In performing their function of grinding food and preventing thousands of foreign bodies from entering the body, the teeth are constantly exposed to micro-organisms. Tooth abscess is thus, a very common and painful complaint.
In tooth abscess, harmful bacteria (and sometimes other micro-organisms) try to enter the bone and tissue structure surrounding the teeth and as a defense reaction, the body develops pus around the affected area to contain the spread of germs. Abscess can form around tooth and gum tissues, or it may even enter the inner tooth pulp. In case of prolonged abscess, the bone and tissue structure may get affected as well and the abscess may further go on to affect the other parts of the body too.
Bad tooth care, tooth injury and presence of mouth infections have been linked to the spread of abscess.
Abscess usually starts with dull, throbbing pains in the affected tooth area. Chewing food with the affected part or applying pressure to it might be severely painful. If the spread of abscess is unchecked, other parts of the face may get affected, which might cause facial swelling and fever. People who suffer from abscess repeatedly might not notice the symptoms in the beginning.
Treatment of abscess
If abscess has reached a severe condition, or the gum structure is so badly affected that the tooth has been affected, then root canal surgery or tooth extraction is immediately required. However, a few healthy practices, if adopted regularly, can make sure that your teeth don’t get affected in the first place.
A lot of natural foods and preparations are renowned for relieving the teeth of pus, swelling and pain. Some notable examples include clover oil (which can be applied on the affected area daily), coconut oil, and activated charcoal. Green and herbal teas maintain the pH balance of the mouth and kill the spreading micro-organisms.
Regular brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning after meals have to be converted into a persistent habit. Brush slowly, and at an angle, especially around the interior areas of the teeth. If you consume a lot of sugary or refined foods, it’s best to brush immediately to avoid food particles from getting stuck inside the teeth.
A good herbal toothpaste containing a mixture of herbs which relieve abscess swelling, is especially recommended for daily brushing. For example, Herbodent Toothpaste contains cardamom, coriander, ginger, eucalyptus, acacia etc. These plants are known for their pain-relieving properties. Regular use of a herbal toothpaste can also prevent the formation of cavities in teeth.