Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Alternative Dental Care
- Avoid Commercial Toothpaste
- Black Walnut
- Colloidal Silver
- Dietary Changes, Horsetail, Silica
- Eliminate Glycerin
- Eliminate Glycerin, Black Walnut Tincture
- Ionic Toothbrush, Liquid Calcium
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Vitamin C, Boron
- Water Supply
[YEA] 05/31/2012: Ingupo from Darwen, Uk: "Afternoon, I was wondering how come nobody has mentioned Salvadora persica tree twig- miswak. It looks like muslims have used it for centuries, It's even mentioned in their saint books. Me and my boyfriend ordered Miswak in ebay. We cleaned our teeth with it for approx 20 mins and teeth went white, I've never had so clean teeth. I think you're not supposed to clean teeth with them for so long, but we were so excited about new purchase. As I understand you're supposed to clean your teeth with it just as long as you usually clean them with simple toothbrush, but properly.
Here is something that I found in internet in numerous places:
1. Miswaak strengthens the gums and prevents tooth decay.
2. Miswaak assists in eliminating toothaches and prevents further increase of decay which has already set in. 3. Miswaak creates a fragrance in the mouth.
4. Miswaak is a cure for illness.
5. Miswaak eliminates bad odors and improves the sense of taste.
6. Miswaak sharpens the memory.
7. Miswaak is a cure for headaches.
8. Miswaak creates lustre (noor) on the face of the one who continually uses it.
9. Miswaak causes the teeth to glow.
10. Miswaak strengthens the eyesight.
11. Miswaak assists in digestion.
12. Miswaak clears the voice.
All of this probably has basis, because otherwise muslims wouldn't have used Misawk for centuries.
I will report on how my teeth feels after longer while using miswak, just thought someone had to mention this wonder stick."Replies
06/10/2013: Michelle from Dover replies: "Thanks for that, I've used garlic clove on an infected tooth, and it cleared the infection, you have to leave it on for 5 minutes at a time. It stings but you can feel it working. Miswak yes I think that has got herbs in it, herbs regrow enamel."
02/10/2014: Sanakhan from Faisalabad, Pakistan replies: "hi there, I just want to know and want to make sure if miswak can heal eroded teeth, currently I have some teeth where I can see eroded enamel, in other words, the enamel has chipped off a little from the surface of the enamel, should I use miswak?>? Do you think it can heal the teeth>"
[YEA] 02/17/2014: Anna from Los Angeles, Ca: "Regenerating toddler tooth enamel:
My toddler who's enamel and teeth has been wearing away since 12 months of age, inspite of breastfeeding - even now still on breastmilk. Then when I was treating my toddler's constipation with fruits and fiber, DH developed enamel hypoplasia, and a pinhole size cavity.
After searching and researching, and some things by chance, I finally put my toddler on the following perfected protocol at around 22 months of age. The improvements can be noticed within a few days. The worn out teeth have not regrown, but for example the smallest of the enamel erosion is completely healed up, and the others shrinking in size.
Protocol that regenerated DH enamel:
Puncture the mk7 from Gold capsule and give 4 drops per day at different times (forget the butter oil - it did nearly nothing for the price, I now use the leftover as base for the mk7).
Make sure of iodine sufficiency (thyroid function important with this supplement).
gluten free diet - suspected celiac
no casein - highly sensitive to casein which severely disturbs digestive tract
Jarrow's Bone Up (based on microcrystaline hyroxyapatite) - open 4 capsules in 2 divided doses (trying to stay near 1000 mgs dietary calcium intake)
Great Lakes collagen hydrolysate - around 2 tablespoon daily
hemp milk for base drink with coconut oil - great amino acid profile and healing seed
Squigle Tooth Builder Sensitive Toothpaste
on fermented cod liver oil since before tooth problems - it did not prevent the problems at all (maybe you can replace with fish oil vitamin a and vitamin d, which are a must)"
12/01/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Hi Everyone, Well, The Tooth Summit has begun which is state of the art information on alternative mouth care and healing our teeth and gums. The first speaker is Nadine Artemis a leader in teaching about healing our teeth. I have heard her speak numerous times and each time I learn more. So many people come on EC looking for help with their teeth so I thought this would be pertinent information.
11/26/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "I posted this about a month ago and feel it's important enough to post again since it's a free online seminar with top speakers in the field of alternative mouth health and gum tooth re-enamelizing. I see so many people come here on EC looking for advice regarding these subjects. Dentists don't give you the information necessary to heal your gums and teeth, they just want to fill them, root canal them, remove them do surgery, etc. Well this is cutting edge information where you will learn that our teeth are alive! Here is the link:
I have heard many of these speakers and they have completely changed my understanding of my teeth. Best of health to you! Lisa"
11/06/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Hi Everyone, I just got a great email from Nadine Artemis whom some of you will recognize because I have posted audio and video of her speaking on tooth/mouth health. Well, she has pulled together what she calls the Tooth Summit which has a group of very impressive speakers regarding this very important topic. It is free to join so I want to put this up for those of you who are interested in this subject. I know I'll be listening. I have learned so much from these people in the past and am certain I can only learn even more! I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful seminar:
Here's to our health! Lisa"
08/11/2012: Victoria from San Diego, Ca: "My son, 6, just got his first adult teeth in the bottom recently. I became very alarmed as they did not appear healthy at all and looked like they were coming in covered with cavities. They were puny and yellow and mottled with a large crevice in the front of one that catches food. He has never had a cavity before, even though his dental care and brushing has been very sporadic as he used to fight me. Nonetheless his baby teeth were perfect and beautiful. The new ones are in stark contrast to the baby teeth. I went to his dentist immediately and was told he had a condition known as enamel hypoplasia -meaning little to no enamel developed during infancy - usually caused by a virus or some insult on the system during development. It may only affect these teeth or it could affect all of his incoming adult teeth - we won't know until they erupt. Needless to say I am very upset and feel guilty and terrible for him. If you see the photos online when kids have a full set of these -they are pretty monster looking - not a pleasant thing. Anyhow, I remembered reading in Weston Price's book on degenerative nutrition that native peoples show evidence of reversing tooth decay and caries so I began researching it. There is a really great book written fairly recently on the topic by Ramiel Nagel after reversing his young daughters rampant tooth decay and several of his own caries.
Basically, based on Weston Price's findings about nutrition, one needs to include a couple of missing essential nutrients in their daily diet. First you need to consume organ meats and bone broth. If you are like me you won't be able to get near organ meats so you will need to take fermented cod liver oil instead. The second ingredient you need to consume is K2, and to be more specific, the Mk-4 type of K2. This can be from high vitamin raw butter and/or milk from grass fed cows or goats. You can also now get K2 (mk-4) suppliments. Research has shown that they have now discovered that the mk-4 signals where calcium is deposited and caries it to the bones and teeth. Without mk-4 the body deposits it in soft tissues where it calcifies... Often leading to heart disease and related hardening of the arteries! Also, the calcium is often utilized by bacteria to make a hard shell that protects it from the immune system. Teeth are different from bone in the way they rebuild and protect themselves. Teeth use circulating saliva to deposit calcium, phosphorus, etc. I also read that teeth are composed of silica. Most tooth pastes include glycerine, which acording to Nagel coat the teeth and help prevent the reabsorption of these molecules in remineralization. So, it is best not to use glycerin products if you want to heal and remineralize the teeth. You can make your own remineralization paste or powder:
I found a few blogs by others who tried the protocol with good effect:
So, I have my two kids and me on a protocol where I make a drink with rice milk, 1/2 TBS liquid calcium/magnesium/phosphorus, 2 drops k2 (mk-4) and several drops of bioSil. The kids get 1/2 tsp of of fermented cod liver oil.
We brush using ionic toothbrushes.
After brushing and when my son is in bed I apply MI Paste to his bad teeth.
Also helpful is black walnut extract because it too helps remineralize the teeth.
I started seeing improvement in my son's teeth after only 1 week on treatment. The crater inthe front of his new tooth looks has progressively filled in with a white rim at the edges much the same way as a wound heals from the edges toward the center. The teeth look like they are becoming slightly whiter overall -compared to the white teeth next to them they do not appear as yellow as they did last week before we started the proticol. The teeth seem to be looking smoother. Oddly, they also appear to be bigger as if maybe there is a growth in enamel that is filling in the space all around and making them closer in size to the neighboring teeth. In the last week he had an upper front tooth begin erupting and I am also treating that tooth with the paste hoping to help avert any damage that has been done to it, if any. My own teeth feel glossier for longer after every brushing. I haven't noticed any difference with daughter's teeth yet. I'll give an update on son's teeth as this progresses. One other side note. This FCLO is more mild tasting than the regular CLO we have tried in the past. It also has this handy oral syrnge that plugs into a stopper so you can easily draw up the liquid. It is very expensive so you don't want to waste any. The syrnge allows you to shoot it at the back so you taste it less and anyhow you don't need to use as much because its much more nutritionally dense than regular CLO. I don't like paying this much money for FCLO, but teeth are worth it and besides the dental bill would be higher in the long run.
I did not see a section on earth clinic about reversing cavities or repairing rotten teeth. This is such an important topic and I hope that a new section can be created and other people can try this and share their results. The fact is that dentists don't have a clue about nutrition and how it affects the teeth. They treat our living tissues known as teeth as dead objects and just drill them and fill them when there might be another alternative. If this seems impossible, look up what scientists are currently doing regarding growing entirely new teeth from the jaws using ultrasound... Hope is on the horizon for those with missing or damaged teeth. Nonetheless, nutrition can improve our dental state and reverse some existing damage if we take the proper steps."Replies
08/13/2012: Kylie from Whitianga, New Zealand replies: "Thank you - your post & links were fascinating. Good luck with your sons teeth."
08/13/2012: Jp from Vienna, Austria replies: "I think this xylit-sugar is the key ingredient. I read somewhere that its a wonder cure for cavities. The related bacteria love it like ordinary sugar, but cant use it and die. But there is a big problem with this, nobody really knows if its toxic. Some animals get serious problems with it, like dogs. Ants wont eat it, and some granny said she wont take it because of that. FYI, regards"
08/13/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi JP, Well, the first part of your comments are correct. It is not toxic to humans and is a sugar alcohol. It has been known to help prevent ear infections. In fact, a week or so ago someone wrote on EC suggesting its use for that. Yes, it is toxic to dogs. I think the granny might just be paranoid. If you are skeptical using xylitol as a sweetener, you can use stevia which is an herb not a sugar and is quite safe to use."
03/19/2013: Heather from Seattle, Wa replies: "Agree with the cod liver oil remedy! After taking it, fermented or otherwise, my cavities were reversed and haven't come back after 4plus years. The fat-soluble vitamins A & D help to remineralize all your bones, including your teeth. I also reduced my refined sugar consumption, and ate plain full fat yogurt for breakfast daily... Probiotics, calcium, healthy fats, and fat-soluble vitamins = healthy, strong teeth and gums.
I don't brush every day, and I floss maybe 1x/week. The dentist says my mouth flora is in great shape, and I don't have obvious plaque issues (visible lines of it at the gumline). Heal your teeth from the inside out! I have also gotten all my amalgam fillings replaced with porcelain composits many years ago (pretty sure amalgams cause gum receeding).
BTW- the weston price foundation is awesome! Finally someone has the courage to speak the truth!"
03/19/2013: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "The fermented cod liver oil also comes with butter oil, that boosts the cod liver oil. And fermented cod liver oil contains A, D, E, K and more. I'm using the FCLO as well as my grown daughter, both for rebuilding enamel. We have sensitivities to milk, so are passing on having a quicker healing w/ the Butter oil/Cod liver oil mix."
[YEA] 04/26/2012: Clear Roshi from Pahoa, Hawaii, Usa: "My relevant background is chemistry, nuitrition, physiology, and healing (many areas).
After research, personal success, and trying lots of products these are some ways to heal teeth:
1) ADEQUATE CALCIUM: The body needs surplus calcium to heal teeth. If there is not excess calcium the teeth. On most people will not heal. If a person is decalcified, then this will slow/stop the process. The first place to decalcify is generally the lower jaw. A seasoned healer (or just a sensitive person) can learn to feel this just by squeezing the lower jaw to test the bone density. If a person wants to learn this: do not be distracted by shape;feel lots of peoples jaws until a sense of what a good density feels like is obtianed. In order to get more calcium the diet:
a) Use plant sourced calcium internally; using lots off mineral sourced calcium internally just risks confusing the body and can lead to problems. The supplemnet (pill) should have more Mg than Ca, and also vitiamin K. Best if the pills are perodically sucked on in the mouth. Placing a pill in the mouth before bed is also excellecent, as it slowly dissolves through the night.
b) DIET: Soak all grains and sprouts in water with ca/mg/ other minerals. This removes the harmful grain qualites (phytic acic) and the grains will take in the ca/mg and other minerals. The grain must be whole and alive for this to work; so avoid oatmeal/oats most especially; avoid other prepared grains; use only sprouted grain breads and products. Eat high calcium foods, avoid foods with oxalic acids (spinach and beets), don't eat excessive amounts of protiens (in any form). Get adeqaute quality oils which contian vit. E and omega oils. Ghee or raw butter (which has vitament K). Avoid very acidic foods and sweets... This is essential!! If you do use these, imediatily cleanse mouth. Or/and, have sweets and acids in forms which do not have to be chewed and so can be kept away from the teeth. Minerlize water (don't over do it... strongly reccomend pure water first thing in the morning; minerilize water drunk at other times).
c)BATHING: Don't bath excessivily, unless water is mineralized , avoid cholrinated water. In bath water add your piss (highest recomnedation, these creates a positive biofeedback loop and helps in healing almost anything), ca/mg supplement (mineral source), and MSM. It doesn't take much of the last two, say a spoonful of the ca/mg, and a teaspoon of MSM. Seawater is also a good cheap add. These substances are absorbed via the skin.
2) ABSORPTION: More important than the supplementation, as it doesn't matter how much is taken if it dosen't uptake. The proper use of oils, including essential oils, is essential. If mixed in meals, or held/swiched in mouth with supplements these oils greatly increase mineral uptake. Try also lots of vitamin C (buffered, good quality); up to 1000mg/hr. It is also imperative that the bowels and kidneys be cleansed/functional. It terms of the bowels... Reserch it; avoid or be very moderate with enemas (to much mineral lose and disturbance of potassium coating of large intestine). In terms of the kidneys... Stop eating salt!! If your piss tastes like salt (put finger in the stream and lick finger to tase) then it's too much salt. If a person never adds salt to anything they will most likely still get way more salt than needed. If salt is craved, then use powdered seaweed, straight seaweed, or at least have the salt cooked in food or/and added in liquid form. Once enough minerals are ontained salt cravings usually receed.
3) CLEANING TEETH: At least once every six hours (except at night, and even then if possible). A little bit of powder, mouth spray, oil, etc. Held in the mouth every few hours makes it very difficult for harmful elements to take hold. Conventional toothpaste, don't use it. Use tooth powders, remineralization powders, probiotic tooth powders (w/ natural xyilitol), essentiual oils, etc. Uncle ____ makes excellent prducts. Before bed swish and hold in strong essdential oils; this will usually last in the mouth till morning and keep anything from taking hold at night.
Brushing, be careful. Brush mostly gums, not teeth. Excess brushing on teeth strips enamel and slows healing. Do not be concerned about color of teeth or stains on teeth; be concered about mainatianing a healthy envirionment in the mouth. Better to hold/swish tooth products in mouth as long as possible, then swallow. If the product can't be swallowed, then don't use it (note: many products say to spit out because the FDA makes them; the small amounts of mineral ca in these products is fine; don't use huge amount of powder out at once, do a little bit as often as possible).
Water pic, be carefull. Be gentle. Agian, there is the potential to do more harm than good it done to deeply to often. Anyway, if a person is often holding tooth products in the mouth this tends to deal with most chunks.
Flossing, agian be mindful, be gentle. Do it.
Hardwood tooth pics with essential oils, excellent, more for the chewing on. This gives a slow release of oils, and the act of chewing helps them to pentrate deeper as well as encourging the teeth to grow. If the toothpic is broken in half (or use two toothpics) then both sides of the jaw can be active at once. Be careful of splinters! If the other tooth care products are added, then this is mostr awesome; the oils can be felt up in the sinuses, if they are strong enough. Or simply squeeze the jaw to get some effect. Strongly reccomend sautrating tothpics with one's own oils and medcine (ie: eucalyptus, myrhh, frankencinse, wintergreen, tea tree, pepermint, clove.. Etc; black walnut tinctrue). With healing enamel, it's all about keeping on top of it all the time.
4)MEDICINE: Black walnut. I think everything else will work without the black walnut, yet somehow this seems to speed the process more than anything else. Suggest put the ticture, dilluted), in a glass spray bottle and use by: 1) accumlate slavia in mouth 2) spray on tounge. Do not get strong (over 6%) alcohol on teeth as this can impair healing. The b. W. Should be stong enough to taste it (if you can taste it you will not waste it). Of course, if a person is careful, the straight tincture can be sprayed in the mouth, though it seems easier to dillute is down to 20% alcohol or less. For just a general mouth spray (or kids), dillute it to 3% alcohol or less, and try to keep the initial spray off the teeth. Or just dillute the tincture in water. The sprays are more cost effective because a little bit goes further (since the spray is held in the mouth); and also the spray promotes salavation.
Not sure why the black walnut works so well... if anyone knows, let me know.
Although I will check back into this sight for the next month (MAY, 2012), all the needed information is online. I've tried to aviod any certian recomendation--because eveverone is so different.
Aloha--- clear roshi m"Replies
04/27/2012: Susan from San Francisco, Ca replies: "Dear Roshi - Thank you for all of your suggestions. I have one question: what if a person has a mouth full of crowns (I've also got 3 implants)? Is there a different protocol? Thanks so much - Susan"
05/01/2012: Clear Roshi from Puna, Hi, Usa replies: "Susan- As far as I know, these recomendations are unchanged. Just know that if you are successful in providing and absorbing adequate calcium then those implants and root canals will be very difficult to get out (unless, they are rotting out), should you ever try to remove them. This is because the extra calcium will very solidly fuse in the metal parts of the root canals and implants, which is exactly what a person wants (because this leaves no space for anaerobic bacteria and thus avoids all the long term problems which can occur with these sorts of dental operations). --Aloha, Ro"
07/18/2012: Delphine from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "Clear Roshi wrote: "Not sure why the black walnut works so well... if anyone knows, let me know."
It's antiseptic and contains natural iodine and fluoride, thus it strengthens teeth including enamel, and removes plaque.
And re absorbing adequate calcium, this can be done topically also, see calciumtherapy.com."
12/15/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Hi Everyone, This is Ramiel Nagel, a dental educator speaking on healing teeth. His journey began when his own daughter got a cavity and he wanted to find another way other than standard procedures used to deal with these. He was able to turn her tooth health around through Weston Price's work. He wrote, "Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities With Nutrition".
My own daughter has just found a small cavity on one of her molars after having teeth extracted in order to get her braces. We have already begun on protocols I have learned from the various speakers from this Tooth Summit. We are already seeing it turn around in two days!
I hope you take advantage of listening to this knowledge. This is the link:
Best of health, Lisa"
10/30/2012: Timothy from Manila, Philippines: "Many of the chemicals suggested here I cannot find. I would like to take everyday items like potato, onion, tofu, garlic, salt, cinnamon, etc to create a sure-to-work paste that if I apply on my very-thin-easily-broken teeth will build and harden the enamel as if I have good teeth again like a 18-year old.
Please in terms of ordinary everyday items only, any idea how?"Replies
10/30/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Timothy, You might want to consider your diet, as our teeth are built from our diet. Research Weston Price and his work regarding this subject. He has a lot to say on how the diet influences our teeth.
Here is information about who he was:
Also consider black walnut tincture
You can also do a search on youtube for Nadine Artemis who is an alternative health expert on re-growing tooth enamel. In the past I have posted quite a bit of video and audio of her speaking on this subject. If it's something you're interested in, let me know
Wishing you the best, Lisa"
09/08/2012: Binejuly from Miami, Fl: "I'm 59 and my teeth are straight and lovely to look at, however, the dentist freaked me out when he suggested I crown my 2 top front teeth because they're "paper thin. " I've been so upset ever since. Been using baking soda/sea salt combo for years. Eat a super healthy diet with lots of supplements and they're still becoming transluscent-looking. I recently bought Armstrong's olive oil soap, glycerin and junk-free because of all the comments on this board and I'm worried about this now. It's been irritating the inside of my lips and I'm so upset to be seeing a gray/black dirt on my teeth as well as yellowing. It just is not cleaning properly. I can't believe this!!! It's like my experience is the antithesis of everything on this website!! Can anyone give me some help or suggestions? What can I do to thicken or make my teeth more opaque. What about some really healthy versions of whitening systems?
Should I swish with the walnut tincture hoping it won't darken the teeth? I am desperate to retain my teeth and gums. Speaking of which, I have the "black triangles" and grafts are super-expensive and barely work. Anything to encourage an upward growth of the gums naturally? HELP!!!!"Replies
09/08/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Binejuly, So sorry to hear about your tooth concern. They can be such a bummer! A couple of months ago there was quite a bit of dialogue on EC regarding mouth health and tooth enamel, etc. I see that you obviously read some of the posts on not using commercial toothpaste but changing to soap. In addition, I will add some things I have found very helpful. I had posted video on tooth care from Nadine Artemis who is an authority on alternative healthcare and re- growing tooth enamel. I have seen her speak a few times and she is a fount of knowledge. I will give you the links to that information.
This link will give you an audio interview of Nadine as well. You will see it as Tooth Truth.
Also, are you familiar with Weston Price's work? I have learned so much from his work regarding diet and tooth health (overall health). Here is the wikipedia link on him.
And finally, have you read about xylitol and its benefits for teeth? I myself have never used it but have read and heard info on this. Here's a link with information on xylitol for dental health:
Anyway, I hope this information helps. Lisa"
09/22/2012: Binejuly from Miami replies: "Lisa, thank you for the info. I especially like the livinglibations. If you hear anything else that might help me, please share."
09/23/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Binejuly, I am going to include some video of Nadine actually speaking at the Longevity Now Conference which I have attended for the last couple of years now. This is where I have seen her speak and have had the chance to see all of her products and purchase them there.
Also, did you ever read any of the Weston Price work? Or see the other audio someone put up which is really fantastic based in Weston Price's work:
I have actually saved this last link as I want to listen to it again, it had so much info!
Hope this helps,
09/24/2012: Pr from Houston, Texas replies: "Hi Lisa, Thanks for posting the links for tooth and gum health. What eye openers they are."
01/06/2013: Mary from Melb, Vic replies: "it sounds like you have enamel damage. Earier back in the posts some one is using mi paste. It looks great, I have exstensive enamel damage however I had no idea. luck ive caught it when I have, as with mi paste and a good dentist I should be able to avoid restoration.
this site also has a great list of suggested remineralising formula: http://www.healingteethnaturally.com/products-remineralizing-strengthening-teeth-reducing-caries.html
there is lots on this trhead about ramel and his book, it looks good, and I am thinking of reordering it."
12/01/2011: Rachel from Mission, Bc, Canada: "Hi there,
My name is Rachel and I have been breastfeeding my daughter for over 2 months now. I know that if you don't provide enough calcium from your diet for your baby she will start taking your stores of calcium. I have a few teeth that are starting to change from white to grey.. I am wondering if there is anything I can do now to prevent my teeth from falling out at this point.. Is there any way of healing my teeth that are now grey?? I am just wondering what my options are??? I would love to continue breastfeeding my daughter but I don't want all my teeth to fall out as well..."Replies
12/17/2011: Jessica from Vancouver, Bc replies: "A great way to get minerals absorbed quickly for you and your babe, is to take Schussler's Tissue Salts, often found in Canada as Hyland's brand.
Get #1 Calc. Flouride This will re-enamel your teeth and
#2 Calc. Phos. This will help with your uptake of calcium.
Take 1 tab. 4x a day. I found that I had whiter teeth in a short time. These salts will also ensure your baby has strong teeth."
05/17/2012: Clear Roshi from Pahoa, Hi, Usa replies: "HOW THE TEETH HEAL, XYLITOL, WHY BLACK WALNUT WORKS
A) Enamel does not re-grow in the way most things in the body re-grow. Enamel regrows by mineralization; the rest of the body re-grows by cellular reproduction. Thus the debate online betwen the medical community and the holistic community is really just misunderstanding. Yes enamel does not regrow, in the strict bodily term 'grow'; yes enamel regrows in the sense that a crystal grows.
Thus it is important to maintian an environment in the mouth which will promote enamel "growth."
B) XYLITOL- To avoid destructive problems with this product: 1) only use a tiny pinch at a time 2) Use with tooth powder or something to keep the solution in the mouth non-acidic 3) Avoid artificial xylitol.
C) WHY BLACK WALNUT WORKS- Follow the eastern idea that the character of foods reflects the character of their healing quality. The black walnut is tooth like (fruit like tooth dentin, shell like enamel), and it somehow grows an extremely hard and solid shell in a very short time. Therefore, when wanting the hard shell of the tooth (enamel) to grow quickly) use a tincture of the green husks of the black walnut; as it is this outer husk that promotes the walnut shell growth. Perhaps tea would work as well as tincture if a person had access to fresh husks--or perhaps it would be poisonious and almost for sure horrible tasting.
Be Well---Clear Roshi"
10/24/2011: Treemama from Ib, Ca, Usa: "Hi,
My two year old son has weakened tooth enamel and some decay. We have been using an electric toothbrush and natural, flouride free toothpaste. I also give him some xylitol granules throughout the day. After looking over some old posts I am now concerned about some of my choices. Should I be using some special kind of toothbrush? Is electric too rough? What about toothpaste? What's the use using natural toothpaste if the glycerin is causing harm or preventing good? Should I be making my own? Or xylitol directly? Is black walnut safe for little ones? I am desparate for advice. We need to repair the enamel as well as prevent damage. Am completely overwhelmed by it all. And terrified of causing further harm. Please help!"Replies
10/24/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Treemama, on the westonprice.org website, they have some info on butter oil being good for "remineralising" the teeth. I give my son fermented cod liver oil and butter oil (they work together best) and I am hoping it will help his teeth (one which has some problems). You can read the info on the above website.
I wouldn't use an electric toothbrush on a child). I brush my own teeth with coconut oil and baking soda. I have hardly any tooth problems at all and I didn't have my teeth brushed when I was a toddler (did me no harm).
A lot of toothpastes contain saccharin ... Not good for anyone to take."
10/25/2011: K.d. from Siena, Italy replies: "Hi Treemama - does your toddler have any digestive disturbances? Sometimes weakness in a child's tooth enamel is indicative of a malabsorption issue - such as with Celiac disease. If there is a malabsorption issue then the teeth wouldn't be getting enough of the minerals they need to be strong and healthy."
10/25/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Also on the Dr. Mercola site yesterday I read that Vitamin D deficiency can cause tooth decay. Make sure that your toddler gets plenty of sun or takes a natural vitamin D supplement (not synthetic)."
10/26/2011: Treemama from Ib, Usa replies: "Thank you all so much for the responses. I have been reading up on the cod liver oil and butter oil. Lots of info. We have been to see a traditional dentist and he told me that my son has hypoplasia and nothing could be done. He also told me to use flouride toothpaste and said that an electric toothbrush would be fine. After the appt I went to a health and vitamin shop run by a naturopath. She sold me a flouride free toothpaste which we have been using up until a few nights ago after reading about the dangers of glycerin. I have seen another dentist since who also said it was hypoplasia. I am not sure about the malabsorbtion issue but will look into it. Thank you all so much!"
08/07/2011: Julia from Gaithersburg, Maryland: "Hi, I think I am noticing that my tooth enamel is starting to wear away just this past week... I have a "rough patch" (can feel it with my tongue and fingernail) not due to plaque at the tip of one of my lower incisors. Never had this before. For general health and wellbeing, I have been experimenting with multiple remedies, ACV with baking soda (through straw, rinsing mouth afterwards) for about a month (which definitely gives me more energy), Vitamin C ascorbate (also mixed as a powder with baking soda and rinsing afterwards). We have fluoridated water here. And for years, I just used conventional toothpaste without realizing. I switched to a "natural" fluoride-free toothpaste which contains glycerin... Now I just read somewhere that glycerin can cause enamel to wear away so I am hoping brushing with just baking soda and rinsing with sea salt will help. And... I tried oil pulling for the first time two days again (now I am beset with head and neck pain).
Anyway, my main question has to do with my teeth. I am very concerned about my enamel and do not want it eroding from any of these remedies. Do any of you have knowledge of what I maybe should stop doing, or should try instead? I want to know how to safely clean my teeth (I already have very healthy teeth, by the way, with no discoloration/spots. I don't want to ruin them, though. I am 48 years old and I have about 7 amalgam fillings on molars that have been in my mouth since I was a child).
Should I not do oil pulling since I have these fillings? (I cannot afford to have them removed right now). I also heard that some people have their fillings fall OUT with oil pulling -- is that a risk of oil pulling?
And especially, what do I do about the enamel on my teeth. Above all, I want healthy teeth and gums, and especially the teeth that show at the front of my mouth! I want to know how to clean my teeth (what kind of toothpaste, etc. what to avoid since I don't want to go back to fluoride toothpaste), and can the enamel be restored?
08/28/2012: Anonymosaurus Rex from Somewhere, Alone, Listening To Radiohead: "I have tried this and it has worked for my horribly two-toned teeth. I thought that I had suffered from minor dental fluorosis or a high fever when my adult teeth were half-formed, thus causing the bottom part of my teeth to be white while the top half to be quite yellow. I'm not certain, but I do suspect it was fluorosis as there is some mottling on the white parts of my teeth.
Many years ago I had tried professional whitening from a dentist which did make a small change, the dentist forgot to mention that it may cause permanent sensitivity which it has :( but there was a minor change in the whiteness of my teeth.
I found a post on crunchybetty's blog about whitening your teeth with activated charcoal, and I'm glad to say that it has greatly improved my stained teeth. This was more effective than the professional whitening, much cheaper, and I didn't have any side effects (apart from looking like I have a zombie-mouth while doing the treatment). My teeth still aren't perfectly white, but they are much better.
Here's what to do:
- Take a photo of your teeth before you do this for the first time. You won't believe the change it makes after the first treatment.
- Buy food grade activated charcoal (This might come in powder, capsule or tablet form. Bust open the capsules to get the powder out, or grind the tablet until it has become a fine powder.)
- Add a small amount of water to a few teaspoons of the powder to make a paste and ensure that the powder is well dissolved (you don't want to breathe in a lungful of this stuff)
- Put a small amount (1/2 tsp) of the paste in your mouth and swish it around your teeth well
- Spit out any excess
- Hold the paste in the front of your mouth for at least 5 mins, then rinse well.
- Do this once a day for a week for best results.
Warning: Activated charcoal adsorbs toxins from your body as well as medication and possibly nutrients too. If you are on medication, you need to ensure that you aren't swallowing the charcoal and it may be necessary to speak to your doctor before doing this.
I suspect that this would work best for people who have tea, coffee or cigarette stained teeth. You can do this every now and then for maintenance, or you could try adding some charcoal to your toothpaste if you wish, just make sure that it isn't so much that it abrades the enamel on your teeth. Less is more in this case!"
11/16/2011: Jennifer from Sunrise, Fl, Usa: "I enjoy tea, red wine, and coffee several times a week - but I don't enjoy the stains they leave behind. Here is my daily regimen that has not only helped me to get beautifully white teeth, but also has greatly improved my oral and overall health and has almost completely cured my gum disease:
- Oil pulling - this is the most effective teeth whitening solution I've found, and it does absolutely no damage to the enamel of your teeth. I swish with a tablespoonful of unrefined sesame oil every morning. I saw results just after 2 days!
- Silica-based toothpaste - Who says you need to use industrial, SLS-based toothpastes to get white teeth? Natural toothpastes that contain silica are powerful teeth whiteners.
- 3% hydrogen peroxide and sea salt rinse - After oil pulling and brushing, I mix a solution of 1/2 or less HP with 1/2 or more water, and then add a pinch of sea salt. Rinse for about 2 or 3 minutes, then spit.
- Flossing - an absolute essential to get the stains out from in between your teeth, and for gum health. While everyone should strive for daily flossing, even 2-3 times a week would be beneficial.
Hope this helps! Stay healthy and beautiful :)"Replies
10/07/2012: L J from Los Angeles, California USA replies: "Jennifer, HI I heard I believe it might have been on this site that oil pulling can take the metal out of the teeth, say like dental fillings. Yikes so I stopped oiling pulling after I read that because I was having dental problems. Have you had any problems like this?
xoxo L J"