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First off, I love this page. It's helped me out a few times. Now I want to share what really works for me.

I had an eating disorder in my teens. Now 25 years old, I have beaten bulimia, but have almost destroyed my teeth as a result. So, needless to say, I have quite a few nerves exposed. A few months ago, I had a horrible abscess. I hadn't slept in 4 days. I had been to the ER, but my bf didn't get paid until the next day and I wouldn't get paid until the day after, so I couldn't get my prescription filled yet. While desperately searching the web, on results page 7 or 8, I found a post with a recipe so simple, I didn't think it would work. But I saw so many people post that it had that I tried it, and it did! I recently added another ingredient.

In a small cup, mix 1 teaspoon of salt, one teaspoon of baking soda (Make sure it's baking SODA, not baking POWDER) and (my added ingredient), one teaspoon of ground cloves. Dip a cotton ball in a little warm water, then dip it in the mixture. Place the cotton ball in your mouth against the tooth that's hurting and hold it there for a bit. It may take a few applications, and it's one of the most horrible things I've ever tasted, but it works. Also, take an Ibuprofin, Tylenol, or asprin(if you're not allergic. Some can't take asprin.).

Of course, the best course of action is going to the dentist (I've already been a few times), but this will help in the meantime.


Saw this in a previous post and is the only thing that has worked for my boyfriend. He needs a root canal and its probably infected but alas no dental insurance. Hes been going crazy for days... Whoever posted this is works for atleast a little bit:

Extreme pain orajel
Baking soda

Crush the asprin and add the other two ingridients. Hes been using it kind of like mouthwash but im sure a paste would work too.

Cloves and such he would not reccoment because it dries everything out, making the pain worse later.

Good luck, I know this is driving me crazy and taking from my sleep and im not even the one in pain.


Tag Bags.. work for about 45min.. but i have to do its 2 or 3 times.. but at least it holds off the pain til the meds kick in.

John Roberts

I know this sounds crazy but just try eating some bread I have no idea why it works I just know it worked for me


Hey i used clove oil and three painkillers doesn't go for too long but it hurts less, there are no quick long-term fixes apart from the dentist. But there are a few things i do: heat up a sock filled with salt and keep it on the afected side of your face, shots, 3 ibuprofen, do not be somewhere cold, occupy your mind and keep warm!!! No alcahol with ibuprofen [IMPORTANT] hope i have helped, good luck too you all x


Ok so my tooth has been really killing me and after reading some suggestions on here, and not having a whole lot of it at work... I tried McCormick Garlic and Herb seasoning and l just put it on a napkin and rubbing it on my tooth, the throbbing and pain has dulled from a 20 to about a 2, its mainly just a lil pick now, you may have to repeat it but l've done it twice in a 24 hours, and its working wonders, I hope it helps you guys l know the feeling


About a year ago I had a filling fall out and due to no insurance as well as my pay being cut into half, I'm stuck with dealing with this myself. I've been using a temporary filling from Walgreens. The filling came out 2 weeks ago and I had run out of temporary filling and put sime more in 2 nights ago. Yesterday morning I woke up with really bad pain and an abcess on my gums right above the tooth that I temporaryily filled. The abcess is above the tooth between my my gumline and my cheek. Last night I gargled with salt water then brushed my teeth real well and sterilized a needle. I popped the abcess with the needle a few times in different spots. I did feel relief of the pressure but no pus had come out. I took 800 mil of ibuprofen and went to bed. This morning I woke up with a slight feeling of pressure and slight pain. Throughtout the day it's been getting stronger and I'm starting to feel some pressure in my cheeks and right below my eye is starting to swell. Just wondering if I should try to drain it again tonight, like I had said, there was relief from the pressure but my gums are alittle sore today.


First off to all thoose who say they will go to the dentist when they can after the pain stoped. You should know that as ur tooth continues to decay it will only cost more to get it pulled. So go get it done now....seriously.... Secondly home remidies to try:of course there is the ibuprophen and antibiotics but it seems they only work for so long so try very very salty water (water can be cold, warm, hot whatever you tolerate best) its important that u dont swish!! that will just make it worse. just let the water sit in ur mouth for a few minutes. Now the next part i urge u to be very careful on who trys this. If you have high blood pressure or are on any kind of blood thiners DO NOT do the following. Look for any visible swelling inside ur mouth located around the tooth that is hurting (keep in mind that sometimes our nerves are so fried that u may experiance pain on a lower tooth but really have an infection on the top tooth) if you do see sweeling do the following with caution... You need to poke the buble of pus and push out the pus i know its total gross but it will help so much. just make sure u sterilize whatever u are going to use before doing it. thats about all u can do for a tooth ache at home. so get ur butt to a dentist cuz it wont ever go away even if the pain is gone......p.s. im a dental assistant


This will only work for a 'shallow' abscess that you can see clearly on your gum (a whitish area on the bump), and it comes with a BIG warning. It hurts horribly! But not as much as the abscess... Do ALL the steps if you want to see results.

Press salt into the gum with your finger, holding the salt on the affected area, and even massaging it in, if you can bear it. Do this every half hour for two or three hours. It WILL throb incredibly. And it will actually wreck the skin there, causing it to thin and then peel off within a day. IF the abscess is fairly close to the surface, this allows it to begin draining, relieving the pressure and taking away the pain. The salt also kills bacteria.

AT THE SAME TIME - you need to take an OTC anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen or cataflam. Do not exceed the recommended dose, but don't miss a dose either. Once an hour, rinse the affected area with an iodine mouthwash.

I have used this method and been pain-free within a day. Your gum will look awful for a day, white and yucky - but the 'salted' skin disappears quickly, leaving healthy gum tissue in its place.

Again - this will only work if the abscess is close enough to the surface to allow drainage.


Ok guys after looking at this sire I was overwhelmed and tried a couple in which it didn't work. I just poured peroxide in my mouth and let it set up to 5 minutes and repeating the process for the next 30 minutes taking a 5 minute break in between. I am feeling so much relief. The peroxide that sits in you mouth while its bubbling will pull the infection out. Feeling better but im not done yet.hope you feel better. Just pour the peroxide and let it set repeating the process until your comfortable

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