local drugist and get "Dent's Toothace Gum". Rinse moth with warm water the cut a piece of gum to fit your tooth and
apply. This works very well when you have a toothache that when air hits the tooth it hurts worse, this gum creates a barrier against cool air adn food particals. Also great for exposed cavities.

Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Time: 8:24 PM EST
email address:
Country of Remedy: USA

Ingredients: ANYTHING COLD !
Instructions: When you have a toothache, by pressing something cold on the outside of your mouth can give you TEMPORARY RELIEF. Especially if you are having problems sleeping. Instead of worrying about Ice that will melt in the middle of the night, just grab anything from your frigde or freezer. A JAR of MUSTARD, a CAN of BEER, a BOTTLE of WATER, a FROZEN BURGER PATTY, a BOTTLE of KETCHUP, YOU NAME IT, YOU GRAB IT! It is quicker than making an ice pack. Keep in mind if you are sleeping with
it. Do not take a food to bed that will spoil a jar of condiments is best. Your body heat will eventually thaw a product but not as quickly as it will thaw ice to water. GOOD LUCK !

Date: Friday, December 10, 2004
Time: 10:05 AM EST
Ice Green
email address: ice
Country of Remedy: Ireland
Name of Remedy: Tooth abscess
Ingredients: Water
Common salt
Instructions: Put two level teaspoons of common salt in a cup. Pour on a small amount of boiling water to dissolve the salt. Then fill the cup with enough cold water to make the solution warm. Rinse your mouth slowing and well - use all the water. Do this at least twice a day, the more often the better. If it doesn't work quickly, increase the amount of salt used, it won't do you any harm. I find this works for me, hope it does for you too. Good luck.

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2004
Time: 6:38 PM EST
Country of Remedy: USA

Ingredients: Ginger Root
Instructions: Buy some Ginger Root at your grocery store. Cut off a piece of it and remove the skin. Put the piece in your mouth right on the painful tooth & bite down on it. The pain will go away immediately!! My husband heard about this remedy & suggested it to a friend who had an abscessed tooth - and she said it worked instantly. My husband tried it himself last week on his horrible toothache, and the pain went away in 1 second!! You may have to replace the Ginger in your mouth periodically with a fresh piece -- but just keep the rest of the root you purchased in a container in your fridge, and you will
always have it when you need it!! :o)

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Time: 5:43 AM EST
Country of Remedy: USA

Ingredients: oil of oregano
Instructions: I've had a lot of trouble with my teeth and sometimes no money for the dentist. Here are a few natural remedies for toothach:
1. Oil of oregano - apply directly to tooth or gum, tastes bad and burns a little but has natural anti-biotic properties.

2. Colgate Peroxyl mouthrinse - for mouth lesions, contains mostly peroxide.

3. Colloidal silver - this can be found at healthfood stores, also may have anti-biotic properties. Hold a dropperful under your tongue and then swallow twice daily.

4. Cashews/oil of cashew. I've heard that eating cashews can cause an abscess to heal. Hasn't worked for me, but I know people
it has worked for.

Date: Sunday, August 1, 2004
Time: 2:02 AM EST
Email address: T. Hampton
email address:
Country of Remedy: USA