My gums and overall dental health seem to have improved dramatically by using diatomaceous earth (food grade) to brush with (dip damp toothbrush into the DE and brush). I have also been experimenting with a combination of almond oil and spearmint and peppermint essential oils. I don't have an exact recipe but I put a couple of tablespoons of almond oil in a dropper bottle with some spearmint and peppermint oil (10-20 drops each). I put a few drops on my toothbrush and try to work the mixture into the root areas of my teeth. I also put a drop on my floss. My infected gums have cleared very quickly with this solution and a painful molar I had (with a crown) has become painless. I make sure to gently massage the solution all over my gums, roof of my mouth, tongue, etc. To try to eradicate any bacteria that is causing problems. I have also experimented with putting the DE on my brush and then a few drops of the above solution. I hope this helps others. If I get more exact solution, I will post it. If someone is knowledgeable about essential oils and wants to weigh in on suggested amounts that would be great.
I had bleeding gums for years and the hygenist always chided me about brushing more and flossing. Brushing, even with a soft toothbrush hurt a lot and flossing was worse. I failed to follow her instructions. Now you can find super soft tapered toothbrushes online or in the health food store. I finally like brushing my teeth! This has made a big difference in my gums. The super soft tapered toothbrush does not clean the teeth well enough, though, so after using the super soft toothbrush on the gum line, then I use a regular soft toothbrush for the teeth, avoiding the gum line, and a couple times a week I use an electric toothbrush over the teeth in any area that doesn't feel quite clean enough. Once again, I try to avoid the gums.
I now use a toothpaste without sodium lauryl sulfate and a rinse without alcohol. The rinse I use already has peppermint oil in it, but I add extra. As a tooth cleaner, I occassionally use calcium citrate powder with a little baking soda. Oh, and I drink my coffee with a stainless steel straw to avoid the kind of staining in the lower front teeth that I previously had.
At night before bedtime, I massage a mixture of oils into my gums.
In the past my enamel had been damaged by over the counter whiteners. They used to say that you can't regain enamel once it is damaged, but this isn't completely so. My enamel isn't as good as it once was, but it has improved from the point of the damage. It doesn't feel dry and rough anymore in the spots that had eroded. It feels smooth again, though thinner. I've tried so many things, so I can only think that it is just time and better hygene that improved the situation.
BTW, I still rarely floss. Sometimes I think it just grinds the food down further. I use a water irrigator, a gum stimulator and small interdental brushes to remove food particles that are stuck.
But I wanted to mention a couple more things. The quality of the water from our tap water is horrible in terms of bacteria. I suspect that a lot of dental problems start with the water. I use filtered or distilled water in my irrigator and add a cap full of hydrogen perioxide.
I have sinus problems and the light dawned that the gum disease and sinus drip are probably caused by the same bacteria. So it would seem that if you get rid of one problem and still have the other, you would be reinfected continously. So that's the other side of the coin I have to work on.
First, I want to thank eveyone for all the great advice. Some I knew and some I didn't. This is a great resource.
What finally worked for me was a dilution of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. You probably have to get this stuff online and it isn't cheap but will last for years if you keep in it in the freezer where it remains liquid.
I used one part 35% to 5 or 6 parts distilled water. I then soaked a small wad of cotton batten with the mixture and tucked it between my front lip and tooth/gum. It was 10 times more effective than the 3% peroxide! I set the timer for 10 minutes but I was still spitting (more like a controlled drool) foamy saliva and left it in for about a 1/2 hour until the foam almost disappeared. 90% of the pain is gone and I feel better all round. Yes. You will foam at the mouth and scare small children, but the foam is actually dead bacteria mixed with your saliva. Keep a glass nearby to catch the foamy saliva.
I tried oil pulling with a couple of drops of Oregano Oil but I just don't like doing it very much although I felt a little improvement.
You should also take a good immune booster to help fight off the bad bacteria that is having a party in your body. Olive Leaf Extract, or up to 20 grams(20,000 mgs.) of Vitamin C. I had a product called Immutol lying around and I've been taking 2 capsules three or four times a day.
I also swished MMS which means Miracle Mineral Supplement. It's cheap and for about $20 you get two years worth of the stuff. It cures just about everything so naturally the Feds moved in and the originator, Jim Humble, moved his whole shebang to the Dominican Republic. Go to www.miraclemineral.org to learn more about this wonderful product that has already cured thousands of people.
I have a front tooth crown that had a root canal about 14 years ago. About 8 years ago it started to "act up" on occasion and I applied Oregano Oil and/or Tea Tree Oil and in a day or so the inflammation and mild pain would go away.
Three years ago I had to leave work because not only was my tooth and gum very painful but I felt horrible all over. I guess the infection invaded my entire body. I used an EFT protocol called Faster EFT originated by Robert Smith. (He has a zillion videos on YouTube) After an hour of frenzied tapping the pain disappered and I felt normal. Amazing.
Problem is Faster EFT didn't work for me last year -- or this. Drat! But, watch some of his videos -- it's free and easy to learn.
By the way, I do not sell anything and I have no financial interest in any products.
Hi ya debbie,
Thank you so much for the article, very interesting, I have noted down the name niacin. I received my perio mouth wash today, After waiting for a week to be delivered. Full of organic herbs such as Green tea, Echinacea, olive leaf, Oregano, plus a lot more. thankyou.
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Went to the dentist yesterday, I was oil pulling with coconut oil from 21st may, not good, gums were pinker, but gaps no change, plus another tooth was receding, I was also taking coenzyme q 10 30mg 3 x daily, also vitamin c and zinc lozenges. 600mg 1 a day. Brushing with aloe vera tooth paste, 2x daily, and chlorhexidine gluconate mouthwash. Fed up. Went back to health shop, they told me to increase to 6 a day with the coenzyme q 10 30 mg. That seems alot to me, I will increase it to 4 a day, plus still to take vitamin c and zinc lozenges, take 2 a day, I walked out of the health shop with pure vitamin c powder it says 2500mg per serving. I'll just rub a small bit on my gums, plus I got vitamin e-400 I.U. To take internally, and to rub on my gums, thats only 1 a day. ill let u know my feedback, my dentist wants me back 2nd august, I really do not want to go, cause I know whats next to happen, I honestly hope what I am going to take will cure my problems, bye for now.x
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Posted by Tristan (Palm Coast, Florida USA) on 10/18/2008
Any feedback to this would be greatly appreciated.
Almost 2 years ago, I had a molar crowned due to the insistence of a dentist (porcelain crown, metal base). Too late to say that I wish I hadn't trusted him. Anyway, since then I have had a regular "gluey" feeling between that upper molar and my eye on the same side. It's not painful, as such, but I can always feel the it and the connection between the crown and the right side of my head and my right eye. I do not want to have any dentist fiddling around unnecessarily in my mouth again, and was wondering if anyone would know what this is about, and what I can do. Also, I don't mind dealing with this for the rest of my life as long as it does not worsen. The ideal would be to get rid of this feeling altogether.
I use castor oil, HP, clove oil etc (haven't tried garlic yet), and they all help, but once I stop the congested, uncomfortable, tight feeling comes back. If it's a nerve, I do not want it to worsen - it's already been almost 3 years of a static situation. (I also had to have the bite adjusted twice, but there's still a slight problem).
Thank you all
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Posted by Daidela (Sarasota, Fl) on 12/10/2011
To Ladyhawk of Sarasota: I live in Sarasota and have a loose tooth I would like to try to tighten using the mustard oil and salt. Do you know a store here that sells it? I tried googling where to buy but got no hits. Thanks for your help.
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Posted by Madalsa (Delhi, India) on 10/06/2009
1. Brush your teeth with mustard oil and salt (sea salt or table salt). Use your finger to clean the teeth instead of toothbrush. Do not wash mouth with water.
2. Take one tbsp mustard oil and 1/4-1/2 tsp salt. Put this into your mouth for 20-30 min. Keep on moving this into the mouth. Spit it after time is over. Do not wash mouth with water.You can see the difference in condition of your teeth.
My teeth used to bleed while brushing and pus was forming. One of my tooth became slightly loose at the age of 30. I tried this for 30 days. Now I am 45 and totally free of these problems since.
Posted by Karen (Alpharetta, Ga.) on 06/02/2010
Myrhh oil for sore gums
Rub myrhh oil on your gums or put a small amount on your tooth brush. Don't swallow it. In the morning your gums won't be sore. Sage oil helps too but myrhh is the best.
Posted by Kay (Jax, Fl) on 12/26/2013
I want to start off by saying, I do not like going to the dentist!
I have to thank, once again, this website for helping me in my battle with gum disease. After going to two different peridontist and getting quotes from $5,000 to over $6,000 for gum surgery, I decided to check out earth clinic. The first doc said, well, we do the gum surgery than you can go to the dentist get implants, crowns, etc. and I can easily spend(get into debt) of $12,000 or more. He suggested to extract all teeth and get dentures. This would cost less than $10,000 but gee no more cavities, etc. He failed to tell me how my cheek bones will sink in and I will probably age in looks. He was so caught up with extracting and putting in implants to hold dentures! This cost he quoted me didn't include the implants.
Well I came on to this website and read about oil pulling, etc. I begin. I would first thing in the morning take one tablespoon of Sesame Oil swish it around my mouth than spit it out. I started doing this 2 x per day. I also rinse with Hydrogen Peroxide.
I started a timeline. When I went to the first peridontist because my gums were inflamed and throbbed, teeth were loose, etc., as he poked checking gums, it bled a lot! By the time I went to the 2nd peridontist I had been on the oil pulling about 10 days. There was no blood when he poked at my gums! He said my gum condition was "moderate" while the first doc said "advanced". Ofcourse, these docs could have just been different.
So, I went to a family general dentist two days ago, who said that my teeth were not loose??? I did not say a word about the oil pulling. Well I have another appointment for a general consult in two weeks and X-rays will be done on each tooth. We shall see.
So, far, I can say, honestly no more throbbing of my gums, the color has changed to a lighter pink. I have spent approximately over $400 just in these visits and X-rays. I will get an estimate from the coming up consultation to see what they can do to "save my" teeth at a reasonable cost. Ha!
I can honestly say that doing the oil pulling, using bee propolis with baking soda toothpaste and rinsing with Hydrogen peroxide(3%) has helped me tremendously. I have doing this now about 3 weeks.
I would not have known about any of these alternatives if it weren't for this website. I will keep you updated on the process.
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Posted by Kathryn (Phoenix, Az, Usa) on 05/26/2013
I was searching for info re: how to stop loss of gum tissue. I have noted an acceleration of 'shrinking' gum tissue, about 3ml in past 2 yrs. My dentist confirms gums are healthy and tissue loss is "normal at my age".... 68. I am not accepting this. I do have chronic TMJ & wear night guard due to significant clinching of jaws during sleep. Could the pressure cause loss of gum tissue??
Recently discovered the OP. Currently using coconut iol, will try sesame oil next month. Thank U for any info you may share. KH
Posted by Lorit (New York, Ny) on 04/29/2013
What with one thing and another I avoided the dentist for 5 years. When I finally went, I was told I had periodontal disease with pockets mainly in the 3-4 range, and a few 5s. I had the lower half of my mouth deep cleaned. For financial reasons I didn't return for the second half of my cleaning for 2 months and in the mean time I oil pulled every morning and did a number of other things as well. When I returned this afternoon I asked her to remeasure a few of my pockets. She checked the lower half of my mouth -- she didn't look at all of them but every pocket she checked had gone down a size, and a 5 had gone down to a 3. She was very pleased. I asked her to check the top (uncleaned) half of my mouth and she did, strictly to be nice, and discovered that although the gums were still inflamed, the pockets there had also gone down a size, something she characterized as very surprising.
I've done a number of things, which I'll detail, which I hope were helpful, but I mainly credit the oil pulling for this.
Oil Pulling -- swapping between sunflower and sesame when I run out of a bottle --
Vitamin C -- I've gone from never using it to 1 - 2 grams a day, more if I think of it, which I usually don't.
I made a mouthwash recipie I found on the web: 1tbspn Echinacea tincture; .5 tbspn Oregon Grape Root tincture; .25 tbspn Plantain and Propolis tincture -- combine, add a dropperful to a tbspn water, swish in your mouth 20 seconds after brushing then spit out -- I've done this intermittently.
-- Swapped out my toothpaste for a toothpowder made from 2 tbspn baking soda, and 1 tsp each: salt, myrrh, prickly ash bark, white oak bark -- all ground up in a spice grinder.
And I've been trying to drink blackberry leaf tea (good for the gums) and a tea made from White oak bark, lemon grass, and yerba santa.
Also once a day flossing of course.
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Posted by Evelyn (Izmir, Konak County. Turkey) on 04/21/2012
I expereinced severe Gingivitis in two areas of my Gums, I had a small amount of dental reconstruction done in the US it was very expensive, I moved to Turkey, in 05 and used Dr Tongs remedy for three years it works, But I was unable to find it, again, I found two Dentist in Turkey who did deep cleaning and replaced the broken bridges on the right side, But the stubborn gingivitis was not responding to the treatments the most rececnt dentist used. But a few months ago I was researching for home remedies for dental health and found this website and information about OP I started it from the Oil I strained from Sesame Butter, It showed instant positive results, clearing the white paste from the Tounge improving the healing of the infection under the gum line. Yes I have expereinced some of the healing side effects described by some of the People who use the Op. But it definitely is a solution to ridding the system of unwanted bacteria and Toxic deposits, Most medicallly trained professionals overlook and fail to treat or even aknowledge as the cause of many symptoms. that the Body uses to alert us that there is a underlining problem that must be addressed. I have heard it can take months to get the full benfits of OP, don't stop to you get it. Happy healthy attracts wealthy unfoldings. I hope this inspires and help those who read this.
Posted by Mary (Twin Cities, Minnesota) on 04/13/2012
I started oil pulling with ____ Coconut Oil about 10 days ago after my first visit with the dentist. I had a bad case of gingivitis; bleeding gums and was about to lose a molar, and was going to need a heavy duty cleaning. The dentist prescribed an alcohol-based mouthwash to use twice a day, which I really didn't want to use. A co-worker mentioned oil pulling so I researched it and then bought a jar of ____ Coconut Oil.
Long story short, I went back to the dentist last night and he was absolutely amazed on how my gums looked. He said he couldn't tell I had periodontal disease just by looking at my mouth, only by x-rays taken the week prior. The gingivitis had cleared up that much in just 9 days! I have been pulling only once a day every day and some days a 2nd time. No more gum bleeding either! I am thrilled with the results. I can't wait to hear what he has to say when I go back in 2 weeks!!
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Posted by Diamond (Cleveland, England) on 05/31/2011
hi ya jennifer,
Thank you for your feedback, that all sounds very good, with really positive results, could you tell me what sesame oil you are using, I used sea salt from a health shop, but felt terrible after 2 days, I diluted a teaspoon in a cup of water, then swilled round my mouth at night, then I spat it out. I had really bad palpitations, that really scared me, didnt use again ended up in my bin, I will get some oregano oil this week, and hydrogen peroxide, ill check the health shops to see if they ave it. Thank you
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