15 Home Remedies for Tooth Problems


Some of the home remedies for tooth problems include the application of readily available things at home such as cloves, onion, asafoetida, guava leaves, garlic, salt and pepper, wheatgrass juice, baking soda, lemon, neem or margosa leaves, vanilla extract, peppermint, teatree oil, etc.

Tooth problems come in various shapes and sizes. Some of them may leave you irritated throughout the entire day while some give you enough pain to make you curl up on the floor and cry (all the while clutching your cheek as though your life depended on it). The visit to the dentist, the cold metallic apparatus prodding inside the mouth and if the case is severe, getting a tooth pulled out- all seem more intimidating than the pain itself. Now that we have painted a pretty painful picture, let us find out how the problems can be solved with things you easily find in your house. If not, a quick run to the grocer won’t be a problem.

Home Remedies for Tooth Problems.

Here are some home remedies that are quite effective in healing tooth decays, ease the pain of an erupting wisdom tooth in the initial stages.

1.   Clove

Clove has antiseptic and anesthetic properties. So not only it stops the throbbing pain, but also is effective against bacterial infection or tooth decay. In fact, many types of toothpaste recommended for tooth pain have cloves as a main constituent. You can use clove as a remedy for tooth pain in the following three ways:

  • Clove oil compress- If you can find clove essential oil in pharmacy, mix a few drops of it with half a teaspoon of edible oil like olive oil. After thoroughly washing your mouth, soak a bit of the oil in a cotton ball, gently press it down on the hurting tooth.
  • Ground cloves- This one is effective, if your pain is less than insufferable. Just take a pinch of the powder and sprinkle on the affected tooth.
  • Whole cloves- Take two or three whole cloves and hold it between the jaws over the painful tooth. The saliva in your mouth will soften the spice, so chew the soft, pulpy clove to release the oil.
Clove for curing tooth problems
Clove for Tooth Problems

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2.   Onion

This is a remedy that even dentists recommend. You may get a stabbing toothache in the dead of the night when a visit to the dentist is simply not possible. In such cases, cut a slice of onion and put this raw slice on the affected tooth. Onions are antimicrobial so whenever you feel a bout of pain coming, bite into the onion to let the juices run and soothe your tooth.

Onion reduce tooth problems
Onion for Tooth Problems

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3.   Asafoetida

This is a spice you will find in any Indian kitchen as its earthy flavour lends a deep note to many dishes. But did you know, it can also come in handy if you have a sensitive tooth. Asafoetida is rich in minerals and vitamins. If your tooth is sensitive because its protective enamel is depleting, the minerals can restore the shield and reduce sensitivity. The minerals also help in strengthening teeth, which increases the tooth’s ability to withstand decay. To get relief, make a paste of asafoetida and an edible oil and smear this paste thickly on the tooth.

Asafoetida for Tooth Problems
Asafoetida can cure Tooth Problems

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4.   Guava leaves

Guava leaves are used in rural India to strengthen teeth. Wash a few guava leaves and chew them together to make a paste. Now seal the painful tooth with this paste. Guava leaves have antibiotic and antiseptic properties, which relieve pain quickly.

Guava leaves for tooth problems
Guava leaves reduce tooth problems

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5.   Garlic

Garlic is almost like a magical ingredient which has such a strong antibiotic property that it can heal almost all kinds of infections. Naturally, tooth infections are no exception. To get the most of the benefits, you can take garlic oil in a dropper and squeeze a few drops directly onto the tooth. If you cannot find garlic oil, just take a clove, remove the skin, crush it and rub the paste on the painful tooth. The act of crushing releases two chemicals which create Allicin, a powerful analgesic and antibiotic. So your pain gets soothed while bacterial activity is also ceased.

Garlic can cure tooth problems
Garlic can reduce tooth problems

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6.   Salt and pepper

Salt and pepper are good for your teeth and salt is even present in toothpaste. To use salt and pepper, take equal parts of salt and pepper and mix them together with a couple of drops of water to make a thick paste, but make sure the salt is not completely dissolved. Take this viscous paste and dab it on the painful tooth and the gum area around it. Do this twice a day for maximum benefits.

Cure for tooth problems with salt and pepper
Salt and Pepper can cure tooth problems

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7.   Wheatgrass juices

Dieters are very familiar with this juice. Wheatgrass juice has antiseptic and antibiotic properties which is why it is used frequently in de-toxing. Wheatgrass juice is also effective in relieving tooth pain. Use this juice as a mouthwash two to three times a day. You can even chew on a bit of wheatgrass for relief. It prevents bacterial growth and extracts toxins from the surrounding gum area.

Cure for tooth problems with Wheatgrass juice
Wheatgrass Juice for tooth problems

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8.   Fluoride wash

Fluoride washes help in resealing the worn enamel layer of the tooth. So if you have sensitive teeth, wash your mouth every day with fluoride wash. Fluoride wash also makes your teeth whiter.


9.   Baking soda

Baking soda desensitizes teeth. You can sprinkle some baking soda on your toothpaste and brush with it. Or you can make a paste of baking soda and water and dab that on the painful tooth. It is an analgesic, so it relieves pain and also kills bacteria.

Cure for tooth problems with baking soda
Baking Soda to cure tooth problems

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10.   Bay Berry Bark

You can buy bayberry bushes from nurseries and grow your own. Or visit a horticultural garden and get some bark for yourself. First of all, powder the bark and then mix it with apple cider vinegar to make a fine paste. Apply this paste on your painful tooth and also the gum surrounding it. Leave it for about ten minutes and then wash off with warm salted water.

Cure for tooth problems with Bayberry bark
Bayberry Bark Cure for Tooth Problems

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11.   Lemon

Lemons contain a large amount of vitamin C and citric acid, which are both very effective in reducing pain. So when tooth pain is defeating you, just cut a thin slice of lemon (or lime is better as it has more concentrated form of the vitamin and acid) and place it on the tooth. Gently squeeze it between your teeth. This releases the juices and washes the tooth in it. For better result, add a pinch of salt to the lemon wedge. But, use it in a limited way because excess of lemon can cause damage to enamel and increase tooth sensitivity.

Lemon can cure tooth problems
Lemon to cure tooth problems

12.   Margosa twigs and leaves

This remedy has been in vogue since ancient times in India. Neem or margosa twigs and leaves are astringent and antiseptic in nature, so these can relieve tooth pain, ward off tooth decay or abscess. It even prevents yellowing of teeth. You can just chew a few leaves of margosa along with oregano and this will desensitize your teeth. You can also brush your teeth with a twig of margosa. In fact, it is a common practice to use margosa twigs as tooth brush. First, a twig is chewed so that the fibers are released and then these fibers can act like brush. They are very much effective in reducing tooth problems.

Remedy for tooth problems with margosa leaves
Margosa Leaves Remedy for Tooth Problems

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13.   Vanilla extract

Yes, it is the same exotic ingredient that turns your cakes from lumps of flour and egg to fragrant bites of pleasure. But did you know it is also a great thing to have when your tooth is aching like mad? To make use of the therapy, buy some vanilla extract, dip a cotton ball it. Now gently press the cotton ball on your teeth. If you find vanilla pods, scrape out the seeds and use them for baking or other purposes. The pod that is left behind, chew that between the affected teeth. This will greatly relieve any sore feeling and even reduce tooth decay.

Vanilla extract for tooth problems
Remedy for tooth problems with Vanilla Extract

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14.   Peppermint

The essential oil released from peppermint leaves is close in chemical composition to clove oil. As a result, it is also a good analgesic and relieves tooth pain quickly. As the leaves contain menthol, chewing on peppermint can also soothe toothache. It has anti-inflammatory properties as well, so an inflamed tooth will be restored to its original condition. If using oil, two drops directly on the leaf is best. If you are chewing, just wash a couple of leaves, chew it into a paste and then smear it on the painful tooth.

Cure for Tooth Problmes with Peppermint
Peppermint Remedy for Tooth Problems

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15.   Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil also has chemical similarity to peppermint oil. So, tea tree essential oil is very good in relieving toothache. Soak a cotton ball in tea tree oil and stick it between the jaws in contact with the painful teeth for instant relief.

tooth problems remedy with teatree oil
Teatree Oil remedy for tooth problems

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Apart from these, you can numb your pain by rubbing an ice cube on the cheek directly beside the painful tooth or use an ice pack. Rinse your mouth with salt water to get some relief. The salt solution extracts excess fluid so it drains the swelling. You can also wash your mouth with alcohol for the same effect. Above all, to avoid tooth pain completely, maintain good dental and oral hygiene. Regularly get your teeth checked by a dentist. Brush twice a day, wash your mouth after eating and avoid eating too much sugary or acidic food. Floss every day and use a good non-alcoholic mouthwash too. Taking all these precautions will reduce the chances of sensitive tooth or tooth decay or abscess or toothache. You should take as much care of your shiny pearly whites as any other body parts because remember, your teeth are one of the first things anyone notices in you.