The key to easing your toothache may be in your hands rather than in your mouth. Believe it or not, rubbing an ice cube on the webbed area of your hand between your thumb and index finger can help reduce the pain of a toothache [source: Melzack, et al.]. This section of the hand is known in acupressure as the L14 pressure point, which is recognized in alternative medicine as a spot that interacts with pain in various regions of the body. While massage or pressure in the L14 region may be helpful, researchers believe that the use of ice is crucial in reducing dental pain because it causes cold signals that interfere with pain signals [source: Melzack, et. al]. To try this nontraditional treatment, gently rub ice over the L14 pressure point for five to seven minutes. You should also make sure you focus on the hand that's on the same side of your body as your toothache.
Ice may also be helpful a little closer to the source of your pain. As we mentioned on the previous page, putting something cold in your mouth could increase your agony. But, pressing an ice pack to the cheek closest to your toothache could help reduce the soreness. If you find this method to be helpful, try repeating it three or four times a day until your pain subsides.
Acupressure is an ancient practice, and our next remedy isn't exactly new either. In fact, those with tooth pain have been using it for well over a century -- if not longer. See the next page to find out more about it.