Pain Be Gone! Natural Health Bloggers Share Their Top Remedy for a Toothache

It’s 3 A.M. and no sleep. Your tooth is killing you, and all you want to do is make the pain go away. Or worse, your child is crying non-stop from a toothache, keeping everyone up. Don’t panic, and read on….

These are the moments you wish you had a special toothache kit with every possible trick to end your misery. To hold you and your loved ones over till you can get to a dentist. Luckily for you, there are several home remedies for toothaches that involve ingredients you will probably always have nearby. Here are the top ones shared by awesome experts on natural health:


Tyler |

Meet Tyler from Upcoming Health

Toothaches are the worst! I usually go with the hydrogen peroxide (3%). This will definitely help kill some bacteria and soothe the pain temporarily. And while hydrogen peroxide is great, you really should go see a dentist! Chances are whatever is causing you to have pain in your mouth is probably only going to get worse.

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Kim |

This Ole Mom Kim from This Ole Mom

My favorite home remedies for a toothache are:

  • I like to gurgle my mouth with warm salt water . Mix salt and with warm water in a glass and gurgle for few minutes then rinse.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide 3% This helps with the bacteria that may be in your mouth. Swish a cap full of peroxide around in your mouth, make sure not to swallow it .This is my favorite way to use the peroxide for a toothache but, you could soak a cottonball in the peroxide instead and, apply to the affected tooth.
  • A garlic clove and olive oilYou can smash up a garlic glove, and mix it with a little unrefined organic olive oil in a glass mixing bowl. I like to put some of the garlic and olive mixture on a gauze and place it on my affected tooth or the area where my mouth hurts.

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Sarah |

A Thrifty Mom Sarah from A Thrifty Mom

Normally going to the dentist would be my first suggestion 🙂 But when it is the middle of the night and you are trying to fix the issue yourself, my go to methods are:

  • Brush and floss well to make sure there is no food stuck that might be causing you discomfort.
  • Rinse with warm water
  • Use a heated rice bag or warm water pillow to help with the discomfort you might be feeling.

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Tarashaun from Blender Babes

I’m a big fan of essential oils. It doesn’t matter the brand, as long as they are high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils without a bunch of fillers. I personally use DoTerra, but there’s also Young Living among many others. 

For a toothache I would use: 

  • Clove Oil Dilute it slightly (1 to 1 ratio) and apply it to the gum line around the tooth. You can also use this for a teething little one, you just want to dilute the clove essential oil even more.

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Lynda Goldman|

Lynda Goldman

My top 3 tips for toothaches are:

  • Oil of clovesApply a drop or two of clove oil to an aching tooth. This is a classic remedy that I remember my mother using many years ago.
  • Salt WaterFor any problems in your mouth including a sore tooth, add a spoonful of salt to a small glass of lukewarm water. Swish around in your mouth, and spit out. Repeat a few times during the day.
  • Baking Soda make a paste by mixing baking soda with water. Gently brush the sore area of your gums or tooth, or apply with a cotton swab. Then rinse.

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The Frugal Girl

Whenever I have a sore area in my mouth, like a sore gum, a saltwater rinse works wonders: Simply mix 1 teaspoon salt with 1 cup of warm water and swish in the mouth for a minute several times a day. This not only encourages healing but also relieves pain.

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Tara from Organic Life

  • I oil pull with coconut oil when I have a tooth ache! This involves using about a tablespoon or more of coconut oil and ‘gargling’ it – swishing it around my mouth, pulling it through my teeth, for 10-20 minutes. Then I spit it out!

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Brandon The Healthy Advocate

I’m a big proponent of avoiding–or at least drastically reducing–grains and refined sugars from the diet:

  •  To avoid a toothache that may be a symptom of a cavity or other oral-health issue, the best tip to give would be that of prevention. Avoid sugar and reduce grain carbohydrates, particuarly those that refined. This will ensure a clean mouth with less bacteria, as sugar is the best food for bacteria that causes oral issues.
  • Also, white willow bark and turmeric (with piperin to facilitate absorption) are great anti-inflammatories that are completely natural (although people taking certain medications should consult their doctor in case of interactions). Still, anti-inflammatories are just going to cover up a symptom–the toothache–and not address the root cause.

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We like to press a small rag dipped in clove oil, peppermint oil or oregano oil onto the sore spot and hold for a minute. They have antibacterial properties and help numb or desensitize ‎the sore spot. If the pain doesn’t go away in a few days it’s time to visit a dentist!

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Laura from Family Essential Oils

My favorite home remedy for a toothache is garlic. Garlic is a natural immunity booster and helps get rid of infection. While other remedies generally only relieve pain, getting rid of the infection gets rid of the cause of the pain. Raw garlic chopped into small pieces is best. I find it easier to eat the raw garlic when adding it to other food. You can also take garlic supplements but these are not as potent.

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Penny from Penniless Parenting

When I or someone in my family has a toothache, I first make sure to floss very well- I find toothaches often are from food being stuck between the tooth and the gums. I also will put on some clove essential oil. While I haven’t done it myself, I know some people put a piece of Aloe Vera along the gums near the tooth when they’re sore.

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Luschka van Onselen|

My only go to remedy for toothache is clove oil. I’ve weathered many a toothache with a horrible-tasting swap of clove oil, but it works a charm! Maybe chamomile to wash the taste away with and help you get some rest 😉 

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Mary |

Mary Vance

Thieves oil or clove essential oil:

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Karl |

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My remedies for a toothache are:

  • Almond Extract: Saturate a cotton ball with almond extract and hold in place.
  • Ginger Root: Take a fresh piece of ginger pill it and then and chew it a bit.
  • Alcohol: Swoosh a bit of whiskey or vodka.

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