It seems nothing is worse than when an acute toothache hits you out of nowhere.

In the past when this has happened to me, I can’t think, work, or function. It’s quite remarkable how much a little pain in the mouth can greatly affect your existence. What makes this a unique situation is because of the nerves that are in your teeth.


Although cavities are believed to be the underlying cause of tooth pain, there are many other causes, too. Among them are:

  • Infected gums
  • Abscessed tooth
  • Tooth decay
  • An abnormal bite
  • Tooth fracture
  • Grinding teeth
  • A damaged filling

The most common symptoms include a sharp, throbbing or constant pain, fever, headache, and swelling around the teeth.

12 Natural Toothache Remedies

1. Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea tree essential oil are highly effective with the removal of plaque according to a study carried out by Pizzo et al.

Tea tree essential oils possess powerful antimicrobial activity against subgingival periopathogens.

We Recommend: Majestic Pure Therapeutic Tea Tree Oil


2. Ginger-Cayenne-Coconut Oil Paste

This paste helps reduce swelling, alleviate pain, fight off infection, and keep bleeding in check.  Simple mix ginger, cayenne, and coconut oil in equal amounts. If it’s too thick just add some water.  Soak a cotton ball and apply to the tooth that hurts (be sure to hit the gums as well). Let it work as long as possible.

3. Salt Water Gargle

Just use a teaspoon of salt and a cup of hot water.  It combats infection and relieves a sore throat. It also helps ease swelling. Allow to water to cool and swish it around in your mouth for 30-60 seconds.

4. Peppermint Tea

According to a 2013 study, peppermint oil is a very effective antiseptic solution against oral pathogens. For best results, drink peppermint tea containing a teaspoon of peppermint leaves steeped for 15-20 minutes. This refreshing tea will also relieve a painful headache and bad breath, both of which are typical side effects of tooth pain.

We Recommend: Traditional Medicinals Organic Peppermint Tea


5. Myrrh

“Myrrh’s astringent properties help with inflammation, and a rinse can offer the added benefit of reducing bacteria,” writes RDH. For DIY myrrh rinse, simmer a teaspoon if myrrh in two cups of water.  Allow it to cool and use a few times daily.

6. Raw Garlic

Garlic has the ability to combat fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Its active ingredient called allicin doesn’t respond quite well to health, so it is recommended to use raw garlic when using it for medicinal purposes.

Crush a garlic clove and let it sit for a few minutes to activate its compounds. Combine it with a bit of salt and apply onto the painful tooth. Another option is to chew the clove a few times daily using the affected tooth.

7. Vanilla Extract

Vanilla works in two separate ways: its scent acts as a soothing agent to help fight off anxiety linked to a toothache, and its alcohol content acts as numbing agent.  To use it to alleviate a toothache, dab vanilla extract on your finger and rub it onto the affected tooth. Repeat the procedure twice daily.

8. Chewing Gum

Believe it or not, if you chew gum on the opposite side of the mouth and apply the chewed gum onto the affected tooth it offers some relief as well.

9. Ice

Applying ice or a cold compress on the cheek on the painful tooth helps relieve pain and swelling prior undergoing any conventional treatment.

10. Acupressure

Simply apply pressure to the hand on the affected side, at the point where the base of the index finger and the thumb meet. Hold for a few minutes to release the pain-relieving endorphins.

11. Clove Oil

Clove oil is packed with eugenol, a compound with potent antiseptic and anesthetic properties which is used in modern dentistry t kill germs and relieve gum pain. According to one study, eugenol is as effective as benzocaine in numbing pain.

Mix a teaspoon of coconut oil with a few drops of clove oil and apply the solution to the area of pain with a cotton ball.  Remove the ball when the area is numb, and rinse the mouth well. Another option is to simply chew a few cloves using the affected side of the mouth.

12. Turmeric Paste

This paste is packed with antiviral and antibacterial properties, which makes it able to fight bad breath, gum redness, irritation, and tooth stains. Mix a tablespoon of organic coconut oil, a teaspoon of organic turmeric root powder and a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

Brush your teeth with this paste just like you would do with a regular one. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off.

Shopping list to make the paste:

  • organic coconut oil (we recommend this)
  • organic turmeric root powder (we recommend this)
  • peppermint essential oil (we recommend this)