21 Home Remedies for a Toothache

By on February 7, 2013
impacted teeth x ray

This week I had to write my article a little ahead of time as I will be out of the office for a few days.

I went for an annual cleaning at my dentist and a routine X-ray showed that my lower wisdom teeth had turned sideways and were now completely impacted.

I had put it off long enough and it was finally time to schedule in to get them removed.  I was lucky this time that they hadn’t caused me any pain and have not started to damage my other teeth, but I really started to think and I realized one very important thing…

You can’t schedule a toothache and it never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed, or you’re somewhere remote and getting to a dentist any time soon is just not an option.

Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of a toothache knows that it is not just your mouth that hurts.

A toothache can be felt in just about every part of your body.  I have had a few so bad that they made me sick to my stomach from the pain alone.

Although in most cases only a doctor can cure the source of the problem, this list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through until you can visit the dentist.

It is important to note: If you have a toothache, there is a reason for it and it’s best to have it taken care of by a professional as soon as possible, rather than having it treated at home in hopes that the underlying issue will go away on its own. If it’s infected (if your gum area is swollen), don’t delay in getting professional medical care.

Directions: Apply the below remedies directly to both the problem tooth and surrounding gums unless otherwise directed.

For items that direct you to chew, or for liquids that are to be swished around inside mouth, direct the liquid on and around the sore tooth as much as possible.

Do not swallow liquids. Rinse your mouth and spit them out when done.

  1. Salt Water: Mix a heaping tablespoon full of salt in a small glass of warm water; swirl around inside your mouth for as long as you can, spit out. Repeat as needed.
  2. Hydrogen Peroxide: Swoosh a bit of hydrogen peroxide. If the taste is too horrid for you, try diluting with a bit of water.
  3. Alcohol: Swoosh a bit of whiskey, scotch, brandy or vodka. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will do the trick too.
  4. Vanilla Extract: Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla and hold in place. Can also use a cotton swab dipped in extract.
    Other extracts that have the same effect are:
    Almond Extract
    Peppermint Extract
    & Lemon Extract
  5. Tea Tree Oil: Just a drop or two will do the trick. You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and rinse your mouth with it.
  6. Oil Of Oregano: Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.
  7. Apple Cider Vinegar: Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and hold it in place. Can also try regular household vinegar.
  8. Ginger Root: Take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it a bit.
  9. Garlic: Take a clove of garlic, smash it and apply (settle it inside cheek). You can also mash some garlic with salt.
  10. Peppermint Leaves: Chew on fresh peppermint leaves. You can also dried leaves, just hold them in place.
  11. Potato: Cut a fresh piece of potato (raw, skin off) and hold in place. Can also pound a piece of raw potato, mix in a bit of salt and use the mash.
  12. Lime: Cut a slice or wedge of lime and apply, bite into it if you can to release some of the juice.
  13. Onion: Slice a piece of fresh onion and hold it inside your mouth. The onion needs to be freshly cut (so it provides a bit of onion juice).
  14. Plantain: Chew up a fresh plantain leaf. If you’re too sore to chew, use the other side of your mouth. Once the leaf is macerated a bit apply it to the problem area and hold in place.
  15. Cucumber: Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing.You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.
  16. Cayenne Pepper: Make a paste with cayenne pepper and water.
  17. Black Pepper: You can use this full strength or make a mix of pepper and salt.
  18. Baking Soda: Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.
  19. Cloves: This is remedy from the old timers (my great grandparents), rest a clove against the sore area until pain goes away. You can also use a drop or two of clove oil (BE CAREFUL: too much can be toxic) or make a thick paste of ground cloves and water or ground cloves and olive oil.
  20. Tea: Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.
  21. Ice Pack: Cover an ice pack with a face cloth or towel then hold over your cheek where the problem is. This will help numb things. Make sure that you have some type of cloth between your skin and the ice, otherwise you can severely damage your skin.If that doesn’t work, try the opposite–a hot compress (making sure that it is not so hot as to scald your skin).

Tips

  • If the pain is unbearable and there’s no dentist available, call your local hospital’s emergency room–chances are they have a dentist on call that can treat you (for a fee of course).
  • Try gently brushing your teeth and flossing–this might bring some relief.
  • One old time remedy that you should not follow is to place an aspirin against the sore tooth.  You will have just as much if not more of an effect by swallowing the aspirin.Aspirin is actually an acid (acetylsalicylic acid to be exact) and placing it directly against your gums or teeth will cause corrosion of your teeth and acid burns on your gums.
  • If the side of your face is in severe pain and it feels like you’re going to lose your mind (I’ve been there, done that)–it could be a sinus infection or an allergy that affects your sinuses rather than a problem tooth (even though it definitely feels like it).Try taking a decongestant or if that is not available, a shower set on the hottest setting may help clear your sinus cavities.

    This might help relieve things until you get to a doctor. Chances are a prescription antibiotic is what you’ll need to clear up the sinus infection.

    If it is a sinus infection please don’t wait to get it taken care of!  I have permanent damage to my left eardrum from a sinus infection that became so congested it literally burst my eardrum as a pressure relief valve.

Have I missed any of your tried-and-true methods to relieve tooth and gum pain?

Please share it below in the comments section.

Please be aware: These are notes I have collected in my personal life over the years, in my own research as well as tips gathered from my grandparents and great grandparents.

They are not by any means professional medical advice and a trained dentist should always be contacted as soon as possible.

P.S. If you have a toothache it may be in your best interest  to go on a soft food diet until you get to the dentist.

Click here to see what I ate for days after my surgery that has earned a permanent spot in my pantry.

 



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136 Comments

  1. Mariowen

    …and if the SHTF, then you won’t be doing this before you go to the dentist – you will be the dentist and will have to figure it out yourself. Pull your own tooth? People used to do that!

  2. Brenda Hine

    You never apply heat to a tooth that may be infected or any area of infection. Heat & infections bad combo it will spread like wildfire. I know heat feels good on it but it will spead infection

    • Doc Hudson

      IF, and it’s a big if, you can determine that the pain is coming from the gums and not a specific tooth, then warm salt water is a good idea. Otherwise, I’d have to agree with you that heat on an infected tooth is just about the worst possible thing you could do. It would be a good idea to stock up on dental emergency kits form your pharmacy and download/buy a copy of ‘Where There Is No Dentist’. I plan to be around after SHTF, but you’d better bring gold/silver or ammo…..

    • Cheryl L

      Your absolutely right Brenda. I did that earlier before finding this site and I felt like my whole mouth was on fire and the pain became worse than it was to start with.

  3. Paul Zimmerman

    I use baking soda passed down from over 5 generations on my mothers side. Just be sure to NOT use too often or too much. With a well packed tooth brush, morning and night will bring WILL BRING almost instant healing. God Bless you all.

  4. Stu Ashley

    Hi Joe;
    Three points:
    1. Several generations ago common people were as apt to go to the blacksmith for tooth removal as to the dentist, if any existed in their area. My Grandfather showed me his special pliers that he used to pull teeth when requested. This is a skill we may have to relearn.
    2. A lot of pain is psychological. I have found that if I do not concentrate on the pain, it diminishes. People think I have a “high threshold for pain”, which may be true. But I think it is mainly mental. Think about something else; go about your daily work routine. Frequently the pain does go away spontaneously.
    3. Doctor/hospital vs. home treatment: We’ve become brainwashed that every little thing deserves a trip to the doctor, dentist, or hospital. What with the ever-increasing hospital acquired infestions and errors, it is best to take care of the little things at home. Many home remedies do work. Exercize, good food, and vitamin supplementation preclude many problems. Alternative medicines also frequently work, albeit sometimes slower than prescription drugs. Generally they have no side effects. Can’t say that for the drugs.
    Cheers! Stu.

    • Nanook

      Never heard or read about going to blacksmiths but I have come across several texts that stated barbers also pulled teeth, at least out here in the southwest. I can even recall some movies such as “Rooster Cogburn” or “True Grit” where that was done in the territories. Not important, just commenting…..

      • Doc

        Correct. The red on the barber pole signifies the blood from tooth extraction inside the barber shop. Also why old dental chairs were basically the same as barber chairs.

        • rich

          Actually the red on the pole is for the barbaric blood-letting they used to do. Look that up.

          • Doc Hudson

            Yep, they were called ‘Barber Surgeons’ and they did most of the tooth extractions back in the day. Now that I think about it they must have gotten their tools from somewhere and the Blacksmith is the most likely source. Now you know why dentists were in such high demand when there were actual professionals available…toothaches don’t just hurt like h3ll, the infection can kill.

    • Hipockets

      Also, Indian Medicine’ It’s been around longer then everything else. I’ve seen it cure people of cancer and other ailments’

      • nivea

        Lol, reading all this is making my tooth hurt all the more.

      • Jan

        Re: Indian remedies. Amen.

    • Jan

      Reading about home remedies and treating yourself is always important. SOMETIMES — better than the quack doctors that charge horrible fees and do not get the job done. There is an old book called “Physician Heal Thyself” that would be good for everyone to have. An older one is The Bible. A lot of healing wisdom on what to eat and how to treat is in there too! Especially when “Obamanos” healthcare kicks in. Nobody will be able to afford it when the “doctors” flee from lack of pay. There may not be enough “established” medical healthcare around. We will have to go back to the prairie-back-door at home healthcare.

      • cass

        The bible gives some of the best sources on healthcare out there. it is a good tool for daily lifestyle in a number of ways. I pray for healing in your mouths as well as mine.

  5. azrielle

    Two things I have found, used in conjunction with each other, that have worked to get rid of the infection and make the swelling go down:

    1) Colloidal Silver, in the strongest dilution you can find–I use 500 parts per million (which cost me ~$60 for an 8 oz bottle)–swirl it, 1/2 tsp at a time, about every 3 hours, in your mouth for at least 5 minutes, or as long as you can, then swallow. Rinse with some fresh water, as the aftertaste is kind of nasty.
    2) Go to your local farm store, or possibly PetSmart, or (hopefully buy it in advance) on-line at a vet supply site, large animal veterinary grade tetracycline powder. It tases quite bitter, as well as sweet. 1/2 tsp, directly on the tooth, hold it there as long as you can stand the taste, then rinse it down with water. About every 4-6 hours.
    Also, an unused tea bag can be used directly on the tooth as well–it just tastes nastier than a used one. My mother used them on me to stop the bleeding from my wisdom teeth removal, as well as an earlier abscessed baby incisor than had to be removed when I was 12. It has kept me from liking tea for almost 50 years since!

    • Left Coast Chuck

      I just had a wisdom tooth extracted in January. The oral surgeon told me to apply a cotton surgical sponge soaked in cool tea to the extraction site to control the bleeding. A commercial tea bag is not sterile and if the site has open wounds there is the possibility of infection which is why he recommended a cotton surgical sponge rather than applying the tea bag itself. You have to be especially careful if the tea was packaged in some foreign country where food preparation is not close to our own lax standards. If you boil the water to make the medicinal tea, it will help sterilize the tea. Conversely, one could boil the tea bag to sterilize it and apply the tea bag directly. Most of you are probably not old enough to remember the days before throw away surgical instruments and needles. Every doctor’s and dentist’s office had an autoclave to sterilize the instruments used that day, including hypodermic syringes and needles. Yes, they used to reuse syringes and needles. One of the skills taught in nursing school was how to sharpen needles which were significantly stouter than they are today. There is a good reason why stout men fainted upon getting a shot. It was only slightly better than getting stabbed with an ice pick.

  6. carol

    remember tom hanks and ‘wilson’. He used a whitteled reed, or was it the blade on ice skates to release an abcess. I have looked for dental pliers and see there are those for left, right, upper or lower. Please suggest what to do for an abcess if there is no E room or doctor or dentist. Pliers… can we have a needle and novacaine as well? I have had about 4 abcesses and you don’t know what a toothache is until that happens. What we need is a missive on what actually to do if there is no medical help, and the tools to do it with. IE, if you can pull a molar, don’t suck on that area, it could create a dry socket…we need information and tools for this possibility.

    • I have had a dry socket before. I was worst than giving birth. Felt like I was hit in the jaw with a sledge hammer for days. Someone told me to rinse the area with salt water (a very strong salt solution) until it was healed. I immediately began feeling relief within a few hours, Within a few days it was completely healed. It also works for sore throats and earaches. For an earache, gargle with salt water on side where ear hurts. Also sucking and slightly chewing on a garlic clove can help with infection also, just do it every few hours till infection is gone. The russians use to use garlic to pack wounds and cure infections before penicillin was available.

    • Josh

      When I had my wisdom teeth pulled, the dentist only used novocain so I was awake for all 4 teeth. I saw the tool he used and it looked amazingly similar to a pair of Stanley bent nose pliers. He packed it with some of the round cotton bars (ones that look kinda like a tampon).

    • Joel Cepedanarro

      Mostly, a tooth aches due to infection, my wife hated the idea of a root canals, and for over two years I kept her pain free injecting chlorine dioxide, (ClO2) whenever her tooth ached, she thought it a miracle! I keep a syringe and ClO2 in survival kit, once activeated it has very limited shelf life, so you activate as needed.

  7. Ed

    Was on a campout with boy scouts. I had a toothe ache and had scheduled a root canal for after return. so i brought come powdered clove spice to make it through weekend. scoutmaster complained of a toothe ache also. I gave some to him and we both got through the weekend

  8. Clove essential oil was the only thing that really gave relief when I had an abcess while out of town. (WORST DAY OF MY LIFE)

    Keep in mind though, it’s killing the nerve, so if it is not an abcess–bad enough to have a root canal/pulled tooth–then don’t do clove.

    • Laura

      I have never known of clove to kill the nerve in a tooth, however, making a strong tea of cloves (use 5 or 6) or prepping a bottle of whisky but adding about 1/4 cup of cloves to a fifth of whisky and allowing to soak (for a week or two) to extract the oils is just about the best solution to an infected tooth I have ever come across. Our dentist even recommended it instead of antibiotics to clear up the infection so the tooth could be safely pulled. Swish it in the mouth or use a soaked cotton ball. Relieves the pain too. Repeat up to 4 times a day.

      This is a good thing to keep ready, since it’s good for all sorts of mouth sores and a great antibiotic to use on just about any wound.

  9. Mark

    Hay Joe,
    A few years ago my wife had a super toothace and dry socket. The dental surgon had ordered several pain relivers for her including vicodin 10 mg 2 every hour, it did not work. I called our family dentist and he recomended clove oil. It can be purchased over the counter , not expensive and has a fairly long shelf life. She applied a drop or two to the affected area and the pain went away. My Father who had some bad teeth had lots of toothaches. He used a clove, placed on the affected tooth and bit down on it to relieve his tooth pain. It gives you frsh breath also.

    • Usman

      Wonderful Buddy!! Thnx…

  10. Doc

    There are some valid points here, but a lot are off the point.
    1) First, you have to have EUGENOL and zinc oxide in any toothache kit. It’s a must! Eugenol can be used by itself as a drop in a tooth for temporary relief, but mixed with zinc oxide it can relieve the pain and fill up the whole at the same time (and relieve the pain for months as long as the pulp is still alive). It is one of the things that has been used in dentistry for a long time. Military has it in their field packs, MASH units, and on base, color coded to tell them what has been done or not done. It can be mixed and placed in a hole or crack by any layman. It is great for temporary relief (the eugenol sedates an irritated pulp or nerve inside the tooth), and in a pinch can last for months if chewed on carefully. If there is one thing to have in a survival pack for teeth, it is Zinc Oxide powder and Eugenol! Plus extremely long shelf life.
    2) Salt, Hydrogen Peroxide, and Alcohol are all number two. Salt water and hydrogen peroxide and water, are both great rinses. Alcohol for disinfecting of instruments.
    3) Matches. To heat an end of an instrument, followed by alcohol. That can actually sterilize an instrument that would be used to incise and drain an abscess or for any emergency surgery.
    4) Baking soda. Not as effective as the other rinses, but a great toothpaste. It is probably one of the earliest toothpastes. You can go one step further and dip you toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide, then dip it in baking soda to brush you your teeth. Very healthy and hypo-allergenic. It is also a highly recommended way to brush your teeth if you have peridontal(gum)disease.
    5) A tea bag is good for stopping bleed after a tooth extraction. The tannic acid is what does it, so use regular or black tea (herbal tea won’t work).
    6) Colloidal silver is a holistic answer to antibiotics, but not nearly as effective. Great for people who have allergies to antibiotics, but if there is an emergency situation, the pathogens may be more virulent and you need what will fight them best. Also, in an emergency antibiotics are much more readily available than colloidal silver.
    7) If you don’t know what you are doing, don’t pull your own tooth or anyones tooth. The term “pull” is a misnomer. The technique of extracting a tooth does not involve the idea of “pull” at all. If you break the tooth off with an infected root still in the bone, you are s*** out of luck! The only way to get it is surgically. I don’t think you want to be digging around without a road map of the different arteries, nerves and sinuses.
    8) As far as an abscess. Listen to Carol and not Stu. The pain may come and go for awhile, but eventually it’s going to blow. You may wake up with your face swollen and your eye closed. No matter how high your pain threshold or how much you ignore it….it ain’t going away. Also, these long standing, ignored abscesses can be life threating!

    • carol

      where do we get eugenol. I guess zinc oxide could be found at a vitamin store? I just read James Wesley Rawles trilogy, Patriots,Surviors, and Founders, as well as One Second too late by Forstchen. Preparedness is everything, and we can deal with a lot less than we have been, letting our wits solve many things, but teeth? EEP! The comments have been really appreciated.

      • Doc

        Eugenol is the ingredient in oil of cloves that makes it work. Eugenol is more concentrated remedy. If you are putting the liquid in your mouth by drops or on a cotton, then be sparing with the eugenol or more liberal with the oil of cloves. Eugenol (oil of cloves) can be dangerous in high doses. You can buy either in almost any pharmacy, health food store, or on line.
        As long as the tooth is not abscessed, either will calm the tooth down. It’s the time that is the difference. Oil of clove on a cotton ball in a cavity could calm a tooth down from hours to days, depending on the severity of the decay. Eugenol mixed with zinc oxide powder and placed in the cavity could calm the tooth down from days to months….your choice. The eugenol slowly leaches oout over a long period of time. Shelf life of eugenol and oil of cloves is around 2 years before the effectiveness starts to diminish (but not end). I believe zinc oxide powder has an infinite shelf life.

  11. Dr Dean

    Check out the book “Where there is no dentist”, very useful in a SHTF situation.

  12. B Salazar

    I have been using pepper sprinkled in my hand, and placed on the sore gum with a finger. It works almost as good as anbesol.

  13. Chuck

    When I was 15 I was out camping by myself. It was winter time and I was using a candle in a can for warmth in my shelter. It caught fire and when I leaned over to blow it out, the hot wax splashed up over my face around my right eye. I must have closed my eye because my eyeball was not burned, but my face was. I didn’t have any medical supplies or even bandages with me. I soaked toilet paper in cold tea and applied it around my eye. That was in the day when colored toilet paper was in vogue and I had green toilet paper. A couple of days later when my father picked me up I had green toilet paper stuck to my face over my eye as the burn had oozed and was crusted over. The doctor who treated me said the reason why I healed with no scar on my face was due to the tea. It had helped heal the burn without a scar.

    I have used warm water with epsom salts to treat minor infections for decades. I make the water as hot as the infected part can stand and soak it until the water feels cool to some part of the body that has not been in the water. That is usually a half an hour. Do that every four hours. It will heal most infections. The ratio is a tablespoon of epsom salt to 8 ounces of water. If it does not, you have a serious infection that must be treated by something much stronger. I have treated some very nasty looking infected cuts and scrapes that way since I was a teenager more than sixty years. When I was quite young we had no antibiotics and relied on home remedies for such things.

    If you took a first aid course through the boy scouts or some other such organization in those days you learned how to act as a first responder would these days. You took pulse, you splinted a break, you would load a victim in a vehicle or made a travois and dragged them to a hospital. You learned out to safely move a downed power line. Today it is get a clear airway, put pressure on bleeding, give artificial respiration (which is what they are teaching now rather than mouth to mouth) and call 911. When I was boy scout age, you had to stabilize someone who was injured and get him to hospital on your own and hope to meet a cop to get a police escort if you were lucky.

    • Mark

      Chuck,
      I have watched my fater for over 50 years of my life do some of the very things you commented. have you ever heard of using vicks vapor rub for a sore throat? My mother would take a small amount, about the size of a dime, and eat it to sooth her sore throat. My father however would paint his throat with mathalate to treat strep throat. I don’t ever remember him being treated with atibiotics for strep throat.

    • JJM

      Over 40 years ago the tip of one finger got cut off by a hay mower. Part of the healing process prescribed by the doctor was daily soaking of the stub. Am not certain, but believe it was epsom salt mixed with the hot water.

  14. Chuck

    I haven’t checked recently, but drug stores used to carry toothache kits. It had a little vial of oil of cloves, cotton and soft wax. The instructions read to soak the cotton with the oil of cloves, wad the cotton into the cavity and tamp the wax down on it until you could get to the dentist. Don’t know if drug stores still carry it, but it is worth a look.

    • Mark

      Yes they still carry oil of clove just ask the pharmacist.

  15. Clove OIl can do wonders. I have medical grade essential oils. I used it to have a tooth pulled. works great. Not sure this grade of oil can be purched at a store. Also Grapefruit OIl helps with infection.

  16. Nanook

    I read almost all these blogs, and the comments. One thing comes to mind, and that you guys are asking questions already addressed in three books. All are readily available. They are “Where There Is No Doctor”, “Where There Is No Dentist” and most importantly “The Doom and Bloom Medical Handbook”. Voila, questions answered by experts, and can be done for less than $30. AND, will quite possibly save your life, or someone you love.

    • Mark

      Thanks for that information, I will try and find those books and keep them handy.

      • susan

        Amazon has all of them, along with the eugenol and zinc powder. All are now in my basket :)

  17. Nanook

    P.S.: Don’t purchase any of the special books like “The Special Forces Medical Handbook” unless you have training in the medical field. It is way over the head of the common layman. If I had only one book for medical training, it would be the Doom & Bloom mentioned above.

    • D. Dan

      Work in an ER, frequently recommend clove oil for toothache. I also recommend the books mentioned above. Loved the article and comments. Animal or Fish antibiotics easier to get for laymen and are the same as the ones we use, would be nice to have some stored.

      • Ken

        Many of the animal antibiotics are not up to the same standard as for humans. Because of their delicate physiology, the ones sold for fish are possibly of even higher grade than those for humans.

        • susan

          Where do we get fish antibiotics? (and I can’t believe that I just asked about fish antibiotics :D)

    • RangerRick

      The SF Medical Handbook from the late 60’s to 70’s is a nice collector book. Everyone sells the old books , but there is a lot of bad info in there. Trust the new books and make sure you do no harm.
      RangerRick
      5th grp medic from years ago

  18. Dana Stokes

    The Doom & Bloom IS an excellent text, as are the 2 Where There Is No… I am a medical professional, and have found all 3 to be quite useful in addition to the skills I already possess. One thing I did not see mentioned here is a Neti pot. If the pain is indeed from a sinus infection rather than a tooth, a Neti pot filled with a warm saline solution will do wonders! I personally cleared a nasty, green mucous kind of sinus infection by using my Neti pot once an hour until I had flushed all the mucous out, leaving the sinus cavity clean and able to attack its own infection. This was AFTER I had finished the round of antibiotics the Dr. had given me to treat the ear infection I had at the same time. (The Dr. had even told me the antibiotics would not likely heal the sinus infection “and just come back if it doesn’t”! *smh)

    • carol

      food grade essential oils are worth looking into. I have chronic sinusitis and weary of sudafed, afrin, etc, I began rubbing a little essential oil of Peppermint around nostrils. Just a tiny bit by rubbing my finger over the bottle opening and it has worked! I really appreciate all the comments. Eugenol/zinc oxide, fish and animal antibiotics, collidial silver and now echinacea! Even stanly bent nose pliers sounds like a good idea unless we buy dental extractors. JWRawles character had fish line filament, tied it to a decayed tooth, the other end to a bent sapling and let er fly. Hummm. Thanks all.

      • Nanook

        dental tools are available on ebay. so are most of the special oils & coloidal silver. for lack of a better place to add this, I will add it here. something I have used for infections from cuts and scrapes is “ichthammol drawing salve” from veternary supply houses, do a search to find it. used to buy in drug stores when I was a kid and early adult, it was known as “ichthammol ointment”. I had a clogged pore sometime back & needed some but couldn’t find it. did a search on the inet & the ointment was pretty expensive, then I did a search at vet supply houses & got a BIG jar for a little more than a tube of the ointment. I’ve used this stuff on my kids, horses & cows & I promise it works. after it draws out the infection, switch to triple antibiotic till it heals up…..also, tea tree oil does help with a tooth ache, but be careful, it is supposed to be “for external use only”. Sinus infections (green) can be treated successfully by snorting sea salt & baking soda in distilled water up your nose several times a day, it works I promise. ear infections can be treated with hydrogen peroxide, and you can also gargle with it. Also, sea salt in warm water gargle makes an excellent treatment for sore throat if done several times a day.

        • susan

          Also known as PRID, orange tin that I get at Walgreen’s.

        • Hipockets

          Use to sue Axele Grease on my horses cuts'(bad barb wire ones’) Keeps the flys off and heals quickly. Also Bag Balm works,but not as well. If you have a bad cut,try it’

        • Left Coast Chuck

          Don’t have to pay big bucks for ichthammol ointment. CVS and Walgreens both carried it when I last bought it. It comes in various percentages from 10% to 20%. If you have a splinter you can’t get out, ichthammol ointment will draw it out. By the way, the spelling I used is the spelling on the tube of 20% ichthammol ointment that I am looking at. It is manufactured by Goldling Laboratories, Miami, Florida. I have a 1 ounce tube. That will last through hundreds of uses as it only takes a small amount to be effective.

      • Hipockets

        My Grandparents & Great Grandparents,just tied a string around the
        tooth and to a door knob,yanked the door open and the tooth was gone’ May work,Maybe not if the tooth has been there too many years’Worth a try’

  19. a couple of things-don’t use the cider vinegat as it’s very high in acetic acid and will literally dissolve the enamel from a tooth in a day or 2 with repeated applications.if you want to numb the pain the very best thing to use is echinacea root.the lakota call it “tooth ache medicine”roughly translated,that’s their actual name for the plant.echinacea grows wild almost everywhere in the u.s.,you can find it easiest in mid summer when it blooms.look for a big purple flower about 12-18 in from the ground about 3-5 in across with a big orange ping pong ball in the center.it’s one of the easiest wild and cultivated medicinal plants to identify.any prepper should be growing it now or should have planted it a while ago.if you just planted it within the past few years try to find some that’s growing wild as the root will be much thicker around as it takes years to thicken the root.if you pick wild,take a piece of root about as round as your pinky finger and cut @ 1/4 in piece from it,put it in your mouth near the affected tooth and let it soak and soften.you’ll feel relief in seconds with a bubbly numbness.after you’ve let it soak near the tooth for 10 min or so start to chew it with whichever teeth you can still chew with and your whole mouth will numb out completely almost as well as a shot of novocaine.the effects will last at least an hour and a half or sometimes longer.save the piece thaat you chewed as you can chew it 5-6 times and have it work just as well.i’ve been in all but 5 of the lower 48 states and i’ve seen it growing wild in all of them.even though this will remove pain you need to get some attention from someone who knows what they’re doing at some point.remember that tooth pain signifies something that is a danger to your life eventually and it must be treated.

  20. Irish-7

    GREAT INFO! I print these articles and put them in my Suvival and Austere Medicine binder. Thanks.

  21. I buy oil of Clove at cvs its in a tooth first aid kit, keep it on hand, it tastes absolutely disgusting, BUT it relieves the pain instantly, if only temporarily. I have used baby aspirin, and found it helped held on my tooth. they also sell a temporary filling kit, I had lost a filling and couldnt get to the dentist, it held for 3 weeks.

    • Doc

      M Lewis,
      Don’t place aspirin in a hole in the tooth or touching the gums or mucosa anywhere in the mouth. It is acetylsalicylic acid. The decay process is a result of acid, so adding more acid atmosphere to the tooth structure will actually accelerate the decay process. Aspirin touching the intraoral tissues will initially relieve the pain, but in most cases will cause a long standing burning of the tissue making the situation worse. Never do that!

      • OK, thanks. You know I watched an episode of Breaking Amish, where the teens went into the city, before deciding whether or not to be baptized. A young girl, I believe she was 19 had dentures. She had said that most Amish have all of their teeth pulled by the time they are 20. I cant remember who she said pulled them, but she had said they held/tied her down. Then made her dentures….I just cannot imagine! Her mouth was full of sores from ill fitting teeth. The Dr. in NY made her some for free. Not that that has anything to do with this article, but if the future holds any sort of period without dentists…yikes!

  22. Two things: 1. Pharmaceutical medicine has only been around since 1883 so they are the “alternative medicine” while the natural remedies are the real medicine. Years ago a man came to see me with an abscessed tooth, and told me the dentist wanted him to take antibiotics for ten days and deal with the pain however he could until then. I gave him some myrrh resin to stick between his teeth, and the pain was gone in one minute. Three days later Doc Bean was calling me wanting to know where to get some of that myrrh to use with his other patients. Cherokee Medicine had saved the day again.

    2. If sinus pressure is causing a tooth to ache then it will cause the teeth above and below each other to do so as it is pinching the nerve that serves both teeth. Put some cayenne pepper sauce in an ounce of water, drink it, and swallow it slowly. Your sinuses will drain, and the pressure will be relieved. And, avoid pharmaceutical anti-biotics like the plague!

    • Doc

      You peaked my interest initially talking about myrrh which is used in some forms in dentistry. In fact tincture of myrrh is a great for wound healing. But when statements are said like:

      “If sinus pressure is causing a tooth to ache then it will cause the teeth above and below each other to do so as it is pinching the nerve that serves both teeth”.

      I can’t take anything else as fact. It is anatomically impossible! There are many nerves involved, but to make it easier to understand I’ll just mention the main nerves and branches.
      Both the upper teeth and lower teeth are supplied by the Trigeminal nerve, but by two different branches.
      The upper teeth are mainly innervated by the Maxillary Nerve, the second branch of the Trigeminal Nerve.
      The lower teeth are mainly innervated by the Mandibular Nerve, the third branch of the Trigeminal Nerve. There are a number of branches of the Mandibular Nerve, but the Inferior Alveolar Nerve supplies the greatest number of lower teeth.
      The Maxillary and Mandibular Nerves branch off from the main trunk of the Trigeminal Nerve at the Gasserion (or Semilunar) Ganglion. The location of the Gasserion Ganglion is in the dura matter. The dura matter is part of the brain, the outer most part.
      The sinuses are anterior to the brain (not in the brain). To “pinch” a nerve, it would have to be “pinched” in the brain away from the sinuses….Impossible.

      The association of teeth and sinuses have nothing to do with any pinched nerves. The association has to do with infection, inflammation, and/or pressure.

      • after having a bad oral surgery and ending up with the “surgeon” leaving 2 entire roots from a molar inside my maxilla i fully understand everything you speak of.my abcess became so large that it passed through my lower sinus cavity and went all the way up to my optic nerve and was pressuring that.when i got to a competent oral surgeon he told me that if i had waited 2-3 more days i most likely would have died,and worse the bacteria was antibio resistant so it took another 7 mos to fully kill of the infection even after removing what was left of the roots and removing a large amount of dead,decaying bone in my maxilla.at no point did an abcess that big or life threatening cause pain in the mandible or any of the teeth i had left down there.as a kid i had a deviated septum and used to get 8-10 sinus infections a year into my early 20s.i never experienced any tooth pain from any of those infections.you do the math-that’s a lot of sinusitis experiences to ponder the effects.good advice and extensive knowledge on those nerves involved as i learned about every one of them when discussing permanent damage from my abcess with my good oral surgeon.thanks for being able to label the exact paths of those nerves as i knew the advice to be wrong but couldn’t remember the names of the nerves although the pathways are fairly obvious.

    • sorry but i don’t buy #2 but i would like to know if that’s standard myrrh as in the incense etc.it also has many uses as an indegestion cure and many other if it’s the same substance.

    • Hipockets

      Good,strong Mexican Hot sauce will do the same thing to drain your
      sinusus and releive the pain’

  23. Glenn Spicer

    WARNING. Hydrogen Peroxide has many uses BUT it IS negligent to suggest using it without warning about the different strengths.
    SEE Dr. Dr. David G. Williams’ article at http://educate-yourself.org/cancer/benefitsofhydrogenperozide17jul03.shtml

    • Joe

      Joe

      Good call glen I should have mentioned this part but as the only time I have seen anything above the standard brown bottle peroxide (3%?) has been when ordering it from a chemical supply store. I know that in the past people had issues with children drinking the 30-50% solutions that they kept in the refrigerator,which is why they moved to the standard 3%. solution in the familiar bottle we know today. But still a good reference. Anything much higher than that is dangerous, I had a solution of 50% get on my skin last year at my warehouse and boy did it sting!

  24. mj

    A little wiskey acts as an antibiotic and numbs the area Just take a little sip and hold it in the affected area Repeat as often as necessary. It’s a feel good remedy. :-) :-) :-)

    • Nanook

      I agree. Personally, I recommend “Maker’s Mark”….LOL

    • Hipockets

      Drink More,you won’t feel any pain’That’s what they did to deaden anything in the 1800’s

  25. anomalocaris

    Someone mentioned black tea for bleeding after an extraction. It can also help (temporarily) with the pain from an existing abcess. The pain is primarily being caused by pressure from fluid build-up. The tannin has a dessicating effect, and therefore, temporarily reduces the swelling from fluid, which in turn reduces pain. I use it by packing a dry teabag against the affected area and letting it stay there for as long as I can put up with it. This is not a cure and will not prevent the infection from spreading to the heart or brain (common complications of dental abcess. Once the teabag is off, the area will continue to swell and the pain will return. But it can help you continue to function until you can get hold of antibiotics. If you can get hold of antibiotics, keep in mind that you’re dealing with an infection of the bone and adjust the dosage accordingly. Otherwise you’ll just end up wasting the antibiotics.

  26. Michele Bentley

    Hi Joe– I have a tried and true remedy that works like a dream!!! I take about a half a teaspoon of “five finger grass” herb and a pinch of sugar, put it in a coffee filter, tie the filter up with a string (after gathering the filter closed) above the bunch, trim the filter to the string and trim the string to the knot- dip the lil pouch in some warm water or whiskey and place in sore/pained area of tooth ache.

    this lil pouch can stay in the mouth for at least 2 hours and will help reduce swelling of the gums, fight infection and is safe to swallow the ‘juices’ the mouth will produce.

    I’ve used this to help hubby and he swears by it so now i keep plenty of ‘five finger grass” on hand!

    • Joe

      Joe

      oh, what is five fingers grass michelle?

  27. johnnysAngel

    think u jinxed me! I read this article bout a wk ago & got a toothache a couple days l8r.So I decided 2 use clove oil.WARNING: MAKE SURE ur not allergic 1st! burned off the skin n mouth & on my tongue so test a Lil bit 1st

  28. johnnysAngel

    BAKING SODA IS AWESOME!!!! :-D other tham the fact that it burned my mouth from where I was allergic 2 clove oil… SO wouldve saved me some $ (already had some) & definately some pain 2. TYSM 4 all the great idea- GOD BLESS!

  29. The last couple tooth aches I’ve had, I have been using ice water to chill the nerve. It literally made the pain go away after the initial cold sensitivity. The relief tends to only last for a minute or so though. At night it was enough to get a few minutes of sleep at a time. It was heaven to relieve the pain, even if just for a moment. Eventually you start to take in too much water so begin to spit the water at some point.

  30. Robert wulterin

    I know this sounds crazy, but it works every time. try using diet 7up. hold it in your mouth over the tooth for about a minute or two. the pain disappears immediately. if it comes back try two or three more times. I’ve watched the look of disbelief on peoples faces when they try this. make sure its diet 7up or Diet Sprite, make sure the diet.

  31. Carol M

    I’ve worked with a dentist for 15 years. I really think some accurate info would have benefited the readers more than home remedies with out it. First there seems to be no distinction between gum infections and tooth infections. Gum infections can be treated yourself. A tooth infection, while you can get temporary relief sometimes, cannot be healed with home remedies. Even antibiotic treatment is temporary. The best advice is to stay AHEAD of the problems with regular appointments and not ‘waiting’ for treatment. The infection involved with the teeth have been found involved in disease process throughout the body.

    • Hipockets

      I’m almost 74 and still have my wisdom teeth’ THey swell up every once inawhile,but the rest of my choppers are gone’ Guess I still have’nt wised up’

  32. John Marshall

    I’ve used the acupuncture points between the bases of forefinger and thumb as a temporay relief from bad toothache. Just grip the point with forefinger and thumb of the other hand. After a while the pain goes away.This treatment can be repeated several times so you then have the time to seek medical help.

  33. brandy lee

    clove oil. when i was having wisdom tooth problems with my first pregnancy my husband went to the pharmacy and asked what was the best thing for tooth pain without taking medication. works wonders.

  34. Jay Elliott, DDS

    Carol M is spot on. I have been a general dentist for 32 years and none of these ‘remedies’ affect decayed teeth AT ALL. Your teeth are the one organ that cannot heal itself. Unlike homeopathic medicine which may help the body repair, nothing will help a damaged tooth except a dentist.

    A damaged tooth will eventually abscess and hurt. 99.9% of the time the infection eats a way out into the oral cavity. Once this happens the pain subsides and eventually the rotten tooth stops hurting altogether. In the other 0.1% of the time, the infection moves internally and often results in death if untreated.

    If the SHTF you need to first already have your teeth in good repair and second, already have a genuine hygiene habit that you ACTUALLY practice every day. Some of the homeopathic treatments do have validity in taking care of the soft tissues of the mouth, but nothing, absolutely nothing, will substitute for cleaning well in between your teeth on a daily basis. If you don’t do this now, I can guarantee it is a habit you are not likely to find time for in a very stressful environment. it is human nature to procrastinate regarding unpleasant things and for damned sure a dental visit is high on that list.

    Invest in repairing your teeth now, while there is time. The Tom Hanks scenes were very realistic and very well done, imo.

  35. Ed Taylor

    the bark of the Prickly Ash tree also know as the Toothache Tree (Zanthoxylum clava-herculis) has the effect of Novocain when chewed or applied to an area of your mouth. It is an old Southern American remedy. My grandmother (a country girl) used it as a general anesthesia when her Rheumatoid arthritis was in the advanced stages. If ingested continually during the day it will affect you whole body. I do not know what the side effects may be as there has been little research on this. In a pinch and certainly as a survival technique, it is very effective.

  36. BJ

    Mainstream dentists are trained to think that cavities come from the exterior of the tooth, but early researchers like Weston Price, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2001/01/21/weston-price.aspx, found that poor western diets reduced natural immunity, allowing disease to eat our teeth away. Use of cod liver oil, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K2, and Vitamin D (supplement is D3). Plus good butter, liver, fresh veggies, bone marrow broth, and fresh whole unhomo and unpast raw milk. By using this diet change, I have remineralized my teeth. Cracks have filled in as well as the ground away part of my lower front teeth. I recenty learned about using calcium hydroxide, not any other “new” thing, to apply to cracked teeth or areas of tooth that are sensitive and close to neerve. These used to be root canaled, but you can save them by having calcium hydroxide placed on tooth, then temp filling over that for two weeks minimum, then check and replace again if necessary. Google for actual dental studies that show this. Also great info at http://www.curetoothdecay.com/, and he has a great video on prevention and treatment. For dental problems and maintenance, use Oil Pulling – An ancient Ayurvedic healing tradition, oil pulling has been used for many years to remove toxins from the body. I use organic coconut oil to do my oil pulling because it has anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties. Take 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth, through your teeth and gums for 10-30 minutes. Do not swallow it! After at least 10 minutes spit it out and rinse your mouth. And a final good web site on healing teeth, http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/ Dentistry is a $100,000,000,000 (that’s 100 Billion) industry.

  37. BJ

    Rami Nagels web site, curetoothdecay.com/root_canal, cites that “50 years ago Dr. Meinig was one of the founders of the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists).

    Until Dr. Meinig read 1174 pages of detailed research by Weston Price (D.D.S., M.S., F.A.C.D) one of the world’s greatest dentists, and his 60 man research team.

    Dr. Meinig’s discovery:

    “[A] high percentage of chronic degenerative disease can originate from root filled teeth. The most frequent were heart and circulatory diseases. The next most common diseases were those of the joints, arthritis and rheumatism.”‘

  38. David

    I have now read through all the comments and only one person mentioned vitamin C. Dental problems are not usually a huge surprise when one wakes up one day with a severe toothache. Most people are aware something is brewing ahead of time. I have had impacted wisdom teeth for 30 years. I take vitamin C every day. Sometimes, I increase the dose if I feel a flare up coming on or I’m battling other infections. Get a good quality, preferably natural vitamin C and keep plenty on hand. Remember, ascorbic acid is only one component of the complete vitamin C molecule. Most people can stand 3-5 grams of Vitamin C per day without bowel issues.

    • Jan

      Make sure you use zinc with Vitamin C. Works better that way.

  39. KINSMAN KOSIN

    I always have a tube of ORAJELL on hand at all times this is a very good toothache pain reliever. You can find it at most any drug store. I used to keep a tube that was labeled for babies and kids when I raised my children many years ago. It was really good when they were teething. I have had some on the shelf for years with out any deterioration at all.

  40. tom

    clove oil works really well i have used it a few times to get through the weekend till i could get to the dentist works with a dry socket too it is a little hard to find walgreens sometimes has it on hand in the pharmacy they use it as a flavouring for medicine taste horible but works well

  41. Dan Kidder

    Clove essential oil or a whole clove applied to the pain site can help more than tea tree oil. Ever notice that Anbesol tastes like cloves?

  42. JJM

    I have read the Horse Tail plant supports enamel growth for the teeth..???

  43. Jay Elliott, DDS

    It is impossible to grow new enamel. The organ that produced enamel is on the outside of the tooth and is destroyed when the tooth erupts. New enamel cannot be grown because the machinery to make it does not exist.

    However, weak spots in enamel CAN re-mineralize from saliva with a little help under the right circumstances so getting a small cavity to harden and stop decaying can be done. Once the decay gets to the middle layer of tooth, the dentin, this option goes away.

  44. Richard Schultze

    A long time ago I had a severe sinus infection, after several rounds of increasingly more potent antibiotics, my medic said he was at the end of what antibiotics could do. My demolitions sergeant recommended Thai Food. the pressure was released within a 1/2 hour. Now whenever I start to have a problem with my sinuses t take a tablespoon of Horseradish, laced with a good hot sauce. It has never failed me.

  45. Irish-7

    Read the self-administered dental treatment in Len McDougal’s “The Self Reliance Manifesto”. It made me cringe. I looked for clove oil online and basically got Eugenol. I assume that is the main ingredient. I saved a few opiate pain pills from an RX given for back pain to store with our emergency dental kit. Years ago, my grandmother went to the Emergency Room for chest pain, and it turned out to be a tooth. Never underestimate dental problems!

    • deborann

      Pills will “break-down” and not be effective and quite possibly dangerous. please be careful.

  46. Elmo

    I have just experienced a severe toothache.
    following is not necessary to read until **so**
    I visited a dentist yesterday, there was nothing she could do, apart from
    prescribing me antibiotics for
    a week as I have abscess infection underneath two teeth.
    The pain was sustained and constant for more than 40 hours so I didn’t
    sleep well at all and took a day off today.
    about an hour ago I had massive pain going through my body, which I couldn’t
    bare, unfortunately found this website to late, but I found different website
    and found the way to get rid of agony in couple of minutes and distinguish
    the rest with these two advices.

    **so**
    I used these methods (they totally worked)
    Squeeze an icecube between fingertips of your index finger and thumb. Make
    sure you don’t use too much of ice as it might freeze your fingers. One cube
    will suffice.
    apparently mentioned fingertips share the same nerve path to your brain
    as teeth. If you experience toothache on the left side you use left hand and other way around respectively.
    I must mention that I use antibiotics, painkillers and orajel (numbing gel),
    none of which helped me.
    Icecube did..
    secondly I used method called Chamomile tea as a mouth wash. simply make
    yourself strong massive cup of chamomile brew, pleasant temperature and small sips to wash your mouth and spit it out, you don’t need to drink it.
    Hope this will help someone.
    Cheers

  47. Elmo

    p.s.
    don’t need to drink it (chamomile). just a mouth wash.
    something’s wrong with the comment box borders :)
    thanks

  48. richard1941@gmail.com

    I have found that bamboo splints under the fingernails, while very painful, will make the toothache go away.

    Also,I have found that homeopathic fecal therapy is very effective. Shake up some poop in a coke bottle, then fump it out. Refill the bottle (no rinsing!) and dump it out. Repeat this ten times. You now have a homeopathic fecal therapy remedy that will fight infection. To use this, just pour it down the drain and discartd the bottle, and you are sure to get better in six months.

    • deborann

      OH MY
      now that I have stopped laughing, I must ask you are you feeling better, now?

      Have a nice day!

  49. Allen

    Hi All,
    Try to keep up on your dental hygiene as much as possible before hard times come. I know everyoe is a bit different and we do not all have the money or decent dental insurance that is affordable. I know few who like going to the Dentist and no one who like a toothache. It is so important that soldiers are not deployable if they are not up to date on their dental work.
    Brushing, flossing, using dental rinses etc go a long way, as does avoiding sugary/starchy foods. As a younger man, I had not really gone to a dentist at 18 when I joined the military except perhaps some cursory checks provided at school. When I did get my first real dental exam at 18, I had no cavities due to brushing a couple of times a day. As we get older, of course our teeth do get cavities, deteriorate etc. Just do the best you can. These home renedies sound great for temporary relief. I am gonna try to avoid the pain to start with, at least as long as possible. Stock up on toothpaste, toothbrushes, antiseptic mouthwash, baking soda etc. Most of these have multiple uses and do not have to be the most popular and expensive types that you normally use.

    Hope that I do not sould too much like a “Know it all”

  50. rubycherokee

    Amen to the sinus infection note. Woke up one morning a hear or two ago and felt like all of the teeth in my head were going to fall out. Went to the Doctor and sure enough, serious sinus infection. He mentioned quite a few people had come in AFTER they went to the dentist. Do yourself a favor, if it is more than one or two teeth, get some OTC sinus meds or go to your doctor.

  51. Heidi

    Hi. I recently suffered from a dental abcess and now am dealing with another possible one. I can’t catch a break, literally, and neither can my rapidly slimming wallet. Really, the only thing I’ve found to help temporarily are advil or Tylenol, extra strength, and holding my tongue to the tooth itself. That seems to dull the ache slightly. Take an extra strength advil before bed, it’ll knock u out like a light.

  52. lakesidelife

    If it’s an abscessed tooth & it’s hurting really badly the only thing that will help you before you can get to the dentist it to place an ice cube on the tooth. Bite down onto the ice cube with your hurting tooth or hold it in between you cheek & gums on the inside of your mouth. It will give you almost instant relief from the pain. Also if you have a swollen spot protruding from your gum it means your tooth is abscessed. You can take a razor blade, a needle or something like that to cut a hole into your gum so that you can drain out the infection. I recommend a hypodermic needle. You can poke your hole to drain the infection out then use the needle to inject some iodine into the infected gum / tooth.

  53. Kelsey

    Or just eat a root beer float that’s what I’m doing

    • Jan

      I just loved this remedy of a “root beer float”! What a fun way to kill the pain! Root beer, sasparilla and horehound used to be old time fun remedies for a lot of pain and illnesses, and good for you too!

  54. John

    When my wife gets a toothache it leaves her in tears even after taking all her over-the-counter options. after the usual brush/floss/salt water rinse with no relief then it’s time to go for hard alcohol. IF you are over the age of 21, have already taken your tylenol/motrin, no narcotics, and are not going to be driving anywhere then I have found that 2-3 shots of whiskey will do several things for you: It dulls the pain but just as importantly, the natural effects of a good buzz will distract you from the pain and will help you either fall asleep or do something to take your mind off the pain. Obviously this is not an option for anyone that’s dedicated to AA.

  55. Gene

    Fish Mox takes care of mine every time. (google it)
    Yes, I know what it was intended/labeled for but it is rx grade.

    Sometimes I wish the US had the same health care as I use to have in the UK. I know some people think that free healthcare is comi.

    Anyways hope this helps someone.

  56. musrat

    i have used garlic with salt it was very nice

  57. Great write up Joe. Seems like you have a complete list of these grannies remedies. Though there are so many remedies out there, nothing worked for me so I ended up combining two to three remedies together and magic happens. Most of the time I used garlic paste with salt in it and kept it for few minutes. Then it rinsed with solution of water and baking soda.

    We also compiled few remedies on our blog hope you will like it –

    http://www.gulcol.org/2013/10/21/home-remedies-for-toothache

  58. pritijain

    u can use mustardoil and salt mixture

  59. Juli

    Some drug stores,like Wallmart, sell a repair kit for fillings that have come out. Or to fill a cavity. We tried it on a cavity after the dentist cleaned it then decided she wanted to pull it. Said “no” to pulling and went home. Tried the cement in the hole and it has been in place for about 3 years still. It has now earned a place in all our bug out bags. If a crown comes off it can be used to put the crown back on again, just make sure the tooth is very clean first.

  60. Queen2k14

    This was really helpful! Thanks alot. I’ll be trying these methods soon!

  61. Stephen

    To get some sleep hold icepack wrapped in a towel in hand on opposite of tooth ache. Sounds crazy but it works.

  62. Nora Marginean

    Bravo, this should be on everyone’s list. Wish we could share on Facebook.

  63. matthew

    THANK YOU I THINK ITS WORKING. I also liked what you had to say about life and the world

  64. ron

    i noticed that quite a few of ur remedies contain. salt. mixed with other. my family advised me to try strait salt dirctly to area..i have tryed it. today and seems. to work..atleast for me for now..what do u thinl about this remedie..please respond..

  65. Scott

    Love u Joe keep u the good work

  66. Jan

    Regarding toothache: Epsom Salts, chamomile and cinnamon as packs or mouth wash would be good to have on hand. “Lavoris” mouthwash used to have cinnamon in it — but they don’t make it anymore (I have two bottles I am hording just for that reason). Almost anything that draws the poison and pain out would be good. In that case, in a pinch — mudpacks would be good — but not very tasty!

  67. Jan

    Just when I think I am going to get through thousands of emails — an article comes through that is so important and informative and takes some time to read. Teeth health ranks right up there with food and water. Without them, you do not get good nutrition and it can cause you to drop dead due to infection and/or a heart attack. Very important. All of these comments were really good. Now I know why my Mom harped at me to take care of my teeth. I also wish (now that I am older and broke) that I had done a lot better! But these remedies will help in a pinch.

  68. Out of all the sites this was the best for temp releaf of tooth acke from sinus infection. Thanks.

  69. This is a good list. Baking soda is soothing to the gums. Also, using fresh, organic garlic cloves is great for an abscess. Cut and smash garlic and let it sit for 10 minutes to release the ancillin. Then hold on the affected area for 10-15 min. Repeat every 2-3 hours for three days and you will see a change.

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  72. kari74ob

    I did not get my first cavity till I was 23 and pregnant. Had three years of braces, and so on,.. ive always taken good care of my teeth, floss, brush, I even brused so much I was causing inflammation of my gums that cause ghost toothaches. But at 34 I had my very first toothache. I was eating a muffin, soft ant cracked my tooth. I was devastated , I cried. Cause they had to pull it. I asked will my teeth shift, I had braces, retainers, rubber band for 3 and 1/2 years. There answer no, wrong, I now call myself gapula, do to the madanna gap I now have. Well more room more food wedges. And now unemployed do to our lovely so called economy. I have no dental insurance.
    Got my second tooth ache . ( do not advise this to anybody) please im stubborn. Recently in to herbal health I looked up ways to heal my infection, so I would melt a piece of norco for pain and applied tea tree oil to single tooth area and rinsed with tea tree oil and applied soaked tea bags on area, used toothpicks to clean out infection and rotation tea tree rinse. Infection gone in 24 hours and killed my root and nerve, not my intention, but its never bothered me again. But im more cautious with trapped food particles, and use thicker floss.
    I agree we use Doctors and dentists to much.. mant times we are sick its not that we wont get better it is no time to wait it out. Our body was designed to heal. Then if after five days maybe antibiotic is needed. But I think Doctors should try earth gown herbs first unless life or death. That way we dont cause new strains of resistant illness. Many antibiotics do not work. Do doctors or people really know whats in that tiny pill. As far as we know it could be arsenic. Or your paying for placebos.
    Immunizations are very harmful. We dont even need half of what is givin. I got them for my kids, but wish I would of researched it better, my middle son got a immunization in eighth grade , and come to find out he already got it. But they argued. I was right and my son hasnt been the same since. Normal, but went from gifted, gate program testing at college level, in sixth grade to average . With science his high score. You dont regress that much in less than a year.
    What im saying in caution is the key. Do your research, ask for alternatives for prescription meds, doctors know them but dont offer. Rep. World next time ay doctors ask the benefits of vitamin B-17 and apple cider vinegar. And symptoms of candida.

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  76. Stephen

    Thank you so much for this article. Often (as a disabled Veteran-which is really good for “thank you’s” and “atta boys” but little else) I simply cannot afford to go see a doctor,or especially a dentist (which isn’t covered,to my knowledge,by my Medicare) and have to make do…like tonight,being day #5 that I’ve been unable to eat or sleep due to 4 tiny cavities (one at each corner of my jaw…how convenient,eh? :p ). I tried a few of these within the last hour. The pain isn’t gone,but it’s certainly tolerable,where-as an hour ago,I was pacing back and forth,cursing in agony and dreading another sleepless night…so thank you (to everyone who also offered up thoughts/opinions/more tips).

  77. This is right we have to know how to somehow ease the pain whenever we experience a dental problem. Thanks for this useful information

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  79. Chuck D

    I read this, and tried the lemon extract (over a week ago). It burnt so bad right off the bat that I thought I might be stroking out. i was peeling parts of the inner lining of my mouth out for days afterwards. It really seemed to mess up the inside of mouth, and even eat away at the outside of my tooth and change gum line. The good news? My tooth hasn’t hurt since a couple hours after I did that. Just not sure it was worth it.

  80. aria

    lol @ peroxide, you CAN buy lemon peroxide gel made for your mouth. its called glyoxide and your local pharmacy has it over the counter

  81. Chelsea Melton-Fetz

    So does any of this stuff actually work?? I’ve been in alot of pain for almost week and am tired of it. And have been looking for remedies to help with the pain.

  82. My fiancé and I are both having toothaches as we speak. We can’t really afford to go to a dentist right now. I just looked at this website and actually found it to be very useful. There’s a lot of remedies that I never even knew existed, I’ve thought about trying some but chickened out because the thought of pain is as worse as the real pain. But then I wondered, we’ll we haven’t tried it, so some may actually work, it’s worth a shot because at this point I think we’ll try just about anything. The pain cones and goes and the ibeuprofen is starting not to work very well, we’ve been having to take a higher dosage, just hoping the pain will fade or go away but it’s starting not to. I think we’ll try all of the remedies I’ve read about on this website, if anyone reads this post, feel free to email me..I would love to know about any other remedies or to know about any information you have. Just in case it isn’t listed, my email is angela.mariee@yahoo.com ..I’m looking forward to talking to whoever emails because like I said our toothaches aren’t getting any better and we’ll try anything. Thanks for your time. Much appreciated. God bless!

  83. Monica

    Some warm moonshine swished to the hurting tooth area and held for approximately 3 to 5 minutes will numb the area pretty well.

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