How to Get Rid of a Tooth Ache—5 Natural Remedies

Updated on October 21, 2017

Horrible Tooth Ache Pain

There are very few pains in life that are worse than a toothache. Something about an abscess is just horrible, and it feels like it hurts from your neck to the tip of your head. I have experienced an abscess twice in my life. It is not fun! It is even worse when it happens at the worst possible time when going to the dentist was not an option. Between the pain, the swelling, the lack of being able to eat, and the inability to sleep through the pain, it's all horrible. I have had three children, 2 naturally, and I have to say I would rather give birth to another child than get another abscess. Here are a few natural home remedies that can hold you over until you can get to a dentist.

Natural Home Remedies

  1. Warm salt water — This is made just like you would if you had a sore throat, warm water and a few teaspoons of salt. Just swish it around near the tooth for as long as you can. This usually works best on minor toothaches. A major toothache will not likely be helped with this remedy.
  2. Ginger — Just grate some down and apply it to and around the tooth. This is not very tasty and may burn slightly at first, but it will help the pain. Keep the saliva in your mouth and near the tooth as long as possible. If you don't like the paste sitting in your mouth, you can mix a bit more water into it and just hold the liquid in your mouth.
  3. Garlic — Slice garlic into a decent size chunk slightly larger than the tooth. The next part is going to hurt and burn for about 60 seconds. Bite down on the garlic with the sore tooth. This is not fun and burns like crazy for a few seconds, but it works. Keep it on your tooth for as long as you can stand it. This works within a minute or two. The longer you can keep it in your mouth the better. Garlic has Antimicrobial properties. So it is good at helping treat the cause of the pain.
  4. Clove Oil — Just place a few drops in a carrier oil on a Q-tip and rub around the tooth. Again, avoid sticking any of the natural remedies directly into a cavity or into any hole in your mouth! Do not ingest.
  5. Cayenne Pepper — This is the one you bring out for an abscessed tooth. Cayenne contains capsaicin. For centuries it has been believed that it is the best topical anesthetic in the world! I grow Cayenne peppers so I always have them around. Put a fresh one in a blender. Once it becomes a paste get a q tip and apply around the tooth. This will be spicy but will give almost immediate pain relief. Do not apply the pepper directly into a cavity or hole in your mouth. Only apply it around the area that is bothering you.
  6. Whiskey — Okay so I know I said five, but this is just a bonus—if you happen to already have some in the house. Just swish it around in your mouth for instant numbing. If you have no desire to get drunk you can simply spit it out. However, if you have been up all night dealing with a massive toothache, feel free to swallow a few mouth fulls in a row, after swishing of course, and proceed to your bed for some overdue sleep!

Seek Medical Attention for Abscesses

An abscessed tooth needs antibiotics. They are nothing to play with and can KILL you. Any natural remedies used for a toothache are only a temporary fix until you can get to a dentist. DO NOT use natural remedies as a substitute for proper care of an abscess. If you do not have money or insurance, most teaching and public hospitals will see you in the ER and prescribe you the antibiotics needed to get rid of the abscess. Many grocery stores have free antibiotics. If you can't find them free most pharmacies have antibiotics for as little as $4. There is NO excuse to avoid medical treatment for an abscess.

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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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    2 years ago

    I think the whisky might be hardest because I'm way under age

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    6 years ago

    Its great to know how to control the pain

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    Nancy Yager 

    8 years ago from Hamburg, New York

    What wonderful natural suggestions. Thanks for the information.

  • peeples profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from South Carolina

    Clove oil is the one I have never tried but I have a friend who loves it! Thanks for stopping by!

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    8 years ago from Kentucky

    Clove oil works! I had to use over the weekend once, waiting for my dentist appointment. I don't know how or why it works so well, but it's a life saver.


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