Top Home Remedies to Relieve a Toothache!

Top Home Remedies to Relieve a Toothache!

29-06-2017   |   Posted By: Rajni Joshi   |   3086 View(s)

A Toothache, which is also known as dental pain refers to the pain in and around the teeth or their supporting structures. The problem of a toothache occurs due to tooth decay generally, whereas there may be many other reasons responsible for the same.

A toothache says it all that something is wrong! A toothache can be due to a cavity, an infection, gum disease or many other reasons can be responsible for the same. A toothache can be a horrifying experience, for those who ever had this painful experience can easily understand what we are trying to say! It is vital to visit a dentist as soon as possible so as to avoid long-term complications and you can also try out these five home remedies to relieve toothache as well to keep your teeth in good health.


Every one of you might have suffered from a toothache at some point in your life. Some experience it seldom while for some it may be frequent. But all of you would agree that a toothache can be a frightening experience. The throbbing pain can bring everything to a halt. What you need is an immediate way to relieve your pain, and this is when natural remedies can prove to be quite beneficial. These readily available toothache home remedies can naturally ease the pain in your tooth.


 What are the Home Remedies to Relieve a Toothache?

 1. Rinse your Mouth with Salt-Water

The very first thing that your mother came up with when you complained of pain in your tooth would have been saltwater, and surprisingly after rinsing your mouth with it, you felt quite at ease. Why? It is because salt is a natural disinfectant that effectively cleans your mouth of the debris or germ build-up. It also helps in reducing inflammation in gums due to an infection.

How to use?

● Add a teaspoon of salt to a cup of warm water
● Take a sip of it and swish your mouth with it for about thirty seconds
● After that, spit it out
● Repeat the process till you exhaust the remaining saltwater

2. Use Of Ice Cubes

Putting an ice cube on your cheek can help ease the pain, as well as can heal the swelling. Swelling can be due to an abscess, a sac of pus and gunk deep in the roots of your tooth. An ice cube can help alleviate a toothache by numbing the nerve endings
What you have to do is, just wrap a small ice cube in a thin cotton cloth and apply it on your cheek near the aching tooth for around 15 minutes so as to numb the nerves. In the case of having exposed nerves, contact with cold can cause more pain so you should keep this thing in mind. You can also try out the acupressure technique to ease tooth pain by rubbing the ice cube between the part of your index finger and thumb for 2-5 minutes.

3. Use of Cloves

You might be having Cloves at home if not, you can buy them right now as they are easily available in the markets. Cloves are said to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anaesthetic properties which can help relieve toothache and fight the infection. Cloves can work well In getting rid of a toothache as they contain substance eugenol, which is an effective antiseptic and painkiller.

How to use?

● Pour one to two drops of clove oil on a cotton swab.
● Push the cotton swab against the tooth that is aching
● Keep it for an hour or two until the pain lessens
Tip: If you have sensitive gums and teeth then dilute clove oil with olive oil.

Alternative remedy
If you do not have clove oil, then you can even chew a clove to ease the pain. Do not ingest the clove, chew it a bit and keep it in your mouth. The oil released will help in soothing the pain.

4. Use of Garlic

Garlic is commonly used to enhance the taste of the food, but it can be used to treat a toothache. Garlic is believed to be used as a natural home remedy to relieve toothache as it acts similarly to an antibiotic and can help inhibit the growth of bacteria which may be causing harm to your tooth.
Just mash a garlic clove and add some table salt and you can apply it directly on the sore tooth to ease the pain. You can also chew one or two cloves of garlic.

Peppermint Leaves

5.Ease the pain with Peppermint Tea

Peppermint has natural numbing properties that can help alleviate tooth pain. You can make use of peppermint oil as well as peppermint tea bags to relieve a toothache. Peppermint oil can contribute to numbing the tooth pain. It is considered one of nature’s most powerful painkillers.
Peppermint works as menthol, a KOR agonist that is naturally present in mint is said to be an effective pain blocker, it desensitises the area through the cold menthol receptor.

Peppermint tea not only has a great flavour but also has a soothing effect on the aching tooth. Relieve the throbbing pain in your tooth with cool peppermint tea.

How to use?

● Mix one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water
● Let it infuse for about twenty minutes
● After that, let the tea cool
● Once it reaches room temperature swish your mouth with the tea
● Cool a used peppermint tea bag by placing it in your refrigerator
● Apply the tea bag on the aching tooth.
Alternative remedy: You can even place warm, wet black tea bags on the aching tooth to get some relief. The tannins present in black tea have astringent properties that reduce the pain and swelling.

6. Soothe the Pain with a Cold Compress

When in pain, look for ice. Rubbing the area experiencing pain with ice reduces the intensity of pain, and that goes for a toothache also. Ice is one of the best natural toothache home remedies for easing the pain in the tooth up to  50% because rubbing it on the area constricts the flow of blood in the area, thus reducing pain. It also helps in reducing inflammation.

How to use?

● Take an ice pack or wrap an ice cube in a soft cloth
● Place the ice pack directly on the tooth or on the cheek for about fifteen minutes
● It will numb the area and reduce pain.

7. Make a paste using Cayenne Pepper and Ginger

The spices found in nature are quite potent and capable of solving many of your health problems. Of these, the two most potent painkillers that can help in easing the pain in your tooth are Cayenne Pepper and Ginger. These have anti-inflammatory properties that can effectively reduce pain and swelling. Capsaicin, a compound found in Cayenne pepper can block the pain messages from reaching your brain thus reducing the sensation.

How to use?

● Mix equal amount cayenne and ginger
● Add in some water to make a paste
● Roll some paste on the cotton ball and place it on your tooth
● Leave it for some time until the pain reduces
Tip: You can use the spices separately also.

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8. Put a slice of raw Onion in your Mouth

Onion is a common kitchen ingredient and an effective home remedy for a toothache. So, the next time a sudden pain in tooth engulfs you, head to get some onion for immediate relief. Onions are known to be antiseptic and antimicrobial, hence can kill the bacteria and other germs present in your mouth that can be a reason of a toothache.

How to use?

● Take an onion and slice it
● Place a slice of the aching area
● Keeping it for some time will effectively reduce the pain.

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9. Chew some Garlic

Garlic is a popular home remedy for treating infections and improving the functioning of your digestive system. But do you know that garlic is also an effective pain reliever? Yes, chewing garlic can help you get rid of all your tooth troubles. Garlic has high therapeutic properties that help to relieve you of toothache instantly. It can kill the bacteria present in your mouth and significantly reduce the pain and discomfort thus giving you back your beautiful smile.

How to use?

● Take a fresh clove of garlic
● Chew it slowly so that it can work on your tooth and soothe the pain.
● Alternatively, add in some salt to a crushed clove of garlic and place it on the affected area.


A sudden toothache can be a nightmare especially when you are in the middle of something. The natural remedies for a toothache mentioned above can provide you with quick relief when you cannot visit the dentist immediately. These toothache home remedies are much safer than the pain-killers available in the market which can have a damaging effect on your health in the long run. Before trying these home remedies to relieve a toothache, make sure that you are not allergic to any ingredient used in that particular remedy.

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