Pulp Fiction (and Fact): Treating Toothaches
by Staff
Home remedies for toothaches have always been a bit unusual. See if you know which ones are effective and which you should stay away from.

Which of the following disorders is not a possible cause of tooth pain?

  • backache
  • sinus Infection
  • heart attack

According to historians, ancient Babylonians believed the cause of a toothache was what?

  • drought
  • evil spirits
  • tainted water

A Siberian folk remedy for toothaches involved gargling what combination of ingredients?

  • milk and salt
  • vodka and garlic
  • tea and milk

What is the name of a salve that was once a common treatment for tooth pain?

  • poultice
  • dentaoyl
  • aloe

What's a common visual depiction of tooth pain in cartoons and drawings?

  • a hot water bottle on top of the head
  • a thermometer sticking out of the mouth
  • a cloth bandage wrapped around the head

Which of the following is not a recommended home remedy for tooth pain?

  • pulling the painful tooth
  • watching what you eat and drink
  • taking ibuprofen

One of the most common remedies for toothaches can be found in what location?

  • in your garden
  • in your medicine cabinet
  • at the pharmacy, by prescription only

Which of the following pain relievers is most recommended for toothaches?

  • ibuprofen
  • acetaminophen
  • both

Antiseptic ointments with which ingredient are recommended for toothaches?

  • tea tree oil
  • acetaminophen
  • benzocaine

Which liquid can you apply to a cotton ball and then bite down on to ease a toothache?

  • chloroform
  • clove oil
  • mouthwash

Which of the following beverages should you avoid if you have a toothache?

  • tap water
  • coffee
  • warm milk

What part of popcorn can be damaging to teeth?

  • the heat from being microwaved too long
  • the salt
  • the kernels

Which of the following seasonings is commonly used to treat a toothache?

  • salt
  • chili powder
  • cumin

Massaging which area of the body with ice can help soothe a toothache?

  • the neck
  • the hand
  • the stomach

What is the name of the acupressure point associated with relieving tooth pain?

  • L07
  • L23
  • L14

Which side of the body should you practice acupressure or massage on to help reduce tooth pain?

  • the same side that your toothache is on
  • the opposite side of where your toothache is
  • both sides of the body

Pressing what against the cheek may help to ease a toothache?

  • a hot brick
  • an ice pack
  • your hand

What kind of pill should you apply directly to a painful tooth?

  • aspirin
  • arsenic
  • none

What is a symptom that indicates you should see your dentist right away?

  • pain
  • sensitivity to hot and cold
  • fever

What is the best thing to do if you've tried a home remedy for your toothache but the tooth is still in pain?

  • try another home remedy
  • go to the emergency room
  • schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible