What can I take for a toothache?
Oil of cloves has been used for generations for temporary relief from toothaches. It is available at drug and health food stores. To make your own, mix together equal amounts of whole cloves and vegetable oil and let it sit for several weeks. Soak a cotton swab in the oil of cloves and apply to the affected tooth. Do not swallow clove oil and do not give it to children. Even small amounts can be toxic. Vanilla, a clove of garlic, or hot pepper extract applied directly to the tooth might also provide a measure of relief. You might try rubbing apple cider vinegar on the tooth and surrounding gums. These are temporary fixes. If pain persists, see a dentist.
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