Believe it or not there can be several causes of toothache. Some more serious and painful than others. So when choosing a home remedy for toothache you may have to be aware of the causes of the pain.
Generally pain occurs when the "pulp" which contains the nerves becomes inflamed. This can be caused by a number of factors:

1. Probably the most common is dental decay, which is a cavity in the tooth i.e the hard enamel has been worn away and bacteria is allowed contact with the nerves.

2. A crack in the tooth that is so small it can be undetected until investigation by your dentist.

3. An existing filling could have become loose or broken away completely.

4. Gum disease or receding gums which can expose the lower, softer part of the tooth which can be attacked more easily than the higher part of the tooth.

Unfortunately the causes of toothache do not stop there because pain can be caused by problems with your gums, sometimes the tooth may be perfectly in tact.

5. An abscess on the gum that can be more painful than toothache itself. Often have to treated by ant-biotics first.

6. Ulcers on the gums, which can be treated more easily and usually do not require a visit to your dentist at all.

7. Inflamed sinuses that can be confused with toothache as you get the same symptoms but it is no more than pressure from your sinuses on your gums, which can cause pain especially if you have cold or flu.

Now, I know if you are suffering from any of the above you are probably not interested in trying to diagnose which one it is, but it can be quite important as you need to determine which home remedy for toothache is going to be the best for you.

Unfortunately if you are suffering from any of the top 5 it is inevitable that a visit to your dentist is going to be required at some stage, as the cause of the toothache is not going to go away unless it is treated.

In the meantime though we have a number of home remedies that have proven effective by the majority of our readers.

Painkillers – We do not advocate using pain killers as you tend to become reliant on them you will probably find they will (in most cases) of toothache have an effect, but you can become addicted to nearly all the painkillers on the market today and even if you do not, they can have a devastating impact on your vital organs especially the liver. As a very last resort, if you do need some immediate relief and have to resort to painkillers, ibuprofen based products are usually the best as they can act as an anti-imflamatory as well as a pain killer. Please do not take any pain killers for more than a couple of days and definately do NOT exceed the recommended dosage.

In a lot of cases it is impossible to take painkillers i.e pregnant women, allergies, etc. So what are the alternatives?

A. Clove Oil – An ever present and popular home remedy for toothache.It is an essential oil from the Clove plant and has natural analgaesic and antiseptic properties. It's main effective ingredient is eugenol. It can be applied by cotton wool or cotton buds and as a last resort by the finger but ensure you wash your hands thoroughly first as you could be transferring more bacteria onto an already infected area. To make application easier there is now a CLOVE OIL GEL.

b. Vanilla Extract – Another effective home remedy for toothache although maybe not as commonly known as it contains the same effective ingredient as Clove oil (eugenol). Ensure you purchase the proper vanilla extract as it is extracted from alcohol and so has some numbing capabilities also.

C. Mouthwash – A good rinse out at regular intervals with a good anti-baterial Mouthwash, preferably with an anti-septic and disinfectant. Corsadyl is an extremely effective remedy, especially for gum related problems. Please ensure you brush your teeth thoroughly before rinsing with a mouthwash, and if possible leave for a few minutes, as some toothpastes can render the mouthwash ineffective

D.Salt/Water Solution –  Rinse ar regular intervals with a salt/water solution. Can be effective on some milder causes of toothache.

E. Ambasol or Bonjela gels can offer a quick relief but again ensure you use a clean cotton bud or cotton wool ball or as a last resort a well washed finger tip.

F. Garlic – Believe it or not garlic has some anti-biotic properties and can be used as a quite effective home remedy for toothache.

G. Flossing – Simple flossing can have a pretty impressive effect on toothache as sometimes particles of food can be trapped between the teeth and cause irritation or pain.

H. Cold or Flu Remedies – If you do suffer with problem sinuses, toothache can be caused with pressure from the sinuses on the gums. Relief can be sought from a good cold or flu remedy, preferably containing a decongestant. That combined with the pain killer in the product will have a fairly instant result.


Obviously, any home remedy for toothache can only be effective in the right circumstances, so if your teeth are completely rotten there is not a lot that can be done, other than a painful and lengthy visit to your dentist. So it is imperative that you practise a good dental hygiene program and brush at least twice a day (preferably three times). When I say brush, this is not a 30 second flourish with the toothbrush, it is a 2 or 3 minute excersise ensuring all parts of the teeth AND GUMS are cleaned thoroughly. Floss regularly as particles of food can become trapped between the teeth and often go undetected by brushing alone. Then use a good mouthwash as mentioned above and allow all parts of the mouth to be rinsed.

Try not to eat too many sweets,  sugary biscuits or cake, if you have to, try and brush immediately afterwards. Some acidic fruits and juices can be particularly damaging to teeth so even though these products may do you good generally they can have a devastating effect on your teeth.

I know a lot of the above advice is common sense, but believe me there are a lot of people who completely ignore this advice until the inevitable happens, which can be too late.

The very best home remedy for toothache is to look after your teeth. Why take risks when you can have healthy teeth for a lifetime as long as you stick to the good habits of brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash