Dental Abscess

A dental abscess usually starts from an infected tooth. Antibiotic medicine and pain pills can be helpful, but dental infections require the attention of a dentist. Rinse around the infected area often with salt water (a pinch of salt in 8 oz of warm water). Do not apply heat to the outside of your face. See your dentist or oral surgeon as soon as possible.


  • You have increasing, severe pain that is not relieved by medicine.

  • You or your child has an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • Your baby is older than 3 months with a rectal temperature of 102° F (38.9° C) or higher.

  • Your baby is 3 months old or younger with a rectal temperature of 100.4° F (38° C) or higher.

  • You develop chills, severe headache, difficulty breathing, or trouble swallowing.

  • You have swelling in the neck or around the eye.