10 Home Remedies For Toothache Pain

Updated on October 18, 2017

Home Remedies That Will Help Soothe Your Aching Tooth

1. Fresh onion or garlic
2. Clove oil
3. Ice or heat
4. Liquor
5. Extracts
6. Warm salt water
7. Salt and pepper
8. Wheatgrass
9. Limes and lemons
10. Tea bags

I am convinced that there is no pain worse than tooth pain. There may be pain that’s more searing but there is no pain that continues as long in such a throbbing uncomfortable manner. Toothache pain is terrible because there isn’t a whole lot that you can do to relieve it. I speak from experience, having dealt with more than my fair share of tooth problems over the years. All that you can really do is to go to a dentist to resolve the underlying problem, which is obviously something that you can’t do in the middle of the night when tooth pain seems to strike the hardest.

I’ve tried a number of home remedies for tooth pain over the years. Some worked better than others. Results seemed to depend on what was actually causing the tooth pain (wisdom teeth growing in, need for a root canal, gum infection, etc.) In some cases, nothing worked. However, I know that when you’re dealing with a bad toothache, you’re willing to try anything to get some relief. And luckily, there are a lot of home remedies for tooth pain right in your own cabinets and closets.

Here are ten home remedies that I’d recommend trying for tooth pain. They may or may not work for you but they’re certainly worth a try when tooth pain strikes:

1. Fresh Onion Or Garlic

Take a fresh onion or a fresh clove of garlic. Slice it to a size that fits right over your tooth. Chew on it carefully, releasing the juice of the food into the tooth that hurts. There is no denying that this home remedy tastes absolutely awful. In fact, having tried it with garlic I was unable to even think about eating foods with garlic in them for weeks. However, the pain of a toothache can often be relieved with this simple home cure.

2. Clove Oil

I have never actually tried this home remedy myself because of the fact that I’ve never kept clove oil around the house. To be honest, I don’t even know where to find it. Nevertheless, I know that it’s a common home remedy for tooth pain because I’ve had a lot of people tell me to try it when I’ve complained about toothaches. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper dilution and safe usage.

3. Ice Or Heat

This is one of the most effective toothache home remedies that I have used over the years. Usually, the way that this works is to put an ice pack on the jaw on the outside of the mouth. However, I have also let the ice melt in my mouth around the tooth or swished my mouth out with cold ice water. I will say that in some cases this made the problem worse because it made the area very sensitive but there were other times when it helped immensely. Incidentally, some people say that you can actually rub ice on your hand, between your thumb and forefinger, and it can ease tooth pain. Using heat packs on the outside of the mouth isn’t recommended nearly so often but I’ve also found this to help with tooth pain in rare instances.

4. Liquor

A strong shot of alcohol swished around on the tooth can do wonders for tooth pain. Whiskey is a common choice although I’ve known people who tried everything from brandy to tequila. Take a shot, swish it around and feel some relief.

5. Extracts

The same effect as what you get with alcohol shots can be achieved (albeit usually to a lesser degree) by applying drops of certain extracts directly onto the tooth. Vanilla extract and almond extract are the most common ones that are used.

6. Warm Salt Water

It has always been recommended to me that I wash my mouth out with warm salt water whenever I have any tooth pain. In some cases, this does seem to ease the pain.

7. Salt and Pepper

Make a paste out of salt, pepper and a little bit of water. Use a Q-tip to apply this paste to the affected area. This can relieve the pain of the tooth-ache. The spicier the pepper, the more likely it is that this home cure will be effective for you.

8. Wheatgrass

I recently read that wheatgrass is a great natural cure for tooth pain. It is something that is increasingly common around the house considering how healthy it is supposed to be for you. You can either chew the wheatgrass or, since most people have it at home in a liquid form, swish your mouth out with it. It has anti-bacterial properties that can help ease some tooth pain.

10. Tea Bags

Make yourself a nice warm cup of tea. Now take the tea bag out. Place it directly on to your tooth and bite down. The warmth plus the healing properties of the tea should relieve your pain at least temporarily.

Tooth problems are usually serious. Tooth pain doesn’t go away on its own. You should see a dentist as soon as possible to correct the problem that is causing the pain. However, these cures can be helpful in between the time when the pain begins and the dentist resolves it for you.

9. Limes and Lemons

The strong citric acid and Vitamin C in these fruits might be useful in reducing pain from tooth problems. Take a slice of the fruit and place it directly onto the affected area. Alternatively, squeeze the juice out of the fruit and swish the area with it. Another option is to squeeze the juice out and add a bit of salt to make a paste which you can apply topically to the area.

Tooth problems are usually serious. Tooth pain doesn’t go away on its own. You should see a dentist as soon as possible to correct the problem that is causing the pain. However, these cures can be helpful in between the time when the pain begins and the dentist resolves it for you.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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    Can't believe it works!! 

    6 years ago

    Molar w/metal filling worn away b/c of side-effect from med I have to be on, Out of blue tooth started hurting yesterday & got worse until agony over night (1 hr sleep), looked up home remedies b/c I want to do all I can to keep tooth. Got sea salt (unrefined crystals)mixed in warm water peroxide, . Swished every 1/2 hour, also had 2 shots of tequila & 4 pillsThis hasn't

    I hope it can take care of it going forward.

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    7 years ago

    This is the worst tooth pain I've had in a while, I would like to just knock the tooth out! But instead I found a warm heating pad or rag worked pretty good to at least make it through the night. Any thoughts on maybe using Vodka?

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    7 years ago

    Cloves for Toothaches: Natural toothache remedies include the well-known use of clove to numb the area; you can soak gauze in the oil and put it in the area that is hurting. You can also rub a small amount of clove oil on the area that is hurting but be careful as clove oil is intense and can burn, so use caution and small amounts. Source: http://www.healthplace.com/natural-toothache-remed...

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    Andrew Spacey 

    8 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

    My old aunt used to swear by whiskey (blended not single malt) for her aching teeth but I think part of the pain relief was due to the quantity she sipped which helped anaethetise that part of her brain relating to pain.

    Hope that makes sense.

    Thanks for the tips, I'll store them in my database ready for when I or anyone else need them.

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    8 years ago

    nice tips ill have to try them out

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    8 years ago from Michigan

    Good tips. I have tried the clove oil, it works and stops the pain. Lemon juice is also useful for tooth pain. Good information.

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    9 years ago

    Great hub! Thanks for sharing

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    Get Rid Of Headaches Fast 

    9 years ago

    I didn't know there were so many natural remedies for treating toothaches. There is a lot of great information here. The only one I knew about was the salt water. I learned a lot reading this!

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    9 years ago

    Good info. I have had such ache in my back teeth lately. Also it might be an indication to me having to ripping out some wisdom teeth :P

    Bob W. http://getacnefacts.com

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    Enrique Martin 

    9 years ago

    Nice tips. Like in the first comment, I would also stick to alcohol... But I'm sure that when in such a terrible pain, I would use whatever I have at hand, being garlic, clove oil, or ice.

    Good hub, one to bookmark.

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    9 years ago from Malaysia

    I was told you can use the spice, cloves, just bite the clove between your affected teeth. The area around the tooth becomes numb for a while. Thanks for your tips.

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    9 years ago

    hey friend, a good hub


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    9 years ago

    Clove oil is very useful to numb the pain.

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    10 years ago

    Warm salt water is what I use. But thanks to your hub I just found out more ways to ease the pain. Thanks :)

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    10 years ago

    hey, great tips. I have some myself, you can check them here


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    Brenda Massey 

    10 years ago

    Good hub! Clove bud oil can be found at health food stores. It really works! Just have to be careful to put it only on the tooth as its caustic to the muscus membranes.

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    Michael Shane 

    10 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

    Great Hub! I will have to try some of these tips....

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    10 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

    When I had my braces put on, I used warm sea salt water--sloshed it around it around in my mouth & it worked wonderfully.

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    De Greek 

    10 years ago from UK

    I don't want to overdo it so I shall stick to just one remdy: Liquor :-)


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