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Garlic for Tooth Abscess, Infected Gums and Teeth

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Posted by Ilya (Los Angeles, Ca) on 05/09/2011

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 :)

Posted by Viola (Hampton Bays, N.y.) on 03/24/2011

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

Replied by Kay
(In The Valley, Ca)

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.

Posted by Mike (Madison, Ms) on 02/02/2011

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.

Replied by Sophie

Garlic really works for the pain. And my abscess disappeared.

Posted by Tara (Savannah, Ga.) on 01/24/2011

The galric really works. Have had an abscessed tooth for two days now. Needless to say it hurt like heck. I have tried everything. - the salt water and baking soda helped some. But let me tell you the Garlic is like What's Up. I used the garlic powder. It burns 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 Thank God for Garlic and for this site!

Posted by Katrinika (Morehead City, Nc, Usa) on 12/09/2010

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.

Replied by Kellie

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:

Posted by Dee (Burke, Va) on 11/15/2010

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

Posted by Sleighb7 (Barrie, Ontario, Canada) on 11/05/2010

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

Posted by Misstammy (Ottawa, On, Canada ) on 08/29/2010

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

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

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

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

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

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)
115 posts

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

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

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 ;)

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