Dental toothache

Toothache home remedies

9 Nov , 2015  

Can I use home remedies for my toothache?

Toothaches can range from mild pain to severe unbearable throbbing pain. The cause of a toothache can vary, however a few reasons for toothache can be found in the toothache post. If you have a toothache, it is best to immediately see your dentist for a comprehensive exam to diagnose the cause of the toothache and organise definitive treatment. To relieve the pain temporarily view our pain relief article. There are occasions when a severe toothache starts and the pharmacy and dentist are closed. In these rare circumstances anything is worth a try in attempting to reduce toothache pain. Below are a couple of toothache home remedies to try as a last resort. There is no scientific evidence for these toothache home remedies however there is no harm in trying them while waiting to get pain medication and an appointment with your dentist.

Pepper and Salt

Mix equal parts of table salt and pepper with a few drops of water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the sore tooth for a few minutes.


Mix a crushed garlic clove with some salt and pepper and apply to the sore tooth, or chew a clove of garlic.


Grind two cloves and mix with a little olive oil. Apply to the sore tooth.


Chew raw onion for a few minutes.


Either use wheat grass juice as a mouth-rinse or you can chew on wheatgrass.

Warm salt water

Mix half a teaspoon of salt in hot water, then mouth-rinse the solution when it is cool enough to do so.

Ice cubes

It is best to use ice cubes as a cold pack, wrap the cubes in a thin cloth and place on the cheek beside the sore tooth. This can sometimes help to numb the nerve endings. If your tooth is hypersensitive to cold then ice cubes may not be the best idea.

Guava leaves/spinach leaves

Simply chew the leaves to allow the juice to flow onto the sore tooth or boil the leaves in water, allow to cool, add a little salt, then mouth-rinse the solution.

Vanilla extract

Use some cotton wool or an ear bud, absorb some vanilla extract and place on the sore tooth.


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