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

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

Diatomaceous Earth

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Posted by Chirka (Gurgaon, India) on 07/02/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth (FG DE) for rotting or painful teeth and rotting wounds

The fastest acting use I have experienced for FG DE is for teeth. I have a lot of teeth problems from a narrow jaw and bad dentist interventions. When I get a tooth pain, I place a wad of DE (made into a dough like blob with a drop of water) on the offending tooth, clamp down my teeth and go to sleep. Right as rain in the morning. And this is the report with everyone I've prescribed it to. Unfailingly. But use it the first sign of pain you get.

What more, two teeth that the dentists said have to be pulled off six years ago are serving me fine after my having given them the DE wad treatment for a week continuously.

The DE just pulls out any kind of necrosis.

And that's the second great thing I've seen it work its magic on. It also saved the paw of my cat, which was just rotting and the digits were falling off. Dipped her paw into DE, and the whole thing became a hard lump. But finally, the paw stopped rotting and whatever was left of the paw was saved.

Same thing with another cat I recommended it for. Another cat had an anal sac, with a hole as deep as the first digit of my index finger, and a foul smell. I stuffed it with DE multiple times in a day. After two days reduced application to once a day. By the seventh day, even the scar was barely visible.

Dietary Changes, Multiple Remedies

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Posted by Erin (Lafayette, In) on 04/18/2011
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Took my 9 year old daughter to the dentist and come to find out she had a gum abcess and infection in a tooth with a cavity. Of course their first recourse was to put her on antibiotics so they could pull the tooth 1 week later. I refused the antibiotics, nicely, but I still got the dirty look and the "note" on the file. So, my daughter and I were very determined to stop the issue in it's tracks... Just to prove them wrong if nothing else. This isn't for the lazy at heart... it's 7 days of killing an infection and keeping it killed.

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

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

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

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

Definitely believe in leaving nothing to chance.

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

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

Replied by Bess
(Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

Interesting post Erin! My husband has had his share of infected teeth. Fortunately, I have all of these ingredients on hand and made note of what you did for the next time (there always seems to be a next time! ). Cheers!

Replied by Coregon
(San Diego, Ca)

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

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

Replied by Annie

Good job, Erin. It takes a lot of guts as a parent to go against the normal medicated route and use true healing protocols. Hats off to you for loving your daughter enough to press through and get the best results.

Replied by Hilary

We are trying your recommendations with the doses changed slightly, seeing that my son is 6. He currently has two abscesses from two teeth that had dental work done on them (fillings) when he was 2. Can you tell me more information about the diet you followed? No grains, no sugar, we have decided to cut out fruit too. Did she just eat lots of veggies? Any grass-fed meat or free range white meat? Eggs? Any raw dairy? I ask this because it seems like the raw dairy makes the abscesses swell up more. Interested to see what worked for your daughter. Thank you!

Replied by Megan

Hello I have been using collodial silver as well. When you say infection in the tooth do you mean literally it will only kill it in the tooth or will this same protocol help it heal when it is in the root of the tooth as well? Thanks sincerelyn megan

Replied by Debbie

So all of this can be done n taken for a week? No contraindications for example for people with high blood pressure? Thanks u for the details. Much appreciated.

DMSO, Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Bev S. (Florida) on 11/11/2019
5 out of 5 stars

A few weeks ago I had a molar that was abscessing with the swollen gum becoming painful. I found the garlic remedy too painful and found another remedy somewhere that worked like magic. The remedy is simple: Mix equal amounts of peroxide and DMSO -- about a teaspoon of each. Swish for a few minutes --5 minutes being ideal. Pain gone. If your abscess is advanced, you may have to swish the DMSO/peroxide solution more than once. It worked for me on the first try. but I did catch it early.

DMSO, Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Beverly Sansum (United States) on 10/24/2019

I used a mixture of DMSO and hydrogen peoxide to swish for about 5 minutes. I did this twice. I used about 1/2 teaspoon of each. You may want to add a little distilled water if you find the mixture too strong. Pain gone the first time but repeated it anyway. I'm sure I found this remedy on Earth Clinic and now I can't find it.

DMSO, Nascent Iodine, Garlic

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Posted by John (Usa) on 02/21/2018
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If a tooth infection returns, this will get to the root cause. Iodine has been used throughout history in denistry because of its ability to help rebuild tissue, while acting as one of the worlds strongest natural antibiotics. The combination of iodine and garlic internally will also kill any infection that might be lingering in the blood. I had a very serious bone, root and possible blood infection, as a result of reoccurring root infection and abscess. This was stemming from an underlying jaw bone infection. I have tried all of the other cures on here, and garlic especially does work. In my case however it would always return, maybe even months later. It was not until I dealt with the underlying bone infection, (and dmso is the only way I know how to do this), that I have been infection free for years now.

DMSO and Nacent Iodine Rinse, plus 6 drops of Nacent Iodine and 6 cloves of garlic internally daily.

(Iodine and garlic to be taken separately) (Not for people on thyroid medication)

This will not only cure ANY abscess, but will also cure any underlying jaw bone infection that may be present, to prevent infection re-occurrences.

(Test mouth sensitivity first with a couple drops)

7 parts dmso1 part distilled water2 parts nacent iodine

1. Make sure mouth is clean(salt water or hydrogen peroxide rinse first)

2. Swish iodine dmso solution for 10 min, better swallowed after rinse, again thyroid must be healthy. (this will also ease the pain)

3. Wait 10 more minutes without eating or introducing anything into the mouth, and better not to rinse immediately this will give it more time to reach deep into the gums and even bone.(the dmso, will take anything with it into the blood so keep this in mind) including smoking, drinking or food.

4. After waiting 10 mins, follow with a 5 min salt water or hydrogen peroxide rinse, to close the mouths super absorbent state.

5. Do not eat anything, or drink anything except water, for at least 1 hour following this.

This can be done several time a day, but watch your iodine consumption if swallowing the rinse everytime.

Always better to see the dentist first but for those of us that can't, THIS WORKS!

Replied by Ladyjay
(New York)

Can you use this with mercury fillings in your mouth?

Replied by John2

John - Sorry, I'm unclear on the ratios. 7 parts DMSO, 1 part distilled water, 2 parts Nascent iodine. Does "part" mean drops? If so, it seems like 10 drops would be difficult to swish around in the mouth. Am I missing something, or does it mean like tablespoons? Sorry for such a basic question, I just don't get it, but I do have the bone infection and want to try this. If John or anyone knows, please explain. Thank you in advance. Cheers.

Replied by John2

Sorry, more basics. How many days did you do this, and did you have to repeat it? I really want to try it, but without advice. I'll probably do it for four days. Also, how does anyone deal with the garlic breath? Thank you.

Replied by De
(Ojai, Ca)

DMSO & Mercury??

I had been trying colloidal silver (550ppm, small particle size) with DMSO. For a rear lower molar. No swelling but the pain can get intense overnight. A 3D CT scan didn't show an absolute cause, though it was a cracked tooth which had just been crowned with a zirconia crown a few months ago. The dentist said there did appear to be an amount of an abscess (or at least some kind of pocket of pressure pushing up on that tooth). I did take the round of antibiotics, but it didn't seem to help.

Sometimes it starts feeling well enough at night to where I think it is improving, but then it gets worse again. Have also been taking a mushroom compilation tincture (reishi, maitake, turkey tail, cordyceps, etc) and will drop that by the tooth along with the DMSO and silver too.

But like the last person who asked the question, I was also concerned about the last few mercury fillings in my upper teeth. So I don't swish around but only put drops with a dropper directly next to the tooth, and hold it there as long as I can.

Does anyone know if the DMSO will draw some of the amalgam filling metals into the blood stream as well? I am careful, but I don't think it's possible to completely keep the DMSO from contacting everything else. So might I essentially be creating another potential problem instead of healing the one that's there?

Replied by Anon
(Not Canada)

DMSO is sulfur. Which helps detoxify. I would think that if it can dissolve the zirconia it can also help the body eliminate it. I would not be anxious about it. You might eat garlic to facilitate the detox.

Mercury, too.

Replied by Orh
(Ten Mile , Tn)

ANON, ORH here, DMSO is one of the most powerful solvents there is. It also just happens to have sulfur in the compound. So it is sulfur..... means what? As a Ch E, I don't understand. Normally DMSO is used to carry another compound to the problem. We use it daily to carry liniment to an ailing muscle. If the topic you are addressing is an infected tooth, then Bill solved that problem with turpentine. It worked for me and many of my friends. Anon, you are right...... DMSO is a solvent that all should use. Just understand it's limitations. ====ORH====

DMSO, Salt

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Posted by Dibro (North MS) on 04/25/2021
5 out of 5 stars

Tooth abscess /swollen gums:

  • Mix about a teaspoon of DMSO with a pinch or two of table salt.
  • Dissolve the solution/apply with finger on top of the abscess and all around the affected area. Spit.
  • Do not rinse or eat for at least an hour.

Bedtime application works best. bye bye root canal $$$$

Also ground sage and water make a great oral rinse for fast toothache relief.

But for infection & abscess, the DMSO and table salt mix applied topically can't be beat!

Eucalyptus Tea Bags

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Posted by Evangeline (Bowling Green, Ohio) on 09/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Adrian

Do you put the tea bag in water first before putting it in your mouth

Replied by Mama To Many


When we use tea bags in the mouth, we find it easiest to at least dampen the tea bag first. With harder herbs especially, it will take a while for hard and dry herbs to become soft and comfortable in your mouth.

Often I put a tea bag in a mug and pour very hot water over it, just to cover it. After 5 minutes I drain the water and when the tea bag is cool, I use it in the mouth.

~Mama to Many~


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Posted by Jeanne (Rouyn - Noranda, Quebec, CANADA) on 11/01/2006
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Fenugreek steeped into a tea / mouthwash cured abscessed teeth. I rinsed my mouth and then soaked a gauze pad and placed in in my mouth for an hour at a time and it drew the infection out of my system. Sometimes I had to open a little hole in my gums so it would drain. I had 10 abscessed teeth at one time and did this for many months. It helped me alot as I didn't have any medical coverage to go to a dentist myself. I still to this day recommend this to anyone with the same problem.

Replied by Maykyla

So I haven't tried the tea bag thing but I was wondering about poking a hole in the gums.... Does it matter where? What did you use to poke it

If the tooth is fully there I know itll come out the gums but what if my tooth broke and there may be a passage to drain out of, er I hope so at least, is that possible?

How many days did you wait til u poked a hole in it?

How long does it take to heal?

Does it just go away or keep coming back if everything does not come out the first time?


You do not need to poke a hole in your gums, I think it is unnecessary, just use DMSO It is a carrier it will carry whatever you want right into the infected site. Basically 1/2 teaspoon DMSO with whatever sterilizer your using I use MMS or Sea Salt, and 1/8 or 1/4 cup water and I just brush onto my gums and try to not get any on my teeth let it soak in for 20 minutes and rinse

Replied by Katzie

Hi Chico. I was just wondering why on earth you would want to poke holes around a sore infected tooth? I cringe just thinking about it. Why don't you just simply put some Colloidal Silver on it? Or even Manuka Honey works, as well as Hydrogen Peroxide. I have stopped cavities with all 3 of these treatments! And not one them involve pain. Please give one of them a chance! Be well and pain-free.

Replied by Lynn

Hi, I was wondering how you used the methods you described... the Colloidal Silver, Manuka honey, and Hydrogen Peroxide.

If you could please share your methods.

Thank you!

Replied by Katzie

Hi Lynn. You were asking how Colloidal Silver , Manuka Honey and Hydrogen Peroxide are used to stop cavities. When I use Colloidal Silver on a sore tooth, I usually will soak a cotton pad and keep it on the tooth for 30 seconds and then I gargle some more Colloidal Silver. When I use Manuka Honey, I just rub it in or on the sore spots. With Hydrogen Peroxide, I just simply gargle with it. These have all worked wonderfully for me and my family. I hope this helps!

French Green Clay

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee, Usa) on 04/02/2016
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My four year old had a tooth abscess a few weeks ago. It was in the gum above one of his top front teeth. I only knew what it was because my firstborn had had the same thing almost 20 years ago. At the time we knew nothing else to do so we went to the dentist. I think the dentist pulled the tooth and gave him an antibiotic.

Well, knowing what to do at home didn't mean a four year old was going to be too keen on my treatment plan. The best course of action seemed to be putting clay on the abscess overnight. I have done this myself and knew the clay would stay put, or at least would only slowly wear away from the area overnight. Anyway, it seemed the best option!

I had French Green Clay powder handy (thanks to Mmsg's mention of it a number of times over the years! ) and mixed equal parts in a little cup. I waited a few minutes until it was like mud. I smeared a pea sized amount over the abscess area after he was in bed and very sleepy. I made a point of making sure he was tired at bedtime so he wouldn't mind so much. I was afraid if he was awake for a while he would fool with it and it would end up not being where I wanted it. In the morning, I removed what was left with a paper towel.

I did this 3 nights in a row. I didn't do anything else. (Maybe I gave him vitamin C during the day, can't remember now. It would have been a good idea anyway! ) After 3 days it was gone. As if it had never been there.

Bentonite clay would have worked as well I think, the French Green was just the most handy at the moment. And I love French Green Clay. It is so silky!

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Julie

Did you put the clay inside his mouth or outside his mouth on his face near where the infection was?

Replied by Mama To Many

I put it in his mouth, right where the infection was. I used just a pea sized amount.

I have done it on myself. That helps to get a feel for it.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Julie, for a child, outside would probably be better altho inside might have a faster effect. The best "wrapping" I've found for the wet clay, is cut-up and moistened paper coffee filters.

Replied by Ac

Did your grandson end up getting the tooth pulled?

Fresh Oregano and Lemons

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Posted by Alosurot (Usa) on 07/15/2016
5 out of 5 stars

Had a re-occuring back moler - pre-existing tooth/bone infection and in the 9th hour before going to the ER thought I'd give this a try:

Steeped fresh oregano plant from a friends garden and chopped fresh organic lemons (with peels- important) and let both steep (do not boil) together for :30 mins - and swished in mouth every 15-30 mins, then consumed - repeat during waking hours for at least 5 days.

Amazingly, the very severe pain subsided instantly! The medium inflammation reduced daily. It's important to continue applications for 5 days or longer- as needed, even though symptoms are relieved.

Garlic, Cloves

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Posted by Mominmaine (Waterville, Maine) on 12/14/2010
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I was young when I got braces, which messed my teeth up more then anything! I had my top teeth extracted, after years of fighting with broken teeth, infections, and so on. (now goin through alot with my bottom teeth) ive tried EVERYTHING.. But have found that whole clove garlic (3-5 cloves a day.. I cut them up and swallow them with water) will help with infection, and clove oil works wonders! I couldnt get over how fast clove oil can take away the pain. I dip just the tip of a q-tip into the oil, and hold it to my tooth for a few seconds, then the surrounding gums. It will make your mouth numb if you use to much! I had severe pain that took over one side of my face.

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

Garlic, Cloves
Posted by Paul (Suffolk, England) on 06/25/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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

Garlic, Cloves
Posted by Mary Lynn (New Freeport, Pa) on 04/23/2009
5 out of 5 stars

Cloves, garlic really worked for tooth pain and abscess!

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

Replied by Robbie
(Bournemouth England)

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

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

Garlic, Hydrogen Peroxide

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

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

Replied by Kelly
(Cambridge, Ma)

Stick with the garlic. It works wonders! I had a very similar experience a few months ago and was blown-away by how well the garlic worked.

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

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

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