Toothache. The classic children's comic book cure for toothache usually involved a piece of string, the offending pearly white and a door handle. Ouch!

BIZARRE MEDICAL FACT: Toothache

The classic children's comic book cure for toothache usually involved a piece of string, the offending pearly white and a door handle. Ouch!

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Just as gruesome was the ancient Egyptian remedy that consisted of rubbing a freshly slaughtered mouse on the painful tooth.

The Welsh came in a stomach-churning second with their powder made from crushed lizards and fern beetles.

Even toothache prevention bordered on the grotesque - take for example the wearing of a corpse's tooth around ones neck!

Of course not all folk remedies for this most common of physical afflictions were as ghoulish.

Alcohol was often used to numb the pain - a piece of rag/cotton wool soaked in whisky or brandy being a favourite.

The direct application of cinnamon, clove or peppermint oil to the tormented tooth was also deemed to work wonders, as was the chewing of a piece of fresh ginger - indeed these herbs and spices continue to be used for emergency pain relief of the tooth variety. 

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