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Tooth Discomfort And Gum Inflammation

Author: Nancy C.
Skill: Massage Therapist
Date: 01-14-2007
Views: 14,639
Word Count: 303
Questions Received: 6
Testimonial ID: 1891-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 2

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In November 2006, I noticed that one of my molars had become very sensitive to heat, cold, and then any pressure whatsoever. This is the first tooth ache/pain I have had for over 30 years. It has given me new respect for people who deal with pain in their teeth and gums.

I began putting Thieves on the tooth and gums (was out of town - didn't have plain Clove oil or gel caps with me). This worked OK. However, by the time I got home, there was inflammation, due to infection, in the gum surrounding the root.

After a bit of web searching, I realized that if I went to the dentist, I was looking at a round of antibiotics and a probable root canal. So, since I have hated going to the dentist since I was a little girl, even though I have a lovely and kind dentist now, I decided to first experiment with the infection with essential oils.

I began alternating Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), Clove, Peppermint, and Oregano on my gums and tooth. They all helped and eased the pain and swelling for a while.

I also began a course of one of my alternative antibiotic recipes (from Dr. David Stewart - Frankincense, Oregano, and the Thieves oil blend), one capsule twice a day for ten days, just like the usual round of allopathic antibiotics.

I also created a spray of Melaleuca, Clove, and Roman Chamomile in distilled water, which was more convenient than massaging the individual oils on the gums. After 4 or 5 days, I was experiencing much reduced pain and inflammation. After a couple of weeks, a bit of pain appeared in another tooth/gum area.

I started with the spray and the capsules. Again, within a few days, the pain was negligible and the inflammation was almost gone.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: abscessed-tooth,dental,tooth-/-teeth,toothache — Study 1: "[Oil pulling] would benefit the general population by giving more confidence in the ancient practices, thus preventing tooth decay and loss." Study 2: "Oil pulling therapy has been equally effective like chlorhexidine on halitosis and organisms, associated with halitosis." Study 3: "The oil pulling therapy showed a reduction in the plaque index, modified gingival scores, and total colony count of aerobic microorganisms in the plaque of adolescents with plaque-induced gingivitis." Study 4: "Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health." Study 5: "The myth that the effect of oil-pulling therapy on oral health was just a placebo effect has been broken, and there are clear indications of possible saponification and emulsification process, which enhances its mechanical cleaning action."Link
2.Associated topics: abscessed-tooth,dental,tooth-/-teeth,toothache — "Both clove and benzocaine gels had significantly lower mean pain scores than placebos. No significant difference was observed between clove and benzocaine regarding pain scores. Clove gel might possess a potential to replace benzocaine as a topical [anesthetic] agent before needle insertion."Link

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