Gum Abscess Home Remedies

Abscessed gums sound painful, and they are. An abscessed tooth is fairly common and the cause can be infected gums or tooth decay.

Both are painful and should be attended to by a dentist as soon as possible. An abscess in the mouth essentially contains toxins- let’s call it like it is-pus. Yuck!

The abscess is formed when the toxins build up in the middle of the tooth and are trapped with no chance of escape without urging from medication or other home remedies. This unwelcome gathering of pus causes the area to become inflamed.

Surprisingly, the inflammation of your gums is actually the cause of the pain, not the disgusting pocket of thick yellow pus. If you are lucky enough to get it to drain, you will see the nasty smelling and tasting pus oozing out of your mouth, but the upside is the pain will subside quickly after that.

Gum Abscess Remedies

Seeking treatment for an abscess is vitally important. Left untreated, an abscess can move to the bone and other tissue in the mouth. Problems more serious than an abscess can develop, such as tooth loss and heart complications. The remedies listed below are to be used to help relieve the pain and inflammation of an abscess until you can get to the dentist for proper treatment.

Garlic or Garlic Powder

Garlic is a strong and effective antibiotic and can provide immediate pain relief, but it can burn your mouth, so use it carefully.
There are several ways garlic can be used for abscessed gums:

  • Crush and mix a clove of garlic with peanut butter and make a thick paste to apply to the affected area.
  • Slice garlic so that the juice to drain from the clove (or use a garlic press) and apply to the affected area.
  • Mix fresh garlic with water and rinse.


Turmeric eases the pain of an abscess and also can reduce inflammation. A solution of water and turmeric mixed into a paste can be applied to the affected area. An alternative use of turmeric is to rinse your mouth with a mixture of ½ teaspoon turmeric and 1 teaspoon of salt in warm water or use it to brush your teeth and gums.

Cold Water/Ice Packs

This remedy essentially numbs the painful area, but can also reduce inflammation and prevent the infection from spreading.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Rinse your mouth with a mixture of one tablespoon apple cider vinegar with two parts water two times per day or soak a cotton ball and place on the affected area. Vinegar is not good for the calcium on your teeth, so be sure to rinse thoroughly with water after this remedy.


This herb is very bitter, so apply it to the affected area for as long as you can tolerate the taste.

Activated Charcoal

The charcoal draws the poisons from the infection, reducing the inflammation, making this an inexpensive and safe treatment for gum abscess. Mix water with the charcoal to make a thick paste, apply the paste to a paper towel or thin cotton cloth and place it between the lip and affected area for several hours.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Place a cotton ball saturated with hydrogen peroxide on the affected area.

Baking Soda and Salt

Place this mixture on the affected area.


Papaya naturally helps with inflammation. Place a piece on the affected area.

Vanilla Extract-Real

A few drops of real vanilla extract swished in your mouth may numb the affected area.

Wet Teabag

Soak a tea bag in warm or cool water, squeeze out the water and place it on the affected area. It can be held there, or sucked on. The taste is less than desirable, but eucalyptus or peppermint tea bags are also effective and more palatable. The tea bag helps to draw out the toxins. Another option is to use a dry black teabag.

Water & Sea Salt

A rinse of sea salt (you can use table salt) and water helps kill germs and allows the pus to slowly drain from the infected area. Hold the solution in your mouth for a few minutes and repeat as needed. The more salt that is added to the solution, the greater the power of the rinse.

Essential Oils

It is recommended to only use therapeutic-grade essential oils. Since essential oils aren’t water-soluble, essential oils should not be used without diluting them. Dilute them with oil such as sesame or olive oil. In addition to acting as an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial, some essential oils are known to have antiseptic, disinfectant, antifungal, and astringent properties.

The table below provides a quick comparison of several of the most commonly used essential oils for the treatment of gum abscess. Additional properties are listed with each oil remedy.

Essential Oil

Anti-inflammatory Anti-microbial

Antiseptic or Astringent   Disinfectant    







Tea Tree oil


























Tea Tree (Melaleuca) Oil
Prepare a mouth rinse to be used on a daily basis of 3 to 4 drops in 3 ounces of water, apply to the affected area and avoid swallowing.

In addition to the properties shown above, rosemary has been found to increase skin circulation. It has also been cited as toxic if ingested and should not be used during pregnancy. Topically apply a 6%-10% solution to the affected area.

Apply topically to affected area. Lemon also has calming and detoxifying properties and enhances the formation of gum tissue.
Apply topically by massaging into affected gums. Eucalyptus also has decongestant properties.

Clove Extract, Powered Cloves or Whole Clove

  • Chew on a whole clove to release the juice leave, it in your mouth for approximately 30 minutes, being careful not to swallow it as it is been known to cause nausea.
  • Prepare a solution of 2-3 drops of clove oil with ¼ teaspoon of olive oil, soak a cotton ball or gauze and apply to the affected area.

Note: There are a few potential side effects of using undiluted clove oil, including:

  • Pain, burning and tissue damage
  • If swallowed in large amounts, clove oil can cause breathing problems, vomiting, a sore throat or difficulty breathing.
  • Pregnant women or those nursing, children, diabetics and people with diseases of the liver or kidney should not use clove oil as a remedy.

Remember to make an appointment to see your dentist. Antibiotics are often necessary in treating an abscess.


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