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How to Use a Tea Bag for a Tooth Abscess

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Posted by Beachbaybie (Asheville, Nc) on 06/24/2016
5 out of 5 stars

In response to the black tea and peppermint tea bags! They drew the infection and I no longer look like I have an egg stuck in my cheek/jaw! The pain is minimal, there is still swelling and pain but relief. I will continue and start putting garlic on it and hopefully get a good night's sleep! Thanks everyone! Whew.

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Posted by Tom (Wi) on 05/24/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Tea bag treatment for tooth abscess WORKS! I thought of going to the emergency room last night because the wisdom tooth pain was so bad.

I used a little warm tap water on a black tea bag, folded it in half (long ways) and placed it on top of the tooth and waited. Within a half hour the pain wasn't so bad within the hour I was saying Thank you! Did it again in the morning for a hour and all I can say is do it, you have nothing to lose but that Dam tooth ache.

Thanks again for the posts.

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Posted by Julie (Indiana) on 05/11/2016
5 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to let you know that I had a horrible, throbbing lower rear tooth that had been bothering me for about a week! I think it was caused from getting a popcorn kernel stuck between my teeth in the gums! My tooth & gums felt really sore, but it caused my lower jaw to ache too. I took ibuprofin, tried the salt rinse and the hydrogen peroxide rinse too, but the pain would come back. I finally tried the tea bag treatment, and let it sit there for over a 1/2 hour each time. I did this about 4 times yesterday and a couple times today. It feels so much better! I couldn't believe it! It must've got the infection out of that tooth or gums. I'm going to keep doing it until it feels 100% better! The black tea bag treatment really works!!! Thanks for the information about doing it!!

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Posted by Genxmum (Usa) on 03/22/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Theresed (New York City, Ny ) on 09/06/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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
(SC, US)

Did the pus come from the tooth or gum?

Replied by Scott
(British Columbia)
5 out of 5 stars

I was in horrible pain when I read this and going down the list trying all I could (having a lot of experience in this area already) but I was desperate Id tried clove oil, garlic, onion, orajel the list goes on n on, nothing was working as it was an infection under a tooth the pressure was causing pain and felt like my tooth was much higher than it was supposed to be. I used the teabag and after a while it subsided then a bunch of pus shot up from between the tooth and gum the relief was instant.

Later it started to swell again (a few days later) so I lanced the gum to create a relief point an since then Ive been drawing the infection out until I can afford the dentist app.. thank you :)

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Posted by Dan (Birmingham, UK) on 12/28/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Don D.
(North Carolina)
5 out of 5 stars

What do you think pus is... it's infection. Using a warm teabag is best. It helps draw the infection to the surface and helps soften the tissue so it will rupture. I was without dental insurance for a year or two because the company I worked for was so small they didn't offer insurance. This is a life saver, literally. Had a friend almost die because of an abscess. As long as it ruptures above the skin/gum you should be fine. Just try not to push on it or anything unless u can see a white head at the surface, in that case you can lance it and the relief will be instant.... good luck.

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Posted by Deana (Bloomington, Indiana) on 07/15/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Matu

It's black tea... not herbal "tea" which isn't tea. Only black tea.

Replied by Chris

Thank you for great info on tea bags. Abscesses are signs of teeth, root, dentin, gum infection, etc. I guess this could lead to heart disease from chronic bacteria growth. May I ask if your health is better now and have you discovered any new ways to fight off infections? Ex. I try and floss 1 hr per day, oil pull with different plant based oils, diet change, and extra vitamins supplements. Healthy blessings to you. Chris

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Posted by Susan (Missoula, Montana) on 03/03/2008
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Posted by Sandra (USA) on 06/13/2007
5 out of 5 stars

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

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