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A 22-year-old female asked:

I've been putting small drops of iodine tincture on tooth abcess until i can see the dentist. it seems to take the swelling down. is this effective?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Gordon
44 years experience
No, stop this: Do not place tincture of iodine in your mouth. Elemental iodine is toxic. There is no home cure for dental abscesses and there is no reason to delay seeing a dentist. Set an appointment asap.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endodontics 45 years experience
No tincture of Iodin: This is not to be used in the mouth. It cannot get to the tooth abscess, which is located at the ends of the roots in bone. What is needed for a tooth abscess is an antibiotic and more importantly, a visit to your endodontist.
Dr. Kayvon Javid
Dentistry 21 years experience
No. : Don't waist your time. You need to see dentist as soon as possible.
Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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