Tooth Infection and Tooth Abscess Remedies: Q&A
Last Modified on Oct 21, 2012
Uncertain Cause of Tooth Pain
10/21/2012: Shywink from New York: "Hello, I have a huge problem. My tooth is rotting out and I can not go to a dentist because I have no money or coverage of any kind. I was in pain for quite some time and finally began to use Clove Oil. The pain finally went away, but suddenly, my jaw swelled up! It is completely swollen under my chin and I feel that it is hard when I press it. It is causing me pain. I can hardly even swallow, let alone eat. The problem is I don't know if this is because of an Abcess in my tooth because I see absolutely NO HOLE or see any opening or puss or swelling anywhere in my mouth, but it's all swollen at the bottom of my jaw. I don't know what to do! I am in a near panic because this has been going on for days now and I am scared. I don't have a dentist and have no insurance so can't go to a hospital. PLEASE HELP ME! Is this a blood infection? Poisoning? What??"
10/22/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa replies: "you need to get yourself to a state-funded clinic immediately!! What you're describing sounds very serious!"
10/22/2012: Sophe from Pdx, Or replies: "I think you should contact your social services in your area they do provide free dental care for serious emergencies and your situation is! They have a list of places that you can go to be seen. Or call the emergency dept and ask them what to do. DO NOT WAIT another minute. Or contact a dentist and have them bill you for the service. Start taking garlic or GSE Grapefruit seed extract to at least begin killing the infection. But when it has gone this far you need to see a doctor"
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Will Sea Salt Be Effective for a Tooth Infection?
03/12/2012: Tina from Houston, Us: "I have an infection in the mouth from a cavity and am told to start a 10 day course on antibiotics. I suffer from gut disorders and want to stay away from antibiotics at all costs. Is sea salt an effective way to kill an infection?
Ted, please, please advise.
Many thanks, T"
What Can Bring Teeth, Gums Back to Optimum Health?
02/15/2012: Loco from Sydney, Australia: "I have been using sea salt and baking soda to brush my teeth. Since then my gums have been bleeding and are slowly getting worse. Does anyone have a suggestion as to what I am doing wrong or what I need to do to bring back my healthy gums."
02/15/2012: Cat from Tauranga, Nz replies: "Oil pulling would be the most effective and probably quickest way of bringing your gums back to health. I use coconut oil (organic, virgin, unrefined) and it's brilliant. It will literally change them within a couple of days, if not overnight. Just be prepared to put in the 20 mins each morning!!"
10/22/2012: Lizbeth from Milton Keynes, Bucks/UK replies: "You are using too much sea salt, cut back the sea salt by half or more and gradually build back up if necessary. Sea salt is a healer but like most other things anyone can take from all natural or even Rx too much causes the opposite of what you want."
10/28/2012: Randy from Webster, S.D. replies: "Liquid oil of Oregano is the answer. It cured me. 5-10 drops under tongue every morning, let salivate-swish around mouth, use tongue to rub on gums & swallow, you will be amazed!!"
10/29/2012: Cat from Tauranga, New Zealand replies: "Randy, I'm confused about this. You say 5-10 drops under the tongue and swish around etc, but most websites say to use Oil of Oregano diluted only. I imagine this many drops in your mouth would be strong and considering OO can inhibit the absorption of iron, I'm wondering if it's such a good idea taking so many drops? Though I'm tempted to try your remedy as I've recently had teeth problems but since I'm notoriously low in iron anyway, just thought I'd double check."
I wonder if Ted could comment on my situation and I will try to be succint. After 2 failed root canal jobs (for a sensitive upper molar)and 18 months of toothache I made the BIG mistake of telling my dentist to pull the tooth in question 5 months ago. There has followed a very challenging time, post traumatic stress after the event, socket infections, increase in teeth sensitivity and discomfort generally in my teeth and gums. It is as if my whole mouth has altered after this extraction with my gums throbbing at times, my 3 large molars that are left have become particularly sensitive (one is crowned),the tooth that has been exposed due to the extraction is very sensitve and I still have toothache in the area though the gum is now fully healed. Prior to this I had no out of the ordinary teeth or gum problems, a lot of fillings in my back teeth from too many sweets when younger but no gum disease. I have visited dentists who don't really offer an answer as to why this has happened and suggest a gum shield for Â£200-Â£500 to help with the clenching that has happened since this event - I think the clenching has reduced somewhat recently. They have tested my gums which score 1 which is very good I am told. At times it feels as if the ph in my mouth has changed and from day to day I am troubled with my teeth, mouth and gums which feel at best uncomfortable and at worst I have generalised tooth and gum ache. I have now been oil pulling for 2 weeks and I was amazed at first how clean this made my tongue and I could even see some plague was removed from the side of the exposed tooth. Now after 2 weeks I notice that my tongue has a slight grey coating on it again, not the fresh pink look it had after my first few oil pulls. I am generally anxious about my oral hygiene and often don't want to chew food because it may start my tooth and gum ache. I am using a marketed baking soda toothpaste and I rinse with salt water.
Ted: have I told you enough for you to possibly suggest a regime for me as I am a lost as to what is happening? I had a severe reaction after the extraction - not sleeping and not eating (lost 10lbs)and needed some counselling which all sounds very dramatic and was very out of character for me. I have managed to put on weight again but it has been a haul. I am taking 2000mgs Vit C daily, magnesium citrate 800mgs daily, selenium 100 daily and I take 2 tbp of flax seed oil. I wonder if there is something systemic going on and my mouth is reflecting this - I have less energy than usual. I am 52 and going through the menopause though not taking HRT - not suffering with hot flushes but may have more anxiety than usual. Any thoughts or ideas will be very gratefully received and thank you in advance.
This is a fabulous website - thank you to all."
06/11/2010: Rainman from Central, Vt, Usa replies: "I am going through similar issues right now and thought I would share. I currently have 2 deep molar infections and one molar has a root infection after I had an amalgam a few months ago. Not wanting to lose my teeth I began to fight for them. I have had great success using a series of supplements, oils, diet, and oral hygeine changes. Although the healing has been slow... I am at the point now where my dentist is not sure if I will need the extractions or the root canal.
I started off oil pulling just like you... worked great for a few weeks. But, then my teeth began to get extra sensative and the results were decreasing. So, stopped/slowed down, and started taking supplements daily: 120mg CoQ10, 200mg Grapeseed extract, calcium/magnesium/zinc minerals, multi-vit, and iodine drops (about 2-3times the recommended daily allowance). Not sure if the iodine has anything to do with it. But, I have felt better since taking them.
However, supplementation is always a slow process and I needed immediate results for pain and discomfort. So, I took a look at my oral hygeine. I started using baking soda in-place of my regular tooth paste. BIG DIFFERENCE. I think I was sensative to one of the 100 ingredients in conventional toothpastes. Then I started rinsing with 3% hydrogen peroxide (1:3 ratio of h2o2:water). Another big difference. I found out that regular mouthwash is rough on my gums. With these 2 things I immediately felt comfort in my gums and my teeth began to feel better. Because baking soda is relatively abrasive, I later found a natural toothpaste with limited ingredients and started using that. Then... I started to apply oil of oregano (OoO) on my toothbrush bristles before applying toothpaste... I follow up with a drop of oil on the infected molars and then work it in with floss. So, it goes like this: Rinse, brush, rinse, OoO, floss, rinse. I do this every morning and ever night before bed. Every other day I do an oil pulling before bed right after I do my brush/rinse/floss routine. I always follow the oil pulling with several hefty rinses of h2o2. Sometimes I will add a drop of OoO to the oil pulling. Periodically I will add some salt and/or baking soda to the rinse.
I also started using salt to remove the white coating on my tongue and have gradually started to do that about once or twice a week. I use less salt and do not leave it on nearly as long... I simply sprinkle a little on my tongue and after a few seconds brush or scrape it off and it magically removes most of the white coating. My breath is amazingly fresh now.
Throughout the day I chew on pieces of toothpick soaked in tea tree oil. You can buy them or make your own. Becuase they are cheap and I am only using portions of a pick at a time... i chose to buy them. I just break off about a third of a pick and stick in-between my gum and cheek and move it around from one side to the next. From time to time, I'll give the toothpick a bite to release some juice and swish it around. I spit it out every hour or so and give myself a break until I feel the need again. It's a lot better than chewing gum. I'm actually chewing on a couple pieces right now.
Lastly, and most importantly, i eat a lot... I MEAN ALOT more raw foods. About 50-75% of my diet consists of raw food. I also stay aways from bread and dairy as much as possible. I make sure I drink plenty of water too. The diet change has been the spark i needed for healing. Not just healing my teeth/gums... I'm talking about my entire body. I have more energy, feel lighter, have less aches/pains, my digestive track is starting to work normal again, and my head is much clearer. I said I feel lighter, not because of weight loss(although i have lost some weight), but because my spirit is lighter. It's hard to explain... but, it is amazing. Hopefully something in here helps you or someone else that happens by."
06/15/2010: Lindsay P from Yorkshire, England replies: "Hi Rainman,
Thank you for replying to my question re healing crisis, it is v much appreciated. It has been quite a 6 months following my tooth extraction but on the plus side I have learnt so much. From being a 'passive' dental patient I have now become so much more knowledgable about what I should be doing to protect my dental health. I am still oil pulling which has undoubtedly helped but like you I seem to have developed more sensitive teeth than I had before. I have bought some OoO and will add that to my regime. I have always been worried about hydrogen peroxide and sensitivity - has this been ok for you and are you not worried about damaging the enamel? Co-incidentally I have been making my own toothpaste with salt and baking soda but then realised that it has aluminium and need to find an aluminium free option. I am now researching other toothpastes and I think there is something called 'coral care' in the states but I can't seem to be able to get it in the UK and that looks to have a lot of minerals which may help to 'remineralise' your teeth. The other aspect which I hadn't really understood before (apart from sugar is not good for your teeth) is about diet. Our teeth are in a constant state of de-mineralising and re-mineralising and diet plays a huge part in this. I have discovered the information about westonprice which is fascinating and you may find it interesting because this talks about indigenous people who didn't own a toothbrush yet had no cavities - check it out. Following on from this is the Nourishing traditions diet by Sally Fallon which whilst isn't just about dental care but talks about the fact that amongst other things raw, unpasturised dairy is very good for you - vit A and D. As you say bread is not neccessarily good for you as it contains phytic acid (as do grains) which bind minerals to it so the minerals that you take in your food can be leached and not absorped. Soaking or sprouting is advocated. I am now implemeting some of this into my diet to see how this may help and more raw foods - will add a mineral supplement as well and am also starting to take krill oil which is a 'super' fish oil. I have also found a holistic dentist and have booked an appt to see if his approach is better that the 'drill and fill' experience I have had so far. I would love to hear how you are progressing with your programme. Thanks, Lindsay"
09/24/2010: Texgal from Houston, Fl replies: "Baking soda is bicarbonate of soda and does not contain aluminum. You are thinking of baking powder, which does often contain aluminum."
Oil Pulling to Replace Antibiotics?
12/31/2007: Anonymous from San Diego, CA: "I've been reading your comments and suggestions on health issues and oil pulling. Thank you for publishing all your Q&A's. I recently had an impacted wisdom tooth pulled that had a cyst around it about the size of a thumb. The oral surgeon said that the molar next to it might have been damaged at the roots so he said that it might or might need to come out as well and he'll decide while he is doing surgery. I was under general anesthesia and when I woke up he said that one of the roots of the last molar was damaged from the cyst and he had to pull it out. Mind you, I have very nice white and straight teeth and only 2 ceramic fillings and never had braces. That was on Nov 20th. I went in for a follow up check up and everything was healing well and the stitches had dissolved and I was off of the antibiotic, cephalexin. On Dec. 15th I decided to start oil pulling (EV coconut oil and and EV olive oil) once a day in the morning. On the third day of oil pulling the surgery site had become inflamed and my lymph nodes were swollen. I called the oral surgeon, I told him it was swollen and green pus was coming out. I didn't tell him that I was oil pulling.' He put me on cephalexin (7 day course) again and I just saw him this morning and he wants me to continue the antibiotic for 3 weeks more to ensure I've killed off any infection as the there is no hole and the site is closed now. I've been taking the antibiotic for almost a week now and have stopped the oil pulling. My question is can I just stop the antibiotic after this 7 day course and start oil pulling. I'm concerned that I'm going to have reoccurring infections on this area. I have no way of knowing if food/bacteria is under my gum and I'll have problems in that area all the time now. Any suggestions as to what I should do?
I just had a baby Sept 24th and I am exclusively breastfeeding her. Now that I am reading more of your posts, I'm wondering if I had a herx effect? I'm so worried about any damage I might have cause my baby girl by me being on the antibiotic. And I've had extremely itching skin since the first round of antibiotic...fungus?"
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Most cysts occur because of metabolic acidosis bought on by the antibiotics. Antibiotics generally causes the body to become acidic, and in an attempt by the body to neutralize the acidity, the calcium is used as an emergency, resulting in excess fluids that are high in calcium, because of the lack of available bicarbonates to do the job. I have had other people told me their cysts completely disappeared with just taking 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass of water taken twice a day, or in another case three times a day. Once the body has neutralize the acidity, excess serum calcium is reduced, and the cysts will slowly reduced. Some help can be noted with the taking of 1 tablespoon of granulated lecithin along with the food. To allow the body to better utilze the calcium, a magnesium supplements usually in the form I preferred of magnesium citrate, or magnesium chloride in case it's not available. The body often needs a magnesium: calcium ratio of 2:1, but in practice, the dietary calcium to magnesium often is imbalanced. The usual dose I have observed to have helped is between 250 mg - 500 mg of magnesium citrate often taking about 5 days out of a week. Usually it is my observation that a woman will often have lactic acidosis or even more common metabolic acidosis during pregnancy which persist even months after childbirth. And hence bicarbonates, magnesium and lecithin were the major supplements. However, vitamin B complex, usually B50, will further help the body control the pH better, especially from the thiamine component of the B1. The form of thiamine I prefer is the thiamine mononitrate, as opposed to thiamine hydrochloride. So I may read the bottles and make sure that it is about 50 mg of thiamine mononitrate, along with 50 mg of B2, B3 (niacinamide), B6, and choline with possible exception of folic acid, and B12, which might often be in mcg. In general, a baking soda 1/2 teaspoon, or another remedy just 2 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar plus 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in 1/2 glass taken twice a day or three times a day can slowly prevent the cyst buildup. A small pinch of potassium citrate, such as 1/8 teaspoon along with the usual remedy may further help the cysts by reduction in size too. Still magnesium citrate remedy I must also used along with it too. Antibiotics tend to cause the body to be deficient in vitamin Bs, especially the B1, as well as cause the body to retain excess heavy metals. One or two day drinking of green tea no sugar no milk, which amounts to 3-4 cups would at least reduce the free heavy metals buildup caused by the antibiotics. It's a simple chelation, using the green tea, but I have found it to be helpful, but I prefer not to take too much, hence the one or two day should do the job in ridding of excess metals. The use of antibiotics may lead to a fungus, which result in the itch, and the apple cider vinegar and baking soda may deal with this best, a baking soda alone can also help too. There was one person who had fungus all over his body that lasted years and years and began disappearing using just the baking soda, which obviously stopped his itch. In case it was not help, I found it also helpful to use dechlorinator usually it's 10% sodium thiosulfate, solution applied to the skin, or add a couple of drops into the drinking water. A liter for me I might add about 10 drops of 10% sodium thiosulfate. This helped greatly in reducing acidity, metabolic acidosis, and some reduction of metals as the sodium thiosulfate also remove heavy metals. In larger amounts it tends to reduce excess serum calcium too. If cysts need to be reduce in greater amounts than this, or a more agressive reduction of calcium, I might use a simple 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda plus 2 tablespoon of lemon or lime juice in 1/2 glass of water taken three times a day. This seems to remove excess serum calcium leading to cysts and worked twice faster than the baking soda. However, some people think it takes too much time to prepare, but I have noticed this remedy to work faster. It takes about 2-3 weeks to notice some improvement reduction of cysts, however. It should be noted that cysts don't occur overnight, but more than a year has gone before this formed, especially the 9 months pregnancy but antibiotics may have accelerated the problem. Taking or applying sodium thiosulfate alone may in some instances reduce the itchiness, but there are other remedies. However, this should cover most of the problem in my opinion."