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Home Remedies for a Tooth Pain

Toothaches are extremely painful and are not something anyone wants to have. Often, the pain is worse when you are chewing or drinking something that is sour, hot or cold.
Although in most cases only a doctor can cure the source of the problem, this list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through until you can visit the dentist.

Salt Water

Mix a heaping tablespoon full of salt in a small glass of warm water; swirl around inside your mouth for as long as you can, spit out. Repeat as needed.


Swoosh a bit of whiskey, scotch, brandy or vodka. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will do the trick too.


The antibiotic properties in garlic make it an excellent choice for treating a toothache. You only need to crush garlic and add some rock salt, then put it right on the tooth to help with the pain. Garlic powder can be used if you do not have fresh garlic. If you want, chew the garlic to get fast pain relief.

Tea Tree Oil

Just a drop or two will do the trick. You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and rinse your mouth with it.


As soon as you feel pain in a tooth, chew on a raw onion to relieve the ache. Even if you cannot chew it, put a piece of onion on the sore tooth to get the most of the onion’s antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.

image005Apple Cider Vinegar

Soak a cotton ball with apple cider vinegar (ACV) and hold it in place. Can also try regular household vinegar.

Pepper and Salt

When a tooth becomes even more sensitive, salt and pepper mixed together is an awesome remedy to try at home. Mix them in equal amounts with a few drops of water to make a paste and place this on the sore area.


Cut a slice or wedge of lime and apply, bite into it if you can to release some of the juice.

Baking Soda

Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.

Ice Cube

Wrap a small ice cube in plastic and then put a thin cloth around it. Put this on the cheek over the sore tooth. You can also put ice right on the tooth or rub your finger and thumb over an ice cube and rub the cold fingers near the affected area. Cold will numb the nerves and dull the pain.

Preventative Tips

  • Consume Less Sugar

Foods that are high in sugar are bad for your health and your teeth. Eating less sugar means you will not have to worry as much about tooth decay and cavities.

  • Brush Teeth Properly

You need to brush your teeth three times a day with a proper toothbrush. Do not brush too hard as this may cause enamel breakage. Brush in small circles and not back and forth when cleaning the outside of your teeth. Using straight lines is fine when brushing chewing areas. Brush for three minutes to be sure you have removed all plaque.

  • One old time remedy that you should not follow is to place an aspirin against the sore tooth.  You will have just as much if not more of an effect by swallowing the aspirin.Aspirin is actually an acid (acetylsalicylic acid to be exact) and placing it directly against your gums or teeth will cause corrosion of your teeth and acid burns on your gums.



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