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Garlic is best known as a food and its unique flavor has granted it a special place in kitchens around the world. But the ancient Romans, Chinese, Greeks and Egyptians also knew that garlic had some pretty amazing medicinal uses as well. It actually has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can be helpful in treating all kinds of ailments, including a toothache. The magical ingredient is called allicin and is found in the sticky juice of the garlic plant.


Here's how you can use garlic to treat a toothache:

For toothaches caused by sores or infections, rubbing half a clove of garlic on it for seven to ten minutes can help to relieve the discomfort. When the pain begins, chew carefully on a clove of garlic to release the juice. In around 15 to 30 minutes the allicin in the juice will take effect and the pain will disappear.

Garlic is a great emergency remedy for a toothache, especially when it hits on a weekend when all the dentists are closed. But remember that this is only an emergency measure and not a cure. If your toothache persists, you should go to a dentist as soon as possible. Toothaches come in many different forms and a home remedy is not always enough. So when in doubt, err on the side of caution and seek professional help.