A tooth abscess is an infection at the root of a tooth, under the gum line. Conventional treatments include antibiotics, pulling the tooth, or a root canal. Natural remedies can often relieve dental pain and even heal the infection when an immediate dentist visit is not possible.
Home remedies for a tooth abscess often bring pain relief quickly. Used faithfully, they can often bring healing to an infection and save the tooth. It is of utmost importance to treat a tooth abscess immediately. Bacteria from an untreated infection can spread through the bloodstream and lead to sepsis, a serious and potentially life threatening systemic infection.
Natural Remedies for a Tooth Abscess
Below are a dozen proven natural cures for a dental infection. These remedies fight pain, inflammation and infection. Many of these remedies work well combined with a second remedy.
Garlic is a powerful antibiotic food. Raw garlic is the most powerful, but garlic powder can be used if that is all that is available. Do not keep raw garlic against delicate gums for a long period of time as a burn may result. Mixing minced garlic with honey or coconut oil before applying the site of pain will reduce the potential of irritating effects while doubling the healing power of the remedy.
Cloves are a strong antibacterial herb that also have a numbing effect. A whole clove, clove powder or clove essential oil can be used to treat an abscess. A whole clove can simply be held in the mouth at the site of infection. Clove powder can put placed into a tea bag and held in place in the mouth. Clove essential oil can be applied with a cotton bud. Repeat the treatment every couple of hours during the day and reapply at night if needed.
3. Tea Bag
Black tea fights infection, inflammation and pain. Moisten a tea bag and hold it in place against the infection in the mouth. The tea bag can be kept in the mouth for 30 – 60 minutes. After that time, get a fresh tea bag. Do not sleep with a tea bag in the mouth as this is a choking risk.
Turmeric relieves pain and is a wonderful antibiotic. Turmeric can be mixed with water or honey and applied directly to an abscess, or it can be taken internally several times a day, just as an oral antibiotic would be used. Golden milk is an effective way to get turmeric into the system regularly.
5. Colloidal Silver
If you make your own colloidal silver, you can afford to be generous with the amounts you use. Hold and gently swish a tablespoon of colloidal silver in your mouth for one minute every hour or two during the day. If you are buying colloidal silver, add a dropperful to a cotton ball and apply to the site of the abscess. Hold the cotton ball in place for 5 minutes, discard and repeat every few waking hours.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar
Acetic acid in apple cider vinegar fights bacteria. Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar to a tablespoon of water and swish in the mouth for one minute every few hours. After your spit out the solution, rinse your mouth with water. The acid in the vinegar can be irritating to your teeth.
7. Oil Pulling
Coconut or sesame oil are healing oils that can be used for oil pulling. These healing oils feel good against the skin and mucous membranes. Put 1 teaspoon of either of these two oils into the mouth and swish around the mouth for 15 minutes several times a day. Spit the oil into a trash can and rinse out the mouth.
8. Hydrogen Peroxide
The brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide kills infection. Swish a tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the mouth for a minute every few hours during the day. Hydrogen peroxide complements any of the other remedies. Swishing with hydrogen peroxide before other remedies gives a head start in cleaning the area of infection.
Honey is antibacterial. As it breaks down it releases hydrogen peroxide. Apply honey to the abscess several times a day. For best results, use Manuka honey or raw and local honey.
Bentonite clay or French green clay can be used to draw out all sorts of infection, including a tooth infection. Clay also helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Mix equal parts of dry clay powder and water. Allow the clay to sit for 5 minutes. Then apply the clay to the site of the infection. This can be done overnight if the amount of clay is not excessive so as to be a choking hazard. A pea sized amount should suffice.
11. Activated Charcoal
Activated charcoal powder, like clay, draws out infection. It also kills bacteria and reduces pain. Activated charcoal powder can be placed in an empty tea bag, moistening and placed against the abscess. Change the charcoal poultice every two hours during the day.
12. Support the Immune System
To maximize the results of any of the above remedies, use additional remedies to support the immune system.
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Elderberry Syrup
- Astragalus Root
Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed foods and sugar will also help the immune system to work at its best. Drink plenty of water or herbal tea to help the body flush out toxins. Rest and some sunshine each day are important.
Tooth Abscess Symptoms
Symptoms of a tooth abscess include severe pain, tooth sensitivity, bad breath and fever. Lymph nodes may be swollen. Pain may radiate to the neck or head. You may or may not be able to see an area of infection beneath the gum near the area of pain. Tooth pain can be so severe that work or school become impossible. Over the counter pain medications may not sufficiently stop the pain.
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