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THANK GOD FOR THIS POST! Had a tooth pulled and still hurting 5 days later. Went to walgreens and got the toothache kit. (they only had the walgreens brand) within minutes pain was gone. Does not taste good but i can tolerate that.


Tried the clove oil for what I think is dry socket worked a treat instantly...I am very sceptic about home remedies in general but this one worked a treat instantly...thanks all that posted as the pain is horrible!


Hi. When i had two wisdom teeth romoved between 5 to 7 years ago, and got dry socket within 36 hours. I never even knew why i was in agony. The dr. Set the pain would last 2 - 4 days. So he only prescribed 9 pain killers, but those were gone in about 12 hours. If you know the pain of this you know why they were gomne early. Anyway when i got in to see him he put a strip of steril cotton inthe holes. While telling me they would taste like cloves. Now the past 2 weeks i've had 5 fillings, a root canal, and three
extractions 2 thursday and 1 today with 2 more on this friday. I already know that the dry socket is starting on the first two, cause of a rather wierd extruciating type of pain i still remember. Now after the very very hopeful information. I bought the red cross ex strength toothache kit i am already feeling better. And the clove taste is the same as i remember. So this infoon the clovesmis woeh trying...

Jan Hunter

I was skeptical about the Red Cross remedy, but was in so much pain despite using Lortab and rinsing with salt water that decided it was worth a try. It worked within 5 minutes and I'm still pain free hours later. It's Friday and I thought I would have to go through the weekend in excruciating pain. Thanks to all those who have posted on this website.


Do not disturb the tooth extracted area, do not touch it with your tongue or fingers.
Do not smoke, do not have alcoholic beverage or use a mouthwash for at least 24 hrs
Avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours after the extraction. After that gently rinse your mouth 4 times a day with warm salt water.
Do not spit or suck through a straw for 24 hrs or do not any heavy work that will put pressure on the area. If you do feel like spitting, let the excess saliva gently drip out of your mouth. DO NOT spit forcefully as this may dislodge the blood clot resulting in complications(dry socket)
Do not brush directly on the extraction site for 3-4 days after the extraction to prevent the blood clot from dislodging.
For the first 24 hours, go on a soft and cool diet. Avoid eating till the numbness has worn off and eat on the opposite to avoid from accumulating into the extraction site
For the first 24 hours activity should be limited as it can lead to increased bleeding.
Pain that lasts for a few days but which is gradually improving should be considered typical. Pain that I getting worse after 2 days is abnormal and may need to be checked by your dentist.
To prevent post operative swelling, apply an ice pack or cold towel to your face in the area of the extraction for the first 12-24 hrs. Apply alternatively, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. Do not repeat after 24 hrs.


I just want to add WHOLEHEARTEDLY how much the clove oil (or Eugenol as it is technically called) in the Red Cross toothache kit helped! I had my top 2 wisdom teeth pulled 6 days ago and ibuprofen was doing nothing for the never ending pain. I called the dentist and they gave me a syringe to irrigate the area. I stopped at the Walgreens next door and picked up the Red Cross toothache kit after reading about it on here. I immediately used it and the pain was nearly gone in 5 minutes! I will use the syringe to irrigate the debris but will DEFINITELY continue to use this for the pain. THANK YOU to everyone here who posted this rememdy!!


I am experiencing dry socket also. I've gone back to the dentist twice and couldn't go over the weekend. So I bought Red Cross Oral Pain Relief (extra strength) and it works just as good, if not better than the dentists remedy. I must say that the regular strength Red Cross Oral Relief tastes TERRIBLE and will make you salivate profusely, because it tastes so bad. Get the extra strength one, it tastes better.


Thank you for advice
I had a molar removed last week. I followed the surgeons advice. Gauze, not hot or hard foods. etc. It was ok for a few days.
Then Wow!!! Close to childbirth...
Applied gauze with Anbesol and took codeine. No relief.
Went to your site.
Went to Walgreens. Purchase the kit.
Applied gauze with Eugenol (cloves) and Advil
Close to immediate relief
AHHHH thank you


Canker cover! Working perfect on my dry socket until I see the dentist tomorrow. Thank god for this stuff! It's a liquid bandaid.


Red Cross toothache kit found at Walgreens, CVS, etc. has provided the most relief for my dry socket pain. Note that the Red Cross toothace kit now has two different formulations. One with Benzocaine and one with Eugenol. I gave both a try and the one with Eugenol (which is the key essential oil of clove) is the one that you want to purchase. I assume clove oil will provide the same level of relief.

I began experiencing higher than normal pain on a friday and by saturday I was a little concerned about the amount of pain killers I was taking to try and dull it. I was to the point where the only thing that was working was (2) norco 5/325 tabs combined with 600mg ibuprofin, and that only seemed to last for about 3 hours so I looked to this website for recommendations. My routine involved brushing and rinsing my mouth with a warm saltwater rinse followed by soaking the cotton pellet in the Eugenol and then applying over the socket area for about 2 minutes, or until I can't stand it anymore and then I toss the pellet out. The eugenol burns quite a bit and tastes horrible, and if any of it starts to drip down your throught it might make you noxious. The burning subsides after a few minutes but so does the pain. After about 5 minutes post treatment the pain was manageable. I was then able to reach a pain free state by combining this with 2 advil every 4 to 6 hours. The relief provided by the eugenol also seems to last after drinking, rinsing, eating, etc.

On Tuesday I went in to see my oral surgeon because I was still concerned that the home remedy might not be the best approach to treating the dry socket, even though it got me to a point of a pain free mouth. The doctor irrigated the socket and then packed it with medicated gauze, which upon inserting my mouth filled with the familiar taste of cloves. I asked and he stated that it was gauze impregnated with eugenol. In comparing pain relief, the cotton soaked pellets I was using at home provided better pain management than the gauze pack that the doctor did. Possibly because of a lesser amount of oil in the gauze as I did not get the burning sensation or as intense of a flavor of clove from the gauze. I would still recommend seeing your doctor because there may be added healing benefit to the irrigation and with how deeply the gauze was packed, but the Red Cross kit will certainly help manage the pain. I am still applying one of the soaked pellets over the gauze packed socket from time to time in combination with the advil in order to get to where there is no pain at all. I can't stand the constant taste of clove in my mouth but I'm finally in a much better place.

On a side note, I am a smoker and only lasted about 8 hours post extraction before I broke and had a cigarette. I can't say 100% that the smoking contributed to the dry socket because lower wisdom tooth removal has an incidence rate of about 30% among non-smokers, but in hind sight dealing with the cigarette withdrawal would have been both physically and mentally more manageable than the pain I've gone through. I recommend giving it a second thought before smoking after extraction. Maybe I should have switched to clove cigarettes :)

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