Home Remedy for Toothache - What Can I Use?

Looking for a home remedy for toothache pain relief? Luckily, there are many that have been used traditionally that can be helpful in giving relief to toothaches.

Keep in mind that a chronic toothache can be a sign of a problem with the tooth or gum so it is recommended to check with a dentist to make sure everything is fine.

There are many causes of this painful condition and this article gives you some information as to the possible causes of a toothache.

Below is a collection of traditionally home remedies to help treat toothaches.

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If the pain is from food being stuck between the teeth, use a floss to remove it. This is obvious but is worth mentioning.

Tea Bag

Surprisingly, tea bag is a traditional home remedy that has been use for centuries to help give you relief from an aching tooth. Any type of tea bags can be used.

Directions: Place a tea bag soaked in cold water on the tooth that hurts. Optionally, you can use tea bag soaked in warm (but not hot) water.

Apply gentle pressure on the tea bag by biting down. Leave it in place for 20 to 30 minutes. The tea bag may be reused one or two times.

Salt Water Rinse

Salt water is often used as a gargle to help treat a sore throat but did you know it can be helpful for a toothache as well?

Directions: Make a warm salt water solution by mixing 1 tablespoon of table salt in a cup of water. Rinse the tooth by swishing the salt water around for 30 seconds and then spit out. Do it as often as needed and after meals.

Baking Soda

Just like a salt water mouth rinse, a baking soda mouth rinse can be just as helpful. You might want to consider doing a baking soda rinse first followed by a salt water rinse.

Directions: Make a baking soda solution by using a tablespoon in cup of warm water. Rinse mouth.


Cucumber has been reported to help reduce pain when applied to the tooth.

Directions: Cut the cucumber into cubes and place them against the tooth giving you the problem. Use cold cucumber cubes as it will provide better pain relief.

Vanilla Extract

There have been reports that vanilla extract can help with toothache in some people. How well it works will really depend on the cause and the severity of the tooth problem.


Directions: Soak a cotton-swab (Q-Tip) with vanilla extract and dab it on the problem tooth.


Iodine is often found in first-aid kits at home. It is an effective disinfectant that is shown to kill off bacteria and viruses.

Directions: Using a dropper, place one or two drops of iodine onto the problem tooth. It is important that you do not swallow it. After about 1 to 2 minutes, rinse the mouth with water (or salt water).

Bottom Line

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Try the home remedy for toothache suggested above first. Then consider using one of the many natural remedies for toothache.

If the pain is persistent, see a dentist to have the tooth looked at. Regular dental checkup and proper brushing and flossing will go a long way in preventing tooth and gum problems.

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Created: June 15, 2010