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Tooth Infection and Tooth Abscess Remedies

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Red Clover Tea   1  0   

Posted by Noelle (Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa) on 08/26/2009

[YEA]  Tooth Abcess

Try Red Clover tea. One teaspoon of Red Clover in a strainer or infuser, pour boiling water over it in a cup to cover, steep at least 7 minutes. One cup twice a day; after the pain dies down take one cup once a day. This one is very effective. I held off the pain of an abcessed tooth for 5 months with just Red Clover. When it was finally pulled the tooth turned out to be the biggest honkin' double abcess I'd ever seen and the surgeon was pretty impressed, too. I would have kept the tooth and mounted it, but it's illegal to give that to the patient in the state of Minnesota. When I had the tooth pulled, I used no antibiotics, just 12 garlic capsules and 3 dropperfuls of Olive Leaf per day. Look ma, no infection!

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 Bag   6  0   

Posted by Genxmum (Usa) on 03/22/2014

[YEA]  I was in horrible pain. Molar and gum inflamed and swollen. I tried several other remedies mentioned but none of them worked. I read that a tea bag might help so used a warm wet black tea bag against the gum under that tooth. Right away it started feeling better. Used the tea bags about 3-4 times a day for at least 30 minutes but tried to keep it in longer. It reduced the pain & swelling till it was gone over a few days. In no way should this replace a dentist visit but if it's middle of the night and you're in tooth pain this just might help remove the pain until you can see the dentist.

Posted by Theresed (New York City, Ny ) on 09/06/2013

[YEA]  I had a pretty nasty abscess in my gums right above a bridge I've had for a couple of years. It started off as a hard lump above the bridge and after 3 days the left side of my check was swollen, my ears and head hurt and I had a black left eye. I wasn't able to get to the dentist so I came to this site which has helped me before. Yesterday I placed a Chai Vanilla (for taste reasons only) teabag (dry) in my mouth at an hour at a time for 3 hours total. Around 10pm I placed another teabag in my mouth took some melatonin in the hopes of falling asleep. An hour later the abscess ruptured and some yellow, foul smelling pus along with lots of blood came out. I can't even tell you the immediate relief that I felt. It's now the next afternoon; I have no toothache, headache or ear ache. The swelling is pretty much gone. The side of my gum aches but not terribly. I plan to place another dry teabag in my mouth to make sure I've gotten all of the pus out. This really really works.

Replied by Haunya Raup
Williamsport Pa
Thanks for the tip. I am having thr same issue but was using a heated tea bag and it isn't working.
Replied by Candice
Did the pus come from the tooth or gum?

Posted by Dan (Birmingham, UK) on 12/28/2008

[YEA]  I will only post what I know to be fact (from practice not theory). I am posting about this only an hour after actually doing it. I read on another site that a regular tea-bag would "draw out the infection", I thought this was a bit vague and probably rubbish ... however pain will compel us to try almost anything right? After reading that "a build up of pressure will gradually increase pain and eventually lead to the puss taking the route of least resistance either into the mouth or into the jaw bone" ... that really worried me.

I soaked a regular tea-bag in cold water and gently held it in a bite against my molar for about 30mins ... this wasnt pleasant as it tastes bad and if juices from the tea-bag are swallowed it makes you gag. I persevered "just in case" this was going to help me. about 5 mins after removing the tea-bag (actually, I was giving up on the idea) .. sure enough I tasted blood and saw that the fluid under my tooth had found a way into my mouth and I was able to wash it away (there was alot of this foul fluid). I still have some pain as I type this, and I know I still have an infection and will still need dental treatment ... but I'm not worried about damage to my jaw bone now.

I don't know about "drawing the infection" (implying that this will CURE infection) but this method certainly drew out puss and blood from beneath my tooth, relieving pressure and reducing the pain considerably.

Posted by Deana (Bloomington, Indiana) on 07/15/2008

[YEA]  For Very Bad Abcess Swollen up into the Eye and into the Ear and neck:

I used a lightly damp Regular Large Sized Tea Bag, The Tea Draws the Infection down to one area where it can release & pop open, into the tea bag not into your mouth, After it pops open, A rinse of Peroxide. Do not swallow. Then Water rinse & you can use a typical mouthwash to finish off... In less than 24 hours I went from swollen, Filled w/ pain, not able to talk much or eat! To I'm enjoying my moring coffee & breakfast and able to go on with my regular activities! I have had to use this several times for financial reasons & it works every time! My neighbor is thankful for trying it too..

Replied by Ella
Fresno, Ca
What kind of teabags are you using? I just placed a detox teabag in my mouth in hope to get some relief.

Posted by Susan (Missoula, Montana) on 03/03/2008

[YEA]  My sure-fire natural remedy for tooth abcess is tea-bag. I am a low income person with no health insurance so I have become very inventive and creative. Last problem I had with abcess was to dip a herbal tea bag in distilled water...squeeze gently, snip off staple and string...wedge between affected tooth and gum....go to sleep..wake up and toxins are absorbed in infection was cleared the first time!

Posted by Sandra on 06/13/2007

[YEA]  i had a very bad cavity for over a year. my filling fell out of one of my molars. i went through 12 aspirin and tube of oral gel and the pain would go away for about 10 minutes. last night i woke up @1am from the pain and saw that if you get a tea bag soak it in warm water for 15 seconds and wring it out place it on the tooth and gum and suck on it for about 10 or 15 minutes the pain goes right way. the taste is not the best so i don't recommend swallowing it and its kinda hard to spit out, but it works. thank you for all the info u give

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
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
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

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