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How to Heal A Tooth Abscess (Dental Infection) Naturally

You will learn effective tools for quickly eliminating a tooth abscess naturally without dental surgery.

I am a father and have a background in energy medicine and yoga. Seven years ago now, my then one year old daughter had a small brown spot on her tooth. It quickly grew, and the tooth eventually crumbled apart. Further cavities started forming. I didn’t understand why because my partner and I took good care of our daughter and fed her whole foods both vegetables, and animal foods. My daughter also developed on two or three occasions a dental infection above this crumbled tooth. In every case my partner and I were able to quickly reverse this condition primarily with diet to the point in which no tooth had an infection.

She is a happy and playful child, and her adult teeth are coming in without tooth decay. I have been able to counsel other people on how to stop abscesses rather quickly based upon my now seven years of experience in relation to healing tooth decay. Of course, how successful you are in remineralizing the tooth and preventing the abscess naturally will vary based on the severity and cause of the abscess.

Tooth Infections Note: Please take care of yourself. Many tooth infections can be easily healed if one is in good health. I never recommend avoiding a dentist and this page is not a replacement of medical / dental advice.

What is a Tooth Abscess?

Tooth Abscess Image, Abscessed Tooth

An abscess is a pus filled swelling that is highly alkaline in nature. It is composed of white blood cells that have sacrificed themselves to capture dead material in order to expel it outside of the bloodstream. The swelling in your gum is a result of your body’s protective mechanism functioning well. I have talked with people who have had pus draining abscess for years. Although I don’t recommend leaving an untreated abscess, if the pus is draining okay and it isn’t getting bigger, it means your body is protecting itself. The bone around the infection may be slowly deteriorating. The pus protective mechanism is capturing debris that is entering into your body from the mouth via the tooth or gum and then it traps it. The inflammation protects your body from the debris entering your blood stream. The pus swelling then spits the debris back out into your mouth through the pus filled blister. A dental abscess is the same as tooth or gum infection.

There are two types of abscess. One is an abscess which is purely a condition of the gums. Deep gum pockets or an injury to your gums causes a pus filled swelling. The other is a apical tooth abscess also known as a periapical abscess. This is the condition seen in the picture. It is an inflammation response of your body where an abscess forms around the tooth root.

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What Causes an Abscess

An abscess is caused because you have a cavity. A cavity is a breach in the protective layer of your tooth, the enamel. If you got dirt on an exposed cut on your skin, it might become inflamed or infected. If the outer layer of your teeth are decayed, cracked or otherwise damaged (what is known as tooth decay), then food, saliva, and other substances from your mouth can enter into your tooth where it is not supposed to be. The body then sends a signal through your nervous system (tooth pain) to let you know that something is wrong, and that you need to change your habits immediately.

Abscessed Teeth are not Caused by Bacteria but By You

Modern dentistry has a theory which is not accurate. Dentists will claim that bacteria is the cause of tooth decay and your dental infection. The abscess is caused by the body trying to rid itself of harmful bacteria.

I have some good news and bad news for you about bacteria and tooth abscess. Bacteria don’t cause the tooth abscess (good news). You caused the tooth abscess (bad news). But the bad news is really good news. Because if you can cause your tooth abscess, then you can uncause (heal) your tooth abscess. If bacteria cause your abscess then you cannot do much to heal it other than to take an anti-life remedy that we call antibiotics. (Biotic meaning living, and anti meaning against).

The same life forms that are supposed to cause tooth decay are also known to be beneficial or benign bacteria in our gut. These include streptococcus and lactobacillus. It does not make sense to say that in our intestines we need these bacteria, but that in our mouth, these bacteria cause decay.

Tooth Decay and Lifestyle

Daily our teeth go through a process of mineralization, and demineralization. Each meal we eat will help us build strong teeth and bones, or remove the strength of our teeth and bones.

If you have a tooth abscess, mouth abscess or gum abscess then lifestyle habits have caused more demineralization (loss of tooth minerals) than remineralization (building and strengthening of tooth and bone.)

Overview of Abscessed Tooth / Home Remedy Treatment

We are going to approach the infected teeth from two directions. One is to use topical treatments to limit and help heal the tooth inflammation. The other way is to use dietary interventions to change your internal chemistry to the type that is able to allow your tooth to naturally strengthen and heal itself. Then you can fight off the debris in your teeth, and the infection will heal up.

We will seek to remove the imbalanced lifestyle conditions to help your body heal the tooth abscess and then to support the abscess healing with topical treatments.

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.

Tooth Abscess And Your Dentist

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.

Abscessed Teeth That Have Already Have Had Dental Treatments

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.

Antibiotics and Tooth Abscesses

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.

Severity of Tooth Abscesses

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.

Abscess With Tooth Injury – Things to Be Aware Of

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.

You can try one of these or all of them.

#1. Salt water – rinse and gargle with warm salt water.

#2. Cloves – Cloves are aromatic dried flower buds of a tree in the family Myrtaceae. You can use clove oil, or buy whole cloves and powder them, or buy powdered cloves. Put the clove powder or oil on or near the abscess. It may take more than one application.

Cloves help sooth Tooth Abscess

#3. Prickly Ash Bark – is usually available in herbal stores, or you may have a prickly ash tree near by you. This can numb your mouth.

Prickly Ash can stop Tooth Abscess Pain

#4 Golden Seal Powder – is available in some health food stores. Put some powder on the infected area.

#5. Huang lian (coptis root) – This is a chinese herbal formula and it can stop tooth infections or tooth ache.

#6. Oil Pulling Therapy – swish good quality olive oil, sesame oil or coconut oil in your mouth for 5-10 minutes, then discard. The oil will remove toxins from your teeth and gums.

#7 Chinese Herbalist – Chinese herbs taken internally or topically can be very effective at healing a tooth abscess. Many acupuncturists or Chinese medical clinics have herbs on hand.

What About Brushing with Toothpaste or Fluoride for Abscessed Teeth?

People always ask me if they should use toothpaste or even fluoride to brush their teeth. These pastes contain sweeteners and chemicals. And fluoride is a deadly poison, I wouldn’t put it in my mouth. You can use some sea salt to brush your teeth, make sure to brush really well for several minutes. Another fun way to brush teeth that is not going to be toxic like regular toothpastes is with toothsoap.

Dental Infections Can Be a Cause for Concern

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.

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Healing Tooth Abscess Summary

A dental infection is not a cruel act of nature, but usually the result of the wrong way of living. Herbs, and natural foods used correctly will usually result in complete healing of a tooth abscess. You should see improvement rapidly, within 48 hours at most. If you feel unsure, or if your condition does not rapidly improve, please consult with a good holistic dentist and pay attention to your health.

Best wishes for your dental health,


author of Cure Tooth Decay

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