21 Home Remedies for Toothaches You Can Find At the Grocery Store

Toothaches are nothing to laugh at. Especially when the SHTF, you're going to need to know some home remedies to take care of your dental hygiene. I went for an annual cleaning at my dentist, and a routine X-ray showed that my lower wisdom teeth had turned sideways and were now completely impacted. I'm definitely in dire need or some home remedies for toothaches!

Toothache Home Remedies You Can Find At Home

DIRECTIONS: Apply the below remedies directly both the problem tooth and the surrounding gums unless otherwise directed. For items that direct you to chew or for liquids that are to swished around inside the mouth, direct the liquid on and around the sore tooth as. much as possible.


1. Salt Water

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Mix a heaping tablespoon full of salt in a small glass of warm water; swirl around inside your mouth for as long as you can, spit out. Repeat as needed. This can be the most basic remedy since it is readily available in your kitchen.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide

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Swish a bit of hydrogen peroxide. If the taste is too horrid for you, try diluting with a bit of water.

3. Alcohol

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Swish a bit of whiskey, scotch, brandy or vodka. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will do the trick too.

4. Vanilla Extract

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Saturate a cotton ball with vanilla and hold in place. Can also use a cotton swab dipped in the extract.
Other extracts that have the same effect are:

  • Almond Extract
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Lemon Extract

5. Tea Tree Oil

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Just a drop or two will do the trick. You can also add some to a cotton swab and hold in place or add a few drops of tea tree oil to a small glass of lukewarm to warm water and rinse your mouth with it. Coconut oil may also be a nice alternative.

6. Oil Of Oregano

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Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with the mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred. This is an essential oil for toothache and may even help alleviate sore throat.

7. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar (ACV) and hold it in place. Can also try regular household vinegar.

8. Ginger Root

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Take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it a bit. This natural remedy is sure to take away the pain in no time.

9. Garlic

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Take a clove of garlic, smash it and apply (settle it inside cheek). You can also mash some garlic with salt.

10. Peppermint Leaves

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Chew on fresh peppermint leaves. You can also use dried leaves, just hold them in place.

11. Potato

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Cut a fresh piece of potato (raw, skin off) and hold in place. Can also pound a piece of raw potato, mix in a bit of salt and use the mash.

12. Lime

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Cut a slice or wedge of lime and apply, bite into it if you can to release some of the juice.

13. Onion

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Slice a piece of fresh onion and hold it in your mouth. The onion needs to be freshly cut (so it provides a bit of onion juice).

14. Plantain

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Chew up a fresh plantain leaf. If you’re too sore to chew, use the other side of your mouth. Once the leaf is chewed a bit, apply it to the problem area and hold in place.

15. Cucumber

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Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing.You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

16. Cayenne Pepper

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Make a paste with cayenne pepper and water.

17. Black Pepper

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You can use this full strength or make a mix of pepper and salt.

18. Baking Soda

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Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.

19. Cloves

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This is a home remedy from the old timers (my great-grandparents): rest a clove against the sore area until pain goes away. You can also use a drop or two of clove oil (BE CAREFUL: Too much can be toxic) or make a thick paste of ground cloves and water or ground cloves and olive oil.

20. Tea

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Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Be careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

21. Ice Pack

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Cover an ice pack with a face cloth or towel then hold over your cheek where the problem is. This will help numb things. Make sure that you have some type of cloth between your skin and the ice, otherwise, you can severely damage your skin. If that doesn’t work, try the opposite–a hot compress (making sure that it is not so hot as to scald your skin).

Infographic | 21 Home Remedies for Toothaches You Can Find At the Grocery Store

You can’t schedule a toothache, and it never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed. Or, you’re somewhere remote and getting to a dentist any time soon is just not an option. Anyone who has ever had the misfortune of a toothache knows that it is not just your mouth that hurts. You can feel a toothache in just about every part of your body. So address the concern immediately by applying these quick fixes or visiting a dentist immediately.

Have I missed any of your tried-and-true methods to relieve tooth and gum pain? Please share it below in the comments section.

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2013 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.


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