Hello everyone! I know most of you are in pain right now and the last thing you want to do is read a paragraph about my background, but my background may provide proof that these remedies have worked in the past. So here’s my background. I am a dental receptionist and also a dental assistant two days a week at our clinic. I get several calls a day from patients who have cracked their tooth, or have a swollen face. Here is what my dentist has me tell our patients who may have to wait a few days to get in, since we only have a capacity to see 8-9 patients a day.
First tip, you CAN go to an emergency room at any time and state ‘I have an abscessed tooth and the dentist recommended that I come in.’ An abscess is an infection that is usually around the nerve/root of a tooth. This is the MOST common reason you’re experiencing pain.
My second tip, take two Tylenol and then two Ibuprofen an hour after the Tylenol. Take water as hot as you can stand in your mouth, without burning yourself, and put in a cup and fill about half-way. Then add two table spoons of salt, salt is a great healing agent that helps kill bacteria naturally, add two pinches of garlic powder and mix together. Rinse your mouth out with this mixture for about 3 minutes, spit and repeat at least three times. After this rinse, mix equal parts water with hydrogen peroxide and rinse, spit, and then let it sit in your mouth for about three minutes. This will take care of the pain for a while.
If you have a small crack, or a small filling fell out, take a piece of bread and tear off an inch size piece and press on the affected tooth. This is a great idea if you are headed to the dentist that day or want to fall asleep.
Please, if your dentist has advised you not to try these remedies, trust his/her judgement. When we offer this advice to patients we make sure they understand that these are just home remedies and are not to be mistaken for medical/dental advice.
Many people suggest clove oil, which will help sometimes with pain but be advised that clove oil will kill the nerve and may affect your chances of saving the tooth.
An abscess can turn into a very bad situation if not treated promptly. Not having insurance or not able to afford a visit to the dentist should never be an excuse. The situations are always treated as an emergency and every clinic has a policy to treat you with or without insurance if you have an abscessed tooth. The infection can spread all over your mouth and even to your heart, causing serious illness or even death. Payment plans are always given and even a discount if you pay the same day as your visit in many offices. In our clinic an extraction ranges from $127-$285, depending on the tooth.
I know you are in pain and desperate. I have been in your position multiple times, and almost died from sepsis because I made the wrong decisions.
DO NOT POP THE ABSCESS, this can kill you.
DO NOT USE A HOT COMPRESS, this will spread the infection.
What to do:
Step 1: Find out where the abscess is and keep your mouth clean.
Step 2: Antibiotics
They are a must in this circumstance. Killing the infection is what will give you the chance to save up for the NECESSARY EXTRACTION.
Take all of them as prescribed.
There are no real ifs ands or buts about this step, do as much as you can to at least get to a clinic capable of prescribing them. The antibiotic will ultimately reduce swelling and pain.
Assuming the infection subsides it WILL come back because the structural damage to your tooth will not heal. The time frame this can happen can be anywhere from a few days to years. DO NOT BANK ON LONG. Look into dental schools and discount plans. Call dentists in your area and find the lowest price possible.
Step 4: In case Abscess Returns
What i recommend is remembering the doctor and type of antibiotic you are first proscribed. This will allow you if necessary to take another type and fight another round of bacteria.
Save up as quickly as possible. I’m not in the dental business I gain nothing from this but the knowledge it can save lives. I just realize the blunt truth, Even if natural remedies kill one infection the real problem persists.Cut it off at the source as quickly as possible by seeing a dentist.
IN THE MEAN TIME:
-Increase/Adjust Brushing Habits
Why: This basic premise of dental hygiene helps cut off the infections food supply and helps prevent future infections while you save up.
-Salt Water Rinses
Why:This not only helps fight pain and the infection as a rudimentary anti-bacterial it also removes much of the food the bacteria need to survive.
Process: Using warm and VERY salty rinse for a minute or so and let sit.
When: When you wake up, when you fall asleep, after meals and drinking other beverages and as needed for pain.
Why: While not being completely sterile mouthwash will kill many bacteria that will distract your mouths immune system from the one we actually need to fight.
Like the above keeping your mouth clean from now on is the #1 goal.
Process: Rinse and let sit
How often: same as salt water rinse
-Anti-inflammatory Over The Counter Pain Reliever
Why:The anti-inflammatory part is what you need. DO NOT USE ASPRIN. Common over the counter drugs include Aleve, Ibuprofen,Motrin etc. This will reduce the swelling and pressure on your gums and reduce pain.
Process: Take with water as prescribed on bottle. In limited quantities it may be safe to use slightly more than prescribed. Limit your use of these though to when necessary, the can damage your liver.
– Cold Compress
Why: A cold compress restricts blood flow reducing swelling and may reduce pain without giving the bacteria access to the soft tissues of the cheek like a hot compress does.
How Often: As needed for pain.
Why: Being dehydrated prevents your body from fighting infection. Drink water.
Why: Garlic is a rudimentary antibiotic and antiinflammatory. It contains a chemical compound called allicin which is distantly related to penicillin and has been proven to fight minor infections and boost your immune system in general. Raw it also acts as an antiseptic and pain reliever.
1.) Increase your use of garlic in your diet/start taking garlic pills.
2.) Raw Garlic
-To use raw garlic as a pain reliever, mince raw garlic and lightly place near/on abscess (whenever acting near this area handle with care).Hold in mouth for as long as possible, it will burn. You should begin to feel relief nearly immediately to some degree. If you spit out the garlic depending on how long you first had it in your mouth you may be able to reuse it another time.
Repeat for about one cloves worth of garlic.
How often: I use the raw garlic when I wake up, in the middle of the day, and before I go to bed. However you may use it as needed for pain.
Why: Cloves have shown preliminary anti-inflammatory results which reduces swelling and reduces pains.
Process: Depending on whether you use ground clove or clove oil take one of 2 approaches.
Apply a few drops onto q-tip and place lightly on abscess. Again, handle with care.
How Often: Not recommended more than a few times a day.
Apply ground cloves to abscess lightly or add to salt water rinse. Brush teeth after each use.
How Often: Not recommended more than a few times a day.
-Cinnamon and Turmeric
Why: Both of these spices have shown anti-inflammatory results in preliminary research. Use of these spices may help reduce swelling and pain in the abscessed area.
Process: Increase consumption of these spices, avoid cooking them.
Apply ground to the abscess lightly or suspended in salt water rinse. Brush after each use.
How Often: Recommend a few times a day.
Why: Green tea is another rudimentary antibacterial containing a number of chemicals that fight infection.
Process: Increase consumption of green tea.
As a topological anti-bacterial.
-cut green tea bag in half and roll the part with the leaves into a smaller area.
Apply lightly on abscess (handle with care) overnight.
How often: Every night until infection subsides.
-Alcohol, kills bacteria and relieves pain temporarily
-Tobacco, smoking it while increasing total bacterial load reduces pain. Applying topologically, while carcinogenic will also reduce swelling.
-Prescription/Alternative Pain Killers
A change in diet is recommended in a number of ways.
-Reduce sugar intake, sugar is an essential food for bacteria
-Increase the following into your diet:
-Garlic, coconut oil, ginger, lemons, horseradish, pineapple, honey, and cabbage all of which are positive for your immune system.
-Increase consumption of Fermented food and other probiotics