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Are home remedies effective for a toothache?

Generally, home remedies are only effective as a temporary measure to calm a toothache and are not intended to cure. Over-the-counter pain medicines such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen (Advil or Aleve), taken on a schedule can provide relief.

Clove oil is a natural ingredient that is used in some sedative dental filling materials and can be found at the pharmacy. It can be applied to an exposed area of the tooth by biting into a small cotton ball that is soaked with clove oil. Other products which contain benzocaine (including Orajel or Anbesol) can temporarily numb the affected tooth and provide relief as well.

One should avoid chewing on the affected tooth/area and minimize extreme temperatures of hot and cold. Keeping the area clean and free of food debris may help as well.

Above all, proper diagnosis and treatment by a dental professional is strongly advised to effectively treat a toothache.

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Comment from: Momflower47, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I just had a very painful abscessed tooth, the only thing that would lessen the pain was holding cold water in my mouth.

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