Jul 7th, 2012
One of the most painful conditions is a toothache. Once a tooth decays, it can spread to the root of the tooth or teeth, creating a pocket of inflammation. This pocket is called an abscess.
You can have one abscess or multiple teeth that have decayed and formed the abscesses.
They are extremely painful, and can spread to surrounding tissue, causing facial swelling. If the infection enters the blood stream, it can cause a system wide infection that is life threatening.
Home Remedies for an Abscessed Tooth:
Cloves and Plantain Leaves
Proper dental hygiene is always necessary. Flossing every day, brushing at least twice a day, and avoiding sweets is a move in the right direction.
While natural remedies for the pain can help temporarily, there is no home cure for an abscessed tooth, and at some point professional care is going to be necessary.
If you know you have an abscess or infection, chew fresh plantain leaves, and place them on the infected area. Chewing a clove or placing it against the affected area will temporarily alleviate some of the pain of your abscess.
Essential Oil of Clove
Putting essential oil of cloves in or around the infected tooth and gums will temporarily deaden the nerves, and this natural remedy will give some relief for the abscess symptoms. It is important to note that this is NOT a cure. You will lose your tooth, if you do not seek medical help from a dentist.
Tea Tree Oil and Peroxide
Mix one dropper full of tea tree oil in a cup of water. Use this as a mouthwash or rinse three times a day, until the infection disappears.
It is important NOT to swallow this mixture.
Just swish it in your mouth, paying particular attention to the infected area. Tea tree oil is an antifungal and an antiseptic, and is good as a temporary home cure, until you can see your dentist.
Hydrogen peroxide (3 percent medicinal grade) is also good when used as a mouth wash/rinse. Again, do NOT swallow this mixture.
Echinacea and Spilanthes
Echinacea and Spilanthes both went by the name “toothache plant” in the past, and are great natural remedies and temporary home cures for toothache pain due to exposed nerves, infection, or abscess, and are known as a natural remedy to actually boost the immune system.
Echinacea and/or spilanthes come in tinctures, and should be dropped directly on the affected area.
Hepar Sulph or Calcium Sulphide
Hepar Sulph is made from calcium sulphide, and is used as a home cure for infections, because it helps to expel pus from an infected area.
Adding to your list of natural home remedies; zinc, Vitamin C, echinacea, and spilanthes, boost the immune system and help fight off infections.
Salt Water and OTC Pain Relievers
Some clinics recommends that you rinse your mouth with a solution of warm water and salt, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers as needed prior to seeing the Dentist.