10 Home Remedies For Emergency Toothache Relief

10 Home Remedies For Toothache

Knowing home remedies for various ailments (toothache relief) is good preparedness.

How many of you have had a toothache at one time in your life? Probably nearly everyone! It hurts! Toothache / nerve pain is not fun…

It might be a good idea (it is a good idea!) to prepare ahead of time for toothache pain relief with some effective over-the-counter product: Orajel Max Strength

With that said, if you suddenly develop a toothache and are unable to get immediate dental care, consider any of the following home remedies for a toothache:


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This is one of the simplest toothache remedies… add 1/2 teaspoon salt to a glass of warm water. Swish the mixture around in your mouth. This will provide some pain relief. Use more salt (a stronger mixture) if required.


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Cloves may be the most effective method to soothe a toothache. Clove contains a great amount of the anesthetic (pain numbing), anti-septic (bacteria killing) natural chemical called eugenol. Take one or a few whole cloves and suck or chew on them in your mouth near the aching tooth. You can also use clove powder and keep it in your mouth around the sore tooth (or put some in an empty tea bag and keep it against the tooth). Clove oil: rub it directly on the toothache, or soak a cotton ball with it – dab tooth and gums.

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Garlic contains allicin which is a very powerful natural antibiotic, which starts to fight the cause of an infected tooth immediately. Chew on cloves of raw garlic. Or you can make a garlic mouthwash by smashing 6 or 8 cloves and mixing with 1/2 cup of water to swish around your mouth.


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Use black tea bags. Tea is full of tannic acid (an astringent) and relieves pain and helps healing. Put a soaked tea bag on the tooth. Keep a bit of pressure on it as long as possible.


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Alcohol kills bacteria and helps numbs the pain when absorbed by your gums. Straight up vodka, whiskey, brandy or any stiff alcoholic drink and rinse your mouth with it. Swallow at your own discretion.


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Dissolve one tablespoon of baking soda into 1/2 cup of water with a pinch of salt. Swish it around the painful area. Note that baking soda contains a high level of sodium.

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Chewing on a raw onion for a few minutes will kill all the harmful germs in the mouth.


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Mix 1/4 teaspoon of table salt with a pinch of pepper and put it straight on the tooth, which will give you instant relief.


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Put 3 to 4 drops (1/2 teaspoon) of vanilla extract directly on the painful tooth or take a bit more and swish it around in your mouth.


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Soak cotton in vinegar and put it on the affected tooth and bite down a bit. This will temporarily relieve the pain. Or, add two teaspoons of baking soda to two tablespoons of vinegar apply it directly to the aching tooth or swish around around the area for about two minutes. Rinse your mouth to get rid of the taste and the pain will be gone.

Lastly, Get to a dentist!

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  1. I have found coconut oil “Pulling” very useful for tooth infections. At first I was pretty skeptical but I tried it when I had a stubbornly non healing minor cut in my gums and it healed in 2 days. Works pretty well when my teeth get sensitive also, may have been a minor sub gum line infection-inflammation.

    Take a heaping teaspoon of the coconut oil normally a solid at room temperatures and let it swish it around the mouth for about 2 minutes. It is common to have minor tooth-gum issues from minor infections and this helps.

    And it stores very well :-) You can cook with it :-) Good for skin irritations like sunburn and wind chapping.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Here is one for you, try out the tickle tongue tree which grows in most of the southern states. It is sometimes called the toothache tree and it really will numb your whole mouth. Just chew a few leaves for lasting relief.
    Good day to all

    1. Had to go and look this one up. Tenn is out of the range. Tree has benzophenanthridine alkaloid chelerythrine as the major natural active ingredient and exhibits anti bacterial properties against Staphylococcus Aureus.

  3. Try out the snake root plant. It too will numb the area. Use only the root and place a small chunk of it between cheek and gum. Takes care of the pain until you can see a dentist. I’ve heard that you could dig it and sell it for use by dentists, in years past. I never did that, but I have used it for a toothache, it works.

    1. CrabbeNebulae you’d be amazed at how many Dental SURGERIES a year I get from Pliers Dentistry. Very easy to SHATTER the half rotted tooth leaving very hard to get at bits of tooth and infection that has the Dentist sending you to Surgery.

      Some sort of pain control like Texas Tickle Tongue or snake root or cloves a rubber bite guard, suction (Modified Turkey Baster) and the 5 basic tools of extraction will do a decent job. Gargling with lots of warm salt water and most heal really well.

      When I do Medical Ministries down south of the boarder we do tooth extractions, cleanings, deliver babies and general small wound care. POST SHTF a good part of my medical team are tribe members and will be doing the same here in America (or what’s left of it when the Deep State gets done) under the shade of my fighting towers.

      Pray for the Republic

  4. Alcohol? I’ll bet someone here has plenty of gin on hand, just in case. Possibly rehearsing the procedure also.

    1. Always have used a shot of Jack Daniels…has never failed me!

      1. You and my elderly mom….she swears by it. Kinda makes sense: its numbing, sterilizing, pain-killer & mood lifter (because the pain is finally gone.)

    2. What are the 5 basic tools of extraction? I understood the first part but are you saying to treat it with the above things and then try to self extract or are you against that? I have a horrible broken tooth with exposed nerve and no way to get to three dentist right now so I’m just wondering if you could explain.

  5. My dentist told me that even up into the 1900’s, dental issues were a common cause of death listed on death certificates. Said he wouldn’t have believed it if he had not been seen it in dental school.
    When I was about 10 or 11, I came down with a severe toothache late on a saturday night. My stepdad mixed about a shot of Rebel Yell whiskey with a few teaspoons of white sugar and had me swish it around in my mouth, then swallow it. It worked rather well.

  6. Dental care will be quite barbaric in SHTF. The unprepared will use pliers. Good knowledge to have to avoid Looney Toon scenarios.

    1. Tobacco gets a bad rap for many reasons, but it will keep your gums healthy if you chew. Know many old timers that swore by it and had all of their teeth even with the diet not being the greatest. I never did smoke but think a lot of the tobacco health problem is from the chemicals sprayed on the plants. The nicotine addiction is another issue.

  7. Ever wonder why some people in different places of the world have brilliant white healthy teeth
    , (w/o) modern teeth whitening technology? The answer is nutrition. See Weston A. Price on dental health/research.

    1. CR;
      Fairly much the same reason Americans have some of the worse health issues in the world.
      Gata have those McDonalds Big-Mac’s, large Fries and a HUGE 48oz Coke, and top it off with a Baskins Robbins triple scoop.

      1. Reminds me of seeing a Coca-Cola sign written in Egyptian on top of a “store” on a road out in the middle of nowhere in the Sahara desert. 😥

    2. I agree of course, but its also genetic….some races have huge white straight teeth, with no mod cons: lysterine, toothpaste, clean running water, etc. I have the best of western medicine but I’m British/Irish genetically so I have tiny, twisted yellow teeth…and I DO BRUSH!

      1. Melissa Britton,

        You are you. Ain’t another just like you. You are unique. I mean that in a good way. Folks are too concerned with achieving “good looks”. Cosmetic surgeries and dental “corrections” don’t change who or what you are, it just changes your appearance to what society has decided looks attractive. Some of the ugliest folks I’ve known are physically attractive. Some of the most attractive folks I’ve known are rather plain and imperfect on the outside, but when what’s inside bubbles to the surface, they are beautiful people.

        I had a pretty significant gap between my two front teeth, just like my father, until age fifteen when a surprise face plant on a basketball court floor took them out for me. The dentist replaced them sans the gap. Guess what, my kids all have the gap in their teeth. My family is a lot of things, malnourished ain’t one of ’em. :-)

  8. If you have a cavity or a filling comes out chew sugar free gum and cover the tooth until you can get dental help, have used it before it works. Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  9. Chew on cloves of garlic you say? Dam!! I don’t know what kind of garlic other people get, but the stuff I get up here has a purple husk or whatever it’s called, on the bulb. And believe me, it’s strong. You’ll forget all about the toothache when you bite into a clove of that! Last resort for me. However, I used cloves a lot when I was a kid. My mom would get a few and have me put them by the bad tooth. Tasted like crap, but they worked. Tried the tea bag too once or twice. It was so-so, not as good as cloves though.

    1. Some of us old folks will remember Clove chewing gum. Even that had a sort of numbing effect.

  10. This sounds weird, I know, but I just know that when the SHTF, what will get me is losing a crown/cap off a tooth and the resulting infection. I have two that are 30+ years old and they’re supposed to last about 20 years.

    Any advice for what to do?

    1. I just had a very well made crown that lasted 15 years break into bits…what I didn’t know is there had been a crack in it for years & when the crown finally broke off, there was a massive cavity underneath that had eaten tooth, gum damage, just a mess. So now I am getting my first tooth extraction or suffer in the most excruciating pain for 2 months (when tooth will be extracted…or discussed anyway). That’s just my story.

  11. I grow French tarragon in my garden, mostly for cooking. Since it’s a perennial, I’m assured of a fresh supply each year, even if the SHTF. Chewing the fresh tarragon leaves numbs the mouth, and may be help to reduce toothache pain. Has anyone else tried this?

    1. Sure. I’ve never really had toothaches, but it does pretty good at numbing whatever it’s put on. At one point I was going to check if it could be used as a topical painkiller, but I got distracted and never went back to it.

      1. Haha Lauren is my spirit animal….hey! We get busy….and distracted…was that the doorbell?

        1. Doorbell? What doorbell? I was just playing the flute. Or maybe you heard the hammer. : )

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