Toothache home remedies that work
Common household items like onions, garlic and lime make good home remedies for toothache pain. (Photo by Steve Mitchell)
Few things ruin a decadent snack faster than a cracked tooth, dislodged filling, or severe sensitivity to cold or heat. If it happens after normal business hours or over the weekend, you may not be able to schedule a same-day appointment with your dentist.
Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may ease some discomfort. However, they may not eliminate the pain altogether. If you prefer a more natural option, these home remedies for toothache pain may provide temporarily relief until you visit a dentist.
Onion - Cut a piece of onion so it fits comfortably in your mouth. Apply the slice to the effected tooth. Allow it to sit on the achy spot for about five minutes, or longer if it helps. The antiseptic properties of the onion will kill the bacteria in the mouth, which contributes to the pain.
Garlic - Garlic toothache remedies are similar to the onion method. You can either chew on a peeled clove of garlic or rest it on the aching spot along with some rock salt to reduce or stop the pain. Garlic works by killing the bacteria in the mouth, which may be an underlying cause of the soreness.
Pepper powder - Take a pinch of pepper powder and mix it with approximately a quarter-teaspoon of table salt. You can add a dash of water to make a paste if you like, or you can apply the concoction directly to the painful tooth. The mixture kills the germs in your mouth, is effective at curing bad breath, and works as an anti-inflammatory.
Clove - If you're suffering from a toothache, clove is probably one of the most common and useful methods to relieve it. Clove, whether in the form of clove seeds or clove oil, acts as an antibacterial agent and eliminates the bacteria causing tooth decay and pain. It also reduces the presence of swollen gums and bad breath. To increase the potency of this remedy, try adding a pinch of black pepper to the oil. If you opt for clove seeds, chew them or leave them beside the affected tooth.
Lime and wheatgrass - Create a potion with lime and wheatgrass, and use it as a mouthwash. You can chew on the wheatgrass to increase the effectiveness of the solution. The lime helps to prevent tooth decay and bleeding gums. It even reduces the problem of your teeth loosening. Wheatgrass helps to absorb the toxins, thereby eliminating them from the mouth.
Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on October 15, 2012.