Teeth can get infected like anything in the human body. Infections in the teeth are known as abscesses. These can be painful and even dangerous. It is important to take care of your teeth like you would the rest of your body. If you get an infection in a tooth, the infection can spread and cause problems elsewhere. There are ways to treat tooth infections--some home remedies and others your doctor can prescribe.
Whether your infection is caused by tooth decay or a chipped or broken tooth, you should see your dentist. Your doctor may need to do an x-ray to see exactly where the infection is, how bad it is and what the caused the infection. Prescription antibiotics are a common treatment for an infected tooth. They will help to kill the bacteria causing the infection, as well as prevent the infection from spreading to other teeth or into your blood stream.
When the enamel is broken or chipped, this allows bacteria to get into the pulp, or the center of the tooth. The infection then can spread to the root of the tooth, the bone which supports the tooth, and the gums. In some cases, if left untreated, infections can spread to other vital organs. Antibiotics can kill the bacteria that cause infection so your abscess can heal.
If your abscess doesn't heal in a reasonable amount of time, your doctor may need to change antibiotics, or investigate further to see if there are other problems that need to be addressed.
X-Ceptic Tincture is a combination of natural ingredients used to help with tooth pain and stop the infection. It can be used as a gargle or a mouthwash for throat and tooth infections. The ingredients are: oak bark, goldenseal, myrrh gum, comfrey, garlic and cayenne. This remedy works on the body both internally and externally.
Another remedy is the use of garlic cloves. Place a clove directly on the tooth to help ease the pain. Garlic is considered a natural antibiotic. If you'd rather take capsules, you can take 3 or 4 garlic 300-milligram capsules every day for five days. You should also include vitamin C in the treatment, taking 1,000 milligrams three times a day for three days. This can help clear up the infection. Also, shaved pieces of ginger root placed directly on the tooth is said to help rid the tooth of infection.
Home remedies have been known to help treat tooth infections. One home remedy to treat an abscess is using a dry tea bag. Place the tea bag inside the cheek next to the affected tooth. You should leave it there for a couple of hours. This will help to draw the infection out if it has just started. Another remedy calls for using a wet tea bag and putting it directly on the affected tooth. It may help to first put the tea bag in the freezer for a while to get it chilled. This will help with the pain.
Another useful home remedy is to make a gum packing around the tooth using salt and baking soda. Mix half baking soda with half salt and dip a wet cotton ball into the mix. Place the cotton ball between the infected tooth and your cheek. Keep it there for several hours. Repeat this procedure several times a day. In between treatments, use hydrogen peroxide 1.5 percent as a mouthwash. This will help disinfect the inflamed area. If you don't have this, try some tea tree oil mixed with water or grapefruit seed extract, which both are natural antibiotics.