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Tooth Infection and Tooth Abscess Remedies

Last Modified on Jul 27, 2015

Salt Rinse, Clove Oil, Garlic, or Hydrogen Peroxide   1  0   

Posted by Ken (Detroit, Michigan) on 01/04/2009

[YEA]  I right now have a wisdom tooth ( lower ) that is now infected. I don't have any dental insurance so I have to resort to my knowledge of self-treatment with what I know to work naturally and well. I was in TERRIBLE pain, couldn't eat, couldn't sleep. I attacked the pain and the infection that had by now moved into my lower jaw area and starting to swell with multiple herbs. Every 30 or 40 minutes or so I used either a salt rinse, clove oil applied directly to the infected area, garlic applied to the infected area or a mouth rinse with 3% hydrogen peroxide. I did this for about 4 or 5 hours starting at about 7:00p.m. After about an hour or 2, the infected area started to feel better. About an hour before going to bed, I had chicken soup with chopped garlic bits added. Right before bed , I made a hydrogen peroxide/distilled water solution to drink down. I used 35% food grade ( you shouldn't use 3% from drug store, that's for rinsing your mouth ). Normal preparation is 10 drops peroxide to distilled water ( you have to use distilled water!! ). I used 25 drops because I was fighting an infection.

Do not have anything in your stomach when using food grade peroxide/distilled water. Don't eat from 1 to 3 hours before or after using peroxide/water solution. After doing all of this, I felt much better. The swelling was down and the pain was virtually gone. I kept the routine up for another 5 or so days to make sure that the infection was gone. Hope this helps everybody!!

Sea Salt and Ice Packs   1  0   

Posted by Lisa (Ft Washington, MD) on 01/31/2007

[YEA]  For my tooth abscess, I swished with sea salt and warm water which drew out the infection. Then I used an ice pack this helped with the swelling and kept the infection from spreading. Ice pack 5 min. on 5 min. off. This keeps the infection from spreading into your jaw and cheek further. My dentist said I did the right thing until I could see him. My tooth looked perfectly fine, nice and white and the x-ray showed nothing wrong, but obviously there was an infection. I am taking a prescription by Green Stone antibiotic for a bacterial infection due to tooth abscess and the swelling is down. I am still using the ice pack, also

Sesame Oil, Clove Oil, Charcoal   1  0   

Posted by Tamara (Upland, CA) on 01/25/2009

[YEA]  I had an infection in my gums and it caused extreme pain and i couldn't sleep. I made a paste of sesame oil, clove oil, and activated charcoal. I placed the paste in a small piece of cheesecloth and placed it in my mouth next to the infected gum. I slept with it overnight. The next morning, the infection was gone!!! So Amazing. No more waiting to get into the dentist for an appointment or prescription meds. Activated Charcoal also works great if you are planning on drinking alcohol. I take one capsule for every drink consumed and have no hangover in the morning. Amazing stuff!!

Tea Tree Oil   2  0   

Posted by Kobus Zeelie (Pretoria, South Africa) on 08/14/2014

[YEA]  Usually when I got an abscess I went straight to antibiotics. It happened accidentally when I purchased a bottle of mouth wash with tea tree oil in it, while I already had the abscess but not to cure the abscess just for overall oral health. Any case I had this abscess and was planning to go to the chemist to get antibiotics. I was using the bottle with tea tree oil in it, and in 2 days my abscess was gone, not sure what it does but I use it daily.

Posted by Mitchell (London, UK) on 05/13/2009

[YEA]  tea tree oil: This is a remedy that works for me....Just soak a tiny bit of cotton wool( about a cotton bud sized piece,) and tuck it under the gum in the infected area, replace ever hour or so. The abcess will diminish after a day.You are not supposed to swallow TTO so avoid this by spitting out into a tissue- but its not fatal.- Definitely the lesser of 2 evils.

Tooth Abscess Remedies   0  0   

Posted by Wieas (London, Uk) on 09/23/2013

I have now had 2 abscesses on my lower jaw bone. I think this is what my doctor called it when I last saw him. It was either an abscess or an infection he referred to it as but I cannot really remember.

Anyway, what happens is my jaw starts to become really sore and I can feel a lump on my lower jaw bone. This lump cannot be felt inside my mouth but can be felt by pressing my face at the bottom of my jaw.

I was prescribed antibiotics by the doctor on both occasions. I can't take anything with penicillin in as I'm allergic to it and come out in a rash. The problem is although the pain eventually goes when I take the antibiotics I can still feel a very small lump in my jaw which makes me think that the infection has not totally cleared. This has happened on both occasions when I have had an infection. I am worried now that I am going to be more likely to get recurrent infections every few months because of it.

Can anyone recommend anything natural I could take to clear the infection, please? Thank you.

Replied by Baldev
Maharashtra, India
Hi Wieas,

You can try swishing with Sodium bi Carbonate water, which you can make by disolving one tea spoon of Sodium bi Carbonate in half glass of water. You can do it at least twice a day and it should keep the bacteral infection at bay. Good Luck


Replied by Wieas
London, Uk
Hi Baldev, thanks for your response. Is Sodium Bicarbonate the same as Bicarbonate of Soda, that we in the UK buy in the supermarket?
Replied by Baldev
Maharashtra, India
Yes, You can use that. Baldev
Replied by Mama To Many Donate

Tennessee, Usa
If you should get another abcess, charcoal poultices are very effective for abcesses.

~Mama to Many

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
Dear Wieas,

Concerning your desire to find a natural antidote to the infection on your jaw; This is what I'd do if this were me... I'd take a high parts per million solution of colloidal silver (over 100 ppm) and mix with an equal part of DMSO, a solvent and carrier. A cap full and a half of both... Or a tablespoon of each and use white paper towel to soak up the mix. When combined the mix will become warm. Immediately soak the paper towel with the mix and apply the soaked part of the paper towel to the jaw where the absess is located. Hold there for fifteen minutes. Repeat an hour later.

Repeat the same protocol the next day. And the next. By the third day you should be able to tell a big difference. If better, continue the treatment.

The silver solution kills the virual/fungal/bacterial infection and the DMSO carries the silver INTO the jaw.

Best to you,


Replied by Toourlady989
Hayward Ca
Oregano oil, also called oil of oregano, is a natural antimicrobial and antispasmodic remedy. Many people have successfully used oregano oil for treating a tooth abscess, which is an infection that can spread to the jaw. The pain associated with a jaw infection can be so severe that dentists typically prescribe pain medications. Oregano oil's numbing properties reduce pain, and its antimicrobial properties will help clear up the infection. Before using oregano oil for this type of infection, talk to your doctor or dentist first.

Step 1

Saturate one end of a cotton swab with oil of oregano and apply to your gums.

Step 2

Saturate the other end of the cotton swab and apply it to any abbesses in the mouth. According to Medicine Plus, mouth abscesses may require surgery in order to drain the pus, which would ultimately reduce some pain as well. Oregano oil assists abscess drainage and kills the bacteria leaking from the pus-like packet in the mouth.

Step 3

Apply oil of oregano to the teeth affected by the jaw infection with another clean cotton swab. A jaw infection typically affects the gums and teeth. Applying oregano oil on the tooth can prevent further tooth decay. Apply the oil to the gums between the teeth that are affected.

Step 4

Do not eat for 30 minutes after application. This gives the oil time to work.

Step 5

Saturate a cotton ball with oil of oregano and apply to your jaw. You need a topical application for the external jaw area. You may feel pain around the ears, cheeks and throat. Apply the oregano oil to these areas. Apply the oil anywhere you feel pain.

Step 6

Use oregano oil every 2 to 3 hours until your infection clears up and add oregano to your foods for maximum benefits. Phyllis Balch, author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements, " recommends adding oregano to foods or oregano oil to salads for maximum antimicrobial effects.

Replied by Wieas
London, Uk
To Dave from Fountain Inn: Thanks for your response. Have just ordered Colloidal Silver from internet. However, could not find DMSO. Is there any alternative to DMSO that I could use instead? Thanks
Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc
To Wieas from London,

Sorry the DMSO is not available in London. When I google it here in the states.... Just "DMSO" many sites come up. Try googling "Doctor Jacob DMSO" which is his web site on MSM and DMSO. Also read about DMSO by googling "Doctor Jacob DMSO 60 Minutes" and see the great three part discussion on the amazing uses of DMSO.

If you can't get it in England (is there a country by country difference in google?) then try a feed and seed store in England... Where they sell farm and linaments and you'll get DMSO (likely) since vets often use DMSO. The white wraps you see on horse's legs are called "DMSO Wraps" (usually) containing DMSO to counter sprains and bone issues.

If you have a vet friend, he could get you some.

If you have a friend in the states it could be purchased here and shipped. (I don't know the laws on that assuming it's not considered contraband of course. ) Also you have health food stores in England which is where most people buy little bottles of DMSO.

A safe solvent/carrier is necessary to get the liquid CS into the effected area. I know of no other substitute but I've heard some years back of such a carrier but didn't really pay too much attention since DMSO is perfect.

I'm really intrigued as to why you don't get DMSO as soon as it is googled in England and would appreciate someone explaing how this is so because when you google DMSO here, numerous sites come up.

Replied by Wieas
London, Uk
Dave from Fountain Inn - thanks very much for your detailed reply.

I have just checked EBay UK (don't normally buy off there cos I'm never too sure whether or not the goods are genuine) and there was loads of DMSO. Will now order some and see how it goes.

Once again, thanks.

Replied by Shana18
North Miami Beach, Florida
Just wanted to add that I had a severe tooth abscess that I accidentally cured with zinc lozenges. I lost a filling last year and after being tortured by food getting into the space where the filling was I intentionally cracked off part of my tooth (not too bright). this resulted in some sort of infection and I had a tooth abscess on and off for about a month. it got real bad and I decided to take some zinc lozenges. I had heard that zinc lozenges kill mouth bacteria and can kill the bacteria that cause a strep throat ... so I took four. each lozenge had 24 mg. zinc, 1000 IU vit A, and 150 mg vit C. the abscess came to a head and it was over by the fourth lozenge. I don't know if it was the zinc, but zinc is a very powerful antibacterial metal, and I think it immobilized the bacteria in the mouth
Replied by Timh Donate

Shana18: Good to hear your success report. I have been advocating Zinc Lozenges here for some time as I have had good results also. Studies have show that pathogens cannot properly adhere to cell surfaces that are optimized w/ Zinc.

Posted by Cindy (Cochrane, Wi.) on 01/10/2013

Dear Earth Clinic readers, I am asking for your help. Two days ago at a dental appointment, an xray showed an absess/cyst at bottom of a tooth. Root canal is recomended asap. I have no pain and didn't know I had it. I believe in dr. hal huggins in not having root canals (have had past ones pulled). I seriously do not want to have a root canal done and am wondering what Bill could suggest or anyone that has been able to clear up this condition. I am sure it is affecting my health. Thanks in advance.

Replied by Liz
Westchester County, Ny
[WARNING!]   Hi Linda, it is very dangerous to let a tooth abcess go untreated. My husband had a tooth abcess a couple of years ago. He'd had a toothache with minor pain for about a week and didn't pay much attention to it until a red line started to form down his neck one morning. He was about to leave the country on business but realized (Thank GOD) that it was now a medical emergency and rushed to get the tooth removed. The oral surgeon who extracted his tooth said he had reached him just in time and that it would have been a disaster if he had gotten on the plane to travel to Europe. As I have since learned from multiple dentists, infection from a tooth abcess can kill you so it is very important to treat an abcessed tooth as soon as possible. Best to you, Liz.
Replied by Anon
Hi, Have the tooth removed and take antibiotics for the infection, take vit c and zinc to heal. Do not take any sugar/ fruit to prevent candida. If necessary afterwards take an iodine supplement.

Posted by Natural Dad (Victoria Bc, British Columbia, Canada) on 11/28/2012

My 2 year old son has an infection in his gum line from when he fell and chipped his two front teeth several months ago. The dentist we went to recommended pulling a baby tooth. I am hoping there is a natural way to heal his infection without resorting to pulling teeth. Please help!!!!

Replied by Lisa
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Hi Natural Dad, Well, I don't know if you come on here often or not but I have put up audio interviews with Nadine Artemis who is at the forefront of alternative mouth health. She teaches about healing gums and re- enamelizing the teeth. Scroll down to Tooth Truth to hear her speak:

I had also posted this link for an amazing online seminar called "The Tooth Summit" with top speakers in alternative mouth health. You might want to check it out:

You can also read this section here on Earth Clinic which has all sorts of remedies for abcesses and mouth infection:

Hope this info helps you and your son. Lisa

Posted by Cat (Bop, Nz) on 05/14/2012

Anyone know what could be causing a sometimes dull ache, sometimes sharpish pain on my left side in my teeth? There's no throbbing at all and it doesn't appear to be in my gums or jaw area, just teeth but can't pinpoint where exactly as it seems to be on the top and then on the bottom! The pain is only on a scale of about a 3 out of 1-10 so it's not too bad but it's been over a week now with a continuous slight headache accompanying it.

Then this morning I woke up with a kind of heavy head like it wanted to just fall forward and somewhat different feeling in my neck. The only thing I've added to my healthy diet is wheatgrass smoothies but that can't be it surely, though they both started happening at the same time. It's not overtaking my day, I can get by without thinking of it most of the time and it doesn't wake me but what would make teeth hurt if it's not infection? Have taken MMS to kill any infection in any case.

Replied by Kay
In The Valley, Ca
Have you considered allergies or a sinus infection? The pollen count is pretty bad in most places right now. I've never had sinus problems, but my husband has had plenty and says he has pain in his jaw with it. Good luck to you.

Tooth Abscess Warnings   0  0   

Posted by Nevadasmith (Smithfield Township, Pa) on 05/24/2011

[WARNING!]  Don't play around with abscessed teeth. Someone I know had an abscessed tooth and left it untreated, the infection spread and he died of a brain infection in his early 20s.

Also, it is possible to eliminate an abscess to the point that he no longer is painful but then to have it flare up again later. Again it is best to eliminate the infection completely. Even a minor abscess at the end of a root can cause bone loss over time and you don't want that.

I am not discouraging the use of natural cures to fight the infection. I don't like taking antibiotics either but be sure that any cures you use are complete. It may be necessary to get a root canal in order to be sure. It may be best to see an endodontist.

Turmeric   3  0   

Posted by K.Lynn (Mt Healthy, Ohio) on 03/04/2009

[YEA]  a great painkiller and infection fighter for tooth/gum/abcess pain is turmeric for $4.00 or less in your local grocerie store in the spices section. I was amazed when I used it how it took away the pain and inflammation. just a teaspoon in a bowl with just enough PURIFIED WATER to make it the consistency of wet mud. You can use a cotton ball or a small cut piece of cotton cloth with a blob of wet turmeric ( careful- it is what mustard stains are made of), and place it on the tooth so it can seep between the teeth and to the abcess, the taste isn't that bad, especially when you can't sleep or anything w/o pain. If you are lying down, don't forget to take out the cotton ball/cloth before you fall asleep. Also, rinsing prior with PURIFIED WATER, 1 teaspoon of h202 (drugstore kind ok), and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda ( organic-about $3.57 a lb. bag but goes very far when using small amounts. I don't care what Arm and Hammer says, they put something in their bs because organic is MUCH more body friendly). Have the turmeric ready to go in before you rinse because it can be painful if the abcess is bad but the turmeric is also a painkiller. When I think of all the times in my life I used oragel just to cry myself to sleep-ughhh! As usual, how long it takes will depend on the severity of the infection but it sure worked for me. MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU.

Posted by ROZ (HOUSTON, TEXAS) on 12/11/2008

[YEA]  Hey, I currently have a tooth abscess and it is killing me and has my cheek an mouth numb, I went to the Dr. afterwork to get antibiotics but they wouldn't give me an Rx because they said they didn't have any appointments available and needed to assess me prior to dispensing medications. When I got home I thought of the remedy for boils which according to this website is tumeric. Well, it seems to me the concept of a boil & a tooth abscess are basically the same. A boil is infection under the skin accompainied by poisonous blood and puss w/inflamation and the same with an abscess but surrounding a bad tooth. So last night when I got home in severe pain (could hardly open my mouth). I put a tsp of tumeric in some applesauce (still almost threw it up) but to my surprise the swelling went down and the pain subsided. It's late morning now and I am beginning to feel a slight discomfort, so I plan on taking more tumeric. Hope this helps someone else.

Posted by Chris (Atlanta, GA) on 02/18/2007

[YEA]  After a long history of cysts infections around dead teeth in my upper jaw and several surgeries I have finally found my cure THANKS to your great site. Thursday morning my cyst got infected awfully, read about turmeric here on friday and started taking two caps right away. next morning the pain was gone except for pain when i would pressure the area. Today, Sunday, even that pain is almost completely gone and i feel like a new person! still taking 2 turmerics a day, will go down to one for the next 4 days or so and see. special thanks to FRAN.

Turmeric, Cayenne   1  0   

Posted by David (Huntington Beach, CA) on 01/04/2009

[YEA]  I just want to report back on some of the treatments for tooth abcess.

I had a bad crown that would bother me occasionally, but I would manage it with a mixture of half baking soda, half seasalt which I put into my blender and ground to a fine powder. You use it as toothpaste. This is an old Edgar Cayce formula for teeth and gum health, and it works great.

Anyway, it flaired up and the salt/soda combination couldn't stop it from progressing. I unfortunately was just changing from one dental plan to another so I fell between the cracks and had to wait a week to get some treatment. The pain was becoming unbearable! Anyway, I was reminded of your website so I looked it up and decided to try the slippery elm, charcoal, clove oil, baking yeast paste.

By this time it was appearent that the abcess was at the root of the tooth and was begining to push the tooth up and it seemed that the paste was unable to really penetrate into the jawbone to effect it...and the pain was getting worse! I read further in that article and the gentleman also recommened taking Turmeric and I remembered that it was ideal for boils also. So I thought, what is an abcess, but a boil in the jaw?

So I made up capsules of half turmeric and half cayanne pepper. Sure enough, within a hour or so, it started to reduce. Encouraged, I decided to go to straight Turmeric and have been taking a heaping teaspoonful in a glass of warm milk sweetened with Stevia 2-3 times a day. It actually tastes pretty good!

Bottom line is that the pain is greatly reduced and I am convinced this could completely cure this problem, but I am going to the Dentist monday anyway to get this crown properly fixed.

Turmeric has kept these last few days from being an absolute nightmare! By the way, I started taking Levaquin (a powerful antibiotic) about 5 days ago, and it did NOTHING! Thank you and thank God for this site!

David in H.B.

Turmeric, Clove Oil   1  0   

Posted by Dansdoll (Rosevile, Ca) on 09/12/2012

[YEA]  I used multiple things to help draw the infection out. I used tea bags and hot salt water. However when bedtime came around I was ready for some pain relief. What really worked for me was Turmeric. I got the loose powder and put in some distilled water to make a paste and packed it into the cavity hole. It works but when I realized I wanted a little more relief I had the idea to make the Turmeric paste and add two drops of Eugenol (clove oil) into the paste. That really did the trick. The turmeric paste held the clove oil in place for a numbing effect while also reducing inflammation and I was able to sleep all night.

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