Most of the time, your best bet is heading to the dentist’s office as soon as possible… but we know, that’s not always an option. So, we’ve compiled a list of a few tried-and-true methods for dealing with toothaches at home in a safe way.

Dealing with tooth pain:

Let’s just start by clarifying: any remedies we’ve listed here to manage toothaches at home is only a temporary solution. 

Most definitely, the pain you’re experiencing is a sign of a bigger, more serious underlying problem that can only be safely and hygienically treated at your trusted dental clinic. Keep in mind that the more you put off taking care of your health issues, the worse they can get – potentially even leading to serious and expensive issues like tooth replacement or tooth implants.

With that in mind, knowing some of these home remedies can be absolute lifesavers when you, a family member, or friend are experiencing tooth pain but cannot get to the dentist. In fact, toothaches can be some of the most excruciating kind of ailment. 

The following list entails several methods of handling pain. Feel free to try as many as you need to see what is most effective for you. But hopefully, you’ll be able to see your doctor as soon as possible to get a permanent and safe solution to your aches.

7 home remedies to try for your toothache

These methods have been employed by your parents, grandparents and even farther back. Though modern medicine and dentistry has made immense progress since their day, these home remedies are still considered safe and relatively efficient ways to deal with tooth-related discomfort over the short-term.

1. Salt + pepper + water paste

When a tooth becomes extremely sensitive, you need ingredients in home pain relief that have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. A paste composed of a mixture of salt, pepper and a few drops of water is suitable for this, and takes effect in a few minutes when applied directly to the affected teeth.

2. The holiday spice: Cloves

In addition to the pleasant smell of cloves and their taste in cakes, they also have a very good antiseptic effect. As a spice with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, it also has antibacterial, antioxidant and sedative effects, which help relieve toothaches and fight infection. Freshly ground cloves can be mixed with a little olive oil to create another kind of pain-relieving paste.

3. The infamous garlic

Within the world of home remedies, garlic is quite the all-rounder – but it can also provide relief for toothaches. Garlic has antibiotic and other medicinal properties; the old, proven spice of our grandmothers when it comes to “healing”. When crushed cloves of garlic mixed with salt are applied directly to teeth, pain can effectively be reduced.

4. Onion as an aid too

Onions also can also be antiseptic and antimicrobial pain-relievers. When applied to the affected areas, it can work to kill the bacteria that cause infections. If you are still in pain, chewing on a raw onion can also relieve pain.

5. Saltwater rinse

A simple remedy that you surely have all the ingredients for: saltwater. You can try rinsing with warm saltwater to fight your toothache. If you rinse and gargle frequently, several times a day, then its effects will quickly work. It’s cheap, simple, and also reduces possible swelling and inflammation.

6. Vanilla extract (not just for desserts!)

True vanilla extract is far more valuable than some saltwater, however, if these aforementioned simpler remedies are not making a difference, then you may want to give it a shot. Vanilla extract can numb the painful area as well as having a calming effect.

7. Ice cubes

Ice can help relieve toothache and has a numbing effect on nerve endings. Ice cubes, wrapped in a thin cotton cloth and held outside near the painful tooth, relieve the pain for a short time within a few minutes.

Be prepared for emergencies

Most often, home remedies are necessary because you cannot get to the dentist… be it because of the holidays, being far from your usual dentist, or weather conditions, you should always have a local and responsive dental clinic at the ready.


Choose Smile & Teeth to be that clinic for you in Budapest! We take every effort to make sure your dental experience is painless as can be. Dental care is our one and only priority. 

We hope to see you soon, schedule your appointment today!