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Home Remedies for Toothaches

Updated on January 30, 2015

I can remember the last time I had a toothache. The pain was unbearable, I couldn't concentrate on my work. In fact, I couldn't do anything at all. The unbearable pain wouldn't let me do anything and it took hours for the pain to go away. Sometimes it's hard to get into your dentist right away so when you're in the worse kind of pain you'll do whatever it takes to get just a bit of relief right? I've tried just about every home remedy there was. And most helped but some didn't. Here I wanted to share with you the home remedies that are sure to help ease your toothaches as they did for me.

Toothaches may be small in size, but they can cause a colossal amount of pain. Cavities are usually the main cause of toothaches and you get cavities from bacteria in the mouth that are thriving on sugary and starchy foods that cling to teeth and gums. The bacteria produce acids that damage your teeth and when the damage reaches a nerve, misery sets in. But there can be other causes as well. A filling that’s come loose, a cracked tooth, an abscess, a pocket of infection at the gum line or a sinus condition. Any infection that reaches the root is sure to cause pain.

If you have a severe or persistent toothache or other mouth malady, you should visit your dentist in case it’s a serious dental health issue that needs treatment.

However, some minor toothaches and pains can be treated right at home (or at least mitigated while you wait to see your dentist). Next time your mouth is troubling you, give these home remedies a shot.

Clove Oil to the rescue!


Clove Oil for Toothaches

Here is a toothache remedy that I always keep in my medicine cabinet. I got this remedy from a good friend of mine who recommended me using it. I'm glad I did, but use it carefully. Pouring the oil on the aching area can actually worsen the pain if you get it on sensitive gum tissue or on your tongue. Instead, put two drops of clove oil on a cotton ball and place it against the tooth itself until the pain recedes. In a pinch, use a bit of powdered clove or place a whole clove on the tooth. Chew the whole clove a little to release its oil and keep it in place up to half an hour or until the pain subsides. Cloves are a traditional remedy for numbing nerves, the primary chemical compound of this spice is eugenol, a natural anesthetic.

Salt Rinse


Salt Rinse for Toothaches

A traditional way to effectively ease your toothache. It's one of the most common and effective remedies for a toothache. Prepared by adding ½ teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water. Gargle with this solution twice or three times daily. This remedy is effective for reducing swelling of the gums and also for treating bacterial infections.



Asafetida for Toothaches

Toothache and bleeding gums can be effectively treated by using asafetida. Take some lemon juice and add a pinch of asafetida in it and then heat it, until it gets slightly warm. Dip a small cotton ball in it and apply to the aching tooth. You can also fry asafetida in clarified butter and apply it to the cavities, this will give you an instant relief.



Ice for Toothaches

I know what your thinking, to cold and the thought of putting ice on your tooth is chilling. But don't worry. Wrap a small ice cube in a thin cotton cloth. Hold it on your cheek near the aching tooth for a few minutes. If you have exposed nerves, contact with the cold can cause more pain. Ice can help alleviate tooth pain by numbing the nerve endings. An acupressure technique that can also ease tooth pain is to rub an ice cube between your index finger and thumb for a few minutes.

Menthol & Benzocaine

Benzocaine & Menthol for Toothaches

Pop in a cough drop! Cough drops or lozenges usually contain a small amount of anesthetic (menthol and sometimes benzocaine) which means they may even relieve a minor toothache, too. Pop one or two in your mouth and suck on them (don’t chew!). Another solution - Which I always done and still do when one sneaks up on me. Apply a dab of Vick’s Vapor rub on the outside of your cheek where your tooth hurts, then place a paper towel on your pillow and lie down on that side.



Brandy for Toothaches

Ever drink too much alcohol and feel numb? That's because it has numbing properties that can also be effective on a tooth. Brandy is another remedy I've tried and it actually helped. Squeeze a cotton wool soaked in brandy against the affected tooth. It helped numb the pain. You can also try taking a swig of whiskey and holding it over the painful tooth.

Hot Tea Bag


Hot Tea Bag for Toothaches

A hot tea bag pressed to the tooth will provide almost instant relief. Tea contains tannins which help reduce inflammation and relieve pain. The teas that are used to relieve pain are black tea, green tea, chamomile tea and peppermint tea. Peppermint tea is a natural analgesic and folk remedy for headache, the sinusitis and menstrual pain. There are several pains that tea can ease almost immediately and a toothache is one of them.

Another toothache pain relief tip for ya! Motrin, over the counter Motrin is a must for me. It works great with the swelling which is what puts pressure on your aching and infected tooth which causes pain. Whatever else you do, be sure to make an appointment to see your dentist. These home remedies can provide temporary relief, but you need to fix what's causing the pain or it'll never go away, it'll only get worse.


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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very useful information and tips for getting relief from toothaches. I wish no one faces them, since they are so painful.

      Your suggestions would really be very helpful to many.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Typo; ' occurring '.

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      Romeos Quill 3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      A very useful Hub for folk with that most excruciating of pain; oil of cloves works every time for me.

      Thanks lyric; this will sure help a lot of people in the dark about this and always handy to know what to do prior to any ailment like this actually occurring.

      Best Wishes;


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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Your welcome MsDora glad to help!

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      I had toothache once, and I knew I'd never have it again. Great that you have remedies to suggest. Thanks!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Frank and Kim Happy New Year to you too. Big Thanks!

      Faith yes it's very unbearable and my wife said the same thing about toothaches being as bad if not worse than labor pain.

      Big Thanks to you all and your welcome, a toothache is one of the worse pains I've personally felt.

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      ignugent17 3 years ago

      This really a useful hub. I am afraid of dentist but I make sure that I will go for cleaning every six months. Toothache is no fun.

      Thank you for sharing your tips.

      I think I will be back if I got one. Thanks again :-)

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Lyric,

      These are great here for that awful toothache pain! I have had terrible toothache pain before and it is almost as unbearable as labor pain, and I have had two babies in my lifetime.

      Up ++ tweeting and pinning

      I hope you and your lovely family are well.

      Happy New Year and blessings always

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina


      HEY! I have missed you! Hoping you are having a wonderful New Year. Excellent hub as always. Great tips and for anyone who has ever had a toothache, she is ready to try each every remedy--Maybe all at the same time : )V+/Share for Sure



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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      lyric very useful information I think I can do the Brandy..LOL good to see you Happy New Year bri