Natural Antibiotics:Solutions for your Toothy Troubles

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 30, 2013

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  • Plant based compounds are the best source of treatment for teeth infections.
  • Essential oils, Echinacea and other topics treatments can help fight tooth infections.
  • Some plant-based compounds when taken to treat infections can irritate gastrointestinal tract.
  • Although, natural remedies for infections may work to an extent, medical care is intrinsic.

An achy tooth can send us flying around the house for a quick fix and nothing, we repeat, nothing else seems as important as getting the ache some care.

Natural antibiotics for teeth infectionDental infections are caused when cavities that are left untreated dig deep into the interior of the tooth causing immense pain or when a person develops periodontal disease wherein bacteria build-up in large numbers at the base of the teeth. While you may have the problems addressed at the doctor’s clinic, you will be told to take home a few antibiotics to treat the infection. If the tooth starts to ache in the middle of the night and you have nothing significant to do to help yourself get a good night’s sleep, the best you can do is use natural treatments in the form of antibiotics to delay your time to avail definitive care.


Topical Treatments

Some of the best home based treatments for teeth infections are plant-based compounds. Some of these, however, must not be used as they can cause problems to the gastrointestinal tract. In such cases, you could take a pea size of these compounds and use them as topical agents. Clove oil or tea tree oil may be applied to the affected area of the tooth with the help of a cotton swab. The author of Jude’s Herbal Home Remedies, Jude Williams, says that inserting a piece of garlic into a cavity that has not been treated since a long time and has been infection can help one to treat it. It is important that whatever topical agent you use is reused or freshened as per convenience. Moreover, none of the topical approaches of soothing tooth infections is reliable or scientifically proven.


Use of Essential Oils

Considering that plants have to protect themselves from infections, they are special defense mechanisms that help them to protect themselves. Essential oils that are based out of plants have several aromatic compounds that have antifungal, antibacterial as well as antiviral properties. Besides, these essential oils taste bitter and give out strong odour, causing the insects to undergo damage and experience reduced browsing. You could reduce the infection by taking one of the essential oils.



In the book The Healing Power of Herbs, Michael Murray says that Echinacea can help one fight infection of the tooth and reduce inflammation that occurs along with it. Echinacea is concerned to be a natural antibiotic that can help one battle any/all of the dental infections. The best way to take Echinacea is to make tea and gargle the herb with it at least three to four times in a day. Echinacea also comes in capsules that you can take orally.


Precautions to Take

While you may think temporary relief from pain is an answer to your tooth infection, remind yourself that such plant-based extracts disguised as medication for your toothy troubles does not work as well as prescription antibiotics do and it is therefore, important that you make an appointment with your dentist at the next dawn. If you have already received your copy of the prescription letter, make sure that you avoid using essential oils or other such plant-based remedies to treat your infection.

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