30 Simple Home Remedies for Treating a Toothache

30 Simple Home Remedies for Treating a Toothache

When it comes to dental problems, a toothache is probably the most common issue. It does not matter how old you are or what your gender is, anyone can end up with a toothache. Obviously, if you have severe pain, you should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible, but for minor aches and pains, try using a home remedy to deal with the problem.

Here are 30 simple home remedies that you can use to treat a toothache so that you can start dealing with the cause of the pain.

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Aspirin can provide instant pain relief from a toothache. Instead of swallowing the aspirin, crush the pill and apply it directly to the where you are experiencing the toothache.

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Cayenne Pepper and Ginger

Make a paste, using cayenne pepper, ginger, and a few drops of water. Dip a cotton ball into the paste and apply it to your tooth. Try to keep the paste away from your gums, as it may end up causing irritation. You should have pain relief almost immediately.

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Salt Water

Make a salt water mouth rinse, by dissolving a teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water. This will help to kill bacteria and reduce any swelling due to gum disease. Do not swallow the drink. Swish the rinse around in your mouth for a couple of minutes and then spit it out.

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Vicks VapoRub

Vicks Vaporub is usually used to deal with colds and chest congestion, but it can also be a useful remedy for dealing with a toothache. Apply the Vaporub to the outside of your jaw. Place a towel over the area to trap in the heat of the Vaporub. This should help reduce swelling due to infected gums or a severe toothache.

Frankincense and Myrhh

Myrrh has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that should be able to help ease your toothache. Add a teaspoon of myrrh powder to two cups of water. Bring the water to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes. Use this as a mouth rinse, after the water has cooled.

Whiskey drink on wood

Using whiskey or brandy for a mouth rinse for dealing with toothaches is a very old remedy that actually works; though, a safer method is to soak a cotton ball in whiskey or brandy. Apply the cotton ball to the tooth that is in pain.


Crush one garlic clove and mix with a small amount of rock salt. Mix until you have a paste. If the paste is too thick, add a few drops of water. Apply the paste directly to the affected tooth.

Whole and sliced onions on wooden cutting board

Place a small piece of raw onion on your toothache. Most people are willing to put up with the smell of onion if it will provide some pain relief. This will also help kill germs and bacteria that may be present.

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Cinnamon has very strong analgesic properties that can help relieve pain. Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon with five teaspoons of honey. Apply the paste to your tooth. Repeat several times a day until the pain goes away.

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Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea can be used to numb the area where you are feeling pain. Steep a teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of water. Steep for about twenty minutes and then strain. Allow the tea to cool. Instead of drinking, use the peppermint tea as a mouth rinse.

Pile of fresh cucumbers with one cut open

Place a small slice of fresh cucumber directly on your affected tooth. If you have sensitivity to cold, avoid using a cucumber that has been stored in the fridge. For those without sensitivity, a cold cucumber should provide additional soothing relief.

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Baking Soda

Baking soda can help to remove bacteria and ease pain related to your toothache. To use baking soda for your toothache, moisten a cotton ball in water and then sprinkle baking soda onto the ball. Apply the cotton ball directly to your tooth.

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Vanilla Extract

To get quick relief from your toothache, use vanilla extract. Add several drops of vanilla extract directly to the tooth that is affected. You should discover that the pain dissipates within seconds.

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Margosa Bark

Margosa bark, or neem, can be used to treat your toothache. Boil a section of bark, about two inches in length, along with five cloves of garlic. Strain the liquid and store it in an airtight container in your fridge. Apply the liquid directly to your tooth.

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Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is a common ingredient in home remedies for a variety of ailments. Soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil and then place it directly against your affected tooth. This should provide almost instant relief from the pain.


As with tea tree oil, cloves have been used for many different medicinal purposes. Grind several cloves of garlic. Place a small amount on your affected tooth. Do not eat the garlic powder. Allow it to sit in place for several minutes, until the pain goes away. Afterwards, rinse your mouth with some warm water.

Treating a Toothache teabag

Use a standard teabag to treat your toothache. Wet the teabag and place it directly against your affected tooth. The tannins from the tea should provide some relief from the pain, while reducing any swelling.

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Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can help cleanse your mouth and eliminate any bacteria or germs. Rinse your mouth with a 3% hydrogen peroxide. This will only provide temporary relief from your pain, but should help you deal with the pain until you can visit a dentist.

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Pepper and Salt

Create a pepper and salt paste, by combining pepper, salt, and water. Apply the paste to your tooth. This should help you deal with a toothache, but should not be used for pain along your gums.

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Sensitivity Toothpaste

This is less of a home remedy and more of a suggestion. When you have a toothache whenever you eat or drink something that is hot or cold, consider using toothpaste that is intended for people with sensitivity.

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 Chewing Gum

Chewing gum can be a useful solution, if your toothache is related to a lost filling. The main reason that this is an effective method of dealing with pain from a lost filling is that the gum can cover the exposed area.


Place a slice of fresh potato directly against your affected tooth. If this does not provide relief, then try grinding the potato into a paste. Add a small amount of rock salt. Apply the paste directly to your tooth.

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 Acupressure Using Ice Cubes

Try using an ice cube to practice some simple acupressure. This method may not work for everyone. Take a single ice cube and slowly rub it between your index finger and your thumb. This may help alleviate pain from a toothache.

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 Plantain Leaf

Plantain leaves can be useful for alleviating toothaches. The easiest method is to chew on fresh plantain leaves. If the affected tooth is too sore to chew on the leaf, chew on the leaf using the other side of your mouth. After the leaf is thoroughly chewed, place it directly on your tooth.

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Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass has natural antibacterial properties that can used to combat tooth decay and get rid of your tooth pain. Extract juice from wheatgrass. Use the juice as a mouth rinse, rinsing for several minutes before spitting it out.

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 Guava Leaves

This simple solution should help ease your pain and maybe even relieve swelling. Chew on several guava leaves until you notice pain relief. If you cannot find guava leaves, use fresh spinach leaves

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 Bayberry Bark

Using bayberry bark can help ease your pain and strengthen your gums. Make a paste out of some fresh bayberry bark and a small amount of white vinegar. Apply the paste to your tooth. Within minutes, you should notice a reduction in toothache pain.

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Make a paste using asafetida and place it on your tooth. Combine some fresh asafetida with lemon juice to create a paste. Soak a cotton ball in the paste. Place the cotton ball on your affected tooth to alleviate pain.

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Use ice as a cold compress to numb the pain of your toothache. Place several ice cubes in a plastic bag and wrap it with a towel. Place the cold compress against the side of your face and hold it there until you get relief.

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White Oak Bark

The final home remedy on this list is white oak bark. If you have fresh white oak bark, grind it into a powder and mix with a small amount of water to create a paste. Apply the paste directly to your toothache for relief within a minute or two. You may want to rinse your mouth afterwards, to remove the paste.

Use some of these remedies to deal with your toothache. Along with these simple solutions, you should also practice good oral hygiene and pay attention to what you eat. Certain foods can have a larger impact on your teeth. Try to limit your consumption of sugary foods and gently brush your teeth after every meal. And of course, don't forget to visit your dentist twice a year.

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