The Best 15 Home Remedies For Tooth Infection | Reducing The Pain

Home remedies for tooth infection are easy and simple ways to help some people to reduce symptoms and signs of tooth infection and try to relieve pain temporarily.

Although home remedies for tooth infection can relieve pain not heal the pain, going to the dentist is necessary to remove the cause of tooth infection.

Pain may be related to teeth or gum and the pain from a tooth with an abscess is throbbing and more painful than a normal toothache.

So we can use home remedies for tooth infection when there may not be a dentist available till going to the dental clinic.


The Most Common Home Remedies For Tooth Infection:

1-Saltwater Rinse:

Saltwater rinse helps in relieving pain in case of an abscessed tooth temporarily and helps in healing the wound, it also helps in maintaining the health of the gum. 

How to use :

Mix ½ teaspoon of table salt to ½ glass of warm tap water, then rinse the mouth with the mixture for 2 minutes, then spit out.

It can help in calming the pain and it can be repeated all day.

2-Natural Oils (Oregano and Clove Oils) :

They have been used since ancient times as natural home remedies for tooth infections.

These oils have antibacterial, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

They help in relieving the pain and reducing the swelling related to an abscessed tooth.

How to use:  

They come in two forms, diluted and concentrated. if they have been coming in concentrated form, they should be diluted with the carrier oil.

Squeeze one or two drops of the diluted oil onto a cotton ball and apply it to the painful tooth for short-term relief, but take care during applying it and keep it away from the tongue and other tissues in the mouth because cloves contain eugenol which is a natural numbing agent.

Caution : 

Clove oil should be kept away from the children because it has been noted by the National Institute of Health that if a lot of clove oil is ingested accidentally, it could need a visit to the emergency room.

After all, swallowing clove oil causes shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, burning throat and dizziness.

3-Peppermint Tea Bags:

Peppermint has numbing capabilities, so wet tea bags can be placed on the tissues surrounding an aching tooth.

How to use:

Freeze the tea bag for a few minutes for numbing and cooling effects, leave it in the area of the infected tooth for up to 20 minutes to get the most out of this remedy.


It is believed that garlic has therapeutic effects and is bactericidal and has been used since ancient times.

It can stop bacteria from growing, so it can be used to help in managing teeth pain.

How to use :

Make a paste from fresh garlic, put this paste on the infected area to relieve the irritating symptoms.

This remedy can be repeated multiple times per day till going to the dental clinic.

5-Hydrogen Peroxide:

Hydrogen peroxide is considered the most effective of home remedies for tooth infection.

It helps in relieving the pain of tooth infection and reduces bleeding gums and plaque.

How to use:

Mix equal parts from hydrogen peroxide and water, then swish the solution in the mouth for 30 seconds, then spit out.

It can be used multiple times in the day.

Take care not to swallow the solution by mistake.

6-Baking Soda:

Baking soda is an available component in the kitchen and is an easy and effective remedy of home remedies for tooth infection due to relieving the symptoms.

It is thought that it has antibacterial properties.

It is known that it has excellent properties of removing dental plaque.

How to use:

Mix ½ tablespoon of baking soda with water.

The mixture is swished for 5 minutes, then spit out.

It can be repeated 2-3 times per day. 


Home remedies for tooth infection

7-Cold Compress :

Placing ice cubes compressed against the affected area helps in reducing pain and swelling.

Never apply heat compress to the face during toothache is persistent, because the heat can aggravate the infection causing more swelling.

In case of infection, gasses may be trapped in the tooth, so keeping ice cold water in the mouth will make the gasses contract and pain either lessens or ceases.

8-Oil Pulling :

It is thought that it is an ancient method of treating different mouth problems.

Suitable oils for this method are sesame oil, olive oil and raw coconut oil.

It's thought that it is a useful way to stop bleeding gums, bad breath and reduce bacteria.

It helps to remove the toxins from the teeth and gums.

How to use :

1 tablespoon of available oil is taken into the mouth and swished for 20 minutes, then spit out.

It is better to use it when your stomach is empty.

9-Fenugreek Tea :

 It is helpful in healing wounds and reducing the associated inflammation of the affected tooth because of its antibacterial properties.

How to use :

Heat 1 cup of water in a pan and add 1 teaspoon of fenugreek to it.

Apply a small amount of the mixture after becoming cold with a cold ball on the affected area.


Home remedies for tooth infection


It is known that onions are highly effective home remedies for tooth infection.

It has antimicrobial properties and helps in reducing swelling around the affected tooth.

How to use :

Just cut a slice of onion and place it between the teeth and chew gently, it will get to work immediately.

11-Wheatgrass Juice:

When it is used as a mouthwash, it may reduce swelling and infection because it is believed that wheatgrass has numerous properties that make it a part of home remedies for tooth infection.

It also can fight tooth decay.

12-Guava Leaves :

Fresh guava leaves have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, so it is used to relieve the pain of tooth infection by chewing fresh guava leaves or boiling the leaves with water and using the solution as a mouthwash will reduce the pain.

13-Other Potential Plant Cures :

Research proved that there are over 50 types of plants that have anti-inflammatory properties, so they are used as natural home remedies for tooth infection such as, sweet potato, sunflower, guava leaves, Spanish leaves and peppermint leaves.

Chewing or sucking these plant leaves can release their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

14-Avoid Trigger Food:

There are types of food that can aggravate the pain such as hard food can press on the infected tooth and worsen the condition so food should be soft, sugary and acidic food can increase the pain so take care about food in this time and keep away from sugary food in the period of toothache till solve the teeth problems.

15-Alcohol (Unfavorable remedy):

Where alcohol is legal, some people use it with a cotton swab and place it onto the infected area to relieve the pain of a toothache.

But The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reported that the use of alcohol as a killer of pain can be dangerous because the amount of alcohol needed to give numbing sensation is often very high, so avoid this remedy.


Everyone should maintain good dental hygiene by brushing their teeth twice a day.

In case of pain with a tooth infection, you should go to a dental clinic but there is no problem using home remedies for tooth infection to relieve the pain and reduce the symptoms. 

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By: Dr.Islam Mahmoud Saleh

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