Home Remedies for Toothache

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. 

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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.

If you have toothache, it is best to seek immediate advice from a dentist before the problem worsens. You can also try some natural remedies to relieve the pain temporarily.

1. Pepper and Salt

Salt mixed with pepper can be of great use when a tooth becomes extremely sensitive as both the ingredients have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.


  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


One of the best home remedies for toothache is using garlic. This herb can provide the fast relief from a toothache. Besides, it has antibiotic & other medicinal properties, which are very efficient in relieving the pain. Here are step by step instructions to use garlic for alleviating toothache pain:

  • You mix about a little of the garlic powder or 1 crushed garlic clove and a little amount of black salt or table salt
  • Then you apply this mixture directly onto your affected tooth in order to ease the pain.
  • In addition, you may chew 1 or 2 cloves of the garlic for getting the fast relief.
  • You should repeat this solution for some days.

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3. Cloves


Clove has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anesthetic and antioxidant properties, which can help you to reduce the tooth pain as well as fight infection. To use cloves for relieving toothache pain, here are step by step directions you can follow at home:

  • You grind about 2 whole cloves.
  • Then you mix it with a little of the olive oil or other vegetable oils
  • Then you apply this mixture onto your affected tooth.
  • Alternatively, you can dab some cotton balls into the clove oil
  • Then you directly rub these cotton balls onto your sore teeth.
  • Another option is mixing some drops of the clove oil into 1/2 glass of the cool water
  • Then you use this water as a natural homemade mouth rinse.

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4. Onion


Onion has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, which help you in controlling a toothache. In addition, it may provide the fast relief from a pain just by killing the germs that cause an infection. To apply onion for relieving toothache pain, you can follow the following directions:

  • When seeing first signs of having a toothache, you can chew the raw onion for some minutes in order to reduce the pain.
  • In case you cannot chew the raw onion, you can place a slice of raw onion onto your bad gum or tooth directly.

5. Guava Leaves

Guava fruit in the tree

Fresh guava leaves can also alleviate toothache, thanks to their anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties.

  • Simply chew one or two tender guava leaves until the juice starts working on the affected tooth. You can also use raw spinach leaves in the same way.
  • Another remedy is to put four to five guava leaves in water and boil it. Allow the solution to cool to a warm temperature and add some salt. Use the solution as a mouthwash.


Source: allremedies.com