186 Home Remedies for Toothache
Natural salad oil remedy
December 01, 2013
Over 20 years ago, I was at a business lunch, bit into a hard bread roll and felt the sharpest tooth pain in my life. I went to the dentist and she told me that I cracked the amalgam filling and it should be replaced. I studied amalgam and found out that in some cases the amalgam can repair itself. So, I put up with the pain, and after a few weeks of using just heavy salt water rinsing it appeared to do just that.
Flash forward 20+ years, and the crack expanded once again. Again, I felt that immense pain. Horrible. So, I studied how to get rid of the pain while hopefully the amalgam would once again "heal itself." Meanwhile, I needed something to not only help the pain but also manage any possible infections.
First off, I want to point out that nearly everything mentioned on this site works to some degree. It just depends on the type and severity of the pain. After much trial and error, the most "general" remedies are typically a combination of sea salt (and garlic salt), cloves, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, ibuprofen, and toothpaste (light brushing). Also, bananas, pure extract vanilla, and black tea bags have been quite helpful.
After a lot of research, I noticed that some salad oils (e.G., Greek salad oil dressing) contain many of the above ingredients. Adding some other ingredients to my "salad dressing" (e.G., vanilla extract) resulted in the best dental pain killer (and natural healer) that I could find at the most effective price. The key was to stay on top of the situation. After rinsing with my solution several times a day, I would rinse with hydrogen peroxide/water. Then, I would take toothpaste (sensitive) and lightly brush.
Another very good rinse is Orajel mouthwash, but this is expensive. Also, small amounts of vodka, but again, on the expensive side. The key to managing dental pain is finding what works for you and sticking with it and being consistent. Because I became my own "dentist" I still have the same filling after it cracked now 30+ yrs ago.
Rob from Los angeles
November 29, 2013
Clove oil, I did some research on this and found that this helps the pain to go away. You cant over do it tho. As a kid I remember using something like this having to do with cloves, but it came in small cotton bags of sort, that you got wet, and then placed in on or by the tooth that was hurting. Give it a try. You can find at at some drug stores like Walgreens and also online.
Barbara Lyda from Wisconsin
A case of nothing works
November 16, 2013
I hate tooth pain. I'd rather have a broken leg than have tooth pain. I've been on this site for a couple hours. And I was on several other sites before this. I have tried nearly every single remedy I have found. Pain meds, oragel, herb poultices, tea bags, vanilla, salt water, you name it, I have tried it.
I just gargled this nasty concoction of crushed up pain pills, warm water and baking soda. Good news, my mouth is a bit numb now, bad news, it was like swallowing fire to begin with. (Don't actually swallow it!!)Things have stung and burned and annoyed, but it's not dulling the pain. I have the tooth on the bottom that is entirely exposed from the loss of what was a flimsy cap to begin with a cavity on the top. Both seem to be infected.
At this point, I am considering death to be the only solution, since I have no money at all for a dentist. Thus far the only thing that has helped at all, oddly enough, is continually drinking warm tea. It is helping make the pain a bit more tolerable.
Amanda from California
November 15, 2013
I've had a toothache now for a week. It hurt so bad that I've cried a few times . I grind my teeth in my sleep and it has caused sever damage to my back teeth. It causes migraines, my ear throbs, my eye was hurting, I don't get much sleep at all.
I've tried salt which did ease the pain a lil but not enough.
I tried the peroxide thing. It was aight I tried the cinnamon, baking soda, Mouthwash, apple cider vinegar all were not enough or nothing to the pain I was experiencing.
I Don't drink milk, never have. I tried crushing Advil's, Tylenol, prescription pain pills worked a lil but that was making the inside of my gums and jawline feel raw and I didn't think that was worth it.
I've rubbed Shea Butter, heated towels, it worked for just a second. So I went to the store bought the generic store brand of Eugenol the more expensive brand is by/for Red Cross. I looked in my mouth with mouth mirror and saw the damage. I definitely need to get to a dentist soon. I don't have the funds or insurance so they won't see me.
January is too long to wait and I can't. You can Buy either that's your choice it's your money. That worked for a lil bit, don't drip on Ur tongue it kind of numbs the nerve but you may have to keep using it. Maybe I was impatient but I tried something else That wasn't the end for me I was still in pain. So I got drunk but I can't do that every night. So I tried the Halls against the aching tooth and it actually works. I have the Apple Cider flavored. I hope that means 2 times the medicine.
Unknown from Kalamazoo
November 11, 2013
Cinnamon and warm water swish around your mouth then holds on afflicted spot for 30 second spit out and repeat 3-4 times and for me at least instant pain relief.
Candas from Iowa
November 10, 2013
My kids paracetamol held in your mouth for some time gives you about 3 hours sleep at a time.
Ooch from New Zealand
Sick and a toothache
November 06, 2013
Being as sick as I am right now, and can barely sleep as it is. I have woke up every 30-45 minutes. Hoping I just have a severe cold and not the flu, I wake up in the middle of the night with fever and an achy body, and to top it all off, a toothache! UGH! I did the really cold rag, it worked, got about 30 more minutes of sleep, not much, but it's a start! I also took an antibiotic. I tried the vanilla extract, really didn't help much! Move on to peroxide, worked to some extent! Then, I did a really cold glass if MILK! Yes, milk! The pain is a very, very dull pain! It worked!
I just knew the pain would come back with as much as I am coughing with this cold, but so far so good! Still going to put the cold rag on the side that it hurt on, and try to get some rest! Hope some of these help for you!
Kacy from Texas
Terible tooth ache for weeks
November 05, 2013
Tried Dissolving sea salt in hot water then mixed it with hydrogen peroxide. Its been about ten min. And the pain is gone....For now!!!
Danielle from Il
It works if you wanna sleep
November 04, 2013
Gibson's finest whiskey swish about 4 ounces for a couple minutes then slam it keep repeating till ya fall asleep.
Dall from Edmonton
November 04, 2013
When I had a very hurtful abscess, the root of a molar infected, I goodled and found a solution. I took healing mud (in French it is argil vert, in German Heilerde, don't know in English) mixed it with water and swallowed a spoonful.
This detoxifies and helps the infection to go down. Then I ate one day only fruit and then fasted with continuing a spoonful of mud every morning and evening and drinking lots of water, and exercising to clean my body system. It made the infection disappear. (It goes along with the Rudolf Breuss therapy which heals even cancer)
Tonight I had a bad pain again after some years of peace and tried several of the tips, and the one that seems to work the best and lasts is the onion. Thank you all for your wonderful counsel...
Manuela Thankful from France
Tea to the teeth
October 29, 2013
I had tooth ache so horrible I cried and vomited. I also was victim of hit and run while exercising on bike. After being left for dead I ended laid up for 2 months due to various surgeries. Broken teeth won't be touched by oral surgeon until other issues resolved. Takes 6 weeks to get in with regular dentist who also is waiting till after oral surgeon finished. So here I sit on bed rest except for bathroom. Boom blinding pain hits jaw where one of broken teeth infected. I have taken ibuprofen like candy. I tried salt rinses and everything I could think of. Finally decided to take OTC migraine meds with 75 mg benadryl. Then I took to regular lipton tea bags and wet with ice water, rolled them up and placed one on each side of gum. It instantly decrease pain 50-60 percent.
I ended up sleeping about an hour. Changed bags and took 25 mg benadryl. Suddenly 10 minutes later was pain free! My friend just used same formula and has same results. Awesome! Be sure check with your doctor about benadryl. Don't fall asleep without really securing tea bags to gums. After about 5 minutes they seem to stick and mold themselves to your gums. Good luck!
Beki from Florida
Thank you all!!! i'm human again!
October 25, 2013
After a minor toothache turned ugly today, I could not find any relief. I tried raw garlic on the tooth but that didn't help (although it has helped in the past). I tried salt water and warm compresses, Advil and Aleve. I tried icy hot on the outside of my cheek which only added to my grief.
Finally I tried a hydrogen peroxide rinse which hurt like the dickens at first bit did being some mild relief. Then I tried ground clove (I just chopped up 2 whole cloves) and finally found relief. I applied it by using a damp q-tip then dipped it in the cloves.
I also put a damp tea bag in the cloves and places that in my cheek as another post suggested - just to be safe! Thank you. Hoping the relief lasts long enough to get a good nights sleep. I'm exhausted from the pain!
Jim bob from North Carolina