How to reduce swelling tooth infection?

We all know that tooth pain can be unbearable. It’s the kind of pain that makes you want to rip your own tooth out. But sometimes, it’s not just the pain – it’s the swelling too. A swollen tooth infection is no joke! Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of ways to reduce swelling caused by a tooth infection.

What Causes Tooth Infections and Swelling?

Before diving into how to reduce swelling, let’s briefly discuss what causes these pesky infections in the first place. Essentially, bacteria are able to penetrate through weak spots or exposed parts of your teeth (helloooo cavities) and into your dental pulp – where all those nerve endings live.

Once inside the pulp, that bacteria will start wreaking havoc and irritate those nerves like nobody’s business; causing inflammation which then leads to: swollen gums, throbbing jaw pain… AND YUP – SWELLING.

So – in essence- if we want less of one…we have got ta handle ’em both!

Home Remedies You Can Use Right Now

First things first; before heading off to see Dr. Feelgood (your dentist), there ARE some at-home remedies you can try on yourself:

Salt Water Rinse

This may seem like an old wives’ tale but so what?!

Rinsing with warm salt water 2-3x a day helps dehydrate some of those nasty microorganisms stuck in between present crevices within sight as well as reduces inflamed tissue within minutes.

Cold Compresses

Hardly rocket science-y but effective nonetheless – this really needs no explanation: Wrap ice pack around infected area therefore temporarily reducing inflammation by constricting blood vessels in affected areas thus taking down swelly-mc-swollface quite effectively (you’re welcome)….

You can also use tea bags soaked in cold water or something similar.


Garlic has some antimicrobial properties that can slow down the proliferation of bacteria. This, coupled with its anti-inflammatory qualities makes it an attractive proposition for reducing swollen areas (hint hint – put a piece next to the site of inflammation.

A touch pungent…but try rubbing garlic oil directly on inflamed area and hold- out least 10 minutes before rinse-away.

Over-the-Counter Medicine Has Your Back

If home remedies don’t seem to do the trick…don’t worry! You’ve still got options:


It’s no secret: painkillers containing acetaminophen are useful against mild to moderate toothache symptoms because they offer a reduction tissue swelling as well as tenderness within flashing-neon-sign-bright-fever-pitch speeds significantly impacting your mood and quality-of-life – this wonderful little pill can even be found over-the-counter at most pharmacies!


Now listen here – everyone knows about ibuprofen; but did you know there are other nonsteroidal medications which arguably trump Ibuprofen’s ability to help reduce inflammation?

Few examples high lighting natural COX2 inhibition under ‘class’:

  • Naproxen
  • Piroxicam
  • Diclofenac

(You’re welcome.)

As always though guys, make sure you consult your dentist or doc before prescribing yourself medication especially if you have any other pre-existing conditions such as allergies, dietary limitations etc because aren’t we all looking forward hearing juicy horror stories .

Timeless Tips That Will Keep You Covered Year-Round

To make sure future swell does not torment us again in seemingly endless decay journey; there’re few timeless tips:

  1. Brushing daily is key! This means twice-a-day….with fluoride-protected paste!

  2. Floss too! Doing both ensures you’re getting rid of any icky bugs recently deposited waiting to take up camp at the nearest convenient orifice.

  3. Start swishing salt water solution daily, it’s a great way to make sure there’s no buildup within gums trying desperately exploit unknown, hidden areas in our weaponry-filled mouth.

  4. Use a soft-bristled brush! This is absolute key because those hard(er)-bristled brushes can inflame sensitive tissue and potentially lead to further swelling away from initial inflammation area.

  5. Get regular cleanings with your dentist every six months for cleaning – this will help avoid infections altogether!

When Should You See A Professional?

The tips/ideas mentioned about may prove valuable and effective…. but at times we need some professional guidance:


If have a severe infection (yup – that’ total pus-domination territory) that just won’t go away…wake-up call right here -it’s time see dental pro.

Constant Pain

Still experiencing pain…even after adopting natural treatments AND proper oral hygiene? Again people… Forthcoming appointment with profesh’

(Probably goes without saying: never put off seeing whomever needs attention when interfering activities is evidently not an option)


And bingo bango folks! There’e everything ya’ll need ta know bout reducing toothache-swelling via means of home remedies and over-the-counter medication…

Of course though bear in mind nifty tricks are temporary solutions as opposed long-term cure being taking care of one’s teeth by following timely regimen OR reaching out dental masterminds whenever things seem off on street corner gum-itis avenue clogging up traffic flow :/

##########End Note

P.S.:I mean it guys; don’t try diagnosing yourself / ingesting random pills like candy even if Dr.Google says its safe (Not today Satan).

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