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Home Remedies for Toothache

by Dr. Joshua Davidson, Senior Dental Care Expert
December 01, 2016

Question: Can you suggest some home remedies for toothache in seniors?

Answer: My home remedy is get in the car and go to a dentist! All kidding aside, aim for professional help.

The one thing that helps is oil of cloves. Clove oil is a highly aromatic oil and medical writings 2000 years ago suggest this remedy to quell dental pain. The extract can be bought at most drug stores and is a tried and true medicament for deep tooth infection.

Not many other home remedies help. Anbesol just anesthetizes tissue. Hydrogen peroxide won’t help. Heat will make things worse. Room temperature food/liquids are the best to avoid pain flare ups. Taking Ibuprofen (Advil) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can reduce the inflammatory process and help quiet a toothache, but a visit to the dentist is the sure way to address the real issue – infection.

Joshua Davidson is a 2011 graduate of the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. He simultaneously received his Masters Degree in Public Health. He currently works at the Chippewa Falls Dental Center in Chippewa Falls, WI focusing on issues of geriatric dental care.

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