A throbbing toothache can make you feel helpless if you don’t know how to solve it. Many times we think it’s a cavity which can only be remedied by a dentist. The truth is there is a list of reasons and home-remedies for any type of toothache. Loose cavities, gum disease, infection or even an exposed root can cause lingering pain in teeth, whether it’s a throbbing tooth or a sharp pain through the jaw. Of course, you should visit the dentist as soon as possible to find the cause, but in the meantime, try a few of these remedies for a quick fix.

Warm Salt Water Rinse

 This is a fairly common suggestion for any pain or discomfort inside your mouth. Mix a half of a tablespoon of salt in an 8 oz cup of warm water. Stir until the salt is dissolved and swish in your mouth for about a minute. Salt is an ingredient that will be seen throughout this list as an antibacterial solution as well as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Vanilla Extract

 Vanilla is a scent and flavor known for it’s soothing remedy. Dab vanilla extract on a cotton swab and apply it to the affected area, it will cause slight numbness to take pain away on the spot and if used for days in a row it will provide lasting pain relief.

Wheatgrass Concentrate

 Wheatgrass is known as a superfood that boosts our immune system and stamina. It also has antibacterial properties that can help heal tooth or gum infection at the surface level. Many people choose to use the juice as a mouthwash to kill bacteria and absorb toxins from the gums.


 Although it is terrible for your breath, garlic is a great source for toothache relief because of its antibiotic properties and medicinal benefits. The best way to receive the benefits of garlic is to crush a fresh clove and create a mixture with salt. Place this directly on the affected area and your pain should quickly subside. If you can handle it, some people prefer to chew directly on a garlic clove. After a few days, your toothache should disappear.


Using any of these remedies in the short term is a good idea to immediately relieve a toothache. If these cures do not provide lasting relief, contact us at Cohen Dental Care 718-658-8341.  I can determine the root of your pain fast and find a lasting cure for your toothache.