Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Activated Charcoal
- Alpha Lipoic Acid
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
- Baking Soda, Peroxide, Oil Pulling
- Bee Propolis
- Bentonite Clay
- Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin C
- Cell Salts, Flower Remedies
- Clove Oil, Peroxide
- Coconut Oil
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, DMSO
- Dental Abscess Remedies
- Dental Treatment
- Dietary Changes, Multiple Remedies
- Echinacea, Goldenseal
- Eucalyptus Tea Bags
- Garlic, Chocolate
- Garlic, Cloves
- Garlic, Hydrogen Peroxide
- Garlic, Tea Bags
- Garlic, Teabag, Hydrogen Peroxide, Turmeric
- Garlic, Turmeric
- Garlic-Infused Yogurt
- General Feedback
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda
- Hydrogen Peroxide, Glue
- Multiple Remedies
- Oil of Oregano
- Oil Pulling
- Oil Pulling, Castor Oil
- Oil Pulling, Garlic
- Oil Pulling, Turmeric, Garlic
- Olive Leaf
- Olive Oil, Clove Oil, Charcoal
- Over the Counter
- Peppermint Oil
- Pyrogenium (Homeopathic Remedy)
- Raw Tomatoes and Cheese
- Red Clover Tea
- Salt Rinse, Clove Oil, Garlic, or Hydrogen Peroxide
- Sea Salt and Ice Packs
- Sesame Oil, Clove Oil, Charcoal
- Tea Bag
- Tea Tree Oil
- Ted's Remedies
- Tooth Abscess Remedies
- Tooth Abscess Warnings
- Turmeric, Cayenne
- Turmeric, Clove Oil
- Turmeric, Salt, Clove, Garlic
- Warm Salt Water
[NAY] 09/17/2013: Kelli from Atlanta, Ga: "Garlic totally did NOT work for me... As a matter fact it made my symptoms worse... I eventually had to go to the dentist to get treated properly. I had an abcess and applied the garlic to the infected area, hoping to ease the pain and get rid of the infection, however when I woke up a couple hours later my jaw was so swollen. I eventually made my way to the dentist where I'm on amoxicillin and pain meds, although I'm still in pain, glad to know that I got something I know will work... Guess it just depends on the individual.."
[YEA] 02/23/2013: Phil from Manchester, United Kingdom: "Well, all I can say is this site has seriously saved me from continued pain. I started getting some tooth pain in a tooth that is currently undergoing root canal treatment last night (Friday - isn't that always the way with dental pain?). Today I've had gum and cheek swelling and some pretty extreme pain. Yesterday I was able to manage the pain with ibuprofen however it has had little effect today. Around 2 hours ago I noticed that there were abscess heads around the tooth. With a small bit of pressure the abscess burst and a mix of yellow/creamy fluid along with what appeared to be blood began to flow out which obviously shows that there is an infection. However, the pain continued. In desperation, I searched for some home remedies due to not being able to see the dentist for another 42 hours. Now, I've never been a believer in home remedies which is probably due to the circles that I mix with; my fiance is a Doctor, her mother is a Veterinary Surgeon etc. However, after reading the thread I rushed to the shop and purchased some garlic. I split one of the cloves and cut a large chunk out of it. I applied the chunk of garlic to the side of the tooth that the fluid had come from... At first it was fine with the exception of a slight tingle in my tongue, however after about 30 seconds the pain really kicked in. I kept it there for as long as I could (about 3 - 4 minutes) and then swallowed the liquid and spat out the remainder of the cloves.
I didn't notice any difference at first (if anything it was now stinging as well as being generally painful), however 20 minutes later the pain literally disappeared. I was sat watching TV holding my mouth and it was as if the pain was just switched off! I'm now able to close my mouth and even chew which is ridiculous considering the pain I was in.
Everyone - this is genuine. If it worked for me (and as I said I'm a firm nay-sayer when it comes to home remedies) then it could work for you!"
01/11/2013: Barbara from Idaho Falls, Idaho: "I had an infection in my upper eye tooth. It was very painful. I couldn't get an appointment for another week. I tried something I had read about on this site and it worked for me.
I took a large clove of fresh garlic, cut it in half. I formed a little opening in the center and fit the garlic over the tooth. It did burn somewhat. I would remove it after a couple of minutes, then reapply. I did this for about 2 or 3 days... Every time I sat down to watch television. When I did get to the dentist, there was barely any sign of the infection, and no pain.
While thinking about this, just now, I'm wondering if I had cut the clove in half, without peeling it first, it may have made a shield between the garlic and my inner mouth area."
[YEA] 12/26/2012: Aby from Los Angeles, Ca/usa: "I had a tooth infection and called my dentist with the sharpest and most unbearable pain I had ever experienced. He called in a prescription for painkillers and I began to take them, with little effectiveness. They would dull the pain temporarily, but the pain would return intensely before I could take my next dose. The tooth was so sensitive that I couldnt even meet my upper and lower teeth together, without excruciating pain. I wasnt even putting pressure on them, but merely touching them together I read all of the garlic yeas here, and immediately cut a clove in half, and placed it in my mouth in either side of my infected molar. That night I minced garlic and kept it in my cheek as a sorr of poultice, and changged it out throughout the night. Without painkillers, over the next 24 hours, my tooth pain was COMPLETELY gone. I cant stop tellin people how amazing this was."
[YEA] 12/13/2012: Sayward from Columbia City, Indiana: "I am a garlic advocate. In 2006, shortly after I graduated highschool, I got this crazy sinus infection that spread and I was just an absolute mess. I wasn't working at the time and money was about as abundant as pepsi in the desert. So I got online at the library and started looking up cheap cures. 2 weeks of a garlic and honey mixture and I was back ontop of the heap.
Throughout these last years, I have been rarely sick, as I take raw garlic in food at least 3 times a week. I don't mind the smell, and I just love the taste so it works for me. ( I can't speak for the others around me. :P)
Anyway, to be on topic. If anyone is wondering about an abcessed tooth, or tooth decay, or just a toothache, I would suggest taking a raw clove, slicing it up into slivers, letting it sit for 5 minutes and then placing it around the affected area. Yes, it will burn. Just keep at it. After the burning subsides ( and it will, I promise! ) gently chew the garlic slivers and swallow them. If you are prone to GERD or just have 'tummy troubles' feel free to take a teaspoon of ACV or milk, as you see fit. (I prefer ACV as I have a general distrust of milk. Thanks Tom Green.)
You should experience a lessening of pain in the affected area. This does not, however, mean that the infection is gone.Wait 30 minutes, and rinse your mouth with hydrogen peroxide. Obviously, DO NOT SWALLOW. Please be sure to let it bubble around in your mouth.
For an infection of any size, the key is to remain vigilant and to continue this process. 2-3 times a day, repeat the process. Garlic first, then peroxide. Garlic contains allicin, which is a natural antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal and antiviral. Allicin forms when the clove is cut or damaged, which is why I suggest letting it sit for a few minutes after slicing.
To answer more directly, it is my suggestion to continue the method until no more pain is felt, and on for another week. (If the infection seems to get worse, or you develop more symptoms, it's time to break down and call the Dr. An infection so close to the brain is very dangerous and can spread rapidly.) This allows time to make sure the infection has been wiped out and to give a chance for the tissues to heal themselves without being bombarded once again by bacteria.
Once the infection is gone and you're back to living your awesome life, maintain your health by eating raw garlic at least 3 times a week. It is excellent for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and is an immune booster.
(Just a little story here, my dad (who left us last year of pancreatic cancer) once had a toothache. He was a truck driver, and let's just say a tube of tooth paste was a once a year purchase. So anyway, he had a toothache, and just kept putting (_____)a-gel on it. Then about a month later he began to have sinus problems. He started taking a nasal spray to combat it. A few weeks later, when he was home, we noticed a small bump forming in the middle of his forehead. After another few weeks, the bump had grown to the size of a golfball. Mom made him go to the Dr. Low and behold, he had a sinus infection that had took hold in the bump on his forehead and he had to have it drained. The Dr. said that if he had waited another week, he would probably have been dead. Not of a sinus infection, but of the infection getting into his BRAIN. Dad had a dip in the middle of his forehead from where the infection was eating the bone of his skull for the rest of his life. (which btw was another 15 years.) Long story short, please do not take toothaches or sinus infections lightly. They can be deadly.)"Replies
10/06/2013: Faith from La replies: "I agree with you need that sinus infection and teeth infection can cause serious life threatening complications if not treated promptly. I think garlic is amazing and I've even used one drop of aged garlic the liquid type that is supposed to be super powerful, one drop of liquid garlic in my neti pot with 1/8tsp of salt in neti pot in sterliled water. My doctor, said, "First we try antibiotics and steriods, and suggest salt in sterlized water in the neti pot, then we wait and see, if the sinus infection does not get better and your getting worse and having a fever, nausea and dizziness we take it seriously and the next step is sinus surgery to clean out the sinuses." Unfortunately, sometimes this is the only way to clean out the sinuses and let it drain."
[YEA] 12/09/2012: Tooaverage from Delta, BC, Canada: "I got an infection from my wisdom tooth extraction and my face was swollen like a chipmunk. I went to the Surgeon and was told to go on antibiotics or it wouldn't go away.
I refused to take the antibiotics so I used my own remedies and it was fully healed within a week! When I went back for a follow up the surgeon assumed the antibiotics had cured it when I hadn't even taken them.
I cut up a clove of garlic and chewed on it lightly and left it in the area then swallowed it to also get the immune system boost. The garlic was strong and it hurt like crazy but I could feel the healing. I have done this every day before bed and it started to heal as soon as I started doing this.
-- Make sure to clean the infection site (if your specialist says it is OK) with a syringe with warm water and salt after every single meal to avoid infection.
In addition to Garlic I took the following:
- Apple Cider Vinegar (swish and swallow)
- Drinking lots of Green Tea
- Vitamin D
- Olive Leaf Complex
- Clove Oil applied to the area
- Vitamin B
- Ibuprofen for pain/swelling
I am still trying to find a natural anti-inflammatory that actually works."Replies
12/09/2012: Rosie from Boston, Ma, USA replies: "You asked about a natural antibiotic. I find D-lenolate, which is an olive leaf extract that's been tinkered with in the lab, is more powerful for me than the plain olive leaf extract that's available in health food stores. It's an herbal antibiotic, so I take it for only 1 to 3 weeks at a time and only when really needed. I also take probiotics afterwards. It's only available online."
12/26/2012: Kathy from the USA replies: "Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory spice and so is ginger. It is also reported that both fight cancer. Turmeric was immediate for me when I had ingested too much manufactured glutamic acid, "MSG" (my fingers split) I mixed 1/2 tsp. in a little over 1/2 C warm water and drank.
I use about 1/4 tsp. of each on eggs and/or vegetables. This seems to reduce internal inflammation and improves the products of elimination."
08/07/2013: Deb from Usa replies: "A good natural anti inflammatory is Quercetin with Bromelain. It's found in certain foods and can be taken as a supplement."
08/14/2013: Elizabeth from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "I read you are looking for anti inflammatory. I found that putting turmeric in your food is good for that or you could take the pill form. It works well for me, maybe you should give it a try."
[YEA] 12/05/2012: Kathy from the USA: "YES, garlic killed my pain. Then I read about soaking a tea bag to apply to the tooth for thirty minutes or so. I went to a specialist for a root canal but the x-ray revealed the abscess was GONE!! I was very concerned because the roots of my teeth appear to be in my sinus cavity. THANK YOU EARTH CLINIC AND ALL WHO POSTED!"
[YEA] 10/26/2012: Harvey from Dolgellau, North Wales: "I should like to add my comments regarding the healing properties of garlic. A few days ago I developed an abcess in my mouth on my upper gum. It was extremely painful and even made my left eye painful. I decided to try garlic as a last resort and swallowed eight garlic pearl drop of 2mg each. I did this for 7 days and also rinsed my mouth with lukewarm salt water three times daily. Within 48 hours the abcess began to dissapear and within five days it had gone completely! ... I cannot say this will work for you but it is definately worth trying if you are unable to get to a dentist for whatever reason."
[YEA] 09/14/2012: Don Quixote from Los Angeles, Ca: "I've had serious pain under my nose a week and a half ago. I didn't have any sores or anything on my gums. I didn't know what it was until I went to the dentist about a week later which was yesterday. The dentist told me I have a cavity above the gumline and that it was causing an infection causing the abcess in my gum. He told me many things that I needed to do and I refused. He told me he was going to prescribe me antibiotics but I kindly declined. I went home and freaked out a little bit because I heard so many scary things about abcessed gums and teeth.
I woke up this morning with severe pain. Almost bone chilling. I was not happy. Popped some Motrin (2 to be exact) and it pretty much did nothing. I swished some oil of oregano, xylitol, coconut oil but for some reason none of it did anything except make the abcess bigger. I then put salt on it and left it on for about 35 minutes and did this 3 times. Still nothing but I could see the bubble growing really huge spanning two teeth (my front and my right incisor) and growing from the top of my gumline where it connects to my inner lip stretching almost to my gumline at my tooth. In all honesty, I freaked the f*ck out and was nearly about to call the dentist and ask for those antibiotics.
Then I read something on Earth Clinic about garlic. I had chewed garlic before when I had a serious toothache and it really helped so I gave it a try.
I sliced a thin slice of garlic and put it directly over the abcess and left it there. For the first 5 minutes I was nearly in tears and I'm a grown man of past 30! The intense stinging subsided after about 5 minutes and I decided to do some yoga to ease my mind. I believe there is a HUGE mind/body connection and I actually attribute my growing pustule to my dentist visit. It had been getting better up until I saw the dentist and he told me that I had an abcess.
Deepak Chopra once told a story about a doctor friend of his who had not gone for a checkup in 10 years. When he finally went for his checkup, an xray showed some black spots on his lung which was diagnosed to be cancer. Not long after, this doctor died. One day, while Chopra was cleaning out his friend's office, he came across an xray of his friend's lungs that was taken almost ten years prior. When he held it up to the light, he saw the same black dots which meant his friend had been successfully living with lung cancer for 10 years and didn't die until he found out about it! This is why I feel my visit to the dentist exacerbated my situation because my unknown "sore" was getting better on its own until I found out the "true cause" of it.
Anyhow, after about 40 minutes of leaving the garlic on the wound and doing some yoga to ease my mind while listening to meditation music, my pustule exploded. It was nasty and I had a mouth full of blood. I felt soooo much better. I now have another slice of garlic over it and will be changing it out every so often for the next few weeks to nip this in the bud but what I really think did this is my belief in the garlic remedy. Those of you searching for remedies here, don't even try it if you don't have faith behind what you're doing because it won't work for you.
If you ever get a chance, look up the Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. Amazing book that changed my life. Good luck to you all!"
09/15/2012: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "With all due respect, I'd like to disagree. Even if you aren't sure or don't believe it, try it anyway! You may be pleasantly suprised. This remedy works even without faith!!! It's science, pure and simple. Good health to you All."
[YEA] 08/17/2012: Tracy from Portland, Or: "WOW! I cannot thank everyone enough for posting about using garlic cloves to take care of a tooth abscess. Like others have said, I am truly amazed at how quickly the raw garlic (which I pressed to the side of my tooth along the gum line) worked! It's truly an amazing thing to know about."
[YEA] 07/27/2012: Kc from Santa Cruz, Ca Usa: "Hi everyone... My story is like a lot of others here; had a tooth abcess in an old root canal, went to the dentist and got anitbiotics and an appointment to pull the tooth, but still I searched for something else till I found this site and read all the positive garlic reviews. Let me now add mine!
Decided to give garlic a try. Simple, and I had some in the kitchen, so what the heck? At bedtime, I cut a large fresh garlic clove in half and pressed it to the abcess site (upper molar) for around 5/7 minutes. I then chewed it up and swallowed it.
Like the others here had warned, It burned like Holy Hell, but along with the burn, I felt something else... An intense, dull ache that started after about 2 minutes, beginning at the swollen abcessed gum, then moving inside my tooth, till finally it was radiating all the way up the root and under my eye!
Despite the intense pain, I was amazed and I knew instinctively the garlic was working!! Initially, however, right after my first application (I did it for three nights), I thought I may have messed it up, because it swelled up even more. I guess the garlic just temporarily irritated the gum tissue, because the next morning the swelling and pain were both completely gone!!!
I was scheduled to have the tooth pulled, but will now go in and see what the dentist has to say. I imagine she will say that if there's no abcess, the tooth won't need to be pulled! I'll keep you posted.
Thanks to Earth Clinic, you wonderful posters, and Almighty Garlic! Hooray! I believe my abcess is gone! Gonna go do some cartwheels now!!
12/02/2012: Nickie from Ruislip, Middlesex England replies: "to KC from Santa Cruz. I would advise you to have the root extracted. Dr Weston Price discovered nearly a century ago that root canals almost invariably leave bacterial matter in the cavity leading to infection which can affect overall health. I have had teeth root filled in the UK and the US and all have abcessed so, beyond the initial cost I paid to have them crowned, re-done and crowned again and then removed.
For any of you out there who are rejoicing at the prospect of socialised medicine I should explain that my dental misfortunes are directly attributable to the British National Health Service. As a child and in my teens I got regular six monthly check ups and was invariably informed that a new filling was needed or an old one required revision. I didn't know at the time that dentist only got paid for a course of treatment and not for merely examination so, of course, they invented cause to inflate the paycheck. By my mid-twenties I was living in California, working without health insurance and avoiding the dentist. In thirteen years one filling dropped out and needed replacement which told me something. On returning to the UK I used private dental treatment but here's the sad truth. In the public health sector, because the services are so much in demand, standards deteriorate abysmally and when this happens the private sector follows suit for both medical and dental care. As a result I now have some very expensive gaps in my mouth.
I turned to this page because I had the last root filled root out two and a half weeks ago and the gum is still infected in spite of salt water, hydrogen peroxide and grapefruit seed extract several times a day. No great pain but my sinuses are running like a tap so am about to try the garlic and thank heavens for this site.
As a point of interest I should pass on some praise for one great dentist I was lucky enough to find. This was many years ago in Mexico when a crowned tooth broke at the gumline. This lovely man performed a root canal and had me in every day for ten days to change the temporary dressing, even coming in Sunday after Mass to do so. The gold post he made is still there and this is the only treated tooth with which I have never had a moments problem."
12/02/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "I thought you would appreciate this link of Dr. Hal Huggins who has his degrees in dentistry and immunology. He challenged the standard procedures done and accepted in dental care. He is even considered the father of mercury free dentistry. What he has to say is fascinating and full of information on our teeth being alive. His Institute will answer questions and help you find a qualified dentist who practice his protocols. Here is the interview:
Hope you enjoy this. Lisa"
12/04/2012: Nadahere from Riverside, Ca replies: "You don't want to use MMS!!! If the chlorine from the resulting chlorine dioxide is not removed/scrubed then it will do what chlorine does best - BAD stuff. The chlorinated by-products are one of the worst carcinogens on the planet."
[YEA] 07/05/2012: Happynurse66 from Santa Monica, California, United States: "I woke up 3 days ago at 6am with a bad toothache. I went to bed the night before at 11pm with not a hint of pain. I called and saw my dentist that morn (Monday). She sent me to an endodontist.
The endodontist said I had a tooth abscess (top tooth, #4), "a real bad infection" to the root of my tooth, and that I need a root canal. He drilled my tooth and and drained pus. I asked, "How come I didn't have any pain at all the night before, and I woke up with such bad pain 7 hours later?" He said I had a "flare up". I had also self-medicated myself with ibuprofen 600mg at 6am when I woke up that day and at noon. After draining my abscess, he filled the hole, and his assitant gave me 600mg of ibuprofen (4pm). He then put me on a stronger antibiotic than he usually presribes (Augmentin instead of Amoxicillin) and prescribed Vicodin. I have to take Augmentin twice a day for 7 days until gone. He told me to take 600mg ibuprofen every 4 hours continuously for for 3-4 days to help keep the swelling down. My gum and face were swollen. I was to take 1 Vicodin every 4-6 hours, as needed, for (breakthrough) pain. I got to the drug store and took my first dose of Augmentin and Vicocin at 5pm, one hour after leaving the endodontist. I have to return to him to do more dental work in 2 weeks, which I already have an appointment for. He says he can't do any more work until the infection is gone.
I've been diligent about taking the ibuprofen (every 4 hours) and Augmentin as directed. I've tried not taking Vicodin, but the pain has been too much. So, I've been having to take Vicodin every 4 hours, with the ibuprofen, yesterday and Tuesday. (Today is Thursday). I've taken Vicodin every 8 hours since last night. I don't like taking pain meds or antibioitics at all, but I knew the infection needed to clear and I couldn't take the pain.
I came across this site, and I've got garlic on the infected tooth at this very moment. Instead of taking my next dose of ibuprofen/Vicodin combo, I went to the store and bought a head of garlic for $.50. I peeled and cut a clove in half. I put one half on one side of my tooth, and the other half on the other side of the same affected tooth. The garlic did not burn initially, as many have reported on this site. But I bit the garlic piece(s) three sentences ago, and I can feel the burn now. It's starting to subside, but the site is also throbbing right now. Ok, so now I'm chewing on the garlic again, allowing the oils of the garlic to penetrate around my toothache. I'm holding on, like everyone here says to do. My eyes are watery/teary right now. The burning/throbbing feeling and teary eyes slowly go away - until I bite into the garlic again. The burning/throbbing feeling and teary eyes goes away again - until the next bite. I try to put the newly-chewed piece of garlic on the affected tooth until the garlic is all chewed up and consumed. I'm holding on!
Garlic all gone now. I'm going to wait a few minutes to allow the garlic to do its thing in my mouth. Then, I'll oil pull with VCO to get the garlicky smell out of my mouth (hopefully). I should add, I drank about 3 tbsp of ACV in about 16 oz water just before I put the garlic in my mouth. I know the beneficial effects of ACV, so I knew it couldn't hurt.
At this point of my writing, I've eaten all the garlic. No burning, no throbbing, and no teary/watery eyes. I've just written a "live" play-by-play of the all-powerful garlic remedy on toothache/abscess. It seems to be working, as I write this. I'll oil pull in about half an hour.
I wish I had read about this remedy before I saw the dentist and endodontist. I wrote a check for $274 to the endodontist that day (half of the cost) and still owe $274 (and that's with insurance! ). Had I known about this cure, it would have cost me half a dollar only to be rid of this pain and infection.
I know I just did the garlic, but so far, so good. I'll keep you posted.
Thank you EARTH CLINIC for your awesome website! Thank you everyone for posting and sharing your experience, strength and hope with me."Replies
08/01/2012: Adhisstory from Henrico, Virginia, Usa replies: "Thank you Happynurse66 for an enjoyable entry! I had just experienced an abscessed tooth with scheduled appointment for an extraction that I cancelled. I did not take care of my teeth when I was younger and the six-year molar that was, and still is, giving me trouble has little tooth structure. It is mostly amalgam. The roots look good on the x-ray but they are deep and appear to be in the sinus cavity, according to what I had been told. I wanted to email you but your address is not complete, so this converstion would not be public because it would not benefit anyone else. I am new here and not quite sure how to do things other than posting to a communication thread."
[YEA] 08/31/2012: Adhisstory from Henrico, Virginia, Usa replies: "In thanking Happynurse66 for the entry I neglected to say that I used the garlic remedy and IT WORKED!! My husband didn't stay too close though. I was looking for some follow-up posting because my pain had been so bad maybe I didn't use the garlic cloves long enough. The pain radiated up towards my eye and over to my ear. Recently it seems there may be a little drainage so I keep slicing garlic to put on it and the "irritation" subsides. It feels like the garlic could be fighting bacteria not totally destroyed because I can feel it around my ear when I chew the garlic slice. Could this be what's happening?"
08/31/2012: Adhisstory from Henrico, Va replies: "Would Happynurse66 please post an update on the abscessed tooth? I'm sorry to be so piecemeal. I've had two TBI's and was comatose twenty-seven days. Being a nurse, I hope you are familiar with TBI."
09/01/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Addhisstory, It is NOT helpful when people use undefined acronyms. Are you talking about Traumatic Brain Injury or not ?
I for one have consistantly discussed how dangerous an absessed tooth can be and have encouraged people who have this condition to see a good dentist to treat this potentially very dangerous condition.
An absessed tooth is not something to play around with in my opinion. This infection often leads to more serious infections if not effectively treated. The infection simply spreads to areas of the body that at times includes the brain. A good dentist can usually resolve this problem if it is addressed in a timely manner....Oscar"
09/05/2012: Adhisstory from Henrico, Va replies: "Yes Oscar, TBI is Traumatic Brain Injury. I'm sorry, I should have made that clear. Thank you for your response. I have some Bactrim I could use but then I have to deal with yeast. The biggest problem is the receptionist is the dentist's sister-in-law.
She has not always given the Dr. My messages and I feel intimidated to keep complaining. The other problem is the dentist has models of my teeth prior to having the crowns I have now and I had initially gone to see him to have them redone to the way they were.
I am in a dilemma. I had a difficult vaginal breech delivery years ago and later diagnosed with irritable bowel sysdrom (IBS). I must be anatomically abnormal because both babies were breech. The other was caesarean then, after the cancer diagnosis, I had a hysterectomy so I am full of adhesions which compounds the IBS. :-(
Isn't there a way to make sure the any infection is gone with antibiotics?"
09/05/2012: Adhisstory from Henrico, Va replies: "Oscar: Are you an MD? You've really made me think about the horrible "sweats" I've been getting and wonder about the blood work I've had over the years. It indicated there was something going on and (I can't recall the name) I was low in having enough (... Lytes? or... cytes?) to fight infection.
Could I have been walking around with abscessed teeth brewing but did not have any pain? My left side had been paralyzed while in the coma and my left hand is borderline defective. X-ray revealed a narrowing in my left carotid artery so I wonder if there are nerve cells so damaged in my mouth I couldn't feel anything. I've had dental check-ups but because I didn't feel any pain could it be that nothing was said, even if something showed up? I'm very disorganized here and can't put my hands on my bloodwork.
My communication skills are poor and piecemeal. I am a thorn in the sides of the doctors/dentist I see. My PCP's (Primary Care Physician) nurse has not returned my calls and did not respond to a fax I sent even after I called to alert the office about the fax. The dentist did not respond to my email. I think THEY think I'm just too old and feel I won't be around much longer anyway. I'm sixty-four and try to keep my weight at 100lbs. Kathy"
09/08/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Adhisstory, What I said was you need to see a good dentist to deal with an abscessed tooth. Only a qualified dentist can prescribe antibiotics. Any antibiotics are only part of the necessary treatment. A good dentist will salvage the tooth if possible. Tooth extraction is often required. If left untreated putrified infectious material has no way of leaving the infected area and will go on to infect other tissues which can include the brain. A truly dangerous situation....Oscar"
09/08/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Kathy, You need to be seeing a good medical doctor who cares about you. I am NOT a doctor. Only a good doctor who knows your medical history is qualified to treat you. I know finding a good doctor is easier said than done. But it can be done. Also, you are not that old. I am 63 years old myself.
It is a shamefull reality that people such as you have a hard time finding good, caring MD`s and dentists. I have had the same problem with dentists. The only thing I can think of is to ask relatives and or freinds for advise about doctors they have had a good experience with. I don`t know what else to tell you. I surely cannot diagnose the symptoms you discussed....Oscar"
09/27/2012: Adhisstory from Henrico, Virginia, Usa replies: "Wondering why Happynurse66 has not provided any updates. Kathy"
10/14/2012: M Jensen from Roanoke, Va replies: "Yes, Oscar we all hear you. The trouble is all doctors and dentist have in their arsenal of remedies are DRUGS or antibiotics. Often these come at a great price to one's long term health. I mean the commentor that mentioned he'd been prescribed Vicodin? Outrageous. I am a naturapathic nutritional coach and I find the best remedy for a toothache that doesn't include the garlic smell is homeopathic Ferrum Phosphate. My first experience with it was a toothache I had 25 years ago when I had 10 people coming for a dinner party and I had an absessed tooth that made me want to throw myself off a bridge. I took 5 drams (little white balls) in my mouth and showered. When I had done I couldn't tell you which side the bad tooth was on. This remedy has saved my mother from having her teeth extracted and dentures and several clients from having expensive surgery. So much for the medical "cure"."
10/15/2012: Elsaeasterly from Elsewhere, Ca replies: "Hello, M Jensen, I would love to know the brand of homeopathic remedies you use. The only brand that was effective for me, I can no longer find. If the moderator does not allow you to post it here, would you please email me at elsaeasterly (at) yahoo (dot) com? Thanks so much!"
12/13/2012: Kathy from the USA replies: "I don't remember where I read this information but someone posted using a tea bag, after letting it soak in some water, on the affected tooth. It is somewhere posted here but I am unable to sit long enough to search. I tried this before I went to the endodontist for a recommended root canal on the #3 molar that was full of amalgam. I had been put on an antibiotic for a sinus infection prior to that visit. When the tooth was x-rayed, TWICE, there was no visible evidence of the abscess. What happened to it, I just don't know. Maybe all three of these remedies worked together to correct the problem. The appearance of the roots into my sinus cavity concerned me and I dreaded an extraction. Fingers are crossed at this point... OSCAR, do you have any helpful recommendations? It was because of what you said that learned I had a sinus infection... THANX!!"
[YEA] 06/25/2012: James from Hull, Uk: "Just wanted to say a BIG THANKYOU to all here who posted about tooth abscess and garlic. After 5 days of pain and not sleeping I tried the garlic solution. Packed the tooth and cavity with raw garlic and within 30 minutes was pain free, amazing!!! After considering trying to pull the tooth myself (the pain was incerdible) what a relief. Thankyou to all who posted your garlic experiences, I am in your debt and extremely grateful."
[SIDE EFFECTS] 01/05/2012: Mickie from Los Angeles, Ca: "HELP HELP HELP!!!! I placed a slice of fresh garlic under my lip on my gum where I have (I think and abcess pocket) LATE LAST NIGHT. It stung like a &$&$^ but I perservered. Today I have a very swollen lip like it's severely burned it and it's all swollen, I couldnt go to work. I look hideous... What happened? How can I get the swelling down and I talk funny too : /"Replies
01/06/2012: Oscar from Syracuse, New York, Usa replies: "Dear Mickie, You need to get yourself to a good dentist as soon as possible. An absessed tooth is not something to play around with. From every thing you stated: This infection is rapidly getting worse. Use some common sense and get to that dentist. An absessed tooth can result in a serious condition and already has from what you stated....Oscar"
[YEA] 12/27/2011: Kari from Liverpool, England: "Been reading all the comments about garlic helping the pain of a tooth abscess. I have been in immense pain for 2 days- as my dentist is shut due to the holiday period I had to go to my local hospital A & E yesterday to get strong painkillers ( Iboprufen didn't work) and antibiotics. The painkiller I was given Co Dydramol is supposed to be strong- reduced the pain a bit last night but woke up today in even worse agony. It's been so bad today I couldn't chew (even on the other side of my mouth)-any attempts had me screaming in agony. I had to make soup and swallow it.
This afternoon I had a clove in my mouth which helped a little but I decided to give garlic a try- as I have a whole organic one sitting there and I like the taste of garlic I thought I have nothing to lose except having smelly breath! I have cut up a clove and swallowed it whole with water - maybe it'll help speed up this antibiotic working. I took 2 more pain killers at 9pm and by 11pm still is a great deal of pain- they haven't helped. So, I took another clove and peeled it and it is now sitting inside my cheek, resting on the gum and the tooth I think is the culprit- hard to know which is exactly the one as a few of them are throbbing. Well... Amazingly the pain is now greatly reduced! The garlic didn't burn either like some people have reported. Maybe that is cos it is an organic one? I hope this continues to help. I have to try and contact the dentist tommorrow- hopefully they will be open.
Many thanks to those who have posted their experience with garlic- here's to pain free and bacteria free teeth!"Replies
12/30/2011: Jflangefly from Houston, Tx, Us replies: "My organic garlic burned like hell but there are milder varieties of garlic and it seems you lucked out with yours."