My Mum always told us to use cloves with a toothache. You tuck one or more if you can handle it into the side of your mouth where the pain is.
More recently, my friend Kamal told me about clove oil – which is better because it is more concentrated. You can just rub a bit onto the painful area. It really works.
I regrettably had my 4 wisdom teeth out in one go and this stuff saved me.
“The germicidal properties of the oil make it very effective for relieving dental pain, tooth ache, sore gums and mouth ulcers. Clove oil contains the compound eugenol, which has been used in dentistry since numerous years. Gargles with diluted clove oil help in easing the throat. The characteristic smell of clove oil helps removing bad breath. As a result, clove oil is added to numerous dental products and medications, including, mouth washes, and tooth pastes. Dentists also mix clove oil with zinc oxide and prepare a white filling material as a temporary alternative to root canal.”
It also has many other benefits – lots are listed on the Organic Facts website where the information above was also taken from.
You can buy clove oil from your local ethnic store as well as many places sell online. I buy mine from a brand called Niharti.