Maintaining oral health even during SHTF: Natural toothache remedies

Your teeth are the hardest part of your body, but if you don’t take proper care of them, they can easily succumb to the effects of poor dietary or lifestyle choices. When SHTF, taking care of your oral health can only become infinitely harder. Fortunately, there are natural remedies that you can use to relieve toothaches. Use these natural remedies to help you maintain good oral health even after SHTF. (h/t to


Many people already frequently use saltwater gargles to fight infections in the mouth, so it should come as no surprise that it can do wonders for your oral health. Simply mix together one tablespoon of salt with 16 ounces of lukewarm water. Allow the saltwater to cool for a bit before using it as a mouthwash. Gargle the saltwater and swish it around your mouth to help remove infection and stimulate your lymph nodes. If you have a toothache, gargle the solution and repeat several times a day over the course of several days, as necessary. (Related: How to maintain oral health even after SHTF.)


Charcoal, especially activated charcoal, is a useful natural remedy for treating toothaches. You might think that using charcoal might leave you with blackened teeth, but charcoal is actually highly absorbent, mildly abrasive, and very effective in cleaning teeth. Its absorbent qualities allow it to help remove any buildup of harmful microbes and toxins from the hard-to-reach areas in your mouth. Activated charcoal is especially useful for drawing out toxins from aching or abscessed teeth. All you have to do is to mix the activated charcoal with some water to create a damp poultice. Apply the poultice to the affected area and let it sit there for at least five minutes.

Tea tree oil

This essential oil possesses natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Like most essential oils, tea tree oil is very potent and should be used with great caution when used orally or topically. To create a natural toothache remedy, simply add one or two drops of the oil into a glass of slightly warm water. Mix the solution and gargle it. Be sure to focus on the affected area and swish it around where the teeth are most painful. Rinse with plain water afterward.

Clove oil

Cloves have natural antibacterial and anesthetic properties that can be utilized to help relieve toothaches and other pains. Soothe your aching tooth by carefully dabbing a drop or two of clove oil on the affected area. You can even chew on cloves directly to alleviate the pain and spit them out when you are done.

Oregano oil

Oregano oil has potent anti-inflammatory properties. To harness its healing properties, simply soak a cotton ball in a few drops of oregano essential oil. Place the cotton ball around the area of the abscessed tooth to help alleviate the pain. If you have some oregano spice in your kitchen, you can also try chewing on half a teaspoon of this incredible spice. Its germicidal components can benefit your oral health.


Turmeric contains an active ingredient called curcumin, which has potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Because of this, this spice has a long history of being used as a natural remedy for a number of ailments. It has even been referred to as a “miracle herb.” To treat your aching tooth, create a thick paste by mixing together one teaspoon of turmeric powder and some water. You can then apply this paste to the affected area.

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