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904 Home Remedies for Abscessed Tooth

Victoria Maeve

I cracked my molar when my silver filling fell out a couple of months ago. Since then, I've been putting off the dentist, like normal people do, except my tooth pain began to get progressively worse. I was crying, had an earache, a headache and my body was sensitive. It was clear the bacteria were proliferating. So until I could make an emergency visit to have the tooth removed, I crawled around the kitchen and got some garlic powder and salt. (I already had 100% pure clove bud oil.) I swished about a tablespoon of garlic, a tablespoon of salt and 2 cups warm water around for about 20 minutes. Finally the pain subsided a little.. So then i dabbed some clove oil on a cotton swab and applied inside the cracked tooth and around the gums and I'm finally able to function and think clearly. The pain is still there but it pales In comparison to what I was just going through.


hello had my molar cracked a month ago. maybe because bacterias sneaked in the old filling underneath. Then a slow pain emerged later on I try to flush with hydroperoxide but it made everything worse. Maybe it finally broke through my root canal. Excruciating pain and i went to the kitchen took a skinned garlic clove chewed on it. My whole mouth was on fire so much i didnt feel the pain anymore. There is some garlic left in my molar maybe thats the trick. Anyway this happened ten minutes ago see whats happening later on.


THIS WORKED WONDERS FOR ME!!! I recently had an abscessed lower wisdom tooth and with no insurance I relied on what I could find in the way of home remedies. I combined a few different remedies I have found on different websites and the regimen below worked miracles!!! (note: you will still eventually need to see a dentist or oral surgeon but the regimen below should reduce the pain and infection DRASTICALLY!):

You will need:
Sensodine tooth paste
Very soft toothbrush
Salt (sea salt or table salt)
Black Tea tea-bags
spit cup

1. Brush your teeth with Sensodine with the softest toothbrush you can find and very gently concentrate on the affected area.
2. Swish with Listerine, again try to concentrate on the affected area - swish for as long as is comfortable but try to keep the Listerine in your mouth for at least 30 seconds to a minute.
3. Fill a 6 - 8 oz. Glass with warm water and a tablespoon or so of salt (sea salt is best but table salt will do in a pinch). Swish with a mouthful of the salt water for as long as you can stand it (again at least 30 seconds to a minute), continue this process until you have finished the glass of salt water (hint: keep chapstick handy as this process can really dry out your lips!)
4. Dab some extra strength Oragel on the affected area and surrounding gumline with a Q-Tip - be sure pull your cheek and tongue away from the area as the Oragel soaks in to avoid any unwanted numbness.
5. As the Oragel takes affect cut open a tea bag of plain black tea any brand, but try to steer clear of any black teas that have fruit flavor added. Empty out the tea and cut a small oblong piece of the tea bag, fill this with some of the tea and roll it up as if you were rolling a very small burrito, being sure to tuck in the ends so that the tea stays in. Next place one end of the little “tea tube” you’ve made over the top of the affected tooth and then tuck the rest of the tube between your gums and cheek. VERY VERY gently bite down JUST ENOUGH TO KEEP THE TEA TUBE IN PLACE - this will be quite uncomfortable at first (hence the Oragel) soon the pain will subside and the tea tube will become softer as it gets wet (note: do not wet the tea tube before putting it in, the dryness of the tea tube will help draw out the infectious fluid much quicker). You may find better placement for the tea tube depending on where the affected tooth and gums are located in your mouth - my method was for a lower wisdom tooth. Leave the tea tube in place for at least two hours - keep a spit cup handy and try not to swallow any of your saliva or the tea “juice” to avoid ingesting any of the infectious fluid being pulled out by the tea tube. If you can leave it in for longer than 2 hours go for it!
6. Finally, remove the tea tube and swish again with either Listerine or more warm salt water (I am sure you will find that you much prefer the Listerine to the salt water). After rinsing be sure to carefully inspect the tooth and gumline area to make sure you have rinsed out any remaining tea. (I keep a small LED flashlight in my bathroom for this). Then dab on some more Oragel.

At this time your mouth will still be a bit sore due to all the activity near the inflamed tooth and gums but TRUST ME YOU WILL FEEL A MILLION TIMES BETTER! After using this regimen just once almost ALL my swelling went away by the next morning (I did the regimen before bed) and the pain had gone from a 9 to a 2! I completed the entire regiment a few more times over the next week and each time I felt better and better! Once you feel better don’t slack off on the brushing and Listerine!!! Until you are able to see a dentist follow the tips below:

A few extra tips for throughout the day:
1. Gently brush at least 3 times a day (especially after every time you eat anything - yes, that means even after you eat a handful of chips or any other small snack)
2. Steer clear of ALL sweets, even flavored coffee creamer...(all coffee drinkers groan in unison...) I know, I know, that part sucks but you’ll have to tough it out!
3. Carry a travel bottle of Listerine with you at all times and swish often.
4. Drink LOTS of water (the closer to room temperature the better).
5. Stay away from food or drink that is very hot or very cold.

I hope this helps! Best of luck to all of you!!! And believe me when I say I FEEL YOUR PAIN!!!

stewyville slugger

Garlic salt,,, I kid u not... Pour a little amount n the palm of ur hand,,, and take ur tpngue to dab garlic salt... Use ur tongue to apply to pain,,, and by time u count to 10 ur back n business again... Sleep well friends,,, sleep well


I would like to start with I am 31, started having serious dental work at the age of 4, due to Pyrea of the gums, and uncontrollable tooth decay. In the past 10 years I have had 14 abscesses, 6 of which have been LIFE THREATENING. I will give you tips, but also give you truth to where (WE) will wind up. I type this as I have the most severe double abscess in my 3rd and 5th upper teeth (forehead, eyesocket, sinus cavity, upper AND lower jaw, neck and ear infected)

**TIPS to ease an abscess**

1. NEVER apply warm compresses, as the infection LOVES heat, it thrives for it. Heat will make it spread and get worse. Use ice in a paper towel, a cold pack, or even freeze some rice in a baggie. COLD will take some of the swelling down, and numb the face region.

2. 100% Clove Oil (4mL found on ebay for 3.99 shipped) or using solid clove buds (found at walmart or a dollar store) at the gumline will not only ease alot of the pain and pressure, but it also won't hurt to directly put the oil (or crunch the clove bud) and apply it directly on the tooth or any infected oral area - it works as oral sterilizer.

3. Ibuprofen is about your only help to ease the pain, as far as OTC pills, but the effect isn't long enough to matter. PLEASE, use common sense to not take more than 8 a day, as this will only lead to them not working at all after a few days or a possible OD.

4. Today I was told from a dentist, that if the abscess is low enough (sagging at the gumline) with no signs it's going to drain and you want it to; take a cotton ball or gauze and mix together; 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of salt (I added 2 drops of water) then apply it to the gauze/cotton and put right at the sag or gumline, the infection will be drawn to the surface where it will soon drain or can be poked or lanced to drain (Keep in mind I have been on antibiotics for 3 days and would not do this WITHOUT having them in my bloodstream) - I did this about an hour ago, removed the cotton ball after about 10 mins and there's a worn white slit in my gumline... I expect draining to start soon without me poking at it.

5. If you don't have money or insurance (like me) to see a Dentist right away, then cherish your life and go to the ER. They cannot deny you medical treatment or antibiotics. The best and newest out on the market, that is VERY affordable is Clyndamicin. I just paid 19.00 at walmart to have a script filled of 28 pills. I paid something like 42.00 for a script of 80 of them 4 months ago. If you don't have the money for the script, ASK SOMEONE for the money, or tell the ER, there are samples that will get you through 3 days. Do not do something silly like buy the pain pills and not antibiotics - and NEVER let an abscess go untreated. You can and will die from it*. The ER, if you cannot go buy a script will also give you an IV drip of antibiotics and possibly lance the abscess if there's a white head or area where it shows signs it's ready to pop. Do not try to stab or puncture your own gums without antibiotics... you can die.

*Note - my sister passed away some years back for letting tooth abscesses take over her blood stream and cause organ failure. DO NOT let them go untreated.

6. Find a dentist who suits your needs/financial state! Though I thought I didn't have a chance in heck to find a dentist because of financial problems, lack of govt funding for people who need it, or lack of insurance - There are dentists out there that DO take payments, some require a 10% down payment to pull or surgically remove teeth. (There's also those scary basement, but licensed Dentists, who will pull a tooth for like 40.00)

I will start to get my 5 broken off teeth removed next month, 1 by 1, as I can afford and which are most severe. Then get the other 24 bad teeth pulled as well. NOW... 10 years later realizing the path I'm leading to (the morgue) letting my teeth go isn't worth it. Please take your life into consideration and go see a DENTIST or go to the ER.

**Other Tips**

- I know for some this may be hard, but brush at least your gums and tongue as much as possible with non-whitening toothpaste to get the bacteria out.

- GARGLE.. Use Listerine ...or my favorite: Peroxyl (4.00 a bottle) it really works, and the Peroxide in it gets those places you can't reach, even if you can barely open your mouth. Warm Salt water isn't something that is going to work.

- Never sleep laying down if the abscess is making your face swell! Any Dr or Dentist will tell you, this is BAD. Try to sleep in the sitting position, or if you feel you HAVE TO lay, then do so on your stomach with something propping your forehead so your face is straight. Laying on your back or with your face tilted back can make the abscess go right to your brain and kill you.

-Never think (like I used to) that the infection isn't in your bloodstream until the abscess pops/drains. It is present from the second the abscess starts and will stay there unless proper antibiotics are taken. If you don't finish off the meds, you have a very high chance that the abscess will return and more severe.

*These are the only things I have proven effective or to calm the pain. I have not used the words 'die' to scare people, but it can happen, and does happen often with untreated abscess and can also lead to cancer, tumors and staph infections.

Please seek medical attention if your face is showing signs of swelling, even if you cannot afford a dentist an ER will give you proper treatment. I'd rather have thousands and debt to a hospital then die.


Trust me tooth pain is the worst makes you feel like pulling out your own teeth:( I have found that a dentist is really the only sure way to get rid of the pain but until you can get to one this worked for me.
First take 800mg ibuprofen, while waiting for that to start working make a paste with gloves and put on sore tooth and all around the gum then rinse it out with a little whiskey. Finish it off with a cup of night time theraflu and you will be sleeping comfortable in a while:) if you have any anti biotics in the house start taking them they will help with any infection and that will help with the pain too.


firstly, my heart goes out to all you tootache sufferers. here are 3 things you should to to help keep the pain away for about 4-5 hours at a time..

1. glass of water with plenty of salt and swish around the mouth.

2. brush your teeth every couple of hours.

3. keep mouthwash with you and use regularly when you feel symptoms of pain.

4. regular doses of paracetamol and iburofen

5. drink plenty of water!

6. dip a cotton bud in clove oil and rub on affected tooth and gum (taste horrible but works and numbs)

my absyss began last night following these regularly my absyss popped and leaked on its own.. swelling still there but no real pain... good luck guys!


tooth sensitive to the touch? feel the lump on your gum? now you know the absyss is coming STOP IT BEFORE IT GROWS/SWELLS/CAUSES PAIN.... get a needle something sharp and cut/poke the lump and suck out the puss (in my case) (chicken beef) meat thats has got stuck in my gum.. get it before it gets you good luck friends


I may say a few things that some already said but when i went to a emergency clinic to get treated. Here is what information they gave me:

1. Avoid hot and cold liquids since your tooth may be sensitive to temperature changes.

2. If your tooth is chipped or cracked, or if there is a large open cavity, apply oil of cloves. You can get this over the counter drug store. Keep in mind, some pharmacies carry an over the counter 'toothache kit'. Ask around for one of those.

3. A cold pack on your jaw over the sore area could help reduce pain.

If anyone lives in Lakewood/Denver Colorado area, you may want to check out Med-express. They where super friendly (this is key since i was in pain and only had 1 hour of sleep). And they billed me instead of paying up front. Tho you may need 30 bucks for meds and antibiotics.

Also, if you don't have dental insurance (such as me), check out CDG (google this).

Google schools that will do free or low cost dental work as well. I hope this helps a little!


The icy/hot worked!! I used biofreeze and rubbed on the OUTSIDE of my cheek around my lower jaw bone, the abscess, and where I could feel a knot on my bone. Have to warn you that the icy/hot is VERY VERY uncomfortable for a whole minute until it is absorbed completely by your skin.

I'm going to be able to sleepnow!

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