Home Remedies for Dental Abscesses


Gum or tooth abscess can cause severe tooth pain. And although visiting a dentist is the best way to fix a dental abscess, there are some home remedies that will provide quick, short-lasting pain relief. When the pain becomes too overwhelming to tolerate, it’s highly advised to seek professional help like oral solutions by the Dentist in raleigh.

The best natural or home remedies for gum/tooth abscess include:

Oil pulling

Oil pulling helps to alleviate inflammation and decrease plaque beneath painful, bleeding gums. As a result, you may experience a level of pain relief from a gum abscess.

How to oil pull:

  • Get a teaspoon of unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • For about 1 - 3 minutes, swish the coconut oil in your mouth.
  • Then spit out the oil into a container, and not into a sink. Coconut oil can cause blockage in pipes.

Alternatively, you can also use Olive oil or Sesame oil to oil pull. However, you should keep in mind that olive and sesame oil won't be as effective in the reduction of inflamed gum tissue.

It is recommended for Gum abscess.

Baking soda

Thanks to the gentle antibacterial properties of a baking soda rinse, it can offer relief to pain caused by gum abscess. Also, baking soda in the mouth will aid a better alkaline pH of saliva.

To get the most of a baking soda rinse, try using it alongside other home remedies.

How to do a baking soda rinse:

  • Using a 1:1 ratio, pour baking soda and water
  • Add some Himalayan pink salt and stir till it is well dissolved.
  • Swish around your mouth for 2-3 minutes.
  • Repeat the process 3-5 times daily

Saltwater rinse

Having a saltwater rinse about four or five times daily can significantly relieve pain caused by gum abscess. As a result of the anti-inflammatory properties of saltwater, it has wound-healing capabilities.

How to make a supersaturated saltwater solution to relieve dental abscess pain:

  • Get a cup of warm saltwater (it shouldn't be boiling)
  • While stirring, add a teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt at a time.
  • When some crystals refuse to dissolve and sink in the glass, stop putting salt.
  • Swish the solution gently in your mouth.
  • For effective results, repeat four or five times everyday.

Recommended for Gum abscess

Wedge pillow

Tooth abscess pain typically becomes aggravated when one lies down. This is called "positional pain". By elevating your head with a wedge pillow while sleeping, you can experience less pain and even get better sleep.

Until you can visit your dentist, make sure you sleep with a wedge pillow. It's recommended to use a wedge pillow for the first 2 days following a root canal or extraction.

The elevation in this process helps to reduce the pressure the infection causes.

It is recommended for Tooth abscess.

Essential oils

Essential oils such as clove oil can provide temporary pain relief from tooth and gum abscess discomfort. Research on the use of essential oils has shown that clove oil is just as beneficial as benzocaine for relieving toothache. Particularly, clove oil can provide relief from an infected tooth, especially if the nerve inside the tooth has been exposed due to the tooth decay.

Essential oils you can use for gum abscess pain are:

  • Thyme oil
  • Oregano oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Clove oil

Caution: Make sure you dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil before using it. Otherwise, the effects of undiluted use of essential oils are intense burns to the surrounding tissues of the mouth.

How to use essential oils for dental abscess pain:

  • Use an equal ratio of essential oil to carrier oil.
  • With the use of a cotton swab or cotton ball, place the mixture onto the inflamed or infected part of your tooth infection for three to five minutes.
  • Hold on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse gently ( with saltwater, preferably)

It is recommended for Tooth abscess and gum abscess. Keep in mind that clove oil is the only essential oil that effectively relieves pain from tooth abscess.

Acupuncture or Acupressure

Acupuncture or acupressure can be beneficial in relieving tooth or gum abscess pain. Clinical studies have shown that toothache remedies like these can:

  • Relieve toothache pain
  • Alleviate inflammation
  • Relieve nerve pain
  • Act as an anaesthetic solution to numb painful parts

Note: Although you can do acupressure for toothaches in your home, you should, however, visit only a licensed acupuncturist for acupuncture treatments.

It is recommended for Tooth and gum abscess.

Home remedies that won't work

  1. Alcohol: Rubbing whiskey and alcohol are only superstitious toothache remedies. They are not at all effective in relieving periodontal or tooth abscess pain.
  2. Vanilla extract: It is widely believed by some that vanilla extract can relieve tooth pain, most likely as a result of its high ethanol level. However, the fact is that there are no scientific findings to back this up.
  3. Using aspirin on infected tooth: Do NOT ever apply aspirin to an affected tooth on your mouth. Not only will this folkloric remedy fail, but will also have several effects on your oral mucosa, putting you in much more pain than you were before.
  4. Hydrogen peroxide: For no reason should you use hydrogen peroxide in your mouth. It doesn't work to relieve dental abscess pain. It may alter your oral microbiome and heighten your chances of oral cancer.

If you are in Harley Street and you have a dental abscess or any other dental related issues, call on 020 7183409 to book an appointment with dentist at Smile Works Dental.