How to Get Rid of Toothache at Home (16 Remedies)

A homemade toothache remedy is something everyone reaches for when they need to visit dentist. It is an unwritten rule that toothache generally occurs at night, when all the pharmacies are closed and you can’t find a single painkiller in your home. That’s so typical!

Toothache is one of the most troublesome, insidious and intolerable pains. This time we resort to the good, old toothache remedies we already have in our homes, such as onions, mint, chamomile and ice. When a toothache occurs, it is not recommended that you delay visiting your dentist, because the pain may re-occur very soon and the sick tooth may deteriorate further. In this article, we reveal you some natural ways to create the effective homemade toothache remedies.

How to Get Rid of Toothache at Home (16 Remedies)

First of all, it is important to determine the cause of the pain. In most cases the main culprits are caries, dental abscess, a broken tooth, gum inflammation or a tooth development in incorrect positions. The most common solution for the toothache is the use of painkiller such as aspirin. Although the painkiller is not a long-term solution, it may provide you the necessary, instant relief. However, the real problem comes when you realize that you don’t have such medication at your home. For this reason, we offer you a few relevant tricks that may help you alleviate and remove the toothache, before going to the dentist.

Brush your teeth

Brush your teeth and floss them regularly, because sometimes an inconvenience may be caused by the food residue between the teeth.

Rinse your mouth with salt water

Rinsing your mouth with warm or hot salt water can help you maintain good oral hygiene, clean your teeth and prevent infection, because it has many beneficial effects when it comes to swollen gums in particular.

Toothpaste for sensitive teeth

Brush your teeth with toothpaste for sensitive teeth, if you have too sensitive teeth and gums. This will certainly help, and if you are facing with an aching tooth feel free to apply the toothpaste to it.

Cold compress

Putting a cold compress on the affected area will certainly alleviate the pain and reduce swelling. Keep the compress for about 10 to 20 minutes every hour. Be sure to make a break with the treatment to avoid over-cooling of the skin surface.



If you lose a filling or break a tooth, dentine remains unprotected and may cause pain. Besides modern temporary fillings which you can find at certain pharmacies, you can use potatoes. Yes, you read it well, potatoes. A piece of potato can partly prevent external effects from irritating your nerves.

Use clove oil

An important component of clove oil, eugenol, is used in dentistry as painkiller, because it prevents infections in teeth cleaning and root canal filling. Simply soak a piece of cotton in clove oil and hold it on the painful tooth for about one hour. Do not use this method for too long as it may cause sensitive skin in the mouth, sore throat and vomiting.

Ice tea

Tea contains tannins that can alleviate the pain. Freeze a bag of black or green tea, put on the aching tooth and hold it.

Tea tree oil

Pure tea tree oil is one of the strongest natural antiseptics. Compared to other antiseptics, it is efficient even if there is blood or infection. The oil acts as a light anesthetic and helps in treating minor injuries such as burn, sunburn, frostbite, fungal skin and nail infections, inflammation of the upper parts of the respiratory tract, sore throat, colds and periodontal diseases. It is effective against aphtae, warts, herpes and irritation caused by insect bites. It also repels ticks.

Tea tree oil use: Apply a few drops of pure tea tree oil on a cotton ball and put on a tooth, or you can simply mix the oil with warm water for gargling and rinsing the mouth.

Acupressure for pain relief

The human body is a complex maze made of nerves, where many of them are actually connected with the teeth. Pressing certain parts of the face and body can influence and alleviate the pain caused by toothache.

Alcoholic beverages

Soak a piece of cotton wool in liquor and place it on the sore tooth or gum in order to ease the toothache. Avoid alcoholic beverages with a high percentage of sugar, such as liqueur or similar sweet drinks.

Combination of pepper and salt

The combination of salt and pepper mixed with water (make it a bit denser) can help in treating sensitive teeth. Put the mixture on the aching tooth and hold it for a few minutes.

Toothache remedies


Garlic also has a great power to ease the pain, because it has antibiotic and other medical properties, which we have already written about.


Take one clove of garlic, mix it with salt and place on the tooth to relieve the pain, or chew the garlic until you start feeling better.


This is probably the best homemade toothache remedy, because it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anesthetic properties. Grind two cloves and add a little bit of oil. Dip a cotton ball in the compound and place it on a tooth or mix it with water and gurgle.


Onions have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that simply kill microbes – the causers of the toothache. The “recipe” is easy – put a slice of onion on the painful spot and crush it with your teeth.

Warm salt water

Mix half a teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with it. When water comes in contact with the sore tooth, it will reduce swelling and fight with bacteria.

Ice cubes

Ice helps in eliminating pain as it gives a numbness feeling in the inflamed area. You can put an ice cube in cheesecloth and press it against your cheek, which is more preferable than putting it directly on the tooth.

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