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Top 10 Effective Home Remedies for Toothache


Having toothache can be an incredibly irritating and painful experience. While it’s important to see your dentist about major tooth problems, it can sometimes be necessary to deal with toothache using home remedies.

Luckily there are plenty of effective home remedies for toothache. Before trying any it’s important to work out what kind of toothache you have and where specifically it’s affecting you so you can choose the best remedy.

Here are the top ten effective home remedies for toothache. Read on! 

1. Rinsing with saltwater

Generation after generation people is using saltwater as home remedies for toothache. Rinsing your mouth with salt water is always a good place to start when it comes to toothache. Not only is it one of the easiest home remedies to put together, but it’s also pretty effective in most cases.

Salt is a natural disinfectant and so helps with minor problems. To make a salt rinse, simply mix ½ teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water. Gargle this mixture for around 30 seconds and then spit it out.

2. Cold compress

Using a cold compress is another effective first-line treatment, particularly if the toothache has caused swelling in your face. Applying something cold to the area will make the blood vessels constrict, which reduces pain and swelling.

The easiest way to make a cold compress is to wrap a bag of ice in a towel and hold it on the affected area for around 20-30 minutes. If you don’t have ice, pretty much anything frozen will do, such as frozen veg. Repeat this every few hours to manage the swelling.

3. Peppermint tea bags

Along with being a great remedy for a bad stomach, peppermint is also an effective home remedy for toothache. Mint can help to numb the area, and also works as a disinfectant, although that won’t be the case here.

You can use a peppermint teabag either warm or cold depending on what you want to do to the area. A warm tea bag will help to soothe the toothache, while a cold one will help to numb the pain. If using it cold, put it in the freezer for 10 minutes or so to make it properly cold.

4. Clove oil

Clove oil is one of the most historic home remedies for toothache and has been used for centuries. Clove oil contains compounds that reduce inflammation and numb pain, along with a natural antiseptic. Make sure you buy clove oil from a reputable source if you plan on ingesting it.

You can either apply clove oil directly to the affected area using a Q-tip, or you can dilute a few drops of clove oil into a glass of warm water. This can then be used as a mouthwash. Do this several times a day to manage the pain of a toothache.

5. Rinse with hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective way to manage toothache because it can reduce inflammation and help to relieve pain. Of course, because hydrogen peroxide can be potentially harmful, it’s necessary to dilute properly and to make sure you don’t swallow it.

Use 3% hydrogen peroxide diluted in equal parts water. Rinse your mouth with this for around 30 seconds and then spit it out, immediately rinsing your mouth with clean water several times after. You’ll be able to taste it, but avoid swallowing it as much as possible.

6. Garlic

Garlic is another historical medicine and has long been used as an antiseptic, and for controlling blood pressure. However, you can also use garlic as home remedies for toothache relief. Generally, you’re expected to eat garlic for its health benefits, but it also makes a very effective rub, which is how you’ll apply it here.

Crush a clove of garlic into a paste, ideally with a pestle and mortar but crushing it with a knife also works. Then mix it with a small amount of salt and simply apply to the affected area.

7. Thyme

Thyme is surprisingly full of antioxidants but also has antibacterial properties, which makes it an effective home remedy for toothache. Rather than using the fresh herb, it’s easier to use essential oil because it’s more concentrated.

Mix a few drops of thyme essential oil with a few drops of water and then soak it up with a Q-tip. Rub this around the affected area to help relieve the pain. Also, much like clove oil, thyme oil can be used as a mouthwash.

8. Vanilla extract

Vanilla itself is known to be a powerful antioxidant, which helps with healing during something like a toothache. Vanilla extract also contains alcohol, which is effective at numbing pain. For this reason, it’s important to get the vanilla extract, not the essence.

All you need to do is apply some vanilla extract to the affected area several times a day, either with a Q-tip or your finger. This method will be better for minor toothache but lacks the hard-hitting power of some other methods. Also, if you have pain in back then you can use vanilla extracts to relieve back pain too.

9. Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is well known for its healing properties and is a powerful antioxidant. Similarly, it’s believed to reduce inflammation and prevent further infection. While it’s worth ingesting wheatgrass for its health benefits, it’s also pretty effective at managing toothache.

To treat toothache with wheatgrass, just use a glass of juice as a mouthwash. You can swallow it after, but it’s also fine to spit it out. Again, this might not be as effective as some other options but it’s worth a go if the pain isn’t too bad.

10. Guava leaves

Guava leaves are known to contain antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are very helpful when fighting toothache. It might be difficult to get hold of guava leaves, but try it if you can.

Either chew on fresh guava leaves if you think you can or crush the leaves and then steep in boiled water. Let this cool and use it as a mouthwash.

Hopefully, some of the options above will help you manage your toothache. Some of the most effective home remedies for toothache come from stuff you should having lying around already, meaning you can manage the problem pretty quickly.


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