Friday, June 8, 2012

Cure a Tooth Abscess - Corn Free

I am finally over a recent tooth abscess and I have a few tips to share. The pain was almost unbearable and I had to have some ways to combat the pain so that I could treat the abscess. Swishing was excruciating but it helped me kill the infection. Here's my story:

When I first noticed the tooth ache, it was already getting too sore to brush, swish or oil pull. I have a Sonicare toothbrush and I highly recommend it, but this abscess came on like a freight train. I wasn't sure what the problem was since the pain was all over my upper and lower jaw on one side. It was Friday afternoon (of course) so I couldn't get in to see the dentist until Monday unless I called the emergency number and I wasn't sure I wanted to do that. My first course of action was directed at managing the pain. BC powder stopped it in it tracks early on, but it was a short-lived relief and five hours is a long time to suffer before I could take another one. Then I read about cloves. I will forevermore associate the taste of cloves with sweet relief. I can't believe how effective it was - I just crunched on a whole clove and then held it between my cheek and gum on the sore side.

I suspected this tooth pain had some element of infection even though there was no swelling or redness visible. I might have been a little feverish (with frequent environmental reactions that include an inability to control body temperature or tolerate heat, it's hard to tell). I started cutting raw garlic and biting on a piece on that side of my mouth - being sure to allow the garlic juice to pool in that part of my gums before swallowing any of it. I had a lot of raw garlic and it even helped a little with the pain. I just got my latest MRH (Mountain Rose Herbs) order and I was so glad that I remembered to order steam distilled tea tree essential oil. I warmed up some water, added plenty of safe salt and a single drop of tea tree oil and then swished. It was excruciating - I think I even moaned aloud and that is NOT like me (I tend to suffer quietly). The pain held on for a few minutes after the swish (just long enough for me to scream in my head, "Oh no, what have I done?!"), but then it felt better.....MUCH BETTER. I believe that's when I turned a corner and was on my way to recovery. I made a run to the local health food store where I purchased clove bud oil and continued to swab the area around my tooth with a cotton swab saturated with two drops of the oil - this was more convenient and comfortable than the whole cloves. This miracle in a tiny bottle deadened the area and kept me sane between BC powders. I alternated the tea tree oil with the clove oil because I believe the tea tree oil works better against infection even though the clove bud oil deadened it better.

As soon as it it was possible (pain-wise), I started brushing with the Sonicare toothbrush and a single drop of tea tree oil. I also added a drop of the tea tree oil to a spoonful of Tropical Traditions gold label virgin organic coconut oil and used it to oil pull twice a day. We practice oil pulling instead of flossing at my house, so it seemed natural to add a drop of tea tree oil to the coconut oil and I think it made a huge difference. I am still adding a drop of tea tree oil to my toothbrush for one brushing each day and I am still oil pulling. I'm happy to be over the need for BC powders - they helped with pain and the relief was immediate, but I don't like caffeine. One tip: time meals around the BC powders because pain is inevitable after eating regardless of choice of food. I made sure to eat only once it was safe to take another BC and I tried to hold out as long past the recommended six hours as humanly possible.

If this ever happens again, I will immediately start swishing with tea tree oil in salt water. I don't think there is any way around the deep, excruciating pain it causes so there is no need to wait. (I also believe that deep pain is just an indication that the war has begun and the tea tree oil is winning.) I believe that's what sent the infection running, so it makes no sense to put it off. I will chew lots of raw garlic (elephant garlic has a milder taste so it doesn't burn as much), raw ginger (lava hot but effective - cut into tiny pieces). I will never be without clove bud oil or tea tree oil again, either. I suggest everyone buy some and keep it in the house for tooth emergencies - no one wants to try to track it down once a toothache hits. Mountain Rose Herbs is sold out right now, but you can sign up for an email notification when it is available again.

By the way, my friend Erica did all the research on essential oils and it was on her recommendation that I bought the steam distilled tea tree essential oil. The "steam distilled" part is very important. MRH is so helpful that they list what method of extraction is used for each of their oils. It's probably harder to find out that information from other retailers - yet another reason that I love Mountain Rose Herbs.

One word of warning: Even though I firmly believe that herbal remedies are safer than prescription drugs, essential oils are riding the line between them so they need to be taken with more caution than an herbal tea. I believe too much of either the clove oil or the tea tree oil could damage your liver.....same with the BC powder. I was very judicious with the essential oils and BCs but used the coconut oil, raw ginger and garlic liberally for this reason.

20 comments:

  1. I am so glad you're better, I was worried about you. I'm storing the blog post should I ever have teeth pain again and I'm forwarding it to my mother. I think I might be able to have cloves (Myrtle family) so I will definitely look into ordering some clove bud oil to keep on hand.

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  2. I was so impressed with the clove oil that I immediately told everyone in my family so they could have some on hand. I think it should be in every medicine cabinet.

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  3. Good info, Kristy!

    Did you end up still needing to see the dentist, or did these steps do the trick?

    Glenda

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  4. Hey Glenda, I've not been back to the dentist. My mouth is in good shape and I haven't had any tooth pain or other symptoms for several days now. I am keeping up my new tooth protocol in any case. I won't be taking my teeth for granted again. 8^)

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  5. I always admire bloggers who continue to write about health information that is also helpful for others. I am a health enthusiast so articles like this is helpful for me. You know what, I also started adding coconut oil in my toothpaste to see if it is really effective in fighting gum disease. So far, I think it is quite effective for me.

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  6. Valerie, I like using coconut oil for oil pulling, but if I wanted to make my own toothpaste, I would use coconut oil as a base. I mostly use a tooth powder that I mix up or plain sea salt when I don't have any made.

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  7. I have Eugenol which I'm informed is purportedly the same thing as clove oil. Is it not, Kristy?

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  8. Hi Lex, for corn avoidance it is always better to go with the least processed option. I wouldn't try the eugenol (active ingredient in clove oil), but the steam distilled clove essential oil works great and is corn-free.

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  9. I am totally unrelated to you. But, your post gave me strength. I am still in the process, but things are starting to look up!

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  10. Why is the steam distilled part so important?

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  11. I had a friend that researched that aspect and I can't remember why now, but I do remember that she insisted on steam distilled essential oils only. I've used that as a rule of thumb and have never had a problem.

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  12. Hi Kristy, I have a cople questions for you. How many times a day did you salt water/tea tree swish? How long before you felt the infection was really gone? Has that tooth ever given you trouble since?

    My dentist wants to give me a rot canal with full crown....I'd rather keep my tooth! I'm doing most everything you listed in addition to taking Olive Leaf and Colloidal Silver to fight the infection internally. I also have heard of applying a small pack of bentonite clay in your cheek, on the tooth to help draw the infection out. Thoughts?

    Thanks ;). Erika

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  13. I don't remember exactly, but I swished several times per day and gradually tapered off. I think the infection was really gone after 5 days or so after the first swish, but I continued to swish for a few days after that. I have a lot of trouble with that particular tooth because of gum disease, but I haven't had any more infections since. I have found that it tends to hurt when I get a reaction or eat something that is contaminated with chemicals and/or corn now, though.

    That's a good idea with the bentonite clay. I take it internally so I wouldn't have any qualms about putting it in my cheek. I don't see any way it can hurt, so I would try it. (I'm going to keep that tip tucked away in case I ever need it in the future.) I would still recommend the raw garlic and/or ginger for infection fighting - I think it was a major contributor here. Good luck on keeping your tooth....dental issues combined with allergies makes for an interesting ride, that's for sure.

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  14. i feel like the puppy on Dr DoLittle that says "I luv you!" because I had some clove oil in the cabinet and an abscess coming on and im gonna use it tonight so i don't pass out from the pain LOL :) thanks for writing this up! God bless :)

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    1. Anonymous, you are very welcome. I was so excited to find relief from clove oil that I had to share! Hope your tooth gets better.

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  15. Thank you for this. I am a novice to herbal remedies but use natural essential oils on my hair/scalp mixed in extra virgin olive oil. I had tea tree in my cabinet and immediately made the salt mixture to swish and then stuffed garlic in my cheek. My abscess has already stopped bleeding and the gums are turning a healthier color within two hours. I think I may try oil pulling now too. Thanks so much. If only I had clove oil for the pain.

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  16. I'm so glad this helped you! I won't ever be without the clove oil again after suffering through the pain of an abscess. I hope you find a way to get some so you can get some relief! And don't forget the low-tech remedy of an ice pack on your jaw.....it helps, too.

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  17. Hi, I have a sore tooth that started last night. I hardly slept and the side of my face was swollen, but the worst part was the pain! I hardly slept at all and I took many painkillers. This afternoon I tried raw garlic and chewed it with my teeth. The garlic made me feel my mouth was on fire! However the pain subsided significantly. It's been 7 hours now since I last took a painkiller and I feel no pain. I continue putting garlic in my mouth every hour and it seems to work well for the pain. My face is still swollen but I think not quite as much. I plan on doing this for the next few days until I'm completely healed. Tonight I'm also making green tea and I will put the tea bags in my mouth around the sore tooth. Well see how it goes the next few days but right now it feels great to be pain free!

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