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How to treat a tooth abscess

Updated July 20, 2017

A tooth abscess can happen to anyone at any time. The situation can become very painful and frightening, as facial swelling often occurs as a result of an abscess. It's highly recommended that anyone suffering with an abscess make an immediate appointment with a dentist, as further complications--such as the spreading of an infection--can result from an untreated abscess.\nFortunately, there are several safe, temporary treatments that you can try at home. These methods will not solve your problem, but they will provide you with some relief until you can visit the dentist.

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  1. Take one garlic capsule three times per day to fight infection naturally, as garlic is a natural antibiotic.

  2. Take one 1000 mg capsule of vitamin C three times per day to boost your immune system to fight infection.

  3. Create a paste consisting of half baking soda and a half salt. Dip a wet cotton ball into the paste and place it inside of your mouth (between the tooth and cheek). Keep it in your mouth--in the same place--for 45 minutes. This will draw the infection out of your mouth.

  4. Sprinkle a dry teabag with salt. Place the teabag inside of your mouth beside the infected tooth. Leave the teabag inside of your mouth for one to two hours. It will be painful, but it will help to draw out the infection.

  5. Rub clove powder on and around the tooth abscess to provide temporary relief.

  6. Apply a cotton ball or gauze moistened with Anbesol or Orajel directly to the tooth that's causing pain.

  7. Take Ibuprofen for pain, as needed.

  8. Apply an icepack to the face to reduce facial swelling.

  9. Tip

    Use a baking soda and peroxide-based toothpaste and brush your teeth with a soft toothbrush.


    An untreated tooth abscess can become a very serious medical matter. Should the infection spread--a person cab become very ill or require hospitalisation. Seek the advice and assistance of a dentist immediately, should you have a tooth abscess.

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Things You'll Need

  • Garlic capsules\nVitamin C\nBaking soda\nSalt\nCotton ball\nTeabag\nClove powder\nAnbesol or Orajel\nIbuprofen\nIce pack

About the Author

Ris Lexington, a New York-based editor, has more than a decade of experience in newspaper, magazine and book publishing. Before becoming a professional writer online in 2007, she served as the editor of a Canadian health and wellness magazine. She holds a bachelor's degree in English.

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