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Who doesn't dread the harrowing time spent at the dentist's clinic! Toothache has been observed to debilitate even the strongest of men! Although most of us may not know or even care much about the underlying causes of a toothache, we all know (at least most of us!) how horrendous a toothache can be. Let's take a look at some pain relief measures that you can try out.

How to Cure a Toothache
  • One of the simplest methods of relieving a toothache is by chewing on the leaves of a guava tree.
  • Drink an infusion of chickweed to alleviate a toothache.
  • For instant numbness, the best cure is in your freezer itself. Wrap ice cubes in a piece of clean cloth and hold it on your cheek (aching side of course!). After 20 minutes remove the pack.
  • Add some powdered asafoetida into a glass of lemon juice and make a paste. Apply this paste onto the tooth.
  • You can also apply a few drops of vanilla extract on the hurting tooth.
  • Chew cloves or rub clove oil on the painful tooth and on the surrounding gums. The numbing effect of cloves provide temporary relief.
  • Chewing a piece of raw onion on the hurting tooth's side for a few minutes, helps kill the bacteria eating their way into the tooth and also relieves pain.
  • To cure increased sensitivity of the tooth, mix a pinch of pepper powder into a little clove oil and apply it to the decaying tooth.
  • Pour some whiskey over the aching tooth and allow the surrounding gums to be soaked in it as well. Once the gums absorb the whiskey, a numbing effect will be experienced.
  • Powder an aspirin and sprinkle some of it onto the decaying tooth and allow it to dissolve there. Although this is one of the worst tasting cures for a toothache, it alleviates the pain in minutes.
  • Rinsing the mouth with salt water helps dislodge any food particles stuck in the tooth cavities and the empty spaces in the gums. It also reduces the soreness in the gums. Make sure you dissolve table salt in warm water and then swish it in your mouth.
  • Did you know tea bags can alleviate a toothache? In a cup, place a tea bag and pour enough steaming hot water to wet the bag completely. Allow the tea bag to cool a bit and then squeeze out all the tea water. Place it onto the hurting tooth for several minutes until the pain subsides.
  • Crush a clove of fresh garlic and place it onto the aching tooth until it begins to sting. You could even add some rock salt to the crushed garlic clove to alleviate the pain.
Slow working over-the-counter toothache relief drugs can also be used to alleviate a toothache. However, one should remember that these home remedies are not solutions to toothache. They only alleviate pain, but the underlying cause needs to be treated by a dentist. Delayed treatment can result in further decay, and even result in tooth loss. So, make sure you go and visit your dentist as soon as possible.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.