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Home Remedies for Toothache – 7 Natural Toothache Treatments

Mike Barrett
June 10th, 2012
Updated 04/03/2013 at 2:32 am
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While dentistry has come a long way over the decades, many people still fear a visit to the dentist – especially for issues outside of a general cleaning. Among these unwanted reasons for a visit is a toothache, which generally occurs due to infection, decay, injury, a cracked tooth, or loss of a tooth. The pain can be excruciating and seemingly everlasting, but thankfully there are a number of natural toothache treatments that don’t involve a visit to the dentist. Below are some effective home remedies for toothache that may also help to treat tooth abscess and tooth infection.

7 Home Remedies for Toothache – Natural Toothache Treatment


Among the most popular of home remedies for toothache, the use of garlic has been passed down for years to treat a toothache. Garlic contains a powerful compound called allicin, which helps to makeup garlic’s antibiotic properties. When garlic is crushed, this compound is released, helping to slow bacterial activity upon application and ingestion. Try applying a crushed garlic clove or garlic powder to the area. It may burn, but the pain could vanish within minutes, although it could take hours. Repeat this over a few days, and you all should be well. Needless to say, this is only one of many benefits of garlic.


One of the most potent anti-inflammatories with anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties, cloves also make up an extremely popular remedy for toothache, tooth infection, or tooth abscess. Cloves are so effective against toothaches and sore throats due containing eugenol, a phenylpropene that makes up cloves’ anesthetic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties. The simplest way to utilize cloves is with clove oil, which can be dabbed on the area with a cotton ball or swished around in your mouth after mixing 2-4 drops in 1/4 glass of water.

Oil Pulling

Used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is the act of swishing around some type of oil in your mouth – typically sunflower oil or sesame oil. Simply put a tablespoon of one of these oils in your mouth, swish it around slowly for 15-20 minutes, and the problem could vanish within days. Not only is this activity one of the most interesting toothache remedies, but oil pulling benefits are especially recognized for promoting oral health.


In addition to many other turmeric benefits, this spice is also used by many as a natural toothache treatment. Turmeric is an herb known for its pain relieving abilities, and possesses anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Just a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a small amount of purified water is enough to make a healing paste, which can be applied to the area or applied on a cotton ball, to be placed in your mouth. The turmeric can also be mixed with honey or cayenne. Ingesting turmeric or a turmeric supplement would also be beneficial.

Oregano Oil, Colloidal Silver, and Warm Salt Water

If the toothache is the result of an abscess or another infection, try this. Start with several drops of oregano oil under the tongue, and hold for a few minutes. Then, swish around colloidal silver as many times as once per hour. After a few hours, ingest additional colloidal silver, but not more than a total of  8 ounces in one day. In between the colloidal silver swishes, perform a warm salt water swish using preferably sea sat and rub more oregano oil into your gums.

Hydrogen Peroxide

If nothing seems to work, you could try one toothache remedy that many individuals swear by – hydrogen peroxide. A popular remedy on Earthclinic, all you have to do is hold a half-tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in your mouth and on the infected tooth for a few minutes. Alternatively, you could soak a cotton ball in the liquid and apply it to the tooth. Repeat the treatment twice a day.

Nutmeg Oil

A less popular solution for toothaches, nutmeg oil may still prove useful for natural toothache treatment. Place 1 drop of nutmeg oil on a cotton swab and apply it to the gum area around the tooth; repeat this process several times a day.

Enjoy these home remedies for toothache, and don’t forget to share what has worked and what hasn’t worked for you!

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  • Beth Roberts

    A few years ago I developed an abcess above one of my upper back teeth. I took a tea bag and wet it with hot water, then placed it in my mouth over the abcess. I laid down and took a nap. When I woke up the abcess was gone and never came back.

  • Diamond

    Me too it makes my gums hurt also

  • Shalini

    Have been using clove oil for days instant relief ..though the effects wear out soon :(

  • Nakisha

    Cloves and garlic work like a treat for me. It's really comforting to know that a lot of these remedies are actually inexpensive and already exist in our kitchen!

  • janette

    Thanks for all this information I tried crushed garlic on my growing wisdom teeth worked in minutes and stoped the pain I also have gum dease will try other stuff from here, nature has so
    much medicine for us thats hiw people did it back then.

  • Gavin Austin

    Would it make a difference if I just ate foods loaded with garlic? I'm thinking of combining the garlic remedy with the hydrogen peroxide mouthwash, but I'd like to avoid putting just garlic in my mouth if I can.

  • Barbara

    The garlic really does work! Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Tommy Patrick

    The dental clinic near where I am currently living is giving free seminar on the proper caring of dental health. This is the kind of their dental marketing strategy.

  • H.N

    I have personal experience with Turmeric for my periodontal disease, which usually very painful and I could feel the relief after applying the turmeric on the infected gum area. Actually this home remedy works for the treatment of dental abscess as well. I have the gratitude in letting you know about the best home remedies for dental abscess at this moment. Turmeric may act as a pain reliever as well as an antibiotic activity against the bacteria infected gums. Hope my home remedy tips for the treatment for the dental abscess would be beneficial for the readers.

  • Chris

    When I've got a toothache I always floss and brush my teeth, then swish water with about 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda per cup around in the mouth for a few minutes and then keep it at the painful spot for as long as I can, then swallow it. That gets rid of the acidity in the mouth and therefore kills bacteria. Plus I avoid acidic foods (sugar, grains, dairy, processed foods) and eat lots of green leafy vegetables to remineralize. Works like a charm!

  • mary

    And if you are out in the wilderness and get a headache or toothache…chew on a piece of willow!

  • Francis W. Briggs

    I will try these natural and organic remedies against tooth ache. I have a very small resistant to pain killers so I hope these works for me.

  • Keepitsimple

    Lots of great advice. Seems like many remedies work.

    A dentist said I needed a root canal right away. I found oil pulling on the internet by accident and within two days the abscess was gone. That was four years ago. This site has the instructions:

    • Keepitsimple

      By the way, most oils whiten the teeth, even on the first swishing of 20 min. I found organic hemp oil the best. Flax oil can yellow teeth.

  • Annette

    Another interesting remedy for toothache is Sensodyne toothpaste. Just put it on the affected tooth like you would any other topical treatment. I really does work!

    Another remedy we tried and that works is vanilla extract on a cotton swab.

    • Anonymous

      thank u many many times. Thanks to Allah it really worked.

    • Christine

      Sensodyne gives me a toothache. Glad it worked for you.

  • zubeda

    i really thank for this .

  • Rocky Mountain Endod

    Garlic sure is a handy thing to have in the house because it is a very medicinal ingredient. I have tried it and it sure is very effective in treating toothache.

  • Linda

    Ascorbic acid gets rid of toothache, guaranteed! A tsp every 3 hours (about 5000mg per dose), gone in 3 doses, tops. Personal experience – it never fails! – Linda

  • Dhameer

    My infinite thanks to all who've commented & offered some incredible solutions/home remedies to/for our/my natural oral healing! Namaste..xo

  • Paul

    I had receeding gums that slowly got worse and eventually this was the reason why cavities started and I lost all my teeth one by one. Not one dentist mentioned that they knew this would happen or that a WATER PICK is the only method to wash and cleanse the bacteria out of the gum pockets which will then cause the gums to REGROW and attach new gum fibres to the teeth which then pulls the gum BACK ON TO THE TEETH. Save your gums and teeth from decay. Another hint is if you rub your finger along the gum line you will strengthen the attachment of the gum to the teeth so that the gum will grow a strong cuticle just like the skin does on your fingernail. Yes my denture doctor told me this and showed me his cuticles attaching to his teeth and the cuticles were the largest I have ever seen!

  • molecule

    1. never go to a dentist, except to pull it only after you KNOW that the tooth is lost.

    2. Dr. Weston Price proved that all species of animal can cure their own caries (remineralize or recalcify the enamel) except one, and that is a human being under care of an American dentist.

    3. American ADA dentists use the follow technologies to inflict medical harm, for purposes of gaining profit for their "industry:"

    a. Tooth cleaning with carborundum paste … this is the same paste used by diamond cutters to grind facets on diamonds. It removes the enamel, and thus intentionally prevents continual growth /replacement of tooth enamel … harder outer enamel removed the softer undertooth gets cavities

    b. Shepherd's hook probe … the dentist uses this pressure amplification device to poke holes in your teeth, whereupon he announces, in his or her best heroic voice, that he thinks he just "found" (just poked) a soft spot where there "might be a cavity there at your next cleaning." Doh! 1-oz of pressure at the middle of the probe generates 20,000 – 40,000 psi at the titanium tip of the pressure amplification device. With enamel removed, your tooth doesn't have a prayer, and viola, you do have a cavity exactly in the wound INTENTIONALLY caused by the dentist. He knows the technology of his own tools, including pressure amplification devices.

    c. Never allow a dentist to remove your child's or your own wisdom teeth. The root buds of these teeth contain the stem cells that the remaining teeth need to regenerate. Weston Price confirmed that Japanese elders had cases of regrowing their adult teeth three times in their lifetime. As long as the root bud is not removed, and the wisdom teeth are still there, a tooth lost to violence etc, can be regrown in full. Without wisdom teeth, the jaw does not develop correctly, and the remaining teeth loose the bookend that holds the whole lot of them together. Move away from any dentist who wants to do violence to a child's dental health, BEFORE there is any evidence of a real problem, that can't be cured by diet, etc.

    d. NEVER take novacaine, because it's NOT novacaine. Nor were silver fillings silver. But dentists called the Mercury fillings silver fillings because dentists are habitual liars. When water is poisoned with 5% poison, it's not water any more. Novacaine comes with epinephrine (sp?). Epinephrine causes the capilary mat that feeds nutrients and oxygen to the teeth through the gums and root pulp to collapse … permanently … This causes all the teetn in the entire quadrant of the mouth that took the poisoning to die slowly … resulting in cavities and loose teeth, and … tadah! profits for the dental profession. The dentist who fails to tell his patients about the epinephrine, and that the primary purpose of the epinephrine is to collapse the capilary matt, which like a collapsed lung, never fully recovers on its own … and to permanently reduce blood flow to the tooth, so that other teeth become diseased, so he can become a hero … etc.

    d. Never let a dentist drill your teeth … cure your cavities as above, or use Lugols Iodine, or MMS, or colloidal silver, or Oil of oregano, or … thousands of things to stop the infection, then get your diet right and start remineralization of your teeth. If your still have your wisdom teeth, you have a big advantage over those whose stem cell generators were stolen from them by the violence and lies of American dentists.

    e. If you have plaque on your gums or your teeth, you have a HUGE medical problem throughout your body, including plaque in your heart, liver, kidneys, brain, pancreas, etc. Get to a qualified Naturopath dietician, and cure that problem, most likely acid condition throughout. Meanwhile remove the dental plaque with old fashioned bloodroot-mint mouthwash. Google sanguinaria-mint mouthwash.

    If you get a loose tooth, also make a compress with olive oil and white oak bark … and tuck it under your gum … it's extremely astringent and will suck the puss out of any infected or absessed tooth. Google white oak bark dental compress. Add activated carbon powder to the compress as well. Roll the paste into a wrap made with one layer of gause and tuck under the gum.

    Brush with activated carbon, bicarb of soda and sea salt. Also a compress made with just plain sea salt and olive oil will make a good compress to save a tooth. Seasalt will kill the infection as well.

    There are thousands of ways to save a tooth. They cost $5 or so. Dentists are profiteers who do unnecessary, irreversible medical harm, for no good reason for the patient, other than to gouge their wallets.

    NEVER NEVER get a root canal, or a dental implant. Both result in permanet low grade infections. Dentists NEVER tell their patients about this. If your prior dentists have so destroyed your dental health, with their greed and lies, as above, go to Mexico or Germany and get a set of wax teeth made. It's better than an unhealth mouth. Check any dental objects that the dentist wants to put in your mouth for radiation.

    • Pear

      Please do us a favor and stop spreading your mistrustful attitude and misinformation.

  • Orlando

    Try Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) discovered by an American gold explorer (among ather things) called Jim Humble. It is a great mineral that is beneficial to your health, it has been proven to cure major illnesses, do the research, there is a free book on line too. The product is very economical and guess what? the FDA has targetted it. this along speaks for itself, if the FDA is against it is because it is good for the people and not for the drug lords ( Bayer, Feizer,etc)

  • ALEX


    • Italics Mine

      Why is grain alcohol banned in Penn?

  • brian s.

    One great remedy not mentioned, is gargling with hydrogen peroxide…

    One Thanksgiving morning, I had the worst toothache that radiated all across my head, and for obvious reasons, I had no way of getting professional treatment, so I checked out home remedies online.

    Since it was readily available in my medicine cabinet, and one of the uses on the label indicated it could be gargled as a mouthwash, I was more than eager to try.

    I was pleasantly surprised that almost as soon as I spit out the mouth-full, within a few minutes the pain was totally gone, and hasn't returned since.

    But now I know the FIRST thing I will try if it happens again.

    • Claude

      Regular cheap, hydrogen peroxide absolutely! It works quickly at killing the infection that goes hand in hand with the pain. A very cheap and effective remedy; just don't swallow it.

      • Anonymous

        I totally agree, I just did it and I couldn't believe what an infection I had.

    • Anonymous

      Where can I get hydrogen peroxide in kl?

    • Janis tan

      Where can I get hydrogen peroxide in kl?

  • jim p

    For gum troubles, I've found a tea made from cinnamon oil (two or three drops), cloves, and thyme, pulled through the teeth and swished around, works wonders.

    Have to be careful with the cinnamon oil as it can really burn. But I used this a day before having to go see my dentist for a bad tooth. He knows how bad my gums have been over the years and he just volunteered "wow, your gums look great."

    I've used this for swollen gums a few times in the last few years. Make a cup's worth, take sips, swish and pull over 15 minutes or so, and the relief is almost immediate. At least in my case.

  • mothman777

    Excellent article. I personally would never take antibiotics for abscessed teeth, as from experience I know that the abscess suddenly mushrooms up after antibiotics are taken, with the dentist saying 'that is the antibiotic working' whereas in truth, your own immune system just got nuked by the antibiotics and the bacteria causing the abscess have just gone rampant, and the tooth then has to be pulled. Whereas, colloidal silver, if swished round the mouth as often as you can whilst an abscess is present, will cause the abscess to go away, and the tooth to be saved, and I have used this method on both myself and other people several times, saving several teeth.

    Be careful with oils like clove, as it will burn gum tissue away quickly, and receding gums are terribly painful, leaving only the option of extremely expensive, gruesome, and not always successful gum tissue surgery to cover up exposed nerve endings in the dentine.

    I recently ditched my electric toothbrush due to gum erosion problems, and am now much more comfortable, the supposed benefits of such a device having in fact exacerbated the very problem it was supposed to resolve.

    Now I use a high pressure water pick device to remove plaque around the gumline and between teeth, after brushing with a medium brush and flossing, and my teeth are no longer painful, and the cleanliness of my gums is much better now, with the complete absence now of bacterial odour, as the water washes so superbly under the gumline in a way that mere brushing and flossing never could, nor the excessive mechanical impact of the electric toothbrush.

    I also recommend raw milk to replace tooth enamel; it really does work, Check out Ramiel Nagel's excellent website.

  • Donna

    And don't forget fresh ginger root! Works immediately to relieve tooth pain. You can rub raw ginger into the gums or boil the ginger root, letting it cool and using it as a mouth rinse.

  • Al

    There's good reason to fear going to the dentist. Those quacks use some nasty chemicals, will xray your brain and don't have the balls to tell you that fluoride is poison.

    I used to have peridontal "disease" and my gums ached. Dentist scraped below the gum line, hurt like hell and cost bucks. It obviously didn't work because next he wanted to "cut my gums down to lower the pockets". I drew the line on that but he kept nagging me every visit (sure, it is surgery – good bucks). Well, I started brushing my teeth with peroxide and baking soda -> no more peridontal problems, no cavities, it is cheap and actually good for you if you swallow some (it is shocking that if you swallow fluoride toothpaste you have to call poison control. That's a great thing to let your kids put in their mouths (like thyose Tennesseans letting their college kids go to Japan to clean nuclear contamination….). Wake up people!