The term dentists’ use for a tooth infection is an abscessed tooth. This happens at the root of the tooth where the gum line meets the tooth.
This infection can be really bad and may lead to decay and is caused by bacteria seeping into crack, chip, dental cavity, and works its way to the root. Severe inflammation and pain of the tooth and gum can be caused if the infection is not treated.
When the tooth is infected it loses its ability to fight off infection and that allows the bacteria to infect the tooth chamber. If you pain calms down a little, it doesn’t mean that the infection is gone; it will still spread into the tissue around the tooth.
Life-threatening problems can occur when the treatment of this tooth is avoided, and that can infect the bone that keeps the tooth supported. Some of the things that can cause an abscessed tooth are a diet high in sugar, poor dental hygiene, gingivitis, sticky food and severe tooth decay. The main symptoms you should remember are: pain when chewing food, bad breath, sharp and throbbing toothaches, sore and red gums, cheek swelling, difficulty swallowing food, fever, swollen lymph nodes and discomfort in the pained area.
Visit your dentist the second you notice some of these signs and let him treat you tooth on time.
Home remedies for tooth abscesses:
1. Water and salt rinses
Salt can be helpful with alleviating inflammation, and stopping the growth of bacteria because of its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
– 1 glass of warm water
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt
Pour the salt in the warm water and mix it well. Rinse your mouth with this mixture and spit it out. You should do this 3-4 times a day to reduce the pain and discomfort and also eliminate the infection.
2. Oil pulling
This is one of the ancient Ayurveda methods that is helpful with teating sore gums or abscessed teeth. This will help you to lessen the amount of present bacteria and toxins from your body.
– Warm water
– 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
First, pour the coconut oil in your mouth and then swish it inside your mouth for 15 minutes. In the end spit it out. Second, rinse your mouth with wamr water and repeat this method twice a day.
As we all know garlic is full with anti-inflammatory properties that will help to eliminate toxins and pain. It has also allicin which is an antibiotic that wards off bacterial infections.
– 3 to 4 garlic cloves
Wash and peel the cloves and then crush them to get the juice out. This releases the allicin and you can apply this natural antibiotic on your abscessed tooth. 2 times a day is enough. You can also eat 2-3 garlic cloves.
4. Wet black tea bag
This tea is really powerful against infections and it contains antioxidants that are effective in absorbing pus and toxins from the dental abscess.
-Black tea bag
Just like any other tea, place the bag in warm water to soak for a few minutes. After that take the bag out and apply it to the swollen gums while sucking on it. You should leave it for a few hours or overnight. After that you should rinse your mouth with salt and water one time daily for a few weeks.
5. Hydrogen peroxide
This is one powerful substance in fighting off tooth abscesses as it has a potent antimicrobial component. It is also full with antibacterial and disinfectant properties that will hill off bacteria that lead to these teeth problems.
-2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide
-1 teaspoon of warm water
You need to mix 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide with 1 tablespoon of warm water. Then rinse your mouth with this mixture and spit It out. You can also mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Put the paste on the affected areas to say a few minutes. Rinse your mouth with warm water in the end.
6. Apple cider vinegar
We all know that apple cider vinegar is an old home remedy for abscessed teeth. Acetic acid and malic acid are excellent anti-bacteria’s, anti-bacteria’s and antifungals that act like powerful substances against abscessed teeth. This vinegar also contains disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve pain and inflammation.
-1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
Use ACV as a mouthwash and leave it for 5 minutes in your mouth. Repeat this 2 to 4 times daily for a month.
Turmeric is proven to lessen inflammation caused by abscessed teeth. It is rich in antiseptic, antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties and also helps promotes oral health.
-1 teaspoon turmeric powder
Put 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder in a little water and make a paste. Apply the paste directly to the affected tooth and let it stay for 15 minutes. You can also mix 14 teaspoons of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. This is also another paste to apply on the affected tooth for 15 minutes.
8. Oregano oil
Oregano oil can help you clear the infections due to its antibacterial, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties. This is widely used for abscessed tooth because it helps to numb the area. Oregano oil can also help you boost your immunity and fight the tooth infections while speeding up the healing process.
-2-3 drops of oregano oil
Get the cotton swab and directly apply a few drops of oregano oil on it. Put the swab on your affected tooth and leave it for about 5 minutes. You can also prepare a mouthwash with 3 to 5 drops of oregano oil with ¼ cup of warm water. Swish this mixture in your mouth for about 5 minutes. You should repeat this process 3 to 4 times daily.
9. Peppermint oil
It can reduce inflammation and relieve you of the pain that is associated with an abscessed tooth because it has antibacterial and anti—inflammatory properties.
-2-4 drops of peppermint oil
Get the cotton swab and apply the oil on it. Hold the swab against your tooth for a few minutes before letting go. You can apply the oil with your finger and repeat the process 3 to 4 times in a day.
Potato has acidic properties and these help to shed away the dead cells and other toxins from the body.
-Slice of raw potato
Wash the potato and cut in a few slices. Take the slice and put it against the affected areas. Leave the slice for about 30 minutes or even overnight. When you remove it you will notice a bit of discoloration but this is due to the toxins that are pulled out of the infected tooth.
We all know that chamomile can heal damaged tissues. This is because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. You can use chamomile to treat an abscessed tooth in herbal form or tea form.
Drink daily 3 to 4 cups of chamomile tea. You can also put chamomile over the affected area to soothe the swelling. In the end a wet tea bag can help you if you hold it against the infected tooth.
The pain and inflammation that is caused from infections can be relieved with Echinacea which is a natural antibiotic. You can find Echinacea in capsules and tinctures.
-1 teaspoon tea bag
Put the herb or the teabag in warm water and leave it to soak for about 5 minutes. Use the strained mixture to rinse your mouth 2 to 3 times a day.
13. Additional tips
These are some tips you can follow to avoid getting an abscessed tooth:
- You should replace your old toothbrush with new every 3 to 4 months
- You should quit smoking
- If you suffer from tooth pain or infection avoid caffeine
- Avoid chewing too much gum
- Eat healthy foods instead of junk food
- You should always brush your teeth at least twice a day
- And you should use antimicrobial mouthwash to swish your mouth every morning after brushing your teeth