Ah yes, "the show must go on" (as the ad says, bizarrely enough) for this unhappy, untheatrical little head tied up in a spotted dishrag.
Naturally, quick and amazing relief is on the way, courtesy of Dent's. But of course. But I wish that Dent's would just own up and say something like this:
Well, we think it might help, but - it might not, we're not sure. It probably won't. But you might as well try it. They're gum drops for your teeth. They sound a little bit like candy. They are going to take the toothache away. That is, they might. But they are gummy. They will stick in your sore tooth.
And if that doesn't work, we also make tooth drops. Oh, and also ear drops. Take the drops and - you know, drop them. After all, "the show must go on." Break a leg, little head. Or perhaps, break a tooth.
This ad is from Billboard, November 25, 1944. You can see the actual container and some of the Tooth Gum over here on eBay - it was real gum like chewing gum, but you were not supposed to chew it; you stuffed it into the cavity.
And over here is a horrible candy from 2005 called Toothache Candy, shaped like little teeth. Do not click the link unless you are prepared (nay, expecting) to be grossed out. You have been warned!