An infection that develops between the tooth and the gum is called an abscess. The symptoms of the abscess are swelling in the mouth, pain, bleeding to some extent a bad taste in the mouth and fever.
The best help can be acquired by a dentist; however, if you are not able to get an appointment immediately then there are a few things that you can do at home to ease the pain to some extent.
Tips To Treat An Abscessed Tooth
You must gargle your mouth with warm water and salt. The salt helps to get rid of the bacteria and prevents the spread of the infection. Do this several times a day and after meals is a must. It helps to get rid of the foul taste in your mouth as well.
Apply a cold compress to the area along your neck and jaw line. This helps to reduce the pain and decreases the swelling in the jaw and along your neckline. An ice pack works best in this case. Avoid a warm compress as it will increase the bleeding.
Do not eat spicy foods as it will aggravate the pain and increase the swelling. Avoid drinking hot drinks like tea and coffee till after you have gotten medical help. Drink plenty of water as you need to keep your body hydrated, especially if the area is bleeding.
Do not avoid the pain or the tooth with the hope that it will disappear. There are very few chances that that will happen.
You can also try a few herbal remedies. Boil a cup of water with 3 to 4 cloves and a piece of ginger. Boil the water till it becomes half of the content. It will turn light brown.
Now let the water cool and use this to gargle your mouth. You may also use clove oil in the area however I do not recommend it if the tooth is bleeding. Do not rinse your mouth with mouthwash either as it may aggravate the pain.
If you are unable to see a dentist and the pain is unbearable then you must go to the emergency room. They will be able to prescribe a few painkillers. Do not buy any over the counter as they may have negative effects.