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902 Home Remedies for Abscessed Tooth

Sister Luke

In my experience, the best home remedy bar none is carbamide peroxide, used as directed, don't over do. Don't use regular peroxide, it is not the same at all! It can be hard to find, if the first drugstore doesn't have it keep trying, it comes in a 'squirt bottle' kind of like nasal spray. It doesn't work instantly, but you will get real improvement by the third or fourth use, so keep it up. It has kept me going with a two teeth half gone for three years, until now that is! I use it every day. Never put anything hot, like a hot water bottle or heating pad on your face with a toothache as it will make the swelling MUCH worse!!! Swish warm salt water in your mouth, but no heat on your face! I learned this one the hard way and ended up looking like Droopy Dog, or so I was told. If you have lost a filling, clean the cavity well and fill with temporary filling you can get at the drugstore, that will do a lot for the pain. Be careful with the numbing ointments and alcohol too, as many people (me included) get rebound reactions, the pain gets much worse after their use, so I stay away from them. You want the nerve to calm down, those things can really get the nerve excited and that is not what you want! Take two Advil, nothing else even comes close for me, so far as pain relievers go. I have a serious dental phobia but I come by it honestly. When I was a kid I had a dentist who only gave me Novocain when my mom took me (she never did) and would jab me with the drill if I moved in the chair when he hit a nerve! My Mother did not believe me, she thought he was such a nice old man! To add insult to injury I have ankylosis (sp?) which made my back teeth almost impossible to pull. Once I went into shock and they had to take me to the hospital! Don't you just love going to the dentist? Right now I am nursing a huge abscess, and am doing self hypnosis on the ipod twice a day to hopefully get me to the dentist on Friday, praise God the free clinic gave me an appointment. The self hypnosis worked like a charm for my fear of public speaking, so I am praying it will at least help me make it into the chair!

Veronica S

Literally I am the toothache queen. I constantly get toothache pain caused from ongoing Chemo treatments. Although my physician warned me to fix all teeth before going into treatment. I just didn't have the finances to do so ..
this is MY 5 STEP remedy when my teeth at the root and gums begin to work its fiery.
1.RINSE WITH WARM WATER AND SALT TO CLEAN YOUR MOUTH.(Do not brush , although it may help a little at first in the long run it just aggravates it because you are using an abrasive method.)
2.USE ORAJEL LIQUID RATHER THAN GEL IT WORKS FASTER. Apply it to the Jaw area of the tooth that is bothersome for you as well as the tooth and surround gum area(I use an eyedropper for precision)
(Tylenol does not work as well and has no anti inflammatory medications in it)
4.USE A MUSCLE RELAXANT (I use robax)IT is an ANALGESIC AND WILL HELP YOU SLEEP AND NUMB the PAIN for multiple hours. (Very effective combined with the Advil)
when you get sleepy pop in a cepacol between your cheek and gum it has active numbing agents and will help you sleep longer (Do not swish, Do not suck on it, Do not bite it.)
when your pain begins to numb , Do not play with YOUR TOOTH, this is hard to do I know, but tolerable pain is better than excruciating pain!!!
hope it works for you as well as it works for me, GL .


I had a filling in my back tooth tht fell out & is making that whole side of my mouth hurt. I since my mouth really good maybe 3 times with salt water warm salt water. Make sure I get any food stuck in that hole out. Tonite the pains worse then usual. I rinsed a good 3xs for lke 30 seconds each or so. Thn I put a little garlic powder on were it hurtz took a midol & filled the hole with a temporary feeling which I bought from cvs im sure you can find at Walmart as well or any local drug store. The feeling helps a lot last for hours & itz a tiny bottle about $4. But itz north it cz a tooth ach in my experience has to be the most horrible pain I can think of. I hope that helps someone. Goodluck.

Sam - South Africa

I really reccomend to go to the dentist, i left mine for too long and had to have it drained, plus i have to go back in a week and a half to have root canal. if for some reason you cant get to a dentist go and get antibiotics, cause if the infection goes too far it can affect your brain, which would have probably happened to me if i didnt go to the dentist. (also for those who are petrified of dentist, i am also one, but the only painful part for me was teh injection to numb afterwards i just closed my eyes and before i knew it he was done)


A few weeks ago I had very,very ache pain = hole in my teeth+abscess= my whole cheek was as big as a balloon, I could not sleep and had tears in my eyes, Medications didn't work to release me from my pain and the infection (Big balloon)abscess!So I went to the dentist and asked him to be not gentile with my abscess!(Normally they wait for the medications to reduce the abscess, ha ha ! on my request He took a perforated needle(tube) and slammed into my abscess with a vacuum-er attached to it!! No more infections for me!!I penetrate the infection!! Painfully but very effective


Both far rear bottom molars completely broken to the gumline for about 3 months now. As of 3 days ago I've begun to feel pulsing sharp pain in the right bottum molar which is unbearable. I left work early today because it was just too much pain to think about what I was doing. On the way home I picked up some ibuprofin (200mg) and popped 2 in my car, 30 mins later at home I took 2 more. Within about an hour after that the constant pain was 90% gone, that's a relief for I know I can atleast try to crash it off in bed. Although it's still extremely sensitive to touch. I've tried clove oil, olive oil, vanilla extract, hydrogen peroxide, warm salt water, and have tried chomping down on tea bags...yet none of these seem to help the pain when I bite down normally or try to bite anything at all on that side of my mouth. So I'll be able to sleep, but looks like I'm eating soup until I can figure out how to come up with the finances for a perma fix.
I think we can all agree, tooth pain is absolutely awful. I've had a number of severe injuries(some life threatening) and nothing is so sharp and direct than a pissed off tooth.
I may have to make some sacrifices to pay for this issue. But this to shall pass, and one day I will look back and sigh in relief.
Hang in there, god bless, and smile if it doesn't hurt to do so.


I have tried a few of these and not many help. Ora Gel was pointless as well as Anbesol. They taste awful and they numbed just about everything but my pain. Neither did toothpaste or the mouthwash. The whole garlic and onion thing?? Too much work, I need relief and I needed it now. I have been in unbearable pain for two days and I know for a fact I have high pain tolerance! So if I am complaining you know it hurts. ANYWAYS. I have exceeded my limit on painkillers (tylenol, and aleeve)If I take anymore, I will prolly overdose or go into Acute Renal Failure. (neither are good) so I am gonna wait at least another six hours to take more. But the one thing that gave me instant relief was Rum/Whiskey. DONT SWALLOW it especially if you have taken as many pain pills as I have but sweet mother of bob it worked. Swish it around in your mouth and then hold it on the side that hurts and BAM relief. No im not an alcoholic or a pillpopper but something had to be done and GOD BLESS who ever invented sir are my hero. I can finally function again until I go to the dentist.


Ive been having terrible toothaches for about 5 years and have just made a discovery i wish i had found before. Take warm salt water and rinse very well then take a shot of rum and hold it on the infected tooth as long as you can then swish it around. I just went from 8 on the pain scale to allmost nothing. Now i can get some much needed rest. Hope this works for you as well.


First, thank you all for you insight and experiences. I tried just about every remedy offered throughout the post. My top right molar way at the back is about half rotted. The pain spread throughout the right side of my upper and lower jaw. I tried to pull it pirate style (yes it was pushing my sanity) and immediately regretted the decision. I had some success with the ibuprofen, the tea bag, the warm and cold, toothache gel, and baking soda. The baking soda and tooth gel rank number two. Number one suggestion was Bacardi 151 improvised with stuffed cotton ball and a squirter to absorb and hold it in place. Got a couple pops out of it and remain to see if it's the nerve. I will probably give up eventually and go to the dentist but not right now :). So a strong solution of baking soda rinsed and swished as long as you can stand it followed by the Bacardi cotton ball offers complete relief for now. Thank you all again.


For early onset: Floss teeth. Rub effected area with cottonball and hydrogen peroxide topical solution for at least one minute.

Create a salt solution rinse with 1/4 tsp table salt dissolved in 1oz hot water. Swish salt rinse between effected teeth for 1 minute minimum. Brush normally.

Apply a black tea bag on abscess with moderate pressure. Let tea bag sit for at least 20 min to reduce swelling and sooth gums. Do not rinse or brush.

Use hydrogen peroxide, salt rinse, and tea bag at least every 3-4 hours. Brush after consuming anything besides water. Should clear up in 2-3 days. Ibuprofen can be used for pain and to reduce swelling. If it doesnt, the infection may be too advanced and should be treated by a dentist and antibiotics.

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