Toothache: Natural Toothache Treatment

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The most common cause of a toothache or pain in the region of the jaws and face is pulpitis – inflammation of the pulp of the tooth. The short sharp pains usually occur in response to hot, cold or sweet stimuli.

If left untreated, the pulp dies and becomes infected leading to the formation of a dental abscess. The pain from a dental abscess tends to be in response to pressure on the tooth and is throbbing and continuous.

What causes a toothache?

  • Dental decay
  • A fracture of the tooth
  • A cracked tooth. This may be invisible and so can be difficult to diagnose.
  • Irritation of the pulp following dental treatment. Regardless of how well it is done, dental treatment and the materials used to fill the tooth can sometimes cause pain later.
  • An exposed tooth root, which can occur if the gums recede or are damaged by over-vigorous brushing.
The following problems can also cause symptoms similar to a toothache, even though the teeth themselves may be free of disease.
  • An abscess in the gum (lateral periodontal abscess)
  • Ulceration of the gums (acute ulcerative gingivitis)
  • Ulceration of the soft tissues (can sometimes be mistaken for a toothache)
  • Inflammation of the gum around a tooth which is in the process of growing/breaking through (pericoronitis)
  • Inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis) can be mistaken for a toothache in the upper jaw.

Here are the top 12 home remedies for toothaches.

Enjoy these home remedies for a toothache, and don’t forget to share what has worked and what hasn't worked for you!


Grind two whole cloves. Mix in a little olive oil or any vegetable oil and apply on the affected tooth. Another option is to dab a cotton ball in clove oil and rub it directly on the sore tooth. Or, you can mix a few drops of clove oil in half a glass of water and use it as a mouth rinse.


Apply the powdered bark to the affected areas to help treat a toothache.

Warm Salt Water

A simple glass of warm salt water can help treat a toothache. Mix half a spoon of common salt in a glass of hot water and use it to rinse your mouth thoroughly. It will help reduce swelling and inflammation and also fight the bacteria that cause infection.

Hydrogen Peroxide

If nothing seems to work, you could try one toothache remedy that many individuals swear by – hydrogen peroxide. A popular remedy on Earth clinic, all you have to do is hold a half-tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in your mouth and on the infected tooth for a few minutes. Alternatively, you could soak a cotton ball in the liquid and apply it to the tooth. Repeat the treatment twice a day.

Nutmeg Oil

A less popular solution for toothaches, nutmeg oil may still prove useful for natural toothache treatment. Place 1 drop of nutmeg oil on a cotton swab and apply it to the gum area around the tooth; repeat this process several times a day.

Milk bush

Introduce a drop or two of the latex into the tooth cavity.

Toothache plant

Chew one flower heads and leaves.


Use of garlic can also provide immense relief from a toothache. Garlic has antibiotic and other medicinal properties that can be very effective in reducing the pain. Make a paste of a piece of dry ginger with some salt and apply over painful gums and teeth. Repeat this natural treatment for a few days.12 HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER


Onions have antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that control a toothache. It can provide relief from pain by killing the germs causing an infection. At the first sign of a toothache, chew raw onion for a few minutes to relieve the pain. If you are not able to chew it, place a piece of raw onion directly on the bad tooth or gum.


Make a decoction of the bark of the root.

Fig tree

Introduce drops of the latex into the tooth cavity.

Pepper and Salt

Mix equal amounts of pepper and common salt with a few drops of water to form a paste. Apply the paste directly on the affected tooth and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Do this daily for several days.

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