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
Replied by Kateinhawaii
Replied by Bill
San Fernando, La Union
Replied by Sue
Fairfax, Va Usa
Replied by Cindy
Replied by Maureen
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
Replied by Annie
New York, Ny
Replied by Sharonicus
Replied by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, USA
Posted by Anonymous (Seattle, Wa) on 02/24/2013
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.
Replied by Krystyne
Idaho Falls, Id USA
Posted by Walter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 01/23/2013
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.
Posted by Valerie (Germantown, Md) on 11/03/2009
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.
Replied by Sienna
Replied by Terry
Cedar Hill, Mo
Posted by Tony (St Paul, Ab, Canada) on 06/18/2012
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.
Posted by Sally (Los Angeles, California) on 11/17/2013
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!
Posted by Sue (Fairfax, Va, Usa) on 05/15/2013
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.
Replied by Om
Hope, Bc, Canada
Replied by Aubergine
Washington, Dc Usa
Posted by Hoppimike (Kent, England) on 06/05/2015
I was getting desperate trying to stop the progressive worsening of the plaque on my teeth. I had yellow/brown discolouration that was coming in in spots, a rough feeling of plaque over portions of my teeth, visible thick plaque on small areas, and raised areas I could feel with my tongue that also turned out to be plaque (because they broke off). I also have moderately receding gums.
All I did was:
- Brush my teeth twice a day with an extra soft toothbrush to go easy on my gums and instead of toothpaste using plain bar soap (I get the simplest one I can find at the supermarket).
- Rinse my mouth twice a day with a combination of baking soda and eucalyptus oil in water.
And that's literally it.
I'm quite sloppy about it so I don't know exact amounts, but I don't use particularly low amounts of any of them. The eucalyptus oil I use 3-4 drops per rinse but I don't know what the best amount is.
I would say "I hope it works for you", but frankly I would be staggered if it didn't :)
Hope your problem goes away soon!
P.S The soap is an important component in this remedy. I stopped the soap once and continued with the baking soda and eucalyptus and the plaque started to come right back!
Replied by Cindy Vr
Posted by Eastet (Batonrouge, La, Usa) on 07/04/2012
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).