The amazing world of self-medication…

…or, Hey, did you know alcohol has other uses besides getting you drunk? That’s right!

I have been in what seems like constant pain this weekend, with what I think is an impacted wisdom tooth. Started around last Wednesday and seems to have gotten progressively worse. I will be making an appointment with a dentist posthaste, but in the meantime, my dear, sweet Sabra suggested the fifth of vodka I have on hand could help with the tooth in general, with alcohol being the disinfectant that it is. So, I went a-Googling, and found this: 21 Amazing Alternate Uses for Vodka.

Several of them have supposedly been disproved, but I’m here to tell you that No. 20 — swishing a shot of vodka over an aching tooth and allowing your gums to absorb the alcohol to numb the pain — works pretty damn good. It works even when the pain awakens you from a deep sleep at 0245 hours, as happened to me today. Swished the vodka around and let it soak, then back to bed I went till 0735 or so. So not only does the alcohol keep it clean, but it works as an anesthetic of sorts. Had it not been for Sabra I might never have been alerted to that. One more reason I love that woman…


One Response to “The amazing world of self-medication…”

  1. southtexaspistolero Says:

    Sabra (
    I still say swallowing would have made your work so much more interesting.
    November 30, 2009, 10:49:03 AM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    AlanDP (
    Probably all of those remedies/uses could use any liquor with high alcohol content. I bet Everclear would work even better.
    November 30, 2009, 3:36:43 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Mattexian (
    I vaguely recall my ex doing something similar, with a gauze pad soaked in JD, then packed the pad next to the offending tooth. I suppose this list would work best somewhere like Russia, where the vodka flows like water (how much would you need for soaking your feet?!?) Funny reading thru the comments on the site, several folks pointing out that Mythbusters disproved many of these already.
    December 1, 2009, 5:15:07 PM CST – Like – Reply – Moderate

    Boomer Lad (
    Of course, rubbing cocaine on it would work even better than vodka, or you could do that after swishing the vodka around to disinfect. Might be in a bit of trouble over self-medicating that way though and they’d take yer pistols away…

    My dentist had to fire a hygienist a while back for getting into the pharma-C for non-patient pain abatement uses. Little known fact but it’s still used to some degree in dental medicine as it’s more effective/stropnger than Lido or Novocaine.

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