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Here is a home remedy that I used to battle a painful abscessed tooth and gum (with swelling in the cheek and lower jaw). I got the great idea of using a teabag from this site (thank you very much!), and I have added more specific information that may help someone else.

As others have mentioned, I too tried using ice, cold water, Ambesol, ice packs, heat, and probably a few other things. Nothing gave me any lasting relief. The steps below worked almost miraculously for me, and I hope they will work for others. Do not delay in combating any tooth abscess or gum abscess. An oral infection is a serious matter -- you should promptly seek medical help if you are unable to substantially diminish the swelling and pain within 24 hours.

What you will need:
Ibuprofen 200 mg -- 50 count (grocery/drug store). Helpful for pain and inflammation.
Lipton Cold Brew teabags (grocery store). Helpful for abscess drainage, pain, and minor sanitizing.
Crest Baking Soda/Peroxide toothpaste (grocery/drug store). Helpful for sanitizing area and some brief pain relief.
Nature's Way Garlicin 350 mg -- 100 count (health food store). Helpful for fighting infection, lowering fluid pressure, and some pain relief.
If Garlicin is not immediately available, you can use generic garlic tablets (grocery/drug store) as a less effective substitute until Garlicin can be obtained. You will have to use the equivalent of 1000 mgs more frequently until you can obtain the Garlicin.

1. Take 2 ibuprofen with water on an empty stomach. Repeat every 4 to 6 hours, depending on pain tolerance. Ibuprofen appears to me to be more effective on an empty stomach.
2. Apply a dry (make sure it is dry, not wet) Lipton Cold Brew tea bag between tooth and gum for 45 to 60 minutes. For better effect, lay down on non-swollen side with head slightly raised so the tea can soak over the gum and tooth (keep your mouth closed also). I tried both the dry and wet bag technique -- the dry bag technique worked the best for me. I used cold brew teabags, since I felt that the effect would be enhanced over hot brew teabags. It definitely worked for me.
3. After removing the (now mushy) tea bag, wait 15 minutes and then gently brush teeth with a baking soda/peroxide toothpaste. I have used Crest baking soda/peroxide toothpaste for years. It is very effective at keeping the mouth clean.
4. At least 1 hour after the ibuprofen, take 3 Garlicin caps (350 mg each). Repeat every 8 hours (if using a generic garlic tablet, repeat every 4 to 6 hours with 1000 mg equivalent). I use 2 Garlicin caps daily to help lower blood pressure. In the larger doses, it appears to be a fairly effective antibiotic. Garlicin is different from other garlic supplements -- it is not dissolved in the stomach, so it has no odor. It reaches the intestine and is released there, and you can usually 'sense' when it kicks in.
5. Apply a new teabag for same amount of time as before. Repeat as frequently as necessary to help relieve pain and/or reduce swelling.
6. Swelling and pain may begin to subside within 6 hours. Abscess discharge may begin within 12 to 24 hours. That is what happened with me. The swelling and pain were much lessened within 6 hours, and I was able to get a restful sleep. The main discharge started about 18 hours later when I was lightly pushing against my cheek on the gum.
7. If you notice any odd tastes in your mouth (probably abscess discharge), briefly brush teeth again and reapply teabag. The teabag will help to draw out any drainage. If the swelling and pain have gone down, you may also assist the drainage by lightly pushing against your cheek near the abscess.
8. Continue regimen of 2 ibuprofen every 6 hours and 3 Garlicin every 8 hours until all swelling and discharge are gone. You may be able to cut back on the ibuprofen dosage and/or frequency within 24 hours, but continue the full dosage and frequency of Garlicin until you are able to see a dentist. Continue brushing with a baking soda/peroxide toothpaste 3 times a day. It would also be a good idea to continue with the teabag regimen at least twice per day even after all swelling appears to be gone. There will be residual drainage over several days.
9. Consult with a dentist to start an antibiotic regimen and to subsequently make a decision on what to do about the tooth.

Do not assume that any lessening of swelling or pain means that everything is OK and you can stop the regimen. All oral infections are serious and can create problems in other areas of the body. If you do not obtain relief within 24 hours, get medical help -- a medical professional can prescribe an appropriate antibiotic for you.

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The teabag is working wonderfully for me. I felt an abscess coming on and because I have no money for the dentist nor any coverage, I decided to look up home remedies. Found this page and decided to try it overnight.

It didn't take effect right away. In fact, I was still in pain when I woke up this morning. As I brushed and gargled Listerine throughout the day, I began to notice the pain and then the swelling gradually start to subside.

There's still a little swelling and I can feel a little lump where the abscess probably is probably built up so I'm not out of the woods yet but this remedy along with brushing and gargling should be sufficient enough until I somehow get to a dentist.


Oh my goodness. My boyfriend has been suffering from tooth pain since Thanksgiving (it's Dec. 8th now), and it's just gotten worse. We tried every home remedy to fix it. He was doing literally everything he found on the internet for tooth abscess. Eugenol (clove) oil, warm salt water rinses, Listerine, salt and pepper, oil pulling (which did help some), honey, garlic, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, hot compresses...etc. So much more I can't even remember it all. So, I booked him a dentist appointment for tomorrow morning, and we're still going. But until then, we saw the tea bag remedy, the only thing he hasn't tried.
He's been doing it for about an hour, and I can't even begin to tell you how blown my mind is. He says it hurts to do it, just from the sheer pressure against his gum, and obviously the full taste from the tea isn't exactly pleasant, but after about 45 minutes, he took it out. (I looked, I know, super gross but I love him anyway). And holy freaking crap. From under the hurting tooth, pus was coming from the gum area. The release from the pressure is helping immensely. I cannot believe this is working. It's 11 pm the night before the dentist visit and it's actually coming out.
I still recommend anyone with this issue going to the dentist because tooth abscesses can become so severe that you can become ill or worse. But an at-home remedy to help, and maybe even alleviate all the pain, this is THE REAL DEAL.


I have an abscess in my tooth and all the research i have done i seen a lot about tea bags and on this site i seen it again i was wondering does it matter wat kind of tea bags cause all i have is lipton ice tea bags



All you can do is try it ?

I really hope that it worked out for you



Hey... Taking the pain pills on a empty stomach is a bad thing to do. My mom does that & she has really severe issues with her stomach and it has given her horrible ulcers. Please stop taking any medication without food or milk unless professionally advised to do so by a physician, pharmacy consultant or dentist!!

I hope you have gotten it taken care of though. Have a blessed week and stay safe :)

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