7 Surprising Home Remedies for Toothache Relief

Updated on November 2, 2017
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Isvaiyah has been a licensed pharmacist at Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia) for nine years. She earned her M.Sc. from the same university.

Natural Toothache Pain Relief Remedies

We all know that toothaches can be very painful. So if we get one, we need to go to a qualified dentist. Often, we may have to wait for an appointment, particularly if we get a toothache during a weekend or a public holiday. Even when we get to a dentist, we may be prescribed medication such as an antibiotic, and that takes a while to work. In the meantime, there are various home remedies for a toothache that are worth trying.

It’s sometimes not so much the teeth that are the main problem, but sore or bleeding gums. Try using a softer toothbrush, which will cause less gum damage. In the case of sensitive teeth, try a toothpaste formulated for this condition.

There are a number of home remedies for natural tooth pain relief that can prove helpful.
There are a number of home remedies for natural tooth pain relief that can prove helpful.

7 Home Remedies for Tooth Pain

So, what to do for a bad toothache? Commercial over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin, or ibuprofen (Advil) can be used. However, they can have side effects.

Any aspirin preparation should not be given to children or teenagers since there is a risk of very serious complications and adverse effects. Both aspirin and ibuprofen give some people stomach problems.

The following home remedies for tooth pain relief are worth trying. Even if these remedies give relief, you should still see a qualified dentist as soon as possible so that the underlying causes of your toothache complaints can be dealt with.

All the home remedies for tooth pain relief below are not a substitute for professional dental care. Never put off a trip to the dentist!

Keep in Mind

All the home remedies for tooth pain relief below are not a substitute for professional dental care. Never put off a trip to the dentist!

Natural Tooth Pain Relief Remedies, by Dr. Josh Axe

Natural Remedies for Tooth Pain Relief

Salt water
Use dissolved salt as a regular mouthwash.
You can repeat this remedy as necessary.
Put an ice cup to the affected tooth.
You can repeat this remedy as necessary.
Dab a little dilute clove oil on the affected tooth.
Stop use if you notice a gum damage.
Use peppermint tea as a regular mouthwash.
Repeat this remedy several times a day.
Make a tea or dab dilute rosemary essential oil on the affected tooth.
Never ingest rosemary oil as it can be fatal.
Put crushed garlic against the affected tooth.
Add some salt for double healing effects.
Vanilla extracts
Dab a little vanilla extract on the affected tooth.
Don't use vanilin!

1) Salt Water

Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm (not hot) water. Use the salt solution as a mouthwash. Salt water is an effective home remedy for a toothache, which relieves the pain and tends to reduce swelling. Repeat the treatment as necessary.

An alternative treatment is to make a paste with salt and a little water. Put this paste over the painful area. Leave for about ten minutes, then rinse away.

2) Ice

Put an ice cube against the aching tooth. Ice is a good alternative home treatment for tooth pain relief since the cold tends to numb any pain. Repeat as necessary.

3) Cloves

Simply dab a little dilute clove oil on the aching tooth. Clove oil contains a substance called eugenol, which acts to numb the pain. It is also an effective antiseptic. Whole cloves can also be used, too. Bite them with your unaffected teeth, and then place them against the aching tooth for up to 20 minutes.


Clove oil can sting, and in some cases, can damage the gum. Stop using this remedy if you noticed gum damage. Clove oil is less likely to sting if the oil is diluted with a carrier oil, such as olive oil. It is a safe procedure if your gums are sensitive, or if you are treating a child. You can dilute one part clove oil with ten parts of carrier oil, then apply to the aching tooth.

Peppermint has significant numbing power that can ease pain.
Peppermint has significant numbing power that can ease pain.

4) Peppermint Tea

Peppermint herbal tea is a useful natural treatment for tooth pain relief. Tea bags are available from a number of suppliers. Make the tea with boiling water, then allow it to cool. Once the tea is cool enough, use it as a regular mouthwash. You can repeat the remedy several times a day. Peppermint can also be consumed as a remedy for indigestion.

It’s very worthwhile growing peppermint in the garden so that you always have some available. Plant a young plant in moist, fertile soil, in a partially-shaded position. This plant spreads by underground runners, so it can be a nuisance. It is best to grow the plant in a large container. To prevent the spread of the runners, put plastic boards, or other suitable obstacles, under the ground. The stems of the plant can be dried for winter use.

5) Rosemary

The herbalist, Nicholas Culpeper, who wrote in the 17th century stated that rosemary “eases pains in the teeth and gums.” Rosemary has significant antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Soften some rosemary leaves by lightly frying them for a few minutes in a minimum amount of oil, let them cool, cut them up, and then place against the aching tooth.

You can also use dilute rosemary essential oil. Dilute it with a carrier oil, such as olive oil, before use. Mix one part rosemary oil with ten parts of carrier oil. Dab it on the affected tooth, leave for around 30 minutes, and then gently wipe off with a tissue or paper towel.

Alternatively, you can make a tea with rosemary leaves and boiling water. Allow it to cool, then use it to rinse your mouth. Repeat through the day as necessary.


A few people react badly to rosemary oil, so use it cautiously at first. Also, don’t take it internally, as it can be fatal!

Rosemary is quite easy to grow in any states that don’t have very hard winters. It will survive a few degrees of frost without any problem, but don’t expect it to get through a Michigan winter without protection. Plant young rosemary in a sunny position in well-drained, non-acidic soil. The bush should last for years and should soon pay for itself.

Garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, making it useful remedy for toothache.
Garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, making it useful remedy for toothache.

6) Garlic

Garlic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Crush a clove of garlic and put it against the affected tooth. This spice may help if you add some salt, so you get the effect of both treatments. Alternatively, you can simply chew a clove of garlic. It is always a very good idea to keep a few garlic bulbs in the house so you always have some to hand.

A study by Iranian researchers published in 2013 had confirmed that garlic was significantly active against dental plaque bacteria cultured in the laboratory. When it's crushed, garlic produces the sulfur-containing compound allicin, which has significant antibacterial activity.

7) Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is an extract of vanilla in aqueous alcohol. You can simply dab a little on the affected tooth using a cotton swab. Do this treatment three to four times a day. Vanilla has soothing properties, while the alcohol helps numb the pain.


Do not use vanillin, which is simply one of the many compounds in vanilla extract. The two substances are not identical.

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.

© 2017 Isvaiyah

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