Tooth Pain Remedies

Last Modified on Aug 19, 2014

How To Cure a Toothache Naturally

Nothing is more miserable than a toothache, but until you can see a dentist there are home remedy toothache treatments you can use to relieve tooth pain and even halt the progression of cavities or a dental abscess. Infection, tooth decay, changes in temperature, and exposure to acids are among the most common causes of toothache pain; however, genetic factors, your diet, and dental hygiene practices have a long-term effect on whether and how often you experience toothache pain.

Of course, toothache prevention is the key here, though easier said than done. Nevertheless, proper tooth brushing, flossing, and mouthwash can help prevent cavities, erosion of tooth enamel, dental infections such as tooth abscess, and all of the resulting tooth pain. Even once you have a toothache, rinsing your mouth with warm water and flossing your teeth to remove irritants and stuck food can reduce toothache symptoms.

Home Remedy: Toothache

For severe toothache pain, the most common and effective home remedy is the clove. Powdered clove, whole cloves, or clove oil can be applied to an infected tooth or the site of a toothache to quickly numb the nerve associated with the pain.1 This home remedy for toothache can be applied repeatedly and is the secret ingredient in most commercial toothache pain remedies!

Additional Pages of Interest:
Tooth Infection and Tooth Abscess Remedies
Dental Extraction Pain Remedies

References:
1http://www.mums.ac.ir/shares/ajp/ajp/1-6.pdf

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Most Popular Remedies:

Garlic23 YEAS
Cloves18 YEAS
Apple Cider Vinegar5 YEAS

User Reviews



Acmella Oleracea   1  0   

Posted by William (Akron, Ohio) on 08/18/2009

[YEA]  Acmella oleracea, also known as Spilanthes acmella or toothache plant, is a natural analgesic which numbs the tongue and gums. Chewing a young bud results in extremely strong tingling and numbing effect.You can also make a tincture using 1 part herb (buds, flowers, leaves)1 part water, and 5 parts ethanol. Let stand for 2 to 3 weeks shaken occasionally. Apply to affected area with cotton wool.

Activated Charcoal   2  0   

Posted by Julie (Lake Oswego, Or) on 07/25/2011

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  YES!!! I can attest to the charcoal for tooth pain, too! Had a scale 9 pain one night before I could get to a dentist. Excruiciating. Saw this method and happened to have one cap - making a paste - the swelling in my gums subsided after about an hour, pain to tolerable 5. It really pulls the toxins out! SOOOOO gratefull to have found this for my lost filling and exposed nerve! Before taking it, was on my way to extraordinary gum swelling and awful pain. It is my hero!

Posted by Teresa (Spanaway, Washington) on 07/22/2009

[YEA]  Yes! The activated charcoal STOPPED my TOOTH ACHE within minutes. I opened 1 activated charcoal capsule, poured on saucer, added drops of water, which a made runny paste, put it on my finger and then rub it on the gum above my aching tooth. When the tooth would start to feel like it was beginning to ache again, I added this charcoal mixture, and it stopped the pain.

Posted by Keith (Orlando, FL) on 10/05/2006

[YEA]  Was reading the remedies and just wanted to add the following: I am a medical missionary that uses natural methods of healing. I encounter several different diseases and sickness in my line of work.

One remedy that I have never seen fail for toothache pain, is charcoal. It will stop severe toothache pain in about 20-45 minutes in most cases! I will give you an example with my wife. She begin to have toothache pain last year(2005) around the time of thanksgiving. She begin to call dentists for an appointment; however, the soonest that she could get an appointment was 2 weeks! To make a long story short the pain became unbearable. It radiated all the way to her temple on the side of the bad tooth.

So I took activated charcoal, added a little water, stirred to a paste consistency, placed it on a gauze(a piece of cotton t-shirt could also be used) and placed it directly over the tooth. I had her press down very gently. I then offered a prayer.

In about 12-15 minutes the pain that was radiating up to her temple begin to subside. In about 20-30 minutes my wife, who had been in such great pain, that she was in tears, and was unable to even sleep, dropped off to sleep.

The next day we also started her on a program of drinking 2-3 glasses per day of a table spoon of the charcoal mixed with a glass of water. She did eventually go to the dentist only to find that a small cavity had exposed a nerve, and infection had set in.

The charcoal worked on the infection because it is the inflammation that causes the pain. So by pulling or drawing the poisons from the infection(the underlying cause) the inflammation is addressed.

A friend of mine, who is also a very experienced medical missionary, with more than 30 years of hands on experience, even running a natural clinic in Tennessee for a long time, and having a 45-50% success rate with 4 stage cancer, (conventional success rate with 4th stage cancer is about 5%" gives the following alternative for toothache pain and abscess

These are direct quotes: "Mix 3 tablespoons charcoal,1/2 teaspoon clove oil, 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon olive oil (enough to make a paste), and 1 teaspoon of golden seal. He states: " This remedy is strictly for pain in the jaw or tooth pain. Pack this around the tooth that is giving you problems. If you can cover the tooth up it will generate heat. That will remove the pain faster than any toothache remedy. Try it. You will feel the heat and you can go wash your mouth out. If you are in a lot of pain the heat is comforting. The pain of the poultice drawing is less than the throbbing of the toothache.[The mixture] should be quite thick, about the consistency of natural peanut butter. You want to be able to mould it around the tooth, so that it will stick."

The next is for an abscess specifically.

His words: "If you have an abscess with a lot of swelling, you cannot get that tooth pulled until you get the abscess under control. This recipe is famous for getting that abscess down 3 parts Slippery Elm, 2 parts baking yeast, 4 drops cloves, 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Add a little water, enough to make a paste. It will be gummy due to the slippery elm. Then pack this mixture around the gum. The slippery elm, like charcoal, draws the inflammation, the cayenne stimulates the cells around the tooth to release toxins and the cloves are added for the reputation as a pain remedy, especially in toothache.

Posted by Ethersteve
Lexington, Kentucky
12/27/2010
I'm so glad I read your comments about your experience as a medical missionary and what you've mentioned about your friend's experience as well. I'm likely to go ahead and try the remedy myself. I'm looking for a natural alternative to antibiotics to remedy an abcessed tooth and it seems that charcoal is the answer. I'm sure you already know that technology is well behind mother nature in curing the uncureable such as cancer.

I'm one of the lucky few who decided to go with instinct rather than my doctor's advice when approaching treatment for my own stage 5 (yes - stage 5) squeamous cell carcinoma. Instead of becoming a lab animal for experimentation, I put my faith in God and mother nature to take care of me come hell or high water and guess what? Through a regimen of supplements, nutrition, and positive vibes with friends and family in life I pulled through. Surely would have died within the year if I had followed my doctor's advice. That was 8 years ago and no signs of relapse. It's refreshing to hear that others are enjoying the same type of success - 40-50% huh?

Anyways, thanks for the confirmation of my lifestyle and advice for my abcess! I had an abcess in the same spot 5 months ago that doc's and dentist told me would need removal of the tooth immediately but I wanted to keep my tooth and never had it pulled when the abcess went away with penicillin. I'm gonna try something natural this time. So glad I came to this site and read yours and others posts! Thanks,
Ethersteve

Almond Extract   1  0   

Posted by Mhenson254 (Toccoa, Ga - Georgia) on 03/25/2012

[YEA]  After several hours of pain from a rear wisdom tooth that had been sensitive for about a year and turned bad, I tried several things including clove or cinnamon cassia oil to dumb the pain, only thing that worked was swishing a spoonful of real almond extract around bad tooth for about 20 seconds, no pain for about three hours almost instantly will work until I see dentist.

Alum   1  0   

Posted by Vaughn (West Palm Beach Fl.) on 04/16/2014

[YEA]  Anytime I have problems with my gums or teeth I use Alum. I pack my gums or brush my teeth with Alum. I also use oil pulling with Coconut oil. I love these two things. They have helped me a lot.You can find Alum in the spice rack at the store.

Apple Cider Vinegar   5  0   

Posted by Lisa (Atlanta, Georgia) on 02/09/2012

[YEA]  I was having a horrible time with a cracked tooth, the pain was awful! IB Profin would only numb the pain for a short time. I tried peroxide, garlic and a few other things and nothing helped. Finally, I tried 2 tablespoons of ACV with the mother in a glass of warm water. Let me tell you, after the first two sips the pain started to go away! I'm on the second day of the vinegar and water 3 times a day and the pain is pretty much gone! I am amazed! I'm going to keep doing it but gradually reducing it until I get to 1 tablespoon in water 2 times a day.

Posted by Hope
Fullerton, Ca
09/21/2013
2 Posts
[YEA]   "A friend and I hope had a toothache at the same time... Tried the ACV... Both our toothaches where completely gone in less than 5 minutes... Go ACV
Posted by Beehappier
London, United Kingdom
12/04/2013
[YEA]   "Just followed your advice and got the exact same results. After agonizing with toothache for 11 hours, I read this and immediately prepared my own. Warm water, 2 tbs ACV, and black forest honey for its antibacterial properties and... Gone after only two sips. I finished it and bought some more ACV so I might take it 3 times a day and see. Thank you ALL of you who posted your experiences here, the good ones and the bad ones, so we can all benefit from each other's stories.

Posted by Jennifer (Sunrise, Fl) on 05/12/2011

[YEA]  I had a bad toothache in my decayed wisdom tooth, with a slightly swollen right cheek and a general feeling of fatigue and malaise. The symptoms lasted for almost 2 weeks and didn't get better. I went to my doctor to ask for some antibiotics and they turned me away, telling me I needed to see a dentist. I went to my dentist and they said they could pull the tooth at the end of the month. Desperate and in pain, I tried almost every remedy on this page - oil pulling, oil of oregano, coconut oil (internally and swishing), garlic (tried minced and fresh garlic), hydrogen peroxide, vitamin E... Nothing worked at all. I felt some temporary relief after oil pulling and swishing with hydrogen peroxide that would last about 30 minutes before the pain started to return. Orajel worked for maybe 20 minutes.

I had given up and decided to take apple cider vinegar internally to help with the feeling of malaise (swishing with apple cider vinegar did not help my toothache either). Immediately I felt some relief in the tooth pain. Within about an hour or two the pain had diminished by half. I just thought it was a fluke and stopped taking the apple cider vinegar. The pain came back and lasted for about 2 days. Desperate, I tried the apple cider vinegar again, this time taking it about 2 or 3 times a day. The pain went away completely in 2 days - what a miracle! The pain hasn't come back since. I take ACV maybe once every few days. I have a surgery scheduled to remove my wisdom teeth, but in the meantime, this has been a lifesaver. I wouldn't have thought that taking this internally would help, but it makes sense because most toothaches are due to bacterial infections in the tooth or gum - and ACV is great at getting rid of bacteria infections. By the way, I use the organic kind with the "mother". I've found it is much more effective than other brands.

One last note - if you are having a severe toothache or abcess, please go see your dentist. A dentist won't kill you, but an untreated abcess can. Just bite the bullet and go see your dentist... Even if you don't have health insurance, you might be able to find a dental school near you that offers discounted or free services. Best wishes!!

Posted by Vicky (Victoria, BC, Canada) on 01/18/2008

[YEA]  I had read about all of the ailments that could be treated by Apple Cider Vinegar and decided to try it for a bad case of Athlete's Foot. I used it for about 6 weeks and the problem cleared up completely. A couple of months later, I chipped a piece of a filling from my tooth. Within a couple of days, the tooth started to ache. I remembered how the Apple Cider Vinegar had killed the bacteria from my feet so I decided to start taking it internally to kill bacteria from the inside out. It immediately started to reduce the pain in my tooth. Within 3 weeks, my toothache was completed gone. I still haven't gone to a dentist to get it fixed. I just keep taking my ACV!

Barley Grass   1  0   

Posted by Carly (Seattle, Wa - Usa) on 06/14/2011

[YEA]  Hello! I wrote in awhile back about a molar I had had a new and very deep filling in. It was still sensiting to cold and chewing on it was hard to do also. Well, it is now over a month since the filling was put in, and four days ago I started taking some barley grass in water - About one half of a teaspoon 2x a day the first day, building up to about a teaspoon in 12 oz of water first thing in the morning, 1/2 tsp in the afternoon, and 1/2 tsp before bed - (as it seems to relax me, not energize me as some say it can do).

Anyway - I do believe my darned tooth might actually be getting better! The cold sensitivity is no longer shocking me like it was. Such a relief. I know it may just be a coincidence, but I don't think so. After reading about barley grass and finding out how many minerals it has in it, I think it might be just the ticket. I am keeping my fingers crossed!

I have a question about the barley grass origin though. I just ordered some more online and after ordering it I found out this particular brand is grown in China. It is from S----W---- Botanicals, and it has very good reviews on the vitamin site I bought it through (and the price is amazing as well)... BUT! - Now I am wondering, if it is from China how well regulated their food grade products might be? Does anyone have any idea on that? Weren't they the ones with the adulterated milk products a year or so ago? Shoud I be concerned?

I would also really appreciate hearing from anyone else who is or has taken it, and what their experiences were! :-) Thanks!

Posted by Debbie
Roxas, Capiz
02/08/2013
buy Barley Grass from New Zealand, its organic.

Blackstrap Molasses   1  0   

Posted by Suzay (BC, Canada) on 11/05/2006

[YEA]  I used to get extremely painful toothaches. I remembered my mom telling me once about Blackstrap Molasses being full of nutrients (calcium and magnesium) in large amounts in general. So I thought I'd try it the next time my tooth ache occurred, and within half an hour, my tooth ache was completely gone. When my young daughters had growing pains, I decided to also try this on them: (1 tbsp) followed by any liquid (water ,milk, juice, just to wash it down). Her growing pain had stopped. As I had figured these tooth problems and shin aches may have been from a calcium/magnesium deficiency. The pain had left her in under half an hour. I believe from my own research that if the body does not get enough calcium it will leach it from other areas. thus the pain.

Posted by Mannalis
Tulsa, Oklahoma, Usa
04/07/2010
2 Posts
How much blackstrap molasses did you use? Did you swallow it or just put it on the tooth? Please respond quickly........God Bless.
Posted by Jane
Portland, Oregon
11/17/2011
In answer to your question, I always do a Tablespoon. I think it is sufficient. Any less may be too little.

Clove Oil, Charcoal   1  0   

Posted by Issie (Jax, Fl) on 07/02/2011

[YEA]  wow I now know the meaning of trying anything to make the pain stop. my tooth has been hurting on and off for a couple of days now. but I was using over the counter meds til I could get in to dentist last night it became unbareable. I was in sooo much pain. I almost got the tool box out and pulled my own tooth.

Instead I hopped on internet and found this thread. I used what I had in closet to get me through night. (honey, cinnamon, tea, garlic and I threw in oats too. This helped to draw some of the infection out. Cause around 4am I was spitting it blood that had a yellow color to it) around 9am I went to health foods store and got the charcoal and slippery elm clove oil and pick up some cayanne pepper at grocey store. Came home made a paste out of all of it and put it in my gum and tooth and pain free wooohooo. so I am hoping this will draw infection out and that I can go to denist with it under control instead of having to pay for two appts but who ever started all of this thank you cause I am going to make it through holiday weekend now.

Cloves   18  0   

Posted by Davina (Los Angeles) on 02/22/2014

[YEA]  I have a toothache. Been going off and on for a few weeks. I am waiting until the dentist can see me. I read about the clove oil and ground cloves. All I had was ground cloves. I put some ground clove around the tooth and the pain is quite diminished. Tastes nasty though but anything to stop the pain.

Posted by Phummy (Il) on 02/02/2014

Cloves really work. I woke up with a throbbing swollen tooth This morning. I tried salt rinse, peroxide rinse, teabag, garlic, nothing worked. Teabag and garlic made it throb even more, rushed to local health store and got cloves powder, packed it on the tooth, pain reduced still throbbing after 15 mins. Will try colloidal silver next.

Posted by Aurora
Mason City Ia.
02/02/2014
6 Posts
Coconut oil worked for me and my husband. I hope you do find something soon and get the pain under control, no fun having tooth pain!
Posted by Prioris
Fl, Usa
02/02/2014
145 Posts
Cloves acts just to numb the tooth so it is good just for the pain. It doesn't address the streptococcus mutans bacteria etc. Oxygen is what can kill these anaerobic bacteria.

I have experimented with various things. So far 1 part 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 part water seems like the best. You can add 25% DMSO. I would use colloidal silver in place of the water.

The water is used to make HP more gentle and more seemingly stable in mouth. I haven't experimented with stabilized oxygen because the expense is absurd.

Posted by Rachael (Salmon, Idaho, Usa) on 09/21/2013

[YEA]  WOW!!! That is all I can say for CLOVES!!! I found this site after searching for a home remedy for this cavity pain I have been having for days.... And everyone kept saying to use cloves.... Typically skeptical, I continued just the use of the prescription pain medication I use normally for my lower lumbar pain and Orajel... The meds seemed to not have any effect on the pain whatsoever and the Orajel only lasted for a few minutes.... At this point I was willing to try anything to just tolerate the pain! So, to the cupboard I went and found a jar of whole cloves.... Put the whole clove inside the hole of the cavity and INSTANTLY the pain seemed to subside!!! I only held the clove there momentarily and I am still in shock that it worked so fast! It has been over an hour and I still barely feel the pain... So THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I cannot wait to tell everyone how well this worked!! I believe I will make certain I always have a jar of cloves for an emergency like this again in the future!!!

Posted by Kt
Usa
09/21/2013
321 Posts
[YEA]   "YES RACHAEL, WOW for the cloves. It worked... I too had to resort to using a whole clove in attempts to stop the pain! Incredible... I have a tooth that has a cracked root that went undetected until after a root canal and crown. The garlic clove worked on the pain of an abscess of another tooth so I started using the garlic for the one I had the crown removed but it was not woking as well. I used the teabag remedy that worked a little but when I saw this post and tried the whole clove... VOILA! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU EC!
Posted by Man
Sojouring America
01/23/2014
[YEA]   "I have to agree with this clove solution to tooth pain. I used clove soaked in Extra Virgin olive oil that I had in the kitchen and just put a spoon full in my mouth and gently kept it over the tooth that hurt. I also chewed some garlic a few times today too to alievate the pain. I also swished a diluted solution of DMSO in Pure water 2 table spoons in twenty ounces (20) on and off all day. (The pain started really bad when I ate a bowl of home made sauerkraut., It has never been refrigerated, I have just kept the sauerkraut under salted water). I also have been using on an off an extract of clove in alcohol and put into a little spray bottle for emergency tooth pain. When the clove extract is fresh it is an amazing anaesthetic and it works really fast. I have had my current batch for so long that it has lost much of its properties, but still possesses enough to solve the problem.


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