Cavities are a major cause of pain for lots of people.  They are caused from bacterium within the mouth which thrives on foods that are full of starch and sugar which attach themselves to your gums and teeth. The bacterium manufactures acids that injure your tooth, and once the injury gets to your nerve, pain sets in.

However there may be different reasons which cause you toothache, for example, a loose filling, a tooth which is cracked, a gum infection like an abscess, or sinus issues which apply pressure to your teeth. Whatever the cause, if the infection reaches your nerves, it is bound to cause pain.

Toothaches vary from a nagging  to excruciating pain, however with a professional dental practitioner, the pain can be quickly relieved and the cause of the pain fixed.  However, if an appointment is not available quickly at your Corso per Operatore Socio Sanitario (OSS) a Lanciano Chieti Abruzzo, you do have the option of going to your local chemist for paracetamol or other pain killers.  The natural remedies below can also be applied to help relieve the pain till you can get an appointment with your local dentist.

Natural Remedies for Odontalgia

Apply essential oil to your painful tooth.

clove essential oilEssential oil has exceptional properties to defeat bacteria, and additionally incorporates a desensitising impact, for this reason it has been used for centuries as a remedy for odontalgia.  Fast forward to 2020 and science tells us that eugenol is the chief extract from cloves which acts as a natural anaesthetic. The oil might sting initially, but very quickly brings relief from tooth ache.

Use whole cloves if you do not have any essential oil.

Place a whole clove in your mouth, allow it to moisten till it is soft, then bite on it a little with your teeth to help the clove release it’s natural anaesthetic oil.  Keep the clove applied to your painful tooth for up to an hour to help relieve the pain.

Spice and Cayenne pepper

Not everyone keeps cloves at home, so if you find yourself short simply create a paste of red (cayenne) pepper and ginger. Once crushed, pour them into a small container, like a glass, then add a small amount of water to create the soothing paste. Rub a little ball of cotton through the paste, making sure it is fully covered, and hold it in your mouth against the tooth which is causing you pain. Try to keep the cotton wool off your gums, if at all possible, as the pepper can cause irritation, so take it slowly at first.

Rinse your mouth with a tincture of myrrh.

The astringent effects help with inflammation, and myrrh offers the additional benefit of killing bacteria.

  1. Simmer one teaspoon of  myrrh in two cups of water for half-hour.
  2. Strain and let cool.
  3. Rinse with one teaspoon of the mixture 5 to 6 times every day.

Peppermint tea

Peppermint tea not only has a nice flavour, it also has numbing power. Place one teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup of boiling water and steep for twenty minutes. Once the tea cools, swish it around in your mouth, then spit it out or swallow. Literally just rinse and repeat to help numb the pain.


salt water treatment for toothacheStir a teaspoon of salt into a glass of hot water and rinse for up to thirty seconds before you spit it out. Salt water cleanses around the tooth and helps extract some of the fluid that causes swelling. Repeat this treatment as many times as needed.


Place ice cubes or crushed ice into a bag, ideally a freezer bag with a zip, and apply it to the aching tooth for about quarter-hour to numb the nerves.  Be careful not to leave apply the ice bag to your cheek for too long as you do not want to cause additional pain to your cheek.  You can also use medical ice packs which are easy to freeze and apply when needed.

Tea Bags

A warm, wet tea bag may be a customary folk remedy for odontalgia that has value. Tea leaf contains astringent tannins, which can reduce swelling and provide you with temporary pain relief.  You can also use a lavender or wheat germ bag which can be heated in the microwave in a similar way.  Apply the warm bag to your cheek to relieve pain and swelling.


Use a toothpaste that’s designed “for sensitive teeth.” If you have pain from shrinking gums, this might relieve lots of the pain you almost certainly experience from hot or cold foods. once gums shrink, the dentin below your teeth’s enamel surface is exposed, and this material is especially sensitive.

Change Toothbrush

Switch to a soft-bristled tooth brush.  A soft tooth brush assists and preserves gum tissue and stops your gums shrinking, and reduces sensitivity when brushing.

Chewing Gum

If you’ve broken a tooth or have lost a filling, you’ll be able to relieve some pain by covering the exposed space with softened chewing gum. This may work with a loose filling too, as it will help hold it in place until you’ll be able to get to your dentist.


Take the forefinger and thumb of one hand and squeeze and rotate the skin between the thumb and forefinger of the other hand. Apply pressure for around 2 minutes. This helps trigger the discharge of endorphins, the brain’s feel-good hormones.

The bottom line for tooth pain

No matter whatever else you are doing to manage your toothache, make sure you create an appointment to see your Corso per Operatore Socio Sanitario (OSS) a Lanciano Chieti Abruzzo. These home remedies will offer temporary relief, however your dentist must do some exploration and establish what’s inflicting this pain. Odds are, you have got a tooth that needs treatment. If you don’t establish what’s inflicting the ache, it’ll will only continue or worsen.