If you experienced sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures, sensitivity while chewing and biting, swelling in the gum and cheeks, pulsating and persistent toothache and fever it’s highly likely that you have an abscessed tooth. Before you visit your dentists, which is always mandatory when treating an abscess, here are some of the abscessed tooth remedies that should relieve the pain before your visit.
Abscessed Teeth Home Treatment
Infection within the pulp of our teeth can cause severe distress and pain. Having to wait for the trip to the dentist is often extremely difficult, hence you would want to provide some relief for your aching tooth and gum. Here are some of the remedies that you can apply. Be aware of all the positive and negative effects of the chosen remedy before opting for it.
- Saltwater mouthwash – This is the most commonly preferred method used for the treatment of tooth abscess. Rinsing with salt water can help washing the pus and bacteria away from an abscess, and ease the aching. Despite the temporary relief and beneficial impact, saltwater on its own is not enough to completely clear the infection.
- Ice pack – Traditionally used for toothache, a cold compress or ice pack is a useful aid when you deal with an abscess. The cold temperature helps with the pain and swelling, but it’s not treating the source of infection directly. It does, however, really help if you have to wait before the scheduled visit to the dentist.
- Clove oil – Whether concentrated in the form of clove essential oil or already diluted, the clove can be used to relieve the pain and treat the infected area. The plant is linked with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties and can be used for the treatment of abscess in two ways: by directly applying the clove oil to the infected area or by using the clove oil mouthwash. Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use clove more than 3 times per day.
- Baking soda – This is definitely one of the most accessible and often available home remedies for tooth infection. The likelihood of having some baking soda in your kitchen makes it a good first ally in relieving the pain from an abscessed tooth. Use ½ tablespoon in half a cup of water, mix well and then rinse your mouth thoroughly for a couple of minutes. Repeat until you fully deplete the mix from the cup, up to two times per day.
- Oregano oil – Yes we are all accustomed to the spice when eating pizza, but oregano essential oil is great for the treatment of bacterial infections. Mainly because oregano is an excellent natural antibacterial remedy and an antioxidant as well. For this trick to work, you will need a carrier oil (olive oil or grapeseed oil, both commonly available). You should mix a couple of drops in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, and apply the solution with the cotton swab on the affected area. Relief is instant, but limit the procedure to up to 3 rounds per day.
What to do if I have an abscess?
Your first stop is always planning the earliest visit to the dentist’s office. Even if the symptoms are mild, keep in mind that the worsening of the infection could cost you the tooth and cause fever and other complications. In the meantime, use the abscessed tooth remedies described above to relieve the pain and battle the infection.
Feeling pain, discomfort, and swelling? Call our center at (305) 760-9901 and plan your visit.