A tooth abscess, canker sores, inflammation of the gums and build-up of oral bacteria can cause mouth infections. You can make a number of preparations at home to help prevent mouth infections. Before using herbal preparations, you should consult your doctor.
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Signs that you have a mouth infection include, tooth abscess, inflamed gums and inner cheeks, and most commonly, canker sores. Mouth infections can be caused by anxiety, poor nutrition, and smoking, which all put stress on the immune system. Gum diseases increase the amount of bacteria in the mouth, which can also lead to infections.
According to Herbs 2000, a daily mouthwash made from lemon balm extract helps eliminate oral bacteria. Lemon balm features antiseptic and antiviral properties, and can help prevent sores in the mouth and inflamed gums. You can add five drops of oil to your regular mouthwash, or apply it directly to the affected area.
According to Holistic Online, myrrh has been a popular remedies for mouth infections for centuries. Powdered myrrh is rich in tannins, which makes it good for reducing inflammation. You can dissolve 200mg to 300mg of myrrh powder in warm water or add 4 mL of myrrh tincture to a glass of water and rinse the mouth for two to 3 minutes. This should be done two or three times a day when you brush
Goldenseal has been on old-time favorite in Europe and the United States for treating and preventing infection. It has astringent and antibacterial properties and kills some infections, while reducing inflammation. Holistic Online recommends adding 2 tsp. of dried herb to a cup of boiling water. Allow it to steep for 15 minutes and strain. Rinse your mouth two or three times each day with the tea.
Baking soda has been used for centuries as a cure for many ills. It is beneficial for mouth sores because it reduces inflammation and kills bacteria. According to Health-911, you can dab baking soda straight onto the afflicted area, or dissolve 1 tsp. into a cup of warm water and use as a mouthwash.