Toothaches can be very painful. Here are some natural ways to ease that pain,

Salt water rinse


One of the simplest solutions to a transitory toothache is to rinse your mouth with salt water. Salt water is a natural disinfectant, and it can help loosen food particles and debris that may be stuck in between your teeth. It can also help reduce inflammation and heal any oral wounds. Not only does the saline solution cleanse your mouth and act as an antiseptic, it is also more gentle than a traditional mouthwash, which generally contains alcohol and can irritate painful teeth and gums.

Cold compress

When you apply a cold compress, it causes the blood vessels in the area to constrict which gives relieve from the pain you’re experiencing and also reduce any swelling and inflammation. You can make your own cold compress either by soaking a towel in cold water or wrapping a towel around a bag of ice. The same can be applied to affected area every few hours.

Peppermint tea bags

Peppermint tea bags can be used to numb pain and soothe sensitive gums. A used tea bag is cooled down before applying it to the affected area.


Garlic not only kills harmful bacteria that cause dental plaque, but can also act as a pain reliever. You can either crush a garlic clove to create a paste and apply it to the affected area or can slowly chew a clove of fresh garlic for relief.


Cloves contain eugenol, which is a natural antiseptic that can effectively numb the pain and reduce inflammation. Along with applying it as a paste it can also be used as a mouth rinse.

Guava leaves

Fresh guava leaves can alleviate toothache because of their anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antimicrobial properties. Chew on one or two guava leaves until the juice starts working on the affected area or boil in water to use as a mouth rinse.


Wheatgrass can relieve inflammation in your mouth and prevent infections. Its high chlorophyll content can also fight bacteria and has natural antibacterial properties that assist in remedying tooth decay and toothache. Extract the juice of wheatgrass and rinse your mouth with it. The extract will absorb toxins from the gums, cut down on bacteria and control the infection. Alternatively, you can simply chew on wheatgrass.

Pepper and salt

Salt mixed with pepper can be relieving for a sensitive tooth as both have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.


Onions can provide pain relief by killing infection-causing germs. At the first indication of trouble, chew raw onion for a few minutes to relieve the pain in the tooth. If you are unable to chew it, place a piece of raw onion directly on the affected area.


Oils of sunflower, sesame, oregano, nutmeg, clove and tea tree possess pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to temporarily reduce toothache pain.


A raw potato can absorb excess moisture and help reduce swelling. Either a slice can be placed on the painful tooth or one can also try mashing some potato and applying it like a paste to the tooth.


A chilled cucumber or slice of fresh cucumber can be held against the tooth that hurts. Also it can be mashed into a paste and applied to the area.


Turmeric’s antiseptic and antibacterial properties help in relieving pain. Make a paste and apply to the tooth. Raw turmeric can also be ingested.

Tooth ache can be a symptom of another larger issue, such as tooth decay. If you have serious symptoms, such as fever and chills, trouble swallowing or breathing, or a foul tasting discharge, address it immediately and consult a dentist.

Poonam Kapoor

Poonam Kapoor

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