Home Remedies for Painful Teeth

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Your teeth play an important role in your everyday life, so when pain strikes – it can really put a damper on enjoying family get-togethers, eating a slice of birthday cake, or attending a business luncheon. The discomfort of tooth pain can also affect other body parts and make life miserable. To treat the symptoms before a trip to the dentist, you might want to consider home remedies for painful teeth.

home remedies for painful teeth

Causes and Symptoms

One of the most common causes of painful teeth is tooth decay, which can lead to a cracked tooth or an unbearable toothache. A dental infection of the tooth can cause sharp pain when you bite down on something. Other causes of painful teeth include:

• Loose Filling – When fillings become loose, you can experience sharp pain when you try to eat.

• Sinus Problems – If you feel pain in the upper teeth and experience an achy jaw ache, chances are you are dealing with a sinus issue. This pain is not characterized as being sharp or severe, but it can be uncomfortable. A sinus headache or sinus infection can cause the pain to travel to the upper jaw because it is within close proximity to the sinus cavity.

• An Abscess – Severe pain, pressure and swelling in your mouth that does not go away is an indicator of an abscess, which can fill with pus and blood along the gum line. The infection can be in the tooth, gum or bone, which causes pain when you bite down or eat.

• Damaged Pulp Tissue – Nerves are found inside the pulp layer of your tooth, and when you have a dental infection – severe pain can develop. When the pulp is damaged or infected, lingering pain can travel to your head, neck and ear.

• Dental Conditions – Physical issues in the mouth can cause tooth pain, such as problems with your temporomandibular joint[1] (also known as the TMJ).

• Tooth Sensitivity – Following a dental treatment or other issue, the teeth can become sensitive to heat or cold. Disrupting nerves within the pulp layer are to blame – the pain comes on suddenly and then goes away over time. An exposed root can also cause tooth sensitivity and pain.

• Extreme Tooth Damage – A lingering pain in one or more teeth after you consume something that is hot or cold means that the tooth is likely damaged by deep decay or a fracture to the tooth.

Painful Teeth Home Remedies

Whether you’ve cracked a tooth or recently had dental work done, you will experience pain in the mouth region at some point in your lifetime. The discomfort can slow you down and make it impossible to complete everyday tasks. Luckily, there is a wealth of home remedies for painful teeth that can get you up and running back to normal. A handful of suggestions include:

a) Cloves:

Using cloves for pain relief has been a remedy standing the test of time. Place a clove against painful teeth until the discomfort starts to subside. If you have clove oil in your cabinet, one to two drops can address the issue. It is the active ingredient called eugenol in the oil that acts as a natural pain reliever [2], but keep in mind that too much clove oil is toxic. You can also reach into the kitchen cupboard for your container of ground cloves, which you can turn into a thick paste by adding water or olive oil. Apply the remedy to your affected teeth and surrounding gums.

b) Tea:

The tannins found in tea leaves can help numb nagging tooth pain. Simply make a fresh cup of tea and stick the warmed used tea bag into your mouth. Hold the bag over your painful teeth to enjoy instant relief.

c) Frozen Washcloth:

When a baby is teething and experiencing painful teeth, let him or her chew on a frozen, damp washcloth.

d) Your Finger:

Applying pressure in the form of a gentle massage to the teeth and gums of a baby will provide relief from the pain of teething.

e) Ice:

Holding an ice pack covered in a washcloth over your cheek can help ease the discomfort of a painful tooth. The coldness of the ice will help numb the pain.

f) Hot Compress:

Some people react better to a hot compress held to the cheek region where you are experiencing tooth pain. Make sure that the compress is not too hot – you don’t want to burn your skin.

g) Cayenne Pepper:

Add a small amount of water to cayenne pepper, which will create a paste that when applied to sore gums – can help stop tooth pain.

h) Salt Water:

If your painful teeth are connected to an accumulation of bacteria, try swishing a small amount of heated salt water inside of your mouth. Hold in the water for as long as you can, and then spit out. Repeat a couple of times to see an improvement in pain levels. Add one healing spoonful of salt to a glass of warm to hot water to begin.

i) Hydrogen Peroxide:

With a bubbling action that heals, swish a bit of hydrogen peroxide close to a painful tooth. Some people cannot stand the taste of this remedy and will have to dilute the liquid with a small amount of water. Make sure to spit out the hydrogen peroxide after using in the mouth.

j) Extracts:

Flavorful extracts are not only helpful for enhancing the taste of food, but their alcohol content can help treat painful teeth. One of the best options is the pleasantly tasting vanilla extract, but you can also choose almond, peppermint or lemon. Simply saturate a cotton ball with the extract, and then hold in place over a painful tooth. You can also apply a cotton swab dipped in extract to painful gums and teeth.

k) Apple Cider Vinegar:

After soaking a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, hold the remedy in place over a painful tooth to enjoy relief. Some people will also use regular household vinegar to achieve the same results.

l) Garlic:

Smash a clove of garlic before applying to a painful tooth – right between the cheek and tooth. You can also add a small amount of salt to the mashed garlic for enhanced results.

m) Potato:

Take the skin off of a raw potato before cutting a fresh piece and holding in place over a painful tooth.

n) Cucumber:

Hold a slice of fresh cucumber over a painful tooth to take advantage of its cooling properties. It is best to use a cucumber that has been stored in the refrigerator. Another variation of this remedy is to mash a piece of cucumber with a small amount of salt before applying to sore areas.

o) Ginger:

Chew on a fresh piece of ginger to receive instant pain relief for a problem tooth.

p) Black Pepper:

Apply ground black pepper to a painful tooth or rub in a mixture of pepper and salt to see a change in pain.

q) Liquor:

The alcohol content in liquors, such as scotch, brandy, whiskey and vodka, zeroes in on pain to provide relief. Swish a small amount inside your mouth to see results.

r) Mouthwash:

A strong mouthwash (like Listerine)[3] not only kills pain-causing bacteria, but the alcohol also treats painful teeth. Swish the mouthwash and then promptly spit out.

s) Baking Soda:

Moisten a Q-tip with a small amount of water and then dip it in baking soda – making sure to coat the swab well with baking soda. Rub the Q-tip into the affected teeth and gums to gain pain relief. Some people have also made a mouth rinse by mixing one heaping spoonful of baking soda into a small glass of lukewarm to warm water. After the baking soda dissolves, swish the remedy inside of your mouth.

t) Peppermint:

You’re in luck if you grow peppermint in your garden because the fresh leaves can help alleviate tooth pain. Just hold in place over the affected area to calm the discomfort.

u) Lime:

A slice or wedge of lime can help treat a tooth that is bothersome. A lime that has been chilled will work best to treat tooth pain. Biting into the lime helps release some of the juice that will help put an end to the pain.

v) Onion:

It may smell unpleasant, but a slice of fresh onion held inside of your mouth and gum region of painful teeth can provide relief. You must use a freshly cut onion because it is the juice that will deliver pain relief.


[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temporomandibular_joint

[2] Extraordinary Uses of Ordinary Things by Reader’s Digest; pg. 312.

[3] https://www.listerine.com/