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Tooth Pain Remedies

Last Modified on May 23, 2016

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


Remedies for Toothache

The Popularity of Toothache Remedies - Full List

Alphabetical Popularity Recent Post
Acmella Oleracea12009-08-18
Activated Charcoal42014-11-12
Almond Extract22012-03-25
Apple Cider Vinegar72015-09-07
Baking Soda12014-09-25
Barley Grass12011-06-14
Blackstrap Molasses12006-11-05
Clove Oil, Charcoal12011-07-02
Garlic, Turmeric, Salt and Pepper12013-06-26
Green Tea12014-11-29
Green Tea, Hydrogen Peroxide12010-06-03
Hydrogen Peroxide42015-07-23
Neem Tree Twigs12008-01-10
Oil of Oregano32011-04-11
Oil Pulling62013-07-17
Oil Pulling With Garlic12014-11-23
Olive Leaf12012-05-15
Sea Salt12010-10-31
Tea Tree Oil12009-01-14
Vitamin C22006-12-24

Acmella Oleracea  

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

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Posted by Jackier (Hernando) on 11/12/2014
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My 17 year old son was up all through the night with a toothache. We tried everything....I looked on earth clinic and saw the suggestions for activated charcoal-I made a paste and it worked! Glad we had it-we keep it for spider bites.

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

Replied by Ethersteve
Lexington, Kentucky
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,

Almond Extract  

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

Replied by Benita
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My cracked tooth gave me almost unbearable pain. I wasn't able to see a dentist for a couple of days. Tried the almond extract. It worked almost immediately and provided about three hours of pain relief. Thanks!


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

Replied by Cecilia
Craftsbury, Vt
I would strongly suggest not using alum, it is an aluminum salt and toxic to injest.

Apple Cider Vinegar  

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Posted by Stephanie (Houston, Texas) on 09/07/2015
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I am a grown woman. Who is afraid of the dentist. I have panic attacks. I have two wisdom teeth along with molars that the feelings have come out. I tried everything for pain. Tylenol extra strength three at a time, aleve, ibuprofen sometimes takeing all pain medication at once for relief. When this no longer worked. I researched the benefits of acv.. I was already taking Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss. And to promote the digestion of my food. I put two tablespoons in luke warm water(tap). And rinsed my mouth. The pain stopped immediately.. My God is all I can say. Please give me the courage to go to the dentist. I don't know why this remedy worked but it did. Thank you.

Replied by Rita
Somewhere In Tx
Stephanie - I hope by now u got into the dentist and took care of the problems.

There are plenty of us out here that have that problem of simply getting into that chair-speaking for myself, I simply can't take it anymore.

My blood pressure agrees with ME and spikes incredibly HIGH leading to even the dentist refusing to work-upper number greater than 210--and yeah this is even w/the antihypertensives-

Finally 1 dentist witnessed me taking the medications, waited for a workable reading and continued working even though it started to rise AND GOT THEM OUT and then of course the blood pressure came down--you're not the only one having difficulties and you will find a dentist that YOU can work with.

See if there is someone to get you home after the office visit and then the dentist can give you a little "something" besides the nitrous that will RELAX YOU and get you through the visit nice and easy.

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

Replied by Hope
Fullerton, Ca
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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

Replied by Beehappier
London, United Kingdom
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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.

Replied by Tonya
Wa, US
The ACV -- are you swallowing it or just rinsing your mouth with it?
Replied by James
Edgewater , Florida
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Thank you so much. I've been doing ice water for over a week now and could not get to a dentist. I did exactly what you said, two tablespoons vinegar one big tablespoon of honey and warm water. The toothache pain disappeared in 10 seconds and has not been back. It's been over two hours now I honestly think I'll get some sleep tonight thanks again

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

Baking Soda  

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Posted by Ellen (Murnau, Germany) on 09/25/2014
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Friday evening: All Dentists closed and I had tooth pain. I did read about sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as painkiller, did not believe it, but tried it, since I had no other choice. Just a glass of water with one teaspoon of it.

It worked in seconds! Total removal of tooth pain in one second! Immediately no longer pain! That is what I wanted. Why taking cancer-promoting normal painkillers like Aspirin or Paracetamol etc. ?

Nevertheless it has nothing to do with ordinary pain killers (with strong unwanted side-effects) - it just did neutralize something acid in the hole of my damaged tooth. The whole day no pain. However, I guess when I would have eaten something acid, I guess would have got the pain again.

So it is possibly not a cure for any tooth pain, but possibly may be.

Barley Grass  

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

Replied by Debbie
Roxas, Capiz
buy Barley Grass from New Zealand, its organic.

Blackstrap Molasses  

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

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

Clove Oil, Charcoal  

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