More than 200,000 people in the world suffer from an abscessed tooth, yet many aren’t even familiar with the term. An abscessed tooth is an infection in within the tooth that has spread to the pulp cavity. The pulp cavity is the area in which the pulp, or nerves, of the tooth are held. Typically, the pulp is protected by the hard, outer-layer called the enamel of the tooth. If this internal area of the tooth becomes infected from bacteria, it is considered to be an abscessed tooth.

Abscessed teeth can be extremely painful, and may be a cause for concern depending on the loftiness of the infection. Symptoms you may experience include: fever, pain chewing or swallowing, and general discomfort. In severe cases, it may interfere with breathing. If this is the case, locate the nearest emergency room as immediate attention is imperative.

Unfortunately, abscessed teeth, if left untreated, is very risky as the symptoms and pain will only grow worse. If you feel as though you are suffering from an abscessed tooth, contact your local dentist, and schedule an appointment for further investigation.

If you cannot schedule an immediate appointment, there are a few home remedies you can try to ease the pain and discomfort prior to meeting with a dentist such as:

  • Clove – Clove oil, an essential oil, serves as a natural antibiotic. This oil can assist in fighting the infection while reducing the pain. To apply this remedy, mix 1 tsp. of clove powder with an equal amount of water to create a paste. Apply the paste to the infected area for 20 minutes. After, rinse the mouth with warm water and expel.
  • Garlic – Garlic is also a natural antibiotic that can reduce the swelling and inflammation of the abscessed area. To apply this remedy, take one small garlic clove and crush it to create a paste. Apply the paste directly to the infected area, and spit out.
  • Turmeric – Turmeric is another natural antibiotic that can be extremely effective when combating the infection. Mixing the turmeric with salt can also reduce the inflammation and alleviate pain while inhibiting bacterial infection.
  • Warm Salt Solution – Salt is known for combating inflammation and preventing bacterial growth. Mixing warm water with salt and gargling it in the mouth serves as a bacteria inhibitor and soothes the area of infection.   
  • Peppermint Oil – Peppermint oil contains antibacterial properties that can inhibit bacterial growth and reduce pain from inflammation. To apply this remedy, mix 5 tsp. of peppermint oil with one glass of water and use it as a mouthwash before expelling the solution.

Each remedy suggested above is a temporary in-home remedy until you can get to your dentist for further inspection, and you should not rely on these to satisfy the issue. Do not let your abscessed tooth go untreated as the infection can worsen.