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Natural Remedies For Toothaches and Infections

Updated on January 8, 2015

Toothache and no dentist available? No Problem.

Have you ever woken up with a throbbing toothache in the middle of the night, or like many Americans, find yourself with no dental insurance? Well this article may be able to help you heal that pain as well as the infection, if any.

I have had this experience many times. I have dental insurance, but it seems my toothaches happen at the most unfortunate time, for example, Christmas eve. It started out with my top molar hurting, and then moved on to my whole entire right side of my face swollen. Yes, what a wonderful look for Christmas pictures, thought no one ever. I have a weakness for sweets, and it seems that now, in my early 30s I am paying for it.

I wasn't able to find a dentist at such short notice, and to top it off, I was on vacation in Florida, far away from my regular doctor. I went ahead and made an appointment at a walk in clinic, and was told I had the beginning of an infection, and I was prescribed Amoxicillin. I have taken this before, many times, for the same ordeal, and I am very aware, as good as this anti biotic works, the side effects weren't worth it for me. So, as soon as I got home, I decided to see what other alternatives where out there, and this is what I found, and how it worked for me.

Home Remedies for Toothache

Warm Salt Water

Sounds simple enough, and it is. What you do is take a cup and put some salt in it, preferably sea salt, but I only had available normal table salt. You fill up the cup with warm water, and then gargle. Swish the water mostly on the side of the infected tooth. I did this, for 3 times a day, and instantly I could feel my tooth starting to feel better. Also the swelling started to go down. I recommend only doing it 3 times a day, for the salt may hurt the side of your mouth. Salt water is known to kill infection, and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Is very important that you don't swallow the salt water, and rinse with warm water after you are done.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This one, I have just discovered, and to my surprise, it works wonders. Apple Cider Vinegar, is known to have many health benefits, but for me it works for my tooth. What I did was take a cotton swab, and filled it with ACV then placed it in my affected tooth as well as in the surrounding gum. If you like the taste of vinegar then you should be fine. Me in the other hand, can't stand it, so as soon as I placed it, I waited 10 seconds and spit it out, then rinsed my mouth with water. This one works amazing. It made the swelling disappear overnight and well as my mouth fell back to normal the next day. I have been doing that ever since at night before bed. The reason I placed it so fast and then rinsed it out is because I read that if you leave it too long, it may affect the enamel, and we definitely don't want that.


Garlic has always been my to go to when I feel a toothache beginning to start. I know, I know, the taste of pure garlic is strong and even causes a burning sensation, but trust me, it is good for you and it does wonder for your mouth. What I do I cut a little piece, and put it in my mouth, then I begin to chew, and chew, and try to place all of the garlic on the infected tooth side. I leave it as much as I possibly can, the longest I did it for was 10 minutes. This kills your pain almost instantly, if not keep doing it, and the pain will subside fairly quickly. Now some people do swallow the garlic because it also has benefits for your body, but I choose to spit it out, then of course I am brushing my teeth for like an hour, I kid you not. Garlic does wonders for the pain, but if you happen to have a tooth infection or abscess, Garlic is what you need. It will kill that infection and help that abscess drain. I strongly recommend Garlic.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This one is also one of my favorites for many reasons, It is good for infection, as well as pain, but my favorite part is that it whitens your teeth. It has helped with my pain, but not too much. Everyone is different, so it may work for you. Place some hydrogen peroxide on a cup then mix with warm water and gargle away. You will even notice your teeth whiter, yes, you can thank me later.

Oregano Oil

So this one is my most recent one that I have learned about. I personally have not tried it yet, but after much research I went ahead and ordered some oregano oil online, and I am currently stalking my mailman. According to my research Oregano Oil is the go to oil for dental problems. You have to dilute the oil with olive oil, place it around your tooth. For dental Abscess it works wonders because it helps it drain, for pain, it is supposed to heal it almost at the moment, as well as it cures the infection and helps it from spreading. As soon as I receive it and try it, I will be writing an article about it.


Give it a try to let me know what you think.

So there you have it, all of my personal home remedies for toothaches and infection. Because if you are like me, I would rather cure something naturally than with chemicals!!


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