There is nothing quite as painful and frustrating as a toothache.
The good news is that you can treat the toothache with a dozen natural home
remedies to help alleviate the pain. There's also a very good chance that you
have most of the items on the list inside your fridge, or kitchen cabinet
A toothache is the result of an irritated or inflamed pulp, which
is situated within the central region of the tooth. The sensitive nerve endings
inside the pulp can get triggered by foods or beverages that are either too
cold or too hot. It's important to first get a better understanding of the most
common causes and symptoms before you begin the home remedies.
NOTE: None of these are a replacement for an actual dentist.
These remedies will help you pass the time until your dentist appointment or
alleviate some of the pain after, but do not skip the dentist visit. Teeth
problems are serious health problems and should be treated as such.
Causes of Tooth Pain:
such as a chipped or fractured tooth
Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
Symptoms of Tooth Pain:
drainage from the infected tooth
Sharp pain when
pressure is applied to tooth
Sensitivity to hot
or cold foods
12 Natural Home Remedies for a Toothache:
1) Cloves - When it comes to natural home remedies for tooth
infections, there is nothing that ranks higher than cloves! Cloves contain
extremely powerful antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anesthetic properties
that help alleviate tooth pain. The anesthetic properties also help to fight
off the infection.
• Take a pair of
cloves and grind them with a little mix of olive oil or vegetable oil.
Apply the clove
solution onto the affected tooth.
Dab clove oil
solution onto a cotton ball, and rub directly on the affected tooth.
You can also mix a
few drops of clove oil in half a glass of water, and use it as a mouthwash
after the dabbing process.
2) Warm Salt Water - All it takes is a glass of warm water mixed
with a bit of salt, and you can reduce the pain of a toothache. This homemade
mouthwash solution will assist in fighting bacteria that causes tooth decay and
Mix half a spoon
of common salt in a glass of very warm water.
with the warm salt water solution.
Repeat a few
times, or until you feel better.
3) Ice Cube - Head over to the freezer and pull out a couple of
ice cubes. The ice cube helps numb the infected nerves, which causes the
horrible pain. Dentists use ice to test for sensitivity on teeth as well.
Place an ice cube
inside a Ziploc bag and wrap it in a thin cotton cloth.
Hold the bag over
your cheek near the aching tooth for a couple of minutes.
The ice will then
indicate the exposed nerves. Take a bit of caution when applying the ice.
4) Salt and Pepper - The next remedy can be found on your kitchen
table. Salt and pepper provide a wonderful relief when combined together. The
natural antibiotics inside the mouthwash can help ease the uncomfortable pain
within the pulp region.
Mix equal amounts
of regular table salt and pepper with a few drops of water. This will form a
natural kind of paste.
Apply the paste
directly on the tooth, and allow the paste to take effect for a couple of
Repeat process for
a few days, or until tooth feels better.
5) Garlic - It's no secret that garlic is the
"cure-all" when it comes to home remedies. Garlic is not only ideal
for treating a common cold, but also for treating toothaches. Garlic contains a
bunch of antibiotic properties that can help get rid of tooth pain.
Mix a clove of
crushed garlic or use some garlic powder together with a sprinkle of table
salt, and apply to the painful tooth.
You can even chew
on a few cloves of garlic for some quick relief.
garlic remedy for several days, or until pain stops.
6) Asafoetida - The powdered gum resin inside the Asafoetida can
help reduce pain during a toothache, and for bleeding gums. The odour of the
Asafoetida might not be too pleasant, but the natural pain remedy is worth the
Add a pinch of
powdered Asafetida with lemon juice.
Warm up the
solution, and use a cotton pad to apply the mixture on the affected area.
also be fried in clarified butter, and placed inside the tooth cavity for
7) Baking Soda - Baking soda helps whiten your teeth and acts as
a natural painkiller for toothaches, when mixed together with a bit of water.
Baking soda promotes quicker healing of painful or swollen gum tissues, which
is the reason why many toothpastes feature the sodium bicarbonate on the
Take a cotton swab
and moisten it with a bit of water.
Dip the wet cotton
swab in baking soda. Coat the swab really well so that it absorbs the baking
soda before applying to infected tooth.
A mouth rinse can
be made by mixing a large spoonful of baking soda into a small glass of warm
water. Let the baking soda dissolve before swishing the rinse in your mouth.
8) Lime or Lime Juice -
The citric acid of the lime juice helps kill the germs that causes tooth
infection. Lime juice also contains vitamin C, which keeps your teeth protected
against decay. Mixing lime juice and baking soda can also help whiten teeth.
Combine the lime
juice together with Asafoetida to form a paste.
Apply the lime
paste on the infected tooth.
Keep your mouth
slightly open to allow the paste to dry on the tooth.
Apply the paste
2-3 times a day to reduce the pain.
Cut a lime wedge
or slice, and bite directly into it. Try to extract some of the juice.
Allow the lime to
sit outside for a bit if you’re feeling any sensitivity to cold.
Repeat process as
needed, or until pain goes away.
9) Vanilla Extract - Vanilla extract contains Eugenol, which has
antiseptic and analgesic properties that are used to fight off tooth decay. The
Eugenol helps get rid of that unwanted toothache, and provides a quick pain
Saturate a cotton
swab or cotton ball with 3-4 drops of vanilla extract, and place on affected
Use your finger to
rub the vanilla extract on the affected area. Make sure you wash your hands
until pain goes away.
10) Onion - Onions offer great pain relief to people suffering
from tooth abscesses or sensitive gums. Onions are highly regarded by dentists
for their natural and powerful antimicrobial properties. Onions have even been
compared to taking 8 Advil capsules, or an entire bottle of Orajel!
Slice a piece of
fresh onion and hold it inside your mouth.
Gently bite the
onion until the juices come out for a few minutes to alleviate pain.
You may also put a
piece of onion on the painful tooth so that it absorbs the antiseptic and
until pain reduces.
11) Bayberry - The root bark of the bayberry is used to help
strengthen gums. The berries are ideal for treating aching wisdom teeth as
well. The natural antibiotics of the bayberry should go to work very quickly on
your aching tooth.
Mix the bayberry
bark together with vinegar to form a natural paste.
Apply the paste on
the affected tooth as a pain relief.
Use the paste when
needed, or several times per day.
12) Guava Leaves - Guava leaves are used to heal mouth sores and
aching teeth. The juice of the guava leaves contains many antibacterial
properties that thwart off tooth decay or gingivitis. You should feel the
effects of the guava leaves shortly after applying to the sensitive areas.
Chew on a couple
of guava leaves until the juice begins to work on the affected tooth.
Place 4 to 5 guava
leaves in water and let it boil.
Allow the solution
to cool off a bit before adding a pinch of salt, and rinse your mouth
thoroughly with it.