Last Modified on Mar 01, 2015
Holistic treatment for a tooth abscess involves natural remedies that are capable of treating the infection and eliminating symptoms associated with the condition. Home remedies like garlic, cloves and oil pulling are very effective in treating tooth infections as they fight infection and reduce inflammation. It is important to note that the symptoms of an abscessed tooth will progress if left untreated and can lead to life-threatening complications.
What is a Tooth Infection?
A tooth infection or abscess is described as a pocket of puss that results from bacterial infection. An infection may form at any region in the tooth and cause such symptoms as a throbbing toothache, sensitivity to temperatures, sensitivity to pressure, fever, swelling in the face or cheek, swollen lymph nodes and foul-smelling fluid in the mouth.
Home Remedies for a Tooth Abscess
Treating a tooth abscess requires infection-fighting substances as well as pain relievers. Several natural remedies adequately treat the condition and prevent further infection. Garlic, oil pulling, cloves and many other agents can be used as home remedies to treat the condition.
Garlic is a known antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. Garlic contains several sulfuric compounds, including allicin, that fight infection and inflammation. Used regularly, the compounds also help improve circulation and cleanse the lymphatic system.
Considered an ancient Ayurvedic remedy, oil pulling is a practice used to maintain oral health and promote detoxification of the body. Completed by placing a tablespoon of oil in the mouth and swishing it, the method pulls harmful agents, including bacteria, fungus and other organisms, from the mouth, teeth, gums and throat. Research suggests that the lipids in oil pull out bacteria and prevent bacteria from sticking to the walls in the oral cavity.
Cloves are considered anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. The spice is comprised of a variety of antioxidants and other nutrients including manganese, omega-3s and fiber. As such, cloves relieve pain, reduce inflammation and eliminate infection.
If left untreated a tooth infection can progress to more serious, even life-threatening complications. Natural substances safely and effectively treat the condition and prevent complications.
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[YEA] First off I'd like to thank everyone for contributing to this site.
I had a severely abscessed tooth after eating too much sugar thereby depressing my immune system & had read about people putting bentonite clay on for treatment well I didnt have any so poured out an activated charcoal capsule between my gum & cheek & had instant relief from the pain.
I slept with it overnight & it greatly improved. I did it every night in the beginning, it just sucked out the infection but treatment must continue so even if you just do one night a week then once every 2 weeks then 3 & gradually downgrade it & keep up a dose for maintenence because an infection can still persist after the pain has gone.
good luck everyone.
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04/30/2013Posted by Sharon (Wesley Chapel, Florida) on 02/25/2012
[YEA] Hooray for charcoal! I had a very bad toothache and it was late at night. I used the charcoal mixed with clove oil and in 30 min the pain was reduced by half. By the end of the hour, it was down to nothing. I left it on overnight, and the relief was amazing. When I got to the dentist office, they smiled and said they knew about it, and it was not well-known. l used some activated charcoal l had at the house for stomach issues.Replied by Terri