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Tooth Infection and Tooth Abscess Remedies

Last Modified on Nov 29, 2015

Holistic treatment for a tooth abscess involves natural remedies that are capable of treating the infection and eliminating symptoms associated with the condition. Home remedies like garlic, cloves and oil pulling are very effective in treating tooth infections as they fight infection and reduce inflammation. It is important to note that the symptoms of an abscessed tooth will progress if left untreated and can lead to life-threatening complications.

What is a Tooth Infection?

A tooth infection or abscess is described as a pocket of puss that results from bacterial infection. An infection may form at any region in the tooth and cause such symptoms as a throbbing toothache, sensitivity to temperatures, sensitivity to pressure, fever, swelling in the face or cheek, swollen lymph nodes and foul-smelling fluid in the mouth.

Home Remedies for a Tooth Abscess

Treating a tooth abscess requires infection-fighting substances as well as pain relievers. Several natural remedies adequately treat the condition and prevent further infection. Garlic, oil pulling, cloves and many other agents can be used as home remedies to treat the condition.


Garlic is a known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Garlic contains several sulfuric compounds, including allicin, that fight infection and inflammation. Used regularly, the compounds also help improve circulation and cleanse the lymphatic system.

Oil Pulling

Considered an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, oil pulling is a practice used to maintain oral health and promote detoxification of the body. Completed by placing a tablespoon of oil in the mouth and swishing it, the method pulls harmful agents, including bacteria, fungus and other organisms, from the mouth, teeth, gums and throat. Research suggests that the lipids in oil pull out bacteria and prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls in the oral cavity.


Cloves are considered anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. The spice is comprised of a variety of antioxidants and other nutrients including manganese, omega-3s and fiber. As such, cloves relieve pain, reduce inflammation and eliminate infection.

If left untreated a tooth infection can progress to more serious, even life-threatening complications. Natural substances safely and effectively treat the condition and prevent complications.

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Activated Charcoal
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Posted by Knowtruth2014 (Charlotte, Nc) on 05/09/2014

[YEA]  Hi all....I am a sceptical about everything unless I have proof lol. I just have to share my story about last night. I lost a pretty good size filling about two months ago. Yeah yeah I went to the dentist and he said it either has to be pulled or you need a root canal and crown. I was thinking on the 2 because the 1st option is cheapest. I've been thinking on the issue for far to long now. Like its 2 months later. Well I started brushing my teeth with Activated Charcoal out of the little capsules that you buy at the drug store. (My smile is whiter now) hehe ok last night my tooth that I have been thinking about started throbbing ouch. 4am I am still awake hurting like $#%T. Throbbing tooth ache. I took some of the Act. Char. and mixed it with a few drops of brandy! Pain makes u try anything. I made a paste and soaked a very small piece of gauze in it. Kept packing the tooth and in 45 mins to an hour my pain was gone. How this happens I do not have a clue. But it happened and hey I'm all the better for it. I am going to call my dentist soon. I might just pay the 40.00 to get another x-ray just to see if the infection is gone before he pulls my tooth. Thanks everyone for listening.

Posted by Laura (Sydney, Nsw) on 08/04/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash

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

Implants are also very dangerous as they are a point of impact for a potential crack or infection in your jawbone.

Posted by Sharon (Wesley Chapel, Florida) on 02/25/2012

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Terri
Denver, Co

I know you wrote about charcoal for tooth pain awhile ago, but I would like more info how to use it. The person at the health store said it would probably taste bad. Do you just use the contents of 1 capsule and a few drops of clove oil and put it on with a cotton swab? How long do you leave it on. Thank you!
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa

Dear Terri,

I don't know if the person who wrote the original post is still around on EC.

We have used charcoal and clove oil in the mouth. The process you suggest sounds fine. Charcoal doesn't taste bad. It doesn't have a taste; it is kind of gritty. Clove oil is strong, but effective. You can leave it in until it is washed out with our own saliva. You can repeat as often as needed.

Do not do this near the time you take prescription medications as the charcoal can adsorb them.

Let us know how it goes!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Arizona_sunsets (Casa Grande, Arizona, U.s.a.) on 08/02/2011

[NAY]  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.

Replied by Mmsg
Somewhere, Europe

You can try to do the same but with ground cloves.

Posted by Kristi (Cleburne, TX) on 05/28/2009

[YEA]  Regarding Tooth Abcess:

My son has recently had to deal with tooth abcess and gum pain due to a mouth injury. He eventually had a root canal.

We tried many concoctions, but the only thing that gave him relief from the pain was to make a paste with a very small amount of water and activated charcoal (get this at a health food store or your pharmacist). We put the thin paste on a piece of paper towel and tucked it in between his gum and lip. He left this on for hours at a time. After a few times it helped the swelling, redness and pain. He did this until he could get an appointment for a root canal.

Alpha Lipoic Acid
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Posted by Annette (Cuy Falls, Ohio) on 06/13/2009

[YEA]  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.

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Posted by Charles (Hendersonville, Nc) on 01/01/2015

I have found that the anacardic acids in raw cashew nuts and maybe mangoes do an excellent job of curing an abscess from gram positive bacteria, which are the most prevalent cause of tooth decay and tooth aches. It is conceivable that mango fruits may have sufficient anacardic acids as well. You may see my article on this subject at; It is also discussed briefly in the 2006 edition of Medical Hypotheses, 65; 289-292.

You may feel free to use any information in that URL without concern over copyright.

I would like to urge you to explore making these medicines available in the pure form from pharmacies. This would be especially valuable since these medicines would probably prove to be valuable against other gram positive diseases such as acne, leprosy, streptococci, Chlamydia trachomatis, and maybe even tuberculosis as well.

Sincerely, Charles Weber

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Posted by kira (Guildford, United Kingdom) on 05/22/2007

[YEA]  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.

Replied by Jen
Mukwonago, Wi/usa

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!!

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Posted by Meagan (Brooklyn, Ny) on 02/18/2015

[YEA]  I had a huge abscess on my tooth and was in terrible pain. I decided to gargle with ACV and literally as I was gargling I was feeling the abscess with my tongue and I could feel it softening! After I spat out the vinegar I started noticing the abscess was draining, which alarmed me because I didn't want the bacteria getting in to my body. I decided to just keep spitting as much as I could without purposely swallowing the bacteria. Within an hour of using the Apple Cider Vinegar gargle, my once huge abscess was now flat!!! I'm still going to make a dental appointment but What a Relief!

Posted by Dv (Israel) on 08/16/2013

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Tonya (Miami, Fl) on 08/25/2012

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Diana (Bragg Creek, Ab Canada) on 07/16/2010

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Debbie (Bonita Springs, Fl) on 11/01/2009

[YEA]  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.

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Posted by Guinea.pig (Middle Of Nowhere, Texas) on 03/16/2015

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  Well, I woke up from a nap Friday night with a toothache, which is a rare event, thankfully, for me. Anyhow, as in my neck of the woods there aren't many dentists - and NONE open til Monday, tomorrow, when I still may not be able to get seen, I decided to try some of these remedies. I'd known about clove oil, sea salt water, and tea bags and tried the last two (I didn't have any clove oil on hand). I got some very temporary relief from the salt water and almost none from the tea bag. Anyhow, a few hours ago, awake again and in pain down into my jaw, I decided to look around here for what I could find.

After rinsing with ACV and then chewing some raw garlic clove, the swelling is down a bit and it doesn't hurt nearly as much. I'll continue it and am still going to a doc, dentist, or the ER if I have to for antibiotics in the morning as I KNOW this can get bad if untreated. Also, I just took some zinc as it has both immune boosting and antibiotic properties, if I remember right.

Posted by Laura (Southern, Louisiana) on 07/26/2011

[YEA]  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.