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This little boy looks a little like me when I was younger, except that I would have been eating the toothpaste, not using it.

It’s been a long time since I squeezed a tube of toothpaste…

Actually, that’s not completely true.

A few years ago, we were at Annmarie’s sister’s house for the holidays. We had run out of tooth soap (which we use for our teeth care) the day before. We had thought we were going to have time to run to the store this particular morning, but it was cold and snowy outside when we got up, so we took our time getting out of bed. By the time we did and showered, we had to leave for a family party in 10 minutes.

Normally, this wouldn’t have been a problem, but we had nothing to brush our teeth with.

I didn’t have any tooth soap, any essential oils or herbal tinctures.

So I dug through the kid’s bathroom drawers to see if there was any thing I could use, but there was nothing to use except a tube of Crest.

I looked at it for a while — maybe 20 seconds or so.

It reminded me of my childhood when I would eat the stuff right out of the tube. (Yeah, I know, I was a weird kid.)

I knew there was fluoride in it. I knew there were artificial sweeteners and other nasty chemicals that are known carcinogens and neurotoxins.

But my breath was not fresh.

I decided, in this rare case, I needed Western intervention.

I would give the Crest a try, knowing that the other option — green, gooey teeth gunk — was not going to cut it.

I needed to get that morning taste out of my mouth, but also — truthfully — I wanted to experiment and see if it tasted as good as I remembered from my childhood.

It didn’t.

When the paste hit my tongue, I had an instant gag reflex. I choked and coughed — so loud that Annmarie came to the door and asked if I was OK.

The flavor was painfully artificial. It was almost like the taste radiated into the depths of my brain is was so foreign and so eerily sweet.

Of course, for me it was complete assurance that I would always prefer smelly morning breath to anything Crest, Colgate or AIM.

We made sure we got some more Tooth Soap the next day and would never let our bottles run empty again.

If tooth paste isn’t an option, then how do you keep our teeth healthy and clean?

I’ve learned in the health space that when you eliminate an option for someone — like toothpaste — then you better have a backup ready to take its place…

Now I know you’re probably not using Crest (or maybe you are) so I’m going to address 5 basic and effective rules for taking care of your teeth naturally.

There are many variations of how to do this, so I’m going to share mine and if you’d like, please share yours at the end of this post in the comments.

Let’s get started…

1. Laying the internal groundwork for healthy teeth.

The first step to taking care of your teeth naturally is taking care of you naturally.

The general health of your teeth also represents the health of your bones and your cardiovascular system.

So if your heart and blood are healthy and your bones are healthy, your teeth will be too.

What I’ve found over time (and experienced myself) is that if your teeth are sensitive, brittle, discolored or cavity prone, you must look at your mineral intake and assimilation.

So this means you have to look at your digestion and at the amount of minerals in you diet.

Now you might say, “how could my teeth be in bad shape when I’m eating a great diet? It must be something else…”

Sure, it might be, but the diet is the first place to look — and for many — the hardest to change.

Luckily, when you’re laying the groundwork, your first mission is not to radically change your diet, it’s to find ways to get more minerals back into your diet (and absorbed into your body.)

Some ways to get minerals back into the diet are to increase the amount of greens you eat, drink green juices, eat sea vegetables, take marine phytoplankton, or supplement with mineral supplements like Liquid Light.

This will help your body remineralize and hopefully start to rebuild your teeth and reduce the acidic environment in your mouth — and your body.

2. Brush your teeth regularly with antibacterial soap or agents.

Bacteria can contribute to your teeth hypersensitivity, deterioration, bad breath or overall poor health. If you have excessive amounts of bacteria in the mouth, your gums will also start to recede.

This will expose areas of your teeth that don’t have as much enamel and this will definitely cause you to be sensitive to hot and cold — and probably give you a lot of pain.

(NOTE: Tooth pain is not a detox symptom. It simply means your teeth are eventually going to fall out if you don’t switch up what you’re doing.)

For antibacterial purposes, we use a product called Tooth Soap, since soap is naturally antibacterial and it’s completely natural.

You can use other agents like neem or essential oils, but to me they just taste plain awful.

But whatever you use, please be sure to use something — and don’t believe the “animals don’t floss their teeth so we shouldn’t either” natural approach.

It doesn’t work, if you want to keep your teeth.

3. Floss daily.

Back to bacteria…

You need to make sure your mouth is not a petri dish for excess bacteria like I mentioned in the second item here.

Bacteria can cause receding gums, but they also can cause acidity and tooth decay.

Flossing daily will help remove some of these harmful bacteria, just like brushing with tooth soap will. Use the two together and you have a pretty good bacteria busting routine.

I used to hate flossing, but when my teeth started to get a little dodgy (I was hanging out with some Brits last week!), I started to regularly. Doing so has made a dramatic change in the health of my gums. The last time I visited the dentist he told me that they were no longer swollen at all thanks to my revived flossing routine.

4. Use topical minerals in your mouth.

Rebuilding enamel is an inside job first. You have to have a mineral rich diet.

But, you can help your teeth rebuild topically with the use of minerals. Your teeth will “absorb” minerals when applied orally.

We use the Tooth Brightener from Tooth Soap to help with this process. Not only does it help to brighten your teeth, it also contains minerals that can help start the rebuilding process.

This should only be used once a week, since it is abrasive and overuse can lead to the wearing down of your enamel.

(NOTE: Also be careful of using too many abrasives like overusing baking soda, clays or other agents when you brush, since this can wear down your enamel as well and cause hypersensitivity also.)

5. Now let’s look at your diet…

I know, I told you that you might not have to change what you eat, but for some, it’s just a fact they may need to face.

In my own personal experience, improving my digestion, adjusting my diet and improving my tooth care routine all played into getting my teeth back into great shape.

The good news is that I did it all naturally.

The not so good news, that you may not want to hear, is that I had to compromise some of my beliefs and ideals to get healthy (not just for my teeth, but my whole body.)

I stopped eating a pure vegan diet — and for me, it worked.

I’m not saying you have to do this, I’m just telling you that my health (and teeth) got better when I did.

Sometimes the diet you’ve chosen may not completely work for you. I feel that it’s during these times when you have to adapt to help your own cause and make sure you’re as healthy as possible.

There are many adaptations you can make to keep your teeth in tip-top shape when it comes to diet, but the ones that can make the most difference with teeth is removing some of the extra fruit, limiting (or increasing) animal product intake, adding more greens, and adding more calories in the form of root vegetables and steamed greens to increase the amount on nutrients you can take in.

It, again, may not the most popular opinion, but many times it’s the most effective.

What’s also very evident, is that some people need something completely different than the next guy or gal. Go figure.

The best way to figure it all out is monitor your progress. Know that your teeth shouldn’t be sensitive, cavity prone, brittle, or falling out and use that as a barometer for what works and what doesn’t. (Also, be sure to take regular blood tests!)

So maybe you have some thinking to do, or some actions to take to get your teeth in great shape, but I will tell you the best time to do it is now since you know what to do — just ask anyone who’s lost a few!

Your Question of the Day: What is your daily natural tooth care routine?

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Live Awesome!
Kev

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Alex says:

    I find adding a Waterpik amazing – it gets bits of food out even after flossing and brushing. My teeth have never felt cleaner.

    Also I suggest reading Ramiel Nagel’s excellent book and reading his blog/site: http://www.curetoothdecay.com/

  2. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the great article Kevin! I would like to note that I stopped my tooth sensitivity by taking the lemon out of my morning cleansing smoothie. I was using the whole lemon (peel, rind and all) and it really made my teeth sensitive to even breathing. But after a month without the drink, no problem.

  3. semile says:

    Try chewing gum (like peppersmith), pressing it against the teeth cleans them pretty well… also the chewing really works your gums after a while that I’m guessing helps the circulation

  4. Diana says:

    Wonderful article, Kevin!! I have always had bad teeth…of course eating a pound of candy at one sitting when I was a kid probably didn’t help. Now I have reformed my decadent ways. That’s why I subscribe to your newsletters!!!
    One thing I have decided about my teeth is that they are pretty good at telling me what they need. If my teeth get sensitive to lemon I up my Calcium and Vit D for a while and keep on top of my pH (alkaline being better). If my gums are receding I use more Vit C, oil pulling and brushing my teeth from the gums to the tooth. So I regard my teeth as a kind of early warning system…Keep sharing all this wonderful health information. You are so appreciated!

  5. sasha says:

    Hi Kevin,

    I’ve been using tooth soap and brightener since the first time you’ve mentioned it. I added neem oil after a while (I’m not afraid of bitterness :). To tell you the truth I can’t see much of a difference. Before I used some organic tooth paste with the most same result. The dentist said the teeth are about 85% genetic and 15% minerals.

    • Christine F. says:

      Hi @Sasha,
      I just came across this site/article after doing some research on using Neem products for oral care. One thing I just read is that one is not supposed to use the oil internally, only externally. The Neem bark or leaf is okay to use for oral care, just not the oil apparently. I know I am commenting on an old post, but if it still helps you or anyone else to read this, I figured I’d give it a shot…

  6. Thanks for a good article. I quit using fluoride toothpaste about 10 years ago, and I did not have a single cavity since that time. So the toxic sodium-fluoride in toothpastes sure does not prevent cavities. Fluoride can actually cause cavities because it destroys enzymes that are vital for the formation of tooth enamel. I also avoid toothpaste with SLS and glycerine. According to Gerard F. Judd (author to “Good Teeth Birth to Death”) glycerine sticks to the surface of the teeth and prevents enamel build-up. Currently I use stevioside, home made tooth oil, or baking soda with salt for brushing my teeth. My only problem is tartar. Does anyone have a good solution for that? I think I will check out this tooth soap.

  7. LynnCS says:

    Thanks for the article and sharing your experience.

  8. Pam Hatfield says:

    Check out Red Montmorillinite Clay – I have regrown bone and gums – it truly is the missing link!

  9. Findabair says:

    I use homemade tooth oil and occasionally the tooth brightener. Haven’t used fluoride toothpaste in about 14 years. Love all the articles you write Kevin, Thanks.

  10. DYANA says:

    THANK YOU for being honest about your diet and coming back to the middle!! I totally believe that there is a reason why raw/vegan and paleo are called extreme. My teeth were really bad for a long time and since I have really been working hard at a more alkaline diet I have less tarter build up and they are white without the use of chemical whitener. And yes, the flossing is very important! But it’s much easier when your gums don’t hurt from just brushing/flossing. It makes it easier to follow through on a routine. Thanks again. Good article

  11. Mickie says:

    Great article.My teeth used to be very sensitive, especially to cold things. I used to brush with Sensodyne and it helped a little, but not completely. I have been increasing the greens in my diet and I’m glad to see you are recommending marine phytoplankton. About 10 months ago I started using products from ForeverGreen. One of them is FrequenSea, which has marine phytoplankton in it and I am also using the peppermint tooth powder. The sensitivity is gone and my dentist is pleased with the way my teeth and gums look!

  12. cate thomas says:

    thanking you! I didn’t see what you might have said about receding gums,, could you write about your solution and experience for that? thanking you!!cate

  13. suzanne says:

    I use a neem powder product and my teeth have not been sensitive for yrs. Sensodyne made it worse. Right now I am traveling for next 2 mo. in an RV and a couple of molars give me a jolt when I bite down w/food on them (could be a fracture – who knows). I am in a pickle because I don’t want to go home! Any ideas?

  14. Cheryl says:

    The more acidic the saliva, the more calculus (tartar) will build up. Also, several of my patients have noticed they have an increase in calculus when they drink kefir and/or eat a lot of cheese.

  15. Claudia says:

    Tea tree oil has been a great ally in stopping bleeding and sensitive gums. I use a drop or two on top of the Weleda Calendula Toothpaste and my oral health has improved immensely. Spirulina in my daily smoothie might have contributed too…

  16. Gen says:

    Interesting article and comments. Thanks everyone. I live in Canada and use a natural toothpaste here made by Green Beaver. It does have some glycerin in it so I add a wee bit of baking soda to it to counteract the glycerin sticking to the teeth. I’ve also worked at becoming more alkaline — and this last check-up was the best I’ve ever had. The hygienist said my teeth were so clean that she hardly had to do anything! I almost fell off the stool because they have always berated me for having a lot of tartar, no matter how much brushing I did.

  17. Carolyn says:

    Great article! Thanks for being honest about not being totally vegan. Right now we are trying to remineralize my 6 year olds teeth to avoid filling 4 cavities (her dentist is on board). We are using bentonite clay and xylitol “tooth paste” and giving her homemade bone broth every day for calcium, juicing and giving her magnesium to help the calcium go/stay in her bones and teeth. Also eliminating grains and sweets other than a little honey for treats. She has always had a healthy diet but is hypothyroid so her calcium was not staying in her bones/teeth. Glad the teeth warned us before she broke a bone!

  18. Dana Naylor says:

    I use a tongue scraper after every meal to keep my mouth free of bacteria. It makes my mouth feel clean and fresh. I also make my own tooth paste out of baking soda and an oil pulling combination that includes Myrrh. I floss and use a dental scraping tool to remove anything left in between my teeth.

    Keep smiling everyone!

  19. Linda says:

    For those among us who aren’t vegan or vegetarian, homemade bone broths (stocks) are high in minerals and other important nutrients. Simmer chicken or beef bones covered in water in a stock pot, with 1/4 c good cider vinegar in the water. Simmer for about 24 hours for chicken, up to 48 hours for beef, strain, and use the stock for soups and sauces, for simmering greens and other veggies, for making miso soup, cooking rice, anything you would use canned or septic pack broth for. Good, cheap, nutrient-dense, mineral-dense, healing food!

  20. Lori says:

    My sensitivity to hot and especially cold drinks and foods completely went away after I started drinking green juice daily. I love the tooth soap!

  21. hyesun says:

    this could not have come at a better time. i’m going crazy trying to decide and figure out what to do about my teeth. my dentist and 2 orthodontists and 1 prostodontist that i’ve consulted with say that if i don’t have major work done in my mouth, i could possibly lose all my teeth. they want to put crowns on probably every tooth. my enamel is severely eroded and i have lots of pitting in my teeth. it’s probably because i drink a lot of lemon juice and put limes in my veggie juice and use apple cider vinegar for salad dressing, as well as drink acv for digestion. and i could possibly have acid reflux while i’m sleeping. they all say that my hygiene and gums are amazing though. i want to try to rebuild my enamel and teeth through natural ways – i really don’t want to spend thousands of $ and have toxic materials in my mouth. i just started using an ionic toothbrush (soladey), and i use tooth soap, or just water. and i just ordered some of dr. christopher’s tooth powder. i’ve been reading about ultrasound to rebuild teeth, but apparently it’s not available in the US yet? also, i’m thinking about waiting for stem cell therapy. in the meantime, i’m trying to eat lots of grass fed butter and high vitamin butter oil, clean animal organs, i’m taking silica and other minerals for teeth/bones. i do 16 oz of green juice daily in addition to a big veggie smoothie and more veggies. i have the book “cure tooth decay” and his protocol is cod liver oil and butter oil, organs, bone broth, which i’ve been meaning to make. any other suggestions for rebuilding enamel/teeth? help, i’m desperate!!!

  22. Chandra says:

    Great info, but what about those of us who have horrible teeth! I’m talking 5 crowns, three root canals, 14 fillings, an abscessed tooth and two cavities that I’m afraid to have touched until I know the “healthy” way – as I write? My health is suffering; I’m learning there are better ways, but don’t know what to do about my existing problems! Thanks for any direction that can be given.

  23. Anybody have or know of any resources on where to find a good natural dentist? I have a lot of amalgam fillings that I want to get removed, but know its dangerous. I really want to find someone who knows what their doing.

    • Alice says:

      Dr. Sanders in Highland Park, IL.
      Many dentists now say they have no metal but it shows up on an x-ray.
      Only metal will show up on the x-ray.

  24. lizzy says:

    yes, please write another post. what do we do with children? my son seems to have inherited bad teeth from me, He was born when i was in a very weakened state.

    Now every six months, he seems to be getting another cavity. he’s six, and i don’t know whether I should just fill them or try to rebuild his teeth? what are the possibilities? I am really confused.

    Somehow I feel cheated out of my own teeth as I have so many fillings from when i was a child/young adult when i had no awareness of how to do better.

    its like i never had tooth pain, I’d just go to the dentist and they’d say, Oh you need to fill this one or that one, and then I’d fill it, and now I realize that I have about 15 filled teeth. It really annoys me.

    So how can I help my child, so he shouldn’t be like me?

    thanks

  25. Lena says:

    You can rebuild your teeth, remember your teeth are just a sign of what your bones look like!
    I have gone back and forth with tooth sensitivity over the years, I have had 5 pregnancy’s, and this is the time when your body will show ALL the signs of calcium/ Magnesium/ silica deficiency’s, in fact calcium is said to be the catalyst for all other minerals in the human body!
    During pregnancy and nursing, I can go from my hair falling out by the fistful, as well as thinning and frizzy, teeth hurting (as sharp as a cavity sometimes) and sensitive to hot/cold, leg cramps, eye-ticks, heart pains, failing eye-site, and eye-aches, then after only 2 weeks on a simple 4 herb formula, by Dr. Christopher (don’t use his brand) that anyone can make for themselves, being right as rain. My hair becomes thick (double, I kid you not), shiny, and curly again, my vision returns to normal and my teeth become hard and white again! This is wonderful for your baby too, if you do not have enough calcium to give them while pregnant and nursing they will have fragile teeth (give it to them too). This has nothing to do with being on a vegan diet (I have been on one for a couple of my pregnancy’s, same problems on the raw milk bone broth diet), it just comes down to not getting enough organic calcium/ magnesium, and sunlight is also a most important factor!
    The key here is you must only use organic (as in from plants, and not from rocks) minerals. The very best source for organic silica, which transfers into calcium in the body, is the herb horsetail, and the highest organic source fr magnesium is oat-straw (that’s right, the straw that grows when you plant your whole raw oat berries).
    You can use these herbs to totally heal osteoporosis and broken bones as well I have used it will friends, and it works (given you are on a mucus-less diet).
    If you need more info (free of course), I will be happy to help! Email me at HistoricalFashions@jun.com

  26. Josea C. says:

    I use Dr. Brommer’s to brush…bought some expensive tooth soap a few years ago and read the ingredients…its the same thing! My son (4 years old) had the beginnings of a cavity on his front tooth 2 years ago and since we stopped using the weleda calendula toothpaste and started using Dr. Brommer’s it has completely healed. Neither of us eat much sugar but i use a lot of stevia glycerin extract…wondering if the glycerin could be causing a problem as i noticed one of my molars was feeling sensitive the other day (never had a cavity…) So does baking soda work to remove glycerin? My teeth are healthy but not really white.

  27. Adrienne says:

    What an amazing conversation. So many people sense that there is a way to heal their enamel/dental caries naturally- and they are right! You can find the whole protocol laid out in black and white in Ramiel Nagel’s book ‘Cure Tooth Decay’ which I was just looking at again today. It’s a quick, easy read but it could save your teeth. And yes, mineral-rich bone broths are a big part of it…

  28. Lester says:

    A healthy balanced person wakes up in the morning with fresh breath. What did you do the night before to give you unhealthy breath in the morning? Raw garlic or onions could do it, but only if you overeat, a common problem today. And I’m not so sure eating raw garlic/onion is as healthy as some say.

    The best tooth cleaner is your own saliva! Stimulate it and let if flow! There is a group of people worldwide that “dry brush” using only their saliva. I’m one of them, have been doing it for over 30 years with no tooth decay or gum issues. No plaque of tartar and haven’t needed a cleaning in 30 years, verified by my dentist. No need to spit it out, swallowing is recommended. This affords you the time to brush anywhere and anytime. My favorite time is relaxing on the couch watching late night TV or finishing up at my computer before bed. A very enjoyable 5 minutes of brushing, flossing and picking. Sometimes one of my more meditative moments of the day.

    Beats sitting or standing in a cold damp bathroom spitting and splashing tooth cleaners all over your wall mirror, trying to fit in the 2-3 minutes of unbearable brushing. Of course, if that’s your thing…

    You might learn more by reading The Teeth Whitening Cure, A Holistic Guide To Bright Smiles And Better Health In A Toxic World. {http://www.amazon.com/Teeth-Whitening-Cure-Lester-Sawicki/dp/0984370617/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327864872&sr=8-1}

  29. hyesun says:

    PAM (#8):

    i just read your post – do you use red desert clay? do you brush with it or eat it, or both?
    it’s not too abrasive to brush with?

    thanks!

  30. Edna says:

    Thanks for the great articles. You mentioned fixing digestive problems. Any suggestions on that? I’ve been working on mine for nearly a year and sometimes feel like giving up! I take a digestive enzyme,eat grass fed beef,butter, antibiotic free chicken. No grains,ect. Gave up coffee still acidic. I drink alkasalts…Help if u can.

    Thanks

  31. Lena says:

    hyesun, Chandra, lizzy, and all the others who posted similar problems, my heart goes out to you! I also have a child with tooth decay, her problem was from living in Alaska and not getting enough sunlight, we supplemented with vit D, but nothing replaces the real thing, LOTS OF SUNSHINE!!!!

    #1 HYESUN, don’t listen to this dentist, he will take you for all your money, and then in the end you will still lose your teeth! They don’t know how to fix them, just like Doctors don’t understand cancer, or the human body for that matter! Send me your e-mail, and I will send you a simple formula of herbs you can make or buy, and an old newsletter for an old now dead herbalist that cured many of this problem. You can also regrow your enamel, so stop giving these dentists the power to scare you into anything!

    #2 Chandra, I just went with a friend to a biological dentist (careful you can always trust them either, and they will happily take ALL your money) this one is very good! She had a root canal pulled (she read they can cause many health problems, read “its all in your head! by Hal Huggins) and would you believe it had a tumor attached to the root of it!
    I was then told by another friend who I referred, she had had cancer and had even gone to the Gerson Institute for treatments, and it just kept growing. She went to this same dentist and with his special ultrasound machine he was able to look at the roots of her teeth, he found a small fragment of a tooth she had pulled in 1978, when he cut to remove the piece, a dam of blood and puss broke loose, (imagine 34 years of infection in your jaw bone) and on top of that he removed a crown she had done by a (supposed) biological dentist, and underneath was a HUGE mercury filling! Needless to say, she is feeling wonderful, and is already seeing her tumor shrinking, and here she had just about given up hope after everything else had failed her!

    #3 Lizzy! If I where you, I would work on reminerlizing your child, it will serve him his whole life, and your grandchildren as well! Each generation we either get stronger of weaker by what we put in our mouths!
    Remember when we drill into a tooth to fill it, we destroy the structure of the tooth, which will lead to cracking and eventually needing a crown, or root canal! Just think of all the unknown substances you child will be exposed to, and don’t forget the glues they use for those white fillings (as of several years ago there was over 200 kinds of “WHITE FILLINGS” being used by dentists and most of them are toxic or cause hormone (contain BPA) problems!
    Read Dr. Christopher’s Book “Herbal Home Health Care” http://www.amazon.com/Herbal-Home-Health-Care-Christopher/dp/1879436035/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
    You will not find a better book to raise a health child by! He even talks about how a mother and father can cleanse and nourish their body before they conceive, so they might have the healthiest child possible! He also gives formulas and recipies on how to deal with common colds and uncommon diseases, as well as telling you what condition in the body was the cause.
    I know there are many books out there, but this is the one you will turn to every time! I have used Christopher’s recipes for formulas for many years, as a self taught herbalist, and mother of 5, I can say they work every time!!!
    Blessings to ALL of you!
    HistoricalFashions@juno.com

  32. Lena says:

    Another thought! Dental plaque and Periodontal Diseases is now thought to be a nanobacteria, which grows just the same as a coral reef! Unfortunately when they sterilize the instruments they use in the dental office to clean your teeth, it is not hot enough to kill these nanobacteria, so therefore if they used them on someone before you that had it in their mouth, there is a good chance you will be infected with it as well!
    My friend just had her teeth cleaned 2 months ago, and already all her plaque has grown back! This is the real reason so many of us try so hard and still get plaque! I have read neem will kill this nanobacteria, so that is my next experiment! David Wolf’s book “Longevity Now” talks allot about nanobacteria in other parts of the body (joints, veins ect.) although I don’t remember him mentioning the teeth, he did have many ideas for killing it!

  33. bt says:

    Thanks, Kevin, for addressing this. In addition to what you’ve mentioned, some things that have helped me:

    Getting my vitamin D status up has tremendously changed my tooth health. (I’m now taking about 10,000 iu a day, cause it’s winter. In summer I do about half that. Best way to see what you need is to get a blood test)

    Also helpful–learning that acidity and dry mouth are two of the worst offenders for tooth decay. I’ve had to stop eating lemons, though I find apple cider vinegar mixed with herbs and olive oil is fine for me.

    If you do drink something acidic, Do Not brush your teeth right afterwards–the acid softens the enamel, and brushing your teeth will then speed up the demineralization.

    Zylitol can help kill mouth bacteria, prevent cavities, dissolve plaque. try chewing powdered xylitol (I buy it at a health food store), then spit it out. Or use xylitol mints or chewing gum. (Xylitol is a natural product)

    I’ve resolved abscesses and painful teeth using all these methods.

  34. kris gallagher says:

    I sometimes brush my teeth with powdered himalayan salt, makes your teeth fell amazing. I Also rinse my mouth with a sole ( pronounced so-lay ) which is natural celtic sea salt made into a brine. Also a teaspoon of this in a glass of artisan water each morning first thing stimulates the digestion and metabolism. Sole’s structure has a vibrating energy which heals and lasts in the body for up to 24 hours.

  35. lisa says:

    kevin… please expand on this. what animal based thing was missing from a vegan diet that helped your teeth???

  36. joanne says:

    I have some muslim friends who eat a wholesome diet of every food type(not junk) and they have great strong teeth and clean mouths without any special routines of brushing ect. as they are muslim they were breast fed for 2 yrs, this make me wonder how much of our dental health is based on these precious yrs of breastfeeding. I myself breastfed 2 of my children for 2 yrs and although my health is not the best, they have great teeth. they eat a wholesome natural diet of plant and animal foods. one is 6 yr and the other is 3 yrs. they rarely brush there teeth but yet they remain cavity free and clean. Their dentist is really pleased with their teeth. however my fist son born was only breast fed for 2 months,his teeth are not as white and his mouth does not remain naturallly as clean as my other children. he is eight years old and as also never had a cavity.

  37. Renee says:

    Thanks for another great article Kevin! I work in a Holistic/Biological Dental office and I completely agree with your advice! We have also found that Cod Liver Oil helps with tooth decay and Neem Oil/Neem Bark helps to keep gums healthy. Definitely stay away from Fluoride, have your mercury fillings safely removed and don’t get root canals! (they’re filled with anaerobic bacteria & toxins!)

  38. Jeanne M. Shelton says:

    I use a SoftPro toothbrush with 2 levels of bristles. One set is extra long and gets between your teeth to floss while brushing.

    I also use the interdental brushes because there are some large spaces between some of my teeth.

    I use antibacterial colloidal silver lozenges and xylitol lozenges that help prevent tartar build up.

    I think I will try your tooth soap/brightener, too. I haven’t had a cavity in years, haven’t been to the dentist in years…only issue is the whitening…so…many thanks!

  39. IH says:

    @ Anthony #23. Our dentist in Colorado Springs will be able to help you with this. He is Hal Huggins certified which means he will do the right job to get those amalgam fillings out the proper way. Just google Academy laser dentistry, Doctor David Winn. He is a holistic dentist. If you don’t want to come to Colorado Springs it is important that you find a dentist who is Huggins certified.

    My protocol is this: Tongue cleaning 2x a day, brushing with a toothpaste that unfortunately is only available in the Netherlands. (I stock up when I go back home). The paste consists of mineral salts, echinacea and other herbs. For those who are interested; the name is Parodontax. Then I am an avid flosser and I put 1 or 2 drops of oregano oil on my floss for my gums and I also like a product called Ora MD. I have used it in the past and will use it again.(no toothpaste but essential oils) I also use the hydro floss a couple of times a week and put some grape fruit seed extract in the water tank. I always LOVE how fresh my mouth feels after my routine. My protocol seems to work because my hygienist is always very happy.

  40. Jen says:

    When my son left a dental exam with 3 cavities, then the next time with 5 cavities and a root canal (age 6 then), I really started investigating a solution! I found that although his vegetarian diet and morning green smoothies were giving him adequate nutrients & minerals, the BALANCE BETWEEN CALCIUM & PHOSPHORUS was off. When I changed the ratio between the two minerals, he has never had a cavity since! (he’s now 11) For him, having about 1.5/1 ratio (calcium to phosphorus) has worked. I accomplished this fairly easily by adding more almonds and chia seeds to his smoothies. Hope this is helpful to others.

  41. Gen says:

    To Renee — if one really needs a root canal, would you suggest having the tooth removed and getting a dental implant instead? Is that not adding toxins to the mouth as well? I mean, if the tooth is in the front of your mouth — how much choice does one have, really? Thanks.

  42. OraWellness says:

    Great comments here folks!

    We agree with so many of your remarks here. Saliva is very important not only for remineralizing teeth, but also for creating the optimal ph in the mouth to support great oral health.

    Kevin is correct that a lack of minerals in the diet is a major contributor to oral health issues as well as whole body health.

    We address creating greater oral health from both an internal, whole system immune approach as well as an external, in the mouth approach.

    Key to creating greater oral health is to stop putting toxins into the system that will suppress our immune potential. Many oral hygiene products (including many of the ‘healthy’ ones) contain questionable ingredients.

    We have a toothpaste alternative that is made from 100% organic and wild crafted ingredients (yep, 100%)

    Above all, for anyone reading this post with mouth issues, the information is available for you to create greater oral health in your own mouth. There is hope.

    Holler with any questions. We’re here to help.

    http://www.OraWellness.com

    To your health!

  43. Deb says:

    I tried to email Lena at this address, it was on her comment, and it came back as undeliverable. HistoricalFashions@jun.com I would like to ask her what the other 2 herbs were.
    Thanks!
    Deb :)

  44. OraWellness says:

    @ Gen, regarding your question about the relative risks of root canals vs having it pulled and having an implant. There is another much safer option.

    I agree that root canals are a major problem. However, implants are as well.

    However, you can have the dead tooth pulled, the area checked for a cavitation (necrotic tissue under the dead tooth) and have a Carlson bridge put in.

    Dr. Carlson has a patented procedure to bridge a gap WITHOUT having to crown the two adjoining teeth! He uses composite to bond to the teeth rather than the ‘traditional’ crown bridge.

    If you search Carlson bridge you should find info on it.

    We hope this helps!

    To your health!

  45. Deb says:

    Just read another of Lena’s comments and she has an o after jun in the address. I will try this.

  46. Nadia Harper says:

    Great article!

    I haven’t used those mainstream toothpastes in decades.

    I make my own toothpastes, powders and soaps. It’s very easy to do, cost efficient, effective and fun!

    Here are just a few of the recipes I have been playing with lately;

    http://www.making-healthy-choices.com/homemade-toothpaste.html

  47. Gen says:

    Thank you Ora Wellness! My dentist certainly did not mention it so will have to search around.

  48. hyesun says:

    to josea c (#26):

    that’s interesting – i used to use dr. bronner’s because i thought it was basically the same as tooth soap, only much cheaper, but then i stopped because it says on the label that it has retained glycerin. didn’t know if that was bad. does anyone know? supposedly it’s just a by-product of the oil saponification process. in which case, toothsoap probably has it too but doesn’t list it on the label?

  49. Daisy says:

    @Carolyn, #17: Can you point me to a resource where I could read more about the hypothyroid/poor dental health connection? I have been searching for YEARS for my specific problem, and that would really make sense for me.

    I am grateful to everyone who posted responses; there is so much valuable information here!

  50. jenness says:

    Someone mentioned oil pulling. Doing this every morning has made a significant difference. Easy when you get into the habit.

  51. Vivi says:

    Your not the only one that ate toothpaste as a child. When i was a young child, my mom always have to tell me not to eat the toothpaste when brushing my teeth. Once my mom caught me sitting on the bathroom floor eating a tube of toothpaste, i got in so much trouble for that. =D

    Now, i only brush my teeth with baking soda and sometimes i do oil pulling.

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