Why it works: Clove is an essential oil that may provide pain relief as strong as benzocaine.
How it works: Place a couple of cloves between aching tooth and cheek. Let the cloves soak in mouth's saliva for some minutes to soften them up. Then gently chew them so that the soothing oils in the cloves are released in the surrounding area of aching tooth. Leave the cloves in place for about 30 minutes.
The self cure remedy of Apply cloves for the care and relief of Toothache has an effectiveness score of 3.5 and a popularity score of 10 on the self-cure system.