Last Modified on Jun 20, 2014
Remedies to Treat or Cure a Stubborn Mouth Infection
Good oral health includes proper care of the tongue, teeth, and gums. However, even with the best of care, the mouth is an ideal place for infections to occur as it is warm, moist, wet, and filled with bacteria and viruses, as well as food to keep their colonies alive and thriving.
Infections can be as simple as canker sores and sore throats or as involved as tonnsilitis. Dental health is best maintained when the oral cavity's overal pH is kept above 5.5. Below that level, the process of remineralization of the teeth can't keep up with the effect of acids eating away at those same minerals.
A strong correlation has also been made between regular flossing and overall good health.
[YEA] 06/24/2007: "Re Fresh ginger and garlic: At dinner recently, eating a whole roasted fish, a small bone pierced the back of my mouth, above the throat. The next day I ahd a very sore throat on one side. It grew worse and my ear on the same side started to ache, as well as my scalp. I associated it with the fishbone... I was afraid that I had picked up an infection from the bone (and of course I'd Googled this possibility, too!). Not having the time to find a dcotor and have antibiotics prescribed,I started dosing myself with two thin slices of raw ginger every two hours. I also choppped fresh garlic and put salt on it to draw out the juice, then dabbed the juice directly on the little wound in my mouth. Within 16 hours the pain was gone, and the little red spot at the back of my throat has now disappeared (two days later). It could be coincidence, but I'm pretty convinced that the fresh, raw ginger and garlic with their antibiotic properties cured me."
[YEA] 11/26/2006: Norm from Willmar, MN: "I've been suffering for two months with a stubborn mouth infection, that don't seem to want to heal. It has now moved into my right tonsil. I've been taking two garlic and cayenne capsules every day for two weeks. The label says that two capsule contain 500 mg. of Cayenne Pepper, (40,000 heat units), along with, 1 g. of garlic, (10,000 ppm alicin potential). I haven't tried gargling anything, with the exception of a mixture of four drops each of tea tree oil, and oil of oregeno, in a small amount of water. I've been doing this for the last two weeks. I've also been putting a eyedropperful of Virginias Snake Oil in my mouth, three times per day. In my opinion, this infection is most likely a result of a case of mono, and a case of Hepatitis A, that I had several years ago. I've read articles to that effect. Do you have any suggestions, outside of gargling with Cayenne Pepper? Sincerely"Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Dear Norm: Garlic and cayenne pepper will not help that much. It would be more effective to kill them using oil pulling by sunflower oil with a drop or two of peppermint oil.
But the cause is the body's resistance to disease which is quite often zinc and the acid body pH. Take zinc acetate (or zinc gluconate, zinc citrate) 25 mg/day for 3-4 days and take 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 glass of water twice a day on empty stomach, once the morning and before bedtime. I have one person I recalled to be almost completely gone just taking zinc and baking soda in about 2-3 weeks. Avoid white flour, coke, fruit juices and coffee and all sweet food in my opinion is the most effective way to deal with it.
The cayenne pepper and garlic are irritants for the tonsils and those are not helpful even if they were used as a mouthwash. Anyway if I am desperate, I might mouthwash using potassium carbonate or sodium carbonate (washing soda) 1/2 teaspoon, 1/2 glass of water and no swallowing.
Those tonsils go away pretty quick next day, but it must be done in intervals of every 5 minutes about 10 times and it was gone the next day with the tonsil conditions. Of course in the distant past, amoxicillin have worked quite well, but the bugs are getting so resistant, that I just stopped using it many years ago and try for other methods. In my own experiments, using tea tree oil, cayenne pepper didn't get a cure and don't work that well compared to using the potassium carbonate/sodium carbonate mouthwash. Perhaps, sunflower with tea tree oil, peppermint oil doing oil pulling might help, but I still prefer pH control, zinc supplements and carbonate mouthwash. If you cannot get carbonates, just get baking soda, but you may have to do it more mouthwash since it is less alkaline."
04/25/2014: Juene from Chesterfield, Va.: "My 2 year old has what these so called doctors say is Herpetic gingivostomatitis. I've read that Acyclovir shortens the healing time. However I want a permanent solution for my son. My little man is miserable and not knowing what to do to help him is upsetting. Can you please help with ideas on what I can use to get him right. Thank you for your help."Replies
04/25/2014: Mama To Many from Tennessee replies: "Dear Juene,
So sorry your little guy is suffering!
Acyclovir is an anti-viral I believe? Coconut Oil (extra virgin cold pressed) is an amazing anti-viral. It turned my son's mono around in 36 hours (he had been very sick for weeks.) You could give him 1/2 teaspoon three times a day. If he lets it melt into his mouth before swallowing (it may be liquid at this time of year) the contact of the oil on the inflammation in the mouth would be good, too.
I have used turmeric successfully with my little ones. 1/8 teaspoon twice a day in some honey or applesauce.
Some clove oil might help with the pain. You can put a few drops into a Tablespoon of coconut oil and put it onto the sore parts a few times a day. Before meals may make eating easier since it numbs the mouth. Clove oil is in teething remedies. It is also good for infection. It is a kind of spicy but that feeling passes quickly. I have used it on children under a year old.
To keep his immune system working well you can give him vitamin C daily and also astragalus root powder daily. 1/8 teaspoon once or twice a day. It is very mild and yet effective. The powder can be mixed into applesauce or yogurt or put into oatmeal or something.
I hope he feels better soon. Let us know how he is doing.
~Mama to Many~"
02/26/2011: Jodie from Brisbane Qld, Australia: "Hi, I have severe infection in mouth. First I thought it was sinus infection as I also had headache on left side and used salt water up my nose, breathed in steam with eucalyptus oil, drank a little ACV, had some vitamin C and B Complex. This may have helped settle it, but I'm not sure. Headache has improved but swelling continues to worsen.Yesterday morning I could bearly talk or walk due to increased pain when doing so, but this has now settled. I've had to take panedol etc to get by. Top left side of my mouth (gum) is all swollen around the teeth and the left side of the roof of my mouth. It is very painful and to put pressure on my top back tooth with my tongue causes pain, The top back tooth does seem to be the seat of the pain. I also have some pain in bottom gum but not as bad as the top. I am not able to eat due to the roof of my mouth being so sore and am having coconut cream with raw egg drinks to get me by. I am breastfeeding. I can't get to doctor or dentist for a couple of days. I started oil pulling with coconut oil yesterday afternoon as I have been surching for remedy. Should I go to the hospital? I am concerned infection will get out of control? I don't take antibiotics but maybe I need to this time. Hoping for your opinion? (I cut out sugar (fructose) some months ago.
Many thanks, Jodie"
08/26/2011: Pam from Miami, Fl replies: "This could be a little dangerous for your baby if you are breastfeeding. It's better to see a doctor right away."
10/01/2011: Poncho from Queens, Ny replies: "When I eat spicy food it really iritates my cheeks inside my mouth along where my teeth meet on each side of my mouth. After going to the dentist he told me they would have to cut a piece send to a lab to find out what it was but he didn't feel it was anything serious. How do I get rid of the burning sensation when I eat? thanks"
10/31/2012: Caitlin from Santa Clarita, California replies: "Hi! I love this site!!! If I ever have a problem, I come here first!!
Recently I burned the roof of my mouth pretty badly. A day later it seemed to be healing just fine, however; I became very ill. I am recovering from my illness, but the roof of my mouth has yet to heal and now feels much worse.
It started out as feeling a little inflamed and now it feel like a large cut. It seems like there is a big scap on the top of my mouth where the ridges are. It is right behind my teeth on the left side. It is now spreading back further into my mouth. I was thinking about going to the docters but I would rather just use a natual cure instead. Help me please!"
10/31/2012: Olivia from Brooklyn, New York, Usa replies: "I would go to the doctor just to rule out an infection. When you know what you are dealing with, then you can pursue natural remedies."
10/31/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Caitlin, I would start taking large doses of vitamin c to help with infection, inflammation and to help with speed healing. If you can take lypospheric vitamin c that is even more effective. You can order it on Amazon. It's powerful stuff! Quite a few people have been writing about this here on EC. I learned of it from a doctor. He said it's as effective as Vitamin C IV therapy.
Also, do sea salt water rinses to help heal and prevent infection. It too, is a powerful remedy. It can be painful since you say it's like a cut but it's also extremely effective.
Hope this helps. Lisa"