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Top 10 Quick Fixes Until You Meet The Dentist With An Abscessed Tooth

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth can pain so much that it can make adults cry, however the ugly fact is that children have an abscessed tooth more often than adults do. Also, it’s not a pretty thing to see a child cringing in the pain of an abscessed tooth while the Dentist’s secretary schedules an appointment for the next week. Also if the job benefits do not include a health insurance covering dental treatment, then the situation gets worse.

An abscessed tooth causes swelling, infection and pus that can be really uncomfortable. Tooth abscess happens mainly because of plaque formation, gingivitis and tooth decay. If you are suffering from frequent infections, then the reason could also be an unbalanced diet that lacks nutrition that enables your body to repair itself.

Here are some quick fixes that you can try at home to manage an abscessed tooth until you reach the Dentist’s chair. You can try few quick fixes mentioned here but these are only to manage the pain until you get to the Dentist’s. Also bear in mind that while you apply the following on your abscessed tooth, you spit out the sputum that keeps coming in your mouth because that contains germs, bacteria and sometimes even pus. If swallowed, these could cause throat and stomach infections.

Top 10 Quick Fixes Until You Meet Your Dentist With An Abscessed Tooth.

Cold Water Rinsing And Ice Packs

Rinsing the mouth with very cold water can easily numb the nerves and bring down the pain of an abscessed tooth. Cold water rinsing is an excellent remedy if the abscess is on the inside portion of a Premolar or a Molar where ice packs would be ineffective. An ice pack comes handy only if the pain is on the outer side because then it is possible to use an ice pack on your cheek and get some relief form the pain. This remedy can only give you temporary relief from the extreme pain of an abscessed tooth.

Cold Water Rinsing

Apple Cider Vinegar

To beat the excruciating pain of an abscessed tooth you can try taking a sip of apple cider vinegar and holding that on the problem area for a couple of minutes and then spitting it out. No need to rinse your entire mouth with it, and it should suffice if you can just manage to hold the apple cider vinegar on the problem area only.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Tea Bags

If you have an appointment with your Dentist tomorrow but don’t know how to pass the night with a sharp piercing pain in the abscessed tooth, then here’s what you can do. Take a used tea bag or dip one in some warm water for a couple of minutes and then squeeze out the water. Now place this tea bag on the abscessed tooth for 15 to 20 minutes. You can also go to sleep with the tea bag in your mouth, but only if you are sure not to harm yourself by swallowing it while you sleep. It is recommended that you do not let children with an abscessed tooth sleep with a tea bag in their mouth. In case of an abscessed tooth, it is common for the pain to shoot up only at nights because that’s when the bacteria and germs are most active.

tea bags

Garlic, Lemon And Ginger

You need to clean up the area of the abscessed tooth and rid your mouth of the bacteria, germs and the pus that keeps oozing out on its own. To do this you need to use something that is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antimicrobial. Crushing some ginger or garlic and placing it on the abscess for 15-20 minutes can be effective in keeping the abscess area clean. A slice of lemon or lemon juice applied on the abscessed area can also help keep that area clean and as the bacteria and germs are taken care of, the pain in the abscessed tooth naturally subsides. Remember to also cleanse the area around the abscess as the pus along with germs and bacteria could have reached the areas surrounding the abscessed tooth.

Garlic, Lemon And Ginger

Olive Oil Swishing

The most common ingredient in most American kitchens can also do wonders when you are battling the pain of an abscessed tooth. Take some olive oil and swish your mouth with it for a couple of minutes and then spit it out. Rinsing your mouth with olive oil is easy because it neither burns, nor does it have any unusual taste. Italian olive oil is most effective on an abscessed tooth.

olive oil

Hydrogen Peroxide

This colorless liquid does pure magic to your abscessed tooth if you use it as a mouthwash. Hydrogen Peroxide is much cheaper than most store-bought mouthwashes and an excellent option if you are short on cash. This liquid sanitizes your mouth which is a must when you have pus formation during an abscess. Avoid swallowing Hydrogen Peroxide because it could cause a stomach upset and so it would be wise to avoid this remedy on children.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Peppermint Oil Massage

A good remedy for those children who are above 7 years of age and are suffering from an abscessed tooth is the classic Peppermint oil massage. Take some peppermint oil on your finger or cotton and gently rub it on the abscessed tooth and also the area around the abscess. This helps because peppermint oil contains menthol and other useful chemical ingredients that can help clean the abscess. Pregnant women should avoid using this remedy.

Peppermint Oil

Vanilla Extract

If you have vanilla extract in your kitchen shelf, then try swishing your mouth by holding the liquid in the problem area inside your mouth for a couple of minutes. Liquids are shapeless and can reach the most unreachable areas. You can also keep cotton dipped in vanilla extract on the problem area after the preliminary rinsing.

Vanilla Extract


Pregnant or lactating mothers should strictly avoid Chamomile and this remedy. The rest can count on Chamomile while waiting for that appointment with your Dentist which seems to be taking ages. Just 3-4 cups of Chamomile tea per day should do you good and relieve you from the pain of a tooth abscess. Application of Chamomile oil on the problem area could also get you some relief.

Chamomile Powder


A good remedy for children with a tooth abscess is honey. After dinner and brushing, a small amount of honey must be applied on the problem area and left there. After applying honey, the child can go to sleep with honey doing its job overnight. You need to ensure that the honey remains on the problem area for 20-30 minutes at least, just in case you are using this remedy during the day. Drinking water, eating something or rinsing after application of honey on the problem area can wash it off and reduce the effect of this remedy.