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If you happen to begin to have a toothache and the doctor is away, some simple remedies can help heal the pain. From your backyard or garden to the store, trying these remedies can help assist you for a short time before you are able to see a proper dentist. If the extreme is too unbearable to wait until you see a dentist, go to emergency care. If you want to get know any toothache relief at home, read the following advices.

Basic Remedies

Some proper cleaning including flossing and swishing water vigorously may be all that you need to help your toothache.  Simply use an ice cube or apply an ice pack to help relieve any pain. To avoid further discomfort, eat soft foods and do not use a straw.  If it has been one to two days since the pain began, be sure to see a dentist at your earliest convenience.

Try to apply pressure points gently to help relieve the sore areas. People have sometimes found that by gently massaging the webbed area between their index finger and thumb or the earlobes can help relieve pain.

Rest, take a nap, and relax. If you are finding it impossible to focus with your toothache, try to do as little as possible to help ease any pain you may be experiencing.

Toothache relief at home

A lot of home remedies can by created with natural herbs, fruits, and even seasonings. Here are some of the most common natural remedies:


  • Lime-cut a slice and bite into to release the juice or gently swish lime juice around your mouth.
  • Cucumber-hold it at room temperature or smash it with salt and place it next to where it is sore.
  • Banana or Guava leaves that have been chewed and place over the area or boil the leaves in water and add salt to create a mouthwash.
  • Bay Berry bark can be made into a paste and when mixed with vinegar.

Herbs and Vegetables

  • Spinach leaves that have been boiled can be used as a mouthwash as well.
  • Garlic clove can be chewed or with salt placed over the sore area.
  • Wheat grass juice makes an excellent mouth wash to effectively clean the sore area.
  • Chewing raw onion for as little as 3 minutes can help kill any germs in the mouth.
  • Clove oil (mixed with some pepper if you wish), oregano oil, tea tree oil, vanilla, almond, peppermint, and lemon extract can be used as a mild anesthetic to help numb the area.
  • Asafetida mixed and heated with lemon juice can be applied with a cotton ball
  • Crushed cinnamon with water.


  • Pepper and salt mixed with water for a fine paste.
  • Swish warm water mixed with salt to help reduce pressure.

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  • Listerine mouthwash or swish hydrogen peroxide with water.
  • Aspirin as advised by directions on the box.
  • Whiskey, Bourbon, vinegar, or apple cider vinegar applied by a cotton ball to the sore area.
  • Vicks vapor rub dabbed on the side of your face.
  • A hot tea bag pressed to the tooth for instant relief.
  • Baking soda can be used as either a paste or a mouthwash

Using basic remedies such as these can help with toothache relief at home.

What Not To Do

  • Just as directions tell you to, swallow the aspirin.  Do not apply it to the area as it will cause further discomfort than before.
  • As you may have guessed, do not chew foods that will make your toothache worse.  Eat soft foods such as mashed potatoes, yogurt, and soup.
  • Do not eat food that is too hot or too cold.  Your toothache may cause your mouth to be extremely sensitive to very extreme temperatures.

How to Avoid Future Toothaches

Toothaches can be developed over time if proper care is not used. Without proper brushing (using a soft tooth brush and brushing your tongue as well), proper flossing daily with dental floss or dental picks, and use of mouth wash toothaches can be caused by:

  • Tooth decay
  • Abscessed tooth or a painful infection
  • Tooth fracture
  • Damaged filling
  • Repetitive movements such as grinding

See your dentist at least twice a year and be careful with what you eat to avoid cavities and other tooth decay.