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How To Get Rid Of A Tooth Abscess Without Going To The Dentist

28th June 2021

man applying ice pack to abscessAre you wondering how to get rid of a tooth abscess without going to the dentist?

An abscess can form for many reasons. If you have a broken, chipped, or decayed tooth, it’s easy for bacteria to get into the cracks and infect the area, which can lead to an abscess forming in your mouth.
We always recommend that you visit a dentist if you think you have an abscess. If that isn’t possible, below are some home remedies you can try.

 

Six Ways To Get Rid Of A Tooth Abscess Without Going To The Dentist (More Details Below)

  1. Saltwater Rinse
  2. Baking Soda
  3. Oregano Essential Oil
  4. Garlic Paste
  5. Ice Compression
  6. Aloe Vera

If bacteria reaches the centre of your tooth, it can cause many problems. If pus accumulates in the tooth, you can experience a very unpleasant toothache! If you think you might have a tooth infection or abscess, it’s important to take action quickly. Early action is the best way to prevent any further issues that might occur as a result of your initial infection. 

If you have a tooth infection or abscess, the best thing you can ever do is visit a dentist. You may not like the idea of sitting in the dentist chair or the costs associated with it. But, they are trained professionals. They have dedicated years of their lives training to help you with issues just like this. It’s always better to see a professional dentist than to try and solve an oral problem by yourself. It is your health, after all!

If your heart is set on avoiding the dentist though, below are six ways to get rid of a tooth abscess without going to the dentist. 

1. Saltwater Mouth Rinse

Saltwater helps heal wounds through the process of osmosis. Salt or sodium chloride draws the liquid in cells out of your body when it comes into contact with them. If the liquids are bacterial, they are also drawn out. This helps cleanse the area. 

This easy and affordable technique is a good way to find temporary relief from your abscess. 

Add half a teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and rinse it around your mouth for around two minutes. You should aim to do this three times a day. 

2. Rinse Your Mouth With Baking Soda

Baking soda can help remove and fight plaque in your mouth. It’s a common household item that most people have in the cupboard. Mixing baking soda and water and rinsing for five minutes twice a day is a good way to fight an abscess at home. 

Baking soda increases the PH in your mouth. Lots of bacteria thrive in acidic conditions. When the PH of your mouth increases, it becomes a more alkaline environment, and these bacteria can not multiply as easily. Essentially, lots of oral problems are caused by an imbalance of acid and baking soda balances the acidity levels. 

You can also make a paste using baking soda and water to apply directly to your gums. 

Biofilms like plaque are colonies of bacteria that attach to the surface of your teeth and gums, causing oral problems. Grains of baking soda can disrupt the biofilms, reducing the bacteria on your teeth and the damage they cause. 

3. Use Oregano Essential Oil

Oregano oil has great antibacterial and antioxidant properties. This makes it very useful for reducing swelling and pain caused by a tooth abscess. 

For this method, you need to mix oregano with a carrier oil (coconut oil, jojoba oil etc.) so it doesn’t irritate your gums. Then, apply the mixture to the infected area with a cotton ball or similar. Leave the mixture on the area for ten minutes and then spit it out. 

4. Garlic Paste

Allicin is a compound in garlic that has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. This can help kill bacteria in your mouth that is associated with toothaches. 

Applying garlic to the infected area can help it to heal and reduce the pain. It won’t make your breath smell any better in the short term though! 

For this method, crush a clove of garlic into a paste, and apply it to the infected area around the abscess. 

5. Cold Compress With Ice

When you have an infection such as an abscess, swelling occurs in the area. Applying ice to the area constricts the blood vessels, which reduces pain and swelling. This will not heal the abscess, but it will reduce the symptoms. For this method, apply an ice pack or similar to the area on and off for fifteen minutes multiple times a day. 

6. Aloe Vera Gel 

Aloe vera is often referred to as a wonder plant. It has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties; it’s also rich in antioxidants. Applying aloe vera to the affected area can soothe your pain and help the area heal. 

Simply rub aloe vera on the affected area and let it take effect. 

In Conclusion, You Should Probably Book An Appointment At The Dentist

Whilst these at-home remedies are cheap, easy and give you an excuse to avoid the dentist, we recommend that you seek professional help for an abscess. 

If left untreated or poorly treated for too long, an abscess can turn into a bigger problem. 

Contact us and book an appointment today. Our experienced dental staff will make sure you get the treatment you need. 

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