Did you know your mouth is home to about 700 species of bacteria and fungi? Pretty gross, right?

That’s why it’s so important to keep your mouth clean! If you don’t, you may be at risk for oral infection. This could be something as simple as a cavity or something more serious like gum disease.

Treating oral infection symptoms as soon as they come about is crucial to keeping your mouth clean of bad bacteria!

Read on to learn what to do if you have signs of an oral infection.

Symptoms of an Oral Infection

If you start to notice things in your mouth that don’t feel quite normal, they probably aren’t. Here are a few signs and symptoms to look out for if you believe you have an oral infection.

Dental Emergencies

  • Recurring bad breath even after brushing your teeth
  • Painful teeth and gums
  • Pain in your jaw
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Sores in the mouth
  • Bleeding from your gums

Any of these can be a sign of oral infection, but you may not know which type of infection. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist if you notice these symptoms.

Home Remedies for Relief

The first thing you will want to do is make sure you provide relief for the pain you are feeling if you cannot get to a dentist right away. As a reminder, these remedies are temporary and should not replace seeing a professional!

Rinse With Saltwater

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Rinsing with saltwater creates a sterile rinse to get rid of any excess bad bacteria that is in your mouth. Swish the saltwater around for a few seconds before spitting it out.

You can do this several times a day to help.

Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda toothpaste is a great way to relieve any sensitivity that a tooth may be feeling.

Mix 1/2 cup of water with 1/2 of a tablespoon of baking soda and add a bit of salt. Swish around in your mouth similar to what you would do with a saltwater rinse.


Just as you would ice another part of your body that may be injured, you can do the same thing for your mouth. Typically, you would apply a cold compress to the outside of your jaw where you are feeling the most pain.

See a Professional

Signs it's Time For a Dental Checkup

If you are noticing pain or any other symptoms of an oral bacterial infection, seeing a dentist is the smarter thing to do.

When you suspect that something is wrong, that is not the only time of when to see a dentist. You should also schedule regular cleanings every six months to make sure your mouth stays clean!

What to Do If You Suspect You Have an Oral Infection

It is not uncommon to have an oral infection, but it is not something you want to forget about and ignore. You should do something about it.

Practicing these home remedies and going to the dentist are two ways to help relieve you from the pain or oral infection symptoms you may have.

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