21 Home Remedies For Toothache Pain Relief

Seek relief from home remedies for toothache pain with items you may have in your kitchen now!

Home Remedies for a Toothache to Give a Try

How to Use These Home Remedies

Apply the home remedies for toothache pain below, directly to the problem tooth and surrounding gums, unless otherwise directed.

For items that instruct you to chew or for liquids to be swished around inside mouth, direct the liquid in and around the sore tooth as much as possible.

Do not swallow liquids. Rinse your mouth and spit them out when done.

1. Salt Water

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First, mix a heaping tablespoon full of salt in a small glass of warm water. Then, swirl around the inside of your mouth for as long as you can and spit out, after.

Repeat the process as needed. This is one of the most basic home remedies for toothache pain relief since it is readily available in your kitchen.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

Swish a bit of hydrogen peroxide. If the taste is too horrid for you, try diluting with a bit of water.

What Is Hydrogen Peroxide? It is a chemical compound used as a bleaching agent, as an oxidizer, and antiseptic. This, it is commonly found in antiseptic mouthwash and home remedies solution.

3. Alcohol

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

4. Vanilla Extract

Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla and hold it in place. You can also use a cotton swab dipped in the extract. Other extracts with the same effect are:

  • almond Extract
  • peppermint Extract
  • lemon Extract

5. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil bottle | Home Remedies For Toothache Pain Relief

Tea tree oil is one of the most effective home remedies for toothache pain. In fact, only a drop or two of tea tree oil will do the trick.

You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place. Or, you add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and rinse your mouth with it.

Coconut oil may also be a nice alternative since it’s also used in home remedies.

6. Oil of Oregano

Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with the mixture. You can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.

This is an essential oil for a toothache and may even help alleviate a sore throat. In fact, it is also used in home remedies other than a toothache and sore throat.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar | Home Remedies For Toothache Pain Relief

Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar (ACV) and hold it in place. You can also try regular household vinegar for your home remedies.

8. Ginger Root

Take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it a bit. Natural home remedies with ginger are effective in taking away the pain in no time.

9. Garlic for Toothache Relief

Take a clove of garlic, smash it and apply (settle it inside cheek). You can also mash some garlic with salt. With garlic’s antibacterial and antiseptic properties, it makes an effective home remedy.

10. Peppermint Leaves

Peppermint herbs | Home Remedies For Toothache Pain Relief

Chew on fresh peppermint leaves. You can also use dried leaves, just hold them in place.

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11. Potato

Cut a fresh piece of potato (raw, skin off) and hold in place. You can also pound a piece of raw potato, mix in a bit of salt and use the mash.

12. Lime

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

13. Onion

Slicing onion in wooden table | Home Remedies For Toothache Pain Relief

Slice a piece of fresh onion and hold it in your mouth. The onion needs to be freshly cut (so it provides a bit of onion juice).

14. Plantain

Chew up a fresh plantain leaf. If you’re too sore to chew, use the other side of your mouth. Once the leaf is chewed a bit, apply it to the problem area and hold in place.

15. Cucumber

Cucumber slice | Home Remedies For Toothache Pain Relief

Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold), otherwise, a cool piece can be soothing. You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

16. Cayenne Pepper

Make a paste with cayenne pepper and water. Use it as one of your pain-relieving home remedies.

17. Black Pepper

You can use this full strength or make a mix of pepper and salt.

18. Baking Soda

 Jar of baking soda | Home Remedies For Toothache Pain Relief

Baking soda comes with various home remedies and home cleaning solution. So, it isn’t’ surprising it also comes in one of the most effective home remedies for tooth decay.

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.

19. Cloves

This is a home remedy from the old-timers (my great-grandparents): rest a clove against the sore area until the pain goes away.

You can also use a drop or two of clove oil (BE CAREFUL: Too much can be toxic) or make a thick paste of ground cloves and water or ground cloves and olive oil.

20. Tea

Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Be careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

21. Ice Pack


One of the most effective home remedies for toothache pain is an ice pack. The cold is capable of masking the pain.

Cover an ice pack with a face cloth or towel, then hold over your cheek where the problem is. This will help numb things.

Make sure you have some type of cloth between your skin and the ice, otherwise, you can severely damage your skin. If that doesn’t work, try the opposite–a hot compress (making sure that it is not so hot as to scald your skin).

In this video, Dr. Josh Axe shares his top three natural remedies for toothache:

Now you know what simple cupboard essentials and home items can provide when it comes to home remedies for toothache pain. While you wait for the dentist or when toothache medicine is not available, you can at least get emergency toothache relief even at home.

When it comes to survival, though, you can’t expect immediate treatment from a dentist or at all. So arm yourself with the know-how in DIY medical care as a survival skill!

Which of these home remedies for toothache pain relief have you actually tried before? Please share it below in the comments section.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 7, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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