Easy, Painless Cures for Toothaches and Headaches

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Disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or a dentist. Serious headaches or toothaches could be a sign of something serious, and if pain persists, you should see a doctor.

A few weeks ago I noticed one of my molars was really bothering me. It was very occasional, so I didn’t worry about it at first, but then it started hurting all the time. I was reluctant to call the dentist, because I don’t have wonderful health insurance right now, and it would have cost me an arm and a leg to even go to an appointment. I searched around online for a while and most of the advice was that toothaches either go away or get worse. Mine was getting worse, but I really wanted to know if it was something serious before going to the dentist. Finally, I turned to a source much better than the Internet: my mom.

She said she had the same problem months earlier and had gone to the dentist. His solution? Sensodyne toothpaste, because her problem was oversensitive teeth. She said it had cured the toothache in just a few days. I went to the store the next day and picked up a tube of Sensodyne. It was much more expensive than regular toothpaste – I paid $4.76 for one tube – but I knew that if it worked, I would have saved much more money than that by not going to the dentist.

I used it once a day (normally at night) and after only three days, my toothache was completely gone. I’ve continued using it once a day since then, and not even a trace of the ache has returned.

The other ailment I’ve been suffering from frequently is headaches. While I’m not opposed to taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen, the frequency of my headaches made me wonder if there wasn’t another issue. I finally realized that my headaches were from dehydration! I started by drinking more water overall, and then if I felt a headache coming on, I would drink 10-15 ounces of water immediately. In almost every case, my headache disappeared almost immediately. Ibuprofen might by helpful for really severe headaches (or you might not be getting enough sleep), but if you’ve noticed fairly frequent headaches and know you probably don’t drink enough water, increasing your water consumption might just be the cheap, easy and painless way to cure those headaches.

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6 responses to “Easy, Painless Cures for Toothaches and Headaches

  1. I wish my frequent headaches were a result of dehydration. That would have been much cheaper than the visit to the eye doctor and the subsequent purchase of lenses and frames.

  2. I do have a problem with dehydration and headaches, too! I’m going to remember the water trick. Yesterday, I tried something for a sinus headache that gave me temporary relief–a steaming hot cup of tea with lemon! The combo of lemon and steam really helped!

  3. Lee

    clove oil on a cotton ball is also good for toothaches.

  4. I’ve suspected this may be the cause of some of my 12 year old’s headaches. I’m going to try again getting her to drink a big glass of water when she gets in from school. Thanks for the post!

  5. @Mary Catherine – Alas, I’m sorry about your eyes. 😦

    @mom2fur – It’s amazing how much it helps. I hope it works for you!

    @Lee – where exactly would I find clove oil? 🙂

    @Lisa – I’m guessing especially for a pre-teen, water isn’t a big priority. I know it isn’t for my 14-year-old sister. I really hope it helps your daughter!

  6. Lee

    From a clove bud, Silly! Cormas, Earth Fare and maybe even drug stores.

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