Tooth Infections / Tooth Decay
First it is important to identify whether your tooth is infected. Generally, swelling beyond just the gums, or pus filled areas on your gum indicate a tooth infection. Just gum swelling without pus may indicate a gum infection.
- Consumption of sugary, starchy or acidic foods or beverages: Tooth-decaying oral bacteria utilize sugars (glucose, sucrose, fructose, lactose or cooked starches) as their food source. They digest these sugars producing acids as waste products. These harmful acids are produced within minutes after eating or drinking. The bacteria thrive on sugary or starchy food items resulting in infections.
- Poor oral hygiene. Please refer to this page for proper dental care.
- Sensitivity to chemicals and additives in commercial toothpastes or mouthwashes.
Common symptoms of an infected tooth are:
- a tooth ache - either constant or when chewing
- a very noticeable heat and cold sensitivity
- potentially swelling
- potentially a bad or bitter taste in your mouth
- small pockets of puss along the gum line
- bad / foul-smelling breath
- general discomfort, uneasiness or ill feeling
- In advanced cases:
- swollen glands of the neck
- swollen area of the upper or lower jaw
Prevention & Keeping Your Teeth Healthy
Good oral hygiene and proper nutrition are key for maintaining a healthy mouth. Click here to find out how to keep your teeth strong and free from infections.
Sensitivity to the chemicals / harmful additives found in commercial toothpastes or mouthwashes can cause tooth infections and gum inflammations. Oftentimes changing to a different (less toxic) brand will resolve the problems. Click here for healthier choices. These preventative steps outlined on that page will also be important for the healing process
Decayed and infected teeth are best prevented. Even if you do get an infection, there are things you can do to heal yourself. Please refer to the below.
Alternative (Home) Treatments for Tooth Infections
- Plantain is an astringent, soothing and anti-inflammatory plant that pulls toxins out of the body. Grind or mince a fresh plantain plant and placing it on and around the infected area. Fresh plantain is best. Dried plantain is less effective. This paste should be replaced frequently and can be left on overnight. Many report that this cured their infected tooth often overnight.
- Golden Seal Powder placed on the tooth or adjacent tooth tissue may help heal or minimize infections and gum disease symptoms
- Powdered White Oak Bark - historically used for bleeding gums and to tighten gum tissue around loose teeth. Also relieves tooth infections. ...Dr. Moffat reported in an article a patient with bleeding, infected gums, including pus coming out of the gums. The patient's dentist recommended gum surgery. However, the patient healed his gum inflammation in two months using white oak bark powder. There are various ways to use it ...
- Make a strong tea of White Oak bark and swish around mouth and gums for at least one minute, 3 times daily
- Use in a mouth wash (2 droppers of White Oak Bark tincture to 1 ounce of purified water) - pull through your teeth and swish around for a minute or two
- Sprinkle finely powdered White Oak bark on your toothbrush; gently brushing your teeth and the gumline.
- Make a paste of White Oak Bark and water and place on the affected area.
- Myrrh gum powder has been reported to clear up long-standing tooth and gum infection. It is one of the best treatments for mouth ulcers, gingivitis and bleeding or spongy gums. This is due to its antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and antiphlogistic properties.
You can also purchase the ingredients separately and mix together yourself. These botanicals reduce inflammation, stop bleeding gums and tighten the surrounding gum tissue. Best added to your water pik - place 4 to 6 full droppers of the formula into a water pick reservoir along with warm water. If done daily you should notice gum bleeding halts within 1 week. Alternatively, you can add 2 full droppers to 2 ounces of water and rinse your mouth thoroughly by swishing and straining the solution through your teeth. This formula can also be massaged directly, full strength, into the gums using a cotton swab. Add a drop or two to your toothbrush.
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