Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Activated Charcoal
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
- Baking Soda, Peroxide, Oil Pulling
- Bee Propolis
- Bentonite Clay
- Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C
- Cell Salts, Flower Remedies
- Clove Oil, Peroxide
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, DMSO
- Dental Abscess Remedies
- Dental Treatment
- Dietary Changes, Multiple Remedies
- Echinacea, Goldenseal
- Eucalyptus Tea Bags
- Garlic, Chocolate
- Garlic, Cloves
- Garlic, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Garlic, Tea Bags
- Garlic, Teabag, Hydrogen Peroxide, Turmeric
- Garlic, Turmeric
- Garlic-Infused Yogurt
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Glue
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil of Oregano
- Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling, Castor Oil
- Oil Pulling, Garlic
- Oil Pulling, Turmeric, Garlic
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Oil, Clove Oil, Charcoal
- Over the Counter
- Peppermint Oil
- Pyrogenium (Homeopathic Remedy)
- Raw Tomatoes and Cheese
- Red Clover Tea
- Salt Rinse, Clove Oil, Garlic, or Hydrogen Peroxide
- Sea Salt and Ice Packs
- Sesame Oil, Clove Oil, Charcoal
- Tea Bag
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Tooth Abscess Remedies
- Tooth Abscess Warnings
- Turmeric, Cayenne
- Turmeric, Clove Oil
- Turmeric, Salt, Clove, Garlic
- Warm Salt Water
A toothache is pain located in or close to a tooth. There can be several causes for a toothache, such as a damaged filling, gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, or the most serious cause - an abscessed tooth or general tooth infection. The infection that causes a dental abscess often causes severe tooth pain but can be helped with home remedies. As you will read below garlic, cloves, and oil pulling are the top home remedies for a tooth infection or dental abscess and they will cost you only pennies!
Warning: A tooth abscess is a bacterial infection inside or near a tooth. Symptoms can include fever, pain when chewing, foul breath smell, and a swollen jaw. Infection from a tooth abscess can potentially turn into a life-threatening condition affecting the heart or brain, and should be treated by a dentist or ER. If you have a fever or see a red line down the side of your neck or in your cheek area moving upwards, seek medical attention immediately.
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[YEA] 08/04/2012: Laura from Sydney, Nsw: "First off I'd like to thank everyone for contributing to this site.
I had a severely abscessed tooth after eating too much sugar thereby depressing my immune system & had read about people putting bentonite clay on for treatment well I didnt have any so poured out an activated charcoal capsule between my gum & cheek & had instant relief from the pain.
I slept with it overnight & it greatly improved. I did it every night in the beginning, it just sucked out the infection but treatment must continue so even if you just do one night a week then once every 2 weeks then 3 & gradually downgrade it & keep up a dose for maintenence because an infection can still persist after the pain has gone.
good luck everyone."Replies
04/30/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "An abcessed tooth is really a pain and the decision to have a root canal can be a thoughtless one since we trust our dentist. The dentist that created the root canal decided later that it was unhealthy and wrote a book called the root canal coverup.
Hope you make wise choices with your teeth.. I would make different choices... if I only knew then what I am dealing with now.
If you have denture questions a wonderful site for answers FREE denturepro.com
Implants are also very dangerous as they are a point of impact for a potential crack or infection in your jawbone."
[YEA] 02/25/2012: Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Florida: "Hooray for charcoal! I had a very bad toothache and it was late at night. I used the charcoal mixed with clove oil and in 30 min the pain was reduced by half. By the end of the hour, it was down to nothing. I left it on overnight, and the relief was amazing. When I got to the dentist office, they smiled and said they knew about it, and it was not well-known. l used some activated charcoal l had at the house for stomach issues."
[NAY] 08/02/2011: Arizona_sunsets from Casa Grande, Arizona, U.s.a.: "I have had a very bad abscessed tooth, so I have been trying all kinds of things on here because I cannot afford a dentist.
I took coffe filters, cut them up into small pieces, filled them with charcoal from charcoal pills, wetted them lightly, then pressed them around my problem areas, they did great for maybe 15 mins. , tried this twice with the same results. Also, my pain was extreme after they stopped working."Replies
08/02/2011: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "You can try to do the same but with ground cloves."
Alpha Lipoic Acid
[YEA] 06/13/2009: Annette from Cuy Falls, Ohio: "Several years ago, my husband had an abcessed tooth. A filling had been broken out for some time and we did not have dental insurance. He went to a health food store and asked about a remedy for pain relief. The propietor highly recommended Alpha Lipoic Acid. My husband bought the 50mg caps, which were the least expensive. Back then, he weighed 230 pounds (6' tall). He took 2-50mg caps of Alpha Lipoic Acid every 4 hrs, 4 times daily, for 7 to 10 days, decreasing the dose after the pain was gone.
I can attest to this remedy also, because some time later, I had a toothache that would not quit. I treated myself with Alpha Lipoic Acid. It was kind of like a do-it-yourself root canal. My pain subsided each day and was totally gone within 3 days. I continued to take it a few more days. My tooth is still A-OK 10 years later. Did not require any dental work, even though I've been in for cleaning and x-rays several times since.
On a polar opposite note, I have been reading about Urotherapy - a little known frontier with claims of curing numerous aliments, including various cancers. Each of us have this readily available, tailor-made, built-in health dispenser at no cost. Research online, as it's limited experimental findings are under wraps among med books (has been for years). I did try it myself for a lower abdominal ache, after other natural remedies did not work over a 2 month period. I searched for a cure and found it. After 2 weeks of drinking a few ounces of 'mid stream in the morning', all pain was gone. Never had another symptom of who knows what. No, it doesn't taste bad. Think of it as intended - it's personalized medicine that won't harm you, but most likely will cure you. Do the research. I've found it tried, true and an essential entry in my emergency home care journal."
[YEA] 05/22/2007: kira from Guildford, United Kingdom: "For severe tooth pain such as in the case of an abscess, the only thing that has worked for me is 750mg daily Amoxicillin. I have tried clove oil which is extremely powerful but does not kill the pain even if you drink the stuff and can make the pain worse as an abscess is about pressure build up from toxins under the tooth and so needs to be burst in some way.
I rubbed my tooth-brush rigorously on the abscess itself which hurt a lot, but tons of puss and blood came out that needed to come out as it is poison and what causes the pain in the first place. The colour of the puss is like a dark yellow/orange and there is often a huge amount of it if the abscess is particularly large in size. I could not burst the abscess any other way and this is the only real way of doing it and without seriously hurting yourself or your gum.
For general tooth pain not caused by an abscess, the only thing that will stop pain, is medication unless the tooth pain is mild enough to bear it. Very few people can cope with pain and so the ones that can't, they need something that is going to work and that only comes in the form of pills - not garlic, cloves and things on here that are for more tougher folk with stronger pain threshold.
I cannot cope with tooth pain at all and often suffer from abscesses and I have tried everything out there and nothing works except only for strong antibiotics. A mild tooth ache is another thing and anything will work for that as long as it stings and draws out the source of pain such as warm salt water. Dental pain comes in many forms but the worst is by far toothache caused by an abscess and to which the only cure is relief gained by bursting as much of it as possible and with an object that isn't going to cause damage. The toothbrush is the best and only real sure way of bursting an abscess It takes some pounding on the gum with the bristles to break the top layer of the abscess skin, but once you have done it and the puss and blood come, you know then that you have begun to relieve yourself of the pain an abscess does provide.
I talk from experience and with common sense."Replies
03/09/2009: Edwin from Provo, UT replies: "I spent a weekend with a terrible abscess of a lower molar. My right cheek and jaw were swollen horribly. I tried many of the things on here such as cut/crushed garlic cloves on the abscess and tooth, teabag on the tooth/abscess, sea salt water rinse, hydrogen peroxide rinse. Unfortunately, none of them worked so I had to get to a dentist this morning. Luckily I found one with a $1 coupon for emergency exam, xray and consultation. He prescribed 500mg of amoxycillin 3 times a day. That's a pretty strong dosage. Then he went into his sales pitch and told me that for a mere $3,000 he could START to fix all my teeth. Dentists are hucksters and I have not met one who is trustworthy. Anyway, we'll see how the amoxycillin works.
I think I'll still have to lance it and drain it myself. I'll write back and let you know."
05/28/2009: Robert from Ormond Beach, FL replies: "I have had these same problems with unbearable pain and repeated visits to different dentists in hopes of finding one I could afford. Only Antibiotics and prescription pain med really worked, but I was able to hold off the pain for several months after taking antibiotics and then carrying my toothbrush everywhere and continuously brushing, also over the counter Anbesol gel really works for pain relief. I now have the pain returned and had not taken my pain meds prescribed knowing at some point the pain would return and is expensive but now am going to have to go back to the dentist an try again. I am hopefull a new dentist might have some compassion and work with me so I can pay over time, I paid off credit cards years ago and will not go into debt again as that would cause more pain in the long run. I am honest and just wish I could find a dentist that would accept partial payment and allow me to pay over time, so far they want me to fill out an application for a high interest rate medical credit card they have offered at the counter, it's like they are in with the crooked banks, but I am hopefull not all and I will find soon a good dentist with a heart.
meanwhile Anbesol is all I have and am going to try the black or green tea and clove oil mentioned above, it makes sense to change the PH levels and alkaline and I did manage for quite some time after getting infection to go away with antibiotics several months ago, the only thing that differs for me is heat, when I am in the sun it hurts my tooth, but cold water, fresh or seawater brings relief, so I am going to pass on the cayenne based on my own experience. many thanks to all posting on this thread, at least I have some ideas to try what might work.
06/10/2011: Wendy from Phila, Pa Usa replies: "Here I sit, unable to and not allowed to talk having spent a few hours in the dentist chair today.
I had a "monster" (dentist's word for it) abscess in 2009. Top tooth next to the front tooth - encased in a fixed bridge that I obviously can't afford on SSDI to have replaced.
Root canal was done, antibiotics taken, both azythromycin and clindamycin along with routine checkups (I do have a discount dental plan, it helps some). Saw her a few months ago, needed to root planing and scaling. Xray taken of front tooth as a let's see what's up - and it was healing!
Fast forward to a week ago. Sitting here, went to scratch my nose and it hurt. Hmm? Then I noticed that it felt like something was "stuck" to the inside of my upper lip. Ran to the bathroom - HUGE abscess. Call dentist next day, she calls in antibiotics.
In the meantime I'm trying the teabag trick because it did help with the first abscess - no joy. I will not put peroxide in my mouth, that is a good way to end up with a yeast infection - in your mouth. Had no garlic. So waited, got antibiotic, saw dentist folllowing tuesday. Not only did the abscess come back but it was attacking the bone and root of the tooth next to it.
Yes, I had those "heads" - those are cysts of infection, not like the head on a pimple. If you have an abscess and you have a "head" come out of your mouth run to a dentist asap.
Today perio/endo person had to do surgery. Opened gum flap (from toothline up front and back of gum - the roof of your mouth does NOT like to messed with! ), removed the root of the offending tooth at the toothline, then ground the tooth inside the fixed bridge down and cleaned out all the small cysts of infection that were hiding even from the x-rays. I then had to have bone grafts due to the damage the returned infection caused in a short amount of time. I sit here right now in severe pain. I have stitches running along the gumline of 3 teeth. That's how much she had to open to get it all out.
I am not allowed to talk at all today. I cannot have any hot or warm food or anything hard or crunchy for at least a week. I am on another round of azithromycin. I will be puree'ing bananas, cantalope, berries into plain yogurt; have some Boost on hand along with unsweetened applesauce and yes, some babyfood veggies.
I am on SSDI, a fixed income. I could not really afford today's procedure (over $900)... to really fix everything would cost over $6, 000! On the other hand I couldn't afford to NOT get to the dentist and put the $900 on a credit card (since that amount is about my monthly check! ) because you do not mess around with infections - especially on your face or in your mouth.
I know it's hard, I know it hurts, believe me I know. The home/natural remedies might be a help (like the teabag was for me originally to help draw the ick out), but you must, must, must see a dentist. Your mouth, your other teeth, the bone supporting your mouth, your gums, your general health, your very life could depend on it. And I strongly DO believe in natural remedies whenever possible. But they're not going to get rid of a deep abscess, they may just put off the inevitable.
I watched my roommate's mom die of heart disease, she had years of dental problems - loose teeth from gum disease, recurrent abscesses that she would "pop" - which btw is not a good idea to do yourself - and the doctors do think that those years of dental problems and infections helped lead to the heart disease that took her from us."
12/15/2012: Kal from Australia replies: "Pure cold pressed or organic grapefruit seed extract does not have anti microbial properties.
12/15/2012: Kal from Australia replies: "To Wendy from Phila. It looks like your root canal treatment did not work. Which is not a surprise. Because if it had worked then you would not have abscess.
ADA warns about root canal treatment. Dr. Mercola warns about it too.
No matter what dentists do, those bacteria from root canaled teeth will escape somehow. You can find more information on google about root canal. Tooth abscess needs to be drained, root canal is not necessary."
12/15/2012: Ka from Australia replies: "Here's is the process of how grapefruit seed extract is made.
The Truth About Grapefruit Seed Extract: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_20234.cfm
I don't understand why anyone want to put this stuff in mouth in the name of health."
01/03/2013: Jen from Mukwonago, Wi/usa replies: "Regarding tooth abcesses esp. "bumps" if, you drain them.. Remember that is PURE poison, if swallowed can make you extremely ill ans can even cause death. Also, they hurt so bad... A great way to drain... A little less painful than rubbing something on top of it, use a sterilized pin/needle and it will natuarally drain, just make sure to collect that poison... A emergency room near me, will do this for u with the use of a hospital syringe and actually draw out the fluid, may be worth a shot to ask them.. They even numbed it first!!"
02/22/2013: Gokhals from Larkspur, California replies: "Thank you for that expose on grapefruit seed extract. Much appreciated. I will make sure I let folks know this."
Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 08/16/2013: Dv from Israel: "For a dental abscess, all you really need is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and dental floss, if you have dental brushes that fit in between your teeth, even better. Floss, brush, drink diluted ACV around 2 tbl per glass. If you're not able to swish and swallow, add honey, dilute even more. Twice daily, within a day or 2 amazing results. If you can adjust diet to avoid infections all together even better, if not keep ACV in the house."
[YEA] 08/25/2012: Tonya from Miami, Fl: "I have been in pain for the last 4 to 5 days and last night was the worst I was in tears from the pain and after trying my usual pain relievevers(mouthwash, sensodyne, and aspirin, motrin or advil) it didn't work like always when ur body gets used to something it stops being as effective, so I gargled with apple cider vinegar and it worked a miracle on my sore gums it was so bad I could barely open my mouth to speak so to anyone who had tried other methods and they don't work try the vinegar gargle it should help."Replies
08/25/2012: Lisa from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "If you have a tooth abcess, why are you waiting 4 or 5 days before going to the dentist? Fresh garlic works also as it is too a natural anitbiotic. Very often the abcess is rooted deep under the gum and you don't want it to cause worse problems. Get to a dentist!"
[YEA] 07/16/2010: Diana from Bragg Creek, Ab Canada: "I have been taking ACV for other issues, and have had some pretty serious issues with an abscessed and cracked tooth I cannot afford to get fixed. They hurt and I was getting bumps in my gums from the infection. . . Then it stopped, but I had no idea of any connection. . . I ran out of ACV last week, and sure enough, I was having issues with my teeth again. I bought an organic brand ACV this morning drank 2 tbs in water, and had another dose this evening, the infection is almost gone again. I always take 2tbs of ACV in water in the morning and late afternoon for general good health reasons, but the tooth thing is a wonderful bonus. Who would have ever guessed."
11/01/2009: Debbie from Bonita Springs, Fl: "I had an abcessed tooth about a month ago and had no antibiotics for it. It was on a weekend so I couldn't go to the doctor. I have some organic apple cider vinegar so I thought, what the heck? Rubbed some on the infected area a few times and it went away. You'll want to rinse your mouth with water afterwards because of the acid in the vinegar. And yeah, the straight vinegar was nasty tasting but it sure helped with my pain."
Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
[YEA] 04/19/2008: Dwaina from Bristol, TN USA: "I am a single mom and never buy fresh garlic but I tried garlic powder on my abscess and it seems to work but takes a bit longer than I suppose the fresh garlic would.....so for the single parents that live day to day as I do there is a way around the fresh garlic....as for the apple cider vinegar.....hated it but did it anyway it made my mouth water but it helped..."Replies
[YEA] 07/26/2011: Laura from Southern, Louisiana replies: "I take the apple cider vinegar and garlic pills. It doesn't taste bad and they work for an infection. I take 4 pills twice a day for about 7 days, like you would for antibiotics and it clears it right up... For preventive measures, continue taking it like it says on the bottle... this is great for those who don't have the mouth to eat real garlic or drink apple cider vinegar."
[YEA] 02/20/2008: Sandra from Dallas, USA: "I read this site with some skepticism but pain will make you try anything and Ibuprofen was not helping. SO I tried the cloves of garlic and shoved them right under my lip and pressed them to the huge infected area. It burnt and stung but almost immediately the swelling disappeared. I also gargled with the cider vinegar solution and between both, the pain and throbbing disappeared - I slept like a baby. Unfortunately my tooth nerve is dead now so I still have to have a root canal, I wish I'd found this site sooner because the treatments really helped the infection, I wonder if I might have saved the tooth.."
Baking Soda, Peroxide, Oil Pulling
[YEA] 05/19/2008: Jean from Franklin, WI: "Tooth Abcess Cure:
I have no insurance and can't afford a dentist, so had to find a way to deal with tooth problems naturally. I've lost several fillings that occassionally cause infections. First thing I do is oil pulling with grapeseed, coconut or olive oil. Within a very short time the pain is down a fair amount, but of course the abscess is still there, filled with pus. Until that is emptied, the infection will remain. I use a dental instrument with an extremely sharp end and pierce the infected spot, then squeeze out as much of the pus as I can. This immediately cuts the pain down a whole lot more... now its just leftover soreness. I then do oil pulling again, followed by a good rinse of hydrogen peroxide. This cure works for an abscess every time.
PREVENTION: I haven't been to a dentist in over 12 years, despite the fact that I have huge holes in a few back molars due to missing fillings, and the cavities have NOT gotten worse. In fact I have fewer dental problems now. I no longer use commercial toothpastes. Obviously it would be best to have the regular mercury fillings removed and replaced... since I can't afford that procedure ... This is what I do instead...
I brush my teeth with BAKING SODA, followed by a HYDROGEN PEROXIDE rinse. Sometimes I start this with an OIL PULLING first. I often work on my teeth with just a toothbrush kind of absent-mindedly as I'm studying something on the internet. This pretty well removes most food particle and plaque. I recently bought one of those electric rechargeable toothbrushes, which works really well with the baking soda.
As long as I do these things regularly, I don't get any abscesses, cavities have not gotten any worse and may have actually gotten better, my teeth are whiter and feel cleaner, my gums are much healthier and all "pockets" have disappeared. It also prevents bad breath, and my tongue and gums are pink and healthy.
This has worked better for me than any dentist recommended procedure. I just wish I had known about it years ago. I'm absolutely sure I would have never gotten a cavity in the first place. Get rid of your commercial toothpaste and try this... you'll be glad you did!!!"Replies
06/21/2013: Danae from London, Uk replies: "Hi can you please clarify how you use oil in the process of cleaning your teeth? Also what kind of oil? thank you in advance! Danae"
06/27/2013: Suzanne from Los Angeles, California replies: "What is oil pulling exactly and how is it done?"
EC: Please see: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 10/23/2010: Paige from San Jose, Ca, Usa: "Hello: I recently took the advice on Earth Clinic -of using some of the suggestions on my daughter's tooth abscess after some dental work( peroxide, baking soda etc. ) The situation has greatly improved. I did however make some kind of mistake with the bee propolis... Although it seemed to really help/work- I bought too high of a dosage and now the sticky brown resin is on her teeth! Any suggestions? Thank you!"
[YEA] Diane from Sacramento, California: "Montmorillite form of Bentonite clay. I had an absessed tooth that broke off. The absess was not really painful but my dentist advised a root canal because the tooth was dead. How I wish I would have tried the clay first and just had a temp crown put on. I continued to have a soreness at the root. The pocket of infection had been there for years. I didn't want to do the antibiotic thing or have more work done, so I tried the clay. I simply tucked a pea sized bit of clay with a bit of cotton up at the root where the pain was. The next morning it was somewhat better. I continued for months until every bit of the soreness was gone. It took time but I just know I probably could have healed it without the root canal. I still do it once in awhile because I know dead teeth in your mouth infect the body eventually, per Dr. Weston Price. The one advantage?...It takes almost no effort to do."
Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C
[YEA] Janis from Hudson's Hope, BC Canada: "Tooth abcess and Alkalizing diet For Susan 3/3/08. I don't take medication. So I did some research and found a cure for my abcess tooth. All day long I took Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin C.... I would take these pills or liquid hourly. In about 18 hours swelling was gone. (The exact amount I took, sorry can't say for sure.) Once swelling goes down get back to Dentist. Alkalizing your body. The best and most healthy way is through a vegan diet. Raw fruits and vegs. This diet also heals most disease.... Good Health"Replies
[YEA] 10/31/2008: Lisa from Barrington Hills, IL replies: "I'm writing in response to Calcium, magnesium helping toothaches or abceses. I too have found cal-mag very effective in reducing tooth pain. I've been taking cal-mag for almost 20 years with good results. When I don't take cal-mag for a week or so my tooth begins hurting and when I take the cal-mag regularly I have few tooth problems.
In the past few months I have had to take 10-12 large cal-mag soft gels to help my teeth. I think that I became resistant to the rock mineral and oyster shell based cal-mag. has caused me to have very loose stools.
A helpful clerk at a health food store showed me natural cal-mag made from seaweeds. So far it's fantastic. I only have to take 3 small tablets with perfect results. No tooth pain! No loose stools! Maybe it will work for you too."