Understanding Tooth Infections
There are different types of infections so this description may not include the type of infection that you have. The phases of a tooth infection are:
- Redness and swelling in the gums above the tooth.
- Bumps or an additional swollen spot in gum above the tooth.
- Small white ball of pus forming.
- Large ball of pus in gum.
- Swelling in face and neck.
- Fever and severe swelling in face, neck and other parts of the body.
You can easily tell if you have an infection based upon the amount of pain you feel. Swelling and severe pain means a tooth infection. The infection can progress or regress through the different stages. When the infection is not visible, and cannot be seen on the x-ray, then the infection is gone from the perspective of requiring a dental treatment on a tooth. The infection still may linger hidden, but to effect a complete resolution of the infection would require herbs, diet, homeopathy and/or manual therapies.
Tooth Infection Topical Treatments
The odds of curing tooth infections greatly increase when using supplemental herbal treatments.
- Plantain-Place fresh, bruised plantain leaf directly on the infected and swollen area. Wild plantain is the best choice. To use plantain, chew it up and then place it on the inflamed area. Plantain has the action of pulling out dead and diseased material.
- Echinacea Tincture-Place tincture of echinacea on the inflamed area. Echinacea has the ability to help heal infections. Also, it can be taken internally as described on the bottle.
- Potato for Abscess-Place a slice of plain, white raw potato against the abscess, and leave in place for several hours.