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Generally, there are three types of tooth infection: those centered in the gum, the surrounding bone or the inner cavity. Dental infections are not only painful, but dangerous. If the bacteria is allowed to grow unchecked, it can cause tooth loss, facial deformation, blood poisoning and even death. In serious cases, seeking the advice of a dental professional is always ideal. However, there are certain measures you can take to either heal or significantly reduce the severity of your infected tooth.

Brush your teeth. Brushing removes corrosive plague from your teeth and gums prior to treatment. Harmful bacteria, if not removed, can seep back into the tissue, re-infecting the healed area. Use a circular stroke, brushing small areas at a time. Brushing from side to side can actually weaken your gum line and tear down enamel that protects the delicate inner tissue.

Administer several drops of clove oil to the infected area. Oil of cloves has an anesthetic property that numbs the pain associated with an infected tooth. It also contains antiseptic agents that help stop the spread of harmful bacteria.

Make a plantain compress. Do this by gently chewing a fresh plantain leaf and then applying it to the contaminated region. Plantain can draw infected material out from the gum; crushing the leaf activates this property.

Supplement your diet with vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium and magnesium. These vitamins and minerals help to fortify the teeth and prevent infection from reoccurring.


Minimize your intake of carbonated drinks and sugars. These items are highly acidic and breakdown enamel when left on the teeth.


An infection that causes severe pain, or has spread throughout the face, jaw and head, should be diagnosed and treated by a licensed dental professional.