Toothache Pain Relief with Natural Remedies

Looking for toothache pain relief? Find out which natural remedies work.

We have compiled a detailed list of natural remedies that have been shown to work to give you relief from a toothache.

For home remedies treatment suggestions, see the article Toothache - Answers to Commonly Asked Questions.

Natural Home Remediesfor Toothache Pain Relief

Natural Remedy What experts say about these toothache pain relief remedies
Clove oil
(Syzygium aromaticum)
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Clove oil is shown to ease toothache by numbing the gums. It also shows potent antibacterial and antifungal activities in lab studies. Dentist use clove oil to treat and cure dry socket (after a tooth extraction).

The German commission E has given clove oil the approval as a topical pain reducing and antiseptic agent.

Directions: Apply clove oil to the affected tooth and gum using a cotton-tip swab (Q-Tip), toothpick or a finger. Massage the oil in as often as needed.

You may apply the clove oil into a cotton ball or gauze pad and place it on the affected tooth if the pain is severe.

Note: Avoid swallowing excessive amounts of clove oil by making sure you do not apply too much.
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Willow bark is used as a pain reliever as well as an anti-inflammatory. It is shown in clinical studies to help with arthritis pain and may be as helpful for dental pain. Indeed in Germany and Britain, it is approved for various types of inflammatory disease. It is approved to treat toothaches in France.

Dose: Take 20 to 80 mg up to three times daily with food.

Warning: Willow bark contains the active ingredient salicin which may cause stomach upset similar to Aspirin. If you have an Aspirin (ASA) allergy do not take willow bark.
Chamomile Helpful

Chamomile is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory to treat sinus infections, sore gums and irritation of the skin and on the inside the mouth.

Directions: Make a cup of chamomile tea and rinse mouth with it. As well, as soak a cotton ball or gauze and place it onto the affected tooth and gum area.
(Cordyalis yanhusua)

This traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herb is used to treat pain, inflammation of the stomach (gastritis) and bacterial infections. It has been used to help ease the pain from toothaches.

Dose: Take 3 to 6 gram of the extract once or twice daily.


Thyme contains the active ingredient thymol commonly found in mouthwash. It may be helpful in treating gingivitis (inflammation of the gum), preventing tooth decays and reducing dental pain.

Direction: Use a mouth rinse (for example, Listerine) containing thymol as directed by the manufacturer.

As well, soak a cotton ball or gauze and place it onto the affected tooth and gum area.

Wintergreen oil contains methyl salicylate (a chemical with properties similar to Aspirin or ASA). It is known to reduce pain and inflammation.

Direction: Use a mouthwash (example Listerine) that contains oil of wintergreen as directed by the manufacturer.

As well, soak a cotton ball or gauze and place it onto the affected tooth and gum area.
Oregano Oil Helpful

Some experts suggest applying oil of oregano onto the tooth to help with the pain. Oregano oil also has antibacterial activities.
Ginger Helpful

The antibacterial and antiinflammatory properties of fresh ginger is shown to help with arthritis pain and may be helpful for treating an aching tooth as well.

Directions: Fresh Ginger - Cut the ginger into slices and place it so that it touches the area where the tooth is painful. It may cause a stinging sensation at first.

- Ginger tea can also be used as a drink.

Mouth Rinse - Place slices of ginger in 250 mL (1 cup) of warm water and rinse as often as needed.

Chronic Toothache?

If you suffer from chronic toothache, check with your dentist as it may be a sign of a possible health problem of the tooth or gum.

It is possible that the toothache is a symptom of a sinus infection. See the article Toothache to get answers to commonly asked questions.

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Created:June 13, 2010