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Visitors personal experiences with Garlic
Remedy (new) posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 14 May 2010 at 18:13 196
Take a clove of raw garlic and pound it in a pestle and mortar. Put the minced garlic on the affected tooth. Yes, it may hurt, but it works! Leave it for at least 10 minutes, but preferably half an hour. Do this two or three times per day, including before bed. I have experienced a reduction in pain within minutes as the garlic seeps down into the infected area.
Comment posted by KeithDom of Sydney, NSW, Australia on 25 May 2010 at 16:14 217
I had really bad toothache from a cavity. Got some clove oil from my health food store, and applied it directly to the tooth with a cotton wool tip. There was an immediate reduction in pain, and it remained soothed for hours. I feel the infection was also healing. I did this three times a day for a couple of days, and the toothache was gone. The other thing I did was rinse my mouth with hydrogen peroxide (6 drops 3% in half a glass of water) after each meal, and then spat it out. And I chewed on raw garlic, which I feel reduced the infection. Thank you - these remedies really work
Comment posted by JohnM of Sydney, NSW, Australia on 25 May 2010 at 16:55 218
Garlic for gum abscess. I am in awe of the potency of garlic as a natural antibiotic. I have known for a long time about the use of garlic, but have never really used it in a serious situation. The inside of a gum against a wisdom tooth was infected according to my dentist, and the only way to clear it was using antibiotics. The next day I could hardly open my mouth, and could feel the infection spreading deep into the muscles that hinge my jaw. I knew it was a deep abscess but I was determined not to use pharmaceutical antibiotics as I am very much aware of how they harm your digestion and immune system for many months. I was doing salt water rinses a couple of times a day, and they helped, but I was not getting on top of the situation. The following day the pain was increasing, so I went out and bought some clove oil, and applied that with a cotton wool tip to the gum. Instant relief! But over the next couple of days the pain in my jaw muscles did not go away, and though the clove oil was obviously helping, the main infection was still there. The abscess also burst which relieved the pressure and some of the pain. The "aha!" moment was when I started using garlic. This is not for the feint-hearted. I mashed up a large clove of garlic in my mortar and pestle and placed some of the mash on my abscess and drank the rest with a glass of water. The pain was incredible and my mouth was dribbling. For ten minutes I just walked around while the pain reduced. Within 12 hours the abscess reduced by half, and the next morning the swelling was virtually gone, the abscess had stopped oozing pus, and there was hardly any pain.
Comment posted by BILL of LONOKE, Arkansas, U.S.A. on 10 June 2012 at 12:54 675
Thursday when I woke up I had a pain in my lower back right tooth. The pain was miserable. I took some aspirin, but it barely helped. Tried swishing with sea salt, but no relief. I went on the internet to try and find some home remedy, and read about garlic. Went to the store , got some, rushed home, and gave it a try. Split a clove of garlic, popped a chunk in my mouth, and started chewing it up on the opposite side of my mouth. Almost immediately I felt intense burning especially on the tip of my tounge. The garlic oil/ juice is hot at first. I was determined to see if it worked because I was desperate and in horrible pain. Well to my surprize, I began to feel relief. I kept the garlic in my mouth for about 20 mins, then just swallowed the juice and chewed up chunks. I was just ammazed at the reduction of pain. Took a nap. When I got up I tried the garlic chew again. Ouch, burning, then wow, pain relief again. The second time even felt better afterwards. I don't know how the garlic works. I'm not sure if it has pain killing properties in the garlic oils to where it deadens the pain, but how ever it works, I now am a full believer. I too have heard of garlic for antibiotic uses, and that it's supposed to help the immune system, but never heard about using it for gum or tooth pain. My tooth hurt because I had a bad abscess swollen gum around my tooth. I highly recomend anyone who has an abscess to try this because it actually works, and works very well. Remember though, the garlic will burn alot, but endure it for a few mins, because the pay off is well worth it. Wished that I had known about this years ago. This definately is one of the best home remedies I have come across.
Comment posted by Hengist of Aberdeen, sober, Scotland on 21 January 2013 at 6:31 914
Had an abscess following root canal treatment, lower molar. Naturally, sod's law said it was fine on Friday when I went to the dentist for a check, and sprouted up overnight. No dentist on Saturday! I took a slice of a garlic clove and held it on the abscess blister - very painful because of the tenderness, but after 10 minutes or so it was way less sore. I repeated this three or four times over the course of the day. Next morning the blister had actually grown bigger and was quite sore again. I cut a thinner piece of garlic, wedged it between my cheek and tooth and just forgot about it as best as I could. After about an hour, I held it between my teeth and bit down gently on it until it was used up, and spat it out. Lo and behold, the blister had gone right down! Pain almost non-existent, but will still go to the dentist tomorrow (Monday) and accept antibiotics if he offers! We did an experiment in biology class at University where we grew bacteria in a petri dish, then added a chip of garlic. The bacteria died very quickly. This was what made me think of trying this.
Comment posted by datwife of Lakewood, Washington, USA on 10 February 2013 at 21:12 953
OMG I was soooooooo much pain I was in tears! My tooth hurt soooooo bad it was causing my face to throb and my eye to twitch..almost felt like my tooth had a heartbeat in my head...then I read your comments and I ran to my kitchen to discover I had nooooo fresh garlic left and nooooooo minced garlic either...I was about ready to jump in my truck when I remembered I ALWAYS stay stocked in my seasonings ESPECIALLY garlic powder...figured it couldn't hurt to try and you know what...I just kept licking my index finger and pouring the garlic powder on in and then rubbing the garlic powder on the affected tooth and gum and I kid you not....WITHIN MINUTES the throbbing dulled and I am in bed....hopefully about to get a good nights sleep!! Best google search EVER!! You guys actually helped me and I hope I can be of some assistiance to someone one day too...thanks all muuuuuuuuuuuuah
Question posted by Crystal of Fayette, Missouri, United States on 16 February 2013 at 7:52 987
does pre-chopped and canned (or in a jar) work just as well as having actual cloves? i couldn't find any whole cloves at my local grocery store :(
Comment posted by David Niven Miller of Perth, WA, Australia on 16 February 2013 at 14:4 995
Reply to Crystal:
Real, fresh garlic is the most effective.
Garlic powder also works, according to many visitors to Grow Youthful.
If it has been cooked, exposed to the air for some time, processed with preservatives or other chemicals added to increase the shelf life, as with some tins, bottles and jars of garlic, it may not be as effective.
Comment posted by Galaxy of Punta Gorda, Fl, USA on 17 February 2013 at 3:51 997
I once used garlic for an ear infection. Peeled and diced then wrapped it toilet paper and placed in ear overnight and Viola. My lower right wisdom tooth gum area has an abscess as we speak as I awoke with throbbing and swelling. About 10 minutes ago I chopped and placed in the hole of tooth and rubbed on tender gum located in the inner mouth not by cheek and holy crap BATMAN!!!!! IT BURNS. I stuck it out and no lie I'm feeling so Mich better. I know I have to continue this but hey its great to know a remedy that helps so quickly.
Comment posted by dorothy of newry, warrenpoint, northern ireland on 22 February 2013 at 0:59 1004
I dont have a clue who you are but you are a life savor
Comment posted by Kiki of Colton, CA, USA on 27 February 2013 at 3:32 1016
Well about 2 months ago i made an appt with my dentist because my wisdom teeth were starting to break through and as you could imagine i was in absolute pain. I was bummed to hear i had a bad mouth infection which needed a deep cleaning before my wisdom teeth could be extracted. In the process of moving at the time i missed my appt. Well i have new one 2 weeks but this morning i woke up to a swollen mouth and sensitive teeth. I rinsed with warm salt water which didnt really help. So i sliced a piece a garlic and placed it inside my cheek next to the tooth. It burned really bad but after about 10 mins the swelling was completly gone.
Comment posted by Sr180584 of Charlotte, NC, USA on 6 March 2013 at 9:48 1026
I am trying garlic after about 6 days of not being able to open my mouth more than 3 centimeters. At first i thought my wisdom tooth was just moving like it always does but then it swelled up and thus my limited movement. I am currently applying a cut clove to the spot, and within a second I took it out and opend my mouth plus teeth to about 7 centimeters. Wow! I'm keeping it going for a longer period and will try more later!
Comment posted by Christi of Havelock, NC, USA on 18 March 2013 at 17:52 1046
OMG, it works wonders, but holy crap, it does burn, really BAD!!!! Wish I had known about this before.
Comment posted by Shane of Loganville , GA, USA on 5 April 2013 at 4:20 1072
I used jared minced garlic today and it worked. I soaked a paper towel in the oils that were in the jar and put it between my cheek and gum. Within 20 minutes the abcess popped and the pain gone. I am still using it today after it popped to reduce the risk of infection. My mother who is a doctor gave me the heads up of garlic oil pulling and I am grateful because the pain is gone.
Comment posted by Donna F of Taunton, MA, USA on 19 May 2013 at 14:11 1164
Just wanted to remark that I used jarred (but recently opened) minced, organic garlic that worked like a charm. It didn't burn my tongue or gum, but it did relieve the pain. It has been 6 hours pain free so far...
Comment posted by Blueeye of middle village, New York , USA on 12 June 2013 at 20:8 1198
I am going to try this today for my painless gum abscess until I get to the dentist. I was thinking about this treatment because a few months ago I had a boil on my back-instead of panicking and running to the doctor, I used a potent garlic/onion salve overnight. It stung and it stunk-after the third treatment, the boil was gone!
Comment posted by Courtney of Johnson City, TN, USA on 15 June 2013 at 15:43 1202
I used garlic powder, 2 Tbsp in an 8 oz glass of warm water. Swished about 5 times for a few seconds each and could feel the pain start to subside
Comment posted by Bourbon of Studo City, California, USA on 26 June 2013 at 18:17 1235
I am a cynic. I had a blistering toothache due to a partial root canal - I waited too long to get the second part done and it became infected. The dentist had cleaned it out again and put antibiotics directly in it. I took antibiotics for 2 days and 800mg ibuprofen (1 every 4 hours) - that helped less and less and stopped working the second day. I read this page and was willing to try anything. The only garlic I have is a large tin of Garlic Powder for cooking. It is almost empty, but probably has a few tablespoons left in it and I wasn't too good at closing the top. I mixed 2 tablespoons with Warm water. I used it like mouthwash. Swirl it in the mouth for a few seconds, spit it out. Repeat over and over (No burning at all). At first it still hurt – and I stopped after about 5 rinses. But 5 minutes later, the pain started to go away. So I did more of the garlic wash about 4/5ths of the cup. Waited another 10 minutes and the pain was almost completely gone. Finished off the wash and by the time I was done, the pain was gone. And it still is. So if you are broke or just have garlic powder in the house for cooking – make the wash, it works great, and without the burn!
Comment posted by Cesar of Miami, FL, USA on 10 July 2013 at 8:25 1268
Woke up this morning with toothache. I had been braving trough it throughout the day, but I gave up and consulted home remedies. I found this Garlic solution and as I write I have a cotton ball dipped in pounded garlic with salt and water in over the aching tooth. At first it made my eyes water it was so intense, but I am on my 15 minute mark and I do feel some relief. I will finish this comment as I get to the 30 minute mark. It is fair to mention that I also rinsed with hydrogen peroxide and it was instant relief prior to sticking the cotton in. Ok, at the 30 minute mark. I took off the cotton ball and IT WORKED!!! Who would have thought it??? It Worked!!!
Comment posted by DRE of RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, USA on 13 August 2013 at 3:56 1319
I had an oral surgery two weeks ago with my wisdom tooth removed and my soft tissue sutured. Since then the pain has been uprising and the ibuprofen I took was not helping a whole lot. I then decided to check out online remedies and fell on this God sent site where people recommended garlic. Took it last night and as if it was magic the pain disappeared significantly. It burns at first but slowly gets better and the pain subsides. Do not miss to try this because it might work as well for you.
Comment posted by susan of clearlake, ca, United States on 23 August 2013 at 5:35 1341
this is a fantastic site. do not pass your concerns up without checking it out here, you are sure to be satisfied.
Comment posted by Soul of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom on 24 August 2013 at 6:51 1346
Garlic cured an infected wisdom tooth I had for years. Oil pulling with tumeric and garlic infused sunflower oil also helped heal my damaged teeth.
Comment posted by Paul of Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom on 24 August 2013 at 13:30 1349
Put this to the test for a painful broken tooth with exposed nerve. Alternated between chewing a split clove and holding it in the affected area between the cheek and tooth. After being unable to even focus on anything to distract my mind, let alone sleep, I can actually say it is the only thing that has worked. Tried the warm compress, pharmaceutical pain relief, salt water rinse and nothing. Garlic will now be ever-present in my home!
Comment posted by tramtrist of Livonia, MI, USA on 4 September 2013 at 7:23 1364
Had a tooth abscess that was constalty putting out puss. Finally after a couple weeks of this I was in excruciating pain one day. I woke up at 5am and could not go back to sleep it hurt so much. Ground up a garlic clove with kosher salt (a lot of salt) into a paste and put it on the gums where the abscess was for about 2-5 minutes. It burned like hell but after that the pain went away almost immediately. The abscess retreated and is no longer there. It has been 3 days and no more pain!
Comment posted by jennifer of buffalo, ny, usa on 4 September 2013 at 15:17 1366
Wow!! Really. I've been plagued with swelling and infection around an incoming wisdom tooth for about two years now. I've taken antibiotics for previous infections and did NOT want to go through anymore. So I started noticing a little swelling and then the pain and then soreness in my neck and jaw over the past two days. I was researching remedies and came upon this site with overwhelming "yeas". I just a bit ago crushed up a clove of garlic with sea salt and kept it on the tooth area for thirty minutes, swallowing bits as the time went on. A little burning, but nothing I couldn't handle and the pain is GONE! Swelling is reduced and I can open my mouth fully. I only used about a quarter of the clove and will repeat tomorrow, but I am very impressed! Thank you!!
Comment posted by Charlotte of SHREVEPORT, Louisiana, USA on 9 September 2013 at 11:26 1385
I tried this and it works
Comment posted by Cody of Hamilton, ON, Canada on 14 September 2013 at 11:15 1394
Chewing raw purple garlic seems to work best, though the Chinese white garlic works as well. This is the only thing that has helped with two decayed wisdom teeth that I have been stuck with for over half a year. Suck it up with the burn, keep it in there as long as possible... that's the hydrogen sulphide working its magic.
Comment posted by Patty of West Covina, California, USA on 29 September 2013 at 15:12 1425
I actually have a PAINFUL abcess as I write this and have been reading the testimonials so I thought I'd give it a try. Mashed up a clove of garlic and put it directly on my abcess/bad tooth and IT BURNED BAD and tastes horrific but most everyone else on here said it would so I sucked it up (literally and figuratively) for 10 minuets and I gotta say it already feels much better. Gonna do it again in about an hour and again right before I go to bed. I will post the results in the morning.
Comment posted by Patty of West Covina, California, USA on 30 September 2013 at 8:51 1432
Well, the verdict is in. IT TOTALLY WORKED! I mashed up another clove of garlic right before bed and smeared it on the abcess and affected tooth and went to bed. And YES, it still burned and tasted super yucky but when I woke up this morning the abcess was almost completely gone. I would say it is 80% better. I do still have some swelling and tenderness in my jaw and I am still going to go to the dentist in the morning but I highly recommend this treatment. Here's to Mother Nature and feeling better!!
Comment posted by Michelle of Canberra, ACT, Australia on 3 October 2013 at 16:33 1442
Wow! The burning is something else!! However, can feel it working with gum inflammation going down now. Will do another round before bed :)
Comment posted by Bob of Gilroy, CA, USA on 5 October 2013 at 20:4 1444
I was suffering for days with an intense tooth ache. I took every over the counter pain reliever and used several jells. Nothing helped. I could not sleep and it seemed to get worse no matter what I tried. After reading this page I rubbed the garlic powder on the tooth and gums around the tooth that hurt. With in minutes the pain subsided. I reapplied the garlic powder 3 more times over a few hours. The pain is completely gone. THANK GOD FOR GARLIC. Which is kind of funny because I live in Gilroy California the garlic capitol of the world. Thank you all for your comments and suggestions.
Comment posted by Suzanne of Feltham, Middlesex, England on 6 October 2013 at 7:5 1446
I went to the dentist on Thursday with an abscess on my gum right near my cheekbone, the dentist wanted to give me antibiotics, I am anti antibiotics, especially as I'm breastfeeding my 8 week old daughter. When I told the dentist I was breastfeeding he sent me away telling me to go back the next day if it got worse and he would give me a prescription. The next day I was in AGONY I could barely open my mouth, so I reluctantly went back to the dentist, he gave a prescription for antibiotics but told me to check with my GP to see if I could take them, I called my dr and he said it was ok, still reluctant I took my first dose with 1 paracetamol tablet to try and get rid of the intense pain, 2 doses later I decided I wasn't happy breastfeeding my daughter as I know some of the antibiotic would passed through into my milk is I expressed and threw it away and gave my daughter formula (yuk!) totally unhappy about this I found this page whilst searching for a natural remedy for toothache/abscess. Immediately I went to the kitchen and crushed a clove of garlic placed it between my cheek and gum OMG THE BURN!! I read that I should leave it do 10 minutes ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!! I lasted at best 1 minute before having to spit it out, my nose was running, my eye was watering and the dribble was pouring from my mouth BUT I am completely PAIN FREE!!!! My cheek was VERY swollen, it still is swollen but not as much and I cannot believe I feel no pain at all. Thank you to everyone who posted comments because now I can go back to breast feeding my baby girl, ditch the poisonous antibiotics and be pain free
Comment posted by Amber of Indianapolis , Indiana , United States on 25 October 2013 at 18:55 1493
I have an old root canal that became infected underneath, in the gum. My jaw was so swollen and I could barely open my mouth. I was without insurance and didn't want to go to the emergency dentist. I didn't have any fresh garlic, but always kept garlic powder. I put about 3 tsp in an 8 Oz glass of warm water and drank it and went to bed. When I woke up the next day, the swelling was almost 1/3 of the size and pain nonexistent. I repeated this twice a day for about 3 days, although it was completely healed by the end of day 2.... It really works, plus it seemed to clear up my sinuses!
Comment posted by tin of taguig, manila, philippines on 27 October 2013 at 22:47 1499
Yes. it really helps my toothache..I put some minced garlic to affected area and after a minute the pain was reduced and slowly gone...thanks to all comments and procedure instructed here :)
Comment posted by Greg of Bournemouth, Dorset, England on 31 October 2013 at 17:42 1512
My cap that I'd had on my back top left molar over two years ago fell out, what was left barley came through the gum (it must have snapped). The pain was excruciating and when I looked in the mirror my gum above had gone black (infected). I crushed fresh garlic clove and stuffed a finger tip full of mulch into the tender bit and rubbed around my gums - compared to the pain my whole side of face was in the 'garlic burn' was negligible. It really works I did this twice a day for a week.
Comment posted by Sugar Bear of Kalamazoo, MI, Kalamazoo on 5 November 2013 at 3:47 1520
I am in A LOT of pain right now. I am in need of a root canal, infection has set in and have an abscess that has grown and now another is starting up...fun, fun, fun! I have been doing the salt water rinse and a rinse with peroxide and a rinse with mouth wash. They all help to some degree, but only for the moment. Tylenol and Motrin are both ineffective. I am in terrible pain and I am looking forward to this experiment. I will post in a couple of hours.
Comment posted by Sugar Bear of Kalamazoo, MI, United States on 5 November 2013 at 6:31 1521
The Garlic worked well. It killed the pain almost immediately, the abscess is smaller and I feel functional.
Comment posted by johnkingjohnking of Seoul, Gyeongi , South Korea on 12 November 2013 at 11:0 1538
Damn it! Prescriptions are a scam. I took a quarter clove of garlic and a glass of water and that pain is gone. Don't know how long it will last but whoah! Garlic is amazing. Read no further.
Comment posted by Marie of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA on 15 November 2013 at 6:58 1546
I've been battling an oral fistula for the last five days. It was at its worst the first day it appeared, the size of a pencil eraser and whitish. I immediately began oil pulling with coconut oil 3 times daily, followed by a gentle brushing and flossing, and rinsing well with salt water (using sea salt). Within 48 hours, this had improved it a LOT - it was much smaller and less white and it's been getting steadily better ever since, but there's still a tiny little blister that's a little sore. I want to knock this thing completely out, so I thought I'd give garlic a try in addition to the oil pulling and sea salt water. I just minced a bit of fresh garlic and added sea salt and warm water and rinsed well with that (it was strong enough to tingle and burn in my mouth just a bit, but not bad at all). I have no idea as of yet if it's going to help get rid of that little blister, but it did completely take the soreness away within minutes. I have a massive case of garlic breath, but my gums feel great. :) I'll try to remember to post again if it does get rid of that last little blister...
Comment posted by Cami of Fort Wayne , Indiana, USA on 19 November 2013 at 17:57 1555
Pregnant and had a filling come out. Pain meds, Clove oil, and temporary fillings quit working. Excruciating pain!!! Remembered hearing about garlic, chewed a clove on the tooth w missing filling. Burnt like crazy and had to spit it out! However, 10 minutes later I am still experiencing no pain what so ever!!!!!:) thank The Lord for garlic!!!!
Comment posted by kmonn0728 of slippery rock , pa, Untied States on 22 November 2013 at 21:25 1563
I have a broken tooth with the nerve exposed, I tried everything to get it to go away! I finally googled home remedies for a broken tooth pain and it lead me to use garlic! I didn't have any fresh garlic so I used garlic powder I opened a new toothbrush got a lot of garlic powder on it and put it all over the broken tooth and gum it burnt really bad for about 5 mins but after that pain was gone. well tonight the pain woke me up I tried this again and again it worked! I might actually be able to sleep tonight!
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