11 doctors weighed in:
Is it ok to use listerine while I have a tooth abscess?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dentistry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It won't help with the abcess, though.

In brief: Yes
It won't help with the abcess, though.
Dr. Robert Brodsky
Dr. Robert Brodsky
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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: For what purpose?
If using listerine is part of your daily routine, you can continue to use it.
It will have basically no effect on the abscess. An infection requires antibiotic coverage and resolution of the cause of the infection. I hope that you are already being treated for the abscess. If not, see your dentist immediately for a diagnosis and proper treatment.

In brief: For what purpose?
If using listerine is part of your daily routine, you can continue to use it.
It will have basically no effect on the abscess. An infection requires antibiotic coverage and resolution of the cause of the infection. I hope that you are already being treated for the abscess. If not, see your dentist immediately for a diagnosis and proper treatment.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes but...
The listerine will not treat nor cure the abscess.
There really is not a home remedy for treating an abscess.

In brief: Yes but...
The listerine will not treat nor cure the abscess.
There really is not a home remedy for treating an abscess.
Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dr. Mark Venincasa
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Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: USE A DENTIST
It may sting but see a dentist to be placed on antibiotics or have a root canal or extraction if indicated.

In brief: USE A DENTIST
It may sting but see a dentist to be placed on antibiotics or have a root canal or extraction if indicated.
Dr. Robert Trager
Dr. Robert Trager
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but
The best thing to do is to go to a dentist for treatment.
But you can use listerine before you go. It will not make the abscess go away. The only thing that will do this is dental treatment. Don't wait, it can get worse.

In brief: Yes, but
The best thing to do is to go to a dentist for treatment.
But you can use listerine before you go. It will not make the abscess go away. The only thing that will do this is dental treatment. Don't wait, it can get worse.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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