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Garlic for Tooth Abscess, Infected Gums and Teeth


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Posted by Misstammy (Ottawa, On, Canada ) on 08/29/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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

Posted by Finally Pain Free (Twin City, Georgia) on 04/08/2010
4 out of 5 stars

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.......

Awesome site....

Posted by Ariel (Bend, Oregon Usa) on 03/23/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!!??

Posted by Rifkah6 (Lancaster, Uk) on 03/12/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Drugfree (Trenton, Nj, USA) on 12/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Lashonda (Atlantic City, New Jersey) on 11/21/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by John
Hampton, Virginia

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

Replied by Merryanne
Orange City, Florida, USA

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

Replied by Ivannam
Takoma Park, Maryland, United States

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!

Replied by Phil7

Chewing parsley or other herbs like Basil, Thyme and Mint can help counter garlic breath.

Posted by Dalene (Johannesburg, South Africa) on 11/20/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!!

Posted by Amanda (Seattle, Wa) on 08/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Replied by Dianna
Austin, Tx

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 ;)

Posted by Michael (Denver, CO) on 05/31/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Monet (Cincinnati, Ohio ) on 05/02/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!


Posted by bxmom (ny, ny) on 04/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!!!!!!

Replied by Nurioneheart
Tacoma, Wa, Usa

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

Replied by Timh Donate

Louisville, Ky, Usa

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.

Posted by Leila (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on 03/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Posted by Jennie (Fort Wayne, IN) on 02/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Wendy (Moose Jaw, SK.) on 02/24/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Posted by Dean (Kansas City, MO) on 02/16/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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!