Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Alternative Dental Care
- Avoid Commercial Toothpaste
- Black Walnut
- Colloidal Silver
- Dietary Changes, Horsetail, Silica
- Eliminate Glycerin
- Eliminate Glycerin, Black Walnut Tincture
- Ionic Toothbrush, Liquid Calcium
- Multiple Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Vitamin C, Boron
- Water Supply
If you want to regrow tooth enamel naturally, there are a few natural remedies that may help you remineralize your teeth to improve their appearance and strength. Dental enamel is the extremely hard outer layer of the tooth. It is generally said not to regrow, though studies are now beginning to question the absolute truth of this dental claim. However, the right nutrition and supplements can help you restore the minerals that make up dental enamel, such as calcium and phosphorus, that your teeth need to be healthy and strong.
Years of use, dental infections, cavities, acidic foods, coffee, tea, cigarettes, and other irritants can damage teeth, leaving them weak and unattractive. If you can improve your oral care practices and reduce the number of destructive influences on your teeth, you can begin to restore some of your mouth's original dental health.
Natural Remedies: Supplemental calcium and phosphorus can provide the teeth with the minerals they need. Vitamin D in particular, but also vitamins C and K2 likewise encourage re-mineralization of teeth. Additionally, black walnut tincture is said to help repair dental enamel.
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Alternative Dental Care
12/06/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Hi EC friends, I am posting a link to hear Daniel Vitalis, whom I have had the great pleasure of hearing speak several times. I have learned so much from this amazing individual. Once again, this pertains to tooth health but Daniel covers so much when it comes to health. He loves to challenge the status quo. I love him for that! I really hope you are taking advantage of these audio interviews. They are so chock full of educational information for our health.
Best to everyone, Lisa"
12/04/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa: "Hi Everyone, Once again I have another audio interview with Dr. Lina Garcia who believes it is time to reform the standard procedures of dentistry. She has a practice without antibiotics, root canals, fluoride treatments or mercury fillings. She's even Dr. Mercola's dentist! I know so many of us are always trying to learn about alternative ways to take care of our mouth health. Hope you had the chance to listen to the last one I posted of Dr. Hal Huggins. It was really great!
Here's the link for the newest one:
Best of health to all! Lisa"
[YEA] 06/17/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa: "An apple truly is nature's tootbrush. Eating an apple whole is best, but an apple you slice yourself is fine. Leave the peel on. What I saw when I did this was not my imagination. You will notice your teeth are cleaner after one, and whiter after 2-3, and more. Just eat the apple normally, raw/uncooked. Not the commercially prepared, treated, prepackaged apple slices, use a fresh apple."
Avoid Commercial Toothpaste
08/07/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa: "Hi. I have many old (as in more than 8) large mercury fillings.
After much reading I have found out that these mercury fillings expand and contract in a persons mouth (due to eating hot and cold foods, icy drinks, pressure from chewing and grinding teeth at night, etc.)
Over time this resulted in the breaking off of tooth material around the filling. This has been my experience, anyway.
I despise going to the dentist. I had some very bad dental experiences as a child. I finally went to a decent dentist last month and had x-rays and a consult. (I finally found a dentist that refuses to put mercury into people! How awesome is that?! )
Anyway - after one decade of not having my teeth cleaned (I had been in to my old dentist for two broken off pieces of teeth and two huge mercury fillings however). Anyway, I digress.... after one decade = I had three small cavities, and my gums are all good!
I am a 51 year old woman, and I do floss 2x a day.
Since those three cavities were found last month I have been reading like mad on how to remineralize teeth, and have decided that commercial toothpastes are not the way to go.
I decided to start using baking soda instead of my regular toothpaste only after much, much reading. I know some people believe in bar soap.... Sorry, I cannot stand the taste of bar soap, that would put me over the edge into barfing land.
It has been approx. three weeks since I started using baking soda to clean my teeth and tongue. I noticed right away that my teeth don't get that "furry" feeling like they used to with toothpaste! It is like the toothpaste left a film on my teeth that actually GREW things! (I used to use a sentitive teeth type toothpaste).
I simply cannot believe how awesome my teeth feel now as compared to before. I waited these few weeks to be sure I wouldn't develop sensitivity or something. I have not. The key is to make sure your toothbrush is a soft brush (NOT MEDIUM) and that it is super wet when you put the BS on it. If the BS is too dry then it is too abrasive on your teeth... Kind of like you are sanding them.... the brush needs to be wet.
I am going in for a dental cleaning at the end of this month, and am hoping those three small cavities are gone by then. If not... Oh well. No more mercury will be going in this body at least.
Oh, and re gum health - I honestly believe that my good gums are due to flossing daily, taking Co-Q10 at 100mg a day and Vitamin C at 1,000 a day. Possibly the Magnesium, Boron, and K2 I take as well.
Dental issues are so horrid. I just wanted to share that commercial toothpaste is garbage, (MO) that I now TOTALLY believe that it attracts bacteria to the teeth.
Thank you again Earth Clinic - For providing such a great site for all of us to share our thoughts, ideas, and findings.... There is not one other site on the internet that even comes CLOSE to being as helpful as this awesome place is! :-)"Replies
08/07/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Carly, I'm so excited to see that you have really embraced a new mouth healthcare protocol. It's funny because I am 55, hadn't been to the dentist in over 5 years and had been using this type of protocol for the past 2 years. I had absolutely no cavities. I change up between, baking soda, sea salt and Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap w/ peppermint.
Just wondering if some of the info you used was from Nadine Artemis' video I had posted? I remember Meg was very excited about this as well.
Congratulations once again! Lisa"
08/08/2012: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "Hi Lisa, and thank you! The video you shared from Nadine Artimis came after I had already changed my tooth care regimin... however - it truly reaffirmend for me that this IS the way to go to care for teeth.
I am totally sold on not using commercial toothpaste ever again. I will look into the Dr. Bronner's liquid castile / peppermint soap. Heck, even if I can't handle the taste.... I can still use it as a soap!
Congratulations on 5 years and no cavities! I am hoping five years from now I can say the same! ;)"
08/08/2012: Meg from Kansas City, Mo replies: "Hi Lisa, Yes, I am still excited about all the information and videos re gum/teeth health you have posted, and I am sure I will resolve my painless abscess and gum issues eventually. Thanks also for the sodium thiosulphate website... I have been using some from the pet store but the brand you are using appears to be much purer.
Once my adrenal/digestive issues are resolved (I am ever hopeful! ) and I have more internal and physical energy, I am sure my gums will also heal more quickly and throw off the infection. All we can do is keep trying and I am so grateful for all the advice on this site and to you and others so willing to share your experiences. I am going to look up your link to chaga mushrooms next as they seem to be the 'in' thing for the immune system according to David Wolfe et al. Thanks again for your kindness. Meg"
08/08/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Meg, I'm so glad the posts have helped you! Glad to hear the sodium thiosulfate post sent you in the right direction. You mentioned you have adrenal/ digestive issues. Did you ever check out the body ecology site that I often refer to? There are a lot of great articles to read that are very helpful, delicious recipes to restore digestion and adrenal health and video too. It's not just for candida, which could be misleading because that's when I usually mention that site. I have used so much of Donna Gates advice because it is so valuable. I had to rebuild my adrenals too and used information from all my favorites. Along with her info, I used David Wolfe, Truth Calkins and Ron Teeguarden. You should check out 8 Immortals on Dragon Herbs which is what I take. At least read about it. It is an amazing Chinese herb formula and I can't believe how I feel from it! Chaga is David Wolfe's favorite Chinese herb but this formula has herbs to build the jing (restore the adrenals).
It's great to see your willingness to keep learning! I love that! Best to you, Lisa"
08/08/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Carly, Well, I'd say give the liquid peppermint/castile a go. You mostly taste the peppermint. When I first heard about using bar soap to brush your teeth I just couldn't bring myself to do it! Then it occurred to me that I should just use the liquid soap since I already use it in the shower! It's made with all organic oils too- coconut, hemp, jojoba, olive and peppermint.
One other person I wanted to bring to your attention since you're interested in health and holistic dentistry is Weston Price. Have you ever heard of him? I learned of him about 3 years ago when I was at a talk by Daniel Vitalis. He started as a dentist and then shifted his attention to nutrition because he saw a direct correlation between it and teeth. You might want to google him to learn what he had to say. I have learned a lot from his wisdom and incorporate much of what he recommends dietarily in addition to my alternative mouth care.
Best to you, Lisa"
08/09/2012: Meg from Kansas City, Mo replies: "Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for your latest tip. I had been listening to Ron Teeguarden re mushrooms today and also Truth Calkins, but always end up somewhat confused about which herb to take with so much information as I feel as though I need them all (smile), so your recommendation is perfect timing! I also ordered some chaga and rehmannia to make tea from mountainroseherbs.
I am almost 71 years young now and have been dealing with the adrenal/digestive/immune issues on and off for 20 years now, and have always been health-conscious and I am so grateful for all the latest and greatest information on how to restore ones health. I use body-ecology dietary advice too.
I noticed in another email you are a dancer and was wondering if you know if it is possible to restore ones muscle tone with correct exercise once ones adrenal/endocrine system has been restored to the best balance possible. I don't believe in aging for the sake of aging, and I feel that one should be able to be mentally and physically healthy for as long as possible, God willing, if one is willing to work hard at restoring ones health and remain a useful member of society. I am willing, and I must have some good karma at last to be receiving all this vital information from you and other people on this site.
Meanwhile, I am zapping away (smile). My best wishes to you and all who are working on their various issues. Meg"
08/09/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Meg, So good to hear that the advice on 8 Immortals came in a timely manner. I know if you use it, you will feel the difference! And you ordered rehmannia! Perfect for restoring the adrenals/ kidneys. Did you see this video of David Wolfe and Truth making an Adrenal Health Tonic? Here's the link:
As for restoring muscle tone, absolutely you can do that! I would say the big difference though is to take it at an easier pace than when one is still very young. Also, recovery time is a lot longer! When I was teaching Pilates I would help a lot of women achieve muscle tone at every age. Maybe you've seen some of my posts on EC to a woman who asked about Pilates for her outer thighs. Pilates is one of the best forms of exercise out there and there are so many exercises and variations depending on your level that it can work for everyone. And I agree with you as far as the aging process goes. You should check out "The Baby Boomer Diet" book which covers all sorts of topics on anti- aging.
Anyway, I love being able to share information and I'm glad when it enhances someone's life! Here's to health and life, Lisa"
[YEA] 04/26/2008: Mohammed from Birmingham, U.K.: "black walnut juglans nigra can help re grow tooth enamel and also praying to god (the one who gave you life and teeth in the first place) can be beneficial."
EC: "Juglans nigra, commonly known as black walnut or American walnut, is a tree species native to eastern North America. It grows mostly alongside rivers, from southern Ontario, Canada west to southeast South Dakota, south to Georgia, northern Florida and southwest to central Texas." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_walnut'
04/28/2008: Joyce from Joelton, Tn replies: "Mohammed from Birmingham, U K -4/26/08 Are you re-enameling your teeth by eating the black walnut kernels as food - if not what part are you using and how?"
09/16/2009: Cindy from Cochrane, Wi, usa replies: "could you give more information on using black walnut for tooth enamel? thank you"
[YEA] 06/01/2011: Heidinelson621 from Bend, Or, Usa replies: "I want to confirm that black walnut does indeed re-grow tooth enamel. My daughter, who has cerebral palsy, had several of her adult teeth come in with almost no enamel on them (due to large amounts of medications given to her at a young age). We have been worried sick about this and I was convinced that she would end up having some major dental work done.
About three weeks ago I remembered reading somewhere that black walnut can help with tooth enamel, so bought a bottle of "Black Walnut ~fresh green hulls" tincture and began giving her a dropperful in her morning tea and also a dropperful in her afternoon beverage whenever I remembered to. Last week while brushing her teeth I suddenly noticed that her teeth were very white with little discoloration! Others noticed it as well.
Today she had a checkup with a pediatric dentist and he proclaimed her to have excellent enamel and no cavities! I am thrilled with this outcome and want to let everyone know that this cure really works."
06/07/2011: Sissy Vasquez from Warren, Mi replies: "where can I get this black walnut at here in michigan to take to fix my enamel on my teeth and do you know if it matters what age you are? by the way im 31."
09/06/2011: Sarasam from Kent, Wa, Usa replies: "Hey how are we to take this? I've been adding in water for 4 weeks now and my teeth has not changed"
01/27/2012: Sophie from Los Angeles, California replies: "Can your teeth grow back with this "black walnut" if you have crowns and no tooth?
Thanks in advance :)"
[YEA] 02/03/2012: Jessica from Oakville, Washington. Usa replies: "To everyone wondering about how to use Black Walnut. I am a mother of 5 and have had some dental problems not only with my own teeth but my husband and children as well. There are so many reasons to use Black Walnut tincture for your all around health but I will only adress its tooth repair qualities here. First adults should start out by adding two droppers full to aprox. 4 tablespoons of water (enough to swish in your mouth) and swish in your mouth for at least one minute after brushing. Do not spit the solution out, swallow it because it not only works externally but mainly internally. Do this three times a day for at least two weeks, or until you see some benefits. Then I recommened taking a dropper full once a day or so to maintain a healthy balance.
All of our cavities were completely healed including my husband's wisdom tooth that was black and cracked in half. It will not grow new teeth but it will stop new decay and heal the cavities.
Remember that good health starts with a good attitude and healthy diet. Read Nourishing Traditions it is an eye opener!"
[YEA] 02/08/2012: Wongoblly from San Diego, Ca, Us replies: "Hi all, Yea it's working and I'm still using it probably for six more months or longer to re grow my teeth enamel. I read the above posts and thought I'd try it... Back story, from 1999 to 2000 my dentist had me use a bleaching kit at home. The directions said to bleach ONE hour a day but he said to use it EIGHT hours a day. After a year or two & several kits & bleaching a few times a year my teeth got darker and darker by the end of 2000. The white was almost completely gone. He said the teeth demineralized.. I've been taking BWO for about a month. In the first three days my teeth began to shine. Then areas starting to gradually fill in. I think at this rate and because of the damage done including some decay on some edges it's going to take 6 months or longer to complete.
My concern is the toxicity of BWO (juglans nigra). After searching on the web it seems BWO is toxic and should be taken on a limited basis but I'm not sure about that. Currently using a dropper full twice day a day. I'd probably go for 5 years if that's what it takes to re grow my enamel.
Does anyone know if I can take BWO for long periods (I'm over 60)?
02/09/2012: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I think if you want to re-grow your tooth enamel you first need to stop using normal toothpaste. It puts a film on the teeth which inhibit the teeth from remineralising.
Sea salt is excellent for brushing your teeth with (I put some in a little water to dissolve it). Sea salt will kill the bacteria that causes decay. I then use some Bicarb soda in a little water and brush with it. Sea salt has trace minerals in it which is good for the teeth. I also swish around with sea salt in the mouth."
02/09/2012: Wongoblly from San Diego, Ca, Us replies: "Greetings Debbie, I stopped all flouride in late December. I totally agree with you. I started usng a certain tooth powder that the company name starts with uncle and they're out of Washington state. All natural with no baddy ingredients in there. I also ordered there tooth remineralization powder from another vender which was much cheaper than the manufacturer. I'll put sea salt on my list to try. thanks.
Still need to know if my toes are going to fall off, just kidding, from prolonged BWO use."
02/11/2012: Wongoblly from San Diego, Ca, Us replies: "I'm currently using Dr ________'s which seems to be the most purist and green right out of the bottle. They all work but much of the time I doubled the dose on the darker previous ones. The others I tried were dark dark green and blackish. From a website it advises that BWO loses half its potency when it darkens. I finished off 3 bottles since early January of the lesser quality and now I started Dr ____ bottle. For safety I use about a 3rd to half dose compared to the others.
Hope this is helpful. BWO is pretty awesome but still concerned about long term use."
06/04/2012: Ingupo from Blackburn, Lancashire, UK replies: "Hi Wongoblly, What quantity was in one bottle? I've finished just about 1/3 of 8oz bottle, but my small cavities still haven't started to shrink or teeth to shine. I swish my teeth with dropper full of Black Walnut tincture and small amount of water 2 sometimes 3 times a day for about a month now.
It would be interesting to know how long it took for others to overgrow cavities, so I wouldn't lose my hope.
I've also heard, that if oil is taken simultaneously with vegetables, then vitamins absorbes much better. Maybe I should try to take BW tincture with an oil?"
[YEA] 07/07/2012: Delphine from San Francisco, Ca, Usa replies: "Don't just swish the tincture, swallow it as well. As Jessica said above, it mainly works internally."
07/29/2012: Ingupo from Darwen, Lancashire, Uk replies: "Yes, I swallowed it."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/10/2012: Wongoblly from San Diego, Ca, US replies: "Hi Ingupo from Blackburn, Lancashire, UK and EC. I haven't been back for a while.
----- to answer your q Ingupo Sun Harvest bottle size was 1ounce & Dr Clark's bottle size was 2 ounces.
My original BW was Sun Harvest from Sprouts here in San Diego. That's the one I got my shiny teeth from the first three days. Went thru 3 bottles of that then went to DR C's BW. I also experimented and tried raw milk with Dr Clark's BW tincture. I made sure I had a glass or two of the raw milk per day and just a little warm water with a dropper full of BW. I didn't take them at the same time. For a test I switched around to raw milk with BW for a week then went back to just BW for a week. Then I just had raw milk for a couple of days without BW. BW & raw milk seemed to work the best taken the same day. After I went thru about 2 bottles of Dr C's BW it seemed to stop working. I wasn't getting any more re-mineralization/ whitening in the dark areas & a tiny dent in my tooth stopped filling in. At about that time I got a little scared because I was loading myself with all kinds of herbs and remedies and wasn't sure so I stopped just about everything. My body functions changed when I went to the restroom. Stools went completely black for weeks so I got scared and stopped everything. I will start up again soon probably with just the Sun Harvest BW then depending on results I may add raw milk. If I get no results then I'll try DR C's BW again. I still want this to work but I got very discouraged a few months back especially with such a good start. I will post again.
I've been on and off brushing and rinsing with Celtic Sea Salt. Also I'm using the Celtic Sea Salt in a nose irrigator too. :)"
[YEA] 01/27/2009: Penny from Great Falls, MT: "I decided to try borax powder half & half mix with baking soda as a tooth powder, and am very pleased with it. I had been using sea salt & baking soda half & half previously. The borax makes my teeth & mouth feel really clean, and has helped with my candida problem also."Replies
08/11/2009: Donna from Tallahassee, Fl replies: "Where did you get the Borax? Is it the same as the laundry detergent? Thanks..."
11/12/2009: Anonymous from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "yes it is. not boraxo (as this is mixed with soap) laundry borax is pure sodium tetraborate or should be."
12/19/2011: Obeybunny from Santa Ana, California, United States Of America replies: "The box of Borax I have says on the back that it should not be taken internally and that if you get any in your mouth or eyes, you should call the doctor immediately.
Is borax safer to put in your mouth than the box says it is or do I have a bad brand? After reading your post on using borax with baking soda as a toothpaste, I went into my garage looking for some. But when my dad found out what I was going to use the borax for, he took it away from me and hid it elsewhere in the house.
So... does the borax you use have the same warning label or is there a food grade version out there? Thank you."
02/18/2012: Tyler from Belgrade, Mt replies: "Did you by chance mean mean Boran that I can believe helping your teeth because Boran has been shown to help bone strength in studies with animals."
06/04/2012: Ingupo from Blackburn, Lancashire, Uk replies: "Hi, I would like to know if borax actually does something besides just making teeth feel clean. Does it make enamel stronger and/or whiter? Does it help to overgrow cavities? Doesn't it wear off enamel instead? What kind of chemical process happens with teeth when borax gets on them? And doesn't baking soda wear off enamel eventually?"
09/12/2012: Ronnie from Santa Barbara, Ca replies: "NAY on your teeth! The mechanical action of brushing borax on your teeth cannot be good for enamel. It's abrasive, therefore very bad for enamel. Rub it between your fingers, you'll see what I mean.
Baking soda is not abrasive, and I use that with Dr. B______s liquid soap. I've found that using the soap in a small squeeze bottle at 50/50 with water keeps the bottle opening from clogging. I haven't had a cavity in many years.
If you want to use boron (that's what is in borax) boil boric acid in distilled water to dissolve the crystals (as for eye wash), but the amount to ingest is very small. You could use that with baking soda, but I think Dr. B______s is the better way to go.
Agreed on the uselessness of commercial toothpaste, you can actually feel that scum in your mouth after brushing. Furthermore, if it has flouride, it displaces iodine in the body, and you are ingesting the flouride even if you don't swallow. Stick to natural."
09/22/2012: 123 from Junction, Texas replies: "Use dissolved borax (not dry) for tooth brushing. Kills bacterial infections, and kills fungal infections. Dissolve borax powder in small glass of hot/warm water. Use in bathing, tooth brushing, and laundery to help reduce candida, and other fungal infections/infestations."
03/02/2013: Janice from Toronto, Ontario replies: "I used a bit of Borax at the front door for ants, and it was completely burning my eyes at the other side of the house so much I had to vacuum it up at 3am. DO NOT USE BORAX in your mouth PLEASE!"
03/08/2013: Joyce from Lansdowne, Pa replies: "Janice, Did you use Borax or Boric acid. There is a difference. We use boric acid to get rid of insects and borax in our laundry."
[YEA] 06/22/2011: Erin from Naperville, Il: "For the last year, I've been experiencing frequent sensitivity in my teeth. At first, I thought it was my morning lemon juice and water so I cut that out, but I still had it. Then I switched to a toothpaste made for sensitive teeth and while that helped a lot, it didn't eradicate it. The only time I had any relief was when I took ibuprofen. Finally, one day, my husband came home from his annual physical and said he was in great shape except that the doctor said he should start taking a daily calcium pill because people over 50 start losing calcium. That's when it hit me. I remembered the old Wonder bread commercials from when I was little... "12 vitamins and minerals for strong bones and teeth! " or something like that.
I went out and bought a bottle of calcium pills and began taking 1000 mg. A day. In no time, my tooth sensitivity was gone! I stopped using the special toothpaste and went back to my morning lemon juice and water and still no tooth sensitivity. It's been about four months now and it hasn't returned. All I have to do is take my daily calcium pills and I'm fine!"Replies
03/10/2012: Msk27 from Clinton, Massachusetts replies: "Just to let you know the body can only absorbs 500 mg of calcuim at a time."
03/19/2012: Davea0511 from Elkton, Md replies: "Eek - lemon juice will eat your enamel. Lots of studies proving that. Also your calcium supplement is probably only working because it has magnesium, zinc and Vit D in it. Calcium will actually make your situation worse if it does not contain those things in with it."
03/02/2013: Janice from Toronto, Ontario replies: "Next time I see Calcium I'll get it - story is quite interesting. I've read that Vitamin K2 also builds enamel, which goes with Vitamin D which some say should be taken with Vitamin D anyway!
But I've started oil pulling every morning 4 days now with Sunflower Oil 1 tbsp. Swish in mouth for 15-20 minutes if possible, spit out and rinse with salt water and brush teeth.... it seems to be helping somewhat."
11/23/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia : "I watched an interesting youtube video yesterday whereby a girl who had two small cavities started swishing her mouth with colloidal silver. Her cavities seemed to stop. It does make sense in that if cavities are caused by bacteria in your mouth, the colloidal silver will kill that bacteria. She also added silica and msm to her diet as well.
It got me thinking that oil pulling with coconut oil would probably work as well because it is also anti bacterial. I am sure a diluted iodine would work as well.
I say this because my son seems to have a small cavity in a tooth. I am going to start brushing his teeth with coconut oil and see how it progresses.
09/25/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I've heard that people with a seizure history are supposed to avoid colloidal silver. I have no idea why, maybe it has something to do with reacting with electrolytes or something? Is this true or hogwash? I personally have had no seizures for 30 years and no meds for 20. No doc or insurance coverage now."
Dietary Changes, Horsetail, Silica
[YEA] 12/19/2011: Obeybunny from Santa Ana, California, United States Of America: "I heard that one of the reasons a person gets cavities, it is most likely due to deficiency of silica in your diet, poor overall nutrition, and prolonged mistreatment of your teeth by eating enamel dissolving foods (like carbonated soda pop)
These are the two things I've researched online.
Method 1: Obtain more silica in your diet by consuming a particular species of Horsetail. The Latin name is Equisetumhyemale. It is an upright, non branching species of horsetail that kind of looks like skinny dark green bamboo. All aerial parts of the plant are edible. You do not want the species that has small branchings at each joint because that species is mildly toxic. You want to eat horsetail because has the most silica of any edible plant in the natural world.
Horsetail powder can be purchased at organic grocery stores (like Mothers) or online. Horsetail plants can be purchased at most plant nurseries. If you can't afford either, check to see if some of your neighbors or parks have horsetail plants growing in their front yards as they are a common decorative plant (but please, no stealing).
Method 2: Obtain more nutrition. Remember that indigenous tribes eating indigenous foods have had nearly always perfect teeth and almost supper human health by modern American standards, and that their health declined substantially when they start eating a more Western diet. (There are a lot of Native Americans alive today who have horrible teeth who had ancestors who had beautiful, cavity free teeth. The Native Americans who live on reservations who are sent food from the government that is based on the food pyramid tend to have all the same problems as the rest ofAmerica, such as obesity and terrible teeth)
What you need to do is avoid all processed foods, and instead eat nutrient dense foods such as chicken eggs, goose eggs, dandelions, wheat grass juice, and sprouts. Cordyceps and garlic are also good foods to add to your diet. Eggs should appear to have a dark orange yoke, not a yellow one (yellow yoked eggs are practically anemic. Yolk color has nothing to do with breed of chicken). Sometimes the best way to make sure you are getting the absolute best food is to grow it yourself (I had no idea carrots were naturally sweet until I started growing them in my backyard. I have eaten carrots at least once a week for every week of my life and eating a sweet carrot was a complete shock to me when I did so for the first time at the age of 21).
Good luck. Don't drink soda pop."
08/03/2011: Angela from Seattle, Wa: "My recommendation to re-grow enamel is to brush your teeth with a powder or natural dental fibers that do not contain any glycerine. In the past when I've been using glycerine toothpaste, particurly the natural brands that do not have fluoride, I have begun to notice some dark spots on my front teeth. From reading a blog on the subject, I suspect that glycerine coats the teeth and prevents them from remineralizing overnight. The dark spots - my guess - are places where the enamel is wearing away and/or stains are taking root.
Once I start using the dental fibers only for a few nights, my teeth go back to looking clean and white.
I have even had success by following up a foamy toothpaste brush with a second brush of only dental fibers.
I am curious to hear anyone else's experience on this. Here is the link that gave me the idea about glycerine. http://www.naturallyknockedup.com/try-it-tuesday-homemade-toothpaste/"Replies
08/08/2011: Julia from Gaithersburg, Maryland replies: "Can you please describe what are "dental fibers" as opposed to tooth powder? also, what you mean by following up a "foamy toothpaste brush" with dental fibers -- are you referring to brushing first with a "natural" fluoride-free toothpaste containing glycerin, and then removing the residue (from glycerin?) with the "dental fibers?" Thank you. (I posted separately on 8/7/11 with concerns about my tooth enamel visibly eroding after switching to a natural toothpaste as well as trying some other remedies; not sure the cause of the sudden enamel erosion but I want to stop/repair it). Thanks so much."
Eliminate Glycerin, Black Walnut Tincture
02/25/2012: Mary from St. Petersburg, Florida, Usa: "Last year I bit down hard on a peanut and broke one of my molars in half right down through the root. It became abscessed and I had no choice but to have it removed. Other than this unfortunate event I have always had good teeth. I was 46 years old before I had my first cavity. So you can see that teeth have been a non-issue for me for a long time.
Since I went to the dentist to have my abscessed tooth removed three months ago, she found 4 or 5 cavities plus gum disease. This is very disturbing since I have been very good about flossing. Particularly careful since I was walking around for a while with a broken tooth in my mouth. I found it strange that I was doing all that I was supposed to do but my mouth was worse instead of better.
Since then of course I have been researching teeth. Several sources said that commercial toothpaste is bad because it has glycerin in it. Glycerin leaves a film on your teeth. This film prevents "remineralization" of the teeth. I never heard of such a thing. Apparently the saliva is full of minerals and will deposit those minerals in the microscopic holes and pits in the surface of the teeth caused by sugar or whatever. This remineralization is a normal process that prevents the holes from becoming bigger and then becoming cavities. It did not surprize me that the body had a way of fixing teeth if allowed to do so.
SO, with that being said, I stopped using toothpaste and started using baking soda to brush and H2O2 to rinse. I can report to you that one of the cavities is completely GONE. It was in a tooth next to the one that was removed so I could see it in the mirror. GONE. Looked at the tooth just today. The others may be healing as well but I can't see them. They are on the top.
This is one of those things they blame on "age". In fact they said that to me at the dentist's office. Since they couldn't blame smoking or lack of oral hygiene. You do all the "right" things but your condition is WORSE. To that I say Bull____. It has nothing to do with age. The system is in place for teeth to repair themselves but the "right" things get in the way of the process. Then you get to spend money at the dentist.
To be fair, I want to also report that I read the comments on Black Walnut tincture for tooth decay. I have been using it twice a day. Two droppers full in a small amount of water enough to swish and then swallow. This could well be what turned the tide for me in addition to the good oral hygiene noted above. I will continue the Black Walnut.
This is one of my victories that came straight from the EarthClinic members.
As a side note, I told my son yesterday how I used commercial toothpaste to clean the tarnish off my rings. He said if it can clean metal he might not want it in his mouth. Smart boy.
Thanks to those who write in here and share their knowledge.
02/27/2012: G from Nyc, Ny replies: "What brand of Black Walnut Tincture do you use? I found a couple, but they list "vegetable glycerin" as an ingredient. Also found that you are supposed to start out with 1 drop as it can cause a laxative effect. Have you had any such effects with your taking 2 droppers full twice a day? Also, do you do this following the HP rinse after brushing? Thanks in advance."
02/28/2012: Mary from St. Petersburg, Florida, Usa replies: "Hi G, I used the Black Walnut tincture from the organic store packaged in the dropper bottle. I am new at herbal stuff so I did not pay much attention to brand since I would not know if one was better than another. There is some glycerin in the mix, which concerned me a bit as well when I read the label but it must be a negligible amount. The mix is not oily at all but rather has a medicine/alcohol base type of smell.
I used the Black Walnut AFTER the brushing/rinsing routine so that the Black Walnut could be exposed to the teeth as long as possible without being rinsed away. I read the section called "Tooth enamel erosion" listed under ailments here on EC to get started. Many people on this website suggest starting a new protocol with the least amount and building up the dose a little each day to avoid diarrhea and allow your system to make the adjustment to the new substance. Please start off gently to find out what works best for you.
Also want to add that I have added magnesium supplement to my diet. Many sources explain that the American diet has plenty of calcium but is seriously low on magnesium. Calcium is good but it can't do much without magnesium. The two work together. So those with adequate calcium intake are confused as to why they have problems with bones and teeth. It is because calcium cannot be carried into the cells properly without adequate magnesium. Please make a serious assessment of your nutrition and adjust your intake if needed. This will give your teeth and the Black Walnut something to work with to make the repairs. Mary"
07/02/2012: M from Provo, Utah replies: "Hi Mary! Did the dentist mention how big or deep your cavities were? I have heard that cavities that are still in the enamel layer of the tooth can remineralize, but once they reach the dentin layer they normally don't. I don't know if that has any truth to it, but I thought I would ask.
I have several cavities that are fairly large that I am currently trying to regrow following your advice. Just trying to find out if there is any hope left for me, or if I should just go get them filled. Thanks so much!"
07/03/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, Usa replies: "Recently I have suffered severe tooth loss due to chronic infections and apparent tape worm cyst in the jaw. Am now gargling 5% H2O2 twice daily. Yesterday I got desperate as I could actually feel my teeth aching and put 4 drops trace mineral concentrate in a gulp of filtered water and held it in my mouth for about 30 min. Repeated treatment before retiring. Aching seems to have abated substantially as of this writing."
01/05/2013: Mary from Melb, Vic replies: "be damn careful with hydrogen peroxide, I have damaged enamel, after listening to bad advise and using a slightly stronger than 3% hydrogen peroxide.
i would be very careful with hydrogen peroxide.
i would use oils like teatree or oregano, or the like, or even a colodial silver, but not hydrogen peroxide, exect maybe at 1% at very low concentration, for very small amoutn of time.
06/24/2013: Annakabana from Perth , Wa replies: "Hi Mary, just want to add my thanks for YOUR post. I really related, with the only difference being our ages. I also love your reply to the Dentist. Thank you for that piece of humour!!! I'm going to start myself and my children on these methods, and goodbye toothpastes!!! Yippee. Thank God (or perhaps nature!! ) for natural remedies. And this site! :)"
Ionic Toothbrush, Liquid Calcium
08/29/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia: "Hi, If anyone has used an ionic toothbrush could you please post whether it has helped you in anyway or if you received no benefit. Thanks"
06/10/2010: Lindsay P from Ripon, North Yorkshire, England Writes: : "Very interesting info - are ionic toothbrushes available anywhere and is absorbable calcium the title from Holland & Barratts? I have developed generalised tooth sensitivity and am wondering if this is to do with thinning enamel. I am researching how your diet affects your teeth but more from an internal perspective than external (sugar/teeth cleaning etc). There seems to be some evidence that this can help. Many thanks for your advice"Replies
06/11/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, France replies: "I got tooth sensivity by brushing too hard with an electric toothbrush but I cured it completely by brushing with Sensodyne. After a few days the sensitivity was gone. I don't use Sensodyne anymore because I don't want to use tooth pastes with fluoride but no problem because the sensitivity never came back!"
09/15/2010: Miss Y from Southern California, United States replies: "For tooth enamel issues try coral calcium. I've had a lot of tooth problems (one broken molar, many cavities, darkening teeth), and the problem, I believe (besides an imperfect diet, which undoubtedly started the problem), is that an ordinary calcium supplement or even a calcium/magnesium/vitamin D supplement doesn't do much good to replenish calcium in the teeth (or bones), as most calcium in calcium supplements isn't absorbed efficiently in the digestive track. But I could feel the difference in my ordinarily sore and sensitive teeth shortly after I took a coral calcium capsule. I believe that the calcium in coral is more bioavailable, as the little coral organisms have broken down the calcium for me beforehand."
[WARNING!] 09/16/2010: Diane from Berkeley, Ca replies: "I would be very wary of coral calcium. In addition to concerns about illegal harvesting of reefs, this is not a pure product. When Consumer Reports tested several brands of coral calcium in 2005 they found high levels of lead. Additionally, since coral calcium can only be harvested from dead reefs, it begs the question of what caused coral to die. While it could be benign factors such as increase in temperatures, it could also be more negative causes such as spills of oil from ships, discharge of industrial waste into reef areas, etc. In short, you don't know what pollutants are in this product, and you are chancing your health on using it. You can query the web also for many reports on the quackery and danger of this product."
[YEA] 04/22/2008: M Bolton from Leeds, England: "Toothbrushes that release negative ions will definately re-mineralise teeth. I use an ionic toothbrush and then swish unsweetened liquid calcium around my mouth. Years ago I strengthend a tooth that the denist said was like paper. I used a negative ioniser machine right up close to the front tooth. The dentist was then able to cover it with a resin filling. I wish the toothbrushes had been aveilable in those days!"Replies
05/31/2008: Sean from San Francisco, CA replies: "Addressing Re-Grow Tooth Enamel. Question for M Bolton - What brand of liquid calcium do you use? Many brands have citric acid, which I believe has a bad effect on enamel."
06/25/2008: M Bolton from Leeds, England replies: "Hi Sean. In reply to your query, I use Absorbable Calcium with Vitamin D from Holland & Barratt. Just split open a capsule and swirl the contents around the mouth. It is calcium carbonate. It has also been found that vitamin K2 helps calcium bind to bones. This might be a useful supplement to take internally but it is quite expensive. Also, a small ultra-sound device which fits in the mouth will apparently make it possible to completely re-grow teeth in the future. If you type in a search on the web for'regrow teeth with ultra-sound' you will find the relevant articles.
Hope this is of some help."
[YEA] 07/19/2011: Andrew from Kent, Oh: "Romaine lettuce is excellent for sensitive teeth and rebuilding enamel. Any greens, really, for the matter will help. Chew about a head of lettuce a day, organic preferred, for about a week or so. I've done this and it has helped my teeth tremendously. There is also a wonderful toothpaste called coral white that has all natural ingredients and will help build and strengthen your teeth."