Looking after your teeth and gums.

Sore teeth are no fun.  Young or old, it will make you miserable.  Dentists will lead you to believe that acid producing food (sugar being the worst) destroy tooth enamel which leads to tooth decay.  Whilst this is fact, in true holistic nature, it’s part of a much bigger picture.

It’s all about minerals.  Without the right mineral make up in your body, your teeth don’t have the resources they need to draw on for good health.  When a baby is teething, all the minerals draw into the mouth as a priority which can cause an imbalance.  And if you’re wondering what minerals you need, there are quite a few:

Calcium Teeth and jaws are mostly made of calcium.  Calcium prevents decay.
CoQ10 Decreases bleeding and inflammation.
Iron Prevents inflamed tongue and mouth sores.
Magnesium Creates hard tooth enamel.  Supports the calcium.
Vitamin A Helps saliva production.  Helps gum healing.
Vitamin B12 and B2 Prevents mouth sores
Vitamin B3 Bad breath and canker sores
Vitamin C Prevents bleeding gums, keeps teeth firmly embedded.  Helps build and repair connective tissue.
Vitamin D Helps absorb calcium

So treatment for tooth decay works on two levels: acute and chronic.  Below are the acute remedies which you can give yourself for acute pain.  Anything that goes on too long, or keeps coming up is probably an underlying issue requiring a homeopathic consultation.  You may also benefit from Iridology analysis to assess mineral deficiencies.

Belladonna Throbbing (teeth or head), intolerable pain.  Better for biting. Hot face.  Teeth feel long.  Including Earache.  Grinds teeth.  Bleeding gums.
Chamomilla Standard children’s remedy but still good pain relief for adults.  Drinking makes it worse, especially coffee. Worse for pressure, touch or warmth.
Hepar Sulph Good for abscesses and caries.
Hypericum Nerve pain (esp. after dental work). Wants to lie on sore side and be quiet.
Phosphorus Teeth feel numb.  Decay has become rapid.  Shooting pains.  Bleeding will not stop after tooth extraction.  Sore, inflamed, bleeding gums.  Suits those whose lower jaw is irregularly formed.
Phytolacca Wants to bite teeth together.  Good for draining.
Pulsatilla Feels like teeth are being forced out.  Shooting pain. Better for holding cold water in mouth.  Better outside.  Gets worse as you come indoors.
Silica Teeth feel too large and long.  Worse at night, preventing sleep.  Enamel loss.  Rough feeling.   Abscesses.  Boils on gums.  Sensitive to cold water. Delayed teething in children.

For maintaining or more likely offsetting oral health, Tissue Salts are really helpful.

Tissue Salts are somewhere between a homeopathic remedy and a supplement.  They are biochemical.  That is, material doses of 12 minerals which were put together by Schussler and are the micro doses of the 12 minerals that your body needs.  Of these, several are minerals which you need for good oral health.  It would be lovely to get these from our food, as our ancestors did, but sadly our food is decreasing in nutrition.

“In the past 50 years vegetables on sale in the UK have lost 24% of their magnesium, 27% of their iron and 46% of their calcium” http://www.wewantrealfood.co.uk/

So tissue salts are a really useful addition to balance modern mineral deficiencies.

Best tissue salts for teeth: Calc Fluor (tooth enamel), Calc Phos (tooth tissue), Ferr Phos (blood health, helps absorb iron), Mag Phos (teeth components), Silcea (Gum abcesses and tooth weakness).  You can get all these in Combination R if you can find it.

In addition to this, there is a correlation between gut health and gum health.  When the gut flora is damaged, this can be reflected in the gums.  For optimum gut health read here.

The lady talks a lot of sense generally, but here she is on healthy teeth if you would like some more in depth information.