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What are the Best Antibiotics for an Abscessed Tooth?

By Vanessa Harvey
Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Among the best antibiotics for an abscessed tooth are colloidal silver, bentonite clay, and raw garlic. Colloidal silver, also referred to as silver hydrosol, and bentonite clay are extremely effective because not only can they be used internally, they also can be applied externally, directly to the affected tooth or teeth. This advantage is very important because, in traditional modern medicine, prescribed antibiotics almost always fail to clear up the infection completely, resulting in treatment by extracting the tooth or performing what is known as a root canal.

When the infection lies at the root of the tooth, it generally is considered unreachable by any antibiotic, chemical or natural, circulating in the bloodstream. This is why antibiotics that can be directly applied to the infected tooth and gum, such as colloidal silver and bentonite, have the advantage. Bentonite clay has been used for thousands of years in folk medicine, and it has both absorbent and adsorbent properties. Exposure to water causes the clay to swell and turn into somewhat of a natural sponge, with spaces and cracks into which toxins and pathogenic viruses literally can be absorbed as they are pulled away from the inside of the tooth and gum.

Colloidal silver, like bentonite, can and should be applied directly to the tooth and gum. Unlike bentonite, however, colloidal silver also should be taken internally. It also has antibacterial and antiviral properties that are active internally and externally.

These all-natural substances can be successfully employed as antibiotics for an abscessed tooth using different methods that vary slightly. For example, some people will soak a cotton ball with liquid bentonite and place it around the tooth and gum to be held there almost constantly until the infection is gone. When the cotton is removed, it can be replaced by another piece that has been soaked in colloidal silver.

Some people have had excellent results within a couple of days by mixing colloidal silver and bentonite together before soaking the cotton ball to be applied to the tooth and gum. If colloidal silver cannot be obtained, chewing at least three raw garlic cloves in a day does much to help fight infection internally. Bentonite and colloidal silver typically are sold in well-stocked health foods stores in many countries, including the United States and Canada. It is very important, however, that only the purest and safest products be used.

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Discussion Comments
By anon325068 — On Mar 14, 2013

I have used garlic and it has worked perfectly. You can't leave it on too long because it burns.

By Janneman — On Jan 05, 2013

I had trouble with receding gums and tried everything. I needed dental implants and have many crowns. I even tried chlorine dioxide. My problems ended with bentonite clay. The best is to make a dry water bentonite mix - put it on a small strip of non absorbent paper about 3 cm long and then apply to teeth. It will stick like glue. Leave it overnight. I have no trouble using it - the following day you will not believe the results. Tonight I will try to mix some clay with colloidal silver.

By julies — On Jun 23, 2012

I don't have any problem with soaking an infected tooth with something like colloidal silver. I don't know if I could chew three raw garlic cloves in a day for tooth abscess treatment though. It is hard just to think about doing that and I don't think I could stomach it.

If you were going to try this, you also would want to make sure you were not out in public. If your tooth was hurting that bad you would probably be home anyway, but the smell of just one garlic clove is strong.

I think the overpowering smell of garlic would be too much if you were around people. I know that garlic contains a lot of antibacterial properties so I understand how it could work. I just don't know if I would be able to do it or not.

By Mykol — On Jun 22, 2012

I have had an abscessed tooth and know how miserable it can be. Since I usually try to find a natural solution for my problems, I was open to trying colloidal silver and bentonite.

I was somewhat familiar with the benefits of these products even before I had an abscessed tooth, so was not reluctant to try them. Thankfully I live in an area where I have access to several health food stores.

If I had to wait and order something online, that would have been a lot harder. I began soaking the area with a combination of the colloidal silver and the bentonite.

Whatever I was doing worked and the tooth infection cleared up. It saved me a lot of money and I didn't have to go through the process of having the dentist remove my tooth.

By sunshined — On Jun 22, 2012

I didn't realize that most antibiotics for a tooth infection like this don't work. I would have thought that would be the first thing a dentist would try.

I wonder how many dentists would just recommend tooth extraction before trying some of the methods mentioned here? When it comes to any kind of tooth pain, I don't like to wait very long.

If my teeth are aching and bothering me I have a hard time concentrating on anything else until the pain is gone. I don't know if I would have the patience to try something like this and might just ask to have it removed right away.

By andee — On Jun 21, 2012

I would think if you were using colloidal silver internally you would want to make sure it was from a pure source that you trusted.

I find it interesting that they recommend using something like colloidal silver for an abscessed tooth. I was recently at a health seminar where they were talking about all the benefits of using colloidal silver.

Using it for an abscessed tooth never came up, but it sounds like there are many other health benefits from using something like this. I don't think it would be a bad thing to keep around.

I have never had a tooth abscess, but it sounds like it would be painful and uncomfortable. I would much rather try something like this first to see if it worked before having it pulled out or a root canal done.

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