The Potato Remedy for Tooth Abscess
Home remedies and treatments for abscessed teeth are abundant in online forums and groups. A number of things, from oils to
The Potato Tooth Abscess Remedy
The potato remedy for tooth abscess states that a slice of raw, plain, white potato placed against an abscess and left there will help drain the pus and reduce the swelling from the abscess. The remedy claims that the potato should be left on the abscessed area for at least one hour, and could be left on overnight. This process could be done just once, or it could be done as needed. The potato could also be put into a warm poultice (a soft, damp, and usually warm application that often consists of herbs or other substances. The ingredients are placed in between layers of cloth and applied to the irritated area). This gives added heat to help draw out inflammation faster. When the slice of potato is pulled off of the inflamed area, there may be discoloration from the pus that has been drawn out. The swelling should also have reduced significantly. This will often lead to less pain.
How does the Potato Remedy Work
Many of the potato remedies that have been passed along do not state why the potato works in these ways. Interestingly, potato does seem to have some mixed properties that can be considered antiseptic and help accelerate healing. The alkaline nature of potato juice tends to have an antiseptic effect on abscesses. It can clean the infected area. The acidic property of the potato pulp will help slough off of dead cells and infected material. These two processes together tend to make potato an effective cleanser for an infected area. Once the area is cleaned and drained, the abscess can be covered for prevention of further irritation.
A potato’s potassium content also plays a role in healing an abscess. Many people do not realize that the potato has as much potassium (if not more) than a banana peel. The potassium received from a potato can do several things in the body. It creates chemical reactions within cells, and helps regulate nutrient transport to those cells. It also works with magnesium to prevent blood from becoming too acidic; thus, preventing leaching of calcium from the bones. Potassium is also important for proper nerve healing and function. With enough potassium, the nerves and cells can repair and begin to function properly.
How A Dentist Treats a Tooth Abscess
Potato can be an effective home treatment for tooth abscess. Typically a dentist will recommend a root canal, or extraction for a tooth abscess.