Tooth abscess is a collection of pus around the tissues that surround the tooth. As a consequence to bacterial infection, the bone surrounding the tooth softens and forms an abscess. The condition is characterized by shooting and intense pain, making eating extremely difficult.
Causes And Symptoms Of Tooth Abscess
Here are some common causes associated with formation of tooth abscess,
- The commonest cause is tooth decay.
- Injury or trauma to the tooth is another important cause
- Gum diseases and inflammations of the gums triggers abscess formation.
- Disorder of the salivary gland is also responsible for tooth abscess.
- Individuals who have a dry mouth are likely to develop tooth abscess, since, a dry mouth causes cavities.
These issues cause openings in the enamel of the tooth, which encourages the bacteria to multiply and infect the center of the tooth. The bacterial infection then spreads from the root of the tooth to the bones that support the tooth.
Tooth Abscess Symptoms
Tooth abscesses are manifested as:
- Constant toothache is the commonest manifestation. The pain is excruciating and throbbing.
- Pain while chewing food.
- Extreme sensitivity to hot and cold foods.
- Fever which may be associated with weakness and malaise.
- Offensive breath which may be associated with bitter or foul taste in the mouth.
- Swollen glands in the neck.
- Upper or lower jaw becomes swollen.
- Redness and swelling of the gums.
- The affected tooth turns pink / gray.
- Yellow – creamy colored pus, and bleeding.
Natural Remedies For Dental Abscess
Here are some simple remedies that can help in management of tooth abscess,
- Cold compress: place a cold compress over the painful area, it reduces the pain, discomfort and swelling significantly. Apply ice for 15 minutes, several times during the day.
- Lukewarm saline water: warm water helps the oral cavity to relax and the salt acts like an anti-septic that effectively combats the infection. Gargle with lukewarm salt water; it eases the discomfort appreciably.
- Baking soda: if the abscess hasn’t erupted, then take a cotton swab, and dip it in a blend of 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of salt. Rub the cotton swab over the gums, pressing the abscessed tooth hard.
- Tea bag: Sprinkle salt over a dry tea bag and then place the tea bag next to the infected tooth. Leave it in the mouth for 1 hour. The tea bag draws out the infection.
- Tea tree essential oil: tea tree oil is an excellent anti bacterial agent. It is the most medicinal of all the essential oils. Add 5 drops of tea tree to a glass of water and gargle at least 5 times a day.
- Clove oil: clove oil too, is a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal; also it is a potent anesthetic. It ameliorates the pain almost instantaneously. Add a drop of clove oil to a cotton swab, and place the cotton swab over the infected tooth.