I was inspired by mcuddly's clay posts too. the last time i got a gum abcess i went to the health food store and found aztec indian healing clay. it does mention not for internal use, but i went ahead and got that. i packed the clay around the infected part at night. its the best thing i have used for an abcess. I have used it dry (the saliva will moisten it) and i have also used it mixed with water to form a paste. have also put the paste on a cotton ball and put it against the gum.