Last Modified on Jun 27, 2014
A tooth abscess or infected tooth is often one of the most painful experiences an individual is forced to endure. While most conventional treatment options include invasive remedies and even surgery, natural remedies are typically just as effective, if not more so, without the added discomfort of such treatments. Garlic is one of the most effective treatments for an abscessed tooth and can be done in the comfort of your own home.
Abscessed Tooth Treatment Options
While traditional medicine offers treatments for an abscessed tooth, these options are often only minimally effective unless you go the extreme route. Often dentists or oral surgeons suggest over-the-counter pain medications to relieve the pain without actually treating the underlying infection. And, when a treatment is prescribed for the infection, it often involves surgical treatment or at the very least a root canal.
It is important to note that a tooth infection can become deadly if it spreads to other parts of your body, like your heart or brain. An abscessed tooth MUST be taken care of as soon as possible. Please visit your local dentist or emergency dental clinic if your dental infection is worsening.
Garlic - A Home Remedy for Tooth Infections
Natural remedies, however, can function to relieve pain as well as eliminate infection. This dual-faceted treatment aims at preserving the tooth while still treating the condition. Garlic is especially effective for treating the condition as it functions as both an anti-inflammatory agent as well as a natural antibiotic.
How garlic works:
Garlic is considered a member of the allium family. These vegetables contain a unique combination of flavonoids as well as sulfur-containing nutrients, which make them effective natural health remedies. These unique compounds function in several different ways to treat a tooth abscess. Initially, garlic reduces inflammation, which also helps reduce pain in the tooth. The treatment also helps eliminate infection, so it works to naturally correct the condition.
How to use a garlic:
To use garlic as a treatment, select a fresh garlic clove. Peel the garlic and rinse it with warm water. Then, place the clove in your mouth and crush it with your teeth. As you begin crushing the garlic, you should experience a natural numbing sensation. Continue chewing the garlic until the pain has subsided. Spit out the clove and rinse your mouth with warm water. Consider sipping on water with a few drops of peppermint or clove essential oil in it to freshen your breath.
As uncomfortable as an abscessed tooth is, the condition calls for an immediate remedy. Garlic is a safe, easy-to-use option that helps treat the condition at its core.
Continue reading below for more than 70 positive reviews from Earth Clinic readers who have used garlic successfully to treat a tooth infection. Tried this remedy? Let us know what you think!
03/31/2014: Kt from Usa: "I was sharing your website with someone who had an abscessed tooth and told her to look for an Aug. 2012 post that encouraged me to tolerate the garlic burning when using the remedy for my abscess. Are we going to be able to pull up old posts to print?
EC: Scroll through the entries and you may find the one that you were looking for. The entry in 9/2012 from Don Quixote talks about how the garlic stung for the first few minutes but ultimately cured his abscess.
[YEA] 03/03/2014: Gabbysue from Haltom City, Texas: "When my son was 18 he had a root canal. The dentist put in a porcelain tooth. I assume because it was a back tooth. He is now 27. He told me the other day that the tooth had started to fall out and he pushed it back in. He said it didn't hurt. My first thought unfortunately came to light. The next day he woke up with the left side of his face extremely swollen. I was afraid that when he pushed it back in he also pushed bacteria, etc. in. Not having insurance I came here to see if there was a home remedy. I read a tried and true story from Phil in Manchester, UK from 02/23/13. I knew my son would be too skeptical, so I had him read the story. Being in so much pain he agreed to try it. I gave him a sliver of garlic and told him to hold it on the sore gum for at least 3 minutes. Poor guy, his eyes started watering and I could tell it made the pain worse. After 3 mins he spit it out. About 15 or so mins he ran to the bathroom. The abscess had started draining. He stayed in the bathroom spitting and rinsing with water for 15 mins. The next morning he had no swelling or pain. I am so thankful that I found earthclinic."Replies
03/04/2014: Timh from Ky, Usa replies: "After reading several of Bill's post concerning Biofilms, I did some basic searches on this topic yesterday. Biofilms are particularly present in our teeth & gums. These Biofilms are like baggies, housing & protecting an array of pathogens including bacteria, viruses, and funguses. Controlled studies have shown Allicin, the active ingredient in Garlic, to be a somewhat effective Biofilm remover.
All the recent testimonies concerning garlic and gum disease being cured by Garlic is certainly topical proof of the clinical studies."
[YEA] 06/06/2014: Francesca from Gila, New Mexico replies: "Thank god for your website! I was in such agony due to an abscessed molar, taking antibiotics and tramadol for pain and received no relief until I found your website with the garlic treatment. The garlic relieved the pain and appears to be drawing out the infection and I am hoping that it will drain the abscess
Thank you for the information the great spirit is indeed great."
[YEA] 02/11/2014: Ida from Us: "Thank you everyone! I just used garlic on my sore tooth and it has cleared up the pain. At first when I placed the garlic on the gum around my tooth, it hurt so bad that my ear and jaw throbbed in pain. After 5 minutes it subsided and I can feel the pain is gone and my sore gums are feeling better. My ear doesn't feel plugged up anymore, and my vertigo is gone. This is amazing!!!!"
[YEA] 10/30/2013: Taissa from Montana: "Wow. I mean, wow! I don't believe it.
I have had a really bad tooth infection for a month now. I have been on three big guns broad spectrum antibiotics trying to clear it up. Nothing will touch it. Nothing touches the pain. Yesterday out of desperation I decided to try garlic. I chopped two cloves, smashed it a bit, waited 5 min then swallowed it with water. I did this about 4 more times, then went to bed. Woke up, and the pain had lessened. Second day, I continued the protocol and tonight I'm pain free. I am seriously pain free. And I never even put a garlic clove on my gum yet because I was afraid that it would burn too much.
So here's what I do: Take two garlic cloves, peel, chop, then smash it a bit to where I see some juice come out, wait about 5 minutes and swallow it back. I put it on a spoon and just swallow. Repeated this about 4 times more.
This really works. The swelling and pressure in my gum is gone and the deep pain is gone. This is truly nature's antibiotic. I've been on three big gun antibiotics and it wouldn't even touch it. Amazing!"Replies
02/24/2014: Reka from West Sussex Uk replies: "Thank you for your help everybody, I have done the same and the bump disappeared from my gum but all the swelling went into my lip and face. What do I do now? The same side where the swelling was in my tooth at the root. Do I need antibiotics now? I look like I had a lip job. Please urgent help needed, I hope I didn't make it worse! Thank you!!!"
02/25/2014: Prioris from Fl replies: "When one is in pain or discomfort in mouth area especially teeth, it can become really urgent just on basis of the pain alone.I understand your urgency.
I always have "fish" antibiotics on hand in case an emergency arises. everyone should. use natural if possible. all the antibiotics should be ok for at least 5 years except monocycline which has a 1 year storage. If it is the weekend, your really up the creek waiting till monday to see a doctor. my bad teeth events happen friday afternoon - lol - really. I have had people I know who had developed bad infections which could have become serious but was able to quickly nip the infection in the bud because I had antibiotics on hand. fish antibiotics are 10X cheaper than human antibiotics.
You really have to buy some things when you don't need them. you may never use them but just having them on hand gives you more options during emergencies. this way you turn emergencies into non emergencies. you have more time to think about it. of course, always take it with bromelaine.
I can't give you an opinion of what is happening to your face and what you should do. if you find out, please report back. the information will be useful to other people."
[YEA] 10/06/2013: Faith from La: "I had a root canal extraction weeks later, I had a big fistuala at the site. Saw two different dentist that said, it was just post surgery trauma. Another dentist said a fistula is a bad infection it is attempt by the body to remove some of the pressure from the bone and tissue so it forms fistula. My MD looked at and said, raging infection and sent me to oral surgeon had the site cleaned out and did cavitation. Apparently the bone graft did not take and gutta percha was left behind and caused big infection. Seven days later stiill had swelling used garlic paste and in a three days. AMAZING swelling is gone. Garlic is miraculous."
[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.."Replies
12/18/2013: Johnny Strait from Manhattan, New York replies: "Garlic really DOES work. It takes 2 to 3 days for it to absorb into your system totally but anyone saying that it doesn't work, didn't use it. You can't just take a garlic pil and expect it to work. Screw that!!! You have to use minced or sliced garlic and the swallow it for it to work. You also can't just put a little bit of it in your mouth for 20 minutes and then spit it out and expect a miracle. For anyone to say that it made any infection worse is full of crap. ALL bacteria and ALL viruses, (including all forms of cancer), cannot stand up to raw garlic. They get blindsided by it and die from it. I use it on cuts and infections and they ALWAYS go away. It's NOT different for any individual. It works on everyone the same way. And that means chew it up and swallow 1 tablespoon every 4 hours for at least 7 days for an abcess. It will take alot longer for cancer but you have to take it for a lifetime once it's gone, just not near as much and not every day. It also is a mild pain reliver, an appetite suppressant, and helps you lose weight by giving you a higher metabolic rate."
[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."
[YEA] 07/30/2011: Courtney from Granite Bay, California: "Garlic-garlic-garlic! I cannot say enough about the healing properties of garlic when it comes to dental infections.
I promise you that if you do this, you will be astounded at how well it works.
Take a good sized clove of peeled garlic (the bigger, the better), slice it fairly thin, then chop it into tiny pieces. Let the chopped pieces sit for about 5 minutes, then put all of the pieces onto a spoon and gulp it down, almost as you would a pill, with water.
Do this 3x a day and you will be amazed! Good luck. Tooth pain is no fun. I feel for you."
[YEA] 07/01/2011: Homegirl from San Juan, Puerto Rico: "Just tried the garlic remedy this morning. I have had tooth pain on and off for the past two weeks. My dentist has changed the filling and the pain was horrible. I was literally doubled over. My first bite of the garlic was excruciating but after about two hours the pain was almost completely gone. My next purchase is colloidal silver. Thank you!!!! :)"
[YEA] 05/22/2011: Rose from Seattle, Washington, Usa: "Another big YES for garlic for toothache! Woke up in the middle of the night with a painful toothache/inflamed gum area. I didn't have any fresh garlic, so I used garlic powder. Applied a tiny glob of powder with a moistened Q-tip to affected area. There was a burning sensation, and I felt like spitting it out, but didn't. After about 5 minutes or so, felt MUCH better! Hardly any pain now!
Love this site!"
[YEA] 05/09/2011: Ilya from Los Angeles, Ca: "Oh wow, I can't believe how well Garlic worked. I've got pretty bad tooth infection so my dentist told me to take penicillin and painkillers for a week before he can pull the tooth.
For some reason painkillers he prescribed me have almost no effect, unless I double the doze and Penicillin takes 1-2 days to even start wokring. I was in horrible pain with stomach full of usless drugs when I found this forum. Needless to say I stuck a garlic glove right in my mouth and let me tell ya, the pain is GONE... almost instantly and swelling seems to be getting better.
Thanks everyone for the advice, I hope I can sleep better tonight :)"
[YEA] 03/24/2011: Viola from Hampton Bays, N.y.: "Reading feedback on site last night. Face very swollen on right side. Tried Garlic remedy and I no longer have an infection. I absolutely LOVE Earth Clinic. I am forever recommending it to one and all. Bless you for sharing. Viola"Replies
03/25/2011: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "I want to second this post! About a week ago, I bit down on my left side and it was painful. I hadn't had any tooth pain, so I was quite suprised. I felt my jaw and noticed it had a good sized lump and it hurt when I put pressure one it. After about two days I noticed it was getting bigger, so I decided to also try the garlic. I slice a small piece and put it between my gum and cheek before I go to bed at night, leaving it all night. I noticed pain relief the first day, and almost all of the swelling is gone after about five days. I'm pleasantly surprised. Thanks again to all that post."
08/12/2011: Tiredofpain from Sioux Falls, Sd Usa replies: "I tried this and it burned the soft tissue in my mouth!"
06/21/2012: Sarena from Texas replies: "I have been reading your posts and I guess I am overlooking it, but if you wouldn't mind could you please tell me this wonderful garlic recipe everyone is talking about. Is it the one with the sea salt and cumin or is it just a garlic clove? I have an abscess tooth in the front of my mouth from an old root canal. It comes up every now and then and I just pop it when it swells. It hasnt swelled all the way yet but I can feel the pressure and my whole face hurts. I cant afford a dentist right now, so any help would be appreciated grately. Thanks. You can E-mail me at sarena.hurt(at)yahoo.com "
[YEA] 02/02/2011: Mike from Madison, Ms: "Garlic works! I have never posted to a board like this but I have a terrible abcess on my upper left gum that has been extremely painful. Ibuprophen was almost useless as a pain reliever. Long story short, I read the thread, got a $.26 clove of garlic, cut up a couple of small slices, chewed them up a little bit then used my tongue to shove the chewed pieces up into the inflammed part of my gum and cheek.
They are not kidding when they say it burns, but I paced around the house and after about 10 minutes the burning subsided mostly. I kept in in there for ten more minutes then chewed it up and swallowed the pieces. RELIEF! I can still feel the huge bump on my gum which is uncomfortable but nothing like the tooth and gum pain I had before I did that.
I will have to see what happens now as far as the abcess shrinking and my left cheek draining - it is full and swollen, but I wanted to quickly post just to let people know that the relief is amazing. Hope it continues to heal.
Thanks to everyone who has posted before to tell me of this natural remedy."
[YEA] 09/16/2013: Sophie from Fl replies: "Garlic really works for the pain. And my abscess disappeared."
[YEA] 01/24/2011: Tara from Savannah, Ga.: "OMG!!! THE GARLIC REALLY WORKS. HAVE HAD AND ABSCESSED TOOTH FOR TWO DAYS NOW NEEDLESS TO SAY IT HURTS LIKE HECK. I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING THE SALT WATER AND BAKING SODA IT HELPS SOME BUT LET ME TELL YOU THE GARLIC IS LIKE WHATS UP. I USED THE GARLIC POWDER IT BURNS LIKE CRAP BUT THE REWARD IS GREAT. THE SWELLING IN MY JAW HAS GONE DOWN LIKE TO ALMOST NOTHING, THE PAIN 100% GONE. SO I GUESS ITS SAFE TO SAY THINK GOD FOR GARLIC AND FOR THIS SITE."
[YEA] 12/09/2010: Katrinika from Morehead City, Nc, Usa: "I had a very painful root canal done 5 months ago. The last couple of days I noticed some unusual bad breath in the morning, last night I felt a hard bump above the root canal (extending almost to my eye), by 3am I was in terrible pain. Just two months ago I had a severe drug reaction to a cyclosporan antibiotic and was so very, very ill I was terrified of taking another antibiotic so I got online and found this website. I read a few of these posts and got out some chlorhexidrine mouthwash (not recommended here), activated charcoal, grapeseed extract and asperin (not recommended here). I don't do my best thinking at 3am... I rinsed my mouth with the strong mouthwash, put a few drops of grapeseed extract, the contents of an activated charcoal capsule and some crushed asperin in some gauze and put it between my cheek and gum, then came back and read some more. Went and took out the asperin-laced pouch and tried to think of something else that might heal and could only find some "echinacea plus" tea - mixed one drop of grapeseed extract with charcoal and dry tea in gauze and put it in my cheek and tried to sleep. After a while it started to hurt but I left it. The third time I debated the way it was hurting I took that out, too. To my dismay I had obviously badly burned the area in my mouth touching the poultice. I would not have bet anything that I would ever put a raw garlic clove in my mouth, but I finally did. Because the lump went all the way to my eye now I also put a slice of garlic and a piece of tape and placed it over the bump under my eye. It took two hours, but the pain finally subsided enough for me to go to sleep. Two hours later, the pain from the abscess is greatly reduced but the area where I burned my mouth with the earlier poltices is very sore and angry. Guess you can't use grapeseed extract straight?
Anyway, my dog is going in for dental surgery next week, but today I'm going to go buy some oily fish, more garlic, and some tumeric, grind then together, add some agave nectar, form it into 1 inch balls, freeze them and then give them to her three times a day to chew on. Maybe by next week I will have saved myself the cost of the antibiotic I know the vet will otherwise certainly have recommended. Plus, I've found a doggie toothpaste made only from baking soda, almond oil, and beeswax that works better than anything I've ever used before (even the treacherous dental enzyme). I won't fall behind on her tooth brushing in future. Blessings and thank you to all the garlic folks."
12/06/2013: Kellie from California replies: "I know this is an older post I am replying to, but I wanted to let anyone who reads this know that garlic is great for humans. but it is TOXIC to dogs."
EC: We have a great page on this subject: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/garlic_for_dogs.html
[YEA] 11/15/2010: Dee from Burke, Va: "I would like to thank you for the garlic suggestion. I have an abscessed tooth and it started on Sunday, I tried to reach my doctor all day. While waiting I came across this site. I cut a piece of garlic and placed it on the tooth, left it there an hour, I did this three times. Today I am so much better. I thank God that I found this site. It worked for me, Dee"
[YEA] 11/05/2010: Sleighb7 from Barrie, Ontario, Canada: "Holy smokes.... I am very grateful for earth clinic AND garlic. On Halloween I caused some sort of trauma to my tooth/gums from eating hard candy in the same spot in my mouth, my gums become swollen and it felt like I had cut the gum severely. When I took a mirror I could see my gum was bright red/purple and had become infected as there was little indents around the gum. I waited 4-5 days before I'd had enough of waiting for the cut and the pain to heal itself. I read about garlic and took a fresh clove sliced it into a few peices and held it to the cut/infection area for around a half an hour. By gosh I wake up in the morning, look in the mirror and tadaaa the purple infection/cut is GONNNNEEE I am amazed garlic worked overnight for me!!! Ive been telling everyone about this -the area is still a little tender but the infection is gone which was my main concern and the gums look healthy again, THANK YOU AGAIN EARTH CLINIC"
[YEA] 08/29/2010: Misstammy from Ottawa, On, Canada : "I had to come and comment about using Garlic to cure my aching tooth, jaw and throat pain that I have had for 2 days straight, and like many of you I have tried some OTC drugs which were NOT as effective as Garlic. Here is what I did: I took a garlic clove and removed the outer layer, I then sliced the garlic in half and gently rubbed the garlic on my affected area for about 5-10 minutes on each side of the tooth/gum line.
**People have mentioned the burning sensation, let me tell you right now. It is NOTHING compared to the intense pain that was already there, in fact it was soothing so do not be worried too much about it, but if it is burning a lot perhaps you are leaving it on for too long**
When I was satisfied with the pain relief inside my mouth I gently chewed the garlic to release more of the oils. Within 15 minutes the pain which even Advil did not kill was gone! I was amazed! After I was done doing this I rinsed my mouth out with sea salt and water to prevent the garlic from burning the skin inside my mouth (suggested by a friend). ~I also decided to make a mouthwash that would provide the same type of relief I got from the garlic and it also worked immediately! Here is what I did:
4 cloves of garlic (minced) or chopped very fine
1 half tea spoon of Cumin
1 teaspoon of Sea Salt
1 and a half cups of boiling water
I took all the ingredients and placed them in a bowl, I then added the boiled water to the mixture and stirred it up. After the mixture cooled down a little I would take enough to fill my mouth and would gargle it so that some entered my throat, I would also swish it between and around the teeth and gums vigorously and gently chew the baby pieces of garlic. Instant relief!! *I also sipped on the mixture, just enough to get some of the stuff in my throat as it was also swollen pretty badly. I did this last night at 3:00am and it is now the next morning. The swelling has gone down almost completely and there is only a very dull pain, I will continue to use this throughout the day and I am also at work, which I though would be impossible. Thank you everyone who posted with regards to this topic, the comments that I read literally saved me about $40.00 in medication and a possible medical bill which I cannot really afford at this time!! Xoxox Love Miss Tammy"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/08/2010: Finally Pain Free from Twin City, Georgia: "I have had an abscessed tooth for the last week, went to the dentist only to have this fool tell me " I can refer you out to get it pulled." Of course I did not go there for an extraction, I wanted an antibiotic. Anyway I found this site by accident, I didn't have any fresh garlic, but I do have garlic powder (Made a paste with warm water)....Let me tell you it's just as effective.....I will finally get full nights sleep.......
[YEA] 03/23/2010: Ariel from Bend, Oregon Usa: "I have had recurring problems with a tooth I had a root canal on over ten years ago. Eventually, according to my dentist, I will need an extraction and dental implant because it is cracked and the cause of abcesses I have been experiencing periodically over the past 4 years. However, I don't have dental insurance, so, I deal with them the best I can, sometimes resorting to antibiotics, but I hate taking those, so this time, when I noticed my gum swelling up and becoming red and pussy looking, I took a clove of garlic, minced it, and placed it inside of a teabag I emptied to make a poultice, and have been keeping it inside of my mouth against the inflamed gum. Amazingly, the swelling has already subsided, and (gross) looks like the infection is coming to the surface, and is forming a pimple-like area that might eventually drain (gross!) I am relieved, I am SO afraid of the infection travelling inward-have heard of healthy young folks like myself dying from untreated abcesses-not something to mess around with. I am seeing a dentist in a couple days, but needed to begin treatment before it got worse. Also applying colloidal silver spray liberally and taking goldenseal, echinachea tea, vitamin C and D3 to boost my immune system. One warning about garlic---I work with the public- I did this treatment last night, then brushed my teeth AND used mouthwash, and my boyfriend said I still stunk like garlic-hopefully chewing ginger root as was mentioned here earlier will help my cause when I have to work later tonight!!??"
[YEA] 03/12/2010: Rifkah6 from Lancaster, Uk: "Garlic for gum abscess
I am amazed at the potency of garlic as a nautural antibiotic, and although I had always been aware of this property, I am stunned at how well it has worked on a particularly nasty gum abscess that I had been suffering from.
To cut a long story short(er), I have a grumbling wisdom tooth on my lower right side, and the flap that was partially covering it became infected about 2 weeks ago. By the wednesday of the first week I went to the dentist who informed me that the particularly nasty case of pericoronitis I had would not clear without antibiotics, even using the hot salt water rinses that have cleared more superficial abscesses for me in the past. By the Wednesday evening, I could hardly open my mouth, and I could feel the infection spreading into the muscles that hinged my upper and lower jaws. I knew it was a very deep abscess, but I was determined not to use the antibiotics as I am very much against the routine use of antibiotics unless in emergency situations.
So I commenced with the salt water rinses, echinacea, oil pulling with tea tree and sunflower/sesame oil to arrest the infection, and ibuprofen for the pain. These were working well enough, but, i.e I could feel that the infection was being drawn somewhat out of my jaw muscles over the next few days. I continued this course of action until the Sunday, when I decided to add grapefruit seed extract into the mix. This helped somewhat although worked no major miracles, and by the Tuesday I was ready to try terramin clay packed over the abscess overnight. This seemed to work well as on the Wednesday morning the abscess had come to a head and burst (uber gross!), but it was still inflamed and I could feel the infection was still there. But I continued with the terramin and the rest of my protocol over the next day, and yet again by the Thursday morning the abscess had refilled over night and now had not just one head on it but two!
At this point I came across garlic as a possible magic bullet - this was a real "aha!" moment, cos i knew of garlics efficacy as a natural antibiotic, but I just hadn't considered putting it on my abscess. So i went straight and mashed up some garlic in my pestle and mortar and placed some of the mash on my abscess and drank the rest down with some water. My god, the pain was incredible, so much so that I could not sit still and had to walk around the house inbetween rushing to the bathroom to get rid of the excess saliva my mouth was producing, but I knew that the garlic was getting to work and killing the infection.
Within 12 hours the abscess had reduced by half, and this morning it is looking pretty grizzly, but is almost back to it's normal gum profile with no pain and no refilling with that god awful pus. I am continuing with the garlic protocol until I am sure this is completely healed (and the oil pulling too as i think this is invaluable for gum health), but all other treatments I feel are now unnecessary - garlic is the magic bullet for oral problems :o)
All in all, I think that the salt water rinses, oil pulling, echinacea, grapefuit seed extract and terramin arrested the infection and drew it to the surface of my gum, but it was the garlic that actually killed it."
[YEA] 12/21/2009: Drugfree from Trenton, Nj, USA: "just 2 days ago i was in pain all day long. it was keeping me up all night. even advil wasn't working. had 4 fillings done at the dentist and even a month later i couldn't drink cold drinks because it would hurt right away and i couldn't drink juice without brushing right away because it would hurt really bad 30 minutes later. noticed a bubble on my gums. found out it was an abscess. started researching tooth abscesses. while searching the web found earthclinic which helped me before with hypothyroidism, for that i used coconut oil. noticed that garlic really works for infected teeth and abscesses. at first i just rubbed half a clove of raw garlic sliced in half on the abscess. didn't really help. so i chewed 1/4 clove of garlic and let the garlic juice sit on the infected area for at least 10 minutes, sometimes 30 minutes. by the 3rd night all the pain was gone. now i can drink cold juice without the pain like before although if i do drink cold juice and don't brush its still a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10 for pain. thanks to everyone who posted their testimonials. can get back to my life now. earthclinic is a real lifesaver."
[YEA] 11/21/2009: Lashonda from Atlantic City, New Jersey: "Ok...When I had my last daughter, I've been suffering for 3 years with dental issues. She took a lot of calcium during my pregnancy. As usual, the dentist couldn't abstract the teeth because I was pregnant. I lost most of my back teeth top and bottom. The crowns are gone and all thats left are the root part of the teeth. I will need extensive surgery to correct the problems.
I have been to the hospital on several occassions for this. Each time, they prescribed me clyndamycin (I pray that is spelled correctly) because I am allergic to pennicilin. Needless to say, I would have to take those for 15 days consecutive until all the antibiotic was gone..The pain killers they gave to me were Percocet, Oxycodone, Tylenol 3, and Vicondon.( not all in one, separate times) All of these made me sick.
What gets me is once I believe that one abscess has gone away, another pops up. This is the reason that I can not get the surgery yet. Not to mention, I am self employed and currently do not possess health and dental insurance. Paying for hospital bills and medication has strained my pocketbook, dress slacks, and bank accounts...
There have been way too many times that I suffered sleepless nights, missed meals, and tears from the excruciating pain. I am telling you, the pain was so bad that I often suffered hearing loss, eye and headaches(on the infected side), chest and arm pain. This pain was so bad that I called my mother in North Carolina a few times. I have never experienced such pain in my life. I'd rather have a million babies than to sufffer tooth pain..
What brought me to this site was after viewing my finances and my medication, I knew I couldn't afford to go to the hospital nor pay for the medicine.I had just taken my last antibiotic and the swelling and pain started all over again. On last night, I googled home made antibiotics for tooth abscess and this site was on the top of the search engine. I heard about clove oil was good, but when I saw garlic here, further reading was needed..
As I begin to read others story, many of them I related to. Thank you everyone for your testimonies. Most people said use fresh garlic. Well I didn't have fresh garlic in my home. I tried the next best thing. GARLIC POWDER. It did burn at first even throbbed a little. But after the burning the pain went away. I went to sleep and woke up with most of the swelling gone. I repeated the process again when I woke up this morning, once this afternoon, and doing it now as I type.
Garlic works in any form I believe. The pain is gone, but the swelling is still there but not as much. Most people say do it for three days. That is advice I will continue to use.
Downside to using garlic is bad breath. But when you are in pain, bad breath is the least of worries. I didn't have to do much speaking or talking so that was a blessing. If any of you know what I can do to get rid of the garlic breath, please inform me. Everything I eat has a garlic backdrop to it...don't like that too much."
11/21/2009: John from Hampton, Virginia replies: "Garlic is known as the Russian penicillin. I too suffer from gum and tooth problems. Swishing peroxyl, (a mouthwash), around the affected area, will help. Also msm rubbed on the gum or used as a toothpaste will help with swelling. Bee propolis is also said to be of help. good luck"
11/23/2009: Merryanne from Orange City, Florida, USA replies: "Well John,,that is good oral care,,but with oral decaying in the mouth, with maybe some sensitivity and maybe pain,,I would start chewing that garlic, and consuming at least 1 whole clove(the whole thing)each day,,and if there is any infection you might eat two cloves each day,,,I don't think I can eat too much garlic, but I also sleep alone :) Merryanne, FL"
01/11/2010: Ivannam from Takoma Park, Maryland, United States replies: "Yes, Ginger is good for your breath. After doing the 'garlic routine', cut a slice of ginger and chew it for a minute or two, then spit it out..else. Then you are good to go!"
08/31/2013: Phil7 from Uk replies: "Chewing parsley or other herbs like Basil, Thyme and Mint can help counter garlic breath."
[YEA] 11/20/2009: Dalene from Johannesburg, South Africa: "I had a tooth abcess and went to the dentist. He gave antibiotics, which didn't work, helped nothing. So I tried my luck with raw garlic, grated fine, leave to sit for 10 minutes, pour some olive oil over, and swallow. Did it monday night, Tuesday morning, lunchtime, and by Tuesday evening it was down. Kept up the garlic and by the next day it was gone, till today!! I did keep on with the garlic, but once a day after the cure. It also seems to immunize one against flu, because all sorts of people with colds/flu were around me, coughing and sneezing, but I caught it not! Also my skin feels good, not dry and tight like before which may be the olive oil (cold pressed extra virgin) Thanks EarthClinic and all who contribute!!"
[YEA] 08/24/2009: Amanda from Seattle, Wa: "Tooth Abscess
Garlic. Use it.
I have had a tooth abscess on my lower jaw due to an unfinished root canal I had 9 months ago. Its swollen with pus and the pain has almost been unbearable. I'm one of those lucky ones with no insurance, medical, dental or otherwise and I became so desperate that I actually tried to drain the abscess myself with a needle and some otc pain reliever.
It was too painful and very difficult to hold my mouth open at the same time.
Then, upon stumbling to this site, I discovered something quite wonderful. GARLIC. A whole clove. Cut in half. I knew it was gonna burn, but #%$&!
Be prepared for pain. Especially if you've cut your gum up with a needle. I could only keep the garlic on initially for like 5 seconds, but every time I made myself do it a little longer with a little more and WHALA.
About an hour later i can hold the whole clove in my mouth, cut side against the abscess and I can tell you now, that the swelling has already decreased SIGNIFICANTLY.
Consider me impressed. I'm going to continue with this and hope it actually removes some of the abscess. Thank God for this site.
GARLIC FOR THE WIN."
08/26/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx replies: "you might also try making up a ball of calcium bentonite clay and sticking it where the abcess is. this will help draw the pus out. it will also soothe the irritated area.
maybe do the garlic for a while and then the clay when you get tired of the garlic. or you could even crush some garlic and put it into some bentonite. also take turmeric. i have even had relief from abcess pain by swishing some tumeric mixed with oil in my mouth and brushing my teeth and gums with this mixture. good luck :) also eat raw garlic of course ;)"
[YEA] 05/31/2009: Michael from Denver, CO: "Toothache and Tooth Abscess Remedies : I have been battling with a stubborn wisdom tooth that is growing in sideways. I lived abroad for the last couple of years and now that I am back in the US, I don't have health insurance. Usually, my mouth is fine. But every once in a while my gums and cheek will swell up around the tooth to the point that I cannot close my mouth without biting them. The inflammation spreads to my throat, sinuses and ear. In the past I have had to resort to strong antibiotics to stop the swelling. I prefer not to use them so I have tried mouth wash, hydrogen peroxide, salt water, ice, etc with slow and little success.
Yesterday, my gum flared up again and became worse over night. After reading these posts, I immediately went to the store for garlic. I chopped a 1/4 inch slice from the clove and placed it between my cheek and teeth. I spit out the slice after five minutes and could close my mouth without biting my cheek and gums! I replaced the slice with another, and another. When the burning stopped, I would gently chew the garlic to release more juice, when the garlic breaks up I replace it with a new slice. After a half hour, my pain has been cut in half and the swelling has gone down 75%. It is working beautifully. Thank you to those who posted their experiences."
[YEA] 05/02/2009: Monet from Cincinnati, Ohio : "Hello, I use your site all of the time and want to thank you for such useful information!
Recently, my feet started swelling along with blood pressure spiking to very high levels. I do not have high blood pressure so I could not understand what was going on. By day three I figured out I had a tooth infection that was probably starting to seep into my blood causing the swelling, blood pressure spikes, tingling in head, legs, and feet. After speaking with a dentist who felt they were unrelated and would not give me any advice on whether I should go to the ER, I decided to use garlic infused with yogurt (yogurt helps it go down easier). I took about 1 T. of crushed garlic and 1 T. of yogurt. Within 5 minutes the swelling in my feet went away and I felt my blood pressure had gone down. I took my blood pressure and it had dropped over 50 points! Obviously, the blood pressure spikes were brought on by the tooth infection, unbeknownst to the young Dentist!!!
I cook with garlic all of the time, but RAW GARLIC is terrific for blood pressure and infections!!!
[YEA] 04/03/2009: bxmom from ny, ny: "Garlic helped a toothe abcess--omg i can"t believe it---so far did 3 treatments, left on each time 30 iomns.--doing 3 or 4x a day. then chew garlic on toothe with pain. 1 hr later gargle with acv.---I ahad a sinus onfection used nettie pot with kosher salt--toothe abcess caused sinus infection. bwtween the 3 treatments in less than 24 hrs a big improvement. My gums were all inflamed they are also looking better. Will continue til it stops the abcess and all pain. Hopefully it will. This tooth is a molar half broken that needs route canal and crown. I am petrified of the dentist. I need all my teeth pulled out. Just keep putting it off. I pray this terrific garlic proceedure will either make it disappear or buy me time. I know its working. Thank you for this site its a a lifesaver!!!!!!!!"Replies
08/14/2010: Sunny from Phoenix, Arizona, Usa replies: "Your situation sounds a lot like mine with your teeth. I felt compelled to see how you are doing. Also wondering if you have had any dental work done because I, too am very scared."
09/14/2010: Nurioneheart from Tacoma, Wa, Usa replies: "Sunny and all the rest of the world who suffer from tooth and jaw pain... I wouldn't wish this kind of pain and worry on anyone. I have had an abscess once a year in one particular molar, which I have always treated successfully and quickly with a little gauze pad soaked in clove oil or oil of oregano. But a week ago I had an infected gum around one of my front teeth. What a freaky surprise that was. I hit it with a swab of clove oil and all the skin on the roof of my mouth came tumbling down for the next three days. Then the gum around my upper front tooth got infected so I hit it with oil of oregano and scared the bejiggers out of myself wondering if I had some kind of hoof and mouth disease. The front teeth seemed a whole lot better but then all the molars on the same side of my mouth became infected. No blister, just swollen so I could not chew, let alone sleep. I packed the molar area with a mixture I make in my food processor: equal parts of ginger, garlic, onion, lemon and a dash of ACV and cayenne pepper and some raw honey to taste... Love the stuff, but it burned the skin so now I have big canker-like sores on that side of my face. Oh, woe is we who have such tribulations!!!! I have not had a cavity since I was 17 years old (I am age 68 and am in fantastic health) and I haven't been to a doctor ever except for the childbirth thing... Haven't taken a pain pill since my drinking-hang-over days (1960-1980. ) But yesterday the tooth and jaw pain was so great I got some aspirin from my neighbor and took 3 of them every two hours. It sort of made the swelling go down, but by that time all the skin was burned around my upper and lower back molars and I wished to make a quick ascension into the Heavenly Kingdom real fast! My face, ear and top left side of my head hurt so bad I could barely sleep, and I so dearly love my precious sleep. This morning I realized this bad-boy wasn't going to go away without bringing out some bigger guns so I made a more thorough study on this site to see what else I could do. Nothing too new to me here, but the garlic in the tea bag trick, so owwwwwwww I did it. Mmmmmmm, it bit me real bad. Exactly as the one other woman said, "rather give birth" than suffer this kind of pain... Garlic on a skinless cheek ain't my idea of entertainment. If a dentist treated me this way I'd sue for every penny I could get. (So I owe myself a billion dollars for this little week long fiasco! ) Now I have had the crushed garlic tea bag on my open sores for 3 hours because I am determined to kill whatever is there. If I take it off too soon and fail to kill it, there is no way I would ever put another hot fiery substance on it again. I know there are other billions of other people (even children) who have gone through far worse pain and loss than I am going through, so my heart is full of compassion for them. Maybe that's the up-side of this event, that I become more aware and compassionate for others and try to be a more educated helper or comforter. Thanks everybody for making EC such a fab. Place to get natural healing ideas!!!!!! Love, NuriOneHeart from Tacoma"
12/04/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Nickie: TY for your testimony on/and the problems of disease care. For an oral rinse, may I suggest MMS. MMS is the most powerful antimicrobial substance on the planet. Also Dr Harowitz or his Ex sells a product."
[YEA] 03/03/2009: Leila from Amsterdam, The Netherlands: "Garlic cured my jaw infection! One of molars in my upper jaw broke off about a year ago, all the way down to the gums. I don't have insurance and am mortally afraid of going to the dentist, so when my cheek swelled up yesterday, I panicked. I tried green clay, bit it didn't help much. After sleeping 3 hours and not knowing what to do about the pain (painkillers didn't help much either), I decided to do a search on the Internet and stumbled across your site.
Garlic worked wonders! I chewed it and pressed the pulp against the 'hole' between my teeth.It stung so badly, I had tears in my eyes, but after 5 minutes the pain had subsided. Am absolutely overjoyed! Will continue to treat with garlic, I have a really good feeling about it. Thank you!"
[YEA] 02/25/2009: Jennie from Fort Wayne, IN: "I am in the middle of a bad sinus infection with a lot of the pain settling in my jaw and bottom teeth. Last night I finally went to the clinic and got on an antibiotic. When I got home, I was miserable and sobbing from the pain, so I sliced up a garlic clove and placed it along my gumline and held it there for a few minutes - as long as I could. This was the only comfort I'd had - nothing over-the-counter was working, and it allowed me to go to sleep. When I woke up this morning, I had a lot of drainage down the back of my throat and a giant ball of pus where I had placed the garlic. I am convinced that it drew out my infection."
[YEA] 02/24/2009: Wendy from Moose Jaw, SK.: "I have always seem to have had abcesses, cavities etc.and have used most all main stream remedies one can imagine.The other night desperate for pain relief I tried Garlic Clove on my tooth and gum, it helped quite a bit, but I also had swollen gland in my throat... probably abcess. Between the garlic and gargling with salt I am greatly improved! Thanks Earth Clinic for this great site!"
[YEA] 02/16/2009: Dean from Kansas City, MO: "I had a tooth ache and sore gums beginning on Friday night. Didn't sleep hardly at all. Saturday morning, I got out the garlic - 1 pealed clove. I sliced the clove in half and put each half on the sore gums, cut side facing gums/tooth. It burned like crazy. Kept it there and moved it around for at least 30 minutes, maybe longer. I also ate one clove of garlic toward the end of this. Slept much better that night and on Sunday, I still had some soreness. probably caused by the garlic burning but the tooth pain was totally gone. It's now Monday morning and I can hardly tell that I even had a problem. Garlic rules!"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/10/2009: Robin from Madison, WI, USA: "I chewed thin slices of a clove of raw garlic for at least ten minutes for a tooth abscess/gum infection. It burned a lot, but I wanted to get the full benefit, so I kept at it. The upside is that the tooth pain went away. The downside is that within the next 5-8 hours I developed areas inside my mouth that seemed scalded (like from drinking too-hot liquid), and blisters all over my gums and cheeks inside. It is the next morning, and my mouth is a mass of blisters.
When you use raw garlic,do be more cautious than I have been! After this heals up I'll try a much gentler solution and probably will never chew on a raw clove again."
11/04/2010: Laurahelen from Dublin, Oh replies: "I emptied a tea bag and filled it with a minced garlic clove. I placed the tea bag just on the infected area, but I noticed I had some pain on my lips where the tea bag had been hanging out of my mouth. I put some chapstick on them before using the tea bag again and didn't have the problem. I just had to protect the raw skin... That might help!!"
[YEA] 02/10/2009: Rick from Edmonton, Canada: "Hi, came across your site the other day while suffering from what I suspect was the start of a tooth abcess.I am in the US until March 1st and was looking at the possibility of having to seek treatment here which would have been very expensive. The CDN dollar is only worth 80 cents US. Fortunately I came across the info on using garlic to treat the tooth. I have been very sceptical in the past about home remedies. I tried a slice of garlic clove placed on the gums and treated the tooth for approximately 4 hours yesterday. Applying the garlic to the gums did hurt for a short time. I replaced the clove several times to insure the garlic oils remained strong. To my amazement the tooth stopped hurting by evening and appears to be healing..so far so good! Thanks for the many that provided their feedback. After reading over 20 posts on this subject it convinced me there must be something to it. Thanks for creating this site so this kind of information can be shared. Good work and great site!"
[YEA] 02/02/2009: Cathy from Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland: "Garlic - dental abscess: I have been in agony for around 5 days now taking really strong painkillers every 3 hours for an abscess on a tooth. Nothing was helping alot of tears were cried and alot of sleep missed out on and then.......I came across this site whilst trying to find some way of easing the pain. GARLIC sliced and placed on infected gum, it STINGS LIKE CRAZY but after 30mins rubing it on gums and then chewing the pain subsided. After all the pills and antibiotics I have taken this was such a welcome relief and no danger to the liver. Have now book marked this site....Thanks very much"
[YEA] 01/26/2009: Abby from Italy from Latina, Italy: "I had gone to the dentist and he told me to get an x-ray because he said, "we might have to do surgery". I used the garlic with preserverence not just one or two times a day. The abscess went away. I have no pain now and I did the x-ray a few days after I used the garlic remedy. I have to return to the dentist but, I surely don't have the pain from my tooth anymore. I wish I had known about this remedy before, because I didn't sleep for an entire night."
[YEA] 01/14/2009: Terry from Huntington Beach, CA: "Garlic (for wisdom tooth abcess) 50 cents.
Apple Cider Vinegar (for congestion) 2 bucks.
Table salt (for sinus rinse) had some.
Having a wisdom tooth abscess that lead to sinus infection (on one side), sore throat, and mild ear plugging all clear up by the 5th day... ( i know corney)... PRICELESS!!!
I thought I was coming down with a cold cause my sinuses and throat were feeling a bit messed up, but only on one side. My wisdom tooth started to hurt the day before. Checked out your site and it linked all my ailments. I knew about the garlic for toothaches and ACV for congestion and saline rinse thing but didn't know my problems were related. I read a comment where someone had an upper tooth/gum infection move up into their sinuses!!!
First I chewed a raw clove of garlic and pushed the wad over my tooth. Burns like my favorite spicey foods, but in 5-10 min pain is gone and garlic juices help kill the abcess.
Then I made a ACV drink. Half a cap in a 8 oz. glass to bust up the snot. Blew my nose and enough came out that I could breath through both nostrils.
With my nose open enough now I did the salin rinse (neti pot style with a ketchup style squirt bottle with the tip cut down to about 1/2 an inch). I think a tablespoon of salt in a pint (16 oz.) of warm water works great!!!
If I didn't check out this site I would probably be trying to treat a cold... THIS SITE ROCKS!!!
Thanks for putting it all out there for others...Terry"
[YEA] 01/14/2009: Joe from Dundee, Scotland: "Whenever I get a gum abscess (not that frequent, but still enough to agitate me.), I have always drained it myself (painful, but has the desired result.) However, very recently, I had an abscess which lasted for over one week and was too painful to drain. I am the opposite of a hypochondriac and I believe in my bodies' ability to heal itself within reason, but this was getting too much. After some research, I found this website which recommended Garlic. I must be honest and say that I am shocked at how effective it actually was. I sliced part of a clove and wedged it between my inner cheek and the abscess (gum). At first, it burns (may burn alot depending on pain threshold) and feels quite uncomfortable, but try and bear it. After an hour, there was no pain and a noticeable reduction in swelling. The abscess then drained and appears to be healing fine. I have always had an interest in the healing powers of plants, herbs and natural methods (within reason) and I am very much anti pharmaceutical drugs, especially when nature can provide an equally good remedy. In this society, economic gain seems to over rule health.
Further research on Garlic has led me onto an interesting history on Garlic and what it can offer in a medicinal sense. Had it not been for this website (and the people who have left honest opinions), I would not have discovered this remedy. Thank you very much."
11/09/2009: Raquelle from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "This site is so awesome!!! Imagine the dentist getting people into surgery xrays and pain...when all you need is Garlic , I scoff so much at the medical system these days..doctors are for broken bones etc. There is a new breed off people coming.... Yay evolution. I still feel sorry when you see how many people sit at the doctors. We should tell at least 1 person a day of this site. even pop not up on local message board."
[YEA] 01/06/2009: Donald from Houston, Texas USA: "If you have gum swelling and an abcess relative to an infected tooth, you will get immediate relief and your swelling will be removed and any pain will be gone.
Here is what you do:
1. Slice a clove of garlic in half lengthwise.
2. Place the sliced side inside your gum facing the tooth infection.
3. Place the other half on the other side of your gum.
4. You must let the garlic remaing in your gums for at least 45 minutes moving the garlic around in your mouth.
5. Get ready to get automatic relief. Continue the same routine day 2.
TRY IT--AS YOU KNOW GARLIC IS AN ANTBIOTIC AND WILL REMOVE THE INFECTION IMMEDIATELY.
"Only the Best",
[YEA] 12/18/2008: LA from Chicago, IL: "GARLIC - YES!!!!! Thanks!! This really worked and REALLY burned. I consider myself the queen of tooth infections, however I've been needing a tooth extraction for some years now and just as I was scheduled to have it pulled my dentist rescheduled my appt. and I am now in pain with a returning abscess. I'm tired of spending money on antibiotics and pain killers and I only need to delay for a week so I tried Garlic and YES it Worked. It tastes gross and burns but if you're in pain you may want to try it. THANKS!!!!!!"
[YEA] 11/30/2008: Rose from Plainfield, Chicago: "I had a terrible tooth ache this moning. My tooth chipped a few months ago and so my nerve is exposed. I was in so much pain crying and drinking tylenol extra strenght a bunch after one another nd the dentist is closed on a sunday so I looked on the internet for a quick remedy then I saw this site looked and saw garlick I hate garlic but I thought garlic or pain. I tried it and for sure within half an hour the pain was gone and I fell asleep. Thank you sooooooooo much if it wasn't for this site I probably would still be crying now. I will use the garlic once a week just in case but also go and see my dentist.
Thank you so much I will be looking on this site only if I need help again.
12/01/2008: Tricia from New York, USA replies: "Also try clove oil. Oil pulling will strengthen your teeth and gums."
[YEA] 11/05/2008: Matthew from Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA: "I am not a liberal by any means, but I got home from a wedding 5 days ago & my tooth hurt so bad from the infection, there was no way I could sleep, so I browsed the internet for a simple cure to relieve my pain until I could see my dentist.
Honestly, the Garlic stung my mouth so bad I couldn't keep it in after biting into it for more than 30 seconds, but the pain went away from the garlic after about 5-10 minutes & my mouth has not hurt since.
I can still feel the infection but everyday it seems as if it's going away slowly but surely. I went to see my dentist after the 3rd day on only taking garlic once or twice a day and he couldn't believe I was not in pain but he still insisted that I see a different dentist about getting a root canal.
So now is day 5 and when I see this dentist 2 days from now I don't think the infection will even be there because I honestly believe that Garlic has antibacterial properties that are more amazing than common day drugs. And that's a tough pill to swallow for me, and if you don't believe, just try it.
Suck on it for a few minutes in the infected spot, then bite into it and keep it in as long as you can, it will hurt pretty bad the 1st time but then there is just relief. Trust me!"
12/01/2008: Gerald from Midland, MI replies: "I like your comments...a lot of us are extreme conservatives, so you're not alone! I used garlic for packing on 40lbs of muscle in 6 months...It even kills botulism... a tough nut to crack ...my animals that were treated with garlic lived (and it arrested paralysis) the others died quickly, even with medication."
05/12/2009: Billy from San Jose, CA replies: "I'm just curious, what does being a conservative or liberal has to do with anything here? Moses didn't have access to a CT scanner and I'm sure Karl Marx wouldn't turn down antibiotics if he were sick. People have been dealing with illness for tens of thousands of years, long before there were liberals and conservatives.
On topic, I'm using a tea bag right now, and am planning a trip to the store for some garlic to hopefully tide me over until my dentist opens her office. I hope it works!"
[YEA] 10/12/2013: Grace from La replies: "I agree Billy, we are lucky to be part of this international forum. To me this forum is a brain storm of someone that has the power, knowledge, compassion, and foresight to want to share natural methods of healing with other. This is an act that transcends all barriers, it is an act of humanity.
Anyhow, raw garlic is amazing. I had a fistula at dental extraction site, an oral surgeon cleaned it out and I had 4 ozone injections into the site. Still there was a small bump at the site, so I chopped it up some raw garlic in little pieces and put it in my mouth guard and went to sleep. Using the mouth guard eliminated the burning sensation. In two days time, the bump was gone."
[YEA] 09/03/2008: Travis from Savannah, GA: "Wow is all I can say. I have been in extreme pain all night. My tooth is abscessed and infected. I believe the infection has moved up my neck as well as head. Could not get a dentist appointment. Had tried several different things including over the counter pain killers, different herbs, & even liquor trying to dull the pain. Got to the point I had to keep ice on the tooth to keep it from hurting. Finally I ran across this site and discovered RAW GARLIC. This really works. The first time I spit it out almost instantly due to the painful burning. Then a few min. later I forced myself to do it again & keep chewing. Thank God because the pain is gone. And when I say gone I mean GONE. Thank you all sooo much."
[YEA] 08/23/2008: James from Kent, UK: "I used garlic for my tooth abscess and within 3 days they has cleared. Before i knew about garlic i had to take anti biotics which had unwanted side effects like tummy cramps. Now i always take garlic when i have problems with my gums or any other infections such as ear infections. I had one nasty ear infection and it went fast after i had taken 500mg of odourless garlic a day for a couple of days."Replies
11/09/2009: Raquelle from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Oh have a look at hydroperoxide for ear infections on here too, very effective!"
[YEA] 08/21/2008: Jessica Marie from Houston, Tx: "I have very Bad teeth problems (run in my family) and am only 25 years old! I am suffering from an absess that has spread from my bottom jaw to my eye. I went to the E.R. yesterday and also contacted my dentist only to have recieved 2 diffrent antibiotics and some pain killers! I was in serious pain and ...looking at my self in the mirror only to see a swollen disgusting puss filled face ...I broke down to tears and decided to look at my options on the internet.There I found this site and I found one word...GARLIC!!! I used it 10 minutes ago and now the infection has formed pockets above my tooth...no longer heading to my eye!!It looks and feels so much better! I used whole cloves and powder the powder burns alot worse and I am goin to continue using this! I will fill you in with the end result! Much love for garlic...Jess!"
[YEA] 07/01/2008: J.R. from Bloomington, Indiana: "So, like others here I was going thru horrible abscess pain for about 48 hours and kept hoping it would subside. OTC pain pills were not helping and I was going into a dentist or to get antibiotics this morning. So, at 6 a.m. I get up and decide to research on the internet. I thought there might be something about draining it and I was desparate. Well, I found you wonderful folks (thank you for this site!) and 60 minutes after a thorough initial garlic treatment I am brewing a nice 7am cup of coffee and am out of pain! Just amazing."
[YEA] 06/15/2008: Lynn from Jacksonville, Florida: "I had a large abcess on my tooth which i had been treating for sometime with echinacea,goldenseal,garlic tablets,and hydrogin peroxide. Two mornings ago it really took a turn for the worse and I started to feel feverish and really ill. With no health insurance and no money for a dentist I went back to the web and happened on this site. After reading the information on treating dental problems I sent my daughter to the store for some fresh garlic. I started with a whole peeled clove which I mashed slightly to release the juices. I rubbed the abcess with it and then put it on the tooth itself and chewed it for as long as I could take the burning. After the second clove which I took about an hour later I started to feel a whole lot better. I no longer felt ill or weak and I felt my energy returning. I did the whole process five more times that day. The next morning my face,which had been extremely swollen; was back to normal . The abcess had gone down considerably. I then started using half a clove of garlic at a time and repeated the process once every three hours through out the day. It is now day three and the abcess has now almost completely dissapered. I would like everyone to know about this amazing treatment! Not only am I cured of this infection without the aide of antibiotics but the garlic cured it so fast it is like a miracle! I am now a firm believer in the healing powers of this plant.I will keep on using it on a daily basis from now on to keep the infection from returning. May God bless this site and the information contained here. THANK YOU!"Replies
[YEA] 09/25/2012: Holdemexpert from Irvine, Ca, Usa replies: "I am crossing posting this with Oil Pulling since I did a combination therapy and either or both may have done the trick. I had a medium size abcess right at the junction of the gum and my cheek, above a tooth where a very large filling came out, and the tooth cracked in half.
It wasnt too painful, and not too much swelling on my cheek, but bad enough to make that side of my smile lower.. Almost a bells palsey look. I knew if it got worse Id be in deep trouble and a lot of pain. I started with Oil Pulling using EV Coconut oil, 20 minutes first thing in the morning and 20 minutes last thing at night. It seemed to arrest any growth in the infection, but didnt reduce it noticeably after 3 days. It did make the rest of my mouth feel great, and seems to be whitening my teeth a bit. I had no stomach issues, and I like the taste of coconut.
Since I was anxious to get the swelling down before leaving on a business trip, I tried the garlic method on the 3rd night. One large clove, cut in half, and lightly smashed to release the oils. I just tucked the first half clove in the corner of the gum and cheek. Some burning and tears for the first couple of minutes but not bad (I am a garlic lover to begin with). After 10 minutes I switched to the other half clove. I didnt chew or "gargle" with what was in my mouth, although I didnt spit out much either.
The next morning I thought there might be some minor reduction, but I wasnt sure. By that night it was definitely about half the original size, and this morning (a day and half after the treatment) its totally gone. The gum is almost totally healed, maybe a little bit tender.
I am going to continue with the Oil Pulling, Id like to see if it cleans up the tartar and improves my gums before I go to a dentist so he doesnt prepare a more extensive treatment plan than necessary.
Thanks to all contributors in both threads!"
09/28/2012: Barbara from Raleigh, Nc replies: "I tried to follow what you did, but unfortunately I kept my first small minced clove of garlic 20, omutes followed with teh second -30 min. Then I did coconut EV oil pulling at the evening and morning. My face got swollen and everything on that side I put garlic is burnt.
The fistula stayed with the smae size, completely untouched. I must keep it too long or it was too strong for me. I am posting in case someone wants to try your method and I want them to be sure to NOT keep the garlic longer than 10 minutes in your mouth."
[YEA] 06/02/2008: Peter from Austin, TX: "My tooth started throbbing to a point where I couldnt do anything but lay there and take painkillers all day...but even that didnt help. I went to the grocery store to try cloves but they only had the powder form and not the oil and so it was difficult to apply and wasnt effective. I later went back and got some garlic. I cut a piece of garlic, and chewed on it for about 3 minutes right on the tooth... and while the initial pain was pretty harsh because my tooth was SO sensitive, a few minutes later I was 100% completely fine. I'm still shocked. I have never experienced anything like it. Thanks for all the great stuff on this site!"
[YEA] 05/28/2008: Judy from Atlanta, GA, USA: "I tried the garlic for a dental abscess over the weekend and IT WORKS!!! The garlic powder actually seemed to work a little bit better than the raw garlic but I used both. It burned for about a minute after I applied it and now after 3 days there's no more burning when I apply it, the tooth is no longer loose, and the gums are no longer inflamed. I'm still in shock. I'm so grateful I found this forum. I've spent a fortune on my teeth and another unscheduled visit to the dentist in this economy had me feeling desperate. I might still end up losing this tooth if there was significant bone loss but it's definitely bought me some time. Thanks to everybody who's posted about this."
[YEA] 05/14/2008: Terese from Cedar Rapids, IA: "My son is 9 and had a horrible tooth ache. After inspection I noticed a molar coming through BUT his baby tooth was still in his head pretty tight. I cut a garlic clove into little rectangles. I made sure the wet part touched the inflamed gum. His baby tooth loosened up the next day (half of the tooth came loose-dramatic considering I could barely wiggle it before)and the pain and swelling in his upper gum went down where the back molar was trying to come through. He was in a lot of pain but I convinced him that if he rubbed the stinky garlic on, his pain would stop. He said it burned a little but that it stopped hurting 5-10 minutes later. He was bouncing around for the rest of the night shortly after rubbing that on there. It hurt again in the morning so we did another round of rubbing the sliced up garlic cloves on his gum. He stayed home from school for nothing the next day because he bounced around all day again as if nothing was wrong. We are on day 3 since doing the initial garlic rub (to the gum in the evening and the next morning-he hasn't had anymore raw garlic other than a garlic supplement-he refused to swallow a whole clove, but rubbed it entirely in his mouth with no problem-I don't get that lol). His tooth is hanging by a thread now and is ready to come out at any minute. I don't know what happened but that baby tooth was in there really well the night before. He said, "Mom. It popped after I put the garlic on it and came loose." Who knows but raw garlic worked for us for his inflamed gum."Replies
11/09/2009: Raquelle from Auckland, New Zealand replies: "Interesting, I'm thinking about teething. I wonder if this could be incorporated..."
[YEA] 05/06/2008: Carolyn from Atlanta, Georgia: "I had a toothache for 72 hours i could not get any sleep i had to stand up at night because the pain was too much to bear laying down. I knew by the swelling that it was infected and i have a nurse friend who was able to get me some amoxicillan the same antibiotic the dentist have you to take before they will extract the tooth. The pain was unbearable, i went online about 1:00 am looking for any remedy, it was here i read about the garlic, and i must say THANK YOU i tried it last night and it really works. I called friends and told them. I reccomend it to anyone and the burning is nothing compared to the ache!"
[YEA] 04/20/2008: Ben from London, UK: "Oh my god....garlic is the best thing for the tooth abcess cure.... i was becoming crazy last night just because of the pain.....i have tries cloves, salty water, anti biotics, alchool, the only thing able to lower the pain was a constant source of cold water running on it.. then i saw that advice on this site..... i have rub half of one on the abcess... it was very painful at first but i continue then put back under running water... so on ... till i could feel the abcess pain going down ... it took 1 hour for the pain to attain an accetable level of tolerence for me to sleep... THANK'S EARTH CLINIC your advice were very helpful"
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/27/2008: Lea from Ft Lauderdale, FL: "Please post this question on your site. I found many posts about treating a tooth abscess with raw garlic on your site. The positive feedback on the subject was so overwhelming that I decided to try it. I cut a fresh garlic clove in half and rubbed it on the infected area about five or six times for three minutes at a time-or as long as I could handle the burning. It worked wonders on the fistula, it's totally gone. BUT, the garlic also turned a healthy part of my gum a very dark color, almost black. I'm a young woman and it's visible when I smile. I really need advice about how to treat it. Will it heal?? Please help."Replies
05/28/2009: Mary from Chicago, IL replies: "My gum turned a dark color after using garlic directly on it. Does it go away? Is there anything I can do to fix it?"
[YEA] 02/06/2008: Chanana from Aubrey, USA: "My mom had a severe absessed tooth a few months ago (almost a year). It was so bad she could not sleep at night. She used garlic and it cleared the infection and it has not returned. She cut raw garlic and rubbed the cut edge on the tooth and gums a couple of times a day and also ate a whole clove a couple of times a day and then gradually reduced the garlic intake as she felt it healing. She also used whole cloves (the spice you use in pumpkin pie etc. )as a local pain killer. If you bite down on the whole clove it releases a potent pain killer. just wanted to chip in some info that can hopefully help others, this is a great site..."
[YEA] 03/30/2007: Nina from Jonesboro, GA: "I just returned from the grocery store and spent $26 on Tylenol rapid release, aleve, oral gel powder, toothpaste for sensitive teeth and something else that you you put in your cavity to temp. fill it. Any how after trying the powder and 2 aleve, the pain is still here. I don't know why I didn't try the internet first. Anyhow I tried the only thing that I had on hand---RAW GARLIC. I peeled and sliced it and rubbed it on my gums and tooth but I didn't stop there I got a really big piece of raw garlic and peeled it. I cut all the sides off so that the juices were flowing then I placed it on the tooth and bit down on it I couldn't even hold it in my mouth for a whole minute, it burned that bad but that was o.k. because I read that if it burns its killing the infection. So I spit it out and tried it again. IT'S AMAZING IT STOPPED HURTING. But this is the thing I also have a cavity on the tooth right above it to the top side when the pain went away it seemed to move up into the other tooth so i tried it again and it seemed to dulling the pain I'm about to repeat the process again because it seems to be coming back again But now as bad as it was!!!!!!!!! Thanks so much for this web site. I'm going to make my husband try it his mouth has been hurting really bad lately, just until we can go to the dentist."
[YEA] 02/24/2007: Lyndsey from Surrey, Guildford UK: "i had a tooth abscess and went to the dentist and he gave me antibiotics but I'm scared of medications so i tried your garlic ( only 3 cloves) crushed in cold boiled water as a mouth wash. i have no pain and all symptoms have gone. so thankful for garlic i do recommend it to any one it also helps the immune system. yay xx"
[YEA] 01/25/2007: Mark from Rochester, NY: "Oh, what raw garlic can't cure..... It's not that garlic cures infectious ailments both inside and outside the body it boosts your life giving auto immune system.... We were born with a system that is quite amazing to say the least. The auto immune system is working overtime in today's world.... Genetically, to know who you are is more important whereas everyone is so different yet totally the same when it comes to environmental hazards. We live in a quagmire of toxicity whether it be through the air, food or drink we take in..... Speaking of taking in, use raw garlic (chewed with food) as a spring, and fall seasonal pre-maintenence ritual .... Give your auto immune system a much needed break and de-toxify yourselves today. Thank you"
[YEA] 01/25/2007: Mark : "De-shell a dozen or so cloves of garlic, dice 'em all up, put in a 7 to 12 ounce jar, fill 75 % with (clean, non-tap water if possible)... Swish the elixir around in mouth, spit it out... the next gulp of elixir (less water if possible) push pieces of the raw garlic with tongue into the effected area of the mouth...it'll burn.... but that means it is healing the infection. Repeat until the incredible pain disappears... within 48 hours.... With this particular application of Raw Garlic one can un-cap the jar and breath in the unbelievable strong fumes created by the elixir to help quell respiratory ills as well... If you swallow the garlic elixir you've just helped strengthen your entire digestive system as well as your auto immune system. The only side effect known about raw garlic is the destruction of friendship| ;0)....feed diced raw garlic in a dark green salad to people around you .... Nobody will be offended at this point..... Thank You"
[YEA] 01/23/2007: Ps : "What inspired me to write this story ? I was at the dentist 8am Tuesday morning... with a tooth abscess. The pain was incredible... Guess what ? Yep, Garlic. I couldn't do any garlic treatments the past few days on account of my social life so I had to wait until today to crunch 14 cloves of raw garlic into a jar filled half way with (good water) not tap water. I would swish the elixir around the infected area....press garlic pieces into the infected area with my tongue.... I feel less pain as we speak. "I ain't got no tooth insurance" so, (I'm sure to cancel the appointment now) but I believe than if I got the bill in the mail from a scheduled appointment next week I would be in much worse pain both physically and financially. Garlic is quite amazing."
[YEA] Huw from London, UK: "Two years ago I had a painful tooth / gum infection and a long wait for a dental appointment. The pain was so acute that I took a raw garlic sliced it and rubbed it on the gum of the particular tooth for about five minutes. The gum throbbed, but after it was all cured - just like that and I cancelled the appointment. Extraordinary."