Generally, toothache is caused when tooth decay invades or is about to infect the pulp chamber, which contains nerve endings and tiny blood vessels. This occurs because compromised enamel allowed material into the center of your tooth, otherwise known as demineralization. But, the good news is the human body has a remarkable capacity to heal itself. We fight off colds and flu, repair fractured bones and heal cuts and scrapes. Teeth are no different. They are not simply passive or inert, but will actively remineralize areas of decay. This is a proven fact, and has been known since before the 1930’s.
Although, there are many over-the-counter toothache cures, they all have some side effects. Today, home remedies for a toothache are becoming quite popular. My Dad used to tell me (jokingly) to down some Whiskey when I had a toothache!
Home Remedies for a Toothache
The best home remedy is to take good care of your teeth! So, always rinse your mouth regularly, especially after meals; brush and floss to remove morsels sticking between the teeth; and generally follow good oral hygiene. However, if you do get saddled with a toothache, opt for toothache pain home remedy instead of over-the-counter medication, since they’re safe and effective. Let’s see what they are.
- Oil of Cloves
Take a small piece of cotton ball or gauze pad and put 1 to 2 drops of clove bud oil on it. Stick the cotton ball or gauze pad directly on the hole. The piece should be large enough to fit into the hole snugly without falling out. Or, use clove oil (2-4 drops) in 1/4 glass of water for a mouthwash. Clove has a numbing effect and kill the bacteria also.
- Oil Pulling
Swish coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil in the mouth and through the teeth for 5 to 10 minutes before spitting out. Practice oil pulling daily.
Placing a clove of garlic with little rock salt on the affected tooth helps relieve or even cure the pain.
- Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal can also help draw out the toxins. Mix a teaspoon of activated charcoal powder with enough water to make a paste. Place some of the paste on a small piece of gauze, put the gauze on the sore area and bite down so that the paste surrounds your tooth. Leave it on for up to 5 minutes, then remove the gauze and excess paste and rinse your mouth with water. You can use this remedy 3 or 4 times a day, as needed.
- Blackstrap Molasses
Holding organic blackstrap molasses in your mouth for a couple of minutes or smearing some of the molasses on the gums may help to push the pain back for several hours (unless blackstrap molasses’ sugar content makes it impossible to put on or near your painful tooth). Blackstrap molasses if full of magnesium and calcium, the minerals teeth need to repair and regenerate.
- Colloidial Silver
Once per day, spray the infected area with 2 squirts of colloidial silver, 10 ppm.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Floss first, then swish a mouthful of a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for a few seconds. Let it stay in your mouth for about a minute, then spit it out and rinse thoroughly with water. Do this once a day for 2 to 3 days in a row. Don’t swallow the peroxide and don’t use more than 3 days.
- Echinacea and Aloe
Open 2 capsules of echinacea and mix the contents with enough aloe gel to form a paste the consistent of toothpaste. Put a wad of the paste on the gum next to the aching tooth and let it dissolve. Use as often as needed. The aloe will reduce the pain, while the echinacea will battle any infection causing the toothache.
- Magnesium Citrate
Take 1 teaspoons of magnesium citrate for 3-4 days for natural toothache pain relief. This will help with any sensitivity from sweet or very hot/cold foods and beverages. I’ve made this remedy part of my daily routine and hope to discover more health benefits of this great mineral.
One of the best quick-fix home remedies for a toothache is, of all things, a good strong drink of liquor. By squeezing a wad of cotton wool soaked in brandy or vodka against the affected tooth helps numb the pain. You can also make the gum numb by taking a swig of Whiskey and holding it over the painful tooth. (My Dad was right!!!)
- Black Tea
If you don’t have time to go to a health food store and pick up items like charcoal, cloves or echinacea, put a black tea back over the toothache and the tannins in black tea will help draw out the toxins out of the tooth or gum.
- Magic Tincture
This remedy is strictly for pain in the jaw or tooth pain. Pack this around the tooth that is giving you problems. If you can cover the tooth up it will generate heat. That will remove the pain faster than any toothache remedy. Mix 3 tablespoons charcoal, 1/2 teaspoon clove oil, 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon olive oil (enough to make a paste), and 1 teaspoon of golden seal. The mixture should be quite thick, about the consistency of natural peanut butter. You want to be able to mould it around the tooth, so that it will stick. You will feel the heat and you can go wash your mouth out. If you are in a lot of pain the heat is comforting. The pain of the poultice drawing is less than the throbbing of the toothache.
Grandma hopes these home remedies for a toothache have helped you and I would love to hear more natural tips and results you have gotten with them.
Have a pain free tooth tonight and don’t drink to much Whiskey! 🙂
Grandma Barton is mother to Joe Barton (founder of Barton Publishing), grandmother to 6 grandkids and 28 step-grandkids, and over 3000 Home Cures That Work members. She is a two-time breast cancer survivor with the help of Dr. Saunders and natural remedies. Grandma loves finding cures within the home to treat all sorts of ailments. With tips she’s learned on the farm and along the way, Grandma Barton brings a time-tested and trusted voice when it comes to home remedies. She really is an inspiration to us all.