Abscessed tooth or toxic tooth infection is an infection between the gum and the tooth or at the very root of the tooth.
The toxic tooth infection is caused by poor gingivitis, severe tooth decay, sticky foods, high-sugar diet or dental hygiene. A bacteria enters the tooth and spreads down to the root.
If you don’t treat this problem on time, it can lead to pain and inflammation, or in the worst cases it can lead to life-threatening complications.
If you have a tooth that is affected it cannot fight infection. As a result, the infection will reach to the pulp chamber of the tooth. When the pulp in the root tooth is dead, the pain decreases.
The infection continues to spread and the surrounding tissue will be destroyed.
You can easily recognize the warning signs of an abscessed tooth. Some of the signs are a sharp toothache, swallowing lymph nodes under the jaw, difficulties in swallowing, sore and red gums, swollen cheek, bad breath, pain while eating, fever, and discomfort while eating.
If you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms, visit your dentist as soon as possible. If you are not able to visit your dentist, you can use some natural remedies which are very effective for this problem.
Natural Homemade Remedies for Abscessed Tooth
Echinacea helps relieve pain and inflammation. You can use tinctures or capsules.
- 1 Echinacea herb or tea bag
Steep the herb or the teabag in a warm water for 5 minutes and strain it. Use this solution for washing your mouth 2-3 times a day.
Chamomile is an excellent choice if you have injured tissues because it has anti-inflammatory properties. You can use teabag or herbs.
You should drink 3-4 cups tea every day.
You should also hold a wet tea bag on the affected place.
If your tooth is swollen, make a cold compress and use it several times a day.
3. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is the oldest remedy for mouth and tooth problems. It contributes a better oral health because it helps with reduction of toxins and bacteria in your mouth.
- 1 tsp. of extra virgin coconut oil
- Warm water
Swish the oil around your mouth for fifteen minutes. Spit it out and don’t forget to wash your mouth with warm water. You should do this on an empty stomach. For best results, you should do this twice a day for a month.
Potato helps get rid of dead cells and toxins.
- Slice of raw potato
Take a raw potato and slice it. Put a slice on the problem place and leave it for half an hour. As a result of the toxin removal, you can notice a discoloration in the area.
5. Water and Salt Rinses
Many dentists recommend this natural remedy for its antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It can prevent bacterial growth, infections, and reduce inflammation.
- ½ a teaspoon of salt
- One glass of warm water
Put the salt in one glass of warm water and wait until it dissolves. Use this solution to wash your mouth, and then spit it out. You should repeat this 3- 4 times a day.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic which prevents bacterial infections. It has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves pain that is caused by swelling.
- 3 to 4 cloves of garlic
Peel the cloves and crush them to squeeze the juice out to release allicin. Apply the juice to the problem area. Repeat this twice a day.
Instead of this, you can chew a few cloves of garlic.
7. Peppermint Oil
This peppermint oil reduces inflammation and relieves the pain due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- 2-4 drops of peppermint oil
Take a cotton gauze and put few drops on it. Apply the gauze to the affected area and wait for a few minutes. Continue this for a month.
8. Wet Black Tea Bag
This tea has antioxidant content, so it fights infection.
- Warm water
- Black tea bag
Steer a black tea bag in warm water for few minutes. Carefully squeeze it and put it on your swollen area.
You can leave it for few hours or overnight, but don’t forget to wash your mouth with water solution afterward. Do this once a day for 2-3 weeks.
9. Hydrogen Peroxide
This product has disinfectant and antibacterial properties, so it reduces inflammation and pain, but it’s also an antimicrobial agent.
- Two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide
- Baking soda
- One teaspoon of warm water
- Cotton ball (optional)
- Mix the warm water with hydrogen peroxide. Wash your mouth with this solution.
- You can also make a paste. You need one teaspoon of baking soda and two teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide. Mix them all together, until you get a paste.
- Apply the paste and wait for few minutes before washing it with warm water. Repeat this for several weeks.
Turmeric promotes oral health and reduces inflammation. It provides anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antibiotic properties.
- Warm water
- 1 tsp. of turmeric power
Mix 1 tsp. of turmeric powder and warm water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected tooth. Wait for 15 minutes and wash it off.
Also, you can mix 14 teaspoons of turmeric with one teaspoon of olive oil, and apply it on the tooth. Leave it for fifteen minutes and wash it off.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties, so it reduces inflammation and pain.
The apple cider vinegar has beneficial acids.
- 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar.
Take 1 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar and swish it around your mouth for five minutes. Then, wash your mouth with warm water. Repeat this 2-4 times a day for a month.
12. Oregano Oil
The oregano oil helps fight tooth infections, boost immunity, and speed the healing process.
It contains antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
- 2-3 drops of oregano oil
Take a clean gauze, put the oil on it and apply it to the affected area. Wait for 5 minutes.
Tips to Prevent Abscessed Tooth
- Avoid chewing gum
- Avoid caffeine and junk food
- Avoid smoking
- Brush your teeth twice a day
- Every three months replace your toothbrush
- Start using antimicrobial mouthwash
Always consult your dentist before using any of the above-mentioned remedies.