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I was was really hurting until about 10 minutes ago. Due to a cracked and decaying tooth I am wide awake at 2:15 am. Recent liver problems forbid me from taking normal OTC pain meds so I hit this site. I used a mixture of sea salt and pepper as suggested then chewed some saltines into the cavity area. The pain was gone almost right away. I did how ever use fresh cracked pepper corn because of the pepper oil held inside of the corn. I figured this would be more potent. I now without pain will atempt some sleep, but I will keep this mix and saltines right next to me. Crackers in bed? OK!


I have a impacted tooth right next to a big cavity and it hurts so bad, I can barely work. Ive been trying a lot of home remedies because I have no health insurance or the money to go to a Dental School Clinic.

But Ive found that pure vanilla extract works wonders. It doesnt taste terrible like clove oil does, nor does it burn a lot like mouthwash or alcohol. Plus the smell and taste of vanilla will calm you and curb your appetite so youll be less likely to eat anything for awhile and make your mouth hurt again.

So try soaking a q-tip or cotton ball in pure vanilla extract and leaving it on your tooth/gum for a minute or so.
Mint or Peppermint extract works too, but burns a bit.

But hey, youre breath will smell delicious, lol.


Thanks for this site! I tried the Vanilla extract, it did not work the first time, I tried again later and it reduced the pain by 50% in about 20 minutes. I took some NyQuil capsules and they took the pain to 0 in about 30 minutes. I found that swishing hydrogen peroxide for 1-2 minutes twice, swishing lukewarm water for 1-2 minutes, and then swishing with mouthwash for 1-2 minutes followed by another 1-2 minutes of swishing water helped longer-term. I took 2 ibuprofen and 2 extra strength tylenol after the swishing helped...I did this procedure every 6-8 hours. I have a high tolerance for pain, but this kind of pain, if unchecked takes me down. I take the IB/Ty only when needed because that stuff can cause liver damage (read the bottle).

My tooth is broken, more liked sheared past the gum, and what remains is obviously infected. I do not have health/dental insurance so I did purchase Fish Mox (amoxicillin), do a search for 'Fish Mox' on google and you'll come across stories of folks that tried it and lived...I haven't read any negative issues...but be damned sure you are not allergic to antibiotics or penicillin or amoxicillin. I bought the 250mg x 100 capsules from Amazon. I will let you know how it goes...if you don't hear from do not assume I am dead : ) I lived in rural Ohio and the local 'horse dentist' actually told me that the amoxicillin he was prescribing was exactly the same brand, type, and quality as the amoxicillin he prescribed for horses. Go figure. A survivalist site ( has several users that have tried it (supposedly)...though I trust Jim and most of his posters provide very good and reliable have to judge that yourself though. I am going to go to a dentist ASAP (which may be weeks or months), but I know that people have died from tooth infections even in the year 2010. DO NOT take your infection as an 'it'll go away' type issue, you may need a full course of antibiotics and *improve* your oral hygiene (mouthwash, floss, brush *every 6 hours*). See a dentist and/or doctor ASAP...even an ER (Emergency Room) if needed. Look up 'Blood infection' for symptoms if you think your tooth or gum is infected. This is no joke! Your life or death can depend on your decisions!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or dentist and have no formal medical or dental education. My comments are in regards to my experiences only, your experiences may vary.

This site is good, something will work, hang in there and read! Good luck and God bless!


If your tooth hurts so bad you can't sleep, go running. Really, put on your running shoes and go run a few miles (or more if you can). If you don't exercise daily your muscles will start to hurt, but that will be a bliss compared to that toothache. Not to mention that you'll sleep like a baby afterwards. Good luck everyone


For those who have no insurance, try to see if there's a dental school in your area that you can become a patient at. I just became a patient at the UB Dental School and their fees are 1/3 to 2/3 that charged in private practice. The maximum they charge for extractions is $108 for a complicated extraction. Root canals are still prohibitive, $700 per tooth according to the student dentist I saw recently. And he said that under ordinary circumstances I'd be looking at 6 or 7 root canals. That's what happens when you spend months on end not caring about your dental hygiene I guess. I'm not lazy anymore but the damage has been done. But since my student dentist knows that I self pay they're gonna do extractions instead once they find a student dentist who will be around for awhile to do what needs to be done with my teeth, as the one I just saw was in his last week before residency. So that's one might have to wait while they find a student dentist and you might get bounced around between student dentists. And also the appointments last longer...meaning allow 2 - 3 hours per appointment because the student's work needs to be supervised and examined by a faculty member. But that's a small price to pay for lower fees and you are helping student dentists get the hands on experience they need. Anyhow I'll be trying some of these other remedies as I think one of the deep cavities they they were gonna try a filling on once they found a student dentist for me may have deepened to make contact with the nerve forming an abscess. what I might try also is warm water mixed with peroxide in a 1-to-1 ratio.

Becky R.

I was in severe pain for days with a bad toothache in the top-very back left tooth. I was taking antibiotics for the infection, because removing the infection is the only way to stop the pain. However, the antibiotics take 2-3 days to begin working and I was in excruciating pain with tears rolling down my face. I tried all of the home remedies I could find. Most would help temporarily-maybe 10-15 minutes and then I would be in horrible pain again. I was at my wits end and was ready to pull it with pliers myself. I don't have dental insurance or the money to have it pulled. I was in so much pain I would have tried anything to stop it. I went RUNNING into walgreens and I was not going to leave until I found something that offered lasting relief. With tears streaming down my face I just started pulling products off the shelf right there and opening them and using them. I was determined to find lasting relief. I would grab a product, use it, and continue sitting there in the floor in tears to see if it provided lasting relief. I wasn't leaving until I found the product that worked. Luckily the 2nd product I grabbed was Cepachol maximum numbing sore throat lozenges with 20% benzocaine and I think 5% of menthol. I opened the package right there and threw one in my mouth back by my hurting tooth. Within a minute or less the pain quit and never came back to the intensity I had been experiencing. After 4-5 days of severe pain I finally had lasting relief. Although I had already used TWO tubes of Anbesol (Oragel) with benzocaine it never worked as well as the throat lozenges. The anbesol would numb my whole face and tooth for about 15 minutes but come right back. I had poked and prodded my gums and tooth in that area by trying to get the anbesol back to it that my gums and cheek were so sore. Although the lozenges had the same ingredient (benzocaine) as the anbesol (oragel) they worked much much better. I believe it is because I could put and keep the lozenge right on the tooth to allow the benzocaine to get down into the roots of my problem tooth. The anbesol would just be washed off as soon as I put it on and couldn't get down to the parts of the tooth that mattered. Each lozenge would last over an hour each but I could take it out after about 15-20 mintues and the tooth never hurt bad again after the very first one. Several hours later I would start to feel just a little bit of minor ache from the tooth so I would put in a lozenge for about 10-15 minutes and not have ANY pain again for the rest of the day and half the next day. I don't know why, but after that first lozenge the pain NEVER came back to even a tenth of the previous intensity. The lozenges were a life saver for me. I had tried EVERYTHING and this is the only thing that provided lasting and permanent relief. I will never ever be without a stock of the lozenges in case tooth pain hits again. I also took 2-3 excedrin to help with the pain. The excedrin did temporarily help sometimes for a couple of hours. But after getting the lozenges I didn't have to take hardly any more excedrin. Get the Cepachol maximum numbing sore throat/cough lozenges. They were miraculous. Chloraseptic also makes a lozenge that is even stronger than the cepachol, with more menthol and I think benzocaine than the Cepachol max numbing. SO the chloraseptic would probably work good also. Good luck. You must take antibiotics though to rid the tooth of infection that is causing the pain. Good luck to all. I feel for you.


I basically have a rotting wisdom tooth that breaks off little pieces randomly. It has been hurting for 3 days now and basically I have a couple drinks and put oragel or any other 'caine' type of medication on it. I think the couple shots of vodka really helped the most though! good luck....


tylenol Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer - Extra Strength, Adult Rapid Blast Liquid

alternative to nyquil since the 500mg of acetaminophen is what you need anyway the rest of the stuff in nyquil does nothing


After determining that the ache in my jaw was a cracked tooth, I read over the remedies listed here, and took stock of my kitchen. Tried warm salt water, peroxide, and vanilla extract with no luck. If pain left at all, it came right back. No garlic, so I took the heart out of a Bermuda onion, warmed it up under running water and rubbed it over tooth and gum. Pain is gone!


try peppermint tea bags they work almost instantly

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