Dental Health Tips and Remedies

Last Modified on Jun 18, 2014


 

Re-Mineralize

07/28/2011: Cindy from Cochrane, Wi: "i just got my routine dental cleaning and my dentist wants me to start planning for veneers on several teeth which would cost thousands of $ as insurance doesn't cover because it is considered cosmetic. I also have receeding gums. Is it possible to remineralize teeth? if so I am willing to try whatever I can first. is there diet (foods to eat/not to eat and supplements to take or not to use?) i will appreciate ANY and ALL information to help avoid this dental work! I value your advice. thanks"

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07/29/2011: Kateinhawaii from Honolulu, Hi replies: "See Dr. Weston Price's book. Need more good animal fats and leafy greens."
07/29/2011: Bill from San Fernando, La Union replies: "Hi Cindy... About five years ago I had a spate where several of my back teeth became very loose and I had to have them pulled. This worried me. This was also around the time I had systemic candida. After I cured my candida I was still worried about my teeth, several still loose.

In the end I used a mixture of Ted's suggestions on using 3% Hydrogen Peroxide or dilute Iodine as a mouthwash as well as using Sodium Bicarb to brush my teeth. Then I read an article by Gerard Judd awell-known orthodontic researcher who strongly advised againt using fluoride toothpaste and who also said that all you have to do to re-mineralize your teeth properly and get rid of plaque is to brush your teeth with plain, unscented bar soap. I've been doing this regularly for about a year now and all my teeth have at last firmed up again, no loose teeth anymore. Less plaque formations too.

The key here is the soap because soap disrupts biofilms where the bacteria hide between your teeth and gums. These biofilms are simply micro-slime in which bacteria can hide and avoid being attacked by the body's defense system. This lets them build up plaque on your teeth. The soap destroys the biofilm -- in exactly the same way as soap gets rid of grease and stains from clothes. With no biofilms now the plaque bacteria are completely exposed and so you use a mouthwash like 3% hydrogen peroxide or iodine to rapidly kill them. By removing this biofilm, plaque is reduced on the teeth and reduced between the gums and teeth so there is then a larger surface area for the teeth to reminerlize properly. Using hydrogen peroxide as well as sodium bicarbonate also helps to encourage teeth re-mineralization because of the extra oxygen supplied by the hydrogen peroxide and because of the sodium bicarb alkaline environment.

The other key points made by Dr Judd was that cavities are not caused by bacteria -- they are caused by acid food and acid drinks -- drinks that taste sour in other words. Avoid these if you have poor teeth. Here is a link to his ideas and research:

http://www.life-enthusiast.com/news/o_dental_health.htm

This year my teeth have become firmer than ever and there was no need to have my yearly plaque scrape. So this method has definitely worked for me."

07/29/2011: Sue from Fairfax, Va Usa replies: "I have looked at natural/organic soaps for this purpose, but am confused by all the other ingredients. I assume one should avoid glycerin, since that is the ingredient in toothpaste that seals in the bacteria?

Most of the natural ones seem oil-based, and I do NOT want to have any unintended oil-pulling effects at this time (don't want to risk any toxin releases until I am stronger. ) Also, there are scents etc which make some of the soaps literally unpalatable. Do you have any suggestions, even if you can't specify brand names?? Thanks so much."

07/29/2011: Cindy from Cochrane, Wi replies: "thank you bill for the information. I have started using soap for brushing, will start with peroxide as well. I was wondering your thoughts on the enclosed link that says you have to eat meat and no grain to remineralize teeth?http://paleodietlifestyle.com/preventing-and-healing-tooth-decay

thanks again"

09/14/2011: Maureen from Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada replies: "I agree with Sue from Fairfax, Va Usa, I have been checking soaps both brand names and from the Health Food Stores and cannot find a soap that does not contain glycerin. I even Googled "soap without glycerin" and did not get a good answer. Therefore, I think this should be on the exception list and soap names allowed. Maureen"
09/22/2011: Annie from New York, Ny replies: "Re: Maureen. Check out olive oil soap. There's a popular brand that doesn't have glycerin. I have used it before to brush my teeth. You might need some time to get used to the taste.

Aside from that try googling tooth soap. There's alot of companies selling soap made for brushing teeth."

03/24/2012: Sharonicus from Jacksonville, Florida replies: "We found a tea-tree oil and baking soda toothpaste today that was the only one in the store (health food store) that did not contain glycerin.

We were shopping for my husband who has had perfect teeth until very recently- now developed three very small cavities. We are unsure why except that we have stopped drinking milk for the past year or so.

As far as the oil pulling questions, I really think that for the minute or two the oil would be in your mouth would not be enough to produce significant oil pulling effects. All the oil-pulling instructions I've read indicate to swish the oil for at LEAST 20 minutes. So I think you would be okay. You could always just try it very short term and monitor your reaction. Good luck!"

01/28/2013: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, USA replies: "Use unscented or peppermint castile soap. Look for one made by a certain "Dr. ". Use google or amazon and it will show up. It is also in many "big box" retail stores and health food shops near the soaps and toothpastes."

Remedies Needed

01/03/2013: Oldriska from Prague, Czech Republic: "Hi, I had a root-canal treatment done about a month ago on a molar (4 canals altogether). The pain intially subsided but now it has come back and it's pretty bad. The treatment was done using a microscope and high quality material, so I'm not sure what could go wrong. I had root canals done before on my front teeth and they both had to had their tips removed due to ongoing infection. My immunity is not at its best at this time because I had four oral surgeries done in the past year and a half and was on many antibiotics, Lyrica and antidepressants due to damaged nerves. I'm hesitant to ask to have root tips of that molar removed at this point and if you have any tips on how to treat my pain or the possibly infected tissue underneath the tooth itself, I would very much appreciate it. Many thanks and I wish you all a healthy 2013! Oldriska"

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01/03/2013: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Oldriska, I haven't seen you post for awhile. Sorry to hear about your pain. Recently, I had posted quite a bit of audio interviews with amazing dentists and people who use alternative dental health and there was much about root canals, healing cavities, reversing gum disease, etc. Some of the information was how invaluable fermented cod liver oil and butter oil are in healing the teeth. I have ordered it online and now get it at a local healthfood store. If you google it, you'll find it. Also, vitamin K-2 is instrumental in tooth health. I will post the link to the audio because the information is amazing.

http://www.wishsummit.com/toothsummit/calls-perm

I know this is only accessible for a limited time period and then it will no longer be available. If you go to each one, you'll see they are MP-3 downloadable so then you can keep them to access later. That's what I've done because they're so information packed, I will need to listen more to digest it all.

I hope this information helps. Notice especially, Patrick Timone because he specifically talks about root canals. Best to you always, Lisa"

01/04/2013: Oldriska from Prague, Czech Republic replies: "Hi Lisa, Many thanks for your reply. Yes, I haven't been on the forum for a while. The good thing is, I've managed to come off the Lyrica I had been previously taking for my trigeminal neuralgia. But now I have this tooth problem on the opposite side of my face and I'm scared that it could be the nerves playing up again. This winter season is a bit strange, one day it's very warm and then the next it's freezing cold, so many people have come down with a flu and I can tell I really need to do something about my immune system... I get this gut feeling it's somehow related to my teeth, skin and so on. Thanks for your information on the K2, I didn't even know such a vitamin existed! Doctors always tell you about calcium for your teeth/bone health and K2 gets completely neglected, which is a shame. I'll have a listen to the audio you posted, many thanks for the link! Take care, Oldriska"

01/03/2013: Aseembaba from New York, Ny, Usa: "I've been having severe tooth pain in my mouth since before christmas. I went and saw a dentist and he didn't find anything. He even did an xray but nothing could be seen. The pain is extremely bad and I am not able to eat anything from my right side. Now I go to my general physician and she with another dentist told me its a nerve problem and I need to see an endodontist who will cut off the nerve. I DO NOT want to get anything cut and would like to deal with this in a more holistic way if possible. The tooth only pains when I take a bite while eating otherwise its not constantly paining. please help, thanks, Aseem from Manhattan, NY"

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01/04/2013: Mmsg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Aseem, read up on garlic for tooth pain on EC."
01/05/2013: Jb from Elmira, Ny replies: "Aseem, i'm sorry you are in pain. Taking 20,000 units of vitamin d3 works for me for any kind of tooth pain, but it can take 2 or 3 days for the pain to go away. Your system could be too acid too. A little baking soda at night might make you less acid. One quarter tsp in water. Myrrh oil on a q Tip has worked too. Hope this helps. Job"
01/05/2013: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Aseem, I'm sorry to hear about the nerve pain in your teeth. I have a few thoughts. I have found relief from acupuncture when I was having nerve pain in my teeth. My acupuncturist told me that it had to do with poor stomach digestion and he treated me for that and it disappeared.

Also, I have been eating brie cheese regularly after hearing an alternative dentist speak on how it is loaded with K-2 and helps the teeth. Recently I had posted quite a bit of audio interviews with alternative dentists/ people at the forefront of this.

It has invaluable information that I am certain can help you. I know it is only up for a limited time so you may want to listen to it to learn how to do self-care for your teeth. You will hear information that your dentist will never tell you!

Finally, you may want to google fermented cod liver oil/ butter oil because this can turn around dental problems. Hope this info helps, Lisa"

01/08/2013: Christy from Columbus, Ohio, Usa replies: "Asseembaba and I hope Oldriska- I was in the middle of having an implant on the bottom right of my mouth and the nerves began to throb. This began in 10/11. Nerve pain is hard to control. The procedure entirely after several futile attempts because nerve pain was unbearable. I also had a large, very visible hard lump under my chin on the left jaw. I saw two general dentists, two oral surgeons, one periodontist, two endodontists, two ear, nose & throat doctors, a neurologist and my primary care physician. They just kept referring me because of their inability to help. Besides the normal array of possible dental x-rays and scans, I had a CT of my head, face, jaw, etc. And a MRI of my brain!! My general practice dentist became so frustrated he told me to see a chiropractor! I thought he was joking. For 12 months I felt and looked terrible. The pain prevented me from having any quality of life. Little social activity and made concentration difficult at my part time job. I could have never worked full-time at this point. I have a friend who is an earth clinic enthusiast. Besides helping to cure or reduce the affects of her physcial ailments- she looks 20 years younger! -She referred me to the site regarding tooth and nerve pain. I felt totally hopeless and helpless. The physicians thought perhaps I had Trigeminal Neuralgia, but apparently the procedure can cause this-so no one wanted to treat me for TN. Nor put me on the protocol for treatment of TN. Thank God my friend told me about Colloidal Silver. It saved me. I began taking the Silver immediately. Per teaspoon serving there is 50 mcg of silver in pharmaceutical grade purified water. It is just pure silver in pure water. There instructions on the bottle depending on your goal. I took the bottle to my appointment with my primary care physician and asked him if it was safe for use. He told me definitely yes. I have to tell you-after the second dose of the COLLOIDAL SILVER- I felt relief almost immediately. I could feel sensations which almost felt like the nerves in my mouth healing. I have had minimal pain since- which can be brought on by cold weather. 8 degrees here a week ago. I take a teaspoon per day. Hold it under my tongue as instructed (okay, sometimes I swish) and then swallow. I purchased mine at Whole Foods because I wanted to begin immediately and not wait for shipping etc. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to my friend (XXX Norma) and to Earthclinic. This is the only way the world will heal-but using resources from our earth. To conclude- a dozen dental professionals, no help, no relief, no empathy-all with actual physical proof I had a problem. And Colloidal relieved me of pain after I basically lost a year of my life to nerve pain. And I will not even begin to discuss the opinion some doctors have regarding females and our "hysterical female illnesses. " Thank you again. Hope this helps you as it did me."

01/01/2013: Karen from Lake Panasoffkee, Fl, Usa: "I have been having some peridontal issues and would love to hear from Ted regarding a couple of questions. First is in remineralizing your teeth/guns does it help to hold the liquid in your mouth for a bit before swallowing. Second is should you remineralize then swish with milk of mag and if so how long should you wait in between?

I wish you all a happy New Year and am very grateful for this resource."

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01/03/2013: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Karen, I am not Ted but have been doing lots of research lately on healing/ reversing cavities, healing gums, foods/ vitamins for mouth health and herbs to use. Recently, I posted quite a bit of audio interview of various drs and people at the forefront on alternative dental health so look for other posts of mine and you'll find it. I would also highly recommend an amazing book by Ramiel Nagel called "Cure Tooth Decay" which I only recently ordered from amazon and managed to reverse one of my daughter's cavities. It is chock full of valuable information on re-mineralizing teeth and restoring gum health.

I would also recommend you google Weston Price and his invaluable information on his diet protocols because much of his work which was done in the 30's has been the stepping stone for all these amazing people to teach how teeth are alive and we can keep them healing. I follow his protocols such as bone broth and fermented cod liver oil and animal fats for healing the bones/ teeth.

Anyway, I hope this info helps you in your search for answers. Best to you, Lisa"

07/03/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa: "Recently I have suffered severe tooth loss due to chronic infections and apparent tape worm cyst in the jaw and possibly brain. Am now gargling 5% H2O2 twice daily. Yesterday I got desperate as I could actually feel my teeth aching and put 4 drops trace mineral concentrate in a gulp of filtered water and held it in my mouth for about 30 min. Repeated treatment before retiring and aching seems to have abated substantially."

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07/05/2012: Eastec from Baton Rouge, La replies: "timh, Tried ibuprofen, tylenol, and asprin together? Tried clove oil? Tried alkaseltzer gargle to relieve pressure and swelling (cleans it out)? Tried digging around with a pic to look for meat or food stuck under the gum? Tried a waterpick with salt water or baking soda to kill swelling and bacteria? Tried the over-the-counter zinc or triple antibiotic creams? Tried salt in the mouth nightly before bed? Tried all of the above "together" (managment routine)?"

07/02/2012: Jaime from Airdrie: "To whom it may concern, My name is Jaime and I have had oral health problems since I was very young. I have always had extremely sensitive teeth and when I was a child I would frequently get cavities (6 at one visit happened more than once and I had two root canals).

Since childhood (I am now 23) I have improved my diet a great deal. I study holistic nutrition and I have a mostly vegan diet (I do occasionally eat fish, eggs, butter, cheese, and poultry). I do consume a lot of vegetables and very little sugar (no refined except the occasional bit of bread or some such carb).

I take a wholefoods bone supplement as well as vitamin D. I brush with a mixture of coconut oil and essential oil and do oil pulling with olive oil and oil of oregano. At my last dentist visit I did not have any cavities. I have braces when I was about 18, which also corrected a mis-aligned jaw.

However, I had a tooth infection for about a year (it was ignored by my dentist despite many visits about the pain) that I finally cleared up 6 months ago with antibiotics (after oil pulling and a blended tincture of Osha, Goldenseal, and Myrh).

For the last week I have been having tooth pain sneak back up on me beginning in the area of the first infection, but now it feels as though it has spread and takes up three teeth on the top left (the inital tooth and two more teeth side by side of eachother but a tooth apart from the inital) and one tooth on the bottom. Instead of feeling like air sucking through a hole or extreme sensitivity to temperature this pain feels like an ache, some temp sensitivity, and very very intense bursts of pain that extend up the nerve and feel as though someone is touching the nerve directly. The pain also cause ear pain in the left and massive headaches.

I am still doing oil pulling with little effect. Applying peppermint, garlic, clove, or myrrh to the area does not seem to help at all and taking pain killers has no effect.

I am in unbareable pain and I am not sure what to do.

I also have some gum recession (they had to cut the joining gum-lip skin when I got my braces and my dentist felt it was the main culprit) and I have sensitivity to touch and temperature on many of my teeth at the gum line (which my dentist says it peculiar for someone my age).

Is there anything you can recommend because I feel like I have went in every direction I know to go and I am not even sure if this pain is infection or what... I spoke to many people who said a dentist recommended root canal for an infected tooth but after the infection was cured they were able to keep the tooth as it was without further intervention."

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07/02/2012: Oldriska from Prague, Czech Republic replies: "I hear you, Jaime! Teeth can be troublesome and their pain is among the worst one can experience. The best thing you can do in this case is to see your dentist and the sooner the better. Make her/him take x-rays of the area where you feel most pain. If nothing shows on the x-ray, you'll need a panoramic x-ray. Be persistent with your dentist as it does sound you have a tooth infection (especially considered the tooth was infected before) and at this stage it should be visible on the x-ray. The people you spoke to are right, most people are able to keep their teeth after root canal. Most dentists do root canals as a standard procedure. After my experiences I'd probably choose a dentist who specializes in endodoncy (the branch of dentistry that does root canals) and uses a microscope. It's more expensive, but it's worth every penny. Good luck with your treatment, I hope you'll feel much better soon!"
07/08/2012: Kay from In The Valley, Ca replies: "Raw Garlic!! Works every time for me. Peel a clove and slice a thin piece lengthwise, place it between your gum and cheek. Make sure the side that is sliced is facing your gum. I leave it in overnight to reduce and alleviate pain and swelling. Do the same each night until it is gone if necessary. It burns, and sometimes it turns your gum white and causes some peeling, but that is all temporary, nothing permanent. I swear by it, it's saved me many times. I just can't recommend it enough. Good luck to you."
07/21/2012: Cate from Melbourne, Vic., Australia replies: "Jamie, as a vegan you're doing yourself enormous damage. I was a vegetarian for years, I weakened everything- immune system, mental strength, digestion, you name it. I had two root canals which have both since been removed- and with them went my chronic back pain.

My diet is now "Primal", also known as paleo, caveman, ancestral etc. Bone broths are always on my stove, my health is incredible and I don't expect any more dental visits for life now (barring some accident).

Your body is screaming for you to wake up and nourish yourself. Teeth have a mineral store that the body uses up to cope with malnutrition.

Please look up 'The Vegetarian Myth' on Amazon, and marksdailyapple.com for nutrition/health knowledge that will literally see you in to amazing health and longevity. I'm 100% confident these points will recharge your life and health as they have done for me."

09/16/2011: Curiousgeorge from Dallas, Tx: "I went to the dentist not too long ago after a long absence and was told that on my front bottom teeth I have bone loss and gum damage/loss. The gums are quite low and don't look so great. What can I do to stop and reverse this? I've stopped brushing so hard, started rinsing my mouth with some Milk of Magnesia watered down to up the pH in my mouth... It was pretty low. Anyone dealt with this?

The dentist asked me if I had diabetes. I don't, but have probably been eating too much sugar and noticed after eating it I am exhausted/lethargic. I am not overweight and don't have a history of diabetes in my family at all."

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09/16/2011: Gavin from Manganui, Northland, New Zealand replies: "Boron stops the excreation of Calcium by 40%.. The lack of this causes bone loss in older people. That and vitamin D to help bone formation would go a long way to help. Mind you, dentists when considering teeth implants, like to put a bone graft in to hold the post for the tooth implant. This would give the dentist a few more dollars in the treatment."
09/17/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Curiousgeorge, you may have a calcium/magnesium deficiency and that is why you are losing bone. Normally everything happens because of some sort of mineral deficiency so you may want to research that further.

You could try taking calcium and magnesium 2:1 ratio in supplements and also take superfoods like spirulina/chlorella and even a colloidal mineral that has the minerals in the right ratios. Juicing green vegetables is good for calcium and magnesium. Also make sure you get sun exposure each day. Also wheatgrass juice is good for vitamins and minerals and vitamin D as well."

09/17/2011: Rob from Manhattan, Ny replies: "In addition to the other remedies above... (also, you see a little above your post how oil pulling helped.)

Start taking CoQ10, I take 100mg before bed... there is much on the web about it's benefits for gums.

You also might consider Pycnogenol or it's generic form Maritime Bark Extract (cheaper) just for it's anti-oxidant and increased micro circulation ability. It is known to help speed up wound healing.

Diabetes or not, it is a good idea for all to decrease their glycemic load... Cut out the sugar and simple carbs... simple diets of raw and lightly cooked vegetables and whole grains...

Of course if you smoke...quit...

Weight bearing exercise is known to increase bone density..

A recent study on how berries (at least in rats) increased bone density.. http://www.drweilblog.com/home/2011/9/6/berry-good-news-for-bones.html

I have also posted before, how I rub my floss with a little essential oil mixture... Base of olive with cinnamon and clove, thyme, .. Etc... Sometimes I use a Theives oil recipe on web... (This is only recent so I can only confirm it might help after a few more visits to the dentist)"

09/22/2011: Curiousgeorge from Dallas, Tx replies: "Thanks for the responses. I have one tooth in the front on the bottom that the gums are extremely low on, so much so that it has me concerned. Any idea on how to stop and reverse the gum loss?"
09/24/2011: Blindedbyscience from Asheville, Nc replies: "High dose Vit C has made a big difference for me. I also mainly use soap for toothpaste or powder. I also did a spell of vegetable juicing always using celery, which has a lot of Vit K. I use ascorbic acid with baking soda or sodium ascorbate powder. Also I cut most dairy out, went from lacto vegetarian to vegan."

Removing Dental Fillings

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02/24/2013: Anonymous from Seattle, Wa: "I have been severly ill for over 17 mths. The symptoms have been debilitating. I will spare all the details I had many doctors and ND tell me that they have seeb people disabled from infected root canals and mercury fillings. I think everyone needs to get educated on this subject, My MD order the Clifford Test (metals and chemical ) allergy test. He told me that before having any fillings put in I needed to have this test, I found out I'm deathly allergic to mercury, formaldehyde and tons of other things. Apparently some dentists in the US once used Sargenti Paste ( paraformaldehyde) in fillings this is really dangerous stuff DO NOT ever have these put in your mouth I think they are using it in the UK. This stuff was in a root canal that was just extracted and I'm having all the mercury removed and one more root canals extracted I believe this these things can be making people deathly ill."

01/24/2013: Alan from Toronto, Ontario Canada: "Could you please recommend a Dentist for this and what was the cost. I'm in Toronto. Thanks"

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01/25/2013: Krystyne from Idaho Falls, Id USA replies: "I highly recommend Gary M. McCown, D. D. S. , M. A. G. D. General Dentistry

Knoxville, TN (865) 579-3762

I live in Idaho and Dr. McCown is my dentist. I do not have much money but am very grateful and willing to go to TN. I went there 3 times in 2011 to clean up the mess from past typical dentisty. He is very much worth it! I have saved so much money in the long run and my teeth look so much better after seeing him (my orthodontist is good and yet didn't care for my teeth like Dr. McCown has). He is preventative and extremely good as well as very compassionate (and a great sense of humor). I also highly recommend the book "Am I dead?...... Or do I just feel like it. " By Fred Hughes. You will be suprised with the connection of modern day dentistry and cancer. I had breast cancer and now see how the work done on my mouth was a great contributor to the disease."

[YEA]  01/23/2013: Walter from Toronto, Ontario, Canada: "Removing the metal fillings in my mouth has made an enormous difference to my health. I had a holistic dentist replace the metal fillings (the regular silver/mercury amalgams) with non-metal, non-toxic materials, one filling per month until finished.

Once he had finished, the eczema that I had endured for years on many parts of my body cleared up completely, my chronic fatigue disappeared, and my mental clarity and speed improved markedly.

It has been five years since he finished the work and the negative symptoms have not returned.

The organic diet that I had been on for many years was not enough to overcome the ethylmercury that I was building up while the toxic fillings were still in my mouth.

Once the metal fillings were removed though, I feel that the organic foods helped speed a full recovery."

[YEA]  11/03/2009: Valerie from Germantown, Md: "I had my metal fillings removed and IMMEDIATELY I was able to breathe through my nose better. It was so much so that it burned a little at first like when you get way too much oxygen (ever use one of those nose strips?) My dentist said that I must be highly allergic to mercury. I did not expect this to happen. Do not ever let anyone say that metal filling are not dangerous."

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01/21/2010: Sienna from London, Uk replies: "I attended a seminar on the dangers from mercury/amalgam fillings many, many years ago. At the time I had a lot of amalgam fillings but not the resources to get them extracted professionally and I began to despair...until...the speaker said, and I quote "If you cannot afford to get the amalgam fillings removed, the next best thing is to take selenium regularly as this binds to the mercury in the system and passes out of the body" I hope this information helps you as it helped me.

I am now in the unfortunate position of discovering that many of the replacement white composit fillings are made of "questionable" substances. I am now trying to locate a dentist that uses Quartzite epoxy.

I use approximately half a teaspoon of baking soda to brush my teeth and, because nowadays most soaps have added glycerine, I use natural soap flakes (no glycerine) afterwards to disinfect the mouth and also drink the Sodium Ascorbate mixture recommended by Dr. Judd.

I hope this helps."
01/27/2010: Terry from Cedar Hill, Mo replies: "I also began oil pulling recently and also noticed some of the same 'symptoms' as those described here about a month into the regimen. (Tenderness and some bleeding from one of my upper rear molars.) Very pleased to learn that with perseverance, the 'problem' should resolve on its own. I'd like to begin using the soap flakes mentioned here, but am uncertain what to buy. Without naming the product you use, can you describe it well enough that I'll know what I'm looking for? Thanks!"

Sage Oil

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[YEA]  06/18/2012: Tony from St Paul, Ab, Canada: "I found something very satisfying for DENTAL CARE.....two drops of sage oil in a little water, and brush. It makes the teeth feel really clean and alive and does whiten."

Sally's Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

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[YEA]  11/17/2013: Sally from Los Angeles, California: "I switched to using my own homemade toothpaste several months ago. I was having some swollen gum issues.

I have not had recurring gum inflammation. The dentist said my teeth are very clean, gums look great, and no cavities!

My toothpaste recipe:

* Virgin Coconut Oil (3-4 tablespoons)

* Baking Soda (3-4 tablespoons - same amount as coconut oil)

* Myrrh Oil (good for the gums - I use 1 full pipette - that's equal to 10 - 15 drops I imagine?)

* Sea salt (About 1 tablespoon - I use pink Himalayan Sea Salt because I have a lot at home, any sea salt will do. Just remember, do not use table salt)

* Grapefruit Seed Extract (I use about 10 drops - this adds a nice flavor and it helps protects gums because it's a natural antibacterial.)

Mix all of this up with a spoon.

Note: In winter this home made toothpaste concotion will be solid, but in warmer months it will be a liquid.

PS: This is my first comment after reading the site since 2008! I love earthclinic!"

Side Effects of Braces

05/15/2013: Sue from Fairfax, Va, Usa: "I am considering getting Invisalign braces; despite having had braces as a teenager decades ago, my teeth are now moving to the point of risking breakage and interfering with chewing. This isn't for cosmetic reasons, but I don't have other options if I want to address this problem before it gets even worse.

In researching side effects, I've read of a few people reporting chronic or severe sore throat, asthma, cough, flu-like symptoms, perhaps as a reaction to either the plastic (or the antiseptic coating the company puts on each new appliance, which should be washed off before the first use), or possibly due to increased illness-causing bacteria in the mouth if the appliances aren't kept absolutely clean. The appliances are made of medical-grade plastic, no BPA, and I think these reports are a small minority. But I am cautious and would love to know if anyone here had, or known someone with, negative experiences with Invisalign. Thanks to all, Sue."

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05/15/2013: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada replies: "please visit this link: http--www.healing teeth naturally.com. This has been the answer for me and I am sure you will find this fascinating reading. Om"
05/16/2013: Aubergine from Washington, Dc Usa replies: "I had Invisalign treatment several years ago (and my smile is now awesome). I wasn't paying too much attention to what I was putting in my body at the time, other than hearing that BPA was bad and confirming that Invisalign appliances did not contain this compound. But I was not aware of any negative health effects from wearing them.

I still have a plastic night retainer for my top teeth that I use a few nights a week. Recently I've started wondering if this could be bad for me, but again, I haven't noticed any health-related issues."

Toothpaste Soak

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[YEA]  07/04/2012: Eastet from Batonrouge, La, Usa: "Title: How to remove dental plaque, tartar, & calculus at home, no dental visit.

Over periods of months, the oral tooth dental bacteria & debris (plaque) builds up and hardens into a tartar or calculus. Tartar is basically calculus, which is hardened or mineralized (calcified) plaque. Both plaque and calculus can and will lead to gingivitis desease if not removed. Nearly every health & help site online states that you cannot remove tartar (calculus) at home, that it can only be removed by a hygienist or dentist. I've been removing it at home for the last 25 years using the following method:

Most toothpastes on the market today have a foaming action, sulfuric acid reaction, and I utilize this foaming action to gradually break down and disintegrate or dissolve the tartar (calculus). After a good brushing, I put a half inch or so of toothpaste into the mouth and swish it around on all teeth. I let it soak the teeth and foam for 10 minutes daily, on the drive (ride) to work. Swish it around and through the teeth, using tongue and suction. I spit & clean up once I arrive at work. Thus, the Tartar or Calculus gradually becomes porous, starts chipping and flaking, crumbling off. Also whitens and removes stains. Don't try this with tooth whiteners, as it's too strong, too acidic (harmful).

Blessings, E"







 



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