Infected tooth is also called abscessed tooth which refers to dental infection at the root of the tooth. More specifically it occurs where the gum is connected to the tooth.
Such infection can lead to decay due to the bacteria which is present that slowly moves down to the root of the tooth. If you don’t treat this problem it can cause serious inflammation and pain of the tooth.
When the root of the tooth is infected it cannot fight the infection thus allowing the bacteria to affect the chamber of the tooth. This causes the pulp to die and the pain slowly calms down, but this doesn’t mean that you have managed to get rid of the infection. In fact, it means that the infection will continue spreading around the tissues that surround the tooth.
Avoiding taking proper action and treatment it can spread to surrounding teeth and might cause serious health issues. Consuming diet that is rich in sugar and having poor dental hygiene can lead to abscessed tooth. Other causes for abscessed tooth could be gingivitis, tooth decay, and sticky food. The main symptoms of abscessed tooth are bad breath, sharp toothache, and pain when chewing food, sore and red gums, problems when swallowing food, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and cheek swelling.
If you notice any of these symptoms you should immediately seek medical help, but you can also use natural remedies that can have positive effects.
Natural home remedies for tooth abscesses:
Water and salt rinses
This is great remedy that most of the dentists are suggesting. Salt contains great antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can help you get rid of inflammation. Also it will help you prevent the spread of bacteria and infection. Here is how to use it:
- Salt – ½ teaspoon
- Warm Water – 1 glass
You should mix the ingredients until the salt completely dissolves. Rinse the mouth with this mixture and spit it out. Repeat this 3-4 times in order to get rid of the discomfort.
This method is widely used in Ayurveda for treatment of sore gums and abscessed tooth. Oil pulling can help you fight the bacteria and improve the oral health. Here is how to use it:
- Coconut oil – 1 tablespoon
- Warm water
You will need to put the coconut oil in the mouth and swash for about 15 minutes. Afterwards you should spit it out and rinse the mouth with the water. Repeat this method twice per day.
This is great anti-inflammatory agent which can help you get rid of swelling pain. Garlic contains antibiotic properties which can help you fight bacterial infections. Here is how to use it:
- Garlic – 3-4 cloves
You should peel the cloves and wash them thoroughly. Next you should squeeze the juice from the garlic and apply it on the abscessed tooth. Repeat this procedure twice per day.
Wet black tea bag
This is extremely strong antioxidant that fights infections. Also it is extremely effective in absorbing pus and toxins from the abscessed tooth. Here is how to use it:
- Black tea bag – 1
- Warm water
You will need to put the tea bag in the water and let it soak for few minutes. Next you need to put it on the swollen gums and hold it for few minutes (you can also suck it). For best results you should leave it on the swollen gums for few hours in order to act properly.
This is extremely powerful solution that can help you fight tooth abscesses because it contains antimicrobial properties. Also it contains antibacterial and disinfectant properties which help you fight bacteria and relieve pain. Here is how to use it:
- Baking soda
- Hydrogen peroxide – 2 teaspoons
- Warm water – 1 tablespoon
- Cotton ball
You will need to mix the hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of warm water. Use this solution for rinsing the mouth, and afterwards spit it out. Next you should mix the baking soda and 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide. You should get a paste which you will use for the affected areas. Leave the mixture on the affected area for few minutes and afterwards rinse the mouth with warm water.
Apple cider vinegar
This is great remedy that can help you treat abscessed teeth. It contains acetic acid and malic acid which are great antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. Also, ACV contains anti-inflammatory properties which help in relieving inflammation and pain. Here is how to use it:
- Apple cider vinegar – 1 tablespoon
You will need to pour the ACV in the mouth and swish for 5 minutes. Afterwards you should spit it out, and rinse the mouth with warm water. Repeat this procedure 3-4 times per day for one month.
This is great ingredient that provides anti-inflammation properties and relieves pain. It is considered as one of the greatest antiseptic and antibiotic remedy. Here is how to use it:
- Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
- Warm water
You will need to mix both ingredients until you get a paste. Apply this paste on the affected tooth and leave it for 15 minutes. Afterwards you should rinse it with warm water. Also you could try to mix 14 teaspoons of turmeric with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Again, apply this mixture on the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes.
It is considered as strong antibacterial, antioxidant, and antimicrobial agent which helps fight infections. When you apply it on abscessed tooth it will make it numb and will help you drainage the tooth from bacteria. Here is how to use it:
- Oregano oil – 2-3 drops
- Cotton swab
You will need to put the oil on the cotton swab and apply it directly on the tooth. Leave the cotton swab for 5 minutes and afterwards remove it. Next you should mix 4-5 drops of oregano with ¼ cup of warm water and swish the mouth for 5 minutes. Repeat this method for 3 times per day.
This remedy contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help you reduce inflammation and relieve pain. Here is how to use it:
- Peppermint oil – 2-4 drops
- Cotton swab
You will need to put the oil on the swab and apply it on the affected area. Hold it for few minutes and afterwards apply the oil directly on the affected tooth. Repeat this for 3 times per day for one month.
Potato is great antiseptic agent which contains acidic properties. Also it is alkaline in nature so it helps in fighting against dead cells and toxins. Here is how to use it:
- Raw potato – 1 slice
You will need to place the slice of potato on the affected area and leave it for 30 minutes. Afterwards you should remove it and you will notice discoloration over the area. This is because the potato is pulling all the toxins from the infected tooth.
Chamomile is used for repairing damage tissue and it contains anti-inflammatory properties which can help you treat abscessed tooth. Here is how to use it:
You will need to prepare 3-4 cups of chamomile tea and drink them during the day. This way you will manage to relieve the swelling and the abscessed tooth. You can also use the tea bag for application on the infected tooth.
This is great natural antibiotic agent that fights severe inflammation and infections. Here is how to use it:
- Echinacea herb
- Tea bag
You will need to mix the herb and the tea bag with warm water and leave it to soak for 5 minutes. Afterwards you should strain the mixture and rinse the mouth with it. Repeat for at least 2-3 times per day.
Here are some additional tips that can help you avoid abscessed tooth:
- Make sure that you brush your teeth twice per day
- Don’t consume caffeine when you have tooth infection
- Avoid consuming junk food
- Make sure that you use antimicrobial mouthwash
- Every 3-4 months you should replace the toothbrush
- Quit smoking