Learn to deal with tooth pain at home with 40+ natural remedies

Toothache is one of those disturbances that either represents the signal of a problem we did not notice or a lack of attention on our part, postponed because of financial problems, etc. Unfortunately, the disorders related to our teeth do not pass on their own or with mild remedies and generally get worse if you do not involve a professional. It is best to always consult your dentist, on a regular basis. In extreme conditions, when you cannot immediately resort to your doctor and you suffer that constant pain that seems to totally obscure every other aspect of your life, some natural remedies come to our aid.

Some of them can be easily found in your kitchen: a real herbal toothache remedy can be created with a mix of effective remedies that work synergistically with analgesic, disinfectant, and refreshing properties. Clove, malva, lemon, star anise, sage are the classic remedies that can help the wellbeing of your teeth; below you will see their properties in detail.


The teeth are very durable organs, belonging to the digestive tract. With the task of chewing and shredding food, teeth can suffer from some common disorders such as tartar and caries, which can be treated with natural remedies. Today we will speak about the most effective dental home remedies backed by solid science. To better understand the principles of their work, let’s have a look at anatomical structure of the teeth and the most common problems plaguing their health.

Anatomical description of the teeth

The teeth constitute a complex structure consisting of several parts, a visible portion protruding in the oral cavity, crown, a portion infused within the jaw or mandibular bone, said root, and finally an intermediate part of said collar. Tooth fabrics are made up of enamel, the toughest fabric that is made of minerals for 95%. They protect the dentine, the softer tissue of the tooth, that is more fragile than the enamel and can be easily attacked by the bacteria. Its function is that of ‘the cement’ that covers the root. Tooth pulp is an internal structure consisting of vascular and innervated connective tissue, with lymphatic and blood vessels that give vitality to the tooth

The tooth is a organ belonging to the digestive system, which is responsible for chewing and shredding food. The Latin proverb ‘Prima digestio fit in ore’ (‘The first digestion starts in the mouth’)  means that good chewing is the basis of digestion. In the human being the definitive tooth corresponds to 32 teeth: 4 incisors, 2 canines, 4 premolars, and 6 molars on the upper jaw and equal on the mandible.

Common causes of dental discomfort and pain

The causes of toothache can be numerous: caries, abscesses, wisdom teeth, inflamed gums, neuralgia, etc. In any case, toothache often accompanies headache and back pain.

In any case, it is good not to underestimate the symptom because the teeth and gum diseases are never easily remedied without the intervention of the specialist. It is always advisable to consult your dentist and share the right care.

In the face of this necessary premise, nature can also help us in situations where a “first aid” remedy is needed. There are many herbal remedies, floristic remedies or homeopathic remedies for tooth care.

Gingivitis is one of the most common causes of dental pain. In fact, gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It is caused by a bacterial infection and brings sensitivity, pain and bleeding. Gingivitis is caused by bacterial infection: bacterial plaque builds up, germs infect the gum and then pass to deep tissue (alveolar bone). This causes the formation of gingival pockets, sacs in which bacteria and toxins proliferate. The tooth progressively loses strength, and the support diminishes rapidly, which is proportional to the immune response of each.

Other factors may contribute to the onset of this disorder:

  • Anatomical constitution of the paradise,
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes,
  • Vulnerability due to hereditary factors.

It is highly not recommended to use alcohol and tobacco. Increase the consumption of foods rich in bioflavonoids (lemons, grapes, plums, grapefruit, apricots, cherries, more) and vitamin C (citrus fruits and kiwis). Say a definite yes to foods with vitamin A and beta-carotene. Give preference to wholegrain cereals. Avoid white flour and sugar, food with additives, coffee and black tea.

Tooth pain after filling

A hole in a tooth, a so-called caries attack, which reached almost or completely into the tooth nerve, can cause toothache. The bacteria that cause caries also contribute to inflamed dental nerve. First, it often starts with dull pain in the tooth. Then you get a more intense and persistent pain. The pain is characterized by a strong throbbing intense pain.

If the teeth are not treated, the inflammation spreads through the root of the tooth to the surrounding bone tissue. The pain then changes the character to more dull pounding pain and the tooth is often tender. The area around the jaws can swell up. It means that the teeth and jawbone have been infected and each tooth in the jaw has been formed at the sick tooth.

Fillings that go deep into the tooth near the tooth nerve can cause toothache. A tooth that has a filling sometimes protects the tooth nerve worse than a healthy tooth. Both the deterioration of the insulation and the actual drilling can cause anxiety or toothache. If you have deep fillings, the tooth nerve can also be affected by leakage at the edge of the filling. The alternative to a deep filling is to make a root filled right away. But it is often unnecessary and can cause other problems. Therefore, the dentist usually does a regular filling, even if it becomes deep.

Experiencing pain in the newly filled tooth is normal. In some cases, the pain would not go away for a few days. But if the toothache in the repaired tooth continues for one week and more, it is a sign that the inflamed tissues have not been removed completely, which calls for a new dental visit.

Wisdom tooth pain

Pain in a wisdom tooth is almost always an indication for surgical interference. The irrepressible anxiety that often lies behind the extraction of a wisdom tooth is a fact. We are talking about a surgery that consists in the literal removal of one or more wisdom teeth (the so-called molar thirds) from the mouth. Today, extraction of a wisdom tooth is part of the routine dentistry list; therefore, the experience acquired by a physician in performing such dental operations should immediately calm the patient.

Throughout this part of the article we will try to understand why it is advantageous to undergo an extraction of the wisdom tooth even in the absence of pathologies in progress. Next, we will describe how to prepare for a third molar extraction, what is the intervention, and what risks and complications are going on.


Let us recall briefly that the molar thirds, absent in the infant’s teeth, begin between the ages of 18 and 25 (not by chance, they are called wisdom teeth), an age when all the dental elements are placed in a precise position. The rigidity with which wisdom teeth erupt from the gums could cause toothache, dental filling, and many other disorders, such as to require dental extraction.

When is it inevitable? The extraction of wisdom teeth (also called avulsion) can be performed for preventive or curative purposes. In the first case, a wisdom tooth can be removed to safeguard the correct position and the correct alignment of the other teeth, minimizing the risk of dental malocclusion and crooked teeth. In addition, early wisdom teeth (immediately after their gum extrusion) may be recommended by the dentist to limit any risks and complications that may arise by removing a third molar already fully formed during adulthood.

For therapeutic purposes, however, the extraction of wisdom teeth is inevitable in the following circumstances:

  • Dental malocclusion: This condition requires the extraction of wisdom teeth as it may make it difficult to clean daily dental or interfere with normal chewing
  • Corrosion of the adjacent tooth: a wisdom tooth, still contained in the gum, pushes prominently against the roots of the adjacent tooth, creating inflammation and pain such as to require extraction
  • Severe tooth infection, caries, pulp, dental abscess or granuloma at the wisdom tooth: in these cases, the removal of the infected tooth is the only appropriate solution. Inflammation or a devitalization of the wisdom tooth would otherwise result.
  • Dental inclusion: The wisdom tooth is blocked in its path of growth and development from the gum, remaining trapped inside the mandible or jaw bone. This condition exposes the tooth to the risk of infections, caries, dental abscesses and cysts
  • Gingival inflammation caused by the bad position of a wisdom tooth. Chronic toothache, caused by pressure exerted by the wisdom tooth on the adjacent teeth
  • Dental pericoronitis: a tooth of partially eroded judgment can give rise to a very annoying and painful acute gingival inflammation.
  • Broken or chipped wisdom tooth.

Abscess tooth pain

Dental abscess is a build-up of pus contained in the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth (gum, mandible bone or dental pulp). Usually, dental abscess is caused by bacterial infections that propagate in dental tissues as a result of complicated caries, chipped / broken teeth or periodontal disease (gum disease).

Depending on the exact location where it originates, dental abscess stands out in:

Periodontal abscess: It is caused by a periodontal infection, the tooth support consisting of gingiva, support alveolar bone, root cement and ligaments (elastic connecting fibers). Typical of patients with periodontitis (or pyorrhoea) and susceptible to gingivitis, periodontal dental abscess can also be caused by purulent infection within a periodontal pocket.

Periapical abscess (or complicated pulpit): The infection originates in the tooth pulp as a result of seriously complicated caries. Let’s briefly remember that the pulp is the vital part of the tooth, rich in arterioles, veins, nerves and osteoblasts (cells used to dentin production). Damaging and crumbling the tooth enamel, caries affects dentine until it reaches the dental pulp. In this case, in the case of carelessness, the bacteria involved in the carioid process spread deeply causing extensive purulent (rich in pus) infection, which takes the name of periapical dental abscess. The same periapical abscess can also result in severe trauma to the teeth (e.g. falling out), such as to induce dental pulp to undergo necrosis (tooth decay).

Gastric abscess: Probably the most complicated form of dental ace that develops directly into the gum due to infectious processes. Gingival abscess can be a consequence of a periapical dental abscess.

As an infection, dental abscess requires an antibiotic treatment, possibly supported by the administration of painkillers to relieve the pain. The drainage of the pus is also indispensable for healing.

Natural remedies for dental abscess are poorly effective. The only solution is to follow – subject to medical prescription – a specific antibiotic treatment.

However, while the cure has its own therapeutic effect, natural products can relieve or temporarily mask the toothache caused by dental abscess:

  • Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata). The essential oil of this herb, suitably diluted and applied directly on the tooth with abscess, relieves rather the pain (while not acting in any way on the triggering cause)
  • Propolis (hydroalcoholic dye to be applied directly to the tooth involved in the abscess). This apical product with disinfectant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and cicatrizating properties
  • Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea). It disinfectant and immunostimulant properties
  • Essential oils with disinfectant action (useful remedy for alitosis caused by dental abscess):
  • Salvia (Salvia officinalis)
  • Mint (Mentha piperita)
  • Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)
  • Aloe Vera Gel to be applied directly to the gums affected by abscess. The herb is useful natural remedy to flush and relieve the burning sensation.

Tooth extraction pain

After the removal of a tooth, the recovery rate of the patient is heavily influenced by the complexity of the intervention and by the observance of some precautionary rules, which are important to reduce the risk of complications. We therefore will in detail what risks and complications can be achieved in a dental extraction operation. Subsequently, we will try to list a number of precious considerations to be taken into account in order to avoid the risk of falling into unpleasant inconveniences after a dental extraction. Whether it is a wisdom tooth or a maxillary canine: the risks that arise after the extraction of a tooth are almost the same.

First of all, it is good to remember that a healthy tooth that requires extraction for reasons of misalignment or dental malodoration - a typical condition of wisdom teeth - has less dangers or complications after surgery than a tooth seriously damaged by deep caries, pulpits, granulomas, dental abscess or anything else. Even morbid conditions may have a major impact on the post-extraction course: patients affected by systemic pathologies (e.g. diabetes, autoimmune diseases, chronic kidney failure, etc.), as well as subjects who undergo chemotherapy / radiotherapy or who must take corticosteroid drugs, may have considerable recovery difficulties after extracting a tooth.

Inevitably, after the extraction of a tooth, the patient experiences an unpleasant feeling of swelling and gum inflammation, often accompanied by a slight bleeding that should occur within 24 hours after the operation. Within certain limits, such side effects may be termed ‘normal’. Remember that although it is relatively simple, dental avulsion is always a surgical operation in all respects, so it is understandable how the organism can react after the forced withdrawal of an integral part of the body.

If the general rules for post-extraction prophylaxis are not followed, the clinical profile of the patient may be dangerously degenerate.

In this sense, the most worrying postoperative complications are dental infections such as:

  • Alveolitis: Alveolitis (the bone cavity where the roots of the teeth are located)
  • Dental abscess: accumulation of bacteria, white blood cells, plasma and cellular debris (pus) confined to tissues surrounding a tooth
  • Dental granuloma: chronic inflammation of the radical apex and surrounding tissues
  • Dental cysts: rounded cavities that progressively expand into the bone, destroying it. This is a typical complication after extracting a wisdom tooth included
  • Among the possible complications associated with dental extraction, we must not forget the temporary loss of lip and tongue sensitivity on the side where the operation was performed.

Before extracting a tooth, the physician or surgeon specialist must inform the patient of all the risks and complications that might cause such an operation. As mentioned several times, observing doctor’s recommendations and observing certain oral hygiene standards can undoubtedly help minimize the risk of acute pain, infections, or other post-extraction complications.

Nutrition also affects the recovery of a patient undergoing a tooth extraction. After the intervention, it is strongly recommended that you follow a light, balanced diet rich in water. In particular, in the 24 to 36 hours following the onset of the attack, a predominantly liquid or semi-solid diet is suggested, consisting of soft foods such as mashed potatoes, warm soups, warm soups, smoothies, grilled or smoothed meats, homogenized puddings, meatballs, boiled fish, etc. The solid food residues, in fact, tend to cling to the sores on the gum – still sore and not completely cured – left behind by the intervention. Trapped in these wounds, bacteria, carbohydrates, and food fall into the wounded gum, triggering a series of serious dental infections. In conclusion, it is good to confirm that observance of these tips is extremely important for prophylaxis of infections or complications after a dental extraction.

Home remedies and natural therapies for the teeth

Pulmonary inflammation, caries and abscesses are all friends of sugar. It’s important not to abuse coffee or teeth-staining products such as artichokes, tea and red wine. Never neglect the evening cleaning because at night the plaque accumulates and the dangers for the mouth multiply. For those with halitosis problems it will be useful to regularly use natural sugar-free lean yogurt.

Among the useful infusions useful against toothache there are excellent chamomile ones (if we remember that chamomile has sedative, digestive properties), lavender (antispasmodic, analgesic), lemon (detoxifying), and marjoram (soothing).

To alleviate dental illness and physical stress-related disorders, the following Bach flower remedies can be used: Oak, Vervain and Hornbeam, Crab Apple, Elm and Red Chestnut (stress and muscle tension headache), Impatiens (Headache accompanied by a general sense of irritation).

Homeopathic remedies such as chamomile, arnica, hypericum and belladonna are also useful for the treatment and prevention of toothache.

Ayurveda affects all aspects of a person’s life, even dental health. According to Ayurveda, your toothpaste should be astringent and bitter. If a sweet toothpaste is used, saliva becomes dense and rich in calcium and tends to form tartar deposits on the teeth. Among the herbs used, there is often neem (Azadirachta indica) that thin the saliva, removes the tartar and effectively combats the retraction of the gums. Neem can also be used as pure oil to massage on the gums.

1. Oil pulling

In yoga, there is also a practice known as oil pulling, a technique not necessarily considered as kirya, but still recommended in some ayurvedic texts. It is a 10 to 20 minute rinsing in the morning with sesame, sunflower or coconut oil. After about 10 minutes the oil mixes completely with saliva and becomes a white foam useful to remove toxins, cure gums, whiten your teeth.

2. Agrimonia (agrimony)

Agrimonia expatriate in the form of a liquid extract in the 30 drops dose, three times a day, is excellent because of the presence of vitamin K and its efficacy of vasoconstrictor. You can dilute them in pink grapefruit juice or pure mango and papaya juice.

3. Common marshmellow (Althea officinalis)

Althea officinalis relieves the symptoms of tooth ache. Allow 7 grams of herbal preparation in 100 ml of water for 15 minutes (infused at 7%). After about fifteen minutes, bring the macerated to light boil. Allow to cool and run rinses of the oral cavity 3-4 times daily.

4. Black currant (Ribes nigrum)

Black currant (Ribes nigrum) is used in the case of recurrent gingivitis. In the case of bacterial infection, Echinacea angustifolia is used as a mother tincture.


5. Malva against toothache

Malva is a first aid remedy for many small disorders that can be afflicted and is also useful in the event of neuralgia caused by dentinal sensitivity, caries, inflammation of the gums. Thanks to its mucilaginousity, it has a soothing, healing and blandly anesthetic action.

When it is not possible to go to your dentist quickly when a generic toothache strikes or when a neuralgia or inflammation of the gums persists, malva can help us soothe the torment. Malva responds to this kind of immediate need and falls back among those definable natural remedies of “first aid”. In fact, malva has undeniable soothing properties, which sooth acute pain and attenuate the torment of chronic pain. Thanks to its tannic component, it performs astringent and vasoconstrictive action in the event of small gingival blood loss. Malva also has a powerful anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic action. Small blood clots that form quicker with administration of malva form protect mucous membranes from possible phlogosis and sepsis. The mucilage contained in the malva give a powerful soothing action to the plant; in fact, the colloidal solution that comes into contact with water has a protective effect with a mild anesthetic result in the treatment of toothache and cicatrizing.

Malva infusion: Put the leaves and flowers in boiling water to macerate, filter and use to rinse the mouth cavity. Malva infusion with the star anise or cloves synergy can be a panacea while you are waiting to be received by your dentist.

Malva mother tincture: Malva tincture an be used as a mouthwash, directly on the side, or diluted in water for mouth watering and oral cavity. The presence of tannins has an immediate astringent effect, in the case of mucous fatigue or gingival bleeding.

6. Herbal teas for toothache

In this part you will find out everything about herbal teas used as natural remedies for tooth pain. Learn how to mix them to create a beautiful smile and soothe the pain. These are simple everyday ingredients that, in synergy, can help our mouth against inflammation, neuralgia, inflamed gums.

7. Cloves for toothache

Cloves and their used to be called upon to relieve toothache in the popular tradition of many peoples. What are the cloves? These are the dried blossoms of Eugenia, a plant of the Myrtaceae family. They have analgesic properties thanks to the strong presence of eugenol, essential oil of flowers, as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

The cloves can be applied directly to the source of pain, be it a carious tooth or an inflamed gum spot. After placing a clove to the sore spot, the sufferer would proceed making sucking movements. They can also be used to provide disinfectant and scarring mouthwashes: in hot water with large amount of salt help to prevent inflammation of the gums, abdomen, and after using toothbrush and toothpaste, those can be a good mouthwash.


8. Star anise for teeth, gums and breath

Star anise comes from the Philippines, China and Japan. Its flower is shaped like an eight-pointed star, which when it’s dry releases the seeds. Anethole is the active ingredient derived from its fruits and boasts antispasmodic and sedative properties, as well as stomachic, carminative, antibacterial and antifungal effects.

Just like cloves, star anise seeds can be placed close to the sore side to soothe the spikes of pain before resorting to the dentist’s help.

The infusion that can be prepared with malva and star anise can be taken both to rinse and gargle in order to disinfect all the oral cavity, gums and purify the breath, both for internal use, for the benefit of the digestion, digestive tract, activating its anti-fermentative properties that will also counteract the problems of halitosis.

9. Mirra to disinfect teeth and gums

When the gums are healthy, the teeth are strong and when the teeth are clean without plaque and tartar, our gums enjoy good health and do not undergo inflammation and infection. This tells us that we can not ignore a condition of complete equilibrium. Mirra helps you to protect a proper habitat of the oral cavity.

Mirra is a resin extracted from Commiphora, a shrub typical of some African states, the Middle East and India, and is used for conservation and as an anti-inflammatory agent. Mirra is not intended for internal use, so it will not be an ingredient of our herbal tea for the teeth and the oral cavity, but we use it as a mouthwash. On the market we find it in hydroalcoholic extract to be used to disinfect the oral cavity, and to keep the gums healthy from bacterial infections.

10. Grapple plant (Harpagophytum procumbens)

Grapple plant (Harpagophytum procumbens) can attenuate toothache in the acute phase of the pain, thanks to the ardor in the root. In phytotherapy, the grapple plant can be taken as mother tincture, in the amount of 30 drops twice a day, diluted in little water, after meals.

11. Sage or chamomile infusion

For gingivitis, you can rinse your mouth with warm sage or camomile infusion.


12. Camphor oil

If there is a significant defect in the aching tooth, you can insert a cotton swab soaked in camphor, camphor or valerian drops – they relieve toothache and soothe the inflammation. The essential oil of camphor is rich in chinolones, an active ingredient used in various culinary collars and syrups, famous for its strong balsamic and anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it can be used in the event of muscular pain, rheumatic pain but first and foremost, in the event of an aching tooth.

13. Salt and iodine

You can also: rinse 5-6 drops of iodine and teaspoon of salt, dissolved in a glass of water: dissolve 2 teaspoons of soda in 2 teaspoons of vinegar and cover the tooth.

14. Massage

Sometimes it helps to massage the circular point of the hand (right when the toothache is to the left, the left when the right) in which the bones of the thumb and forefinger are joined.

15. Garlic

The most easily available natural remedy for toothache is garlic. Grate a garlic clove with salt and place under the aching tooth. You can also chew a single garlic clove every morning. Not only will you relieve pain but also strengthen your teeth.

16. Onion

Chewing onions can also be done. It is said that ten minutes a day is enough to kill all germs in the mouth.


17. Lemon

Lemon, because of the rich content of vitamin C, is very effective in the treatment of any dental problems. Chewing on a piece of lemon will surely bring relief for a toothache.

18. Paprika and salt

Add 1/4 teaspoon of salt to a pinch of paprika powder. Apply powder to a sore tooth.

19. Vanilla extract

To ensure a longer soothing effect, add 2-3 drops of vanilla extract to the aching tooth.

20. Potato

Another effective home remedy for an aching tooth is to peel the potato and cut it into slices. Apply one patch to your aching tooth and hold for 15 minutes.

21. Tea bag

Dip tea bag in boiling water. When it cools down a little, apply to the aching tooth. It will bring you relief for a long time.

Apply an ice cube to the toothache and hold for 15-20 minutes. Repeat this activity at least 3-4 times a day.

22. Brandy

Immerse a cotton swab in brandy and squeeze over the aching tooth.

23. Whiskey

Take whiskey and swab the area around your toothache.


24. Ice pack

Ice pack is very useful for calming tooth pain. Compress the cheek with a cloth filled with a packet of ice cubes.

25. Ginger

Ginger has an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antibacterial action that helps relieve toothache. To do this, take 2 tablespoons of ginger powder that you will mix with 1 teaspoon of water, working the mixture to obtain a consistent dough. Then place this preparation on a cotton pad and apply it on the painful tooth without touching the gum.

26. Thyme and sage

An effective herbal remedy for toothache is an infusion of thyme or sage. Pour a teaspoon of one of these herbs with boiling water, cover and leave for 10 minutes. Take a small amount of infusion into your mouth and rinse your mouth in the area around your toothache. Regular mouth rinsing with these infusions will not only reduce pain, but will also strengthen teeth and gums.

27. Mouthwashes against toothache

Relieve your teeth and gums by making a natural mouthwash 2 to 3 times a day for 3 minutes. The mouthwash with baking soda removes microbes and bacteria responsible for dental pain. The mixture is simple: 1 teaspoon of baking soda for 250 ml of warm water. Mouthwash with apple cider vinegar reduces inflammation and irrigates the gums. Dilute 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth after making this homemade mouthwash. Salt-water mouthwash: dilute 1 teaspoon of aalt in a glass of warm water.

Homemade natural oral hygiene products

We use dental products every day for our oral hygiene to be effective, but those almost always contain additives and chemicals, which, even more than in cosmetics, can be harmful to our health, because they are ingested. Can you make your personal oral hygiene products to substitute those you find in the supermarket?

What products do you choose for our oral hygiene? You can rely on the natural toothpastes we find in some herbalist or online, but not all the toothpastes are created equal. Among the most dangerous substances we find in INCI the Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, surfactant and detergent used for foaming power that can be irritating to the mucous membranes. But we can often find PEG-6, a chemical wetting agent used to prevent the paste from being drenched in contact with the air, and Sodium Phosphate / Disodium Phosphate, a substance that has the task of maintaining pH unchanged and falling within In the “family” of phosphates.

If you are not familiar with INCI and list of ingredients, we recommend that you entrust yourself with the certifications of eco-cosmetics. Alternatively, you could always prepare a homemade natural toothpaste.

1. Salt mouthwash

Well yes, you can prepare a medicinal mouthwash yourself. The recipes for making a good natural mouthwash are many and varied. The base is made up of water and salt, which can be added to herbs, essential oils, bicarbonate. Salt? Yes, because salt is a kind of natural disinfectant: in fact, the salt action (NaCl or sodium chloride) is bacteriostatic and eliminates water, blocking the vital activities of microorganisms. Adding essential oils and herbs cleans the oral cavity, disappears the alitoid, strengthen the teeth and gums.

2. Tea tree oil mouthwash

It is useful to have a dropper and a vial to use the infusion enriched with 1 or 2 drops of essential tea tree oil directly on the tooth or gingiva fro a truly natural mouthwash.

3. Basil mouthwash

Take a pan, fill it with water and put a spoonful of dried basil leaves, or 100 grams of fresh leaves of basil. Boil for about 10 minutes, filter, add salt and use this set as a mouthwash, keeping it in a refrigerator in a glass or plastic bottle for a longer shelf life. Basil mentioned in the recipe can be replaced with sage leaves, fresh or dried.


4. Malaleuca oil

If you prefer the fresh scents of essential oils and the disinfecting power of malalauca oil, pick a bottle, fill it with water and add a spoonful of bicarbonate satin, 2 drops of malevolent oil, cloves or sage. Add two drops of essential oil of mint. Shake everything for a natural mouthwash ready in just a few minutes.

5. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also a valid ally for natural appetite. Simply boil in a saucepan some cloves and hazelnuts for a few minutes; then, once all has cooled, filter the liquid, put two tablespoons of apple vinegar and a pinch of salt. To flavor your DYI mouthwash, you can also use anise, fennel or cinnamon sticks.

6. Natural toothpastes

A natural smile to be displayed every day is made with simple ingredients such as clay and baking soda and some essential oil to your liking,. Let’s see how to make effective pastes for the health of your teeth and prevention of toothache.

Choosing to eliminate certain everyday products to embrace natural, ecological, and sustainable lifestyles not only affects the appearance of skin, hair, nails, but also touches something that is nice to show every day: a smile! Having teeth naturally clean, pampered, protected, with strong and healthy gums, fresh and kissy breath is fundamental to our daily natural well-being. If you want to say no to surfactants, sorbitol, parabens or chemical aromas of some toothbrushes, here are some tiny tricks to learn. One of them is to make your own natural toothpaste. Try out some of the recipes below.

7. Green clay toothpaste for daily use

The ingredients you will need for this toothpaste are: ventilated green clay, a few drops of  essential oil of your choice (peppermint, eucalyptus, thymus). Mix half a teaspoon of green clay with a couple of drops of essential oil. Place the mixture obtained on the wet brush and proceed with the cleaning of the teeth.


8. Toothpaste with clove and salt to disinfect

Take the following ingredients: finely ground wholegrain sea salt and clove powder or essential oil of cloves. Grind spices and salt together and use on a damp brush. If the gums are inflamed, just use dried and chopped chamomile in place of cloves.

9. Toothpaste with baking soda and white clay

Mix the following ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, white clay or kaolin, wweet almond oil or sunflower oil, essential oil of choice (peppermint, butterfly, thymus). Use a cup to mix the ingredients together and pour the mixture onto the damp brush. Gently massage the gums. Baking soda should be used once a month, maximum two, to avoid scratching or smearing enamel and never dry.

10. Toothpaste with sage powder and bicarbonate

The ingredients for this toothpaste are: sodium bicarbonate, dried and ground sage leaves, ventilated green clay, essential oil of mint, cloves. Mix all the ingredients together, using clay and bicarbonate in equal parts and chopping the cloves or getting the powder. Use the toothpaste on a wet brush. A whitening and effective toothpaste to disinfect and purify the oral cavity.

11. Essential oils for your natural toothpastes

According to some yogis, sunflower oil can also be used to wash the teeth, natural antibacterial and, as ayurveda teaches, you can also use a special cleansing-toothbrush that allows for a deeper cleansing of the oral cavity. In addition, essential oils of orange, lemon or grapefruit are enemies of the plaque, and, just like fruit acids, purify and dissolve impurities. The plaque can be treated once every two months with these extracts, without being ruined. Moreover, these extracts, just like tea tree oil or essential oil of malevolent, tea tree, are effective antibacterial agents. Use in addition to propolis to protect the gums and sensitive teeth.

12. Aloe vera

It is difficult to list all the conditions in which very helpful aloe can help. Ointments, gels or lotions from this plant accelerate the healing of open wounds and burns. The preparations soften the swelling, as well as the toothache –apply aloe vera gel directly to the affected tooth and the gum surrounding it.


13. Thyme

Thyme is effective both alone and in combination with other herbs. It has antifungal and antiseptic properties, thus helping to fight gum disease and slow plaque deposition. In combination with mint, thyme reduces swelling of the gums, which is a common cause of pain.

14. Turmeric

This plant has many valuable therapeutic properties: anti-cancer, relieves rheumatic pain, protects the liver and relieves toothache. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric with water to create a thick paste. Use a cotton swab to apply it to a sore spot. The antiseptic properties of turmeric will ease the pain and reduce the swelling.

15. Yarrow

Yarrow root has anesthetic properties, so it will be great in case of relieving toothache. For the best results, rub the fresh root or yarrow leaf directly into the aching teeth and gums. Another use of this plant – the management of bleeding in the case of wounds and injuries.

16. Spilanthes Acmella

It is probably the first time you hear about this plant, but if you suffer from toothache and gingivitis, your extract should necessarily be in your first aid kit. Applied to the aching place, the plant shows an immediate anesthetic effect. Completely natural.

17. Peppermint

Whether you choose to use fresh mint leaves or essential oils, you will feel a definite relief in pain each time. Moisten the cotton swab with the mint oil and apply to the affected area. If you use fresh mint, simply chew 1-2 leaves until they are juicing. Apply them to the tooth then. Remove after a few minutes and rinse your mouth with salt water.


18. Chamomile

Chamomile has soothing and calming properties, which are helpful in soothing inflammation of the gums. Take a chamomile infusion sachet, drop it in a boiling water and let it cool down until it’s warm, then apply it in the area where the gum is inflamed for a few minutes until the pain disappears.

Chamomile mouth wash will protect you from bleeding and swelling of the gums and inflammation. Mix chamomile tea with lemon juice and a little vanilla extract. After washing your teeth, rinse your mouth with camomile and spit it out. Its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties will help you get rid of problems for a long time.

19. Belladonna

Belladonna has many beneficial properties. The alkaloids that it contains can act on the nervous system, both as anesthetics and as stimulants. It is in many cases because it can also be used as an anti-inflammatory, in the case of sore throat, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and other typical influenza symptoms. The main indications of belladonna are exactly those in herbal medicine. In addition, it can serve in case of gastritis, intestinal problems and skin disorders. Homeopathy makes great use of it, although contraindications should be made, especially in the case of bronchial asthma and bradycardia. The recommended dosage is 3 granules or 5 drops depending on the type of preparation used. It takes 3 to 6 times a day for belladonna to completely cure the inflammation, but in case of a tooth pain it is best to use it as a temporary pain alleviation.

Taking into account the contraindications of belladonna, you must be careful in its use in case of bronchial asthma, bradycardia and glaucoma. There may be drug interactions that must be considered. The substances contained in the beautiful woman can interact with antidepressants, anti-spasms, antihistamines, anticholinergics, neuroleptics and the medicines used to treat Parkinson’s. That is why it is always necessary to ask the opinion of the doctor or the homeopath. In the event of overdose, side effects may occur, such as loss of psychomotor control and mental disorders accompanied by hallucinations. In more severe cases, hyperthermia, dry mouth, tachycardia, tremor, pulmonary insufficiency, and unconsciousness may occur.

20. Marjoram

Marjoram is cultivated for industrial and medicinal uses. Of this plant, dried top flowers are used: cut the twigs and, bonded to bunches, hang them to dry in a ventilated place, then stored in paper bags. Leaves and flowers of marjoram are stored separately, preferably in jars of dark glass. Medicinal properties of this herb are based on its being exceptionally rich in vitamin C, as well as boasting a high content of essential oil, tannins, rosemary acid, and bitter substance. It is a substantially aromatic, bitter, anti-spasmodic, expectorant and sedative plant. Marjoram contents are similar to those of the oregano. For toothache, prepare a marjoram infusion by brewing a 2 tablespoons of dried flowers in a cup of boiling water, leaving to rest for 15 minutes. When the infusion has cooled to room temperature, rinse the mouth cavity with it, paying special attention to the affected area.

21. Eugenia

Eugenia Essential Oil is derived from steam distillation of flowers blossomed when the corolla is still closed. Eugenia is a plant of the Mirtacee family. The herb is known for its many properties. It performs analgesic and anesthetic action locally. Eugenia also destroys pathogenic germs and is therefore useful in the case of caries and disinfects the mouth and dental cavities (mumps, ulcers, gingivitis, stomatitis). By rinsing regularly, you eliminate bad breath. To fight an acute tooth pain with Eugenia essential oil, apply a drop of diluted eugenia essential oil with an appropriate diluent (e.g. chloroform) put on a little cotton to apply onto the affected tooth.

22. Lavender

Dilute 4 drops of lavender essential oil in 100 ml. Use cold but not iced water. Make long-lasting mouth washings paying special attention to the affected area.


23. Oregano

Analgesic and anaesthetic properties of this herb are useful in dental neuralgia. Prepare a mouthwash by brewing dried oregano leaves, preferably bought from pharmacy or a herbalist, and rinse the mouth cavity, making the medicinal mouthwash linger in the area that causes you pain.

24. Oregano essential oil

In a glass of water, add 12 drops of essential oil of Oregano and make long-lasting dental washings.

25. Satureja

Put a drop of satureja essential oil directly on the caries. You can repeat the application several times for optimal outcomes.


26. Lavender and Tea Tree

Dilute 3 drops of each oil in a tablespoon of vegetable oil and rub on the gum under the affected tooth.

Home remedies for toothache in infants and children

1. Essential oils

It is often difficult, if not impossible, to place a clove in the mouth of a child. The aromas are so strong that you are unlikely to succeed. You can therefore make a light massage on the cheek with clove essential oil a little diluted in water. That will relieve the pain. On the other hand, watch out for essential oils! Make sure of their origin before using them especially with your children. The market is very little controlled, and we find a little of everything. You should only buy essential oils that are certified as “pure and natural”.

2. Cloves and marshmallow root

The appearance of the first temporary teeth, from four to ten months, is often accompanied by pain that results in cries, insomnia, refusal to take the breast or bottle  To calm gum irritation and pain in a baby, use clove and marshmallow root. Let your child will suck it under your supervision; this will relieve the pain. The root of marshmallow contains a vegetable substance that contains pectins whose effect is to decrease the inflammatory phenomenon and thus to alleviate the pain. These pectins will also relax the gum tissues, which will favor the exit of the small teeth.

3. Amber necklace vs. teething rings

There is also a fashionable cure for infants: amber necklaces that supposedly release succinic acid when coming in contact with the body’s heat. But watch out for those, since their effectiveness is not proven or backed up by any scientific evidence. Whether those are bought from a fashion store or at a pharmacy, amber necklaces have nothing to do around your child’s neck. First because there is a danger of strangulation, your baby can strangle with the elastic collar. And there is also, if the collar breaks, a risk of inhalation of the beads and therefore suffocation. These are reasons why Early Childhood Professionals strongly discourage their use. Do not hesitate to offer a teething ring to your child, he or she will be able to nibble on it, calming the aching gums

4. Prevent tooth decay

To prevent cavities in young children, you should avoid what is called bottle tooth decay. When a child falls asleep with a bottle containing a sweet liquid in the mouth, there is a risk of caries. The prolonged contact between the liquid and the surface of the teeth promotes the destruction of the tooth enamel. And since the milk teeth are more fragile than the definitive teeth, you really have to be careful.

In case of both adults and infants, any persistent dental pain should cause you to consult a dentist. It should never be forgotten that an ill-treated dental infection can have serious consequences for our entire body.

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