Even though it is very possible to treat and even cure the tooth abscess condition at home in a relatively short period of time, I don’t want you to get the idea that this is something to take lightly. Dental infections have been shown to be related or to even cause other diseases. Dental infections may also aggravate pre-existing health problems. Up to 28 conditions can be caused or related to dental disease, including eye problems, arthritis, and inflammations of the stomach, intestine, appendix, gall bladder and kidney. (Source: Hal Huggins, Uninformed Consent)
If you can treat the tooth abscess and heal it naturally, great. However you want to take steps to make sure it does get healed fully.
I am not opposed to dentists. It is good to have dental health problems monitored by your dentist. If you have an abscessing tooth and you go to the dentist you will likely get two or three recommendations.
#1. Dental crown – the dentist will want to carve away your natural tooth and protect it with a crown to stop the tooth abscess.
#2. Root Canal – your dentist will want to remove the top of the tooth and remove the tooth’s nerve to help stop the tooth abscess. Usually the infection (abscess) will still take some time to go away after the root canal.
#3. Extraction – your tooth will be gone, bye bye tooth.
There are serious consequences to all of these treatments. I have heard confidentially from some of the nations top dentists that they rarely do crowns, root canals, or extractions. One dentist said that a crown or root canal is only needed on a tooth which has an improper dental procedure performed. Once you extract the tooth, there is no natural replacement. Tooth implants, and tooth bridges have many drawbacks. If you leave a hole after extracting a tooth, your teeth can start sliding around and your bite can get messed up leading to pain in your jaw, or neurological problems.
A dentist is legally obligated to offer you a treatment for a dental abscess. If he does not, then he may be liable for not providing you “care.” I don’t think extracting teeth or drilling holes in them is usually good care, but this is what our modern medical and legal system believes in.
If the abscess is gone or mostly healed up then the dentist won’t have an obligation to do anything about it, and will not likely have a dramatic treatment to offer you.
Many times the infected tooth already has had a dental treatment. You can get into an interesting discussion with your dentist if you ask why the previous dental procedure did not prevent this painful tooth abscess. After all, isn’t that the point of dental procedures? The reason why dental procedures in the past did not protect against the infection is because the cause of the tooth decay (your diet and lifestyle) was never addressed. So your tooth kept decaying. Teeth with previous dental treatments that have abscessed may need extra attention and may need replacement fillings or other dental treatments. Don’t be shy of having a beaten up tooth looked at by a dentist.
Amoxicillin is a common antibiotic prescribed for the abscess treatment. There are others used as well, but Amoxicillin tends to work the best for treating the infection, and dentists or doctors will claim that it is only way to cure abscessed teeth. My opinion is to avoid antibiotics at all costs unless it is an emergency. Dentist Hal Huggins in Uniformed Consent page 230 writes similarly: “Anti-biotic therapy should be minimal and closely monitored, as eradication of one infection can promote the development of a new infection, with an unwanted trained of bacteria colonized elsewhere in the body.” The antibiotic poisons the body and forces it to stop it’s puss removal activity, or hyperstimulates it to remove the pus faster.
An abscessed tooth becomes hypersensitive, and responds more dramatically to hot or cold. An abscess feels more sensitive to chewing or to being touched. As the abscess spreads the pressure gets more intense. When it expands it creates a space in the bone around the infection. The tooth ligament will also eventually get inflamed. A tooth that does not respond to hot or cold has a dead nerve.
Long dull achy pain, throbbing pain is a sign a nerve is dying.
If your tooth is injured, say you broke it in half, then yes there are people who have gotten by without a dental treatment. These teeth can heal up. However there are no clear cut answers about what you should do. Leaving a broken tooth in your mouth may affect your bite and thus your ability to chew food. Find a good holistic dentist and see if you can find a minimally invasive way to fix the tooth. If all your dentist wants to do is a root canal, find a better one. Root canals should be done as an absolute last resort to save a tooth. Not as a preventative treatment. Small chips on the teeth can usually be left alone or taken care of with a composite material. Make sure the material is tested to be compatible with your body through muscle testing, blood testing, or cranial rhythm testing.
Foods to immediately remove from your diet. Remember these are temporarily guidelines meant to calm inflammation and get you feeling better. It is your choice to what guidelines you follow. I am simply here to inform you of foods that will likely promote cavities which can lead to tooth abscess. This is a short summary.
An abscess will usually occur within 0-48 hours of consumption of the offending substance.
#1. High Fructose Corn Syrup – you will find this in candy bars, ice cream, cookies and cakes, sports drinks and soft drinks. Fructose does not raise your blood sugar, but offers a tremendous insult to your internal body chemistry. The reason is because the l-fructose in the high fructose syrup is a synthetic sugar. Your body cannot recognize it and it acts as a debilitating poison. Do not underestimate the power of this substance, one meal with it can lead to a severe infection in someone who is not in ideal health.
#2. White Flour – This is in pasta, breakfast cereals, bread, pizza and pastries. White flour will raise your blood sugar level, deplete key trace minerals, and upset the balance of your glandular system. I have heard stories of white flour immediately causing abscess when consumed.
Eliminate these foods from your diet until the abscess heals. These are not meant to be permanent dietary solutions although they can be if you want.
#1. Alcohol – It will pull minerals out of your bones, interfere with how your body uses protein, and raise blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Note: some cough medications or other medications contain alcohol.
#2. Caffeine – Depletes trace minerals and is poisonous to your body.
#3. Chocolate – It is more of the sugar in the chocolate than it is the cocoa bean itself. However avoid chocolate for now to be safe.
#4. Bread and Whole Grains – Most people wonder why they get cavities if they eat sprouted bread and whole grain bread. It is because grains contain potent anti-nutrients like phytate. Phytate will combine with the minerals in your body needs to make healthy teeth including phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc. Avoid all grains until your problem gets better.
#5. Fruit – You thought fruit was safe and natural because it comes from nature. But fruit still contains sugar. And sugar will still affect your body chemistry balance. Remove all fruit from your diet until your infection is healed.
#6. Other Sweets – Don’t eat anything sweet at all. Don’t eat honey, maple syrup, agave nectar or any fake sugars. No sweets until your tooth abscess is better.
#7 Pasteurized Milk – is usually from feed lot cows and is toxic to the human body.
#8 Table Salt – effects potassium levels negatively in your blood.
#9. Medications and Vaccines – Either of these can have drastic effects on your body chemistry. If you are still taking medications then it may be extremely difficult to heal an abscess as many medications alter the normal mineral metabolism in the body.
Instead of eating foods that deplete your body, you can replace your diet with foods that help support your body. You can find more detailed explanations of what to eat and why in Cure Tooth Decay.
#1. Protein – Have some chicken, fish, beef, eggs, or cheese. Protein is a body builder.
#2. Healthy fats – Healthy fat comes from healthy animals. Eat lots of butter. Kerrygold unsalted is one brand which is easy to find in most stores. Grassfed butter is the best. Coconut oil should also help. You can also order online some excellent ghee from grassfed butter. Ghee is clarified butter. It is great for eating like butter, cooking, and as a skin lotion.
#3. Liver, liver everywhere – Hold your nose if you have to, or buy some cod liver oil. Liver provides essential vitamins to the body in an easy to use form.
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