It’s important to remember that home remedies for your abscess tooth will not treat your abscess or address its underlying cause. Your abscess will not get better without treatment from a professional and will likely worsen. However, there are options available that may help temporarily reduce your discomfort or inflammation in the meantime, which can still offer tremendous relief.
Several options may help provide relief for your discomfort from a dental abscess while you’re waiting for professional treatment:
It can help take medications to reduce your pain or swelling. If you do go this route, be sure to use these medications as instructed on the packaging. This may be effective in helping to reduce your discomfort, but don't let it prevent you from scheduling an appointment with your dental professional.
You can use a store-bought icepack or make your own at home by freezing a washcloth or using a bag of ice or frozen veggies. Apply it to the affected area on the outside of your cheek for 10 minutes once an hour.
There are three types of rinses you can try to find relief.
- For a salt-water rinse, stir a few teaspoons of salt into warm (but not hot) water until it dissolves.
- Another option is to mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with water in a one-to-one ratio.
- If you're not the do-it-from-home type, you can purchase an over-the-counter antiseptic mouthrinse at your local drug, grocery, or convenience store.
Swish whatever mixture you choose around your mouth, or rinse with it after meals and spit it into the sink. Note that while this is a great habit to start, it will not cure your abscess.
Helpful tip: While some dental conditions (such as gingivitis) are reversible on your own with the help of proper dental care, dental abscesses will not heal on their own or through any methods you try at home. They require treatment and diagnosis from your dental professional and can lead to more serious infections if left untreated.