BACK TO ASK THE HERBALIST
ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
My daughter is having an impacted wisdom tooth out. The
oral surgeon is recommending a topical antibiotic and
Tylenol and ibuprofen. What could we do herbally
instead? Could spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia)
be used topically on the incision on the gum? We use
it on infected cuts with great result but didn't know if
it could be used in small amounts in the mouth. Any
pain killers or natural anti-inflammatories that won't
fight the inflammation but just help the healing to
take down inflammation?
Years of experience have taught me what my mother, who
by the way was an oral surgeon, always said: in the case
of teeth you need a dentist.
The only product I would even suggest is a TCM formula
named Watermelon Frost which will help temporarily,
besides that, I would suggest that following your
dentist's suggestion would more than likely serve you
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
About 6 months ago I had a tooth #3 upper right side
crack and eventually break off. When the dentist looked
at it he said it needed a root canal because the tooth
was broken off at the gum line and also there was decay
down in the roots. So he did his thing and did a root
canal which I might say was very, very painful and then
he said he needed to stop but said he had cleaned out
all three of the root canals and he was going to put a
cover over the tooth and wait until the next treatment.
Well, it has been three weeks and I had to go in once
and have three more shots in the mouth in order to
survive. I was taking pain killers and also
antibiotics. I have been expecting the tooth to have no
more pain, but I am wrong. I am still having some
aching and the tooth has not quieted down like they
expected. What do you recommend???? Do you think that
it is a problem with the tooth and the root canal not
working???? Or do you think that it is simply trying to
calm down from the work that was done on the tooth??? I
would appreciate any help as to what to take, or what to
use as gargling or what do you think is going on with
ANSWER: I'm not a dentist and cannot even venture
a guess. I'd get myself back to the dentist and tell him
you want it fixed properly or you will speak with your
insurance company about not paying the bill! In the
meantime, you can try oil of clove, but it will only
provide temporary relief.
QUESTION: I have been having extremely bad wisdom
tooth pain & I am waiting to be seen by a specialist. Is
there something you can recommend as a pain relief in
the meantime? I am taking painkillers but I thought
there may be another remedy. Please help as I am in
ANSWER: The best instant pain relief I can offer
is cloves. Yep. The kind you buy in the baking section
of the grocery store. Take a whole clove and place it on
the gum or tooth that's causing you pain and it will
numb it for you temporarily. But you really do need to
have them removed if your wisdom teeth are to the point
of causing you that much pain.
QUESTION: Is something available to help tighten
loose teeth and help to heal gum problems?
ANSWER: Well, proper dental hygiene is always a
move in the right direction. Flossing every day,
brushing at least twice a day and avoiding sweets. Apart
from that, if you have an infection, fresh plantain
leaves chewed up and placed between the cheek and gum
can be helpful. Whole cloves will provide temporary
relief from the pain. If it's serious, please see a
QUESTION: Hi, I am suffering from gum disease,
all my gums are swollen, they bleed and hurt, and now my
teeth have started to erode as I am getting gaps between
my teeth. please help I am only 21 years of age.
ANSWER: Good dental hygiene is the first place to
start. You MUST avoid sugar. Brush and floss at least 2
times every day to remove trapped food particles. You
can brush with baking soda which is natural and will
leave your breath sweet smelling and also has a mild
abrasive quality to it. Plantain leaves, chewed and then
used as a poultice against the gum can help swelling and
draw out infections. Whole cloves will help alleviate
pain temporarily. But you only have one set of teeth.
Once they're gone, that's it, so see a dentist
immediately and let him help you.
I have an infection in my mouth . I have been taking
garlic and echinacea. It goes away but then come
back hurting more . I don't have money to go to the
dentist is there anything else I can take?
Unfortunately, the best you can do is alleviate
the pain if it is indeed a tooth that is infected. But
it is going to have to be dealt with or you'll lose it.
If it is your mouth, there are some other things you can
do. To alleviate the pain, get some essential oil of
clove. Make sure it is pure. Putting this on the tooth
or around it will deaden the nerves, but if it is
infected, it will have to be filled or come out. There
are low-cost clinics available. I would try to find
someone who will work with you. If it is an infection in
the mouth, get some Tea Tree Oil and mix one dropper
full in a cup of water. Use this as a mouth wash/rinse 3
times a day until the infection disappears. Don't
swallow it! Just swish it in your mouth paying
particular attention to the area where you are
experiencing pain and it should take care of it. Tea
Tree oil is anti-fungal and anti-septic. I have also
used hydrogen peroxide as a rinse for infections in the
mouth with good results.
17years ago, I had a fall as a child and broke off my
front tooth to the nerve. A tooth was build and only to
the past 2years have I had some discomfort. I developed
an abscess on my gum and it has grown large over night.
I went to the dentist a few months ago and they made an
opening in the tooth drained the infection and gave me
some antibiotics for 10days. The problem has come back,
I need some temporary relief until my appointment with
the Doctor in a few days. What home remedies do you
water, Green tea bags. Please let me know some remedies
to get some relief, I have a lot of facial
swelling. Light pain
ANSWER: For quick
relief of the pain, take a whole clove and bite down on
it or put it between your cheek and gum where the tooth
is abscessed. I would think your doctor would get you in
immediately for something like this.
Could you please tell me if there are any herbs
available in Sweden I can
use for a raging toothache.
So sorry to hear you're in pain. the best natural remedy
for a toothache that I know of is cloves. If you take a
whole clove and place it on your gums where the pain is,
it will almost immediately relieve the pain. I'm sure you
can get cloves in Sweden in the spices section of your
grocery store. A bad, continuing toothache is the sign of
something much more serious, though. So you should get to
a dentist as soon as possible. The cloves will help in the
ANSWERS FROM DAVID BRILL
QUESTION: I was wondering if you could inform
me on any single herbs/or combos that work well for
temporary pain relief/help clean inside the mouth.
This ailment is due to bacteria and or plaque
under the gum line
ANSWER: I would use Echinacea and
Spilanthes both went by the name toothache plant in the
past and are great at helping with infections. Drop
the tincture directly on the affected area.
QUESTION: I have an infected root canal - the root canal was
done in the mid-90's. My dentist has referred me to an endodontist
(appt is June 18), and I am taking Doxycycline 100 mg for 8 days,
taking the last one June 11. I have a fissure (not sure about
spelling) which is growing beside the infected tooth.
A friend who is a homeopath said that the fissure should be opened,
and recommended Hepar sulph in a low potency to help with this.
Do you recommend this remedy, and is it o.k. to take while I am taking
the antiobiotic? Should I take the antibiotic until June 18, when the
endodonist will open the root canal and clean out....I have not had
much pain, just slight periodically. The tooth beside it also has a
I would appreciate your advise.
ANSWER: Homeopathic remedies either work or do nothing, I
am not a expert in their use but here is some basic information on
What is Hepar sulph?
Hepar sulph is mainly used in infections as it helps to expel pus. It
can be very useful in boils and spots. People needing this remedy are
extremely oversensitive, chilly and pale.
What is Hepar sulph. made from?
What are its Key uses?
Infections especially where there is formation of pus
Sour smelling discharges
Rattling coughs and sore throats
Other supplements that are indicated:
I would increase use of Zinc, Vitamin C and use Ecchinacea and
Spilanthes, all of which help boost immune system and the last two
have a common name of tooth ache plant with the indigenous peoples who
used them traditionally.
QUESTION: I've been having pain with the last tooth on my bottom
left side (my wisdom tooth has been taken out). I think there's
a infection deep within the gum or my tooth might be cracked ( I can't
tell and the dentist is not really sure if it is). My question
is what can i do to try to get rid of the infection. I've tried
so many things. can you please help
ANSWER: If it were me I would use Echinacea and Spilanthes,
both herbs should be taken in the form of an alcohol extract, dropped
directly onto the affected tooth, then swallow the.
For the dose use the dosages suggested on the bottle, up to a teaspoon
every several hours for a couple days if it does not clear in 3-7
days, go to the Dentist or you Primary Care Physician.
QUESTION: What herbs would help with periodontal
These herbs could be used.
Spilanthes, Echinacea, Goldenseal, Oregon Grape or Barberry to fight
any infection and Ginkgo, Garlic and Vitamin E to increase circulation
to the affected area.
I would use the alcohol extract of these herbs and drop it directly
into the mouth, we also have a great mouthwash we use and carry in the
QUESTION: I was eating and
accidentally cracked one of my teeth and I want to know if anything
herbally or alternatively could help.
For the pain I would use Kava or Spilanthes, drop the alcohol
extract directly on the tooth.
For building teeth or bone I would use Horsetail, Oat Straw, Alflalfa,
Nettles some people throw in organic egg shells. It can be found
as a tea, tincture or vinegar.
If making your own tea, after heating the tea allow it to sit
overnight in the refrigerator to allow the water to extract as many
minerals as it can.
We also carry a great herbal tooth and gum tonic and/or toothpaste
that has done wonders for those who use them. They were designed
by an herbal dentist.