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10 Simple Home Remedies for Toothaches

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Do you have tooth pain and wanted to know what to apply to a toothache to soothe the pain? You’ve come to the right place.

Toothaches are an indication that something is wrong, it might be caused by cavities, an infection, an exposed tooth root, a cracked tooth, gum disease, a loose filling, or jaw joint disorder

A toothache normally occurs 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 a toothache, it is best to seek immediate advice from a dentist before the problem worsens. You can also try some home remedies to relieve your toothache pain temporarily

1. Warm Salt Water Rinse

A simple glass of warm salt water can help treat a toothache.

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Salt water helps to cleanse any loose debris in the mouth as well as any potentially harmful bacteria that might be in or around the affected area.

To treat a toothache, add half spoon of common salt in a glass of hot water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. You can repeat once or twice.

It will help reduce swelling and inflammation and also fight the bacteria that cause infection.

2. Soothe Tooth Pain With Ice Cubes

Ice can help alleviate tooth pain by numbing nerve endings present in the mouth.

Place a small ice cube in a plastic bag; wrap a thin cotton cloth around the bag. Hold it on your cheek near the aching tooth for a few minutes.

If you have exposed nerves, contact with the cold can cause more pain.

An acupressure technique that can ease tooth pain is to rub an ice cube between your index finger and thumb for a few minutes.

3. Onion

Onions have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that are known to kill the bacteria in the mouth that contributes to a toothache.

At the first sign of a toothache, chew raw onion for a few minutes to relieve the pain.


Alternatively, place a piece of raw onion directly over the painful area.

4. Garlic

Use of garlic can also provide immense relief from a toothache. Garlic acts as and it can inhibit the growth of bacteria attacking the tooth.

First, mash a crushed garlic clove (or garlic powder) and a dash of table salt or black salt and apply it directly on the throbbing tooth to alleviate the pain.

Alternatively, you can chew one or two cloves of garlic to get relief.

Repeat two or three times per day for few days.

5. How to Use Guava Leaves For Toothache

Fresh guava leaves are also known for alleviating toothaches as well as relieving swollen gums and mouth ulcers, thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties.

Simply chew one or two tender guava leaves until the juice starts working on the affected tooth.

In another way, 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.

6. Pepper and Salt For Toothache Relief

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

Make a paste of equal amounts of pepper and common salt with a few drops of water.

Apply the paste directly on the affected tooth and allow it to sit for a few minutes.

Do this daily for several days.

7. Vanilla Extract

Alcohol is one of the active ingredients in vanilla extract, and as already established, alcohol acts as a numbing agent. Also, the scent of vanilla is believed by many to be soothing and relaxing, which can help ease the pain.

Dip a cotton swab in vanilla extract and dab it on the affected area.

Do this two or three few times a day until you get relief.

8. Asafetida

Dental problems such as toothaches and bleeding gums can be treated at home with the use of asafetida.

Simply add a pinch or one-half teaspoon of powdered asafetida to two teaspoons of lemon juice and then warm it slightly. Use a cotton pad to apply the solution on the affected area. This will give you quick relief from the pain.

Alternatively, asafetida fried in clarified butter can be put in the tooth cavity for instant relief.

9. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass offers natural antibacterial properties that will help fight tooth decay and relieve a toothache as well as natural antibiotics that help to protect the teeth and gums from infections.

Extract the juice of wheatgrass and use it as a mouthwash.

It will absorb toxins from the gums, reduce the growth of bacteria and keep the infection under control. If you desire, you can simply chew on wheatgrass.

10. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide, much like salt water, is a cleansing aid, but it is even more effective than saline because it can attack bacteria rather than just rinsing it away.

Swishing with a hydrogen peroxide solution in your mouth can provide temporary pain relief, particularly if your toothache is accompanied by a fever and/or a bad taste in your mouth, which are signs of infections.

Swish the solution around your mouth for about 30 seconds and then rinse several times with water – don’t swallow it. Repeat once or twice a day, or until you’re able to get to the dentist.

In addition to trying these remedies for toothaches, endeavor to consult your dentist. Some dental and gum problems require more aggressive treatment than home remedies.

Tried any and it worked? Let us know in the comment section.

Emmanuel is a Bio-chemist currently pursuing his masters degree in one of the most prestigious schools in Nigeria. He is passionate about health and fitness as well as creating guides to help you live a good life. Get in touch: [email protected]