Posted on: April 26, 2015 at 9:00 pm
Last updated: August 3, 2019 at 1:46 pm

The pain of a toothache can be absolutely unbearable and make living your life nearly impossible.


While you should generally go to the dentist as soon as possible, because there are symptoms of a toothache other than pain and almost certainly an underlying cause, there are some natural things you can do to help the pain in the meantime.

8 Ways to Relieve Toothache Pain

1. Saltwater

Rinsing out your mouth with salt water is always a good idea because it can help remove any bacteria and prevent infection. But it can also reduce inflammation. Just simply swish some saltwater around in your mouth once every hour or so and the pain should subside.


2. Vanilla Extract

Dabbing some vanilla onto your ache with a cotton ball can help numb the pain and can calm you down, allowing your jaw to relax, which can also ease the ache.

3. Tea Bags

You can soak a black tea bag in ice water for a few minutes and then apply it directly to the ache. This should relieve the pain and help reduce any swelling. Alternatively, you can make peppermint tea, let it cool, and then swish it around in your mouth.

4. Guava Leaves

Chewing on leaves can release the plant’s juices that are known to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Another option is to brew a guava tea by boiling the leaves and straining them out. This can also be combined with the salt option noted above to create a highly effective mouthwash.

5. Spices

Ginger and cayenne are both known to be effective at relieving pain. Capsaicin, which is found in cayenne pepper, is particularly good at stopping pain signals from reaching your brain.


You can combine the two ingredients in equal parts with water to create a paste. Then soak a cotton swab in the mixture and apply it directly to your ache. You should notice a slight burning sensation, but try to keep it on for as long as you can. You should also try to avoid getting any of the paste on your tongue.

6. Ice

You should never discount the numbing abilities of ice. Applying some in a thin cloth directly to the ache for ten to fifteen minutes can help numb the pain. Or alternatively, you can simply apply an ice pack to the outside of your cheek.

7.   Distractions

Many traditional remedies involve somehow distracting your mind away from focusing on the pain. This can be done in any number of ways, from holding an ice cube in your hand to applying vinegar soaked paper to your cheek. In my own experience I’ve found simply watching a good movie can help.

If none of these tips ease the pain, you should try to get to a dentist as soon as possible. For more tips on relieving toothache pain you can check out Reader’s Digest or Health Digezt.

8. Essential Oils

A 2014 meta-analysis explored the use of essential oils in dental care and dentistry. The authors point out that 2008 research comparing an essential oils rinse to a fluoride rinse, the results were almost identical (but the essential oils weren’t linked to any damage or health concerns like fluoride is). The authors also caution, however, that a 2007 study showed that essential oils were only effective for dental health when mixed with ethanol (alcohol).

To help support the health of your teeth and gums, try mixing a few drops of peppermint essential oil with a food-grade alcohol (such as Vodka). Swish the mixture around your mouth, being careful not to swallow. Spit it out and rinse thoroughly with water.

This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and is for information only. Essential oils are very highly concentrated and potent and it is important to always check the specific safety data provided. Keep out of reach of children, the elderly, and pets. For external use only. Avoid contact with mucus membranes and eyes. If any essential oils have contacted your eye, wash out with a vegetable oil such as olive oil, not water.

Some oils may cause skin irritation in people with sensitive skin. It is recommended to perform a patch test before use. To patch test, place one drop on the back of your wrist and leave for an hour or more. If irritation or redness occurs wash the area with olive oil then cold water and do not use the oil.

We do not recommend the ingestion of essential oils except while under the care and direction of a qualified health practitioner.

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