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A 47-year-old member asked:

Getting rid of a tooth infection with peroxyl good?

5 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Maybe temporarily: Peroxyl is just 1.5 % hydrogen peroxide and 99% water. It will kill bacteria it comes into contact with but if you have an infection it will not cure it. You need to have the tooth fixed or removed if that is what is truly causing your infection.
Dr. Jay Kansal
Dentistry 14 years experience
A little: Peroxyl may help somewhat, but it is not going to get rid of the source of the infection. Thus the infection will come back, that is one of the reasons antibiotics only work temporarily on tooth infections also.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not really: An infectedtooth requires specific treatment, usually root canal or extraction/replacement, with antibiotic coverage. There are no OTC's, homeopathic, salves, drops, potions, lotions, or snake oil, that will cure a tooth infection. Please see a Dentist with 10,000 hours of training and years of experience to properly address your infection.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
No: Infections almost always require two things to get rid of them. First, an antibiotic to limit its spread and help the body eradicate it. Secondly, specific treatment to remove the cause and prevent its return. What you are considering is like placing a bandaid with hydrogen peroxide on a infected splinter stuck deep into your finger. See a dentist to get rid of the infection quickly/completely.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sorry, won't work: You'll need to see a dentist to treat the cause of the infection if you want to "get rid of it".

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Can you advise me on getting rid of tooth infection at home?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Sorry, no: You cannot treat a decayed, rotten tooth at home. That is the only way you can rid yourself of the infection, and for that you will need to see a local dentist. Make the call.
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Can there be any medication to get rid of infection in and around a tooth?

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Dr. Joel Doyon
Cosmetic Dentistry 36 years experience
See a dentist: The first thing is to see a dentist to determine what kind of infection you have. Then the dentist can describe different treatment options to eliminate the infection.

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