Friday, May 24, 2024

Three Natural Remedies for a Painful Toothache

If you have ever had a toothache then you know just how painful it can be when it suddenly starts throbbing. Sometimes you might not be able to get to the doctor right away, and you will have to find a way to relieve the symptoms at home. You also might not be a fan of pain medications and other types of medications, which means that going a natural route would be more of what you are looking for. If you have severe tooth pain as a result of an impacted tooth or abscess then here are three natural remedies you might want to try.


Garlic or Raw Onion- If you are looking for a natural remedy to relieve toothaches and pain then you might want to try chewing on a clove of garlic or a piece of raw onion. Garlic and onion both have the ability to help relieve tooth pain if you place the raw pieces right where the tooth pain is occurring. You can try this with both raw onion and raw garlic, although the taste is somewhat harsh. Raw onion and garlic have some type of numbing ability and it can relieve the soreness on the gums and around the affected tooth. You do not want to use too much however because it can be overwhelming to taste, so just use a tiny amount and keep it around the tooth for about 20 minutes. The good thing about using raw garlic or onion is that you can use it as much as you want without adverse side effects and it is also cheap to buy at the grocery store.

Use Tea Bags in Mouth- Another way to relieve tooth pain naturally and without the side effects of pain medication is to use tea bags in your mouth on or around the affected tooth. You can try this with both the green tea and regular tea and it works quite well. The first thing you need to do is take a tea bag and let it sit in a cup of hot water for about 14 minutes, so that the tea is nice and strong and then lay it on a plate to cool down for a minute. Then you can place the tea bag in your mouth on the affected tooth right inside your cheek by the gums. This works really well although it looks a little funny when you have a tea bag hanging out of your mouth. You can warm the tea up so you can drink it as well or you can just use a dry tea bag, although you might prefer warming it up in hot water first because of the texture the dry tea bag has. It does not matter what type of tea bags you use and if you prefer a mint green tea then you can use that as well. Another plus to the tea bags treatment is that you can get a box of 100 at the grocery store for about $2, so it is really inexpensive and easy to make at home.

Use Clove Oil- Clove oil is another great alternative treatment if you are suffering from toothaches and pains related to impacted teeth or cavities. Clove oil can be purchased at your local health foods store for about $5 for a bottle and can be used for a number of ailments. The first thing you do is take a cotton ball and soak it in the clove oil so that it is absorbed into the cotton ball and then place it on the painful tooth. If you have a tooth that hurts on the bottom this works really well because it stays in place for a long time, although it does not taste very good. Clove oil has antioxidants and natural healing properties which will help dull the pain and relieve the inflammation around the affected tooth. Clove oil can also be placed on a piece of tissue and inserted into the area surrounding the painful tooth and it can also be used like an ointment and smeared around the tooth as well. You might end up liking the cotton ball trick because you can control how much clove oil is on the cotton ball and can take it out after it stops hurting or when you need a break from the taste.

If you are looking for natural toothache relief then these three remedies should help you. If your tooth continues to hurt you should always go to the dentist or emergency room for proper treatment, but these remedies will help alleviate the pain without the adverse reactions of pain medication. Of course, if your tooth is really bothering you, then you want to seek medical treatment immediately because you can develop nasty infections and other types of bacteria that could potentially be life-threatening.

Jeanne Rose
Jeanne Rose
Jeanne Rose lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been a freelance writer since 2010. She took Allied Health in vocational school where she earned her CNA/PCA, and worked in a hospital for 3 years. Jeanne enjoys writing about science, health, politics, business, and other topics as well.


  1. The best remedy I have found is gargling with salt water, adding a drop or two of clove oil to it. Puts off pain for several hours at a stretch.


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