5 Surprising Herbal Remedies to Help Beat Toothache

16 March 2016
 Categories: Dentist, Blog

Toothache can strike at anytime, meaning that is isn't always possible to visit a dentist for treatment or a pharmacy for pain relief. Thankfully, there are a range of everyday herbs that are probably hanging around in your kitchen cupboard which could help you to beat your toothache until you can get some professional help.


Turmeric has an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect which helps to relieve toothache. You should add one teaspoon of turmeric to half a teaspoon of water and mix into a paste. Apply the paste directly to the affected tooth. As an alternative, you could use a paste made of one teaspoon of turmeric, half a teaspoon of salt and some mustard oil. 

Garden Sage

Garden sage is a great remedy for tooth pain. You should place a handful of leaves in a cup of boiling water and allow them to brew for 10 - 15 minutes, making a strong tea. To reduce inflammation around your tooth, you should hold the tea inside your mouth for around 30 seconds before swallowing it.


Use ginger powder to combat toothache by adding one teaspoon of freshly ground ginger roots to half a tea spoon of water. Mix the these to make a paste and apply it to the affected tooth. You can also chew fresh ginger root, allowing the juice to wash around your mouth.

Clove Oil

Cloves contain eugenol, which has been shown to have aesthetic, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, making them a great weapon in the war against tooth pain. Use a cotton ball to apply clove oil directly to the affected area, or make a mouthwash by adding 2-4 drops of clove oil to a glass of water.

Tea Tree Oil

Although it might not taste great, tea tree oil is a very effective way of treating toothache. The strong antibacterial properties of tea tree oil mean that it quickly kills bacteria that are irritating your teeth or gums. Simply add a small drop of tea tree oil to a cup of water and wash the liquid around your mouth, being careful not to swallow any of it. Spit out the your tea tree oil mouthwash and rinse again with water to remove the strong taste of the oil from your mouth.

You should only use these natural remedies as a short term fix for your tooth pain, until you are able to seek professional advice.