Q: Grandma, I had a tooth extracted a week ago and it has a little bit of infection. The antibiotics are not working yet and the pain is almost unbearable. Can you suggest anything to relieve my pain?
A: Dear A, A tooth infection can put your life in unbearable agony. It’s one of those things that can bring you so much pain and until you do something about it, it’s almost impossible to sleep and eat comfortably again. An infected tooth may not just be excruciatingly painful, but it may also lead to more serious health problems. No one really enjoys the intense shock of electricity brought about by a painful, infected tooth. The great news is that there are home remedies for tooth infection that can effectively help ease this painful condition if antibiotics seem to be not working yet.
HOME REMEDIES FOR TOOTH INFECTION
1. Salt Water Gargle – For thousands of years, salt has been used as a natural food preservative for its ability to kill bacteria. Similarly, this is the reason why up to this day, it is still recommended as a natural remedy for wounds and infections, including tooth infection. What makes salt such an effective anti-bacterial agent is its ability to draw water from bacteria (through a process called “osmosis”), causing the bacteria shrink and die. Simply make a salt solution by mixing a teaspoon of salt and a glass of water. Rinse your mouth using the solution for around 20 to 30 seconds before spitting out. 
2. Ice compress and ice cold mouth rinse – If your toothache is due to an infection (and not hypersensitivity), then this intervention may work well for you. Ice has the ability to numb the painful area by interrupting the pain signals the nerve cells transmit to the brain. This has three effects on your tooth: gives temporary relief, reduces swelling, and relieves inflammation that arises from infection. 
3. Garlic clove – The antiseptic properties of garlic have already been proven for centuries. As a matter of fact, garlic has been used by the ancient Egyptians, Romans and Greeks for medicinal purposes since 3,000 BC. Allicin is what makes garlic a potent antibacterial agent and a natural anesthetic. This compound is released from the garlic once crushed, giving pain relief to the affected area it is applied to. 
4. Onion – Just like garlic, onion is recognized by the World Health Organization as a natural antiseptic. Simply place a piece of onion to the affected tooth. Leave on the tooth for about 30 minutes to help kill bacteria and provide pain relief. 
5. Ginger root – Ginger is well known for being one of the world’s most important spices. Aside from aiding in digestion, lowering the levels of “bad” cholesterol, and lowering blood pressure, ginger is also effective in fighting tooth infection either in its raw or powdered form. For easy pain relief, simply take a fresh piece of ginger and chew it a bit. 
6. Tea tree oil – Yet another effective home remedy for tooth infection is tea tree oil. The best thing about tea tree oil is its ability to penetrate deep into the infected tissue affecting the tooth. Make a tea tree oil solution by adding three drops of tea tree oil to a glass of water. Use it as a mouthwash and follow it with a solution of lukewarm salt water.