10 Home Remedies for Abscess Tooth

Abscess Tooth

When the pain and inflammation of an abscessed tooth has developed you want to find a cure that is going to give you instant relief. A tooth abscess is excruciatingly painful and this problem can occur when least expected. What can you do when your tooth is aching unbearably and it is the middle of the night? If your dentist’s office is closed for the weekend how can you get rid of the pain and swelling that an abscessed tooth can cause without having to make a trip to the nearest emergency room?

Many people have relied upon home remedies to help them deal with abscessed teeth. Here are 7 of the best pain-relieving home remedies for abscess tooth problems. You may even find that the ingredients you need are already sitting on a shelf in your kitchen or bathroom medicine cabinet.

Epsom Salt and Water

Mix 2 tablespoons of Epsom Salt with 4 ounces of warm water. Stir to combine these ingredients, and then use the liquid as a mouthwash. Rinse your mouth with this mixture for at least 3-5 minutes. Epsom Salt can help reduce the infection, pain and inflammation that results from an abscessed tooth.

Herbal Tea Bag

There are many people who use a tea bag as a poultice to help treat symptoms caused by a tooth abscess. Make a cup of tea and then drain the tea bag. Place the tea bag on top of the painful tooth and let it remain there for 15-30 minutes. The natural tannins that are in the tea leaves can help relieve swelling, pain and inflammation.

Peppermint Oil

You can treat an abscessed tooth with a small amount of peppermint oil. Use a cotton swab to apply a few drops of peppermint oil to the affected tooth. Be sure that you also dab a bit of this herbal extract on the surrounding gum tissue.

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Peppermint contains a number of anti-septic agents that can help destroy the bacteria that is creating an abscessed tooth. The oil also serves as an anti-inflammatory medication and will relieve the painful swelling in your gum.

You can reapply the peppermint oil as needed to keep the pain and inflammation under control.


Chewing on raw garlic has been known to relieve the problems associated with an abscessed tooth. Just peel and crush 1-2 cloves of garlic. Apply the crushed herb directly to the problem tooth. Allow the garlic to remain on the tooth for at least 15 minutes. The anti-inflammatory compounds in the garlic should help reduce swelling and soothe the irritated nerve endings that are causing you the pain.


Use the leaves of a Calendula plant to help control pain and inflammation in your mouth. You can make a paste from some crushed leaves and apply it directly to the tooth with a cotton swab. There are also a number of oral gels and toothpastes that use Calendula as an ingredient. If you have one of these products available just swab a small amount onto the abscess tooth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Combine 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with a tablespoon of warm water. Swish the mixture in your mouth for a few minutes. Make sure that the liquid contacts the abscessed tooth area. Spit out the liquid and repeat this home remedy as often as necessary to relieve pain and inflammation.


Raw plantain is another one of the most effective home remedies for abscess tooth symptoms. Cover the tooth with some of the plantain and the pain and swelling should soon be relieved. You can repeat this treatment as often as necessary.

Some individuals prefer to pulverize the leaves of a plantain plant to use a home remedy. Once the leaves have been crushed you can place a small amount on (and around) the painful tooth. After 20 minutes the pain should be gone and you can remove this herbal paste from your mouth. Repeating the treatment several times a day should help relieve the uncomfortable swelling and inflammation.


Crush a slice of fresh papaya and rub the fruit onto your abscessed tooth. You should also apply some papaya onto the gum tissue that surrounds the painful tooth. This home remedy is an effective treatment for dental abscess problems because there are anti-oxidants and other healthy compounds in the fruit that can eliminate bacteria, relieve tooth pain and speed up the healing process.

Also read: How to Get Rid of a Toothache Fast


Trust Mother Nature to deliver home remedies that are inexpensive and effective. Use 1-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract to rinse your mouth and that abscessed tooth pain will soon be nothing more than a memory.


For thousands of years people have trusted herbs and plants to fulfill their health needs. When toothaches, abscessed teeth and sore gums are creating painful problems you can use cloves as a quick and effective home remedy.

Use a few drops of clove oil when you need to get rid of the pain and swelling being caused by an abscessed tooth. Apply the oil with a cotton swab or medicine dropper. For maximum relief you should apply a bit of the oil directly onto the tooth and gum. If there is a noticeable cavity present you can even apply a drop of clove oil into the opening.

Clove oil will help numb the nerve endings and soothe the pain. The antiseptic agents in this natural plant extract will also destroy the unwanted bacteria that are inside the abscessed gum tissue.

  • Riven Daniel

    NEVER Use clove oil!

    Its dangerous and cause the abscess to become even worst. I used clove oil (only small amounts as recommended for this use) to treat an abscess once and it only made things worse and forced me to go to a dentist which I had been trying to avoid and the dentist went off his head when he found out I had been using clove oil. I had to go on antibiotix’s for a little over a week before enduring the agony of having the tooth extracted.

    • Signify

      First – there should have been no “agony” with the tooth extraction. You need a better dentist. Second: Abscessed teeth require a visit to the dentist. Many of us cannot afford it, so we put it off as long as possible, and, there’s a chance that an abscess is not an abscess, and some remedy might work – at least for a while. I wouldn’t use clove oil, or any direct herbal oil, but that’s my decision. One last note: if dentists don’t want us using whatever means at hand to address teeth, then they’d best charge accordingly. One straightforward – and it was – filling replacement should not cost $350.00.

      • Ingrid Marine Joachim

        Love,love, love how you addressed this…my thoughts exactly….can’t do anything else but to pray and rely on home remedies

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  • flavius_maximus

    Use Colloidal silver by swishing it around the bad tooth for several minutes before swallowing, then take a small cotton ball and soak in the silver solution and place against the tooth. Leave it their for up to an hour and it should begin to reduce the infection by the next day, continue taking the silver for at least a week after symptoms dissipate.