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Tooth Decay


About
Tooth Decay occurs when bacteria gets into a person's system and joins with food debris and mucus. This sticky combination attaches itself to the teeth in the form of plaque, which will eventually eat away at the teeth (decay).


Notes
  • Make sure you are taking supplements for overall good health. If you are not taking these basic supplements, we recommend Enfuz from Vitabase. When you take a small packet of pills each day, you get all the basic nutrition you need. Each packet contains a multi-vitamin, CoQ10 (for heart health), Omega 3, Vitamin D-3, a probiotic, and a powerful set of antioxidants to help your body fight off disease.
  • Air abrasive technology is being used as an alternative to drilling in removing tooth decay.
  • As far as science can tell, no connection has been made between endocarditis (heart infection) and dental work.
  • Cranberry extract may help get rid of plaque. Research is being done to see if it can be added to toothpaste and mouthwash.
  • Dental x-rays can be helpful when done in moderation.
  • Fillings are the best way to handle tooth decay at this time. Make sure that any fillings you may need do not contain mercury, which can cause toxic metal poisoning.
  • Fluoride can be beneficial in protecting against tooth decay. It can be obtained through toothpaste, drinking water, and treatments at the dentist.
  • Getting rid of oral bacteria through a vaccine is a possibility that is undergoing research. If this works, it would help protect against tooth decay.
  • Visit your dentist regularly.


Advice
  • A mixture of 1/2 teaspoon of salt and warm water can help alleviate pain caused by toothache or abscess. See your dentist as soon as possible.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Chewable vitamin C tablets can eat away at tooth enamel. It is best to get vitamin C from tablets or powder.
  • Consuming raw fruits and vegetables can help balance level of acid in saliva.
  • Do not consume carbonated beverages. They remove calcium from tooth enamel.
  • Oral hygiene is very important. Brush your teeth 2-3 times daily (after meals is recommended). Over-brushing can cause receding gums and other problems. Floss at least once daily. Consider using a mouth rinse that can help remove plaque. Get a new soft-bristled toothbrush each month.
  • Stay away from refined sugars.



Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Acidophilus
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Essential if taking antibiotics. Guards good bacteria in the colon. Non dairy formula.


Calcium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Essential for strong teeth.


Magnesium
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Conducts with calcium.


L-Tyrosine
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Eases pain and anxiety.


Vitamin A
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Essential for tooth formation and healing.


Vitamin B complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Keeps nerves and gums healthy.


Vitamin C
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Guards against inflammation and infection.


Vitamin D3
Importance: Moderate
Comments: For calcium and absorption and healing of gum tissue.


Vitamin E
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Supports healing.



Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Calendula
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights inflammation.

Chamomile
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights inflammation.

Peppermint
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights inflammation.

Yarrow
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights inflammation.

Clove Oil
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain caused by toothache. Can be mixed with olive oil, if desired. Use a cotton swab to administer oil to problem area.
Dosage: 1-2 drops

Goldenseal
Type: Internal/ External
Purposes: Kills bacteria when used as a mouthwash. For inflamed teeth/gums, apply a piece of gauze soaked in a few drops of goldenseal to the problem area and leave overnight. Repeat for 3 nights. Helps get rid of inflammation and kill bacteria.
Dosage: 1-3 drops

Kava Kava
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain.

St. John's Wort
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain.

White Willow Bark
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain. Fights inflammation.

Wintergreen
Type: Internal
Purposes: Eases pain.

Sage
Type: Internal
Purposes: Fights inflammation. After steeping, strain and allow to cool. Use as a mouth rinse 2-3 times daily.
Dosage: 2 tablespoons of dried crushed leaves steeped for 20 minutes in 1 cup of water.

Thyme
Type: Internal
Purposes: Gets rid of bacteria and germs.