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Ok, so like quite a few of you, I'm in a bad situation. No dental insurance, and had an abscess pop up out of nowhere. If possible, I think this one started because of a sinus infection. Anyway, it took three weeks before it even started to pain me and cause face swelling, but it took a weekend for me to make a significant dent in taking care of it, while searching for insurance. Here's the method I used to help with mine, and I'll thank the naysayers in advance to keep their opinions to themselves because this is what worked for me.

You'll need a few things for starters:
1. Ibuprofen
2. Tea bags (I'd say about two or three, plain black ones work.)
3. Water. Lots of it.

Ok, so for starters, take ibuprofen right away. And I mean ibuprofen, not aspirin; you absolutely cannot substitute aspirin for it, or I couldn't. It will do wonders for the pain itself, as well as making headway with the swelling. So, yes. Take a couple, with a lot of water. That will be beneficial later on.

If your abscess hasn't come to a head yet, this is where the first of the tea bags will come in. Take a dry one, fold it in half, and put it in your mouth, pressing it against the abscess. Yes, it will be disgusting, and it will hurt, but if you took my advice with the ibuprofen and wait half an hour or so before doing it, it'll be bearable. Leave the tea bag in for half an hour, and keep a napkin or something with you, because you'll start drooling eventually, and you don't want to stain your clothes with tea drool. For me, that brought the abscess to a head rather fast.

Here, you'll need to pop the abscess. I took a safety pin, unbent it, sterilized it with hydrogen peroxide and then ran it over a flame quickly, before wiping it and letting it cool down. Then, I just went ahead and popped the abscess. The ibuprofen will once again minimize the pain from that.

Take another teabag and place it in your mouth, against the abscess again. This will put pressure on it to keep it draining, as well as absorb everything coming out. Trust me when I say the taste of the tea bag is much better than the taste of the drainage.

You should start seeing a noticeable difference in facial swelling right away then. For me however, it didn't go down that much, and using ice to reduce the swelling did absolutely nothing. So, if you have another tea bag, or prefer coffee, I'd suggest drinking something caffeinated. Not soda though, and I seriously recommend against using sugar or creamer in your coffee or tea. The caffeine did an amazing job in bringing down the swelling for me.

Finally, water, and lots of it. I've been forcing myself to drink tons of it, and I've noticed that's also helping with the swelling, as well as the ibuprofen.

I hope this helps anyone who's suffering. As for me, I'm looking into dental plans at the moment, because I know this is only a quick fix, but a quick one is better than none at all.


swishing cool or cold water in your mouth helps temporarely. must do often to work


After reading the suggestions here. I found a few things that really works.
It tastes pretty yucky but rinsing my mouth with warm water and a few drops of Tea Tree oil. Then put a damp tea bag (I used black chia) against affected gum and tooth or teeth. I also have been using Ibuprofen. To treat the infection I am using Echinacea (follow directions on bottle) Garlic Oil capsules (follow directions on bottle) Cayenne Fruit (follow directions on bottle) also I have been taking Zinc Vitamin B Complex and Vitamin C.

Lastly, when the pain is real bad I use oralbase by colgate with is %20 benzocaine.

I am amazed at how much the infection has gone down in my moth.

Qawi Nanji

I have an abcess in my gums. This is the best solution I have use to date. Purchase Black Tea(extract) hopefully organic, and make tea. Add no sugar or cream. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon of Salt. Let tea cool down to hot, but not luke warm. Maybe just a few degrees above luke warm. Make a large amount of tea, around 1 1/2 to 2 cups. When you put the tea into your mouth, turn your head on the side of the infection and gargle. Gargle and rinse maybe 6 to 10 times in an hour. 1 to 3 minute incriments of gargling. This reduced the swelling of my abcess significantly. You may need to take a pain reliever 20 minutes prior to attempting this because your are essentially washing out the abcess manually.


i know this is going to sound crazy cause i was up all night trying to figure out how to get my tooth to stop throbbing and so after trying every suggestion in the book it went to mixing stuff and this actually worked take and get your tooth brush wet and just dip it in baking soda then dip in salt after that brush on and around where the tooth is hurting and it will instantly take the pain away.


I have no idea if I have an abscessed tooth or not, but I am in pain and trying as many of these remedies as possible.

In August 2010 I had to get a root canal and crown. The pain I was in prior to that, nothing really helped.

I was ok, although crowned tooth was a little sensitive every now and again, until yesterday. My gums above the crown hurts. I have no idea if I irritated it or if something is really wrong. Usually when I felt sensitive, it went away in a day or so. Now its starting to hurt.
Well, I guess I know something is wrong, since I was supposed to get my deep cleaning, but everything went wrong and I no longer have insurance. So I must have an infection again.

I wouldnt be so worried except I no longer have insurance. So I know nothing will be affordable at the dentist. I barely afforded my services with insurance.
However, I plan to make an appt first thing monday, to at least get antibiotics.

Anyway, in the mean time i'm gonna keep trying these remedies.

Dragon Seeker

I have been dealing with my toothache for about a week now and within the past 3 days it has been keeping me up throughout the night. My wife and I came across this page last night around 12 or 1 am. We tried vanilla extract, olive oil, salt water, teabags, and many more to no avail. Was taking T3 with Codine and Amoxacillin but they only worked for about 20-30 minutes at a time. But the thing that worked the best for me was taking 4 tylenol 500mg and crushing up a saltine cracker and putting it into an empty teabag, placing it on the infected teeth (I have 3 currently) and going to sleep with the cracker in my mouth after the Tylenol took effect. I finally got a goods nights rest and am currently feeling little pressure but no pain as of yet. So with that said I hope it works for others and trust me when I say 'My heart goes out to you all, I feel your Pain!'. Thank you again for the ideas.


As it's 2 a.m. and I prefer not to wake anyone up, my usual tactic of brushing and rinsing thoroughly is out of the question. However, I'm finding that taking a tea bag and just pressing it up against the abscess (which is still forming) is workingly marginally. It hurts a bit, but that's just the pressure of the tea bag against the sensitive flesh. So, I'm doing that and sitting here with a napkin wiping up drool, hoping the pain will recede enough for me to sleep until I can get up to brush without waking everyone, hopefully use pin to drain in, and I'm going to take the steps to finally going to a dentist.


Omg.... I dont know where to start. I've tried evrything!!!!! The only thing that works a while is brushing my teeth evry
10minutes. Gargle salt water and use a whole bottle of red cross stuff that burns like hell around the cracks of my mouth.. And the last option was prayer.. And yea.... It didnt work either.. Good luck to all my ppl with out health care and no money...


I've had an abcessed tooth before and there's one surefire cure for what ails you.

Try this.

Grab a small microwaveable cup
fill it half way with water.
pour in a decent amount of sea salt or normal table salt.
add in some cayenne pepper
a few whole cloves
and some fresh ground ginger

stir the concoction and microwave for about 30 seconds.

swish the mixture in your mouth for about 30 - 45 seconds then spit.

repeat as necessary..

The ginger and cloves are excellent natural antibiotics and the capsaicin from the cayenne pepper is an excellent remedy for pain.

Give it a try, you'll thank me later :P

OH! and eat a lot of garlic and onions.. they are both natural antibiotics to treat infections.

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