How Can I Get Rid of a Tooth Infection?

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How Can I Get Rid of a Tooth Infection?
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A bacterial infection inside a tooth can cause an abscess, manifesting itself as pus in the tooth. A cracked or chipped tooth or an untreated cavity can cause the infection by allowing bacteria to invade the inner parts of the tooth. Persistent tooth pain and sensitivity to cold and hot, as well as to chewing and biting motions, are common in people suffering from tooth infection. Tooth infection can cause fever, swelling in the face, swollen lymph nodes and foul-smelling fluid in the mouth. The pus needs to be removed to get rid of the infection.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Have a root canal if one is recommended by your dentist. He or she will drill the diseased tooth to remove the infected central tissue, and will then drain the abscess. The cavity will be filled and the tooth capped with a gold or porcelain covering. Root canal treatment gives you the advantage of removing the infection without losing your tooth.

  2. 2

    Get the infected tooth extracted by your dentist to get rid of infection. Your dentist will pull the infected tooth and drain the abscess to remove infection. Extraction is usually performed if your dentist feels it is not possible to remove the infection without losing your tooth.

  3. 3

    Get rid of tooth infection by preventing its spread to other areas of the body. Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to arrest the spread of infection.

  4. 4

    Use easy remedies such as warm saltwater rinses and painkillers to ease the discomfort after treatment as instructed by your dentist. The antibacterial properties of salt help fight infection.

  5. 5

    Control tooth infection with good dental hygiene. Brush twice with fluoride toothpaste daily and use a dental floss to clean in-between teeth. Buy a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Limit high-sugar foods. Visit your dentist regularly for periodic checkups and professional dental cleanings.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a fluoride mouth rinse for extra protection.
  • Visit a doctor immediately if you experience fever and a swollen face. These symptoms could indicate that the infection has invaded other body parts.

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