Toothaches Bite: 5 DIY Remedies for Fast Pain Relief

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Toothache got you down, but can’t get into the dentist until next week? Try these DIY tips to manage the pain.

A healthy mouth and smile is the foundation of a confident, more beautiful you, but with a nagging toothache, it’s hard to keep grinning. You’ll want to seek professional advice on the root cause of the tooth pain, but after you’ve called the dentist, here are some quick-fix options for natural pain relief in the comfort of your own home.


One of the easiest and best things to do until you can get to the dentist is to rinse with saltwater. Salt can help pull fluid out from your gums that may be causing irritation, as well as relieve the pain and clean infected areas. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of salt in a glass of warm water, swish, and spit.


If you’re looking for instant tooth pain relief, look no further than your liquor cabinet! Soak a cotton ball in your favorite bourbon or whiskey and gently press against the tooth. Unfortunately, the relief is relatively short-lived, so you may need to reapply. Think of it as happy hour, every hour!


The antibacterial properties found in ginger have been known to soothe a variety of ailments, from upset stomach to minor infections, just like those associated with toothaches. Pop a half-inch slice of fresh ginger into your mouth, and (if you can) bite down using the tooth in question. Swirl the juice around the area with your tongue, and continue to chew as the root becomes softer. Repeat a few times per day.

4.Clove Oil

Cloves (those little brown things stuck at the back of your spice rack from last Thanksgiving’s pumpkin pie) are a source of eugenol, a natural anesthetic and―who knew?―a toothache remedy hiding in your pantry. Clove oil is readily available from health food stores, or, you can simply crush a few cloves and mix with olive oil. Using a cotton swab, dab the oil directly onto the affected area.

5.Toothache Plant

Spilanthes acmella, commonly known as the ‘toothache plant’, is native to the tropic regions of Africa and South America, but can be grown at home under the right circumstances. If you didn’t have the foresight to sow the seeds of pain relief in advance, you can look for a spilanthes tincture at your local health food store. Spilanthes stimulates the saliva glands, which can help clean the mouth and tone the gums. It also produces a numbing effect, which is how the plant came to be known as a toothache remedy.


But, of course, the best way to deal with a toothache is to prevent it. Brushing with the right tools and technique is essential to maintaining a healthy smile. With its Sonic Pulse Technology and hygienic silicone design, the ISSATM product line is sure to keep you smiling for years to come!

For more information on dental care, visit the American Dental Association and read more about the FOREO ISSA.


Disclaimer: The information on this and any related links are for general informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, contact a professional healthcare provider.


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Katie Steadman is a native Texan roaming Asia with a penchant for writing, and solving sudoku puzzles at breakneck speed.

19 responses to “Toothaches Bite: 5 DIY Remedies for Fast Pain Relief”

  1. Even I tried Ginger and it really worked. I simply took a piece of ginger and peeled it off. Grinned it and then put it on the paining tooth. I started sucking the juice and soon the pain was gone. This natural remedy for toothache is very effective.

  2. Dental Guide says:

    I always have pain relief from salt water rinse.Great remedies suggested.

  3. I use Orajel Rinsing Mouthwash, prior to that
    Garlic Seasoning, and Lemon Ginger Tea
    with a robe wrapped around my head and face, where the toothache goes through my
    right eye and right ear, all of which works for me.

  4. Sagar says:

    I’m belonging to tooth pain all processing I will be used but didn’t well. ….any other information. .?

    • FOREO says:

      Dear Sagar, I am sorry you are in pain 🙁 If none of the natural remedies worked for you, please consult your dentist. For more information on dental care, visit the site of the American Dental Association. Take care!

  5. Alesia Johnson says:

    I have Sjrogren’s Syndrome, and one of the most persistent symptoms is dry mouth. This causes tooth decay and gum recession. I have had a lot of oral care, including gum grafts, but still have a lot of pain. I brush, floss, rinse, brush, floss, rinse.. PAIN always, and at the very least, irritation. ALWAYS. Difficult to buy Orajel with quarantine, it’s expensive and doesn’t work except to a fair degree. cannot use salt water because it dried out the gums, which caused the problem in the first place! Of your recommendations, which do you suggest for me with my illness? Dr. wants me to seek meds from an pro-facial pain doctor and has otherwise dismissed me. I am following all the recommendations but still need to numb pain until I can afford another doctor who can find the pathology. Thank you.

    • FOREO says:

      Hello Alesia, thank you for showing. We are sorry to hear you often experience pain and we sincerely hope you are fine. When it comes to medical conditions we strongly recommend to consult with your doctor before usage of any product, doctors always no best.

  6. Amario says:

    My tooth and head hurts so very bad to the point where I cannot sleep. The only thing I have is salt and I couldn’t get anything else because of quarantine. The worst problem is that the salt water doesn’t work for me. I used ice cubes consistently to numb the tooth. It worked for a while but all of a sudden it’s not working anymore. And I cannot sleep

    • FOREO says:

      Hi Amario, so sorry to hear this! We recommend visiting the dentist as soon as possible.

  7. williams says:

    Clove has long been used for toothache relief and is often found in topical dental solutions for quick pain relief and to reduce infection. Its oil has Eugenol natural anti-inflammatory properties, that counter pain relief.

  8. Candy says:

    I use peel ginger and chew it in pain area and it’s very effective after a while the toothaches are gone

  9. This is proven, that all of the home remedies that mentioned in the blog works, especially using clove oil. I often recommend my patient to use clove oil if they face any tooth ache.

    • carly says:

      Thank you Beth and glad to hear that you recommend this also!

  10. Eddy baba says:

    It started yesterday night and have note done anything
    Please what is next
    Is paining me badly

    • carly says:

      Hi Eddy, We would recommend that you see your dentist if the pain has not subsided as it may be the case that you would need professional care. Hope you feel better soon!

  11. Larry woods says:

    It might sound crazy use light bread its fast relief!!!

    • carly says:

      Thank you for your kind words and we glad you like our post 🙂

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