Natural Remedies for a Toothache


It's 2 a.m. and you are suffering from the worst toothache imaginable. If you could, you would pull out the tooth yourself. There is nothing worse than the throbbing, unrelenting pain of a tooth gone bad. If you find yourself in a situation where you need immediate relief from a toothache, here are some home remedies that might lessen or eliminate the pain entirely.

Sources of Pain

  • Tooth pain can be caused by a number of factors, according to Dr. Philip D. Corn, director of the Pennsylvania Academy of General Dentistry. Pain can be the result of a cracked tooth or gum infection. Decay can also result in pain. Sometimes a sinus infection can cause tooth pain.

Clove Oil

  • If you have clove oil, put it on your tooth. If you have a broken tooth and can actually get the clove oil down into the cavity of the tooth, this works even better, according to

Halls Cough Drops

  • Put three Halls cough drops into your mouth. Use the ones that taste more like medicine than candy. Let the cough drops melt in your mouth. Delay swallowing for as long as you can.

Sore Throat Spray and Pain Relievers

  • Take advantage of the numbing qualities of sore throat relief spray by spraying some onto a cotton ball and biting down on it. You can also take two Tylenol and four ibuprofen at the same time. (Ask your dentist if he recommends this.)

Whiskey and Extracts

  • Take a shot of whiskey. Hold the liquid in your mouth so that it covers the bad tooth. Relief is immediate, but it will only last for 10 to 20 minutes. Vanilla extract, almond extract and peppermint extract also will soothe the pain because of the alcohol content in these items.


  • recommends rubbing ice over the tooth. The coldness overcomes the pain impulses that travel along nerve pathways.


Salt and Pepper

  • Mix salt and pepper and apply this to the tooth. This will decrease the sensitivity of the tooth. Rinsing your mouth with saltwater also may help.

Baking Soda or Pepper Seeds

  • Put 1 tsp. baking soda into a cup of water and use this as a mouthwash. Wrap black pepper seeds in muslin or other material and hold this against your bad tooth, according to

Tea or Milk

  • You might find relief by chewing fresh guava leaves or date palm root. You can also blanch the date palm root in water and drink it.
    Drinking tea with honey or milk with honey also may help subdue the pain. Or, dip a cotton swab into marjoram oil and place the saturated swab against your tooth.

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