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What Is Dental Health?
It is often said that an individual’s combined dental and oral health is a window into his or her overall heath. That being said, maintaining a high level of overall dental health is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The oral cavity is one of constant moisture and warmth, making it the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. As such, the mouth, teeth and gums are susceptible to a number of issues.
From cavities and tooth decay to tooth discoloration and grinding, several dental health issues have been identified. In addition to these issues, other oral health issues can also be cause for concern. Bad breath, dry mouth, canker and cold sores and thrush among others are all signs of poor dental health. Each of these issues can be easily treated and even prevented with the right oral hygiene routine.
An effective dental health regimen involves regular brushing at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing and regular rinsing. Likewise, snacking and eating smart are important to maintain dental health – sugary, sticky snacks should be kept at a minimum. Regular checkups are also important for maintaining dental health.
Natural Dental Health Remedies
Several natural options are available for maintaining proper dental health as well as treating dental health issues. Cloves can be used to eliminate tooth pain while baking soda and hydrogen peroxide are safe, natural tooth cleaners and whiteners. Parsley, fennel and calendula freshen breath and treat oral infections. Likewise, oil pulling helps whiten teeth and supports overall health. In conjunction with a healthy dental hygiene regimen, these options offer relief and treatment for a variety of issues.
Remedies for Dental Health
The Popularity of Dental Health Remedies - Full List
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|Removing Dental Fillings||2||2013-02-24|
|Sally's Homemade Toothpaste Recipe||1||2013-11-17|
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I was surprised to read in an old booklet originally published in 1948 and last printed in 1983 that one should brush their teeth with a solution of one tsp apple cider vinegar added to a glass of water. It also said to gargle with it morning and night. The benefits are to prevent decay, remove tarter and whiten teeth. It did not mention anything about the effects of the acid on teeth. Any comments?
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YEA (4) 100%Posted by V (Some City, Some State, Usa) on 04/08/2013
I would like to try baking soda as my regular teeth cleaning agent but I read that it wears down tooth enamel. I know that a lot of people on here use it but how safe is it in the long run?
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Posted by Jeremiah (San Diego, California) on 07/23/2009
[YEA] I keep oral hygiene in good standing by doing the following: First, I put about a Tablespoon of Baking Soda in my mouth, then put some water (preferrably filtered), and swish it around as a mouthwash. I then put wet my toothbrush, add some baking soda, pour on my toothpaste, and brush my teeth. After I'm done brushing, I repeat the earlier Baking Soda mouthwash. It has kept me satisfied as far.
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YEA (5) 100%Posted by Cali Guy (Downey, Ca, United States) on 05/27/2011
[YEA] I wish I was smart enough to start this a long time ago. I have started using the baking soda, kosher salt mix, from day 1 I noticed the difference. Tooth pain started to go away, although I was suffering from an infection so its not 100% gone away. My gums have started improving, at first very fast now its slowed down but is still improving. I am starting to notice that my teeth are getting whiter, I have been using it for about 2 weeks now and I will continue to use it and enjoy the benefits. I have a few oral issues I am dealing with, especially because I suspect I have candida.
Posted by Brenda (Springfield, Il) on 01/09/2011
Here's my routine. First I swish with hydogen peroxide, then I dip wet toothbrush in a mixture of a little borax and baking soda. I have Dr. Bronner's peppermint liquid soap in an eyedrop bottle and drop a couple of drops of the soap on top of the borax/baking soda mixture. Then brush. Occasionally, I'll add a drop of oil of oregano especially if I feel the need to avoid a virus. My mouth feels fresh and teeth are white.
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Posted by Linn (Tujunga, CA) on 07/28/2009
[YEA] I have been using Baking Soda as toothpaste for almost a year now and from what I can tell it works very well. From some things I've read, I do still wonder about whether it is bad for the enamel...but so far positive posts on here, and honestly, unless I am completely unaware of the bad effect, it's been working just fine.
A recipe I read online for natural toothpaste that I really enjoyed using is:
Sea Salt* or any natural salt
Peppermint or other mint or culinary essential oil
Or perhaps just crushed Mint or herbal leaves
Usually I just use plain old Baking Soda, but the Coconut Oil did make the paste much more 'luxurious' to use! I think if you flavored it nicely and coaxed them enough even kids would like it. Adding some Peppermint Oil or Leaves would make this ideal.
* I would avoid just plain old salt or 'Kosher' Salt, as these are refined, 'useless' salts. If I recall correctly, beside the cleansing/polishing of the salts, the natural salts mineral's benefit and strengthen your teeth. These days, we all need that. I also read that Vitamin D can also contribute to stronger teeth (well I guess that's the whole thing behind the milk industry???). Just wanted to note that here. Just one more reason among many to make sure I am getting enough. Someday I do hope that I can get all of the fillings out and restrengthen my teeth naturally. I believe it is possible and have read a little about it. Just my 2 cents!
Posted by Melissa (East Meadow, NY) on 01/07/2009
[YEA] Baking Soda and Kosher Salt (chunky salt ) as a toothpaste/powder and 1% hydrogen peroxide and water mixture as mouthwash CURED several of my teeth/mouth ailments! Long story short...I had several problems with my teeth, gums and mouth. Among the list were bad breath, horrible bleeding gums, tooth aches, receding gums that actually pulled away from my teeth, yuck! And the (according to dentists)uncurable periodontal disease. I came across information from a friend of mine who's mother WAS a dental hygenist who knew of a cheap simple remedy for a lot of if not all of what I had problems with. The info I was given changed my life! I no longer have 1 problem that I used to have and my "uncurable" periodontal disease was noticably reversed within several days.
What I use and how I use it:
In any kind of sealable container (tupperware, whatever) mix 3/4 baking soda and 1/4 kosher salt or sea salt as long as it's chunky. shake it around to mix them together, and do so everytime before brushing your teeth. I use a 1/4 measuring spoon to scoop some out and brush my teeth from that as opposed to dipping my toothbrush in the mass mixture. I started with the softest toothbrush possible and as my teeth stopped bleeding etc I upgraded to a mdium bristle toothbrush, never to hard. When you go to brush your teeth, brush all of them, the insides of your cheeks the spaces between your teeth and lips, the roof of your mouth, under your tongue and your tongue itself. (BTW, before brushing I recommend you buy a tongue scraper and scrape your tongue about 15-20 times.) Make sure when brushing your tongue you get as far back as possible. The very back of your tongue where the larger taste buds appear to be, seems to be the biggest nesting grounds for bacteria. You may trigger your gag reflex, but it needs to be brushed! Brush all aspects of your mouth for at least 2 minutes, every morning, after every meal and right before bed for maximum results and maintenance. When you are finished brushing rinse your mouth with water and scrape your tongue a couple more times. MOUTHWASH MIXTURE. I use a mouthwash bottle, And mix 1/2 Hydrogen peroxide %1 (commonly found) and 1/2 water. shake it up before each use. Just swish around and gargle for a decent amount of time, longer the better. What I do is spit about 3/4 of it out and let the rest kinda sit amongst my teeth and gums for a little while longer. Then while the stuff is kinda clinging there I floss, working the peroxide in between my teeth. Then I totally rinse and use the tongue scraper a couple more times. An added bonus is that the mouthwash mixture also noticably whitened my teeth over a period of time. Good Luck, and I hope this helps others! You can also make a toothpaste just by mixing your tooth powder with a little of you mouthwash mixture, I sometimes use that for a tooth whitening treatment.
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Posted by Tamara (Israel) on 08/09/2013
Can brushing with baking soda and olive oil cause red gums? I never had it with normal toothpaste.
Posted by Kay (St Augustine, Fl/usa) on 12/30/2010
I have had a history of gum disease for years. Now, I have bone loss which has gradually caused a small space in my front teeth to a large space and the teeth have moved. The dentists of course, all want to give me braces, implants, etc. All which is very expensive. I have begun to floss 2x a day and rinse with Listerine 2x a day. I am in my 60's and I really would love to have beautiful teeth so I can smile. Oh, by the way, I wore braces for 5 years when I was in my early 30's. Anyone out there know what I can do without going to the dentists. P. S. Six years ago when the space was very small, the dentist wanted me to wear braces. Apparently when the braces came off the teeth would have moved, since this was a "bone loss". Glad, I didnt spend the money! Thanks for your help
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Posted by Tom (Regina, Sk) on 12/30/2010
KAY: As I'm sure they told you (the same ones who haven't cured you! ), loss of the facial sp. Maxillary bone mass is a sign of either osteoporosis or advanced gum disease, or both. Have you heard of this guy? Brilliant chemist, worked on the Manhattan Project, now near 90. His book of a dozen years ago did not amuse the ADA! That might even be why the book is out of print and you have to scrounge the net. Basically you want to try most of all the Vitamin C/Baking Soda= sodium ascorbate fix in it.
NOTE the phone number near the very start! You may as well try it to see if it works, because his $15 cost is dirt cheap, and on Amazon it's not even available except through third-party sellers at twice the price! http://www.scribd.com/doc/451268/Dr-Gerard-F-Judd-Ph-D-s-Good-Teeth-Birth-to-Death-The-Prescription-for-Perfect-Teeth-Originator-of-the-Alcohol-Cure
Amazon link. You can also read reviews of it: http://www.amazon.com/Good-teeth-birth-death-Gerard/dp/B0006F9CP8
Here's an excerpt from a page I saved no longer publicly available. Site went pay about 3 years ago. But the info here is enough that you can do your own search for additional details.
In 1945, Dr. Weston Price described "a new vitamin-like activator" that played an influential role in the utilization of minerals, protection from tooth decay, growth and development, reproduction, protection against heart disease and the function of the brain. Using a chemical test, he determined that this compound ?which he called Activator X?occurred in the butterfat, organs and fat of animals consuming rapidly growing green grass, NOT HAY OR STRAW! And also in certain sea foods such as fish eggs. Dr. Price died before research by Russian scientists became known in the West. These scientists used the same chemical test to measure a compound similar to vitamin K. Vitamin K2 is produced by animal tissues, including the mammary glands, from vitamin K1, which occurs in rapidly growing green plants. A growing body of published research confirms Dr. Price's discoveries, namely that vitamin K2 is important for the utilization of minerals, protects against tooth decay, supports growth and development, is involved in normal reproduction, protects against calcification of the arteries leading to heart disease, and is a major component of the brain. Vitamin K2 works synergistically with the two other "fat-soluble activators" that Price studied, vitamins A and D. Vitamins A and D signal to the cells to produce certain proteins and vitamin K then activates these proteins. Vitamin K2 plays a crucial role in the development of the facial bones, and its presence in the diets of nonindustrialized peoples explains the wide facial structure and freedom from dental deformities that Weston Price observed.
Main Article (On the Trail of the Elusive X-Factor)
Here's VITAMIN K2; just remember it's FAT-SOLUBLE, as it is found in butter originally! So take with oils or fats: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=vitamin k2&go=&form=QBLH&scope=images&filt=all
You will have to get the dosage off the bottle label, or ask a naturopath. Here's the retail X-Factor' Butter Oil with the K2 in it: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=x-factor butter oil&go=&form=QBLH&scope=images&filt=all
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Posted by Mary (Richmond, Virginia) on 08/12/2009
I have a bump on the roof of my mouth,I don't know what it is. my dentist saw it and didn't feel the need to xray because he said people get them. I want to use HP to see if it will go away. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how i should use it in my mouth? Thank you for your responses. Mary
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BETTER BUT NOT CURED (1) 100%Posted by Inga (Sydney, Australia) on 10/23/2008
After reading material on this site extensively, I am a bit confused and grappling with some issues relating to dental health, which I cannot seem to get a clear picture of.
1. Brushing with baking soda (and/or salt) - isn't it abrasive to tooth enamel? Does it make a difference if one dissolves it in water first?
2. Brushing with bar soap - does not soap also have glycerine in it (the reason why it is recommended in the first place due to even health stores toothpastes having glycerine in it - harder to rinse off etc)?
Doesn't bar soap have detergents in it also, and therefore presumably not advantageous?
3. Why is Hydrogen Peroxide not recommended as a rinse when one has metal fillings?
Looking forward to your reply. Thanks.
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Posted by Pim (Vught, Netherlands) on 09/17/2008
DENTAL HEALTH: This letter was sent out in April 2002 by Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D., Chemist, and Researcher. For his Curriculum Vitae, scroll to the bottom of this page.
Dear Government Executive and Employee: We can all stop spending billions for American dental work and research. Let me tell you why: I have learned the real causes of dental cavities and gum infection. People, including you, will now be able to take care of their own dentistry with insignificant cost, and end with perfect teeth. Cavities and gum infections are ended! A great amount of REPUTABLE DENTAL RESEARCH proves the following:
Tooth cavities will be ended simply by rinsing acids off the teeth. ACIDS ALONE EAT THE ENAMEL. There would be no cavities in the world if all people rinsed acids from their teeth promptly. Just sip water, milk or other liquid while eating. Water reacts with acids.
Foods and drinks, other than those containing acids, have no action on tooth enamel. SUGARS HAVE NO ACTION ON THE ENAMEL.
Bacteria cannot damage the enamel (calcium hydroxy phosphate). There is no such thing as decay of the enamel since bacteria require carbon and hydrogen to live. Billions of human and animal remains show teeth and bones are resistant to earth-bound organisms.
Teeth reenamalize when clean. TO MAKE TEETH CLEAN ONE BRUSHES WITH ANY BAR SOAP. ( There are good toothpastes at the health food stores. Check the ingredients before buying. Don't get anything with glycerine in it.) Soap washes off in just 2 rinses. What about toothpastes? Glycerine in all tooth pastes is so sticky that it takes 27 washes to get it off. Teeth brushed with any toothpaste are coated with a film and CANNOT PROPERLY REENAMELIZE.
Taking calcium and phosphate in the diet results in reenamelization of the teeth, but only when they are clean. Bar soap does a perfect job in cleaning the surface. The enamel thickens and becomes less sensitive. Adenosine diphosphatase furnishes phosphate to teeth.
Gums are disinfected by brushing with any bar soap. Not only bacteria and viruses are destroyed promptly by small amounts of soap in water, but also white flies and aphids. Gardeners: Spray 1 tsp of dishwashing soap in 1 gallon of water to kill white flies and aphids.
Plaque, a poorly formed crystal stuck to the bottom of the enamel, is prevented and eventually removed by brushing with bar soap. Dental procedures to get the badly formed crystals off dig holes through the enamel. These cavities catch food and cause gum infection.
Prevention of plaque retards gum pockets. Gum pockets are formed as the plaque pushes the gums away from the teeth. Gum pockets, from 1 to 8 mm deep, are also formed by FLUORIDE, which severs the protein molecules adhering the gums to the teeth. SOAP PREVENTS GINGIVITIS caused by bacteria which is lodged in the gum pockets.
VITAMIN C AND PHOSPHATE help knit the gums back to the teeth. Pressing against the gums with fingers forces adhesive materials from the gums onto the teeth, which helps the process. Abscesses can be offset by holding Cepacol (14% alcohol) in the mouth 5 minutes.
Receding gum surgery will end when the gum pockets cease. The very mention of the procedure, which involves transferring flesh from the roof of the mouth to the excised area of the gums, is a heinous and useless procedure which ought to pass into oblivion.
Removal of flouride from drinking water, pastes or gels saves the enzyme adenosine diphosphatase so it can deliver phosphate to calcium at the tooth surface, resulting in a beautiful, semi-flexible enamel.
As stated above, the gums can be reconnected to the teeth by taking vitamin C (ascorbic acid) (1 tsp) with Arm and Hammer baking soda (1/2 tsp) in 1 inch of water, letting it fizz and then diluting to 1/2 to 1 cup with water, then drinking. The resulting SODIUM ASCORBATE is non-acid, very pure and a thousand times more soluble than vitamin C. Sodium ascorbate is more reactive than ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in building connective tissue and antibody structures and more effective in killing some viruses and bacteria.
Receding gums and plaque are ended when soap is used for brushing and vitamin C is taken daily in the form just mentioned.
30% of American youths ages 8-10 have no cavities. 100% of Ugandan youths ages 6-10 have no cavities. What does this tell us?
The reason Ugandan youths have 3 times better teeth than American youths is because they do not consume as many acid foods, have no fluoride in their drinking water, have regular meals rather than sipping acid drinks all day, have more calcium and phosphate in their diet, and have fewer dentists to work on their teeth.
Dental literature says 42% of Americans over 65 have no natural teeth, while 25% of those over 43 have none.
Dental literature says Americans age 43 average 32 cavities, those age 17 have 13 cavities, blacks and poverty stricken (without calcium and phosphate) have twice this and the native Americans have four times this amount. The Native American plight can be blamed on their poor nutrition, excessive fluoridation, and free but improper dental care.
If fluoridation were effective in preventing cavities, Native Americans would have the least cavities. They have had forced fluoridation for approximately 62 years.
Fluoride in water at 1 part per million INCREASED tooth cavities in four large reliable studies (7%, 22%, 45% and 10%, averaging 21%). The reason far these increases has to do with the fact that adenosine diphosphatase is destroyed by fluoride and CALCIUM FLUORIDE which slips into the enamel, is alien to the tooth composite and makes the enamel weak, brittle and discolored.
The health of American teeth will increase to be very nearly perfect if the regimen of water rinsing, soap brushing and taking calcium, phosphate and vitamin C in the diet is implemented.
Fortunately, we now know the current teeth perfecting protocol of dentistry with fluoridation is flawed. If the early estimates of 80% tooth improvement in childrens' teeth by age 13 were true, each American would now have less than one cavity. That is far from true. The teeth in America are in a sorry state, and at the present time are getting worse.
Numerous top scientists over the past 60 years have discarded the theory that fluoride helps teeth, or is a nutrient helpful to man.
To avoid fluoride is to prevent more than 114 ailments listed with references in a book "Good Teeth Birth to Death" by Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D.. These 114 medical side effects extend all the way from cancer down to headaches caused by 1 ppm fluoride in the water. Thirteen of these side effects are proved by a double blind study on 60 patients by 12 physicians, 1 pharmacist and 1 attorney.
The mechanism for destruction of enzymes by fluoride has been proven by x-ray studies. Hydrogen bonds are broken by fluoride.
Fluoride is the smallest negative particle on the face of the earth. Since the fluoride particles are so small and so intensely negative, they connect with the hydrogen bonds holding the enzyme coils in place and ruin every enzyme molecule at very low concentration, around 1-3 ppm. These enzymes are often 3,000 or more times the small size of the fluoride. The effect is ruinous.
To avoid fluoride is to prevent the destruction of 83 enzymes listed with references in Good Teeth, Birth to Death, by Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D.. Fluoride is a severe biological poison. Being intensely negative, it unlatches positive hydrogen bonds in enzymes AND proteins.
It is fortunate we have learned fluoride is a nerve poison. Fluoride causes cavities. There is not the slightest doubt.
Methylmercury formed from amalgams in the body is deadly. It causes brain disease. Fillings made of quartzite and epoxy are a safe substitute.
Fluoride harms the economy by making people purchase other than city water to avoid it. It also harms the economy by making people dependent on undependable professions that know nothing about it. Ignorance about fluoride and what it does is worldwide.
Keep the teeth moist. Teeth that are dry crack. If you chew ice, teeth may crumble. Teeth do have a breaking strength.
LOOK IN YOUR MOUTH. Tell the dentist(s) what you want done and get several bids for examination and work. Save your fortunes. We now know we can cancel the green light given by Harry Truman with the help of Congress to subsidize dentistry. Billions of dollars being wasted in this regard (Public Law 755, June 24, 1948) can now be returned to the taxpayers.
I hope you will put this information in the hands of your Congress persons so they and we may alert the newspapers, radio and TV stations, magazines, and all other news media as well as their friends, families, and associates about this giant leap in dental technology.
I ask for your feedback on this letter and I would also like you to ask for feedback from the ones you contact. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!
Respectfully yours, Gerard F. Judd, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus, Chemistry
ADDRESSEE: Please mail a copy of this letter to your Congressperson, asking what they are going to do about this terrible incompetence and waste in dentistry and government spending. Thanking you, I am Gerard F. Judd.
PARTIAL CREDENTIALS OF DR JUDD
October 24, 2002
6615 W Lupine, Glendale AZ 85304
Ph.D. from Purdue University.
Researcher in industry: 18 years.
Professor of chemistry: 33 years; retired professor emeritus.
Fluoride laboratory studies: Linde, Purdue, Wright Field and Phoenix College, 13 years.
Author, revised: Good Teeth Birth to Death, 117 pp. July 1997.
Author, revised: Chemistry, Its Uses In Everyday Life, 305 pp. July 1997.
Author, Workbook, Self Quizzes and Laboratory Assignments for Chemistry, Its Uses In Everyday Life, July 16, 1997.
Author, Chemical Hygiene Plan, 89 pp, 4-23-1998.
Speaker, writer, radio host, bookseller, age 79, continuing October 24, 2002.
Fighter for truth in practical uses of chemistry.
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Posted by Francisca (Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France) on 09/10/2011
Now that Sjogren's Syndrome has been eliminated as the reason for my very dry eyes and throat during the night I started to think back to when it all began to try to see if I could find any connection to something that happened back then. The only thing I could think about is the placing of a dental implant. I know that it sounds far fetched but think about it, they place a metal device in one's jaw bones..... During the night my eyes become worryingly dry and so does my mouth now, so much so that I have trouble sleeping as I keep drinking water. For the eyes I got a cream which helps quite a bit. I know that if I phone the surgeon he is going to tell me that there is no connection whatsoever. I will phone him anyway but I wondered whether someone here has ever heard of something similar. I know dental implants can give problems but never heard of something like this. Thanks for any tips you people might have!
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Posted by (Cleveland, Oh/ Usa) on 03/09/2013
Dental Root Resorption: Dentists and my research on internet has no clear causation. A horrible condition. Cells which are normally friendly decide to absorb the roots.
Appears mostly triggered by periodontal work and later distress. I found one non periodontal reference to very high acidic diet (I have). And one non periodontal reference to general sytemic health.
I want to take some action to prevent further resorption problem. Not enough info, and info is sooo dental-technical; difficult for me to understand.
Can you help?
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