Home Remedies For A Gum Abscess

Home Remedies For A Gum Abscess

Few things are worse than experiencing pain in your mouth, especially if it is a gum abscess, so let’s go over home remedies for a gum abscess. Your first thought may be booking a dental appointment. Still, sometimes you can’t get an appointment in time and have to temporarily ease the discomfort with home remedies. 


What Is A Gum Abscess?

An abscess is a pocket of pus that can form on many parts of your body – even on the inside of your mouth. A gum abscess is slightly different to a tooth abscess because it forms on the gum and does not affect an area surrounding your tooth. 

Your mouth and gums generally have good and bad bacteria. According to Medical News Today, harmful bacteria build-up contributes to plaque and tartar that may cause tooth decay or other dental issues. If harmful bacteria get into open tissue, they can multiply and cause an infection, such as a gum abscess. 

Your body responds to fight the infection with white blood cells, resulting in swelling to try and eliminate the bacteria. This action creates a swollen and painful pouch of pus called an abscess. 

A gum abscess is also called a periodontal abscess – a painful condition between your teeth and gums that has the potential to result in serious complications. Another primary type of gum abscess is gingival, which is only found in the gum tissue. Periodontal abscesses are more common than gingival abscesses. 

Symptoms Of A Gum Abscess

A gum abscess has very persistent and severe pain in the affected area. The area will look swollen with redness. Other symptoms of a gum abscess to look out for are sensitivity to heat or cold foods and drinks, pain when chewing, a wobbly tooth and a bad taste in your mouth from the pus discharge, and a fever.

Home Remedies

While you wait for a dentist to become available, home remedies can help the uneasiness. 

Clove Oil

An active ingredient in clove oil is eugenol. It has anaesthetic and antibacterial properties to help with your gum abscess. Apply a small amount of clove oil to the abscess area, and it will become temporarily numb and ease your pain for a short period. 

Clove oil has flaws, such as being strong-smelling and can accidentally spread to other parts of your mouth. Also, do not ingest a lot of clove oil because it can send you to the hospital with symptoms such as shallow breathing, a burning throat, rapid heartbeat and dizziness.

Saltwater Rinse

By rinsing your mouth with salt water, you can assist in washing germs and pus away from your gum abscess. Saltwater has a soothing component and can help with your discomfort. 

Rinse your mouth with saltwater four to five times a day. You can supersaturate the concoction by filling a glass with warm salt water, adding a tablespoon of Himalayan pink salt and stirring. The salt crystal will sink to the bottom of the glass, meaning you can start to swish the rinse gently in your mouth.

Rinsing can offer relief, but it is not enough to eliminate the infection.

Baking Soda

Baking soda has mild antibacterial properties to help soothe the pain in your gums. It can be made into a rinse by mixing it with warm water and adding Himalayan pink salt. You can rinse your mouth with this for two to three minutes, three to five minutes a day. 

Baking soda can stimulate a more alkaline pH of your saliva, which is helpful when troubled with a gum abscess. 

Peppermint Tea Bags

Some people believe that a wet, cool peppermint tea bag can ease the pain of your gum abscess. The cold temperature of the teabag may be soothing. Still, there isn’t enough evidence to say whether it is extremely helpful for a gum abscess. 

A peppermint teabag on your gum abscess won’t hurt you, but it isn’t guaranteed that it can help you either. Try this home remedy as an option, but don’t bank on it to heal your abscess.

No Alcohol

A popular home remedy among people with gum abscesses is soaking a cotton swab with alcohol and gently rubbing it on the painful area. It has been recognised as an ineffective home remedy because even though the alcohol numbs the pain, your infection won’t clear and your relief from the pain is short-lived. 

This method must not be used on children with gum abscesses or tooth pain. Alcohol can reduce pain, but it can become dangerous if you have to apply a lot of alcohol to have the affected area become numb.

Seeing A Dentist Is Your Best Option

After trying natural remedies at home to treat your gum abscess or turning to over-the-counter pain relievers, you will soon realise that your best option is to visit your doctor to find the root of the problem and how to heal your gums.


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