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8 Home Remedies to Kill a Toothache

A toothache is something which we all have experienced at least once in our lifetime. According to a survey, more than 90% of adults have had some form of tooth decay.

And that's why we at Bright Side brought you some home remedies that will cost you nothing compared to the dentist's fee. But we strongly recommend that if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, or have any medical condition that may be impacted by herbal ingredients, please consult the dentist before using these remedies.

Salt water rinse

Saltwater is a natural disinfectant, and also an easy and effective remedy to cure a toothache. All you have to do is mix 1/2 tsp of salt into a glass of warm water and use it as a mouthwash. It also prevents swelling and cleans the area around the toothache.

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen Peroxide is a pain reliever, and will help you to manage the discomfort. It not only can reduce plaque but can also heal bleeding gums. You can use it as a mouthwash just like salt water. To use it, mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water. Do not swallow it.

Clove or Clove Oil

Clove has been treating toothaches for ages as it has eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic. In a pinch, use a small amount of powdered clove on the tooth or chew the whole clove a little to release its oil. Also, you can use a really small amount of clove oil (about 2 drops) and place it on the affected area until the pain subsides.

Cold Compress

A cold compress is effective for any kind of pain you are experiencing. Use an ice pack or put ice in a plastic bag and wrap it with a thin cloth, place this on the aching tooth for 15 minutes to numb the nerves. It also reduces inflammation and swelling.


Garlic is known and used for its medicinal properties. It kills harmful bacteria and works as a pain reliever. The best approach to using it is to either make a paste of it and place it on the affected area or you can chew it slowly. You can repeat this natural treatment for few days until the pain is gone.

Guava Leaves

Guava leaves are anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. They not only alleviate toothaches but also relieve mouth ulcers and swollen gums.

Either simply chew a leaf or two until the juice starts working on the affected tooth. Or, place few guava leaves in boiling water, allow the liquid to cool to a warm temperature, and then add a sprinkle of sea salt. Use this solution as a mouthwash.


Wheatgrass has antibacterial properties which offer both short-term and long-term benefits while preventing tooth decay and pain. For best results chew wheatgrass directly or use its juice as a mouthwash. It removes toxins from gums and also reduces bacteria growth.


Onion contains phytochemicals that target the germs responsible for the infection and gives you a break from the pain.

The best approach to use it, is to cut off a piece of onion and chew it on the side of your mouth that is in pain. This allows the juice from the onion to penetrate your tooth. If the pain is too intense to chew, you can use a finger to hold the piece of onion directly against the affected tooth.

Even if your teeth seem strong and clean there's still a chance you might experience this type of ailment. So please remember these remedies and share your views with us here.

Illustrated by Ekaterina Gapanovich for Bright Side
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