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Teeth

General characteristics

General characteristics

Teeth are the hardest component in the human body and are composed mainly of calcium and phosphorous with a few other minerals.

Each tooth consists of the mineral secreting dentine (supplied with nerves and blood vessels) and is covered by the hard shiny enamel surface made of calcium phosphate.

There seems to be some disagreement as to whether teeth are capable of healing once decay has begun. Some believe it is possible to halt and even reverse tooth decay by taking foods rich in minerals such as calcium and phosphorus.

Saliva is an important component that has an antibacterial action on certain mouth bacteria that cause plaque formation so see the section on salivary glands if you suffer from a dry mouth. Chewing our food thoroughly with strong healthy, pain-free teeth is also important for healthy digestion and the proper extraction of nutrients from our food.

Healing objectives to maintain healthy teeth is to avoid simple sugars, starches/carbohydrates, processed foods generally and include plenty of mineral rich foods in the diet as well as to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.


Diet and lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle

Avoid eating too many processed carbohydrates and foods high in starch such as wheat and wheat flour products, potatoes, crisps, tortilla snacks etc. A diet that is high in these processed foods will readily promote both tooth decay and gum disease.

 

Eat plenty of foods that are rich in the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Good sources include organic grass fed meat and dairy products, wild caught shellfish and oily fish and organic free range eggs.

 

Any foods rich in calcium such as tahini and sesame seeds, carrots and carrot juice, will contribute to the strength and structural integrity of teeth. Soaking beans, nuts or seeds in clean water overnight and eating them through the day is another great way to get the minerals that teeth need. Soaking them also deactivates mineral binding phytic acid present.

 

Eat an apple a day.


Useful herbs

Useful herbs

Comfrey leaf can be chewed up and plugged into any holes as a temporary 'filling'. It will prevent any food stuff lodging in the hole and also provide a little pain relief too. Comfrey root powder can be dabbed onto sensitive teeth (apply near the gum line) to close up the holes which cause sensitivity. Rinse off after half an hour or so. Do this treatment every few weekd if needed.

 

A daily tea consisting of equal parts nettle,  oatstraw and raspberry leaf will provide lots of calcium.

 

Adding an equal part of mineral rich dried alfalfa to the above tea mix to help to prevent tooth decay and improve the strength of teeth and gums.

 

Neem leaves have a good reputation for protecting teeth against plaque build up and for preventing tooth decay. Use as a mouthwash (the leaves as tea) or as a tooth powder to brush the teeth with (dried powdered leaves).

 

A jaw relaxing formula to prevent grinding of the teeth (and the onset of abscess formation that often arises from teeth grinding) try a formula containing antispasmodic and relaxing herbs such as crampbark, passionflower, valerian and chamomile. Take a teaspoon of equal parts of the herbal tinctures half an hour before bedtime.

 

Liquorice root has been shown to help slow the growth of plaque causing bacteria, so 'brush' the teeth as part of your normal routine with the fluffy end of a softened piece of liquorice root. (Chew the end for a few minutes to get if soft enough to use like a brush).

 

Prickly ash tincture can be dabbed on the teeth to provide a burst of pain relief, particularly nerve pain.

 

Suck on some small pieces of dried echinacea root to help ease pain in the teeth or mouth.

 

A mouthwash made from a tea of equal parts dried sage and myrrh can be used as a gargle to help alleviate tooth pain and slowly disperse a mouth or tooth abscess.

 

Plantain leaf tea as a gargle can help prevent loose teeth from falling, You can also powder the dried leaf and pack it around the gums of the loose tooth.

 

Marshmallow root can be sucked on to relieve the pains of teething in infants and to ease pain and soreness in adults.

 

Dilute a few drops of clove essential oil in an equal amount of vegetable oil and rub on a painful tooth to give pain relief.


Natural healing

Natural healing

Brush your teeth thoroughly twice daily (morning and evening) and after meals or snacks if possible.

 

Dip your toothbrush in a little bicarbonate of soda and brush around your teeth and tongue to freshen the mouth and help whiten the teeth.

 

Oil pulling can help as part of your daily teeth care, especially useful if plaque build up and gum inflammation are an issue.

 

Do some research on fluoride....it is cited by a growing number of health practitioners as actually contributing to tooth decay.

 

This is a very interesting site written by Ramiel Nagel http://www.curetoothdecay.com/ that discusses many aspects of teeth health. Yes, it is trying to sell you his book but the site is still full of useful information if you have the time and patience to have a good look around it.


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