Toothaches are a definite pain in the backside, which I can attest to. They can be caused by an infection, tooth decay, gum disease, grinding teeth (bruxism), trauma to the tooth or an abnormal bite or a tooth eruption (in babies and school-aged children). Along with pain, a toothache may be accompanied by difficulty breathing or swallowing, fever, swelling around the tooth area, pain when you bite, foul-tasting discharge or continuous lasting pain. 

Should you or a loved one experience pain with any of the listed symptoms, it is recommend that you contact your dentist right away. They will be able to conduct a thorough exam to find out what is the cause and treat it. Home remedies for a toothache are only intended to provide temporary relief until you get professional help. 

For my situation, I ended up with a toothache caused by years of hard brushing of my teeth which eventually caused my gums to recede. To address the pain I chose to use powdered clove and a little olive oil applied directly to the site of pain. Cloves are wonderful in that they have pain relieving, numbing, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. 

Toothache Relief Recipe

  • 1 Teaspoon of powdered clove
  • ¼ Teaspoon of olive or vegetable oil
  • Spoon
  • Dish
  • Cup
  • Water


  1. On a dish, mix together the clove and oil with a spoon to form a paste
  2. Apply the paste to the area of pain, leaving on for a few minutes
  3. Rise out mouth with a cup of water, spitting out all of the paste
  4. Repeat as needed until professionally remedied

Be forewarned as powdered clove has warming and numbing properties which can be too strong/hot from some. If this occurs, rinse out the mouth right away. You can always use less clove and/or leave it on for a shorter length of time. 

Toothaches can often be prevented with the practice of good oral health care. This includes brushing after every meal, flossing and routine visits to your dentist. My situation was exacerbated with the fact that I had brushed for many years with hard and medium bristle toothbrushes. Regardless of the fact that they are available, always opt for the soft bristle brush.

Until next time, discover the power of your kitchen cupboard.

What causes a toothache? (2010, June). Delta Dental. Retrieved from

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