Home Remedies for Toothache

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Toothaches can vary greatly, from mild soreness to an unbearable throbbing pain in your teeth or around your jaws. Some of the main causes of toothaches are cavities, an infection, an exposed tooth root, a cracked tooth, gum disease, a loose filling, or jaw joint disorder.

Toothache

A toothache (see the above diagram) happens when the central region of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes irritated or inflamed. The pulp consists of several nerve endings that are highly sensitive. Pulp can become inflamed or irritated for many reasons, some of which are noted above.

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If you have toothache, it is best to seek immediate advice from a dentist before the problem becomes worse. But if you are not able to make it to the dentist, you can try some natural remedies to relieve the pain.

Here are the top 10 home remedies for toothaches.

1. Pepper and Salt

Salt mixed with pepper can be of great use when a tooth becomes extremely sensitive.

  1. Mix equal amounts of pepper and common salt with a few drops of water to form a paste.
  2. Apply the paste directly on the affected tooth and allow it to sit for a few minutes.
  3. Do this daily for several days.

2. Garlic

Use of garlic can also give immense relief from toothache. Garlic has antibiotic and other medicinal properties that can be very effective in slowing down bacterial effects.

  1. Mix a crushed garlic clove (or garlic powder) with some table salt or black salt and apply it directly on the affected tooth to alleviate the pain. If you prefer, you can chew one or two cloves of garlic to get relief.
  2. Repeat this natural treatment for a few days.

3. Cloves

No home remedy is better for toothaches than cloves. Cloves have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anesthetic properties that help alleviate tooth pain and fight infection.

  • Grind two cloves, and mix it in a little olive oil or any vegetable oil. Now apply this solution on the affected tooth.
  • Dab a cotton ball in clove oil and rub it directly on the sore tooth. Alternatively, you can mix a few drops of clove oil in half a glass of water and use it as a mouth rinse.

4. Onion

Onions have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that can control a toothache. It can provide relief from pain by killing the germs causing an infection.

  • At the first sign of a toothache, chew raw onion for a few minutes to relieve pain.
  • If you are not able to chew it, place a piece of raw onion directly on the bad tooth or gum.

5. Asafetida

Dental problems such as toothaches and bleeding gums can be treated at home with the use of asafetida.

  • Simply add a pinch of powdered asafetida to lemon juice and then warm it slightly. Use a cotton pad to apply the solution on the affected area. This will give you quick relief from the pain.
  • Alternatively, asafetida fried in clarified butter can be put in the tooth cavity for instant relief.

6. Warm Salt Water

A simple glass of warm salt water can help treat a toothache. Mix half a spoon of common salt in a glass of very warm water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. When the solution comes in contact with the affected tooth, it will extract fluid from the tissue and reduce swelling on the nerves. This mouthwash will also fight bacteria that cause infection.

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  1. Thank you so much for this technits they actually work some things you see or hear on the internets are bogus these work Like it says I was in so much pain and didn’t know wat to do I done the salt and pepper almost Instantly it stopped thanks

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  2. I have found that for those who are old enough to legally buy alcohol then swishing your mouth out with wild turkey wisely or any dark liquor one the tooth that is infected is a quick and easy relief.

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  3. suggestions were great! I had been to the er and given pennacil and lortab for ..DID NOT WORK!..I mixed ground clove,garlic powder and a small amount of olive oil to make a paste ..rubbed my gums. Praise God! it worked in minutes!

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    • It worked perfectly.!!!!!! Thank You so very much.!!!!!

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    • OMG! I have been in so much pain. My gums have been sore and red in one spot for days. I took garlic powder with warm water and made a paste. Took a cutip and put it on the affected area. It burned for a minute or so but felt relief instantly after that. Thank you so much.

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    • Ty I tried clove and garlic and olive oil it and it worked!ty

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  4. Inspector Bloo May 5, 2013, 2:51 am

    I used my ohmibod on the third setting and put it on the side of my face where it hurts for a minute or hum while my teeth are lightly clenched and it seems to help. Cloves work well for me, however when I have no cloves I resort to my own methods. Odd but it works. :)

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  5. Karla Claeys May 5, 2013, 9:10 pm

    My Grandmother and Mother as well taught us as young children in Belgium to go outside and break off a twig of the willow tree and chew on that until it was a paste in our mouth and apply that to our sore teeth. It worked.I am 66 and have most of my teeth.
    Karla

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  6. The Salt and Pepper worked instantly! Thanks.

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  7. Very helpful. I used the garlic with salt and it really helped to relieve the pain. Thank you.

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  8. I suffer 1day over into a whole day with toothache pain but I tried the clove and the pain went within 5 mimutes thank god for tis remedy.

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  9. Hi
    I was suffering with swollen gum which was paining madly. .. I have tried fresh garlic clove and olive oil remedy. .. it worked like a miracle….:) thanks a ton

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  10. I try the raw onion for my sore teeth and it helps thank u

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  11. thx it seems cured

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  12. Salt & pepper worked wonders for me! I have a wisdom tooth that was so painful and gave me the worse headache ever! Im glad I saw this because I feel much better. I put salt and pepper in medium warm water and rinsed for about 3-4 min. Pain free! For now. I need to get this tooth pulled but now I know what to do for emergencies :)

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  13. hey trust me these garlic and asafoetida is really effective because i had try these.

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  14. salt and pepper oh yeaaahhh

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  15. I tried garlic and salt and it working right now

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  16. I suffered a sudden bout of toothache in the past hour and improvised with a half-teaspoonful of cinnamon powder into a tiny amount of water and then mouthwashing with the solution.
    That did the trick for me…

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  17. Thank you for the post. When you go to the dentist for dry socket, they literally apply root of clove. Taking some clove powder and placing it on my tooth helped immensely. However, my dental appointment is not soon enough.

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  18. Old Mississippi, remedy is cologne on tooth.. I’ve used this for yrs. spray on or dab on

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  19. Salt and Pepper works wonders thank you!

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  20. christine Ashby June 27, 2013, 3:25 pm

    The garlic is working for me right now and it’s working thanks you

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  21. well, salt water is working for now…wearing off though. might chew some garlic.

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  22. Salt and pepper worked for me. Along with a ice pack.

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  23. i used salt and pepper and it stop mine thank you

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  24. Eat a lot of Belgium chocolate. Apply some on sore gum u will get quick relief

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  25. thanks !..tried garlic and salt by this moment it helps..hehe

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  26. salt and pepper instant relief thanks so much

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  27. Well, just tried mixing ground cloves, garlic powder and salt in equal amounts. So far so good. Applied directly to tooth surfaces. right now feeling ok…

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  28. I just had to come back and give some feedback! I used some ground clove we had mixed with some olive oil to soak in the cotton ball and immediately my wife said her tooth stopped throbbing!! Outstanding! Thanks!

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  29. Hav a tooth decay,causd sleepless night of terribl pain I tried warm salt water n it worked miracles 4me**amazd**

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  30. I av had d problem wit my gum †ђε whole day…. I chewed garlic n beared d pain 4 a minute or so and shazam… I am so relieved! Tank U̶̲̥̅̊ guys

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  31. I’ve just tried salt & pepper (though just after some strong painkillers) and the unbearable pain has subsided! Thanks!

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  32. THANKS A LOT !u r a saviour !!!! I tried clove,pain stopped in 5mins!

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  33. I’ve tried crushed up garlic and it worked

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  34. helpmetoothfairy July 30, 2013, 11:36 am

    I tried both garlic with salt and pepper with salt, worked for me. But in just a few minutes.
    Crushed garlic alone didn’t work for me
    I’ll try soaking a cotton ball with garlic with salt might do the trick.

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  35. helpmetoothfairy July 30, 2013, 12:00 pm

    Ok. I’m back cotton ball soaked in garlic and salt had long lasting effect. GREAT!

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  36. jst tried salt and warm water,then i chewed sum onion,eish finally i ll ve sum slip. . Thx

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  37. the best remedy is a mocha cookie crumble from starbucks :D ohh yea!!!!!!!!!

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  38. I am putting whole cloves between sore Thooth & cheek
    As we speek & It seems to be working great love
    Being pain free

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  39. clove oil works like a miracle …now and every time ..

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  40. I was a skeptic. After being up all night I tried the ground clove mixed in olive oil. Unbelievable! Why don’t dentists/doctors know this cure??? THANK YOU!

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  41. The raw onion worked wonders. I could feel the swelling draining out immediately. Now it feels almost normal. How come the dental community never mentions this?

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  42. What a MAGIC!….. Salt and Pepper is my new bestfriend… :))

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  43. farhan ahmad bajwa August 5, 2013, 8:24 pm

    have use the salt n pepper given me rest from toothache….thank u..

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  44. Had to improvise and used garlic salt with wet Q-tip….dipped it in garlic salt and applied to bad tooth and gums around… does help… also putting the garlic salt in warm/hot water and swishing helps too. Ice pack to affected area for swelling.

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  45. I have had a sever toothache for three days pain pills didn’t even help. I took salt pepper garlic salt and clove oil to make a paste stuck it in my tooth almost immediately it stopped. I just did it and it hasn’t. Hurt in 30 minutes so far: -)

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  46. I tried the peepr and salt paste and it work thanks for the idea

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  47. Ive been in so much pain! Nothing was working for me. I dont have clove So I jus tried to do the salt n pepper thing….. Totally Works! Thank you so Much for this. For all the comments as well. (One more day till dentist)

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  48. Salt and warm water. It works for me thank you

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  49. I am currently using the vanilla extract and omg is it working, gonna try the other ways tho because i cant use the whole bottle sadily.

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  50. I have had a mild toothache now for going on 1 week. Tonight I have been having bad pains when lying down. I have a crushed fresh garlic clove in my mouth as I am typing this and I am surprised that while the taste is powerful, the relief is starting to come over me. Thank GOD !
    P.S – I had no idea that garlic would give a burning sensation, but man oh man, it’s working.

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  51. I was up all night with tooth pain and a sore jaw i tried
    Taking 2 ibprophen which helped a lil but not enough for me
    To sleep. After reading this forum. I went to my kitchen mixed
    Equal salt & pepper with warm water to make a rinse, then made
    A paste. I applied to my gums & tooth, then rinsed, repeated about 3
    TImes and WOW!! The pain is going away. :) I can finally get some
    Sleep. Thank you

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  52. ♥♥♥♥**** ☆☆☆the toothache is really the worse pain.the remedies are really great

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  53. Salt and warm water ….works wonders…the onion works very well also…i have a sensitive tooth that can keep me up at night..so advil,salt water,and piece of inion do the trick… but if it continues best to see a dentist asap especially if its infected etc..i had one in back of mouth other year that caused hell pain ” root canal gone bad”.. they pulled it out..ahh what relief…so best to be proactive, brush,floss and rinse morning and night no matter what… things i stay away from that triggers tooth pain..” hard candy,taffy,popcorn etc..

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  54. Garlic works miracles just ate it raw…Had been to the dentist gave me some painkillers which were ineffective….For the person who posted this thank you….

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  55. Great remedies! I would like to suggest caution on the cloves though! While it definitely works the best, the oil is extremely volatile! A drop left on some plastics will melt the plastic! Prolonged use could damage the gums! Great for use in an emergency, it should be used sparingly, and not for more than a few applications. Then seek help from a dentist, if at all possible.

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  56. Been up all night with toothache, tried everything then i saw the salt and pepper remedy, Just put it on about 5 minutes ago and can feel it easing off, thank you so much!:)

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  57. I tried garic crushed and mixed with common salt on affected tooth and gum. It worked very well.

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  58. I had only whole clove in my kitchen i chewed on tht where the tooth hurts. Leaave it in your mouth tooth pain will fo. Thank you for the suggestions can get some sleep now finally :))))

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  59. God bless diz phenomenon called d internet.i hav bin crying all night as a result of severe tooth ache,salt and pepper n d rest was history.God will bless u 4 diz.fantastic way to serve humanity.

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  60. tanx so so much 4 d advice on d teeth pain remedy.

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  61. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I have taken percocet, ibuproen, tylenol & valium..all separately…then at a moment of being on the verge of yanking the culprit out myself I combined all the pills but eventually they quit working too….I think I love you for the salt an pepper remedy…AMAZING!!! Better than whiskey or mouthwash. God Bless You!!!

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  62. I’ll try this one as well.. having toothache now.

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  63. my child is suffering from toothache,paracetamol syrup didn’t work,tried the pepper and salt added to warm water and let her gargle,ang i put the minced garlic+pepper+salt to her affected tooth! voila !!the toothache gone right away. thank you guys!!!

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