Tooth Abscess
Natural Remedies



How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide for a Tooth Abscess

Dec 06, 2017

Hydrogen peroxide is an inexpensive natural remedy for a tooth abscess. Hydrogen peroxide is made up of hydrogen and oxygen. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties. The brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide from the drugstore or pharmacy is ideal for treating an abscess. Never use full strength food grade hydrogen peroxide internally or externally.

Mix 1 tablespoon of your 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of water. Use this diluted solution to hold and swish in your mouth for 2 minutes. Spit the solution out and rinse your mouth. Repeat the hydrogen peroxide swish every 2 hours during the day and again if you wake up in the night feeling pain.

Let us know if you've tried hydrogen peroxide for a toothache. Continue scrolling down to learn how hydrogen peroxide worked for other Earth Clinic readers.



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Posted by Fancypants (Usa) on 05/27/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I used 50/50 water and hydrogen peroxide. Swished for 2 min, spat, rinsed, and repeated after about 5 min. (2 min because that's as much as I could take before it got too foamy.)

When I had a tooth infection a decade ago, a dentist gave me a prescription Hydrogen Peroxide mouthwash. I came upon this site trying to find a DIY version.

I have had a broken molar for years, but was able to keep it clean and happy with oil pulling and obsessive flossing until about 5 months ago. At that time, it started becoming very sensitive to cold and heat. This winter I couldn't open my mouth outdoors because the cold air would go right into my tooth and give me a blinding headache for hours. Eventually the gums around it became constantly swollen, tooth became painful to touch, and i'd get a massive tooth/headache every night. Advil/Tylenol did nothing. Was on antibiotics recently for something else, and that did nothing for my tooth. This past week I haven't been able to chew on that side of my mouth. I assumed this meant the broken tooth was finally dying.

This evening, in great pain, I finally tried the 50/50 peroxide water. Painful at first, but by the end of the swish it had improved about 10%. I thought that would be it, and that I'd just have to continue this regimen for a few days to see any major improvement. 2 hours later, it has improved 60%. The tooth is not painful to touch, the swelling has gone down massively, though it's still sensitive to cool air. No pus but my gums are steadily releasing something like salt water, and a tiny bit of some hard foreign substance has been ejected along with the liquid. Maybe popcorn kernel? broken piece of tooth? I might be up all night spitting out salt water, but I'm without pain for the first time in months. I'll take it!


Posted by Shanna (Brooklyn, Ny) on 03/21/2017
5 out of 5 stars

I drained my abscess with 3% hydrogen peroxide and paired it with antiseptic mouth wash and massaged the area with my thumb to push the pus up and out. I had the worst pain while doing this but I pushed through it. I was starting to get lock jaw so in order to fix this I actually killed two birds with one stone. Fast forward to two weeks ago I got my wisdom tooth pulled and a couple days later I noticed the taste in my mouth was funny, but there was that unpleasant taste of pus I couldn't mistake. So I started rinsing with peroxide and salt water until I was cleared to use mouthwash again. So far so good; the pain has somewhat gone away but the swelling in my gums is still there. I'll continue to use the peroxide until I go to my check up next week. Peroxide worked wonders.


Posted by Paul (Centralca.) on 03/03/2017
4 out of 5 stars

BETTER BUT NOT CURED

I have been using HP for about 2 months. Oral surgery was the recommendation. Have L. molars 20 &21., one broken at the gum line that can't be repaired. I have been staving off the tooth extraction as long as possible. I take a blood thinner so surgery is the option. Not looking forward to implants either. I have been wondering how often is safe to use HP. Someone here I think said twice a week was OK. If anyone else has a routine, I would sure like to hear. I have been doing pretty well by being careful with foods with hard surfaces. I also take a Tylenol 500 mg twice a day in case of a flare up. But haven't needed anything for pain otherwise.

Replied by Paul
Central California
03/03/2017

I just wanted to add how grateful I am for all the help others have provided. Have been reading post from years ago and there is a lot experience available. Thanks Earth Clinic.

Replied by Paul Again
Central California.
08/02/2017

After seeing a dentist friend about an abscess I made an appointment and he recommended an oral surgeon for two molars 19 and 20. this was 12/20/16. have been putting it off about 8 or nine months. Been getting by with 50/50 peroxide 2 or three times a week. 2 minutes each time. I take a 500miligram Tylenol about every 12 hours just to be safe. Never any pain. I also take a blood thinner. I have one other problem with Trigeminal Neuralgia that I am cautious about performing oral surgery. I plan on consultation. At any rate the peroxide I credit with getting by pretty well. Didn't mean to bore everyone.

Replied by Effy
Toronto Canada
08/08/2017

Agreed! Thank you, Earth Clinic, and all the helpful, experienced posters.


Posted by Hp (Nipawin, Saskatchewan) on 11/27/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I found that Hydrogen Peroxide stopped my toothache, I have tried other remedies but nothing worked.


Posted by Boncat1959 (Indianapolis, In) on 11/02/2016
4 out of 5 stars

I have a cavity in one of my wisdom teeth. I started using Hydrogen peroxide as a rinse to keep the germs away. My tooth did have some tenderness in it at first. But then the pain went away completely. I just now came upon this article. Three cheers for Hydrogen Peroxide! It is nice to see the info I gained as well. All I did was swish some peroxide around the inside of my mouth. I made sure it went inside the cavity. kept it in my mouth for about 2 or 3 minutes. Spit it out. Then rinsed with warm water. spit it out. Then for good measure I rinsed again with a little mouthwash. I did this right before I went to bed after I brushed my teeth. And again in the morning. I am waiting for a dentist appointment. it is nice not to have any pain while I wait.


Posted by Billybones (Florida) on 10/18/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Hi everybody. I'm 65. Ten years ago all of my upper teeth were hurting. Dentist told me to yank them all and get dentures. $3 to $4 thousand smackers! The big hunt for a natural cure began. Found HP. Brushed my teeth with a cap full of 3% two times a day for 2 days. Let it foam for about 5 minutes. Pain free after that. Here I am 10 years later with all of those teeth that the dentist told me to yank except one. I still brush with HP once a week. My teeth are doing GREAT! Thanx for the opportunity to help someone else. - Bill


Posted by Mosin9130 (Toledo Ohio) on 09/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

My abscess is 100% gone after using the Peroxide method. What I did was boil a sewing needle for 10 minutes to sterilize it, I poked the abscess a few times and then pressed on it and drained it all out. I immediately swished straight 3% peroxide afterwards. It turned the gum (Where the abscess was) white for half an hour which was the infection being killed. I continued using peroxide for several days after. It's been over a week now and the abscess has not returned and the pain is gone. So relieved!

Replied by Mosin9130
Toledo, Ohio
04/17/2017

Update: 7 months later and the abscess has not returned! HP is WONDERFUL! Also a cavity of mine was giving me almost unbearable pain today, swooshed some 3% HP on the cavity and the pain is gone. So glad I found this website :)


Posted by Brendan D. (New Jersey, Usa) on 07/20/2016
4 out of 5 stars

So far so good. I just used a capful of the 3% hydrogen peroxide literally just five minutes ago, for the first time. Too soon for a final verdict, of course, but the tooth/gum pain seems to be reduced (not entirely gone). I did a capful of the 3% HP, without mixing it with water as a 50/50 mix, swished it around the (presumably) infected area for 30 seconds, then spit it out, then repeated once, then rinsed my mouth with water. My dentist can't see me for two weeks so I need to bridge the gap between now and then. I'm hoping the pain stays under control for a bit. 4 stars for now, will re-rate after a few hours.


Posted by Francisco (West Palm Beach) on 05/23/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Tooth abscess for second time after 6 months -

I used hydrogen peroxide every hour for one day. Next day swelling and pain were gone. Antibiotics are in the trash can and I am cancelling my root canal appointment.

Also going to buy a bottle of colloidal silver and use it once a week to make sure no more infections occur.

Replied by Bobbie
Tx
10/25/2017

HP gets rid of infection temporarily but will come back, you are playing with fire not taking the antibiotics. You will need the root canal. When it comes back if the puss gets in your blood can cause gangri and is life threatening. Please take your antibiotics and get the root canal.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Usa
10/25/2017

Yes and please read the book the root canal coverup before getting one in your mouth. Wisdom before action.

Replied by Charity
Faithville, Usa
10/25/2017

I would like to add to my dental post here. Borax foot soak using a pinch in 2 gal of water once a week made my bad teeth hurt worse the next day, then they seem to be improved. Like it's healing them. I suspect lack of borax has made the calcium go in the soft tissues and not my bones/teeth over the years.

As far as dental pain goes.... I have rode the rodeo....been to the dentist and had the works done( 9 crowns, some root canals, & partials ) and then lost ten teeth while following that program.., due to the teeth worked on abscessing... all that money spent has taught me painful lessons about the system I had trusted. Flouride is bad for your bones and teeth and organs. Hitler used it to make people docile.

Alpha lipoic acid helps a lot for nerve pain. MIX a Tbsp each of baking soda & coconut oil with a drop of peppermint oil, at bedtime...APPLY a small amount of this mix on gums and teeth and head off for a good nights sleep. Works wonders .Get ALL your vitamins, amino acids and water, minerals in balance and detox your body . You can restore your youth . Keep studying and don't believe everything you read.

If you do use the borax get ready for a rodeo ride for awhile....still expecting miracles, because I have faith in the one who designed my teeth . Amen

read earth clinic, go to youtube, and lots of other good sites, as your own library . Just because it's at your local library you can't go blindly trusting it to be the truth that heals you.

google regenerate teeth, people have found ways for teeth to heal & regrow and some have received prayer miracles. God is good all the time, even if he shows up at the last minute. He's stretching my faith, as usual.


Posted by Elyn (Milwaukee) on 12/08/2015
4 out of 5 stars

It is 2 am. My husband, who has had tooth pain for 2 days now, woke me at 12:45 howling in pain and using unprintable words. After googling emergency dentists to call in the morning, I came here to EarthClinic and found out about gargling with 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water.

Within 3 or 4 minutes he was smiling... but it was short-lived. So I hauled him back out to the kitchen sink for a repeat... but this time he's doing it with just the peroxide, no water.

I'm gonna' call it 'better but not cured.'

Replied by Liz
Boston, Ma
12/09/2015

Garlic works wonders for all things tooth pain related. I've noticed that many others here do as well.

Slice up a clove of raw garlic and have him put it on the gums surrounding the angry tooth or abscess. He can hold it in place with his tongue, or even his fingers, if necessary.

It will burn a bit at first, but don't let that deter him. Have him move the garlic slice from one side of the tooth to the other for about 10 minutes. Repeat this a few times a day. The more, the better, but at least 3-4x/day.

Through trial and error, I found that the garlic method works even quicker if you also take the garlic internally. If you give him a clove or two of chopped-up garlic to swallow about 3-4 times a day, it helps expedite the healing process.

Also, rinsing with warm salted water in between helps heal, too. Have him gently swish the saltwater around the affected area for about a minute, then repeat the saltwater rinses a few times day/night.

The last time I had a tooth issue, my tooth was so infected that my jaw and part of my face was swollen, and the pain...UGH! Yet, as bad as the infection was, using the methods I described above, I was pain-free within just days! The best part? That tooth hasn't bothered me since, and it's been about 2 years! :)

Good luck!

Replied by Earthling
Usa
12/11/2015

I couldn't agree more! In fact, just a week or so ago I wrote a post making almost the exact same recommendations that you did, except for the saltwater rinses, which I agree are a good idea as well.

All hail GARLIC! It has so many beneficial uses. It's something that everyone has access to, and costs pennies per 'treatment'. It's also great for stopping a cold in its tracks if you load-up on it the moment you feel like you're coming down with something.

Nothing is better than the real thing, though. The garlic capsules aren't as effective when treating colds, etc. I also read recently in a consumer report that three different brands of garlic capsules/pearls tested contained only 3% garlic! Plus, they cost a whole lot more.

Why pay $15-20 for a bottle of pearls to get only 3% of the benefits, when for a two bucks, you can get 2-3 entire *heads* of the real thing with 100% potency?


Posted by April (Bowling Green ) on 10/24/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I have a broken molar, and being new to the area had to find a new dentist. I finally found one that takes our insurance but my appointment is still a week away. By a few days ago, the tooth had gotten infected and the roof of my mouth swollen to the point I had trouble closing my mouth. I tried two things. First, I pulled coconut oil for three mornings, with no change but increased swelling and pain. Finally yesterday morning, I mixed half hydrogen peroxide 3% with water and swished it in my mouth for about five minutes, then rinsed, brushed my teeth and went to work. Around noon, my work partner asked if I was ok and I realized that I was tasting something really bad. Apparently the abscess started draining, and by this morning the swelling and pain is gone. Still going to have tooth pulled, but thanks to the H202, no infection and no pain!


Posted by Blacjac687 (Toledo, Ohio) on 04/15/2015
5 out of 5 stars

I''m not going to give anyone a bunch of bs. by talking about garlic cloves or dentist's so here goes..."I have to have all my teeth pulled but in insurance". I've had several abscesses and all I did was to massage the sore area until the pain subsided and then put about 2-3 cap's of Hydrogen Peroxide in my mouth and saturate the painful area with the HP. The pain will pass almost instantly and since I have several bad teeth, rinsing with HP once or twice a day and letting it foam up in my mouth heads off any further flareups.

"IT'S ALL THAT SIMPLE "! I Should add "I did have a puss bag on my outer gums" so I sterilized a needle and lanced it a few times to empty it, adding pressure on my face to make it drain "then put some HP (APPROXIMATELY 1 OZ.) in my mouth and let it foam to kill the infected puss. "ALL MY PAIN WAS GONE IN 5 MINUTES "!! NOW JUST RINSE YR MOUTH AND HAVE A BETTER DAY......JACK

Replied by Anon
Us
04/15/2015

I love how you posted here to help someone else. I hope you reconsider having your teeth pulled . You can heal teeth no matter how bad they may be . I had a lot of teeth pulled and it has created new problems.

http://ted.earthclinic.com/cures/dental-health.html


Posted by Tom (Windy City, Illinois) on 12/23/2011
4 out of 5 stars

I had a tooth /gum infection of an upper jaw molar (not the back one) that caused swelling on the left side of my face up to my eye including swelling the eye partially shut. I got prescriptions for antibiotics which brought the swelling down but still left what appears to be a bump abscess on my gum which would cause the tooth to become sore also.

The antibiotics clearly were not working to get rid of the abscess, so earlier today I tried injecting 3% hydrogen peroxide (no stabilizer) at several locations in the gum (2-5ml) in and around the abscess. Warning - doing this will really hurt like hell when actually injecting the hydrogen peroxide, especially the first few injections when the hydrogen peroxide is actually killing the infection under the gum but it seems to have removed almost all the abscess infection - there is little or no soreness from it now - however the area is somewhat sore from all the syringe pokes as I type - I'll have a better idea tomorrow if the infection is completely cleared up when the gum heals some but it's feeling much better already.

I don't know if injecting hydrogen peroxide is 'safe' so I can't recommend it for others, but it definitely seems to have the potential to stop at least some abscesses.

Replied by John Wynhausen
Joplin, Mo.
07/30/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I had similar results injecting HP in the abscess region. Yes the pain was intense. It took several tries but after more than a week the abscess is not active. Did it kill the infection deep in the tooth? No idea. But since there is no puss being produced, it just may have done that. Did it feel risky? Yes. I would not have done it if the antibiotics had seemed to be working.

As to the safety: I seriously doubt it could trigger an infection as it clears bacteria in its path. I wish I had tried this earlier with a tooth that eventually rotted, broke and was finally pulled.

Replied by John Wynhausen
Joplin Mo
08/02/2016

Soon after posting the above comment, my abscess re-erupted. The pressure started to build in the maxilla, so I injected it again. Once again I had intense pain locally for about 30 seconds. The HP injection pulled out a load of blood and pus. The abscess itself did not go down right away but now more than 24 hours later there is a small crater where the abscess was. What I would hope is that the "tissue hardening" effect of the HP would generate a pathway to the deep infection and eventually clear it using this technique. Probably wishful thinking, but there seems to be the promise of at least staving off more radical approaches for awhile.

Replied by John W
Joplin, Mo
08/11/2016

More than one week after, no indication of infection I am happy to report. I will report in another month if I remain clear. I still face longer term dental work but at least I seem to have the infection in a managed state. Whether something lingers and again erupts, time will tell.

Replied by John W.
Joplin, Mo
09/12/2016

Its been a month and I have had no further need for injections. The abscess is gone although a slight depression remains where it was. I still sometimes feel a slight pressure in the region (swimming under water for instance) but no signs of infection. How my body is handling the cavities is anybody's guess, but for the time being I am managing and I feel more dentally empowered.

Replied by John W.
Joplin, Mo
12/02/2016

I wanted make one last follow up. My report of 09/12/2016 was a little pre-mature. I had to go in again with the H2O2 injection. I used a different angle, forced the remaining infective core out and have had no problems since then. Just mustering up the courage to do the initial injection was the hardest part. Subsequent follow-ups were uncomfortable but not scary. Follow through made the difference. My infected gum and bone is completely free of infection. The first sign of eruption took place following dental work more than 20 years earlier. Why didn't I know I could manage it this way back then? It would have seemed too radical a move for me, but watching and waiting did nothing other than probably shorten my life. Oh well. Its not a problem anymore.

Replied by Robert Henry
Ten Mile , Tn
12/03/2016

JOHN,,,,,, what strength H2O2 did you use?

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Replied by Tiffany
Dc
06/06/2017

Hi John, what did you use to inject HP?


Posted by Dianna (Citrus Heights, Ca) on 10/25/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

I recently used HP because of a tooth abscess. I swished about 1-1/2 tsp undiluted over the counter HP a couple of times. I must say it did help with the abscess tooth pain. Unfortunately, several days later, I noticed an extreme sensitivity of my teeth to hot and cold. I can only assume it was from the HP. Has anyone else had this experience? I haven't found anything thus far on the website that indicates that HP can harm your teeth in this way. I'm puzzled! I am still having trouble with that particular tooth abscess but am now reluctant to swish any more HP until I can find out what I've done wrong. I did not mix it with water and maybe that was the problem? Anyone with some feedback would be very welcome to respond!

Replied by Betty
Spearsville, La.
10/27/2009

Dear Dianna,

I have used 1% hp to rinse my mouth and teeth. Yes, it did start to whiten my teeth a little but I noticed that it left a film on my teeth, just like the film I experience when I drink lemon juice which of course is very acidic. I stopped rinsing with it and my teeth feel clean once again, even though I do still gargle with it. I became concerned when a post I read said that hp can be very harmful to your teeth.

Betty

Replied by Tatiana
Qld
03/03/2017

I could be completely wrong but often, if you get to the point of an abscess then the mouth in general is not doing very well, and the gums in general might be receding already, which leaves part of your teeth exposed and makes you sensitive to hot and cold stuff. I have sensitivity on some of my teeth and it is slowly reducing as I keep using HP.

Might not be the whole story but it might help you a bit?!?


Posted by FR (NYC) on 10/01/2007
5 out of 5 stars

Hi, just wanted to share with you my cure for an infected gum -- hydrogen peroxide. Also wanted to respond to Subashini from Kuwait, because I may have an answer for her about the bad breath and oil pulling.

My story (I'll try to be brief)... got a piece of food stuck in the gum behind one of my front teeth. No matter what I did -- floss, oil pull, swish peroxide -- it didn't come out. I then went to a new dentist last week to have my teeth cleaned and the stuck particle removed. Lucky me -- the hygenist was just filling in for the day and during the teeth cleaning part, said she saw something dislodge but then "lost sight of it". Okay, fine, I thought. That night I awoke in the middle of the night with terrible bad breath. It was so bad it actually woke me up. Yes, I do have sensitive smell!! When I looked at the right front tooth the next day, I noticed that the gum was severely swollen, from the tooth to the roof of the mouth. The bad breath also persisted. I started my holistic regime of oil pulling, then later swishing with hydrogen peroxide. The oil pulling, like Subashini said, made my breath worse. YUCK! I tried swishing with sea salt. No luck. Finally I had the idea a couple of days ago to soak a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide and then hold it (tightly) to the swollen gum for 10 minutes. I also pinched another h202 soaked cotton ball to the back side of the tooth where the piece of food had initially lodged. Interestingly, it didn't hurt, but certain areas of the gum turned white. 10 minutes later the white had disappeared. Glad to say that my bad breath smell immediately disappeared and has not returned. My gum is looking a little better. A couple more days of this (soaked h202 2x a day) and I think I will be back to 100%. I highly suggest this technique if you have a tooth abcess or swollen gums from an infection. It is the best way for hydrogen to penetrate, otherwise it just turns to foam if you swish it around in your mouth.

So Subashini, I think your issue may be an infection somewhere in your gums that the oil pulling is bringing to the surface. Infection smells like dental plaque -- quite disgusting. My suggestion is to pull up your top lip (then pull down the bottom lip) in the mirror in daylight and look for redness in your gums. If you can pinpoint an area, then soak it with hydrogen peroxide cotton ball 2x a day for a day or two. I would predict that your issue of bad breath will immediately go away, even after you oil pull.

Oh, one more thing. You will need to bend over a sink whilst holding the cotton ball to your gums and let your saliva run out. You may need to do round 2 during the same session. Most importantly, you don't want to swallow anything! Rinse well afterwards. Hope this helps someone, somewhere. All My Best,

Replied by Subashini
Kuwait, Kuwait
09/27/2007

hi, i tried oil pulling with sesame oil. i have done it for nearly 10 months not even 1 day left out. still my irregular period problem has not solved... only good thing is tartar in teeth's have disappeared... generally i do not get bad breath. after started doing oil pulling i am getting it now. once i leave oil pulling again the plaque formation started in my teeth.... if i stop oil ulling bad breath stopped... i am highly optimistic charactor.... how much i can convenince myself to continue it,,,,it is not working well.... Also by searching the cold pressed sunflower oil... i am tired too much... normal sunflower oil within one day bad breath starting.... i don't know why... whom to get guidence from which website we do interaction with experts... www.oilpulling.com is only giving fewer information.... please advise me if i am wrong... i strictly follow the instruction how to do oil pulling even though it happens to me like this..

Replied by Pureenergy
Los Angeles, Ca, US
08/14/2009

While in college I smoked (I know, very gross), but was also vain enough to keep my teeth white - LOL. I tried all the over-the-counter stuff and my dentist advised me that none of it works (this was before the whitening strip craze) because anything that's going to whiten your teeth must be on your teeth for a minimum of three minutes for any effect to take place. I discovered Hydrogen Peroxide then and have been using it for 20-years now. If you look on the label, it will tell you it can be used as a gargle or rinse when diluted. I began diluting it and brushing with baking soda by dipping a wet tooth brush into the powder then brushing my teeth - great mix. It tastes kind of nasty at first, but goes away in a few days. In my later years, I now just take a swig of Peroxide before getting into the shower and rinse it around my mouth for 3-5 minutes. It's awesome. People constantly ask me how I keep my teeth so white and I fall asleep in the dentist's chair while my teeth are getting cleaned. I'm excited to try the oil pulling next. I LOVE THIS SITE!!!

Replied by Wen
Bronx, Ny
05/19/2010

I like all the advice here, but what disturbs me is it is rare that anyone states exactly what they did. "oh, i used hydo perox" well, did you use it full strength on a cotton ball in your mouth or was it mixed 50/50 w/water? what strength hydro-perox? and the same thing with all the other touted remedies on here, it is very rare that anyone cites specifics details; it's just "i used this and this and this-and my symptoms disappeared".

i see "exact ingredients and measurements" is requested above this box, but no doubt, few read that sentence or want to bother writing out details(too much trouble).

Replied by Jr
Idaho
11/06/2014

For oil-pulling, try extra-virgin Coconut oil instead of sesame seed oil. 20 minutes and SPIT IT OUT! Don't swallow. The fats in the oil attract the bacteria... expel them.

Replied by Jane
U.S.A.
09/17/2017

The hydrogen peroxide should be diluted. Straight, it is too harsh on oral mucosa.



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