Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically begin to erupt through the gums between the ages of 16 and 21, and sometimes much later in life, when a person is in their 30s. They got their name from the fact that these teeth appear so late, at an age when an individual has become a “wise person” after maturing into adulthood. Whether these “last” teeth bring wisdom is debatable, but one thing’s for certain – they are always accompanied by some form of pain or discomfort. Sometimes the pain can be intense and a source of agony and suffering for the affected individual. But why does it occur?

You see, when these teeth start to emerge, they encounter gums and other molars that have already matured and become less flexible than they were prior to adulthood. There may also be no enough room in the mouth for additional teeth. As a result, the new teeth are forced to cut through the gum tissue and push the other molars in order to emerge. This may lead to pain, swelling and irritation. But, the most common cause of severe wisdom teeth pain is impaction. This is a condition that occurs due to the lack of adequate room and the pressure exerted on the erupting wisdom teeth as they push against other molars, which forces the new teeth to grow at an incorrect angle – even sideways. Impacted wisdom teeth almost always causes pain and may result in other dental problems, such as gum swelling, infection (pericoronitis), unpleasant breath and taste in the mouth, and difficulty opening the jaw.

Wisdom tooth pain often arises with little or no warning, and in many cases occurs exclusively during nighttime hours when you may not be able to see a dentist. In such instances, you may want to try effective remedies that are known to work in relieving wisdom teeth pain. Here are ten of the best home remedies for quick and effective wisdom teeth relief.

1. Cloves

Clove is one of the oldest and most reliable natural remedy for tooth pain. It has been used successfully for generations to treat toothaches, including wisdom tooth pain. It has proven antibacterial, analgesic, antiseptic and anesthetic properties that give it its powerful healing effects.

3 Ways To Use Cloves To Alleviate Wisdom Tooth Pain

  • Take one or two whole cloves and place them on the painful mouth area. Hold the cloves firmly on your painful tooth and feel them release their numbing juice. As the whole cloves become softer, chew them slowly to get even more of the numbing oils from them. Don’t spit it out until your pain has subsided.
  • Take a few drops of clove bud oil and rub it directly onto your painful tooth and surrounding gums. You can use your fingertip or a cotton ball to apply the oil to your aching tooth. If you feel that you cannot tolerate the burning sensations of concentrated clove oil, you can dilute it in 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil before applying.
  • Alternatively, you may use clove powder to treat the toothache. Simply apply a pinch of ground clove powder on the painful mouth area and allow it to dissolve.

2. Garlic

Garlic may provide tooth pain relief in mild cases. It has significant anti-bacterial properties that can be helpful in treating minor toothache as well as minor infections and gum swelling.

4 Ways To Use Ginger To Relieve Wisdom Tooth Pain

  • Crush one clove of garlic and add 1/2 teaspoon of pure sea salt to it. Place the crushed, salted garlic on top of the affected tooth and allow it to release its juice.
  • Place a whole peeled clove of garlic on your painful tooth. Then, bite down on it to extract its juice. Swish the juice around the painful mouth area.
  • Take garlic powder and place it in a bowl. Add some water and make a thick paste. Rub this paste onto the aching tooth and gum area.
  • You could also make ginger tea and use it as a mouthwash. Place small ginger slices in a mug and then pour 1 cup of boiling water over them. Let the ginger tea brew steep for about 20 minutes. Then take a sip and swish it around your mouth. Spit it out or swallow. Repeat the process of swishing (swish-and-spit or swallow) till your tea gets finished.

3. Onion

Onions have effective antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful in fighting toothaches and infections. If you don’t mind the pungent smell, consider using this natural remedy to deal with your wisdom tooth pain. Shallots, yellow and red onions tend to be the most effective when it comes to providing tooth pain relief.

3 Ways To Use Onion To Relive Wisdom Tooth Pain

  • Take a raw onion and cut it into slices. Chew the slices to extract its juice and then spread this juice to the aching tooth and gum area as you chew.
  • If you’re unable to chew due to pain, just place the slice of onion on the painful mouth area. Let the onion slice stay as you hold it gently but firmly against the affected tooth.
  • Alternatively, you could crush the onions to make juice. Apply this onion juice to your aching wisdom tooth.

4. Guava Leaves

Guava leaves contain the bioflavinoid, Quercetin – which is an antispasmodic agent. They also have natural chemicals and constituents that provide disinfecting, pain blocking, astringent and antibacterial effects. This makes the leaves a great natural home remedy for wisdom tooth pain and other dental problems.

2 Ways To Use Guava Leaves To Treat Wisdom Tooth Pain

  • Take 1-2 guava leaves and chew them to release their juice. Allow the juice extract to work on the painful mouth area.
  • Place 5 guava leaves into a glass of boiling water. Let the leaves stay in the boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then allow the guava leaves decoction to cool down. Once the liquid has cooled down to warm temperature, add a sprinkle of pure sea salt (about 1/2 teaspoon). Strain the solution and use it like you would a mouthwash, swishing around your mouth and spitting it out – about 3 times a day.

5. Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass is chockfull of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has powerful anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It has also been shown to possess potent detoxifying effects. This makes wheatgrass, specifically wheatgrass juice a decent home remedy for toothache.

Process Of Using Wheatgrass Juice To Alleviate Wisdom Tooth Pain

  • Take a mouthful of wheatgrass juice and let it stay in your mouth for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Then, spit it out.
  • The juice will pull out toxins and bacteria to provide pain-relieving effects.

6. Peppermint

Peppermint possesses anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties as well as mild anesthetic capabilities. For wisdom tooth pain relief, you can use peppermint oil or pepper mint tea.

2 Ways To Use Peppermint To Alleviate Toothache

Using peppermint oil:

  • Take a cotton ball and dip it in the peppermint oil. Rub this compress on your affected tooth and gum area.
  • If you don’t have a cotton ball, use your fingertips to scoop some oil and then rub it onto the painful mouth area.
    Using peppermint tea:
  • Place 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint leaves in a cup.
  • Pour hot water over the dried mint leaves and let steep for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Once it has steeped and cooled down, take a mouthful and swish it around your mouth focusing on the painful mouth area.
  • Spit it out
  • And then repeat the process of swishing the tea in your mouth till it’s finished

7. Asafetida

Asafetida is a resinous gum that is derived from the sap of the ferula species, a tall large-leaved fennel that exudes a pungent smell. Currently, it is commonly used for flavoring purposes; though it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cookery for ages. It has a number of health-boosting components, including vitamins and minerals and beneficial natural chemicals umbelliferone and ferulic acid. Umbelliferone is an antiseptic agent, while ferulic acid acts as an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. These powerful components make asafetida an effective remedy for tooth pain.

Using Asafetida As A Home Remedy For Wisdom Tooth Pain

Things you’ll need:

  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1-2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Cotton ball


  • Pour the lemon juice and the asafetida resin onto your mortal bowl.
  • Use your pestle to crush the resinous gum asafetida so it can mix with your lemon juice.
  • Then, slightly heat the concoction. The mixture only needs to be lukewarm.
  • Place your cotton ball onto the lemon-asafetida solution to soak it.
  • Rub this compress against the affected teeth and gums.
  • You should be able to feel the pain relief after some time.

8. Sage

This herbal remedy has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties, which can be helpful in treating tooth pain and other dental problems like bleeding gums, mouth sores and gingivitis. When using for alleviating toothache, you have to combine it with natural sea salt and alcohol for effective results.

Process Of Using Sage To Relieve Wisdom Tooth Pain

Things you’ll need:

  • 2 teaspoons of dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Vodka or similar type of alcohol


  • Crush the dried sage leaves and put them in a small glass, ideally a shot glass.
  • Add salt onto the glass and then fill it with alcohol.
  • Let the mixture sit for about 5 minutes so it can infuse. It’ll turn greenish brown.
  • Take a sip of the infused mixture, including the leaves; but don’t swallow.
  • Chew the sage leaves.
  • Then, spit it all out and take another sip. Repeat this process until you find wisdom tooth pain relief.

9. Ginger

Ginger root contains anti-bacterial properties that can help relieve mild-to-moderate tooth pain as well as minor oral infection, wounds, redness and gum swelling. So you’ll only find it useful if your condition is minor.

2 Ways To Use Ginger To Relieve Wisdom Teeth Pain

  • Take ginger root and wash it until it’s thoroughly clean. Dry the ginger root and then cut a 1/2 thick piece from it. Peel the cut piece of ginger and place it between the affected teeth. Now gently bite down on it (if you can) to release its healing juices. Swish the ginger juice around your mouth, focusing on the aching teeth. Do this for about 5 minutes. You can swallow or spit the chewed remains.
  • If you’re unable to chew the ginger, consider making ginger tea. Just take the ginger piece and cut it into small slices. Alternatively, you could grate the ginger piece. Place the chopped or minced ginger in a mug and pour boiling water over it. Allow the ginger tea to steep for about 20 minutes. Drink your tea, swishing it around the affected teeth before swallowing.

10. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is known to possess powerful pain-relieving properties, acting as a natural analgesic for dental purposes. It also serves as a highly effective antiseptic, thanks to its two components thymol and carvacrol. What’s more, the oil is a rich source of important minerals, such as calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, copper, boron, vitamins A, C and niacin – which can be beneficial to teeth, bones and oral health.

2 Ways to Use Oregano Oil to Relieve Wisdom Tooth Pain

  • Dilute the oil with extra virgin olive oil at a rate of 1 drop of oregano oil per 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Rub this mixture on your back teeth and gums. Yo only need to use a small amount of the oil for tooth pain, since it’s very potent.
  • Alternatively, drop 1-2 drops of the diluted oregano oil into your mouth and let it stay there for 2 minutes. Then, take a sip of warm salt water and swish around for about 2-3 minutes before spitting out. Repeat the process 3 times a day.

Lastly, it’s worth noting that different people respond differently to home remedies for wisdom tooth pain. What works for another person may not work for you, and vice versa. If you happen to use a particular remedy and it doesn’t work, don’t hesitate to try another one. It might end up being just what you needed to alleviate your pain.