An untreated abscessed tooth can lead to excruciating pain, inflammation, tooth loss and death

There are many cases that show ignoring an abscessed tooth is not the best idea because, in the worst case scenario, it can lead to you losing your life. Deamont Driver, a 12-year old boy from Maryland, died when bacteria from an abscessed tooth made its way into his brain. He underwent two brain operations which cost $250,000, but if he had his tooth removed earlier on, for just $80, he would have survived.

So while a tooth pain may not seem like much in the beginning, don’t give it the chance to develop into something far more deadly. You could lose way more than just a tooth.

The most common symptoms of an abscessed tooth include sharp toothaches and throbbing pains

People with an abscessed tooth also experience discomfort when chewing food, the cheeks swell, the gums become sore, the ability to taste food is diminished, and they have a bad breath. Other signs also include a difficulty in swallowing food and fevers.

If any of these symptoms seem familiar to you, we recommend that you book an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime, for fast relief, you can try out some easy home remedies.

Even your dentist will recommend this remedy!

Pour ½ teaspoon of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth with the mixture 3-4 times each day. Salt contains fantastic antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it can prevent further infections and help to ease the inflammation.

Apple cider vinegar is a disinfectant that contains anti-inflammatory properties which help to soothe the pain

Swish one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in your mouth for five minutes before spitting out. Rinse your mouth using warm water and repeat the process no more than four times daily.

Potatoes are acidic, meaning they can expel toxins and dead cells from your teeth

Put a slice of raw potato against the abscessed tooth and keep it there for at least 30 minutes – some people keep it there overnight for even better results – either way, once you take the slice off the affected area, you should notice some discoloration. This is where the potato has removed the toxins from the tooth.

Scheduling an appointment with your dentist is imperative to ensure the best treatment possible

While these remedies are useful to help alleviate some of the symptoms (such as inflammation or pain) and reduce bacteria and toxins from the tooth, they should not replace getting treatment from your dentist. These home remedies are simply a way to prevent the abscess from spreading and becoming worse until you are able to see your dentist.