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Emergency Toothache Relief

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Tamron is a retired barber who loves to write. She loves the outdoors.



How to Prevent Tooth Decay and Toothaches

Maybe you cannot see your dentist right away because he/she is booked or on vacation. You might consider going to a different dentist, provided that you have the means and/or insurance. You also may consider going to your local urgent care clinic. Your local clinic will generally accept cash, credit cards, and most insurance. You also may consider going to the emergency room. Do consider getting emergency treatment if you have facial swelling or a bad taste in your mouth (signs that could point to infection).

The very best thing for a toothache is to see a dentist. If a dentist is not an option, some of the remedies below might provide relief.

These remedies are mostly for toothaches and not cavities, but these remedies will give you some relief. If you see a hole in your tooth, this means you have a cavity.

For a toothache, try flossing. This is particularly helpful if you have a toothache from eating food and getting it stuck in your teeth. If not, then this cure will not work for you. Try flossing, then swishing mouthwash or warm salt water in your mouth. This removes food wedged from the tooth so there's no discomfort or irritation. If pain persists, check around the house for some of the items below.

Clove Oil

No matter how severe your toothache is, try clove oil. Clove oil is a very strong essential oil, and you can find it in any supermarket. Just get a small square of gauze or some Q-tips and soak them in some clove oil (diluted with a carrier oil). Press it against the tooth (if you can't see the cavity, place the gauze where you feel the pain) for about 5-10 minutes and you should start to feel better. Try not to swallow the clove oil; large amounts can be really bad for your stomach. If you have an impacted tooth, you will probably be doing this every few hours until you can get to the dentist. By the time it's impacted, there's not much you can do for the tooth (it will likely have to be pulled). Sometimes, the infection will be too bad to pull, but if you use clove oil on your tooth and gums, it will reduce the chances of the infection getting worse. Sometimes the clove oil will lessen the infection.

The paste most dentists use on a "dry socket" is a mixture of mostly clove and clove oils. Clove has antibacterial and disinfecting healing properties in its natural form.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is naturally antibacterial. Tastes bad, but works very well. You can purchase it at your local health food store or some grocery stores. You can find it where vitamins are sold. Some suppliers sell it as a premade mouthwash. Be sure not to ingest the tree tea oil when using it orally.

Temporary Cavity Fix

If you have a filling that has fallen out, take Ibuprofen and go to the dental section of any supermarket. Look for a small dental patch kit. They're easy to use and last for a few weeks until you can get to a dentist.


Candle wax works to keep the air out of the cavity but easily falls out while eating and drinking. To use, gargle with salt water. Light the candle and let the wax drip onto paper or on a clean plate. Scrape up the wax while still warm with your finger, and mash the warm wax into the cavity hole. If the wax falls out at any time before resealing the cavity with the wax, gargle with warm salt water to clean the area and to help prevent bacteria from growing in your tooth.

Green Tea

Green tea helps to prevent cavities because green tea has an abundance of natural fluoride. You can buy green tea in most grocery stores in the tea section. I would recommend buying it in a health food store or a store that sells all organic products. If you like your tea sweet, whether it is green tea or not, use an herbal sweetener like licorice. Another herbal sweetener is the Paraguayan herb stevia botanical named Stevia rebaudiana. This herb sweetens any herbal drink.

Bay Leaf

Bay leaf is also used to prevent tooth decay. Some toothpaste that you buy from the supermarket has bay leaf in the ingredients. Check if your toothpaste has bay leaf, or on your next purchase, buy toothpaste with bay leaf.

New Breakthroughs in Dental Health

Tooth Regeneration Gel Could Replace Painful Fillings

Soon, getting a filling will be a thing of the past. The latest nanotechnology in tissue engineering includes the development of a gel that can cover your teeth. This peptide, MSH, promotes cell regeneration and may be the latest and greatest solution for repairing cavities and decay.

Green Tea May Strengthen Your Teeth
Just one cup of green tea a day could save you a lot of toothaches and cash. As an adult, you should make better choices when it comes to your health and your dental health. Green tea is not just good for your teeth, but a very good weapon for fighting off many diseases.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Casimiro on July 02, 2013:

I second the use of Stevia. I use it all the time to sweeten drinks and coffee. Only takes about 1/4 as much as sugar. You can also bake with it.

Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on May 20, 2013:

Ouch! This hurts just reading about it. Toothaches are the worst, especially when something happens when the dentist's office isn't open. Get suggestions and advice.

Casimiro on October 20, 2012:

I'd like to hear more about what is blood root? Never heard of it before. Thanks for a great article full of good tips!

irenemaria from Sweden on January 15, 2012:

Been there many times. Thanks for the hub that I will remember

periodontics from 4312 Woodman Ave Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 on December 30, 2011:

nice information on this hub.everybody should know about these points.

jamieinenglewood on October 10, 2011:

I had two molar's pulled two yrs ago on the bottom right because they were hurting so bad, it healed well but every so often I get the very same pain there, and I woke up two mornings ago with it very bad. I never knew tooth, or jaw pain could hurt so bad, it is the worst pain I have every had and I have fallen of a 3 story building, broke my knee, ankle, been shot, two day's later it is still hurting very bad, and all I have is medicaid what could be causing this pain??

Dental Clinic in Singapore on July 27, 2011:

If you can take the pain, get some pain reliever or gargle with salt a natural remedy. then go to the dentist

tamron (author) on April 27, 2010:

Yes you can pick up that filling material at any drug store. It also works great along with that get some orgel then you good to go.

milynch43 from Philippines on April 17, 2010:

Didn't know about the dentists filling material at drug stores or the clove oil for that matter. This can really come in handy. Thanks.