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Saint Apollonia

Updated on December 20, 2009

About Saint Apollonia

Do you have a toothache? A quick prayer to St. Apollonia may help you feel better.

St. Apollonia's feast day is February 9. In Alexandria, Egypt, where Christians were being persecuted, Apollonia was dragged from her home and beaten by crowds of pagans. In the process of her beatings, all of her teeth were knocked out. This took place around the year 249.

The crowd threatened to throw her into a fire if she did not denounce God. As the legend goes, she told the crowd to wait for a brief moment, and then leapt into the flames on her own accord. St. Apollonia courageously became a martyr.

Rather than give a wild crowd what they wanted, Apollonia stuck firmly to her beliefs and shows to die instead of giving in to the power of the crowd.

Because Apollonia lost all of her teeth in the struggle, she is known as the patron saint of dentistry, and anyone suffering from dental problems should pray to St. Apollonia for their fast recovery.

Apollonia is often seen with pincers holding a tooth. She is also sometimes portrayed with a necklace with a golden tooth at the end.

Many Christians were being persecuted in Alexandria at the time Apollonia leapt into the fire, becoming a martyr. It was a difficult time for those who followed the Christian faith, these people were being ridiculed and persistently question, tortured and threatened with their lives. Rather then renounce Christ, Apollonia shows to go directly to Christ, by leaping into the fire.

After Apollonia's life, and her subsequent canonization, a great debate ensued. Was Apollonia truly a martyr, or did she commit suicide? That question really cannot be answered in the scope of this article, but has been a topic of discussion -- literally -- for centuries. St. Augustine declared Apollonius' act "heroic faith."

St. Apollonia became the patron saint of toothaches and other dental problems in the middle ages when gum and tooth disease reached epidemic status in Europe.





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      Solider Of Christ 7 years ago

      Hello i'm a new fan... I'm not catholic so I don't know about saints. Thank You for having your page dedicated to saints. Do you think you could explain to me why a Saint is a Saint? I really don't know so if it could be explained i would be joyful to know.. God Bless

    • Solider Of Christ profile image

      Solider Of Christ 7 years ago

      Hello i'm a new fan... I'm not catholic so I don't know about saints. Thank You for having your page dedicated to saints. Do you think you could explain to me why a Saint is a Saint? I really don't know so if it could be explained i would be joyful to know.. God Bless

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      Thecatholicexpert,

      This was quite interesting...

      I as a child of God am interested in finding out what you believe constitutes becoming a saint?

      Blessings

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      6 years ago

      Saint Apollonia I need your immediate interession on my behalf. Please go before the foot of Our Lord and beg for God's mercy on help with my teeth. I need you to help me save the loose tooth. The Lord knows I can not afford to loose another tooth. Please help the dentist do the right thing and save the tooth. Please let this new problem be fixable. Please also let the Dentist be compassionate with the proce of fixing the other teeth as I am disabled and can not work. Please come to the Lord with me and help to pleed the case of this poor miserable sinner. Again, please let this tooth be saved at a reasonable price. Please let the dentist have the skills and compassion to help me. Thank you.

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      5 years ago

      Saint Apollinia, I pray for your intercession that my tooth pain subsides and most importantly that it does not get worse. I am having great anxiety about it and would like that to ease away as well.

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      Susie Q 5 years ago

      St. Apollonia, please help me with my tooth problems. You know how nervous I get when I see the dentist, my blood pressure rises and I panic. Please help me decide about my front teeth, and please NO MORE CAVITIES. I can't keep up with crown lengthenings and crowns. Thank you for a good dental appt. on Thurs.

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      VA 5 years ago

      St Apollonia, I have a big TMJ problem. I feel pain and discomfort all the time. I couldn't speak for long, nor chew much and my ear aches. And 2 of my lower teeth aches regularly and some of my teeth just aches for reasons I do not know. Please pray much to God and the Blessed Mother for my healing and that I will be courageous and peaceful. Amen

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      mm 4 years ago

      St.Apollonia I need a miracle for my teeth situation. Amen

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      Joanne 3 years ago

      Please keep me in your prayer on Dec the 20th as I go into surgery on my teeth and gums. I am really frightened and need prayers. I will return the prayers for others. Thank yo so much one and all

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