Home remedies for toothaches have always been a bit unusual. See if you know which ones are effective and which you should stay away from.
It's not uncommon for sinus infections to cause dental suffering. And rarely, tooth pain can be an indirect symptom of heart problems.
The Babylonians suspected that evil spirits created tooth pain.
The Siberians relied on the vodka-garlic mixture. Today, some people use shots of whiskey for toothaches, but it's not a dentist-recommended treatment.
Poultice is a moist, warm, homemade salve of anything from bread or cereal to mashed beans or mashed beets. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it was a folk treatment for many health problems, including toothaches.
Historians aren't entirely sure what the cloth bandage was for, but it may have been to keep the cheek warm or hold a poultice in place.
Adults should always allow a dentist to pull a tooth if the professional determines the treatment is recommended. However, taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and avoiding hard foods and hot and cold beverages can be done at home.
Using an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain reliever is perhaps the simplest way to treat a toothache.
Most tooth pain is inflammatory pain, so any anti-inflammatory medication can help relieve it.
An ointment with benzocaine can help dull tooth pain, but it isn't recommended for children under the age of 2.
Clove oil is a safe, time-tested treatment for dental pain. It can be found at many drug stores.
Extremely hot or cold beverages can make your pain worse.
When bitten the wrong way, popcorn kernels can break a tooth or get caught between teeth.
When mixed with warm water, salt is a popular treatment for sore teeth and gums.
Studies have found that massaging the hand in the area between the index finger and the thumb is effective at reducing dental pain for some people.
L14 is the area between the thumb and index finger that you can massage with ice to reduce the pain of your toothache.
When practicing acupressure, such as massaging ice into the L14 pressure point, you should focus on the same side of the body where your tooth pain is. For example, if it's the left side of your mouth that hurts, massage your left hand.
In ancient times, a hot brick was wrapped in a cloth and pressed against the cheek. Today, however, ice is recommended as an appropriate therapy.
If you're going to take a pain reliever for a toothache, you should swallow it, not apply it to the gums or teeth. Aspirin can burn the mouth. And while arsenic was used for tooth pain long ago, it's not recommended today.
A fever means you may have an infection. If you experience this symptom, you should see a dentist -- or doctor -- right away.
If you're still in pain after a couple of days, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible. However, if you're also experiencing fever, chest pain, swelling, discharge or trouble breathing and swallowing, you should consider it an emergency.