Home Remedies For Tooth Infection

Posted 4 months ago by Vani Kambali in

Just imagine, you wake up in the morning, brush your teeth, get dressed and take a bite on your breakfast and you are in sudden pain. You move on in the day but you have triggered the pain and now it won't go. It's making your days worse and nights are nothing but a nightmare. You look for a cavity but fail to find one. After a day or two, you can also see a slight swelling on that side. 

There is a constant inflammation which is making it impossible for you to live in peace. Well, if you are experiencing all this then there is no doubt that you have an infection. An infection can be caused by multiple reasons but getting rid of it can get extremely difficult. It can completely stop you from eating whatever you wish for or even drinking something that you are craving. While the dentist is the first thing that will come to mind in this situation, there are a lot of remedies that you can use before taking extreme measures. 

However, before jumping onto them, it is important to figure out what the symptoms of infection is, how it is different from a cavity and what causes it in the first place.

Symptoms And Causes Of Tooth Infection

While there can be tonnes of reasons for a tooth infection, a bad lifestyle can be on the top. Once you have it, there is no way of saving yourself from the treatment. Sometimes the situation is so out of control that no home remedy will work and you will have to take help from the dentist and that may hurt. This is the infection that we are dealing with therefore you have to take it seriously and look for its symptoms and causes so that you can stop the problem before it becomes too big to handle. 

Symptoms Of A Tooth Infection 

Causes Of A Tooth Infection

Home Remedies For Tooth Infection

Before you go to your dentist, we recommend trying these remedies out and helping yourself in releasing the pain for time being. However, we also recommend that if there is absolutely no change, the pain keeps getting intense or is not even getting affected using these treatments, then show it to a dentist. These ingredients will work only if the infection is on the top few layers of the teeth structure. If it is on the nerves then you surely will need a proper treatment in order to get them fixed. 

So, here is a list of remedies that you can use to give yourself some relief from those deadly pain.

Clove Oil Treatment

Things you will need: 

Clove OilA few drops
Cotton Swab1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl and add some clove oil to it.
  2. Now, take a clean cotton swab and dip it into the oil. Apply it onto the tooth which is infected.
  3. Let it sit for a while. You might get a foul tasting juice. Spit it however, don't rinse the solution off.
  4. After keeping it for a while, rinse it off using warm water.
Repeat this every time you sense the pain going up. You can also do it till you see the swelling reside. Clove oil is one single ingredient which is enough to deal with any problem related to tooth which resides on the top few layers. Be it a tooth ache or even an infection, just a couple of drops of clove oil is more than enough in order to stop the inflammation, reduce the pain, the swelling and the discomfort. The reason why it works so aptly is because it contains eugenol, which is a natural anesthetic. What it does is that it helps in numbing and reducing the pain at the same time. It also contains natural anti-inflammatory properties which works on the swelling and irritation that the infection cause.

Clove And Black Pepper Remedy

Things you will need: 

Clove OilA few drops
Pepper1 Tsp
Cotton Swab1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl, add 1 tsp of black pepper and a few drops of clove oil into it.
  2. Mix both the ingredients really well till it  makes a nice paste.
  3. Now, scoop out some of this paste and apply it directly onto the infected tooth.
  4. Let it sit for some time and then rinse it off using warm water.
Do this once every day till you sense the pain going numb. Clove has been known as a great ingredient to deal with all kinds of teeth problem. It is one of the oldest remedy which is trusted and which also works when it comes to teeth related problems. However, when you mix pepper to it, it further helps in soothing the inflammation. The way it works is that it numbs the tooth and gives relief.

Coconut Oil

Things you will need:

Coconut Oil1 tbsp
Warm WaterAs required


Process:

  1. Take a bowl and add 1 tbsp of coconut oil into it.
  2. Put it in your mouth, directly onto the tooth that feels infected and squish, by adding some water to it.
  3. Do this for about 15 minutes and then spit the water out.
  4. After this, rinse your mouth using some warm water and make sure you do this early in the morning with an empty stomach.
Repeat this twice daily. This method where oil is used in order to calm the tooth infections inflammation is known as oil pulling. It is a method which is very ancient and has been a part of the ayurvedic treatment since a really long time now. They work on both abscessed teeth as well as on sore gums. It reduces the number of bacteria that sits on the infected tooth. It also helps in extracting toxins from the tooth while helping with a better oral health.

Peppermint Oil

Things you will need:

Peppermint Oil2-3 drops
Cotton Swab1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl and add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil into it.
  2. Now, dip a cotton swab into it and apply it directly onto the infected tooth.
  3. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off.
  4. If you don't want to use a cotton swab then you can directly dip your fingers into the oil and drop it on the infected tooth.
Repeat this process 3-4 times in a day. All essential oil have antibacterial properties that works on the bacteria that cause the inflammation in the first place. The inflammation is the point which brings swelling and pain out. The peppermint oil is what will help in calming that down. It works on an overall way by reducing the inflammation, working on the abscessed tooth, reducing the inflammation and swelling.

Black seed Oil and Vinegar

Things you will need:

Black seed oil1 Tsp
Vinegar1/2 cup


Process:

  1. Take a kettle, add 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 Tsp of black seed oil into it.
  2. Bring it to boil and after the first boil turn the flame off.
  3. Transfer it to the container and keep it for later use.
  4. All you have to do it rinse your mouth using this. Make sure you do it for a longer time on the side where the inflammation exists.
  5. Rinse your mouth with warm water after.
You can do this every time you feel the pain raising. This mix can help suck out all the toxins and leave you with a painless sensation. It can also help in residing the swelling as well as the inflammation. It combined has antibacterial properties which help in killing the bacterias which cause the infection in the first place.

Ginger Treatment

Things you will need:

Ginger1 inch
Knife1


Process:

  1. Take a knife, cut and peel about an inch of ginger off.
  2. Now, take it place it on the tooth that is infected.
  3. Chew it so that it release its juice which will work on the infected tooth.
  4. Rinse it off after keeping it there for about 30 minutes using warm water.
Repeat this method about twice in a day and you will see the changes. The reason why ginger works so well is because it contains antibacterial properties which helps in soothing the inflammation which in turn mellows the swelling down and also work on the irritation. Ginger has been a great and trusted ailments for a lot of other problems when it comes to the health like an upset stomach or even an infection hence it has the properties in it which makes it the perfect fir for times when you tooth gives you troubles too.

Salt And Water Rinse

Things you will need:

Salt1/2 Tsp
Water1 Glass


Process:

  1. Take a kettle and add 1 glass of water into it. Put it to boil.
  2. Once it gets its first boil, add in 1/2 Tsp of salt to it. Let it boil for a little while.
  3. Once done, turn the flame off and transfer the water into a glass. Once it cools down, a little gargle using it.
  4. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with it.
Repeat this process 3-4 times in a day and that should be it in order to let it affect your infection. Salt and warm water is a treatment which is recommended even by doctors because it has the ability to reduce the swelling that is caused when a tooth gets infected. This works because salt has an antiseptic as well as anti bacterial property which both works amazingly to reduce the inflammation of tooth infection.

Garlic Cloves Treatment

Things you will need:

Garlic Cloves4-5 Pieces
Pestle And Mortar1


Process:

  1. Take 4-5 garlic clove pieces and peel its skin.
  2. Take a pestle and mortar and add these peeled cloves into it. Crush them really well.
  3. This will help in getting the juice of the cloves out. Now, apply it directly onto the infected tooth.
  4. Alternatively, you can also directly chew on some cloves, this will also help in releasing the juice.
Repeat this twice daily to see visible changes within no time. The reason why this ingredient works is because garlic contains allicin which is a a natural active compound. It also contains natural antibiotic that helps in preventing the bacterial infections. Garlic also helps in healing the tooth abscess and that too naturally. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties which works in relieving the pain from swelling.

Black Tea Method

Things you will need:

Black Tea Bag1-2
WaterAs required


Process:

  1. Take a kettle and will it with 1 cup of water. Bring it to boil.
  2. After its first boil, take it off the flame.
  3. Now, dip 1-2 black tea bags into the hot water. Take the bag out and apply it onto the swollen area.
  4. Leave it for a couple of hours or else overnight.
  5. Once done, gargle using salt water.
You can do this once for a couple of weeks. This is a great ingredient when it comes to working on the infected tooth as well as on the swelling that it cause. Black tea contains antioxidants which work brilliantly on infections. If you are facing a problem with dental abscess then this is perfect ingredient. It helps in sucking out the toxins from the pus which further helps in fastening the process of healing it.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Things you will need:

Hydrogen Peroxide2 Tsp
Warm Water1 Tsp
Baking soda1 Tsp
Cotton BallIf required


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl, make sure it is either glass or steel, now, add 2 Tsp of hydrogen peroxide, 1 Tsp of warm water and 1 Tsp baking soda into it.
  2. Mix all the ingredients really well so that they form a paste like consistency which is easy to apply.
  3. Now, apply it onto the tooth which is infected and let it sit for sometime.
  4. Rinse it off with warm water.
  5. Alternatively, you can just mix 2 Tsp hydrogen peroxide and 1 Tsp warm water rand rinse you mouth using it.
Repeat either of the methods for at least a couple of weeks till you see the swelling going down or either the inflammation. This method works because Hydrogen Peroxide used in this treatment contains exceptional antimicrobial properties which can help by working on the tooth abscesses. It works on the swelling as well as the inflammation. It also has properties which work as a disinfectant and also as an antibacterial which helps in killing the bacteria which causes the abscessed teeth in the first place.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Things you will need:

Apple Cider Vinegar1 tbsp
Warm WaterAs required


Process:

  1. Take 1 tbsp worth apple cider vinegar and drop it right onto the tooth that is infected.
  2. Squish it around like you are gargling using it. Spit it out.
  3. Now, use some warm water and rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Repeat this process at least 2-4 times every single day in order to see some visible impact within no time. If you think using apple cider vinegar is making it extremely intense for you to beat the pain, then we recommend mixing it with a little water before you do your gargle. Apple cider vinegar has proven its worth in the beauty industry but it is also a wonder elixir when it comes to health. Tooth aches are terrible and apple cider vinegar can help you with it. The reason why it works like magic is because of these two ingredients found in it, acetic acid and malic acid. Both of these are antibacterials, antimicrobials, and anti fungals which work very well in protecting teeth from getting infected.

Turmeric Treatment

Things you will need:

Turmeric Powder1 Tsp
Warm WaterAs required


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl and add 1 Tsp of turmeric powder to it. Add a little water in order to make a paste out of it.
  2. Apply this directly onto the tooth which feel infected.
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse it off.
  4. Another way of using turmeric is by mixing 14 Tsp of turmeric powder with 1 Tsp of olive oil.
  5. Now, apply this directly onto the tooth that is affected, leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse it off.
Use this paste at least once every day to see the inflammation and the swelling go down. Turmeric has been used in the health industry since time unknown to cure all kinds of infections and tooth/teeth is no less. It work brilliantly for that as well. It helps in reducing inflammation which means that it will be perfect for times when you have a swelling caused by inflammation. Apart from reducing inflammation, it also contains antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which not only works on the infection but also improves the overall oral health.

Oregano Oil

Things you will need:

Oregano Oil2-3 drops
Cotton Swab1


Process:

  1. Take a fresh bowl, add in 2-3 drops of oregano oil into it.
  2. Dip a cotton swab onto it it and directly apply it onto the infected tooth.
  3. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse it off using warm water.
  4. You can also mix 1/4th cup of warm water with a few drops of oregano oil and then mouth wash using it.
  5. Gargle for 5 minutes and then spit.
Repeat this 3-4 times daily till you see a change. Oregano oil is perfect when it comes to tooth infection. It contains antibacterial, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, all of which works wonders when it comes to working on the infected tooth. If you have abscessed tooth, using oregano will help in numbing the area. It has been used since a really long time when it comes to killing the bacteria which causes the abscess in the first place. It kills the bacteria and also works on the puss. Apart from that, it also works on boosting immunity and helping the tooth fight infections. It also speeds up the process of healing.

Potato

Things you will need:

Potato1
Knife1


Process:

  1. Take a knife and slice the potato into a thin slice.
  2. Place it on the tooth that it infected and let it sit for 30 minutes or even overnight.
  3. The next morning, or within 30 minutes take it off and rinse it off using warm water.
  4. The potatoes color will change as it sucks out the toxins from the tooth to the potato slice.
Potatoes might be ruling your kitchen as a great ingredient but it is also the most trustworthy when it comes to tooth ache and tooth infection as well. It contains antiseptic properties which is alkaline in nature which is acidic in nature. It sucks off the toxins and dead cells which cause the problem of inflammation and swelling in the first place.

Chamomile Treatment

Things you will need:

Chamomile Tea1 bag
Water1 cup


Process:

  1. Take a kettle, fill it with 1 cup of water and bring it to boil.
  2. After the first boil, take it off the flame and switch the gas off.
  3. Now, add 1 chamomile tea bag into it till it starts to mix with water, don't let it transfer entirely.
  4. Just when you see the bag getting wet and its content mixing with water, take it and place it over the infected tooth.
  5. Let it sit for a while and then rinse off to get rid of the taste.
  6. You can also gargle or drink the chamomile tea directly to give yourself some relief from the pain.
Repeat this several times a day. Which method you pick is completely up to you. if you want a long terms effect then drink it but if you want instant relief then we recommend opting for the tea bag application method. Chamomile is a great nerve soothing tea but it also helps in treating the infected tooth. It has anti inflammatory properties which reduce the inflammation that the infection cause. This is also the reason why it is great for infected tooth because it can help work on puff as well as the swelling. Apart from this, it also has the property to repair the injured tissues. Drink it up daily so that you maintain an overall oral health and otherwise in the tea bag method in order to reside the inflammation and with that, the swelling and the pain as well.

Echinacea

Things you will need:

Echinacea herb1 bag
Tea Bag1
Water1 Cup


Process:

  1. Take a kettle and heat 1 cup of water into it.
  2. After it, 1st boil, add some Echinacea herb to it and give it another boil.
  3. Turn the flame off and transfer this concoction into a glass.
  4. Now, add a tea bag into it and let it strain completely.
  5. Once done, mix the concoction once and then gargle using it.
Use this mix 2-3 times daily. You can make it in bulk and heat and use it as per you convenience. For those of you who don't know, the Echinacea is from the herbaceous flowering plant- daisy family which has been used since a really long time as an antibiotic. It is natural and because of its antibiotic properties, it helps in relieving pain as well as inflammation. It is very easily available online and you can either buy the herb directly or opt for the capsule instead and then use it in the mix.

Tips To Avoid Infection


While you might use these remedies and it might even solve your problem of toothache, but following some of the tips can help prevent them in the first place. They are not even very difficult to follow and doing so will ensure that you never face a teeth related problem ever in the future. Here are some of the tips that you can follow and lead a healthy oral lifestyle.

Toot ache caused due to cavity can be unbearable but when it is caused due to something as terrible as an infection, it can make life a living hell. The worst part about a toothache is how impossible it makes for someone to even get hours proper sleep. Therefore it is important to get it treated as soon as possible. 

The worst part about toothaches is how it hits you in the night because of temperature chance or because the bacterias become too active at that time. Whatever be the reason, it usually happens at a time when getting help is not the easiest. Therefore, having remedies like these handy is a great alternative. This way, you can always be ready and even if you have a last minute flight or travel to someplace, you can keep them with you in your purse and use it whenever it strikes. 

Toothache is one amongst the most deadly problems and solving it as soon as you can is the only way to release yourself from its discomfort. Pick up any of these remedies, try it out and see which works for you. And mind you, whichever does, we recommend making them your best friend in order to make your life easier.

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