Dental Health Tips and Remedies

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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.

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

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Posted by Mike (Kent, UK) on 06/08/2023 24 posts

Activated charcoal for dental health

I'm not sure if this counts as cheating because I'm using a big-brand toothpaste that contains charcoal. Mostly because it's marked as "Enamel safe" and it's a reputable brand, so I figure it probably won't harm my teeth.

But yeah, honestly it's great. I used to have to use alcohol and tea tree oil mouthwash but I don't even need to anymore because this toothpaste not only removes as much or more plaque than any other toothpaste I've used, but also seems to remove bacteria too.

I don't think there's anything super special about this particular toothpaste other than it's high quality, "enamel safe" and by a good brand. It's also pretty dark so I think there's a fair bit of charcoal in there.

All the best, everyone! :)

Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Maureen (Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada) on 03/04/2009

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?

Replied by Barry
(Jacksonville, Fl)

You will soon be able to recognize the effects because your gums will began to bleed. I once used vinegar in a waterpik and the dentist fortunately caught my mistake before I irreparably damaged my teeth.

Replied by Kristen
(Hollywood, California)

Organic apple cider vinegar turn to an alkaline in your body. It puts you ph back into balance. I drink it every morning. It keeps my ph on the alkaline side and a virus cannot live in tat environment. Regular vinegar, not a good idea. Also white vinegar is a coal tar by product.

Replied by Zark
(Emerald City, The Land Of Oz)

Yep, ACV is harming my teeth :-(

I started using ACV for other health complaints. Worked brilliantly for my prostate issues! Sadly it is certainly bad for my teeth. My teeth become sensitive after using ACV, and I have noticed cavities forming. Be careful!!

I still need the ACV as it is the best remedy for my prostate issues out there. Right now I am using a straw, but that only really saves the front teeth as the wisdom teeth and molars still get attacked by the acidity. I have to do more testing but I don't think the ACV helps my prostate when mixed with Bicarb to reduce acidity (although I found it could act as a laxative, in this case that would be due to osmotic pressure I think)

I'm wondering what else I can do ..
Making ACV gel capsules would be ideal but beyond my capabilities.
Rinse with bicarb before and after?
Take calcium supplements

Replied by Timh
(Ky, Usa)
2073 posts

Zark: You can buy ACV in tablet form at many health food stores. My standard prevention for prostate problems is 50-100mg zinc daily plus 3mg copper for balance. Occasional or during flare-up take a few capsules of Stinging Nettles. Occasional Cranberry or D Mannose kills the bad bacteria in the urinary tract, which if untreated infects & inflames the prostate.

Replied by Dave
(Fountain Inn, Sc)

Hello Timh

Very good observation on urinary track infection as inflammatory to prostate. In fact, I think often the prostate itself suffers from a low grade infection. One urologist I read about gave his patients a few tablespoons of colloidal silver daily and in a month all 30 had improved conditions (varying problems) from flow to urgency issues. His conclusion was that a low grade infection was at work.

Moral of the story: Never overlook the possibility of infection re medical issues.

Baking Soda

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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?

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

V, I've seen recommendations for using it only once a week.

Replied by Stevie Lynn
(Lala Land, Ca, USA)

Baking soda is a wonderful non abrasive cleaning cleaner... It is safer for your enamel than many comercial toothpastes. I have been making my own toothpaste blend for 6 years... I mix 2 Tbs. Baking soda, 2 Tbs. Peelu powder (can be found online or in heathfood stores, often in bulk... Plant based, nonabrasive, with properties conducive to good oral health) 2 tsp pink sea salt, and 1 Tbs. Eco-Dent floride free/flavor free all natural foaming tooth powder.

When I first started I had bad receeding gums and my mouth was not in verry good shape, so I add 2 drops of myhrr oil to my toothbrush in the evenings. The problems cleared up within the first 2 months of using this mixture, and by the end of the first year I could see that I had regrown gum... My teeth are a lot whiter too.

Replied by Jim
(Silicon Valley)

Baking soda is not abrasive...use a soft head toothbrush and you will be fine. I have not used toothpaste for over 30 years and no problems. Always use a waterpik to flush debris out between teeth every brushing, you still need to do a quick floss afterward to get the "scum" off the enamel between teeth.

Baking Soda
Posted by Jeremiah (San Diego, California) on 07/23/2009

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.

Replied by Catherine
(Norfolk, Virginia)

I crush about a cup of peppermint leaves with a mortar and pestle. I then put about a cup of baking soda in a short wide-mouth jar. Then I add the peppermint leaves, put the lid on and shake. You can keep it in the bathroom and when it's time to brush, just pour a little out into your hand or a small paper cup and dip your wet toothbrush into the mixture. Your mouth not only feels clean but the peppermint is really refreshing.

Replied by Julia
(Hamilton, Ontario)

I use baking soda in this way: take your toothbrush and dip a little in 3% peroxide, soap the toothbrush using unscented bar soap and finally, touch some salt mixed with baking soda. This protocol was written by some holistic dentists. This procedure takes a few seconds but the results are very good. (You also can add one drop of evergreen oil or mint oil on top of salt and soda.)

Baking Soda, Kosher Salt, Peroxide

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Posted by Cali Guy (Downey, Ca, United States) on 05/27/2011

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.

Baking Soda, Kosher Salt, Peroxide
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.

Replied by Lisa

Who told you to use borax, which is poison to humans, and Dr. Bronner's castile peppermint soap? I have worked in this industry for a long time and this is dangerous and a recipe for disaster.

Replied by William
(Santa Rosa Beach, Fl)

Borax is Boron and is not lethal in small doses, and especially not so when using it as a toothpaste. I have ingested Borax for a short period of time when I believed I had scabies with NO ill side effects.

Baking Soda, Kosher Salt, Peroxide
Posted by Linn (Tujunga, CA) on 07/28/2009

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:

Baking Soda
Sea Salt* or any natural salt
Coconut Oil

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!

Baking Soda, Kosher Salt, Peroxide
Posted by Melissa (East Meadow, NY) on 01/07/2009

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.

Replied by Kira-Li
(Saratoga, NY)

This is great, I also like to add a few drops of a pure Peppermint essential oil.

So I take your dentist friend feels 1% is low enough not to react to metal fillings? Generally I come across this "If you have metal fillings the H202 will react with the metal."


P.S. Hopefully Ted will catch this and let us know, as he has a strong chemical background (:

Replied by Melissa
(East Meadow, NY)

response to Kira.

Maybe that is the reasoning behind diluting the peroxide with half water?, I can't be sure. But I do know that my mouth is FILLED with fillings and I have never had a reaction/problem :) P.S. I was born and raised in Saratoga! :)

Replied by Emily
(Biddeford, Maine USA)

Is there any reason to use chunky kosher or sea salt? Does it mix differently than fine salt? What is the purpose/benefit of the salt? I've been using straight baking soda for a while, and it's great (my toddler doesn't want to swallow it!), but I am open to more positive change.

Replied by Sp
(Lavergne, Tn)

After reading the post about all the good things about baking soda and salt as toothpaste, I decided to give it a try. I mixed the baking soda with a little bit of sea salt as Melissa described and keep the mixture in a glass jar at my sink. I pour a little bit in the palm of my hand. I wet my toothbrush and dip it in the mixture. I use the mixture morning and night. I noticed right away my teeth felt really clean. I have been doing this 3 weeks and love the way my teeth feels. I also use hydrogen peroxide (1 part to 3 part water) as a mouthwash once a day followed by flossing. I recently started mixing in a drop or 2 of peppermint essential oil in the mouthwash and my mouth feels awesome. This is the healthiest my gums have felt in a long time. Thank so much everyone for sharing. I learn so much from EC.

Replied by Susu
(Sacramento, Ca)

Baking soda does a good job of cleaning but is too abrasive for my teeth. I have been using organic food grade diatomaceous earth. I haven't noticed any tooth sensitiviy like I did with baking soda. After I brush with toothpaste, I wash off the brush, dip it in the diatomaceous earth and brush a little more. It feels like you've just been to the dentist and had your teeth cleaned. Since I've been using it my dentist always comments that my teeth look so clean. About once a week I put a little peroxide in my mouth and then brush with the diatomaceous earth. My teeth definitly look whiter.

Replied by Bruce31s
(New Orleans, La)

Melissa from East Meadow, NY: tounge scraper??? is this really necessary? Susu from Sacramento, Ca: what does this stuff do, organic food grade diatomaceous earth?

Replied by Sandy
(Naperville Il)

Thank you Thank you, Thank you for sharing this information. I started using it right away yestereday. I read about it elsewhere, but proportion and so many details, helped. Because of periodental problems, recessd gums and bones, my incesor in lower jaw has become loose and wobbly. I am so depressed. Contacted a doctor in California, he said expenses will be around 15000 $ to make the loose teeth tight again. Anybody reading this post, please let me know if you know any doctor in and around Chicago land who can make my loose tooth, firm again.

Replied by Keiko
(Fairfield, Ca)

Hi Sandy,

Try oil pulling to tighten your loose gum issue. Look up the instructions on this site. It might be worth a try. Good luck to you!

Replied by Shelley
(Dos Palos, Ca, Usa)

I actually had a dentist tell my ex and I in late 1983, to brush before bedtime with baking soda and regular 3% h202. This would keep us from having any cavities. I did this eventually dropping the use of toothpaste. I would brush morning and night with the paste and the would rinse with straight H2O2 until my mouth stopped fizzing. I also wouldn't eat or drink for a minimum of a 1/2 hour. I hadn't been to the dentist in 13 years and when I went I had no gum health issues. Or cavities, or any other major dental ems. I did have many filings in my mouth in my back molars that never reacted with the peroxide. There is a man called Bass who developed a method of packing the gums in a mixture of baking soda and H2O2. It is a packing of the paste into the inflamed gums or abscesses and leaving for a predetermined amount of time. I have never had to have my teeth bleached since the daily use of peroxide whitens them.

Baking Soda, Olive Oil

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.

Bone Loss

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

Replied by Aurora
(Mason City , Ia)

Hi Kate I recommend you read the articles in "Healing Teeth Naturally" I just have the same problems with my teeth and just got the xylitol (I can't find right spelling) powder, and I am ordering the horse tail herb. Hope you can benefit from it. Aurora

Replied by Tasha
(Chicago, Il)

Try oil pulling. has a lot of information. I found out I have the beginning stages of gingivitis and did not want the deep scaling. I have been oil pulling with sesame oil 1 to 2 times per day since December 11. My gums look healthier and pinker, I no longer bleed when I brush, and my teeth are noticeably whiter. I also noticed other positives.

Replied by Susan

Re gum problems: buy calcium chips (I get mine on-line). You slide a piece up under the gum. Never shove it up there, you just want to fill the space between the infected gum and the tooth under the gum. I put one of these chips in and the next morning my gum was around 75% better and by the next day there was no more problem. The gum reattached to the tooth. The best way to get calcium into your mouth tissues is topically. This method worked wonders for me.

Bone Loss
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!

Amazon link. You can also read reviews of it:

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.
Article Summary

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: 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: butter oil&go=&form=QBLH&scope=images&filt=all

Replied by Kolin
(Nottingham, Notts, England)

Re, vit K, if taking anti coagulants, get advice, vit K is an antidote for some of these. Happy and healthy new year, Kolin.

Replied by Rob
(Nork City, Ny)

Re: vitamin K... For general bone loss I would recommend adding Natto to your diet... Takes an acquired taste but works well mixing it into a grain... Like rice (with eggs).. -also very important, some form of weight bearing exercise.

Here is info on Natto and bone density...
Also you can do a search on "remineralizing teeth" to find an eHow article.. Oil pulling, No glycerin toothpaste.. I prefer some tooth powders, or make your own with calcium.

Replied by Linda
(Phoenix Az.)

Here's the FREE book from Dr. Gerald Judd

Replied by sandy

The link you have provided is deleted from the net. I tried to browse but it said that it is deleted

Bump on Roof of Mouth

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

Replied by Meg
(Overland Park, Kansas)

My daughter had such a bump and it turned out to be a stray tooth, under the skin. It was smack dab in the middle of her upper mouth. An orthodontist moved it back into her dental area while giving her straight teeth. She said she thought everyone had such a bump. Nobody guessed what it was. They had noticed that she was missing a tooth, but didn't know that's where it was hiding.

Replied by Paul
(Los Angeles, CA)

Hey, I've had weird bumps on the roof of my mouth and my experience is that upping my water intake and adding pink salt to the water has eliminated one and nearly eliminated the other. Everyone is different, but I am now a HUGE believer in staying absolutely hydrated, and really working to drink enough water!

Hope this helps!

Cracked Tooth Remedies

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Posted by mh4freehealth (Winter Haven, FL) on 07/12/2022

Cracked Tooth Advice!!! Powerful Help!!!

I'm a long time earthclinic user and I am suffering from a cracked molar tooth, but no longer! I'm currently out of town and needed some natural remedy to get buy, well thank You Lord that I found it. After using peroxide and baking soda mixed with sensodyne for a few weeks I needed something more powerful. I think I have found it.

I soak the side of my mouth and jaw with a spoon of olive oil and a drop or two of oregano oil. I understand that it is somewhat like oil pulling. Please be advised cracked teeth can easily lead to infections in other parts of Your body.

I do this after every mean after brushing my teeth with sensodyne. Sometime I also take some colloidal silver orally and also in the adjacent ear. I'm also using Ibuprofen 400mg at least twice a day. You can also make an oregano oil rub for Your jaw outside, and also put it on the bottom of Your feet, the other location where the blood turns around in the circulation.

As long as I stay away from sugar, especially sweet drinks, I am pleased to report that I am living relatively pain free. I do plan to have the tooth extracted, but I'm praying for a miracle, and maybe the tooth can die safely and at that point my body would push the tooth out itself.

Dental Health Reader Feedback

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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.

Replied by Kristen
(Hollywood, California)

Dr brauners pure Castile soap, or I have heard the kiss my face soap. Not glycerin soap.

Replied by Sue
(Fairfax, Va Usa)

I, too, am perplexed as to which bar soap is best for brushing teeth. If glycerin is to be avoided, all the other (natural) ones I have seen contain oils, and I wonder if that would have a similar effect to oil pulling? I have some metal fillings, and am not in good enough health at the moment to deal with any sort of detox from them. Does anyone have solid info on a bar soap that would clean the teeth without risking some sort of oil-pulling reaction? Thanks so much.

Replied by C.
(Charlotte, NC)

Dr Bronner's liquid soap for tartar on teeth. I didn't realize I had tartar! I floss, brush with a coconut oil/sea salt/baking soda mix/oil of oregano, and rinse with regular peroxide. The tartar is in between my teeth, on the back side. I couldn't see it but I could feel it. Tt was causing some weird type of vibration in my mouth. Somehow I got the idea to turn off the light in the bathroom and check my teeth with my flashlight. And there it was. Yuck!

So I started my online research. The one thing I came upon time and again (that wasn't very expensive and that I already have in the house) was Dr. Bronner's liquid soap. Those who reported using it said it would SLOWLY wear the tartar away. I've brushed with it before in a pinch so the taste wasn't unknown to me. I was willing to try again. I'm happy to say that so far it's been working, and yes, slowly like everyone said. It really just depends on how much tartar is involved and (I guess) how old the tartar is.

It's been about 2 weeks now, brushing with one drop of the peppermint liquid soap at least twice a day. It makes a LOT of suds. My teeth feel silky and clean. I have also ordered a food grade peroxide to rinse with. I wish I could have taken pictures before I started up to now. But how in the world would I have gotten the camera into my mouth???

I am so thankful because I don't want another bloody dental cleaning, caused by the girl having to scrape sections where the ultrasonic didn't work well enough. Will post more in another week or two.

Dental Health Reader Feedback
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.


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.

Replied by Peter
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Don't listen to this post about dental health. Fluoride prevents cavities, as shown by hundreds of reputable studies. Toothpaste is far better than soap. Dental amalgam does not cause other illness (also shown by hundreds of reputable studies). There are so many lies here it is stunning. You want good oral health? Limit your intake of sugar, brush and floss twice a day, and see your dentist on a semi-regular basis. Thats just about all there is to it.

Replied by Dianna
(Danville, VA)

I believe the post by Pim from Vught, Netherlands on DENTAL HEALTH has a lot of truth in it. For many years dentists have known that metal tooth fillings are harmful to people's health, yet they put it in your mouth without warning you or giving you any other choices. Some people's bodies do fine with the mercury leaking into their bloodstream while others have serious health problems that causes much pain and confusion. Thank GOD for caring peole that are willing to go against the grain to help others be well informed about such matters. From this day forward I am going to start brushing my teeth with ivory soap instead of toothpaste.

Replied by Bob
(Alexandria, LA USA)

I agree with Dr. Judd, Fluoride is a dangerous chemical and should never be ingested. Six months ago I installed filters to remove fluoride from my household drinking water. Within two weeks not only was everyones overall health better but even attitudes improved drastically. Nothing else changed here so i'm blaming it on fluoride.

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn)
509 posts

To Diana from Danville: Hi Diana, Why use Ivory soap to brush your teeth with? Try mixing a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and see how you like it.

Replied by Royce
(Tyler, Okla)

I agree because all the indians and chinese and all the third world countries and people who live to be in excess of a hundred years of age and keep their teeth until death and don't have a mouth full of root canals and the hunza indians sure can't run afoot over all those mountains to walmart after some flouride toothpaste, modern medicine is a horrble evil and the modern denistry is A bunch of people telling you lies so they can charge you insurance company 400 dollars an hour. The only thing I find in the peter from pittsburgh post that sounds honest is cutting back on sugar.

GERARD F JUDD All the way
something to believe in.

Replied by Rich
(Boca Raton, FL)

There are a few problems with Flouride. #1 is Dental Flourosis(where flouride causes bad teeth, so dentists give you more flouride, which makes them worse). #2 it displaces iodine, causing iodine deficiency. #3 Flouride binds with Heavy Metals like Lead and Mercury, known carcinogens. I believe this is why flouride is Mutagenic.

Studies show that people who live in flouridated communities have higher levels of Lead in their blood. Iodine studies show that when people are given high doses of Iodine(6 milligrams/day), they start urinating Lead any Mercury at 3-fold increases. Nice. Fluoride, Bromide, and Aluminum also come out.

For bone health, Magnesium supplements reverse osteoporosis, so I suspect they are good for teeth as well.

Replied by Anita
(Meadville, Mississippi)

This post about Floride got me to thinking about my history. At my parent's house growing up, we had a reverse osmosis water filter, and with the exception of one incident, none of us had any dental issues. Then I left home and went to college, and suddenly my teeth started rotting, and I had to go get them taken care of. Then after college, I had a reverse osmosis water filter, and had no teeth issues. Now, in a different state, I have no water filter, and suddenly, my teeth are rotting and painful.

Also, right after I moved here, I noticed that my teeth were extremely sensitive. I'd never had sensistive teeth before. I'd used various toothpastes with no issues. So I went and got toothpaste for sensitive teeth, which helped a little bit, but not enough to satisfy me. Then I read on this website that baking soda could be used for toothpaste. I started using it, and whew! relief! Whenever I changed back, instantly sensitive teeth! Then I noticed that my teeth were continuing to rot, which is bothersome, since I like never go to the dentist or doctor. As a rule, I find a natural way to do it, since I firmly believe that God gave us everything we need to live. So I got to reading this post and realised that this is why I am having problems. So I will be buying a reverse osmosis water filter hopefully very soon. It is such a relief to know that my teeth can heal themselves.

Replied by Bruce31s
(New Orleans, La)

With respect to flouride, it is poison. In fact, this stuff is used to poison rats. The stuff that is put in the water supply is flouride chemical waste that other companies get rid of and sell. More to the point, we're over-flouridated. its in water supply, its in the mouthwash you buy, and its also in the toothpaste you buy. There is a study that provided a link to the rise of cancer to flouride.

Getting a filter to filter out flouride is expensive. A much cheaper method would be to ask/pressure your city council/county council to discontinue adding floride to the water supply. Get them to hold a public referendum on this.

Replied by Dee
(Metro Atlanta)

I was once prescribed fluoride by a dentist as a mouth rinse. After my first use, I immediately noticed that my gums and teeth was covered in plaque. I had to brush my teeth a couple times to remove it. I tried the fluoride a second time and had the same results. I then read the insert and one of the side effects was that it could cause increase plaque. I have since started brushing with tooth soap and toothpaste with natural ingredients. I also brush with baking soda, peroxide, and turmeric.

Replied by Sandy
(Naperville Il)

Thank you for such amazing, eye opening information. I will try to tell as many people as possible for read this article.

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