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So this morning I woke up with major swelling on my upper left jaw - first bicuspid - and sever tooth pain. Like many of you I am currently without insurance and so was rightly concerned, luckily I found this site - though rather later than I would have liked.

Being a chef I am fairly familiar with the many porperties of garlic and so chose this as my first option.

I thinly sliced a clove of garlic and placed a piece between my gumline and check at the infected tooth. I replaced the slice after about 20 minutes and held the second in place for the same amount of time.

I noticed pain relief within the first five inutes, and by the time I had removed the second slice the garlic had drawn the infection to a head. This was easily pierced and drained for instant relief. I then rinsed with warm salt water, and brushed my teeth.

I have a feeling that I didn;t drain all the puss from the infection so will be applying garlic again tonight before I go to bed.

Thanks to everyone that suggested it, I am now pain free and ready for a good nights sleep.


Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions, folks. They really helped. I used a tea bag (tried green tea, then peppermint, which tasted better) with a drop of tea tree oil and wrapped it around a pinch of sea salt, placing it over the infected area as a poultice, then followed it with minced garlic in vodka as a mouthwash kind of deal, focusing on the abscessed tooth and surrounding gum. I held each one in my mouth as long as I could stand it. Did this a few times a day, two days in a row. It made that side of my mouth go all tingly and numb and TOTally killed my sense of taste for a couple days, but the swelling was completely gone by day three. I know I really need to get to the dentist, but finances don't allow it and, for the now, at least, this has taken care of the pain and half-a-chipmunk face.
Good luck, fellow sufferers!


I was in excrutiating pain with a molar almost to the point of vomiting because the pain was so bad. I covered the tooth in extra strength Anbesol including the surrounding teeth and gumline. I took 800mg of Ibuprofin and within 20 minutes - the pain completely subsided!!


Hadnt been to the dentist for about 10 years up until today. They're too scary and too expensive! However, after reading all 17 pages of these remedies, it scared me into taking a trip down to the dentist today! Glad i did it! She confirmed that i did indeed have an abscess. Prescribed some antibiotics... Supposed to take these things 3 times a day but so far, i've just taken 1 and the pain has gone! Gonna finish the pack though. Gotta get rid of my chipmunk cheek!

So... For years, i've been having chronic toothaches. They usually end up causing earache, headache and sometimes my eye socket would hurt and my neck. Only ever on the side of the faulty tooth. I always found ibufrofen and a long hot shower would do the trick. Then after that stopped working, i found that crushing a garlic clove with salt and sticking that into the cavity would ease the pain for a little while. But you end up with garlic breath for a few days as its sometimes a bit difficult to get all the garlic out the hole. You're eating strawberry cheesecake and suddenly you get this strong taste of garlic invading your mouth as it randomly falls out of a cavity. Not pleasant!

Teabags made me throw-up. Tried that method 3 times. Never again! Something about a 'raw' teabag in the mouth...

Saltwater rinses are only good for mild pain relief.

Clove oil tastes absolutely rotten and doesnt really help in any way.

Strong white rum is pretty good for numbing toothaches. Tastes good too!

Regular table salt rubbed directly onto the affected gum area is probably the best option. It numbs the pain long enough for you to get to sleep.

So i found ways to cure the pain temporarily, but not to kill the infection. I would say its always best to go to the dentist straight away. As i left it so long, i now have to have 5 teeth extracted and 2 fillings... Anyone got any good (cheap) soup recipes?


I know this will sound horrible, considering I know the pain that abscesses can cause all too well. DO NOT USE oral anesthetics like orajel or anbesol to treat your pain. They can actually cause swelling if you don't follow the directions and only apply it like the tube says; considering they both say only four times a day and we all need liberal amounts, it isn't useful if you follow the directions and because of this fact, it is simply not useful to someone that needs repeated relief from constant pain. The best course of action is to use motrin or extra strength pain killers like ibuprofen or naproxen. Icing the area will help with reducing the swelling and brining the abscess to a head so that you can lance it. This is much like popping a pimple, and chances are you won't even feel the needle, I did not. Sterilize the needle in boiling water or alcohol, or if you don't have either of these, resort to using a lighter to sterilize it. Once you puncture the abscess, squeeze as much of the discharge out of the abscess as you can, and rinse with peroxide and water, mixed in equal parts. Once the bubbles from the peroxide subside, brush your teeth with toothpaste and rinse with a mouthwash like listerine. This might sting like hell but it cleans your teeth and gums from the puss and bacteria so the infection doesn't spread. Next, take a whole clove and put it between your cheek and gums so that it rests over the abscess. Suck or simply leave it there for about 2 to 5 minutes to reduce the pain. It may burn a little, but if the sensation begins to be too unbearable, take the clove out. Follow this with a teabag, wrapped in paper towel and heated with warm water. I know that most individuals say to use a dry teabag, but the hot water actually helps to activate some of the antioxidants contained in the tea leaves. Use the teabag as needed to draw out the puss, and to reduce pain. Alternating cold drinks and hot drinks like tea or drinks spiced with clove or mint is a good idea as well. To keep the area sterilized, you can resort to applying a liquor like vodka to the abscess, but I would reccomend simply washing your mouth out with warm salt water several times a day. If you see a bit of dark color on your gums after pressing on the abscess, don't be frightened. This usually occurs because of the pressure you have put on it, and because the abscess is now draining. Continue to monitor the abscessed area because it will continue to drain after it has been lanced. Continue to rinse with peroxide, brush your teeth, and rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash like listerine until the abscess opening closes and begins to heal. I also reccomend drinking plenty of water, taking a liquid echineacia and goldenseal supplement and a daily vitamin. Try to boost your immune system in anyway you can. I have heard the remedies including Tea Tree Oil work well, but I haven't tried them myself. The Oregano and Sesame oil remedies are also useful and I know from personal experience that they work well. Sesame oil is also useful in helping open the sinus cavity when you are congested during colds or sinus infections. However, since sesame oil does this so well, be careful not to use it until the opening in the abscess has closed, otherwise the oil could draw the infection up into your sinus cavity and cause a lot of damage. One other unpleasant thing for most of us addicted to caffine and white sugar is that we have to avoid these very substances in order to get well. White processed sugar spreads infection and can even feed cancer, and it also shuts down your immune system. Considering you are dealing with an infection, the last thing you want is to shut down your immune system! A doctor or a dentist is a great idea, but if you have phobias, limited money, or no insurance it is by taking these kinds of precautions that you will heal yourself and stop the infection. It is quite possible that the infection might reappear on a certain basis if you do not maintain proper oral care like brushing, flawsing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash. Even using peroxide as a mouthwash on an every-other-day basis in your oral care routine is beneficial because it destroys bacteria that your toothbrush may have missed. For those with constant pain due to loose caps, crowns, ect. Using white willow bark (perchased at a local healthfood store or even a local alternative religion shop) and mugwart, mixed with minced garlic your can get in the grocery store and made into a paste, will aid in killing pain and infection if you use it at least once every week. Using an organic sleep aid that contains valerian would also help you guys to get some sleep. It also aids in pain relief. Valerian is very subtle and will get you to sleep in a fashion that mimics how you would normally fall asleep because it works with your body naturally. Guys, avoid sugar, caffine, and acidic foods and drink during care and after the abscess heals, and take your supplements so your immune system works properly. Using teabags to draw out the infection is a good idea, potato and garlic poltices are useful too. Check google search for more herbal solutions for pain, but cool water, ice, and painkillers are the only other things I would suggest besides a mint extract. Good luck and hope you feel better!

Nick h

I put peanut butter on a piece of cinnamon stick and also looked up and this helped tootcach a little bit


I rubbed my teeth with the inside of an orange peel then brushed my teeth, then i waited a while, then poured some extra virgin olive oil on a white wash cloth and scrubbed my teeth. wow my teeth felt sooo clean and smooth. And my teeth looked really white.

Tiffany H

Okay so Im deathly afraid of the dentist for two reasons the pain and the cost! So I have read every suggestion on this site and from previous experience with an abscess that made the left side of my face swell so i looked like a bull frog, i have chosen to do a combination of swishing with warm salt water, tea bags and heat compress! I remember last year when i had the abscess I applied a sock filled with rice and warmed it in the micro, the heat was an instant relief and sure enough in the middle of the night my abscess popped. I woke up to a nasty taste and smell :( ! I am more concerned now bout the pain and swelling so Im trying these remedies and crossing my fingers! Also I have a amoxycilin on hand thanks to my room mate who had a root canal this year!
Thank you all so much for your suggestions! Natural remedies hjave great truth think about native americans and other cultures! Nature provides a way to heal! God Bless!


Thanks to everyone on here. I have read through all the posts and picked out various things and after two weeks of an excrutiating abcess under a root canal tooth, this is my first day of relief without Ibuprofen and the swelling has gone down.

It takes quite a bit of time, attention and ingredients to do, but so far, seems to be worth it. Not only am I pain free today, but my sinuses have cleared too.

1. Chopped up three heads of garlic and steeped them in vodka. Every hour, I put half a tsp on the gum area.

(After 24 hrs, I strained and bottled the garlic tincture)

2. Cleaned my teeth with baking soda.

3. Used a Water-pik with heavily sea salted warm water and a tsp of food grade hydrogen peroxide.

4. Dipped a toothbrush in a combination of sea salt, baking soda, powdered alfalfa and turmeric and packed the gum/tooth area with it.

Repeated the above steps every hour or two. I also occasionally rubbed a drop of essential oil of peppermint on it.

Before bed, I repeated the above and then applied a dry teabag over the powder mix.

I would never have imagined the teabag would work so well! Thanks everyone.


I was realllly hurting on Tuesday nite while trying to go to bed. So after tossing and turning for a good 30 mins or more I finally Googled 'tooth pain' and found this site. Pretty much the only one I had the supplies for was the mouth wash one. So I gargled for as long as I could stand and was able to fall asleep.
So now my best friend is a big bottle of Equate mouth wash! I bought a travel size of Scope and refill it daily. Whenever I have some pain I gargle and I'm pain free for atleast an hour give or take. I didn't want to get sooo use to taking 600mg of ibu alll the time so I am soo glad to have found the mouth wash idea!

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