Curing toothache naturally by salt water gargling and clove oil

Natural cures for toothache

Toothache can vary from mild to soreness to unbearable throbbing pain in the teeth and around the jaws. Jaw joint disorder, a loose filling, gum disease, a cracked tooth, an exposed tooth root, an infection, and cavities are some of the main causes of toothache. When the pulp (the central region of your tooth) becomes inflamed or irritated, then the toothache is happening. We know that the pulp consists of several nerve endings which are highly sensitive.

There are many reasons the pulp can become irritated or inflamed, some of which we have mentioned previously. If you have noticed a toothache, you should ask for medical help as soon as possible because this problem can get worse. When we have a toothache, then this means something is wrong. It might indicate that we have an infection, cavity, loose filling, gum disease, or any other problem in your mouth. Until you fix this problem, you need to reduce the pain.

Also, you can try some of the mentioned home remedies, which can give you temporary relief from the pain. They are available in most kitchens, so maybe you will not pay anything.


12 Home remedies for toothache

Warm salt water

If you have a toothache, then a simple glass of salt water can help treat this condition [1]. In a glass of hot water, you should mix half a spoon of common salt and use this natural cure to rinse your mouth thoroughly. This will help you to reduce inflammation and swelling, and also it will fight against bacteria that are a cause of the infection.


Asafetida is an effective home treatment for dental problems such as bleeding gums and toothaches [2]. In two teaspoons of lemon juice,e you should add a pinch of one-half teaspoon of powdered asafetida. Then, you should warm this natural mixture slightly. You should use a cotton pad to apply this natural cure to the affected area. This home remedy will give you quick relief from the pain. Also, asafetida fried in clarified butter can be put in the tooth cavity because this will give you instant relief.


This vegetable is an effective home remedy for toothache. It has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that can control a toothache [3]. Also, it can give you relief from the pain because it kills the germs which are the cause of the infection. When you have the first sign of a toothache, you should chew raw onion for a few minutes to relieve the pain. If you cannot chew onion, then you should place a piece of raw onion directly on the bad tooth or gum.


Cloves have anesthetic, antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help alleviate tooth pain and fight infection [4]. You should grind 2 whole cloves. You should mix a little olive oil or/and vegetable oil and apply it to the affected tooth. Also, there is another natural treatment that you can use from this home remedy. You should dab a cotton ball in clove oil, and you should rub the cotton ball directly on the sore tooth. Also, you can mix a few drops in half glass of water, and you should use this home remedy as a mouth rinse.


This is one of the most used vegetables for many different diseases. It can provide you immense relief from toothache. This vegetable has antibiotic and other medicinal properties, which can be used as a natural treatment for reducing pain [5].

You should mix a crushed garlic clove (also, you can use garlic powder) with some table black salt or salt, and you should apply this home remedy directly on the affected tooth to alleviate the pain. Also, you can chew one or two cloves of garlic to get relief from the toothache. You should repeat this natural treatment in a period of a few days.

Pepper and salt

Salt mixed with pepper can be a very effective home remedy when your tooth becomes extremely sensitive, as both ingredients have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

You should mix equal amounts of common salt and pepper with a few drops of water to form a paste. You should apply this paste to your affected tooth and allow it to sit for a few minutes. You should do this natural treatment for a period of several days.

Vanilla extract

You should use vanilla extract as your natural treatment for toothache because it can help you numb the pain. Also, vanilla has calming effects. You should dip a cotton swab in vanilla extract and dab it on the affected area. You should do this natural treatment a few times daily until you get relief from the toothache.

Guava leaves and Spinach leaves

Fresh guava leaves can also be used as a natural treatment for alleviating toothache because they have antimicrobial, analgesic, and anti-inflammatory properties [6].

You should chew one or two tender guava leaves until the juice from them starts working on the affected tooth. Also, you can use raw spinach leaves in the same way. Also, there is another home remedy you can use to treat toothache.

You should put 4 – 5 guava leaves in water and boil them. You should allow this home remedy to cool to a warm temperature, and then you should use some amount of salt. You should use this home remedy as a mouthwash.

Natural cures for toothache

Ice cubes

Ice can help alleviate tooth pain by numbing the nerve endings. You should wrap a small ice cube in a thin cloth and hold it on your cheek near the aching tooth for a few minutes. You should know that contact with a cold can cause more pain if you have exposed nerves. Also, there is one acupuncture technique that you can use to ease tooth pain. You should rub an ice cube between your thumb and index finger for a few minutes.

Wheatgrass juice

This natural cure has antibacterial properties, which can help you to fight tooth decay and get relief from toothache [7]. You should extract the juice of wheatgrass, and then you should use this juice as your mouthwash. This home remedy will absorb toxins from your gums, reduce the growth of bacteria, and keep the infection under control.


This is one of the most used natural treatments for toothache. It has antibacterial, analgesic, and antiseptic properties, which can help you to stop the pain [8].

Also, this natural cure can be used as a natural cure for gum infections, tooth infections, and excruciating abscesses. In a small amount of water, you should add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and make a paste from these ingredients. You should dip a cotton ball in this paste and then put the cotton ball in your mouth on the affected area. Also, you can apply it directly. Also, you can mix turmeric with raw and organic honey, which has powerful antibacterial properties. You can add honey for his properties but also for his taste.


There are many studies in which is shown that thyme has the strongest antimicrobial properties of all essential oils. Also, thyme has medicinal, antiseptic, and antifungal properties, making it very effective for pain relief.

Also, these properties will keep you safe from tooth decay and gum disease. There are many ways in which thyme can be used as a natural treatment for toothache. You can make thyme tea.

You should swirl this type of tea in your mouth and hold it for thirty seconds before swallowing. Also, there is another way to use thyme as your natural treatment, which is considered the best natural treatment for toothache. That is to chew the thyme leaves. When you have a toothache, you should chew the thyme leaves on the opposite side and not on the side where your tooth is affected because, in this way, you can worsen the condition. This will happen if the thyme leaves get into the affected tooth. When you chew the thyme leaves, then this helps you to bring out its juices. This will help you to reduce the pain, and it will help you to heal bleeding gums.

Also, there is another option that you can make from the thyme. You should dilute a few drops of thyme essential oil with a carrier oil like olive oil and then gargle with this natural cure. Also, you can apply this oil directly to the affected area. You should use a minimal amount. This means you should use one drop or less. This will help you to soothe the toothache, and it will fight against infection.


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