How Teeth Become Infected
What To Do When You Have An Infected Tooth
The spread of this infection has been directly linked to heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and numerous other serious conditions. At Love Your Smile Today it is our goal to help you achieve optimal overall health. Signs of oral infection can be bleeding gums that are puffy or red, foul odor, tenderness, or pain.
When you suspect an infected tooth, there are a few home remedies you can try. These remedies are temporary. You should make an appointment with a dentist as soon as you feel severe pain. To ease the pain immediately, you can take over-the-counter medications such as Advil, Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Other temporary remedies are salt water (saline) rinses, swishing your mouth with a baking soda paste (1/2 tbsp baking soda with 1/2 cup water and a touch of salt) and cold (ice pack) compress for 15 minute intervals. Again, these are temporary measure for relief of pain and will not solve the problem. Your safest bet is to see a dentist as soon as possible.