Dental Health Tips and Remedies

Oil Pulling

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Posted by Absaruddin Qazi (Karachi, Sind, Pakistan) on 01/29/2010
5 out of 5 stars

I am 63 years old.

I had problem with my teeth for years. About ten years before I had fillings in four or five cavities. About a year ago again there was problem of receding of gums, and gingivitis. More over one of Right side Third Molar ( Wisdom tooth) was getting loose and paining like any thing. Situation became so bad that I was not able to drink plain water without screaming. The dentist advised me use special tooth paste and mouth wash for sensitive teeth. Then I started gargling with Neem water. Some how problem came under control.

Then I searched Earth clinic and found oil pulling therapy for mouth problems. I started with Sunflower oil a table full early morning. It was amazing, within a few days every thing started settle down. I am not sure the gums receding is fully cured, but there is no more pain, no Hot and cold feeling problem and the good thing is the loosen wisdom tooth is not so loose any more. I am very comfortably eating all types of food chapatis, meat, rice hot and cold beverages. Now all my family members are doing oil pulling regularly. Most of my relatives and friends have started and getting benefit of this therapy. Thanks to Earth clinic.

Replied by Zark
(Emerald City)
5 out of 5 stars

Oil pulling worked for me. I swished coconut oil around in my mouth for 10 minutes and the black bacterial gunk in my two cavities disappeared! I had tried brushing it thoroughly again and again and nothing would budge it.

Replied by Bee
(New York, US)

I have also been oil pulling for a few weeks now and a ton of plague has come off of my teeth. Teeth are whiter too.. I will continue. I did have flu like symptoms and felt ill, but I knew it was the detox..

Replied by Mmsg
(Somewhere, Europe)

Bee, which oil are you using?


Posted by Tony75 (Akron, Ohio, Usa) on 12/07/2010

Hello everyone this is my 1st time posting. hope i'm doing this right i'm in a lot of trouble. i guess my docs think i have osteomylitis in my jaw & collar bone. the pain is horrible i'm scheduled for oral surgery next month. any remedies out there that can help me?

thank you, TONY

Replied by Lisa
(Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa)

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to post regarding this important information on healing the teeth. So many people come on EC searching for answers to teeth issues and gum problems. Over the past couple of weeks I had put up audio interviews with remarkable people and dentists who are healing people's teeth rather than drilling, root canaling, removing teeth. Among them was Ramiel Nagel who I really was fascinated with his information. Actually, I learned so much from all of them! I hope others listened to these.

Anyway, I ended up ordering Ramiel's book called "Cure Tooth Decay" because I wanted to learn even more from him and also wanted in print, the information he had given. The book is really great. Each chapter is filled with valuable information. He details Weston Price's valuable work in healing teeth and then extrapolates on the information. Some of the information on what to eat in the diet to actually heal teeth and even stop cavities in their tracks is in chapters 3 and 4. I think, most importantly, this book empowers us regarding our teeth and teaches that fillings, root canals, implants, etc. Are unnecessary but, we can help our teeth to re-generate given the right information! Best of health to you, Lisa


Posted by Cindy (Cochrane, Wi) on 07/28/2011

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
(Honolulu, Hi)

See Dr. Weston Price's book. Need more good animal fats and leafy greens.

Replied by Bill
(San Fernando, La Union)

Hi Cindy... About five years ago I had a spate where several of my back teeth became very loose and I had to have them pulled. This worried me. This was also around the time I had systemic candida. After I cured my candida I was still worried about my teeth, several still loose.

In the end I used a mixture of Ted's suggestions on using 3% Hydrogen Peroxide or dilute Iodine as a mouthwash as well as using Sodium Bicarb to brush my teeth. Then I read an article by Gerard Judd awell-known orthodontic researcher who strongly advised againt using fluoride toothpaste and who also said that all you have to do to re-mineralize your teeth properly and get rid of plaque is to brush your teeth with plain, unscented bar soap. I've been doing this regularly for about a year now and all my teeth have at last firmed up again, no loose teeth anymore. Less plaque formations too.

The key here is the soap because soap disrupts biofilms where the bacteria hide between your teeth and gums. These biofilms are simply micro-slime in which bacteria can hide and avoid being attacked by the body's defense system. This lets them build up plaque on your teeth. The soap destroys the biofilm -- in exactly the same way as soap gets rid of grease and stains from clothes. With no biofilms now the plaque bacteria are completely exposed and so you use a mouthwash like 3% hydrogen peroxide or iodine to rapidly kill them. By removing this biofilm, plaque is reduced on the teeth and reduced between the gums and teeth so there is then a larger surface area for the teeth to reminerlize properly. Using hydrogen peroxide as well as sodium bicarbonate also helps to encourage teeth re-mineralization because of the extra oxygen supplied by the hydrogen peroxide and because of the sodium bicarb alkaline environment.

The other key points made by Dr Judd was that cavities are not caused by bacteria -- they are caused by acid food and acid drinks -- drinks that taste sour in other words. Avoid these if you have poor teeth. Here is a link to his ideas and research:

This year my teeth have become firmer than ever and there was no need to have my yearly plaque scrape. So this method has definitely worked for me.

Replied by Sue
(Fairfax, Va Usa)

I have looked at natural/organic soaps for this purpose, but am confused by all the other ingredients. I assume one should avoid glycerin, since that is the ingredient in toothpaste that seals in the bacteria?

Most of the natural ones seem oil-based, and I do NOT want to have any unintended oil-pulling effects at this time (don't want to risk any toxin releases until I am stronger. ) Also, there are scents etc which make some of the soaps literally unpalatable. Do you have any suggestions, even if you can't specify brand names?? Thanks so much.


You could easily make your own soap in your kitchen. If you want, I can send you a super simple youtube video and you probably have the oils in your cupboard. 100% coconut oil soap would be the absolute simplest soap, super cleansing, great lather, mild tasting. But any handmade soap will work. I personally would choose one scented with essential oils for this application. Peppermint being my pick.

Replied by Cindy
(Cochrane, Wi)

thank you bill for the information. I have started using soap for brushing, will start with peroxide as well. I was wondering your thoughts on the enclosed link that says you have to eat meat and no grain to remineralize teeth?

thanks again

Replied by Maureen
(Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada)

I agree with Sue from Fairfax, Va Usa, I have been checking soaps both brand names and from the Health Food Stores and cannot find a soap that does not contain glycerin. I even Googled "soap without glycerin" and did not get a good answer. Therefore, I think this should be on the exception list and soap names allowed. Maureen

Replied by Annie
(New York, Ny)

Re: Maureen. Check out olive oil soap. There's a popular brand that doesn't have glycerin. I have used it before to brush my teeth. You might need some time to get used to the taste.

Aside from that try googling tooth soap. There's alot of companies selling soap made for brushing teeth.

Replied by Sharonicus
(Jacksonville, Florida)

We found a tea-tree oil and baking soda toothpaste today that was the only one in the store (health food store) that did not contain glycerin.

We were shopping for my husband who has had perfect teeth until very recently- now developed three very small cavities. We are unsure why except that we have stopped drinking milk for the past year or so.

As far as the oil pulling questions, I really think that for the minute or two the oil would be in your mouth would not be enough to produce significant oil pulling effects. All the oil-pulling instructions I've read indicate to swish the oil for at LEAST 20 minutes. So I think you would be okay. You could always just try it very short term and monitor your reaction. Good luck!

Replied by Citygirl27
(Richardson, Tx, USA)

Use unscented or peppermint castile soap. Look for one made by a certain "Dr. ". Use google or amazon and it will show up. It is also in many "big box" retail stores and health food shops near the soaps and toothpastes.

Replied by Frances
(Cabarlah, Qld.)

I just bought a German made toothpaste biomed, calcimax, which supports enamel strengthening and remineralisation. No fluoride. It contains calcium hydroxyapatite. Also, Ingrid a medical intuitive recommends Bamboo extract. I recently ordered capsules from India.


Hi Frances,

Did it help remineralize your teeth?

Removing Dental Fillings

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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.

Removing Dental Fillings
Posted by Alan (Toronto, Ontario Canada) on 01/24/2013

Could you please recommend a Dentist for this and what was the cost. I'm in Toronto. Thanks

Replied by Krystyne
(Idaho Falls, Id USA)

I highly recommend Gary M. McCown, D. D. S. , M. A. G. D. General Dentistry

Knoxville, TN (865) 579-3762

I live in Idaho and Dr. McCown is my dentist. I do not have much money but am very grateful and willing to go to TN. I went there 3 times in 2011 to clean up the mess from past typical dentisty. He is very much worth it! I have saved so much money in the long run and my teeth look so much better after seeing him (my orthodontist is good and yet didn't care for my teeth like Dr. McCown has). He is preventative and extremely good as well as very compassionate (and a great sense of humor). I also highly recommend the book "Am I dead?...... Or do I just feel like it. " By Fred Hughes. You will be suprised with the connection of modern day dentistry and cancer. I had breast cancer and now see how the work done on my mouth was a great contributor to the disease.

Removing Dental Fillings
Posted by Walter (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 01/23/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Removing Dental Fillings
Posted by Valerie (Germantown, Md) on 11/03/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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
(London, Uk)

I attended a seminar on the dangers from mercury/amalgam fillings many, many years ago. At the time I had a lot of amalgam fillings but not the resources to get them extracted professionally and I began to despair...until...the speaker said, and I quote "If you cannot afford to get the amalgam fillings removed, the next best thing is to take selenium regularly as this binds to the mercury in the system and passes out of the body" I hope this information helps you as it helped me.

I am now in the unfortunate position of discovering that many of the replacement white composit fillings are made of "questionable" substances. I am now trying to locate a dentist that uses Quartzite epoxy.

I use approximately half a teaspoon of baking soda to brush my teeth and, because nowadays most soaps have added glycerine, I use natural soap flakes (no glycerine) afterwards to disinfect the mouth and also drink the Sodium Ascorbate mixture recommended by Dr. Judd.

I hope this helps.

Replied by Terry
(Cedar Hill, Mo)

I also began oil pulling recently and also noticed some of the same 'symptoms' as those described here about a month into the regimen. (Tenderness and some bleeding from one of my upper rear molars.) Very pleased to learn that with perseverance, the 'problem' should resolve on its own. I'd like to begin using the soap flakes mentioned here, but am uncertain what to buy. Without naming the product you use, can you describe it well enough that I'll know what I'm looking for? Thanks!


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Posted by Tommo (Uk) on 07/08/2020
5 out of 5 stars

Teeth - I discovered this document today and the author has kindly allowed everyone with access to it to pass it on to others.

Sage Oil

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Posted by Tony (St Paul, Ab, Canada) on 06/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Sally's Homemade Toothpaste Recipe

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Posted by Sally (Los Angeles, California) on 11/17/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Side Effects of Braces

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)

please visit this link: http--www.healing teeth This has been the answer for me and I am sure you will find this fascinating reading. Om

Replied by Aubergine
(Washington, Dc Usa)

I had Invisalign treatment several years ago (and my smile is now awesome). I wasn't paying too much attention to what I was putting in my body at the time, other than hearing that BPA was bad and confirming that Invisalign appliances did not contain this compound. But I was not aware of any negative health effects from wearing them.

I still have a plastic night retainer for my top teeth that I use a few nights a week. Recently I've started wondering if this could be bad for me, but again, I haven't noticed any health-related issues.

Soap, Baking Soda, Eucalyptus Oil

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Posted by Hoppimike (Kent, England) on 06/05/2015 22 posts
5 out of 5 stars

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!

November 13, 2020 update:

Yeah it was the soap, but eventually it stopped working. These days I've been using a deep clean toothpaste that fights tartar, plus floss and interdental brushes. Also I've been putting drops of tea tree oil in mouthwashes that contain alcohol. This approach seems to work better.

I probably can't say the name of the toothpaste here, and I know it's not natural, sorry. I think those toothpastes are just abrasive enough to remove tartar build-up. Similar to baking soda but not as aggressive, as I think that can damage tooth enamel.

Anyway, just wanted to update!

Replied by Cindy Vr
(San Diego)

You can also try changing the bacteria in your mouth. Studies have shown that people with healthy mouths have different kinds of bacteria than people with dental problems. Eating fermented foods helps. Dr. Mercola said he only has to get his teeth cleaned half as often since he added fermented foods to his diet. There are also oral probiotics you can buy that help change the bacteria. I can't name any brands here but if you do a google search for oral probiotics they will turn up.

Replied by Vee

Hi, which soaps did you try with the first time when it worked? Thanks.

Toothpaste Soak

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Posted by Eastet (Batonrouge, La, Usa) on 07/04/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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).

Blessings, E

Replied by Vee

Hi, do you have to do this daily? Thanks.

Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2

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Posted by Juan (Philippines) on 06/09/2021
5 out of 5 stars

To improve your dental health:

TAKE VITAMIN D3 (5,000iu) PLUS vitamin k2 (mk-7) (50mcg). These 2 vitamins will remove calcium from the blood and deposit it into the body and teethbones. That way your teethbones will, at least, be strengthen against acid.