An abscess is a pus-filled infection that develops in or around the tooth. Bacteria enter the tooth via a fracture or cavity, causing an infection. The infection then spreads to the tooth’s pulp, which contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. Once bacteria are inside the tooth, they begin to multiply and form an abscess.

Abscessed Tooth Symptoms

  • Toothache that is severe and persistent
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Swelling around the tooth
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Foul-smelling breath

Home Remedies For An Abscessed Tooth

1. Saltwater 

Rinsing your mouth with salt water is a simple and inexpensive option for alleviating the pain of an abscessed tooth. It may aid in the healing of wounds, as well as promote good oral health.

Make a solution with 1/2 teaspoon of table salt and 1/2 cup of warm tap water. Rinse your mouth with the salt water solution. Next, swish the solution in your mouth for at least two minutes, attempting to get every nook and cranny. Repeat up to three times per day.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another cost-effective method of treating tooth abscesses. It’s also antibacterial in nature.

Take 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda, 1/2 cup water, and a sprinkle of salt. Combine them in a small bowl. Swish the solution inside your mouth for up to five minutes. Spit it out and repeat until you’ve used all of the solution. You can do this up to twice a day.

3. Cold Compress

A cold compress is a classic but effective way of managing symptoms of an abscess. It helps reduce pain and swelling.

Place a few ice cubes in a dry towel. Apply the compress to your skin near the afflicted region. The compress may be applied for 15 minutes at a time. This may be done several times each day until you visit your dentist.

4. Wedge Pillow

Pain from a tooth abscess worsen when you lie down, so sleeping on a wedge pillow elevates your head to reduce the pain you feel and helps you sleep better.

Use a wedge pillow like this one until you’re able to get to the dentist. 


Keep in mind that these remedies don’t cure abscesses but will only allow you temporary relief. In addition, an abscessed tooth can spread to other parts of the mouth and face if left untreated.

If you have a tooth abscess, visit our dentist in Monroe, NC, as soon as possible.

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5 Home Remedies To Manage An Abscessed Tooth
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5 Home Remedies To Manage An Abscessed Tooth
When an abscessed tooth goes untreated, it can cause a number of health problems. Find out how to treat an abscessed tooth at home with these six remedies.
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