It’s uncanny how toothache inevitably seems to hit you in the middle of some important trip, at the beginning of a long weekend, or while you’re on vacation. Right? So, it’s likely you’ll have a time when you need to get pain relief until you can get to a dentist. So, these toothache home remedies can be a life saver.

It goes without saying, of course, that these are only intended for temporary relief. Just because you’re not in unbearable pain, you still need to get a dental appointment as soon as possible.

The Toothache Home Remedies


We most often think of them in apple pies and crumbles, so you probably already have them in your kitchen spice rack. Cloves are also a well-known and proven remedy for toothache.

If the pain is only mild, put two cloves in your mouth and chew with and around the painful tooth. If the pain is more severe you probably won’t want to chew with the tooth, so you can use oil of cloves instead. Combine a few drops of oil of cloves with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Soak a gauze pad or cotton ball with this and wipe it on the affected tooth and surrounding gum. You can then bite down on the cotton and keep it there for 10 minutes or so, by which time you should have relief.


Here’s another remedy that’s effective both for toothaches and also an infected gum, ulcers, or other bacterial sores in the mouth.

Stir a teaspoon of salt into 4oz of slightly warm (tepid) water. Sip it and rinse it around your mouth and between the teeth, especially in the affected area. Don’t swallow it. Spit it out and then repeat until you’ve used all the water. Repeat the process when the pain returns.

An alternative is to use salt crystals. Hold 1 or 2 again the tooth with your tongue while they dissolve.

Tea Tree Oil

toothache home remedies - tea tree oilThis is a home remedy we mention very often, because it’s a natural antiseptic with many uses. You can use it to relieve toothache pain in a similar way as we me mentioned using oil of cloves above. Or you can mix 3 – 4 drops in a 4oz glass of water, rinse your mouth and spit it out.

Other Toothache Home Remedies Found in Your Kitchen

Some people swear by vanilla extract or almond extract. Use them as a rinse or on a cotton ball. They work because they contain alcohol as an active ingredient, which we’ll talk more about in a moment.

Another remedy we’ve read about in several places (but haven’t tried ourselves) is to put some raw onion on an aching tooth.


Ice can be used to numb the painful area and reduce swelling of the gum. You can do this by holding an ice cube to the painful tooth, or by wrapping some ice in a cloth and holding it against your cheek near the toothache. Some people use a pack of frozen food instead.


Any liquid with a high alcohol content can help with toothache. Brandy and whiskey are the most popular. Not only do they give effective pain relief, but the warmth they generate in the mouth can be very comforting.

And for the Really Desperate …

It sounds nasty, but some people say that you can use a small amount of white gasoline on the tooth. White gasoline is the fuel often used for camp stoves and lanterns.

In fact, most auto gasoline today is unleaded and even that can be used in very small amounts. People accidentally swallow gasoline every day while siphoning, and it’s harmful as long as it’s only a small amount. You should spit it out though, and then rinse your mouth with warm water.

CAUTION: Do NOT ever use leaded gasoline. This is poisonous.

Lower Your Head

This isn’t so much an herbal remedy – just a helpful tip. Lowering your head between your knees will increase the flow of blood to your head. This will help your system fight any infection associated with the toothache.

And finally, remember to make that appointment with your dentist right away. These toothache home remedies are good for temporary relief, but the root cause still needs to be taken care of.