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Top 16 Home Remedies for Toothache


Home Remedies for Toothache

Are you suffering from toothache or have a loved one who is? Toothache is generally a sharp or shooting pain that may make it difficult for the affected individual to eat, sleep, or live comfortably.

Read on to know a few common home remedies for a managing a toothache:

1.               Saltwater gargle

Saltwater is a natural disinfectant. Heat a cup of water and add a spoonful of salt to it. Swish this lukewarm water in your mouth a few times. It can help loosen tooth food particles and debris and heal swelling and infections.

2. Ice pack:

What an easy technique it is to get rid of toothache using an ice pack! The ice simply numbs out the spot with the pain when placed near the affected tooth.

3.     Peppermint tea bags

With tannins in the teabags, you may get some needed relief from the toothache. If a tea bag is rich in menthol like peppermint tea, its numbing properties cool and numb tooth pain.

To apply, place a wet and slightly warm tea bag on the aching tooth for a couple of minutes until the pain subsides.

4.     Hydrogen peroxide rinse

Using hydrogen peroxide also helps to kill bacteria and reduce swelling and pain like saltwater. It is perfect for healing toothache or bleeding gums caused by an infection.

To use it, mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water and apply as a mouthwash.

5.     Cloves

This is an age-old and effective solution to toothache. Clove oil contains a natural antiseptic called eugenol.

A couple of drops of clove oil into the affected spot alleviate the pain.



6.     Garlic

Garlic has been in use for centuries due to its many medicinal benefits. Crushed garlic releases a natural antibacterial agent known as allicin and can kill harmful, plaque-causing bacteria and relieve pain too.

Mode of application: Chew a garlic clove or apply crushed garlic to the affected area to reduce the pain and swelling.          

7.     Oils

Use oils from tea tree, thyme, and peppermint to reduce pain and numbness. These oils contain antibacterial and antibiotic properties to curtail the infection.

With a cotton bud, apply a few oil drops to the painful area and allow them to stay for a short while to act.

8.     Asafetida

Combine asafetida with lemon juice or oil as a remedy. To do this, mix asafetida spice with 1/2 a teaspoon of warm lemon juice or lemon oil. Now, apply on the affected tooth after every 20 minutes within an hour until the pain dies down.

9.     Fresh ginger

Ginger is a powerful age-old medicine and spice. To apply it, wash, peel and chew fresh ginger slowly around the hurting area. Allow it in your mouth between 1 and 2 hours and the pain and swelling may subside.

10.  Onions

The antimicrobial properties in onions make them very potent against toothache.

Simply cut a slice of onion, place between your teeth and chew it gently. The positive results can be immediate when it comes to reducing swelling around your tooth.

11.  Vanilla extract

The content of vanilla extract contains germ-killing and numbing alcohol. Apply some vanilla extract on a cotton ball. Place and hold it on the aching spot for a short while to relieve the pain temporarily.

12.  Turmeric

The healing properties in turmeric are very potent. Its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial potency is great against toothache.

To apply it, use turmeric powder to make a paste using water or honey and apply it directly to the aching area.

13.  Lemon

This Vitamin C-rich remedy can relieve toothache.

Just cut a wedge of lime, then place and hold it between your teeth near the aching spot. Suck it out well. If necessary, replace it with a new wedge.

14.  Propolis

Apart from warding off cold, propolis capsules can also help to reduce tooth pain. Propolis is an antibacterial remedy that can also treat toothache-related gum problems.

To use it, simply undo a capsule to let out the powder. Then add warm water to it for washing your mouth with.

15.  Guava leaf

With enough it many antimicrobial properties, guava leaves can reduce swelling and pain.

Wash fresh guava leaves and chew them directly or boil water and add guava leaves to use as a mouthwash.

16.  Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass comes with multiple healing properties that can also heal your body when drank beside relieving inflammation in your mouth and preventing infections. It is also effective against bacteria due to its high chlorophyll content.

To apply this, use wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash.

Bottom Line

Choose any of the above remedies to relieve your tooth problems, But firstly, maintain good dental hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day. Also develop the habit of rinsing your mouth after consuming anything. If home remedies are not helpful enough, visit a professional dentist for specialized treatment.

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