Since Ginger works as a natural anti-inflammatory, it can be used for pain stemming from inflammation. Toothaches are no exclusion. Rubbing a little bit of raw ginger on the tooth (or just on the gums nearby) can help reduce swelling and inflammation in the area and reduce the amount of pain you feel. Ginger is also effective against oral bacteria and can help fight diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. So the next time you have a minor toothache before you start squeezing Benzocaine in your mouth, consider a safer alternative such as ginger.