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My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

Three Simple Home Remedies for Dental Abscesses

by Violet Jensen

Dental abscesses are painful, infected masses that are filled with pus and debris. The infection typically begins as a tooth infection, and it can spread to other areas of the mouth, throat, and jaw. Most of the time, abscesses result from deep tooth cavities, gum disease, or a dental trama. Before you visit your dentist to have the abscess drained, try a few of these simple home remedies.

Gargle Salt Water

If you need quick pain relief, gargle some warm salt water. Not only does the salt act as a pain reliever, but it helps reduce any swelling around the infected area. You can gargle warm salt water up to once every hour, if needed.

  1. Put 8 ounces of warm water in a glass.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of salt to the glass, and allow the salt to dissolve.
  3. Swish the salt water around your mouth for one minute.
  4. Spit the salt water out.

Essential Oils

There are several essential oils that help relieve tooth pain. In fact, some essential oils are excellent anti-bacterial agents, and can help your body fight the infection that's causing the abscess. To use essential oils, place a small amount of the oil on your finger and massage it into the infected area.

  • Peppermint oil is an instant pain reliever.
  • Oregano oil is an immune booster, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-oxidant. Use it to help your body fight the infection.
  • Clove oil isn't as powerful as oregano oil, but it does help kill infection and relieve pain. In addition to massaging the oil into the infection area, you can use clove oil to gently brush your teeth.

Before using essential oils to treat your abscess, check with your dentist to make sure the oil that you choose won't interfere with the treatment. Remember, while it's okay to rub small amounts of essential oils on the infected area, you shouldn't ingest essential oils because they are highly concentrated compounds.

Raw Garlic

Garlic naturally kills bacteria, eases pain, and boosts the immune system, so it's a great option for people trying to treat a dental abscess at home. To treat the infected area with raw garlic, crush a raw garlic clove, squeezing it to release some of the juice. Then, use your finger to apply the juice to the infected area. Alternatively, you can mash a piece of the garlic clove to release a small amount of the juice. Then, place it on the infected area, between your cheek or lip and gums. Talk to a professional for more information.

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