An abscessed tooth or dental abscess refers to a collection of pus that is localized and associated with a tooth. This can be due to broken teeth, tooth decay, extensive periodontal disease, or failed root canal treatment.
Individuals with an abscessed tooth often experience worsening pain that is sharp, shooting, or throbbing. The pain is often aggravated by warmth and pressure. Other associated symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and fever.
Treatment generally includes drainage of the abscess, antibiotics, and pain management. However, there are also some home remedies that may be helpful.
Home Remedy #1: Baking Soda
Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is a white solid crystalline that often appears as fine powder. It can be used as an antacid for the treatment of heartburn and indigestion. Intravenous sodium bicarbonate can also be useful in cases of acidosis. It can also help an abscess to drain, especially if used in combination with salt. Baking soda may also decrease the risk of further infection due to its antibacterial properties.
To use baking soda for an abscessed tooth, mix a tablespoon of baking soda (with or without a tablespoon of salt) in some water to form a paste. Apply it to the affected area using a cotton ball or swab and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.