A tooth abscess is developed when there is pus between the jaw bone and an infected tooth, usually the molar tooth.
Tooth abscess can be really painful. The pus built-up can cause swelling in the jaw area and spread towards the cheeks.
If you think you are starting to develop tooth abscess, consult the dentist immediately. Prolonging this will lead to even more infection. However, if for some reason, a dentist is not reachable, you can perform first aid to the affected area to lessen the pain and swelling while you wait for the dentist to be available.
- Items you will need for the treatment:
- Vitamin C tablets
- Garlic capsules
- Baking soda
- Cold compress
- Go herbal. There are a lot of over-the-counter antibiotics that can be purchased, but most are only sold with a doctor’s prescription. Taking these medications can also have side effects if taken in incorrect dosage. So an option is to use natural medications like garlic instead. Garlic has properties that contain antibiotic components that will help control the infection. Take one garlic capsule after every major meal for 3 days.
- Take lots of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to strengthen the immune system, so taking as much as 1000 mg a day would be best if you have abscess. There is no problem if you take more than 1000 mg of vitamin C a day anyway. Also drink fresh orange juice also as oranges are rich in vitamin C.
- Control the pain. Take ibuprofen to ease the pain and apply cold compress on your cheeks and jaw to limit the swelling.
- Manage the spread of infection. In a small bowl, add a teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt. Add a few drops of water and mix. Get a cotton ball and dip it to the mixture. Place the cotton inside your mouth, directly to the infected tooth. This will sting, but try to keep it there for 30 minutes for absorb the pus. Another alternative is to get a teabag with salt or a slide of raw potato. It is best to keep it inside your mouth overnight.
- Brush your teeth. If you start to taste something weird, that is most probably the pus coming out. Brush your teeth immediately and do not swallow the pus. Gargle with salted water.
- Get rid of the pus. As much as you can, try to assist the pus from coming out of your gums by using your tongue and doing light strokes. The keyword here is the word “light”. Do not force it to come one and push too hard because the pus may set off to the bloodstream. This will cause the pus to spread even faster and cause more infection. Spit it immediately and gargle.
It is critical that you see a dentist immediately to avoid any further infection. The above steps may help ease the pain and swelling but they are not to be considered as substitute for professional care.