#BlogchatterA2Z- “T”-Toothache: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!

Toothache: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!
Toothache: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment

This is day 20  of #BlogchatterA2Z and as alphabet “T”, I am talking about another common disease aliment.  

As “T”, I am talking about “Toothache”? What is toothache? What are the causes and symptoms? How can homeopathy help in relieving toothache? Read the post to know more. 

What is toothache?  

The pain in or around the tooth is called toothache. Toothache is one of the most common problem that affect most of the people once or more in their lifetime. Toothache is not a disease itself; it is more a symptom of other underlying disease or teeth (or oral cavity) issue.  

Toothache can be mild and gentle in nature and it could be severe and extremely painful. The mild tooth pain is usually caused by swelling or inflammation in around gum area. Mild toothache did not require any specific treatment or dentist visit and get cured within 2-3 days by using simple home care measures (like salt water gargles and use of clove oil).  

Severe toothache is caused by other serious reasons like teeth decay or abscessed tooth, and did not respond well to home remedies. For treating severe toothache, it is must to visit dentist clinic and take professional dental treatment as per cause of toothache.  

Why toothache is so painful?  

Though tooth seems like a bony structure but pulp (inside the tooth) is one of the most sensitive part of body. It contains rich nerve supply and blood vessels. When due to any reason, the pulp is infected (bacterial), the nerves inside the pulp get irritated and cause severe pain. The food rich in sugar act as a strong factor that stimulate bacterial growth and increase bacterial infection and pain in and around the tooth area.  

Causes of toothache 

common causes of toothache
Common causes of toothache

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There are several factors (ranging from mild to serious) that can cause toothache. Such as:  

  • Inflammation in and around the surrounding gum tissues 
  • Abscessed teeth  
  • Tooth decay  
  • Injury to teeth  
  • Fracture of teeth  
  • Grinding (and clinching teeth): a condition that called bruxism.  
  • Cavity in teeth  
  • Loosening of dental filling  
  • Sometimes, toothache is present as a “Referred symptom” that means it is caused by infection in other parts of body. Such as,  


Sign and symptoms of toothache
Sign and symptoms of toothache

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Here are some common symptoms present with toothache.  

  • Pain in and around tooth. The pain can be throbbing, stabbing or pricking in nature. Some people feel constant pain, while some may experience only while chewing or when apply pressure.  
  • Swelling and tenderness in surrounding gum tissues.  
  • Fever, headache, earache (in some cases) 
  • Difficulty in opening the mouth 
  • Pain or difficulty while chewing and swallowing food 
  • Foul smelling discharge from teeth  
  • Bad odor from mouth (if cause of toothache is abscessed teeth) 
  • Other systemic symptoms like depending upon cause of toothache 

Home care measures 

Mild toothache responds so well to home care measure, such as:  

  • Warm water-salt gargles: take 1 glass of warm water and add ½ TSP salt. Mixed well and gargle with this water, at least 3-5 times a day. Salt has excellent anti-bacterial property; it helps in relieving flushing out bacteria from your oral cavity and relives toothache.  
  • Apply clove oil on affected part. Take clove oil in a cotton ball and put this on affected painful part for 10-15 minutes. Clove has excellent anti-bacterial property and helps in relieving toothache.  
  • Take Luke warm mustard oil and mixed little quantity of salt and turmeric in it. Message the painful area gently with this mixture 3-4 times in a day. It works great in treating mild toothache.  
  • Flossing properly. Sometimes toothache is caused by stuck food particles (in between teeth), proper flossing relives that kind of toothache effectively.  
  • Limit the intake of sugary and starchy food. Sugar is the main culprit that increase bacterial infection and results in more pain and other signs of inflammation.   

When to visit dentist? 

Here are some warning signs that call for immediate visit to dentist visit and professional dental care.  

  • Pain that lasts more than 2 days and did not respond well to home care measure.  
  • Increase in pain and swelling in surrounding gum tissue.  
  • Fever 
  • Persistent discharge from teeth  
  • Toothache associated with other symptoms like earache and throat pain  


Toothache can be prevented by easily by practicing “good dental hygiene”. Here are some simple steps that works great in preventing toothache.  

  • Brush and floss properly (two times a day)  
  • Professional cleaning at least twice in year 
  • Oil pulling (once in a week) to flush out toxins from oral cavity  
  • Limit the intake of sugary substance in diet 

Homeopathic treatment  

Like other home care measures, homeopathy is also suitable only for treating mild cases of toothache. Also, homoeopathy is also work great as preventing measure. Here are some common remedies.  

Plantago major Q 

Plantago major Q
Plantago major Q

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Plantago major is one of the most effective and top-grade remedy for treating toothache. It can be used as a “General remedy” to treat toothache symptoms. Along with toothache, it also helps in treating sensitivity in teeth. You can use this internally as well as externally to relive teeth pain.  


Belladonna 30
Belladona 30

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As you all already know that belladonna is an excellent “Anti-inflammatory” medicine is homeopathy. It works great in reliving inflammation symptoms associated with teeth pain, like redness, swelling, burning and hot feeling in mouth. It is more useful in early stages of inflammation.  

Dose: 30 potency, 5-6 globules, 3-4 times a day. Repeat frequently, when condition is acute and severe.  

Arnica montana

Arnica montana 30
Arnica montana 30

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Arnica is another good remedy for treating toothache. It is useful for treating toothache that is caused by any injury, trauma or after surgical dental treatment. Arnica can be used as a preventive medicine before any kind of dental treatment. Like tooth extraction and dental feeling. Giving a dose of arnica before and after dental treatment helps in reducing pain and soreness caused by dental procedures.  

Mercurius sol. 

Mercurius sol 30
Mercurius sol 30

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Mer. Sol is another great remedy for treating toothache, when there is increased salivation and bad odor from mouth is present. The gums are swollen and dark red or purple in color. There is metalic taste in mouth and complain get worse in night.  

Few other indicated remedies for toothache 

  • Calendula: can be used as an anti-septic to relive inflammation and pain 
  • Chamomilla: especially useful for toothache in kids with higher level of irritability.  
  • Coffea cruda: useful, when there is extreme restlessness and sleeplessness is occurred due to toothache and toothache get worse by warm drink and food.  
  • Hecla lava: when there is jaw swelling is also present along with toothache.  

External application 

Homeopathic mouth wash 

Plantago major Q

Plantago major Q
Plantago major Q

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Calendula Q
Calendula Q

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You can make your own homeopathic mouth wash by mixing following medicines.   

Take calendula Q and Plantago major Q. add 10-10 drops of both Q in a half cup of Luke warm water and do gargle at least 2-3 times in a day. This “Homeopathic mouth wash” works great in reliving minor toothache   and clean the mouth cavity as well.  

Use this mouthwash for 3-4 times a day, when symptoms are acute (first 1-2 days), and then use it for at least once or twice a day for up to 10-12 days. 

So, these were some homeopathic treatment options for toothache. What are your thoughts? Please share with me.  

This is all for now.  

Tomorrow, as “U”, I will talk about “Urticaria and homeopathic treatment”. Stay tuned to learn more.  

Read the previous posts of the series here: 

A: Acidity: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment  

B: baby colic : causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment 

C: Common childhood injuires: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

D: Diarrhea: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

E: Ear pain, causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment 

F: “Fever”- causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

 G: “Gingivitis”: causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment! 

H: “Hair loss”: common causes, symptoms & homeopathic treatment!  

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z Challenge

Disclaimer: the post is written for educational purpose only. did not intend to cure, treat or diagnose any disease condition. always consult your doctor before making any significant changes to your medication or starting any new medication.

This post is a part of #CauseAChatter with Blogchatter


  • Pr@Gun

    Your post comes in time, when I’m already suffering from toothache, but tell me will it give instant relief, as toothache is unbearable and causing headache too. I’m applying clove oil for relief and doing salt water gargles too. But thanks fro detailed post it sure is helpful.

    • admin

      Dear if cause of toothache is not mechanical ( cavity, feeling cam out or abcess), then these remedies work great. I would suggest try homeopathic mouthwash. additionaly, you can add belladonna Q and kresotum Q also 10-10 drops, in a cup of luke warm water and gargle 4-5 days a day. it will give good results. also, you can take medicines as per your symptoms for 2-3 days. if the cause of toothache is not serious , then it will work.

    • admin

      dear the post is not about falling milk teeth but it is about toothache that can occur any age. but thanks for your visit.

    • admin

      Yes dear maintaining good level of oral hygiene, avoiding sugary food and regular dental checkup with dental cleaning at least 2 times in a year, provide good dental care and help in future occurrence of teeth problems.

    • Imagemakeover

      Tooth ache is something which I can’t bare. I remember the time when I had to go for tooth extraction.. OMG I generally keep my distance from dentists.. Haha…. But I think these homeopathic treatments are such boon for all of us.

  • Ruchie

    Last year I had toothache and mummy suggested that I should have Beladona as we want to avoid visiting dentist because of lockdown and it works, I trust homeopathy medicines a lot!!

  • pythoroshan

    of all the pains, this is one that can really leave you debilitated until it is cured… often literally requiring a surgical visit to the dentist

  • Navita Bhatia

    Being ne of the worst kinds of pains, toothache calls for a quick cure. Great you have shared the home remedies as well as the medicines. Last time I had it, I tried curing it with clove oil and mustard oil-salt paste. Of course, it gave me some relief but ultimately I had to go to the dentist. Glad I know the names of some homeopathic medicines now that can be used in any such case.

  • Archana

    I strongly believe on clove oil home remedy, well tested and tried. Also brush with sendha salt+turmeric+mustard oil, it really works wonder. toothache a very common problem among all age group thanks to you for making us aware about the homeopathy treatment of it. I never thought of homeopathy way for dental issue. Need to add few medicine enlisted above to my medical kit.

  • Varsh

    I’ve had few of my molars removed due to decay and abnormal growth and know that tootache is chillingly real. Home remedies are good but a dentist’s prescription has worked best for me.

  • Alpana Deo

    I never had any dental issues. But I have seen people going through so much of pain. The remedies that you have mentioned can definitely give some relief. I am hearing a lot about Oil pulling these days.

  • Cindy Dsilva

    All these medications are new to me. I think I’ve only gone for a tooth filling once. And my wisdom tooth seems to have grown crooked under my gum so it has to be removed. Saving this just in case we need it in the future. Very helpful to cure at home before visiting the dentist.

  • rakhiparsai11984

    Toothache is such a crucial thing and faced by all at home. My daughter especially get tooth ache more. I am really happy to know about these medicine that are safe to use in toothache

  • mummatalks

    This is a very informative blog. I had face a diff challenge as my daughter is 7.5 but still not losing any of her milk teeth while her permanent teeth had started popping behind the milk teeth. Finally we had to get them removed.

  • Tina Basu

    I suffered from it in my childhood and know how painful it can be. These are such helpful options you have mentioned. I am so paranoid about my son’s oral hygiene that I brush his teeth thrice a day!

  • Kavita Singh

    This was really informative, Surabhi. Toothache seems to be a never ending trouble for many and I too recently got into this trap. One must follow healthy oral hygiene, I am saving this post for sure.

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