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Tooth Infection and Tooth Abscess Remedies

Last Modified on May 18, 2015


Dental Treatment   0  0   

Posted by Ben (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 02/04/2012

This is an aside from those who posted about treatments for tooth ailments. I go to the local college here in Toronto for hygenic treatment as well as fillings. Because this is a college, the fees are minimal, for the fillings it was $20 per filling. However the appointments are in 3 hour blocks because the students are working on you and have to be constantly evaluated by the instructors. If you have the time, it's a great cost saver.

Dietary Changes, Multiple Remedies   1  0   

Posted by Erin (Lafayette, In) on 04/18/2011

[YEA]  Took my 9 year old daughter to the dentist and come to find out she had a gum abcess and infection in a tooth with a cavity. Of course their first recourse was to put her on antibiotics so they could pull the tooth 1 week later. I refused the antibiotics, nicely, but I still got the dirty look and the "note" on the file. So, my daughter and I were very determined to stop the issue in it's tracks... Just to prove them wrong if nothing else. This isn't for the lazy at heart... it's 7 days of killing an infection and keeping it killed.

First of all, NO sugar. She got whole grain bread maybe once per day, but not at all if we could get away with it, other than that, no grains. Pasturized dairy was cut way back to just cheese on occassion. That means no sodas or juices, water was the drink of the week. Whole, low sugar fruits are okay (apples, berries, melon), and of course veges.

Okay, now for the fun part: once per day she did a rinse of water with baking soda and peroxide (I never really measured it, just put some water - maybe 1/4 cup?? -- in a cup with maybe 1 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of peroxide or so). Twice per day she did a rinse of a commercial tea tree mouthwash with an extra 4 drops of grapefruit seed extract added. Each rinse is done after brushing the teeth.

Once per day, the infected area was sprayed with 2 squirts of colloidial silver, 10 ppm.

Every day she took supplements of:
Vitamin C, 1000 mg
Vitamin D 10-15, 000 IU
Chelated Zinc 100 mg
Oil of Oregano 45 mg (standardized to 70% carvacrol)
Olive Leaf 310 mg with 40 mg of powdered extract standardized to 18% oleuropein
Krill Oil for Omega 3's
A Garlic supplement for Immune support, though if I could have gotten her to take whole, crushed garlic I would have been happier.
And Alpha Lipoic Acid 100 mg

Definitely believe in leaving nothing to chance.

We started this regimen on a Monday afternoon when she got home from school, and by Wednesday she was totally pain free. The cavity itself lightened in color. We kept it up for the entire week, and by the time she got to the dentist for the extraction... Well, they were surprised. Looked at her file, looked in her mouth, asked her if there was any pain (she replied no, naturally), and then the super sweet assistant actually asked me how we did that. They confirmed that she was completely infection and abcess free.

Sorry for the lengthy post, but I always like to see amounts and directions... So hopefully this can help someone else :-)

Replied by Bess
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
04/19/2011
Interesting post Erin! My husband has had his share of infected teeth. Fortunately, I have all of these ingredients on hand and made note of what you did for the next time (there always seems to be a next time! ). Cheers!
Replied by Spddoc
Tampa, Florida
09/21/2012
To anonymous who wrote: 08/18/2012: "I am not trying to be rude but that sounds like a lot of trouble just to kill an infection, honestly it would just be better to take a prescribed medicine! Ridiculous putting your kid through all that!"

To take the prescribed medicine is the WRONG way to heal a tooth infection. The correct way is to use the nutritional protocol and the supplements mentioned for the little girl because the nutritional way, conditions the body to heal the infection and stregnthen the tissue and cure the tooth on its own. The body was not doing well in the first place and that is why the infection came up in the first place. The medicine is like putting a poison and a numbing agent on a bandaid on an infected wound and NOT cleaning it... It will only temporarily stop pain and not offer a permanent cure... The medication will wear off and the infection in the tooth will simply come back.. Nutritional remedy is the way to go.

Replied by Coregon
San Diego, Ca
06/09/2013
Actually just rinsing with colloidal silver once per hour would have erradicated the infection in the tooth (you could also swallow 1 ounce of "clean" colloidal silver after the rinses), but all of the rest that this woman used for her daughter would be great for cavity PREVENTION.

NOTE: For pain during tooth infection, frequent swishing of peroxide (then spit), helps pain and infection. Do this at least an hour from the colloidal silver.

Replied by Nicole
New York, NY
09/26/2014
[WARNING!]   Colloidal Silver is sometimes the cause of a yeast infection in the mouth when used this way. I've seen it happen, but I do not know what additional conditions are necessary for that outcome to occur.

Echinacea   1  0   

Posted by Firminatus (Mansal Lacy Hereford, Hereford/UK) on 03/21/2010

[YEA]  Several years ago, I had an infection in the root canal linked to four upper front crowns. I went to the Dentist who gave me an anti-biotic, which seemed to clear it up. Two weeks later the infection returned worse than ever, so I decided to try Echinacea (purple cone flower). I made a tea with a teaspoon of the dried leaves with a pint of hot water in a small stainless steel teapot and simmered the concoction gently for about ten minutes until it had cooled enough to hold in my mouth. I held the warm liquid in my mouth, swishing it around my mouth for about ten minutes, once in the morning and again before I went to bed. On the third day the pain which had been somewhere under my nose had gone, and I had an abscess on my gum which burst later that day and quickly healed. With love as always.

Echinacea, Goldenseal   1  0   

Posted by Georje on 04/24/2008

[YEA]  I cured an abscessed tooth by taking a half teaspoon of echinacea/ goldenseal tincture every hour for the first day of a really severe toothache and holding spilanthes tincture in my mouth to dull the pain. I discovered the herb meadow sweet to be the best pain relief for the tooth. Within minutes of drinking a mild decoction of the tea the pain would be gone for hours. It was a long weekend and no hope for going to the dentist. I was suprised the next morning that the swelling was way down so I continued taking the echinacea/ goldenseal tincture. as the abscess subsided i decreased the dose, taking it every three or four hours the second day . I continued for a week taking 3 doses a day. At the end of that time I had no abscess . It was confirmed a few weeks later by xrays at the dentist. I also drank lots of water with a 1/2 fresh lemon or lime sqeezed into to it.

Essential Oils Formula   0  0   

Posted by Sam (Miami, FL) on 04/03/2015

Essential Oils Help the Gums and Teeth

I have used the following formula for my own gum infection. Here's the recipe:

2 to 4 ounces of "carrier" oil: almond (preferably), sesame, or other light vegetable oil (it should be organic, cold-pressed and preservative-free)

  • about 8 drops of thyme essential oil

  • about 6 drops of tea tree essential oil

  • The schedule of application was as follows:After that, once in the morning and once at night for about a week.

Why Use Those Particular Oils?
The "big 4" essential oils that are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal are eucalyptus, thyme, oregano, and tea tree. Peppermint is not quite as strong, but will add a pleasing flavor to the mix.

Eucalyptus Tea Bags   1  0   

Posted by Evangeline (Bowling Green, Ohio) on 09/25/2009

[YEA]  I have had an abcessed tooth off and on for a while. I have tried just about everything on it and found one of the best remedies to be eucalyptus tea bags. Put the tea bag in your mouth around the infected tooth and hold it in there as long as you feel necessary. sometimes I would sleep with one. When you take the bag out you can literaly see some of the infection on the bag that has been drawn out of your tooth.

Fenugreek   1  0   

Posted by Jeanne (Rouyn - Noranda, Quebec, CANADA) on 11/01/2006

[YEA]  Fenugreek steeped into a tea / mouthwash cured abscessed teeth. I rinsed my mouth and then soaked a gauze pad and placed in in my mouth for an hour at a time and it drew the infection out of my system. Sometimes I had to open a little hole in my gums so it would drain. I had 10 abscessed teeth at one time and did this for many months. It helped me alot as I didn't have any medical coverage to go to a dentist myself. I still to this day recommend this to anyone with the same problem.

Garlic, Chocolate   0  0   

Posted by Phil (Slaton, TX USA) on 02/02/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  My tooth was abcessed and in pain. I read about the garlic and gave it a shot. I must have used too much because I could not stand the burning for more than a few seconds. I was thinking it blistered my skin, but I could be mistaken on that.

It did relieve some of the pain but I ended up seeing a doctor. I think if it happens again I will still try it but with a lesser amount.

On a side note, Chocolate works to bring temporary relief. Break off a square of a hershey bar and place it on the tooth. As it melts (don't chew it up and swallow) the pain will subside. If the tooth hits the infection stage Chocolate isn't enough though.

Great site. I am new to the idea of natural cures and so find it facinating. Thanks.

Replied by Kris
New York, US
11/02/2014
I would strongly advise against the use of a Hershey bar for tooth infection. This things are loaded with processed sugar which will only worsen the problem. Garlic however is definitely helpful due to it's antioxidant, and naturally antibiotic properties.

Garlic, Cloves   3  0   

Posted by Mominmaine (Waterville, Maine) on 12/14/2010

[YEA]  I was young when I got braces, which messed my teeth up more then anything! I had my top teeth extracted, after years of fighting with broken teeth, infections, and so on. (now goin through alot with my bottom teeth) ive tried EVERYTHING.. But have found that whole clove garlic (3-5 cloves a day.. I cut them up and swallow them with water) will help with infection, and clove oil works wonders! I couldnt get over how fast clove oil can take away the pain. I dip just the tip of a q-tip into the oil, and hold it to my tooth for a few seconds, then the surrounding gums. It will make your mouth numb if you use to much! I had severe pain that took over one side of my face.

I cant stress how much clove oil has saved me from those sleepless nights, and awful pains. The only other thing that has worked for a little while was natural vanilla extract. I did the same thing, q-tip dipped in the vanilla, but I would take the cotton off the q-tip, and press it against my tooth or gums. I really hope this helps someone out there.. This pain, and having to deal with tooth pain/infection/abcess is the WORST! Btw, garlic works wonders for colds and sinus infections too!

Posted by Paul (Suffolk, England) on 06/25/2009

[YEA]  Hi all, I must start with a HUGE THANK YOU to all, I had a tooth-ache (with Abcess) & was in so much pain, felt & looked like my right cheek had gone cpl rounds with mike tyson. Can't get to see a dentist for another week, Doctors said I had to see my Dentist. Anyway found this "web site" thank god, Read thru ya messages on 24th/06/2009, Rushed off to local shops, got bottle of Cloves & then some Garlic buds, 4 boxes of ____________mouth wash. Anyway after doing the works, ending with Cloves & Garlic the pain has gone now the next day, I got sum pus & blood out & swelling has gone down & NO PAIN, how ever, the next day, it still feel a little swallon can this be just the sore-ness & abuse I have given my inner mouth, gum area ? (over the last few days). It don't hurt, NO tooth pain etc. Can it just be swalling of that area now. I just can not THANK YOU enough, Again Many Thanks for the Garlic & Cloves Idea.

Posted by Mary Lynn (New Freeport, Pa) on 04/23/2009

[YEA]  Cloves, garlic really worked for tooth pain and abscess!

I have had an abscess that started over a year ago. I looked online and saw that garlic works to kill the abscess. I ate 3 cloves of minced up garlic a day, and after 3 days the infection was killed. I had started eating right, avoiding white sugar and white flour, corn syrup, MSG's and all the other 'non foods' out there, started drinking raw milk, etc. About a month ago I started eating bread a lot, wasn't eating as well as I should have. I also binged on chocolate at Easter, ate a LOT of it. So, what happened? My tooth became infected again! I never was able to get the abscess to drain (I tried using a cottonball and salt/baking soda but it was under my upper gum and I could never get it 'right on' where the swelling was, it would always move and hit where the gum wasn't swelled up). So I went on here to find out about cloves. I don't have clove oil, and the pain was getting worse because I kept putting off treating it with raw garlic. I saw someone mention using clove powder, and dipped a cotton ball in that. It burned my gum, but it's hard to get the powder up there because the abscess is so high up near my cheek and gum. So instead, I got some hot water from the tap (probably 120 degrees, not boiling water, about 1 ounce or less, and took 1/2 teaspoon of clove powder, mixed it in with the water and swished it around my mouth. About 5 minutes later, the pain was pretty much gone! I then minced up a large clove of garlic and ate it (with food, because garlic is pretty hot tasting). So far so good! The powdered cloves in the water worked, and wasn't as burning to my gum either. I will eat another clove of garlic tonight before I go to bed. I keep taking raw garlic until the infection goes away and the tooth stops hurting. Excellent advice, thank you! I tell others about this website, in fact I'm going to email my friend now (she has a lot of tooth problems). Thank you so much!!

Replied by Robbie
Bournemouth England
05/18/2015
I've got real bad pain in cheek above capped an bridged teeth. all the time I don't know what it is.I can't see an abcess etc but something is wrong.anything hurts it that touches these teeth even breathing in air hurts so I'm going out to buy some garlic and try to eat it in the hope that the antiseptic properties can get into my body an cure it xx :-) I will let ppl know what happens.

I'd go to dentists but really not able to at mo for reasons which I won't go into .but I'm hoping garlic works .back soon :-)

Garlic, Hydrogen Peroxide   1  0   

Posted by Earth Hopeful (Los Angeles, Ca, United States) on 05/11/2011

hello, I have been reading everything on here, last week I started noticing that my tooth was hurting, im not a big fan of the dentist so I tried ignoring it, then the pain got more severe so I came on here and saw that hydrogen peroxide has helped a lot of you. I tried it and it helped a lot, but then my jaw went numb and I noticed it was a little swollen. Pain in my tooth is minimal, I can eat. And sometimes it doesnt hurt at all. Just my jaw hurts and is swollen. I am trying garlic, but any ideas on the whole jaw situation? my ear has been killing me too.

Replied by Kelly
Cambridge, Ma
05/12/2011
Stick with the garlic. It works wonders! I had a very similar experience a few months ago and was blown-away by how well the garlic worked.

You didn't mention how much garlic you've been taking. I used fresh garlic. Chop up one good sized clove and let it sit for about 10 min's, then put it on a spoon to take it and wash it down with lots of water.

I did this three times a day and in about 3-4 days, the swelling and pain were completely gone. I can't say enough about the use of garlic for these type issues. Truly amazing.

Replied by Diane
Lonsdale, Mn
05/12/2011
Try iodized silver. Hold teaspoon against your gum for 30 seconds and swallow. Don't know if that will help the ear. Blessings.

Posted by Susan (Owen Sound, Ontario, Ontario Canada) on 02/10/2011

[YEA]  I have been having an issue with an infection in the bone beneath a failed root canal. Antibiotics didn't touch it, and I was told the tooth would have to come out. I started chewing raw garlic for the pain, which worked immediately. I then started rinsing with a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water, and after only two days, the swelling has gone down and the tooth again feels like it "fits' in my mouth. I would never have believed that garlic and H2O2 would have made such a remarkable difference, but it has. I may still have to have an extraction in the future, but for now, all is well and that's good enough for me! Thank you EC for this amazing resource!

Garlic, Tea Bags   1  0   

Posted by Rebecca (Vallejo, Ca) on 10/15/2009

[YEA]  Garlic and tea bags cured my tooth abscess.

I just wanted to say thank you to eveyone who took the time to post their experiences and remedies on this site. I am one of those lucky people who do not have dental insurance, I have medi-cal but they no longer provide dental care for adults. Ever since I had my kids I keep getting cavities which I had never had before. Any way, my teeth are not in the best condition and recently I took a trip to the emergency room for an abscessed tooth that I had. I took the full ten day dose of penicilin that they gave me. When the prescription ran out my abscess returned immediately, which means it was never gone, it was just reduced. I decide to hit the internet to research some natural remedies and stumbled upon this site. After reading all of the suggestions I went to my kitchen to see what I had. I had plenty of fresh garlic as well as several different kinds of tea. I sliced the fresh garlic and placed it in between my gum and cheek, right up against the abscess. It burned for the first few minutes. I replaced the garlic like seven times that night. Then when I finally went to bed I placed a tea bag against my gum in my cheek as well. First I used a green tea bag becuase that was what was reccomended but I remembered the caffeine and replaced it whith a camomile tea bag. When I woke up my mouth felt much better but I could tell the infection was still there. I went to work and did not mess with it for the first part of the day. In the afternoon I did the garlic slices two times to help with the swelling. When I got home the abscess was big again and I was getting ready to do the garlic again. I went in to the bathroom to look at it and I could see that the pus was closer to the surface. Then all of a sudden it opened up and snot colored pus and a little blood came out. I rinsed my mouth with hydrogen peroxide twice and then water. The garlic and tea bag did in 24 hrs. what penicilin could not do in ten days!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Garlic, Teabag, Hydrogen Peroxide, Turmeric   1  0   

Posted by Jo (Hemet, Ca) on 10/17/2009

[YEA]  After 4 days of horrific pain I finally got smart enough to check Earth Clinic. Abcessed tooth, deep in the jaw line. Pain was enough to make me wnat to jump from a moving car. First, mistakenly, ran to the drug store and spent $15 onon over-the counter JUNK. LOL.

Then, at 2am on the fourth night, I finally checked in to EC. I saw the garlic cures for pain...as I did not have a fresh clove, but did have some chopped garlic in a jar, I immediately went to work. Scooped a teaspoon full and dropped in right onto to tooth. Ahhh...instant relief from the pain.

Next, I had to deal with getting the infection drawn to the surface. Tried the teabag. Just wet a regular old, cheap, black tea bag and put it directly on my gum and closed my mouth over it. I was able to grab some sleep for about 4 hours. A ringing phone woke me up at about noon. While talking on the phone, I felt a huge lump that had form next to my tooth. Quick...checked the mirror, the infection had surfaced.

I sterilized a needle, and one quick poke.....it started draining. 20 minutes and a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide later.....DONE. I had my mouth open the whole time...cleaning with the HP and Q-tips.

I was able to attend a community dinner that evening at 5pm and definitely ate my share of hamburger, salads and banana splits....lol I was completely healed with absolutely no pain. Amazing.

As a preventative measure, I have since been mixing a 1/2 a teaspoon of Tumeric into a shot of vegetable juice...just to ward off any more infections.

Thank you EC! You and your posters have saved my life more than once.


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