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How Reduce Abscess Swelling

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: March 1, 2017
How Reduce Abscess Swelling

An abscess or tooth abscess is an accumulation of pus which occurs due to a bacterial infection in the root of the tooth or molar. Typically, this condition is a direct result of a cavity that has not been treated, periodontal disease or trauma. Whatever its origin, the main thing to do is to see a dentist as soon as possible to treat and prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth and body. If you also want to know how you can reduce the swelling that causes tooth abscess and pain, keep reading this OneHowTo.com article on how to reduce abscess swelling.

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The symptoms leading to alert you of the existence of a abscess or tooth abscess between others are: intense, throbbing pain, swelling of the face in area affected by the abscess, swollen gums, bad breath and bad taste in the mouth, tooth sensitivity, malaise and fever. If you have most of these symptoms, it is essential to see a specialist or dentist, as it will be necessary to initiate antibiotic or other treatment according to each particular case.


Besides medical treatment, it is possible to reduce abscess swelling discomfort and pain with some natural remedies you can implement at home easily. One of the most effective ways to reduce abscess swelling and relieve pain is to put an ice pack on the affected area of the face. You must cover the bag with a rag or cloth so you the ice pack is not in direct contact with your skin which can cause burns.

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Chamomile is a herb with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that is traditionally used to relieve toothaches and treat other conditions such as oral ulcers. It can also be very effective in reducing the swelling caused by an abscess and to this end, drinking chamomile tea mixed with a little lemon juice is recommended. Just prepare the tea, add the juice of half a lemon and take either first thing in the morning or just before bedtime. You will notice a big improvement!

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To encourage the disinfection of the area and soothe the discomfort, wash your mouth out with water and salt, this can be very comforting. Heat a cup of water, add a tablespoon of salt and, when warm, use it as a rinse keeping it in the mouth for a few seconds. If you prefer, instead of salt, you can add some baking soda, which is also effective against bacteria that causes this condition.

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Just like chamomile, sage is one of the best teas that you can drink to reduce gumboil inflammation and recover from this oral condition when possible. See our article on how to prepare an infusion of sage so see what else you could use sage for.

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Besides these natural treatments for gumboil inflammation, do not forget the importance of conducting deep oral hygiene every day to prevent bacteria from growing and multiplying. You should brush your teeth after every meal and supplement this with flossing and a good mouthwash.

And to prevent infection and the development of an abscess, it is essential to immediately go to the dentist when you see that you have cavities and that dental checkups are regularly performed.

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This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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