How to Ease a Toothache Naturally

Two Methods:Using Home RemediesUnderstand the Limitations of Natural Remedies

A toothache can be very painful, making you miserable and interfering with your daily routine. Aside from the pain in the tooth itself, you may experience other symptoms like mild fever, swelling in the area of infected tooth, or a sore jaw. There are various natural remedies for toothache which can hep to ease the pain. If you experience a persistent toothache you should always consult your dentist to check for cavities or other dental issues.

Method 1
Using Home Remedies

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    Rinse your mouth with a warm saline solution. The first thing you can do at home to ease the pain of a toothache is to rinse out your mouth salt water. One of the most common causes of tooth ache is infection, and salt can work as a cleaning agent that tackles the infection. Salt can draw fluids from the site of the infection, relieving tension in the soft tissues and reducing pain.[1]
    • To prepare the salt solution, take a glass full of warm water and add one teaspoon of common table salt, or sea salt. Mix thoroughly to completely dissolve the salt.
    • Make sure the water is warm and not hot, as you don't want it to burn your mouth.
    • Rinse with the warm saline solution by taking a mouthful and swishing the water all around the mouth, and specifically near the sore tooth. Do this for a minimum of 30 seconds before spitting the solution out - do not swallow.
    • Repeat this every hour and you may ease your toothache.[2]
    • If you don't have salt, just washing your mouth out with warm water will help.[3]
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    Floss to remove food particles and plaque. After you have washed out your mouth you should continue to clean it by carefully removing any plaque or bits of food them are lodged between your teeth. Using dental floss, carefully clean around and between your teeth. Be careful not to irritate a sensitive tooth, but it's important to remove anything that might exacerbate the infection.[4]
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    Dab clove oil onto the affected tooth. Clove oil is an old remedy for toothache, as it has antibacterial and pain-relieving properties. It can reduce inflammation and also works as an antioxidant. It can help you to numb the area around your tooth that is causing you discomfort and ease the pain.[5]
    • Dab a couple of drops of clove oil onto a cotton ball and gently rub onto the aching tooth. You should feel the pain starting to subside. Repeat this treatment three times a day for best results.[6]
    • Although safe in small amounts, heavy use of clove oil can cause health problems so be sure to follow the instructions on the packet.[7]
    • You can buy clove oil in a pharmacy or health food store, but if you wish to make your own, just crush two cloves and mix them with olive oil.
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    Use a cold compress. If the pain you are experiencing was caused by a trauma to the tooth, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Wrap an ice cube in a clean cloth or tissue and apply it directly to the outside of your cheek adjacent to the sore tooth for about 10 minutes.[8]
    • The cold provides a numbing sensation, which helps to relieve pain. Instead of an ice cube, you could also you an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables.
    • Never apply the ice cube directly onto the gum, as this could damage the delicate tissue.
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    Try using a damp tea bag. Place a damp tea bag over the affected tooth. A damp tea bag is a very simple remedy which is easily available in every household. This will not treat the infection or the cause of your toothache but it can reportedly help ease some of the symptoms. Simply moisten a tea bag in a cup of warm (not hot) water, squeeze out the excess water and place it on the sore tooth for about 15 minutes.
    • The tea bag contains tannins which have strong astringent properties and can provide temporary pain relief.
    • Eucalyptus or peppermint could be especially effective.[9]
    • Doing this regularly risks staining your teeth and gums.[10]
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    Ease your toothache with turmeric. Turmeric is not only a fragrant spice used in the kitchen, there is some evidence that it has medicinal uses. Turmeric contains curcumin, an active ingredient that is responsible in lowering the histamine level, which in turn can help to reduce pain.[11]
    • In eight ounces of boiling water, dissolve five grams of turmeric, two cloves of garlic and two dried guava leaves. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.
    • Pass the mixture through a sieve to strain it. Let it cool, then rinse your mouth with the turmeric solution for one minute to relieve pain.
    • Alternatively, take two tbsp. of ground turmeric and roast on a pan. Let it cool, then apply the roasted turmeric gently onto the aching tooth using a clean q-tip.[12]
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    Know what to avoid. As well as trying to relieve your pain from a toothache, you should also take care to avoid certain things which are likely to irritate your tooth and cause you greater pain. This will vary from person to person and you will have to judge what causes you discomfort and try to avoid it. Most typically, very hot or very cold food and drinks will be painful for someone with a toothache.[13]

Method 2
Understand the Limitations of Natural Remedies

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    Be cautious with natural remedies. Natural can help you to ease the pain of a toothache and lower your discomfort, but if you are experience persistent toothaches you need to tackle the root of the problem. This will most likely require visiting your dentist. There is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the genuine effectiveness of herbal remedies in dentistry.[14]
    • If you opt for a herbal remedy, discontinue once you feel it is ineffective. Do not continue to apply the remedy to the aching tooth thinking that increasing the dose could make it better. Increasing the dose might even make your worse toothache.
    • Immediately rinse your mouth with water if you feel a burning or stinging sensation following the use of herbal medicine. Do not use mouth wash because its alcohol content can further irritate the delicate tissues inside your mouth.
    • Remember that toothache from an infection won't go away until the infection is gone.[15]
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    Make an appointment with your dentist. If you experience toothache that persists for more than one or two days you should make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. Natural remedies may help you to relieve the pain in the short-term, but they will not cure your underlying condition. An untreated toothache could lead to a dental abscess.[16]
    • Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen are likely yo be more effective than the natural remedies at easing the pain of your toothache.
    • Be sure never to place a painkiller directly against your gum as it may damage your gum tissue.[17]
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    Understand the cause of toothaches. If you are experiencing toothache you need to understand why to take steps to prevent aches recurring after treatment. Toothache occurs when the central section of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes inflamed. The nerve endings in this central section are highly sensitive to pain, which can make toothache incredibly uncomfortable. The inflammation is general caused either by cavities, infection, or trauma.[18]
    • The key to avoiding toothache is maintaining excellent dental hygiene. Keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy by limiting your intake of sugary food and drink, brushing your teeth twice a day, with floss or mouthwash as an extra measure.[19]
    • The next time you feel toothache, it is most likely that you have a cavity or infection. Keep in mind that although you may be able to block the sensation of pain using natural remedies, you will not be able to get rid of the cavity itself.


  • Natural remedies for toothache are only a temporary alternative and cannot be substituted with professional care. Once the pain is brought under control, one must try to seek professional help at the earliest.

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