Infection

Canada
May 22, 2007 5:57pm CST
Hey there all, I really need some help here. Firstly, I just can't afford the dentist. I have a tooth that is in pretty bad shape. It isn't paining me (yet) but I have an absess that I need to keep popping because the gum above this tooth is so infected. I have been popping this absess getting rid of the infection and then rinsing my mouth with warm salt water. (this is a remedy my dad told me) but while it is making the infection go down I don't think it is going to get rid of it. Does anyone know of anything I can do to get rid of this infection? I want you all to know that I brush my teeth regularly but I have a bone condition that causes my bones to basically break etc.... My teeth are all getting pretty horrible and it is extremely embarrassing especially when I'm not even 30 and my doctor says I need to get false teeth. And my co-workers and people on the street look at me a little weirdly because my teeth are pretty bad. I feel almost like I should wear a sign saying "I do brush my teeth" Anyways! Does anyone have an remedy to get rid of infection in the gums?
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@g1j3cut (77)
• Philippines
22 May 07
~ i once had a absess toot well i advise to take anti-biotic medicine or much better go to the dentist...believe me it will worsen and will pain alot....
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
23 May 07
Well, my situation wasn't as bad as yours, but just the same. When I was in my late 20's, my teeth started going down hill. I would brush 3 times a day, floss, etc. Drink plenty of milk to make them stronger. After I had my first child, I didn't notice any changes. Well, when she was 2, my teeth started to chip very easily. I was always going to the dentist it wasn't even funny. It gets despressing when one tells you, he will keep fixing your teeth because I had money, but all I was doing was putting his kids through college. My teeth have become really weak. I been told I brush to hard, so I got a softer brush which didn't help. Been told my daughter took all the calcium from my teeth even though I drank a lot of milk while pregnant with her. So, around 01, my teeth took a turn for the worse when I got a chip. I was pregnant with my last child. I noticed that every time I brushed my teeth, pieces of my teeth would crumble. I would just sit and cry it was so bad. To top it off, I bit into a piece of soft bread and lost a few of my teeth, that was my breaking point. The dentist wouldn't touch me because I was pregnant, so I had to suffer til I had her. Well, when I was able to go, I was told that I couldn't save my teeth. While I was pregnant, I had a absess tooth in the very back of my mouth. I had to take the basic of pain meds for the pain. I'm allergic to penicillin so that was out. Sucking on ice helps, plus crushing up asprin or what ever you have as well. For you, I would call around to every dentist and see if they offer payment plans. Now if you brush your teeth and pieces breaks off, then all you will be doing is going back all the time to have repair work done. I'm 30 now going on 31, sad to say I have to wear false teeth. With this I learned that all the women nearly on my mom's side has false teeth, I read about women that lost there teeth while pregnant, can't remember the medical name they gave for it. I can remember right after the whole process of getting false teeth, I had dreams of having my teeth again. It is depressing to look at pictures were I have my teeth. You do though need to get the absess taken care of. The area were it's infected can spread to the surrounding teeth, it can also get into your blood stream and make you sick. Only thing I can think of to do til you get to a doctor is after you pop it, instead of using warm salt water is use Peroxide to rinse with. Just use equal amount of peroxide with a equal amount of water, then use like you would with the salt water. You might have to rinse again with just water to help get it all out. Hope that helps, also know that your not alone in this. There's so many young people out there with this same problem. Don't let people joke you because of this. This isn't a joking matter.
• Canada
24 May 07
Wow! You really don't know how much I NEEDED to hear that i wasn't in this alone. Actually chunks of my teeth do fall out when I brush and floss. I still do both things but now I'm very careful and do it gingerly because well, I don't want to lose anymmore teeth! Now that you have false teeth can you really tell the difference? I mean on older folks you can because any person over the age of 65 you can generally assume doesn't have perfectly white straight teeth but in young people our age can you see clearly that we have false teeth?
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@chertsy (3805)
• United States
24 May 07
Well I can tell the difference, lol. My husband tells me I look the same as before I lost them. It doesn't help though. My aunt has false teeth, and I never knew. I mean she has had them a long time and I honestly thought they were her real teeth. If you do get them, work on talking with them out and in your mouth, lol. In the beginning, I sounded like I had a lisp. It does beat not having tooth aches, I don't have sinus problems like I used to. Only down side, I can't eat certain things anymore like nuts, apples, uncooked veggies. Now you might not have that problem. If you have any other questions, I will try my best to answer them.
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• Canada
24 May 07
No veggies???? OMG, that must suK. I love grabbing a few carrot sticks and going. sigh..... I definitely have been to the point of crying. I don't smile anymore, when I laugh I make sure my lips are still covering my teeth so my laugh is more of a fake chuckle.... I don't anunciate as much as I used to. I know it's all purely cosemtic but it's so embarrassing....
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• Canada
22 May 07
I have had abesses before too and I know how painful they are the only thing I have ever done is gone to the doctor and they perscribe penecillin to get rid of the infection. even if you did go to the dentist they wouldn't touch it til you saw the doctor for medicine to clear the infection anyhow so thats what I suggest for you. Hope you get better soon
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• Canada
24 May 07
Yeah, I think I will need to get a pill although I am definitely trying to stay way from the pills. I already use too many of those for my other health condition.
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• Canada
24 May 07
yea but taking meds for this is better than the pain LOL I hope you can get it looked after soon Hugs
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@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
22 May 07
I can't help you with the infection and I know how expensive dentists can be..but maybe this will help. Is there a dental school near you? Can you get work done there, they will often do dental work for free or on a sliding scale. The people who do work are students, but they are surpervised by real dentists and do excellent work. I think often better then a regular dentist because of they are not tip-top..they won't graduate.
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• Canada
24 May 07
I wish there was a dental school near here I would go for sure... sigh, thanKs for the suggestion maybe this will help others in the same situation as me.
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• Philippines
10 Jul 07
They almost said it all but I want to add. Baking soda can be a great help to preserve teeth and the gums. Whenever you brush, sprinkle a little amount of baking soda on the toothpaste. You can also dilute one teaspoon of it in water and use it as gargle. Its effective. Hope it works for you.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
23 May 07
Ouch, abcesses can really get nasty. I would think you should see a dentist to prescribe an antibiotic as soon as you can. I've never heard of an abcess being cured. Good luck with it and I hope it doesn't cause you a lot of pain.
• Sri Lanka
23 May 07
Teeth become healty depending on the food that you take when the teeth are being formed. Unfortunately there is nothing that you can do about it after that. But don't leave cavities to become large. Fill them up. A sure temporary remedy is to place a drop of "Clove oil" on the infection. It will pain immediately but will die off later. Also use the toothpaste called Thermoseal RA. That will help to some extent.
@classy56 (2883)
• United States
22 May 07
what you really need to is,go see a dentist an get some medication for the infection.dont be like my neice she waited to long an the infection cause her to get a big knot in her jaw an then they had to do major surgery on her.now she has a big scar on her jaw bone.if you can,i know i shouldnt say this,but get some antibiotics off of someone you know if you cant afford to go to the dentist.i looked in my medical book an it said to soak a small piece of cotton in oil of cloves an pack it were the infection is."its an old medical remedy book".but the best thing to do is go see a dentist.i hope you get better soon.
@jen_jen (76)
• United States
24 May 07
Gardengrrl is completely correct! I work for a dentist so I can tell you the ONLY thing that will get rid of an infection is an antibitoic. And the longer you wait the worse it's going to get. PLEASE don't pop it anymore,it is VERY dangerous to do that because even though you are rinsing, it can get in your blood stream and land you in the hospital! You can either call your regular MD or dentist but most of them won't call you in something unless you came in for an appointment. Maybe they will let you make payments? Our office also participates in something called Care Credit which is kind of like a credit card that you can use to pay with then you make payments to Care Credit. If your credit's not that great then you can have a co-signer. We also take post dated checks up to 2 weeks. I would add that most of the time, if your teeth are in pretty bad shape, it is often less costly to have them pulled and get dentures. If there are some that can be saved you may want to ask about partial dentures instead. We've had several people under 30 who have gotten them and WOW, you should see the difference! If you can avoid it, I would not go the route of cheap ones though. They end up not working for most people after 4-6 months as their gums heal and the denture doesn't fit anymore. Hope some of this helps and you get better!
• Canada
24 May 07
Thank you for input. I really do appreciate the addded assurance that I need to see a dentist. I have called a few places this morning but no one will take payments. I will keep calling. What really bothers me is that I have a benefits plan at work that will cover me for $1000 BUT I need to pay first and then send the receipt away to my benefits place to get the money back. I can't foot $1000 all at once.
@321633wy (1795)
• United States
24 May 07
I feel so rry fpor your situation .I did have the same problem as yours many years ago when i was 28 years old.I had a very bad tooth ache and have an absseses. I didn't go the dentist because i was so scare if the dentist might want me to have a minor surgery . I decided to go to my physician to find out if any supplement can help my toothache and abssese problem. He adviced me to take Vtamine C and Calcium magnesim.(make sure you buy the natural supllement.not the synthetic one). Synthetic vitamine-A lot cheaper that natyral vitamines and it's made from the combination of different chemical. Naturalvitamine -Derives from plants extract.is the best source of nutrient for health. After 2-3 days i took the supplement suprisingly my toothache and absses are gone .It's amazing.I'm still taking the supplemnt now,beleive me since then i have never have toothache again.I hope this will you.Good luck
@321633wy (1795)
• United States
24 May 07
Sorry for the repeating post.Its a mistake.
@gardengrrl (1445)
• United States
23 May 07
Ohhh, a fellow dental sufferer! Don't bother with the alternative medicine stuff, they only work if you jump on the very first signs of infection. Talk to your primary care physician, explain your difficulty affording the dentist, they may be able to prescribe the antibiotic for you. I know this is acceptable medical practice in the US, because dental infections can easily travel into the bloodstream and cause bacterial endocarditis, which can destroy the valves in your heart. And for the love of god, STOP POPPING IT! I know this provides some temporary relief, but every wound, no matter how small, provides an opportunity for the bacteria to enter your bloodstream, which can cause life-threatening complications. Warm salt water rinses are fine, you can even use diluted hydrogen peroxide as a rinse, although it tastes foul. Some temporary relief from the pain can also be had with a hot water bottle. I'm sorry to put up such a dire post. I was homeless for 6 months a few years ago, had an awful abcess just like yours, poked it to relieve the pressure and rinsed it, just like you. I wound up in the cardiac care unit, and have a heart murmur from the damage done to my valves. Please, please be careful, and ask your regular doc for help. Good luck and better health to you, Punky, I'll keep a light on in my heart for you.
• Canada
24 May 07
Thank you. I really didn't realize it could lead to other very worse situations like this. wow.... I'm going to call the dentist.
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@321633wy (1795)
• United States
24 May 07
I feel sorry for your situation .I did have the same problem as yours many years ago when i was 28 years old.I had a very bad tooth ache and absseses. I didn't go the dentist because i was so scare if the dentist might want me to have a minor surgery . I decided to go to my physician to find out if any supplement can help my toothache and abssese problem. He adviced me to take Vtamine C and Calcium magnesim.(make sure you buy the natural supllement.not the synthetic one). Synthetic vitamine-A lot more cheaper than natural vitamines because it's made from the combination of different chemical. Naturalvitamine -Derives from plants extract.is the best source of nutrient for health which your body can easily absorb. After 2-3 days i took the supplement suprisingly my toothache and absses are gone .It's amazing.I'm still taking the supplemnt now,beleive me since then i have never have toothache again.I hope this will you.Good luck! Ps: However you still need to remove the decayed tooth when the pain is subsided.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
23 May 07
For your sake go to the dentist and have it removed immediatly and the dentist will also give you an antibotic to kill the germ. Tell them you dont insurance and are willing to pay when you can. They have to except you. So get busy and start calling some dentists. And I hope you feel better.
@Polly1 (12649)
• United States
23 May 07
I have dental issues too, and I can't afford the dentist neither. Have you tried rinsing with Listerine or a generic listerine. Sometimes that helps with infections. Good luck, I know what you are going thru. I live with mouth and jaw pain everyday, it is truely scary.