Home Remedies for Toothache

Like granny’s tales, the most popular toothache home remedies have been around for years. Here’s a breakdown of the seven most popular home remedies for toothaches, along with a look at how effective they are.

Clove Oilclove oil

Cloves contain a natural anesthetic called eugenol, which numbs whatever it comes in contact with.

How to Use It

Drip a drop or two of the oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the throbbing tooth.

Does It Work?

Clove oil may numb the affected area temporarily, but it is short-term relief lasting only a few minutes.

Is It Safe?

Not entirely. Clove oil can make pain worse if it comes in contact with other sensitive areas of your mouth, and it will hurt your tongue as well.


Peppermint Tea Bagsteabags

Wet, used tea bags are often used to calm sensitive skin. Peppermint has numbing properties similar to cloves, useful for treating pain.

How to Use It

You can use peppermint tea bags in two ways. First, apply a cooled tea bag right on the throbbing area. Second, put the tea bag in the freezer for a few minutes, then apply it to the tooth. Keep the tea bag on for at least 20 minutes.

Does It Work?

There is anecdotal evidence that tea bags can lessen the pain. However, there is no long-term benefit, as pain comes back minutes after the bag is removed.

Is It Safe?

Yes. An herbal toothache pain relief method will not hurt you in any way.


Salt Water Treatmentsalt-water-mouth-wash

Salt water cleanses are often used to clean out an infected area, loosening debris and providing temporary relief.

How to Use It

Swish a small amount of salt water or saline solution in your mouth for 30 seconds. You can repeat once or twice.

Does It Work?

The cleansing effect of the salt can get rid of some nasty bacteria or festering pus, but salt water rinses provide no long-term benefits.

Is It Safe?

Yes. Salt water is all natural and, as toothache remedies go, one of the safest things you can do for your mouth.


Hydrogen Peroxide Rinsehydrogen 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.

How to Use

Mix equal parts 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and water, and swish the mixture in your mouth for 30 seconds. You can repeat once or twice.

Does It Work?

The rinse may provide a few minutes of temporary toothache pain relief, and it can help ward off gingivitis, which is a potential cause of toothache pain.

Is It Safe?

No. The dangers of using hydrogen peroxide outweigh the benefits. If this solution is ingested, it can cause stomach or intestinal problems, and if you do not mix in enough water, the hydrogen peroxide can burn your mouth.


Bourbon-Soaked Cotton Ballbourbon

Bourbon has numbing properties, as do most alcohols.

How to Use It

Put a bit on a cotton ball, and cover the throbbing tooth with the cotton ball.

Does It Work?

Bourbon may provide a few minutes of relief, but the reduction of toothache symptoms is temporary. They will come roaring back as soon as the alcohol evaporates.

Is It Safe?

No, especially if you are using it to treat a child. Though many think the small amount of alcohol used in this popular toothache home remedy is minimal enough to be safe for kids, the truth is that any amount of alcohol ingested by a child can have serious consequences, such as seizures or throwing up.



Garlic acts similarly to an antibiotic, and it can inhibit the growth of bacteria that is attacking your tooth.

How to Use It

You can use garlic in two ways. First, mash a garlic clove and a dash of salt, and apply the paste to the throbbing tooth. Second, pop a clove or two of garlic into your mouth and chew. Repeat two or three times per day.

Does It Work?

The garlic may temporarily relieve pain, but it depends on what the cause of your toothache is. For example, if it is caused by temporomandibular joint disorder, garlic may not offer any relief at all.

Is It Safe?

Yes. However, you may find people backing away from you at parties – noshing on garlic is a classic cause of bad breath.


Vanilla Extractvanila extract

Alcohol is one of the active ingredients in vanilla extract, and as we have 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 pain.

How to Use It

You can use vanilla extract in two ways. First, dab a small amount of it on your finger and rub the throbbing tooth and gum area. Second, apply a small amount of vanilla extract to a cotton ball and place it on the affected area. Repeat two or three times per day.

Does It Work?

Vanilla extract can offer temporary relief of tooth pain, but it lasts for minutes and requires frequent reapplication.

Is It Safe?

No. While the amount of alcohol in vanilla is fairly minimal, it is still alcohol, and this method is especially unsafe for children.


Iceice toothache

Put some ice in your hand, on the same side of the body as your sore tooth. Rub the ice in the space between your thumb and forefinger for 7 minutes, or until the area turns numb. Why does it work? Researchers believe ice stops pain signals to your brain.


OTC Pain Relievers

Dentists suggest acetaminophen for children. For adults, take your pick of over-the-counter medicines, like ibuprofen. If you choose aspirin, swallow it — don’t put it right on the tooth or your gums! That folk remedy doesn’t work and might harm the inside of your mouth.

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