And How to Care for Them
“… yeah, my dentist said my gums are receding and I’m not sure what I’m going to do about that.”
I heard it in the background, but it immediately caught my attention. I turned and said, “I know exactly what to do about that!”
I have amazing teeth. Braces corrected what nature gave me in terms of the overbite, but my teeth have never been a problem. As a child, I had two very small cavities on the lower side (same place, opposite one other between two of my teeth). Back then, mercury was in the fillings, of course. Bad juju, that mercury.
My gums are another story entirely. I have been diagnosed with gingivitis and gum recession. I used to grind my teeth. I used to be lax about flossing. I inherited the gum recession and was told there is no cure – that whatever gum loss I had already suffered was permanent. But then, I rarely believe anything a medical professional tells me.
Off and on over the years, I have read many articles related to gum disease. Several sources confirmed the permanence of gum loss, so I eventually resigned myself to at least making it stop. I bought a retainer to act as a bite guard at night (to stop the grinding, I started flossing religiously, and I purchased several bottles of this amazing product:
OraMD is not for everyone. I describe it as highly concentrated peppermint. It smells very strong. It burns. And it works. OraMD destroys bacteria. It arrests gingivitis because it cleans your mouth like nothing else can. And I love it. I am addicted to the feeling of clean it leaves behind. It is WAY better than mouthwash. It is expensive, and it is worth it. In the beginning, I used it twice daily, now I just brush with it at night using a
Sonicare Electric Toothbrush
A hygienist taught me the correct way to brush – after years of doing it wrong. Point the toothbrush bristles toward the gum line and just hold it there. This accomplishes two things. 1. Alleviates stress on the gums that can come from brushing against them straight on, and 2. The bristles gently clean just under the gum line, removing more of the plaque and germs that contribute to gum disease and recession.
Fast forward about ten years. As my gums continued to recede, visits to the dentist became an unbearable torture session. The hygienists were determined to test the extent of gum loss every time I sat in the chair. A sharp hooked tool is used in this process. It hurts like hell. Scaling was recommended, but I refused due to the cost and its utter ineffectiveness (trust me, or do the research yourself, either way).
Sometime around 2012, a dentist offered to remove the metal from my mouth and replace my childhood fillings with something less invasive to the body. I agreed. While I am happy that I had this procedure done, the removal and refilling ended up being a disaster. The Novocaine needle hit a nerve in my jaw, and for three weeks I could not open my mouth widely enough to take a bite of food from a fork. That did a number on my trust in dentists, let me tell you!
I continued to go in for cleanings, but these became increasingly painful due to excessive tartar buildup. Because my teeth were sensitive, I had been using a non-fluoride (I don’t pull out the “please don’t use fluoride soapbox here) toothpaste called Jason’s Oral Comfort which did nothing to alleviate the tartar problem. It often took 30 minutes or more to scrape all of my teeth, making regular visits long and painful. Add to that tooth sensitivity and the discoloration from coffee, black tea, and red wine … my teeth were fast becoming a serious problem.
In late fall of 2016, things took a turn for the worst. The bottom tooth on the left side of my mouth began to hurt. By December, I could not chew on the left side and hot/cold liquids were extremely painful. I could not believe it! I had not had tooth pain since I was a child, and there was no way in hell I was going to let a dentist touch my teeth – not after the last fiasco. I was partially convinced that the pain was related to the refilling of the original cavity anyway, but I no longer lived near the dentist who did that, so… what to do?
I turned to the Internet, of course, and began researching the possibility of rebuilding tooth enamel naturally – something every dentist will tell you is impossible. What I found was beyond astounding. Whatever your dentist has told you about tooth enamel is a lie.
Did you know that tooth enamel (unlike your hair) is alive and can be regrown?
After gleaning enough information to fill a small book, I settled on some simple steps that resolved my issue in about 30 days.
The first step is to kill the infection. Enamel cannot grow if there is an active infection in the area. Of course, the OraMD was taking care of any bacteria, but an infection was eating away at my tooth. If the dentin was exposed, I would no longer be able to correct my problem without a dentist, possibly even a root canal.
One of my favorite YouTube videos about teeth advised using colloidal silver to deal with infections in the mouth. I was not interested in making my own silver and the cost of colloidal silver is prohibitive, so I settled on
For the next 30 days I swished for 30 seconds with one dropper-full of Sovereign Silver, then swallowed. It has the added benefit of building the immune system at the same time that it eliminates infection. I also started using a homemade toothpaste that I now use exclusively during the day. I still use OraMD at night, of course.
Toothpaste recipe (cheap and effective):
Mix 2/3 cup baking soda with 1/2 tsp. raw, unrefined sea salt in a small bowl. Add 20 drops of CTGO essential oil – peppermint, wintergreen, whatever flavor you like. I chose to use dōTERRA peppermint oil since I knew it was safe to ingest. Mix well, then add enough water to make a thick paste. Store in a glass jar. Simply dip your wet toothbrush into the mixture and brush. Be sure to cap the jar tightly as baking soda absorbs odor.
By the end of 30 days most of the pain in my tooth was gone. After another month, I had no sensitivity to hot/cold – in fact, I no longer had any sensitivity at all! And my teeth were whiter than they had ever been in my life.
In March of 2017 (almost three months after curing my toothache), I returned to the dentist for a cleaning. My hygienist spent less than 10 minutes scraping plaque that day. She did not say anything, but I could tell that she was perplexed. A few months later I began noticing that my gums were not as red at the tooth line as they had been for the past several years. Then I realized that I was seeing less of my roots and more of my gums! Apparently gum recession is reversible as well.
I went back to the hygienist a couple of months ago. This time she commented in a confused tone, “Hm, it says in your chart that you have excessive plaque…?” I smiled and told her that I started using a homemade toothpaste that has apparently taken care of that problem. She agreed that the salt would definitely help, but refused to comment on the baking soda. Interestingly enough, when I told my parents about my success, my mother confessed that her father used salt exclusively to brush his teeth. Smart man.
I am confident that my toothpaste is successfully rebuilding my tooth enamel and has cured my gum disease. My teeth are stronger than ever, whiter than ever, and resting in the healthiest gums I have had since the braces went on in 1978.
NOTE: There are several different homemade toothpaste ingredients I found on the internet, including bentonite clay and even cocoa nibs. I chose the ones that I had on hand and that I believed would work for me. Several sites I visited recommended using hydrogen peroxide for whitening. I do NOT advise ever using hydrogen peroxide on the teeth. For one, you will not be able to hold it in your mouth long enough for it to be of benefit to your tooth enamel, and two, it is highly toxic, so having it in your mouth for an extended period of time is dangerous! Whatever ingredients you decide to use, please do the research, and when in doubt, always listen to your intuition. It is by far the best guide you will ever have.
Many blessings to you on your journey to a healthier mouth. As always, thanks for reading!