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Cure a Toothache without Dentistry

Updated on March 11, 2017
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) blooms
Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) blooms

This remedy is NOT for cavities, but for teeth that have become painful because they are infected.

Sadly, it’s likely that every tooth that you have ever had filled will, in the next two or three decades, become infected, begin to die, and require a root canal.

Many people feel that it is dangerous to leave an infected tooth untreated—that is, to treat it with natural remedies in preference to professional dental care. The infection can spread and become deadly.

However, I have often known people who had to wait several days for a dentist appointment to get a root canal, and I’ve often known of other instances in which a tooth could not be pulled until the patient had completed a course of antibiotics to bring infection under control.

So I am not advising you to use this method for curing infected teeth instead of professional dentistry, but as an adjunct to it.

Speaking for myself, however, I have completely cured the infection in about ten of my own teeth (I’ve actually lost count) without dental care. If you want to go this route, proceed at your own risk.


In my neck of the woods, this herbal toothache remedy is well known. The infection and pain of a toothache can be cleared up by taking large doses of Echinacea root, and almost everyone I know takes Echinacea at the first sign of an infected tooth.

Obviously, Echinacea won’t get rid of a cavity, if a cavity is what is causing the toothache. Echinacea cures the infection.

Many toothaches, especially among adults, are not caused by cavities. Most often they are caused by a tooth that was filled many years ago and, due to the damage to the tooth caused by the filling, the tooth is deteriorating and has become infected. Usually your dentist will recommend a root canal.

It is my belief that every filling you have ever had will require a root canal some twenty or thirty years later.

Echinacea root was used by Native Americans for toothache, and the powdered or chopped dried root is available in bulk at herb dealers or some health-food stores. The capsules are widely available.

Take 4-6 capsules three times a day, or one or two tablespoons of the powdered root mixed with one cup of water three times a day. The decoction may be prepared using two tablespoons of the dried chopped root per cup of water, simmered for 30 minutes, and taken three times a day.

If your toothache is severe, take this dose every two hours. Don’t skimp on the dose, or it won’t help.

Echinacea tincture may also be taken, 15-40 drops, four times a day. Translation: I’d say to take a tablespoonful (or two, to be on the safe side) of the tincture four times a day.

Make sure the preparation you are taking is the ROOT. The root is the most medicinally active, and many purchased Echinacea capsules contain both the root and the whole herb—and sometimes only the “aerial portions.” Capsules containing the pure root can often be found only at health food stores.

You can also use the fresh root, if you are growing Echinacea in the garden. Echinacea is the purple coneflower, a popular and beautiful garden flower. All species of Echinacea are active medicinally. Prepare the fresh root as for the dried root, but use about twice as much.

Echinacea has almost no flavor, though it can have a “gritty” feel in the mouth, because it is slightly numbing. For this reason, other herbs may be added for flavoring, if desired, after the decoction is done simmering and removed from heat. Mint, chamomile, or hibiscus flowers are a nice addition, for flavoring purposes.

Echinacea has no known toxicity.

The time required to cure toothache is variable. Often, if you catch a toothache early enough, Echinacea will cure in 12-24 hours. For more severe toothaches, the pain will be completely gone in two or three days. Once in a great while you’ll get an obstinate case that takes a week. These are the kind where the dose should be increased and taken at two-hour intervals. Or you could just do this to start with, to be on the safe side.

So, once your toothache is gone, should you proceed with the root canal? That depends on how good your dental insurance is, and how attached you are to your teeth. While this method cures the infection, usually permanently, the tooth is probably in bad shape and will eventually break off or even crumble away. So you may want to have the dentist take care of this.

This toothache cure is widely known and used in my area. I have known of methamphetamine users who swear by it. They should know.

I first learned of this cure in 1979, from Jeanne Rose’s Herbs and Things, and tried it the next time I got a toothache. When it worked, no one was more surprised than I was. I’ve been using it and recommending it ever since.


Applying a little castor oil to the face over the area of the toothache will often help relieve the pain. Sometimes the effect is amazing. (I’ve had one or two instances when it seemed to have little effect.)

Once when a friend had to wait several days for a dentist appointment for her root canal, I applied castor oil to her cheek. “What did you do?” she asked, because the pain went away so quickly.

It is actually possible to avoid dentists for many years using these remedies, except for having cavities filled. But because of the dangers of infected teeth, use them judiciously: If the pain doesn’t go away, don’t ignore it.


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      Sharon Vile 2 years ago from Odessa, MO

      Yes, keep taking large doses of echinacea until the infection is gone. Sometimes this is overnight, and sometimes several days.

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      mswebcam31 2 years ago

      I had a question been doing the 4 to 6 capsules for about 12 hrs now do I keep doing it every 2 hrs until the infection is gone? Thanks in advance

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      Pedro Morales 3 years ago

      thanks for your quick response.

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      Sharon Vile 3 years ago from Odessa, MO

      I should mention that it is not good to neglect needed dental work indefiniately, since this can lead to other health problems. But if you must wait for a dentist appointment, you can wait a LONG time without suffering from pain and swelling--and withoutt he need for pain meds of any kind.

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      Pedro Morales 3 years ago

      thanks for this useful information.

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      Hariom 4 years ago from INDIA (Haryana) SAMPLA

      Really good advice.If you do not get Echinacea then purchase a homeopathic remedies Echinacea Q and in 30. Apply echinacea Q on gum.Take echinacea 30 one drop on tongue.

      This also cure acne.