January 22, 2017

12 Home Remedies for Toothaches

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The cavity is deep. The crack is wide. The gum is infected.  For whatever reason, you have a toothache!  Or, maybe your child or grandchild has a significant painful toothache!  Preventing cavities is possible, necessary and the only natural sane next step.  But for now, your tooth is throbbing and making your life miserable. The intense and unbearable pain won’t let you sleep, eat, drink or even draw in cold air through the mouth because of your tender tooth!

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. The home remedy safe and effective.

Let’s see what they are.

1. 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 kills bacteria.

2. 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.

3. Garlic
Placing a clove of garlic with little rock salt on the affected tooth helps relieve or even cure the pain.

 4. 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.

5. 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 is full of magnesium and calcium, the minerals teeth need to repair and regenerate.

6. Colloidial Silver
Once per day, spray the infected area with 2 squirts of colloidial silver, 10 ppm.

7. 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.

8. Echinacea and Aloe
Open 2 capsules of echinacea and mix the contents with enough aloe gel to form a paste the consistency of toothpaste. Dab 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.

9 .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.

10. Liquor
One of the best quick-fix home remedies for a toothache is, of all things, a good strong drink of liquor. Squeeze a wad of cotton soaked in brandy or vodka against the affected tooth. This will help 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!!!)

11. 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 bag over the toothache and the tannins will help draw the toxins out of the tooth or gum.

12. Magic Tincture
This remedy is strictly for pain in the jaw or tooth. 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.

– 3 tablespoons charcoal
– 1/2 teaspoon clove oil
– 1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper
– ½ teaspoon olive oil (enough to make a paste)
– 1 teaspoon of golden seal

Mix the ingredients into a thick mixture, about the consistency of natural peanut butter. You want to be able to mold it around the tooth, so that it will stick. You will feel the heat, but let it work its magic before you 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.

A toothache can strike without warning and once it does, you can’t ignore it. So, if you’re prepared to tackle this menace with a homemade toothache remedy, you can be sure of natural, quick and effective relief.

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! 🙂



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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.




  1. Ann Nelson says:

    Dear Mrs. Barton,
    Thank you for your collection of remedies for toothaches. I thought I would tell you about what has helped me.
    I have found that taking an Osteo-K capsule diminishes the pain of cavities. It is made by NBI. I have read that it has been known to heal cavities when taken on a daily basis, and I believe that that is probably true. Unfortunately, because of the peculiarities of my system, I am only able to take about two capsules a week, because I find it constipating,
    I suggest you look into the Osteo-K as a remedy for cavities and maybe tell your readers more about it. It is the most effective thing I have found for reversing cavities along with the pain. I just wish I could take more of it.
    P.S. Please do not publish my email address. Thanks.

  2. Frank Boychuk says:

    What do you do for an abscessed tooth?

  3. Burdock root, cayenne, dandelion root, red clover and yellow dock root may be particularly helpful for treating abscesses and cleansing your blood. Chamomile, echinacea, lobelia, slippery elm and tea tree oil may also be helpful.

  4. Ann Nelson says:

    Dear Mrs. Barton,

    I thought I should mention another remedy that helped me several years ago when I had a very painful, infected tooth. It was so painful that it kept me up at night walking the floor and crying for three days. I had made an appointment with the dentist, but it was a few days before I could get in to see him.

    Fortunately, about that time, a friend came driving back from a trip in East Texas and brought me an aloe vera product that I’d never heard of called “Miracle 2 Neutralizer Gel”. One of his friends was a distributor and had suggested bringing me a bottle of it upon hearing of my distress. He explained to me that it was made somehow using light and electricity. (It has other uses, too, and can now be found online.)

    I took some of the gel and held it in my mouth for awhile. Soon afterward, and to my amazement, I had gotten enough relief that I was able to go to bed and sleep through the night. I still don’t know why it works, but I’m just glad it does. Needless to say, I’ve never been without it since.

  5. Thanks for sharing, Ann!!! Wonderful to hear of improvements in oral health! What a great find and huge blessing in time of need!

  6. Angela Hopkins says:

    Thrilled to find all this good info–the comments were great too. However, I mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part salt in a cup, pour a heaping teaspoon in my hand and wet it with hydrogen peroxide and use this paste to brush my teeth with an electric toothbrush. It keeps my teeth very clean and white, and has a healing affect on my gums. I have been doing this for 30 years and at 72 I still have my own teeth.

  7. Ann, I just read that dental researchers have compared the bacterial destroying abilities of aloe vera to standard toothpastes. They found that aloe vera gel had the same anti-bacterial properties as toothpastes! Aloe vera is also important for soothing your intestines so that the proper absorption and assimilation of nutrients is made to build healthy teeth and bones.

  8. Ann Nelson says:

    Thank you for the additional information. You have some really interesting remedies on this page–some I’ve never heard of before, and I’ve been reading for a long time on alternative remedies and healing, in order to improve my health. Thanks, again, for all your work.

  9. I’m in so much pain.. Nothing I do works please help anyone.. I can’t afford a bunch of special things and my teeth are to all be removed in June but I’m to the point in so tired… Plzzz help anyone..

  10. You should try oil pulling, if you haven’t already. Oil pulling helps repair tooth decay and gum damage. There are many articles about it, but here is one of ours: http://blog.bartonpublishing.com/oil-pulling-benefits-for-health-and-well-being/

  11. Guadalupe Diaz says:

    I swooshed plain vodka in my mouth but didn’t swallow and for about one minute and it stop the pain I was able to sleep so flee threw the night


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