Tooth Abscess Home Remedy

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When we are kids and have temporary teeth, we do not worry too much about any problems with our teeth as we know that they will be replaced by others soon. However, the same luxury is certainly not afforded to adults too as they do not have a backup line of teeth waiting for their turn. In fact, this is all we got, as far as natural teeth are concerned anyway, there are still plenty of ways you can have teeth, they just won't be real. This is why it is of paramount importance that we take care of our teeth to the best of our abilities and practice good oral hygiene all the time so that our teeth stay healthy and there is minimal risk of any issue or complication developing. That is why it is recommended to everyone that they get regular dental checkups too to catch any developing issue in its infancy. One such issue which can give a lot of pain and ache to its victim is tooth abscess. A tooth abscess is a fairly common issue among the dental diseases and like many others, it can be quite painful, in fact, its pain levels have been described as between moderate and unbearable. The fear of pain is a good motivator for anyone and that is why, to help people avoid and treat this issue if they get it, we have created this post for you. Here, we will talk about what an abscessed tooth is, how it can happen, what can we do about it, and home remedies which can help us with the pain and discomfort of an abscessed tooth. Although, there is one thing which we should get out of the way right in the start, and that is the fact that you can not fully treat an abscessed tooth by yourself just using home remedies, it is a complicated issue which may require multiple stabs of treatment and hence only a dentist or professional will be able to treat it for you. So, while it is completely fine to try out some natural remedies to help deal with the pain of an abscess while you wait for your dentist appointment, make sure that you have a dentist appointment so that you can have this chronic condition properly treated.

Tooth Abscess Home Remedy

What is a Tooth Abscess?

Tooth abscess[1] happens when an infection[2] and inflammation[3] happens in or around the roots of the tooth[4]. This type of infection can spread to other parts of the mouth starting with the inside of the tooth to gums[5] and even the jaw bones[6]. Such infection can occur in the teeth when harmful bacteria get in there and that can happen due to a variety of reasons like decaying teeth[7] or a chipped tooth or a wound in the gums. Once the infection and bacteria spread to the center of the tooth, it results in a lot of pain as pus can accumulate there causing inflammation and severe toothache. The center of the teeth is known as pulp and it is comprised of all the nerves, tissues, and blood vessels in the tooth. A tooth abscess happens when this pulp gets infected and inflamed and there isn't really any way to reverse that once it happens fully. Therefore, it is an important and time sensitive matter so much so that you consult with your dentist as soon as possible when you think that you might have a tooth abscess. That is because this issue can actually inflate to dangerous proportions and it can even lead to fatal results.

There are actually three different types of the abscessed tooth which are the most common. Those are:

Tooth Abscess Home Remedies

Once again, you should have your abscessed tooth treated by a dentist as that is the only way that you will be able to treat it properly. However, the pain levels run pretty high with this issue so there is some quick fix or remedy which is needed to stem the tide of pain and discomfort until you can get to your dentist and have it treated for good. That is why we have compiled this extensive list of home remedies which you can utilize to get some comfort from the pain. Now, we know you are eager to get to the remedies and solution so without further ado, let us dive into it. First up in this section is:

  1. Saltwater Rinse
  2. Clove
  3. Baking Soda
  4. Garlic
  5. Turmeric
  6. Peppermint
  7. Tea Tree Oil
  8. Oil Pulling
  9. Oregano Essential Oil

Saltwater Rinse

Salt is a fantastic remedy for the teeth and gum health and hygiene. That is because it actually has strong antimicrobial properties[8] and also acts as a disinfectant of the mouth to eradicate any invading bacteria inside the mouth. A solution of salt and water is also known to relieve pain and curb inflammation, hence it is an effective and valuable solution for relieving toothaches, even if it is extremely simple and straightforward. This the reason why salt is such a popular ingredient among dental care products and people even use salt directly on their teeth and gums to maintain their hygiene. This saltwater solution may also help drain the pus out from the abscessed tooth to stop the infection in its track and stopping it from spreading even further. 

How to use it?:

Preparing and using a saltwater rinse[9] is as simple as it sounds. You are going to need some salt and warm water only for this remedy. For the salt, of course, you can use normal table salt, but you can also use Epsom, sea, or even Himalayan pink salt as an alternative. The process of how to prepare and use this remedy properly is detailed right below, read and follow it closely to do it faultlessly.

Salt1 tsp
Warm water1 glass
  1. First of all, take a glass of normal warm water and add a teaspoon of whatever salt you have chosen to it.
  2. After that, stir the solution to dissolve the salt completely into the water.
  3. Then, take the solution in your mouth and gargle and rinse with it and then spit it out.
  4. That is about it for this remedy, you should do this multiple times in a day to get relief from the pain. At first, when you are just starting out with the remedy, it may seem like the pain level has increased but do not worry, it will subside pretty soon if you keep following the remedy.


Clove[10] is a terrific spice which has a potent flavor and numbing effect due to the strong essential oil in it. Its unique flavor profile and effects make it a desirable spice in the kitchen while its antibiotic, antiseptic, and pain relieving properties make it ideal for use in the face of painful dental and mouth issues. Therefore, clove is a great ingredient to help fight the infection and bacteria in the mouth while also soothing any inflammation and pain emanating from the abscess. The clove contains a compound in it called Eugenol which acts on the nerves to soothe any pain or discomfort there. It numbs the area where its natural oil comes in contact with it pretty rapidly and the effect is almost immediate. Those properties when coupled with its antiseptic, antibacterial, and anesthetic nature, it comes out as an excellent remedy to help with an abscessed tooth.

How to use it?:

Now, there are a couple of different methods using which you can utilize clove to treat your tooth abscess a bit. This is due to the fact that you can get clove in various forms. We will use clove powder for one of the remedies here and clove oil for the other one. Let us first look at the first variant of the clove remedy then:

Clove powder1 tsp
Water1 tsp
  1. First of all, take 1 tsp each of clove powder and normal water and combine them together well until you obtain a smooth paste.
  2. After that, apply the mixture over your abscessed tooth and gums.
  3. Lastly, leave it on there for about 20 minutes before rinsing it off with water. You are done! You should be experiencing some relief from the pain right about now.

The other remedy utilizing clove oil is mentioned in the following lines.

You are going to just need some clove oil for this one. Follow the following instructions to learn how.

  1. First of all, take some clove oil in a small dish and soak a cotton ball in it.
  2. After that, place the clove oil soaked cotton ball over the abscessed tooth.
  3. Lastly, let is stay on there for about 15 minutes straight and then remove it and rinse the mouth. You are done! You can follow these remedies a few times in a day to stay aloof from the pain of the abscess.

Baking Soda

Baking soda[11] is another one of those kitchen ingredients which also holds many other uses for the body and around the house too. It is really the versatile and multipurpose ingredient if there ever was one. It is great for the mouth and teeth too as it has proper cleansing properties which allow it to remove impurities like plaque from your mouth. But more importantly, it is anti-bacterial and hence it can kill off the bacteria and stop the spread of infection in the mouth. It also inhibits the growth of bacteria as it can help balance the pH levels inside the mouth. Moreover, it is so economical that it won't be a burden on your pockets at all, in fact, most homes already possess this in their kitchens for some purpose or other.

How to use it?:

Now, using baking soda is very simple and easy too. You will just need some salt along with the baking soda for this remedy. So, let us get right into it then:

Baking soda1/2 tbsp
Water1/2 cup
Salta pinch
  1. First of all, take half a cup of water and dissolve in half tbsp of baking soda into it along with a pinch of salt.
  2. After that, take the solution in your mouth and gargle and rinse with it for about 5 minutes.
  3. Lastly, spit out the solution and repeat the process until you go through all the prepared solution for some effective pain relief. You can utilize this particular remedy a couple of times a day.

There is another method which you can try if your tooth is paining too much and it does not seem to be going away. Peruse the following instructions to learn how to prepare and perform this remedy.

Baking soda1/2 tsp
Salt1/2 tsp
  1. First of all, take a small mixing bowl and add half tsp each of baking soda and salt to it and mix them together well.
  2. After that, take a small piece of cotton wool and then make it damp by soaking and squeezing it in water.
  3. Then, roll the damp cotton cloth in the baking soda and salt mixture so that the mixture sticks to it.
  4. Lastly, place the cotton over the abscessed tooth and leave it there for a few hours. That is about it. Use this remedy as much as you want to get some relief from the pain.


Garlic[12] is a fantastic ingredient in the kitchen and it is great at problems within your mouth and teeth. Its medicinal properties have lent itself for wide usage in the culinary world as it is used extensively in cuisines all over the world to make the dishes a bit more healthy and tastier. Garlic contains a compound in it called allicin which is great for the body and fights off diseases and infections and such due to its antibacterial properties. Hence it is a great ingredient for use when you are suffering from an abscessed tooth. It can also help relieve the pain from it.

How to use it?:

Garlic can be used in a few different ways, all of them are pretty easy and straightforward and does not ask much of you other than some garlic cloves. The detailed instructions regarding the first variant of the remedy are detailed right below.

Garlic1-2 cloves
Saltas needed
  1. First of all, take a fresh garlic clove and crush it.
  2. After that, mix the crushed garlic with a little bit of salt.
  3. Lastly, apply the hence obtained mixture over your abscessed tooth to get some relief from the pain. You are done!

Other than that, there are a couple of different ways in which you can utilize the garlic to get some relief from your abscessed tooth. You can directly chew a couple of cloves of garlic to harness its effects for the mouth and teeth. Alternately, you can use an application of garlic oil onto your abscessed tooth area to relieve some pain and discomfort from there.


Turmeric[13] is another one of the kitchen spices which has many beneficial properties for the body due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory nature. Turmeric has been used for many years to improve the skin and the body and it can also be used as a preliminary treatment for your abscessed tooth. Turmeric holds anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. That makes it quite effective in relieving the issues of an abscessed tooth. It helps relieve the pain by curbing inflammation and halting the spread of infection and bacteria. Moreover, it can keep the inside of your mouth more hygienic.

How to use it?:

Turmeric is widely available in powdered form which makes it easier to use. We will use turmeric together with salt and clove oil for this remedy. Look up the benefits of salt and clove previously in this page if you want to know why we use them for the treatment of an abscessed tooth.

Turmeric2 tsp
Saltas needed
Clove oil1 tsp
  1. First of all, take 2 tsp of turmeric powder and mix a pinch of salt into it. Mix the two together well.
  2. After that, add in a tsp of clove oil to the mixture and then mix them together again until you can obtain a smooth and thick paste.
  3. Then, apply the hence obtained paste all over and around your abscessed tooth.
  4. Lastly, leave it be for about half an hour before spitting it out and rinsing. You should be using this remedy every few hours to keep the infection at bay. That is about it, you are done!


Peppermint[14] also holds many beneficial properties for the body that is why it is so popular among various medicinal and health care products. It can also be used to treat an abscessed tooth as it has numbing characteristics much as clove has. hence, it can be quite effective in curbing the pain and discomfort from the abscessed tooth. Furthermore, peppermint contains menthol in it which provides the minty countenance to it but it is also known to be anti-bacterial therefore it is very effective in stopping the infection and bacteria from spreading. What is even more that it can also help clean the teeth and gums of impurities to make them whiter and better.

How to use it?:

Now, we can also use peppermint in a few ways because it comes in myriad forms like in peppermint tea or peppermint essential oil. First, we are going to learn how to make our own peppermint tea and then use it to treat our abscessed tooth.

Peppermint leaves (dried)1 tsp
Water1 cup
  1. First of all, take a cup of water in a container or kettle and then boil it.
  2. After that, take the boiling water in a cup and add a tsp of dried peppermint leaves to it and let them steep there for about 20 minutes.
  3. Lastly, use the hence obtained peppermint tea to swish and gargle around your mouth thoroughly before spitting it out. You can also ingest it if you wish, it is completely fine.

Other than this method, you can also use a peppermint tea bag. Use the bag after you have prepared the tea by keeping it on the abscessed tooth area for a few minutes. Alternately, you can also use the peppermint essential oil as a remedy. You can create your own mouthwash using the peppermint essential oil and water. Or you can also use it as a direct application by diluting it a bit and then using a cotton ball or swab to place it against the abscessed tooth.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil[15] is amazing if you regard how many beneficial medicinal and curative properties it possesses and how useful it is for the humankind. It has natural and potent anti-microbial and antiseptic properties. Hence, it is fantastic for stopping the spread of infection and bacteria from the abscessed tooth. Its potency and strength lend it a measure of effectiveness and credibility which is rarely matched by other natural ingredients. That is why it has become so popular in recent time after people realized how useful it is. Its potency is also the reason because of which it is pretty much never used undiluted.

How to use it?:

We can use tea tree oil directly as an application on the abscessed tooth directly to harness tea tree oil's beneficial properties for the abscessed tooth. The instructions are provided in detail below.

Tea tree oila few drops
Toothbrush1 of it
  1. First of all, take a toothbrush and drop a few drops of tea tree oil onto it.
  2. After that, use this brush to massage your teeth and gums around the abscessed tooth for some relief and stopping the spread of infection. You should be following this remedy a few times in a day to get some relief from the abscessed tooth.

Alternately, you can also use the following remedy which utilizes tea tree oil as a mouthwash.

Tea tree oil8-10 drops
Water1 cup
  1. First of all, take a cup of water and heat it up to get it to a lukewarm state.
  2. After that, add in about 8 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to the water and then mix the two together well by stirring them thoroughly.
  3. Lastly, use the hence obtained solution as mouthwash and use it to rinse, swish, and gargle around in your mouth to get some relief from the abscessed tooth. You can repeat this remedy a few times in a day to help treat your abscessed tooth an keep it under control.

Other than these two above mentioned remedies, you can also use tea tree oil blend directly as a topical application on your abscessed tooth and gum. Although, remember to dilute the tea tree oil with another gentler carrier oil like coconut or olive oil because tea tree oil by itself can be very strong.

Oil Pulling

This is actually an ancient technique which was used by people to maintain their oral health and hygiene. People believed that this technique helped clean teeth and gums and remove any harmful agents from them. Oil pulling is known to improve the state of the mouth and also eliminate any harmful bacteria which may lead to other issues. It is also supposed to improve our overall health and immunity. It actually helps keep the oral health in top shape to avoid and prevent any abscesses in the first place.

How to do it?:

There are a few different oils which you can use with this technique which are good for oral health. You can use coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil just to name a few. However, make sure that you get organic, cold pressed, virgin varieties of oil whenever you can. You should perform this technique after waking up and before eating anything, just like when you brush. But that is for if you are trying to maintain your oral health. You can perform this remedy any time to get some relief if you are suffering at the hands of an abscessed tooth. The detailed instructions are provided below, follow them closely to perform this technique correctly.

Your chosen oil1 tbsp
  1. First of all, take a tbsp of the oil which you selected and then put it in your mouth.
  2. Now, use the oil to swish around in your mouth so that it gets everywhere, just like you would a mouthwash. Do this for about 15 to 20 minutes
  3. Lastly, spit it out and rinse your mouth with lukewarm water. You should be following this remedy every day, even two times every day as it will improve your oral health and hygiene and help you avoid oral issues and diseases in the first place so that you won't have to deal with them later.

Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano essential oil is another one of these healthy beneficial oils which can help with the suffering of an abscessed tooth. It has potent antibacterial properties and it is loaded with anti-oxidants. Consequently, it can be quite effective in curbing the inflammation and pain from an abscessed tooth.

How to use it?:

Since oregano is an essential oil, you need to dilute it with some carrier oil to balance its potency and strength. The step by step instructions is detailed right below.

Oregano Essential Oila few drops
Carrier Oil30 ml
  1. First of all, take about 30ml or 1 ounce of your chosen carrier oil and add in a few drops of the oregano essential oil to it.
  2. Then, mix the two oils together to form a blend.
  3. After that, take a cotton ball or swab and use it to apply the oil blend onto your abscessed tooth for two to three minutes.
  4. Lastly, leave your mouth be for about 10 minutes before rinsing it out. You are done! You should be using this remedy 2-3 times in a day to get some relief from the abscessed tooth.

Tips and Tricks for Preventing Abscessed Tooth

Now, at this point, you certainly must be wishing that you never had or get the abscessed tooth again because it is very painful and the agony spoils the well being. That is why we have compiled this list of tips and tricks, which if you follow, you will avoid and decrease any risk of infection in the tooth and other issues.

That is all from us for this post. Hope you get well soon and found some remedies which helped you out. Remember to consult your doctor before any sort of treatments.

This article has been medically reviewed by Dr.Geeta Sundar on 30/06/19 

Tooth Abscess Home Remedy

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