Tooth root infection remedies
Nontoxic, non-invasive and/or natural healing approaches based on anecdotal evidence
This page specifically reports on various ways in which people have successfully addressed inflammation in the root area of one or more of their teeth WITHOUT having the tooth or teeth extracted. Considering that in some quarters, such infections - rightly or wrongly - are regarded as dangerous and requiring surgical intervention, the reader's attention is expressly drawn to this site's Disclaimer. Personally, I consider invasive treatment by dentists the true danger (compare the Conventional section), so the below empirical evidence has been compiled for all those who don't want to (or who for various reasons can't) see a dentist.Tip: also see the related Abscess home remedies page which enlarges upon this page's more narrowly defined subject of tooth root infection remedies that have worked in individual cases.
Tooth root infection remedy report: MSM (methylsulfonylmethane)
MSM, a naturally occurring sulfur compound without side effects, has helped many thousands of people with various (frequently serious) issues related to pain and inflammation. One reported dental "miracle" concerned an 80-year-old with inflamed root-canalled teeth which completely healed after consistently applying MSM crystals to her gums as well as taking MSM internally at a rate of three teaspoons a day. Some more details of her very powerful healing report are featured on the dedicated page on dental applications of MSM.
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) heals inflamed tooth root
Erika Herbst reports in her book "Die Heilkunst von Morgen" ["The Healing Arts of Tomorrow"] how she rid herself of a tooth root infection of her own by taking a total of 3g of vitamin C daily (15 tablets of C 200), presumably spread out over the day (she must have been around 70 at the time).5
Oil pulling heals tooth root inflammation
A very powerful and highly recommended DIY dental (and general) healing modality which among other things helps to detoxify the oral tissues. One testimonial involving a root-canaled tooth the root of which had become infected reports dramatic (total) pain relief obtained initially by salt water rinses and then by oil pulling with sesame oil. For background and details see Oil pulling for (dental) health.
Urine therapy for tooth root infection
Our "own perfect medicine" has done it again! Sara had a very serious and painful tooth root infection in a broken molar and healed it via urine rinses and urine fasting in a matter of days. Details of her powerful testimonial at Urine therapy heals severe tooth root infection, urine rinses & fasting dramatically improve loose broken molar, stop all pain and re-enamelize a chipped tooth. (Newbies to urine therapy find introductory background info at Urine therapy for the healing of teeth and gum problems: on the dental benefits of uropathy.)
Rudolf Breuss' recommendation for all infections
Austrian naturopath and bestselling author Rudolf Breuss who reaped many successes with his often simple, down-to-earth healing approaches1 advises, "with any type of infection, make sure to frequently drink a sip of pure water in the day".
Magnets eliminate infections in teeth after root canals
A quote I found on the internet reads, "My experience covering about 20 years indicates that most infections in teeth as a result of root canals or abcesses can be eliminated permanently by magnets." I haven't seen any more information on this but generally, magnets (correctly applied) have been found to exert astounding healing effects (from healing cancer to regenerating knee joint cartilage, another "medical impossibility" reported by Dr. Bradley Nelson in The Emotion Code). Dr. Richard Gerber's book "Vibrational Medicine" features research studies proving the similarity between the healing effect of treatment by a healer and by a magnet.
Homeopathy against tooth root inflammation
Various homeopathic remedies have successfully addressed root infections, among them
- Hepar sulfuris (Hepar sulph)
- Tissue salt number 4
- Also see this Real-life healing testimonial: deep-seated root infection cured with homeopathics
- Bryonia Strath comp. (manufactured by Strath-Labor GmbH, German PZN: 4642758, www.strath-labor.de) reportedly provided effective help against various inflammatory processes including jaw infections.
Swedish Bitters (herbal tincture)
Swedish Bitters, a powerful olde remedy reintroduced by Austrian herbalist Maria Treben4, really is a must-have (and must-try) herbal formula for most conditions in Healing Teeth Naturally's view. Swedish Bitters have worked among many other things against infections and inflammation including in the dental realm. Simply dab on repeatedly or keep a tablespoon in your mouth for a while. For toothache it is promised that the "pain soon eases and the putrefaction disappears".
The book "Maria Treben's Cures" features the case of a person with a painful suppurating jaw who reports that only Swedish Bitters helped and made him painfree. The cause of the problem was a tooth root which remained in the jaw but from that time onward "kept quiet" (was no longer festering). Maria Treben also mentions the case of a 12-year-old who used Swedish bitters on his gum boil, which opened and released the pus.3
More suggested tooth root infection remedies based upon anecdotal evidence
1) One person healed a deep-seated root infection after taking borage oil (and spirulina). Borage oil is a rich source of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) which among other things has anti-inflammatory properties (see eg "Gamma linolenic acid: an antiinflammatory omega-6 fatty acid" at www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17168669). For the complete testimonial, see Dental cavitation infections: therapeutic self-help approaches?.
2) Olive oil and cabbage leaf packs
Father Thomas Häberle, the late accomplished Swiss naturopathic healer, reaped many successes using olive oil massages for diseases of the head and bones. Olive oil is anti-inflammatory and able to penetrate deeply (even the hardest bones) and thus brings healing to these hard-to-get-to areas. Thomas Haeberle also combined olive oil with salt which increases the heat and thus enhances blood supply to the area massaged. Minor jaw infections will typically yield to daily olive oil massages.
Thomas Häberle often prescribed cabbage leaf poultices as well, an ancient folk remedy with powerfully detoxifying and healing effects.2 So frequently putting a fresh piece of softened raw cabbage onto an infected tooth root should definitely help in clearing out some of the infection.
3) Erika Herbst notes these additional potential remedies for tooth root inflammation in her book "Die Heilkunst von Morgen" [The Healing Arts of Tomorrow]:
- The fasting cure according to Ficht (no further details given but fasting has indeed shown great dental benefits in some cases, compare On the effects of fasting on the health of teeth and gums).
- For any type of infection / inflammation (not just in the dental realm), quark poultices (German Quarkauflagen - quark is a type of cottage cheese popular in German-speaking countries) can be similarly helpful as cabbage leaf poultices in drawing out the toxins, as can ground fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) packs. One woman put some quark on a piece of gauze, applied it to her cheek with a plastic cover and fixed it with a scarf. The next morning, the gauze was yellow from the pus which had been draining through her cheek during the night. The healing of the abscess was completed by following up with several days of water or oil pulling.
- Silvitis, a crystal-clear liquid available from Holland with reportedly excellent effect on deep-seated dental infections, see A forgotten but powerful anti-inflammatory for topical use based on natural ingredients.
- The drops named "phantomdetektor A" (or Phantom-Detektor A) manufactured by Gernerpharma Vertriebs GmbH, Freiburg, Germany. Interestingly, their active ingredients, in addition to Rhus toxicodendron, Graphites and Acidu, also include Sulfur (as does the MSM featured above).
- Erika Herbst herself tremendously suffered for many years due to undiagnosed palladium poisoning of her jaw and pituitary gland from gold fillings. Her eventual recovery (palladium detoxification) was strongly furthered by foot reflexology massages of the lymphatic zones in the toe area which helped unclog the lymphatic vessels in her head region. Erika arrived at the conclusion that for any infections and complaints affecting the jaw or head which are otherwise hard to control, foot reflexology massage was ideal.
- The successful application of Lugol's to a tender spot suggestive of deep-seated dental infection which is reported under More natural, simple and/or inexpensive home remedies for toothache, dental & jaw pain (scroll to "Iodine / Lugol's"), makes topically applied iodine appear like another potential candidate for combatting tooth root infections.
4) Xylitol rinsing and toothbrushing
While in dentist Dr. Ulrich Bruhn's experience to date (Dr. Bruhn is the "father" of Rinsing and brushing teeth with xylitol sugar as a dental [near]panacea), xylitol has no impact on inflammation surrounding a tooth root, anecdotal evidence points to xylitol brushing indeed being able to help with at least some lower-level tooth root infections. See Healing reports & testimonials re the use of xylitol sugar (scroll to number 6: Root-treated tooth that keeps "reporting for duty").
5) One man has used mostly Chlorhexidine rinses to keep "the mother of all toothaches) in the root of his molar (from secondary caries under an existing filling) at bay (scroll to "Chlorhexidine and [extreme] toothache: a testimonial").
6) Echinacea tea rinses
On earthclinic.com, one person reported that several years prior, an infection in a root canal linked to four upper front crowns was permanently cured by twice-daily mouth rinses with tea freshly made from dried Echinacea leaves. Originally treated via antibiotics which helped temporarily but led to the infection returning two weeks later even worse than before, the person started preparing an infusion of Echinacea leaves (in a pint of water simmered in a stainless steel teapot for ten minutes) and swishing the liquid cooled down to body temperature in his mouth for about ten minutes, once every morning and night. By day 3, an abscess had formed on the gum, the pain was gone, and the boil soon burst and quickly healed.
7) Finally, see the related Abscess home remedies page for many more suggestions for combatting jaw infections.
1 Compare for instance Testimonials: two cases of stomach cancer healed with the Breuss juice diet.
2 Information on healing with cabbage leaf packs at Medicinal cabbage leaf poultices Dr. Blanc: background on the therapeutic topical application of Brassica oleracea, and on Father Thomas Häberle's books at Tumors healed thanks to cabbage leaf poultices and ... unconditional love
3 Background on this herbal remedy eg at Swedish Bitters Healing Testimonials: A Powerful Herbal Remedy?.
4 More on Maria Treben at Maria Treben's herbal treatment advice for teeth and gums.
5 For other powerful dental applications of vitamin C see Periodontal disease and vitamin C: Healing periodontitis/gingivitis with ascorbic acid?.