Does anyone have any helpful remedies for cracked teeth? I went to the dentist a few days ago due to pain, especially if I eat anything sweet, and am scheduled for over $1000 worth of dental work, and that's with insurance, beginning Tuesday. To spend that kind of money, especially this time of year, is causing me so much anxiety, and will create such an enormous hardship for me, if there is a way to avoid these procedures (crowns), I'm very interested to hear your feedback.
I have to say I am an EarthClinic super fan. This has to be my most favorite site on the Internet. I love how helpful everyone is, and love, love using natural home remedies that are available to just about everyone, physically and financially. Thank you so much!
Hello: Thanks for having this site. I have been told I have severe bone loss in my mouth. Which is amazing because I have really nice teeth and have been consistantly seeing dentists since I was a little girl. I'm hoping for a natural cure to regenerate the bones. I believe western medicine is good for some things like broken legs. But, everything else make me nervous. One dentist says I have great teeth, one cavity. The next one says I have 32 cavities (1st time for me to hear this - I have good hygine and I go in for cleaning every 6 months). Originally, I'm told silver filling are bad. So they put the white ones in. Now, I'm told that white fillings are bad and they need to be gold filing. The dentists seem to want to redo each other's work. My question is why bother with all this work, fillings, caps etc... If my teeth are going to fall out. Please help. Thank you, Angela
Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa
Louisville, Ky, Usa
I had a tooth extraction two days ago and thought I'd share a couple of things that were shared with me to make recovery a lot easier.
1.) Instead of gauze, use a warm, wet teabag to apply pressure. The tannic acid in the tea will help stop the bleeding and cause the tissue to start healing faster. Any tea will do, though I used black tea.
2.) A drop of clove oil on the wound will help with pain. It stings at first and then numbs it. Clove oil is also good for helping the wound heal and has antiseptic properties, even if it has a nasty taste.
3.) After 24 hours, gently swish with salt water--about 1 teaspoon of salt to 1 cup of water. Swish after every meal. The salt will kill any bacteria and the gentle swishing will dislodge any particles of food from the open wound.
4.) Keep to soft food for the first 24-48 hours and easily chewed foods--nothing crunchy or chewy or drunk through a straw--after that.
5.) A vitamin C supplement is a good idea during the recovery phase.
Thanks to all who gave me advice on what to do to replace my tooth after my dentist made a mistake and my tooth had to be pulled. I had the implant done this morning and I have to say that it was a lot easier and faster than I thought. Although I was ok all day this evening I am starting to feel quite a bit of pain (quite a lot, even with the pain killers) so I am off to take a warm bath and to bed. I hope that it will all be over in the morning. Now four months eating to one side and then I will get my new tooth. I have to say that it is a lengthy project as my tooth was pulled more or less four weeks ago but the wound had to heal before they could proceed! I hope I manage to sleep...
I have been bothered by translucent front teeth for years. I saw online somewhere that some company has invented a tray delivery system to remineralize teeth. They say they use calcium, flouride and phosphate (ACP). Couldn't I do the same thing with liquid calcium and a tray I already have? I know it is probably more technical than that but I would love your input. Thanks, MaryAnn
Ct, Wc, Sa
Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
San Fernando, Philippines
Atlanta, Ga, Usa
Atlanta, Georgia, Usa
Sarasota, Florida, Usa
San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines
Sarasota, Florida, Usa
San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines
Sarasota, Florida, Usa
Sarasota, Florida, Usa
San Fernando, San Fernando, Philippines
Los Angeles, Ca
Los Angeles, Ca
I found your site in June of 2007 because I allowed a dentist to talk me into repairing a chipped tooth, he even claimed he wouldn't do any drilling. But he lied & drilled so deep into my gums a nerve was damaged. I was in non stop pain from the time I left his office dispite the novacane,which got worst after it wore off. I could not sleep & cried every night for a month, almost going to the emergency room but determined not to go back to him and fearful of dentists. After searching the net I tried your herbal remedies for the pain and started oil pulling. And within a few days the pain was gone and the only thing I did to maintain it was the oil pulling. I continued it for about 9 mos and felt the tooth must have healed by then so I stopped oil pulling and about two months later the pain returned but there was swelling this time and I was told I must definately get a root canal asap. Instead I started oil pulling again along with ACV and the swelling went away and the pain stopped again. I also recently found a great book about healing cavities and tooth infections called Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. He advises what foods to eat to recover from cavites and pressure tecniques to restore the bodies hormonal balance which I barely tried but was amazed that they seem to work right away and I felt a difference. That tooth is now almost 100%. No sensitivity to hot or cold & I can chew any kind of foods no matter how hard, & the tooth no longer feels weeaker than the others. Unlike before when I had to chew certain foods like steak or nuts on the other side of my mouth.
EC: Read more about Oil Pulling here.
Ripon, North Yorkshire, England
I was diagnosed with gum disease, receeding gums by my dentist, I used 10 drops of oregano under my tongue, let it set til I had good saliva built up, then swished it aroung my mouth, used my tongue to rub it on my gums & swallow it, every morning & guess what, went to my densist 6mo. Later & he was amazed. I now do this every morning, & for some reason---i do not get ill near as often either. Amazing!!
Hi Ted, Like many others, I stumbled onto this site during an internet search for some health concern and am thankful for the helpful, inexpensive and safe recommendations. My reason in writing concerns how to prevent tooth loss due to cracking. I have just cracked my forth tooth in 12 years (I am 52). None of these teeth had cavities, in fact I have never had a cavity in my life. But I do have periodontal disease, with most of the pockets in the 4 - 6 mm range. I do not brush daily, but use salt/baking soda combo when I do, followed by a hydrogen peroxide rinse.
My questions are:
1. Can unchecked bacteria growth cause teeth to crack vertically, especially if the bacteria is anaerobic?
2. Can teeth, which have never had cavities and have never been injured, crack vertically only as a result of grinding your teeth in your sleep? Though I considered that possibility, I have never awakened with a headache (nor do I get any headaches) and there is no evidence of wear on my teeth.
3. Should I consider having dental implants to replace the lost teeth or would that lead to further complications down the road as I had with infected root canals? Would getting a bridge or noninvasive option be better?
Of the first two teeth that cracked, both had a root canal and crown put on in order to save the tooth. Unfortunately, in time that led to an infection and huge abscess, so I had both of these root canal treated teeth removed. Consequently, I would appreciate any comments by you or by your readers as to their experiences.
Thank you so much."
06/17/2008: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes, "Usually in a periodontal disease, the bacteria may grow in vertical column, causing vertical breaks. Given the fact that regular brushing was not done in the morning and before sleep, it gives ample time for this disease to develop and the thinning of teeth, especially the enamel, which causes the teeth to be brittle. Once that sets in a break occurs along the vertical column. The thinning of enamel can be further worsens by acid saliva where the saliva pH is below 7, while a urinary pH is much more allowable to be as low as 6, but a much stricter allowances of the mouth pH not to be below even 6.8 before a bacteria sets in. However acceptable allowance of urinary pH to be as low as 6.5 and 7.0 for salivary pH are allowed.
The major alkalizing remedy for the mouth has always been the potassium, unfortunately certain diets may influence excess potassium and lacking sodium in case of vegetarian diets, Hallelujah diets here are not applicable. The mouth gets alkalized with a potassium bicarbonate, or a potassium citrate. One effective remedy that I have tested so far in the prevention of bad breath and some periodontal disease was the use of potassium citrate. The reason why potassium bicarbonate was not tested, at least here in Thailand is that the chemical suppliers here don't sell it, so I ended up testing just the potassium citrate. The remedy is often 1/4 teaspoon of potassium citrate plus 1/4 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate in 1 glass of water, only once a day for healthier people. But for people who are sicker it may be taken twice a day.
It should be noted that I actually have a two tiered remedy depending on the condition of the people, either they are sick or they are well. A people who are well generally either don't need the alkalizing remedy or used it once a day, depending on condition, rather than perfection of achieving a close pH values, where allowable pH is much wider in healthier people, but within limits.
For example, for me the positive effects of potassium citrate lasts for days in alkalizing my mouth, while some may need just once a day, a more unhealthier people may need up to twice a day. The potassium added remedy is often a bit more difficult to handle, because excessive potassium use has a stronger effect and longer lasting effect than a sodium bicarbonate one and needs more complete description.
Besides the alkalizing effects to alkalize the mouth to prevent erosion of enamel when mouth pH is acid, is the issue of dietary preferences. Frequently people with enamel erosion has high strontium, fluoride, and other metals which causes erosion of enamel. Fluoride by mottled of the teeth. Sweets play in a large role in enamel erosion, which is the gives the teeth its strength as sugar increases calcium solubility by 35 times over ordinary water causing enamel erosion, which thins the teeth.
A couple of things not mentioned is that enamel erosion causes teeth sensitivity. Two possible supplements might help, one that I knew very well is the magnesium supplements and the other that came from nowhere is the silicon supplements, chemically in the form of silicic acid (which is neutral form) and sodium silicate (a very alkaline form), that is sometimes added in supplements. I make my own since it's not available anywhere. The matrix of enamel are complicated, but magnesium, silicon, phosphate, are some that is needed. The dentin inner part which is soft is high in collagen, so some sodium ascorbate vitamin C supplements may help, especially in cases of gum disease, such as receding gums.
The remineralization of teeth is vital, and molybdenum supplements are needed or can be added to a toothpowder formulation such as sodium molybdate 1% in a tooth formulation. Sodium molybdate is relatively benign and helps in remineralization of teeth and protects against cavities. But molybdenum is not the only one, and xylitol or mannitol are also helpful and deserves special mention. Already xylitol works better than fluoride by twice the value, while the addition of molybdenum will work a lot better in cavity prevention than traditional methods and are safer bas molybdenum are an essential mineral also. Mannitol is more natural version, than xylitol and they both work equally well when I tested it. Xylitol might work a bit better. If zinc chloride 0.1%-0.5% is added in a tooth formulation it will be fine. The reason why I discussed some of these chemical aspect is that I used to moonlight as an industrial chemist, so it's not something you see in consumer products since they don't add these because effectiveness of formulation in cavity prevention is not their priority. Cost is. That's where more conscious consumers comes in and have to formulate himself.
While I am fairly positive that sea salt used in tooth powders may help remineralization and even better approach is to add a tiny amount of rich mineral, bentonite a tiny pinch in the entire formulation often below 1% to help increase mineralization of the teeth.
As to why I used mannitol or even xylitol in a tooth formulation I find this is the future of antibiotics, the addition of these prevent colonies of bacteria and virus from replication. It is what I call a glue remover, that prevents the virus and bacteria from attaching to healthy cells forming colonies. Some people may not xylitol and there are more natural alternatives such as mannose, extracted from cranberry, or even mannitol which is derive from mannose. I prefer both or sometimes I used xylitol because it's cheaper and easier to find in my area. The reason why I know mannitol and xylitol may help periodontal disease is I purposes eat sweets (ouch!) to cause cavities and toothache, where I added mannitol or xylitol to find out how long it takes to stop it. The amount is about 1 gram applied in the area and it kills it. The mechanism of killing by polyol sugars is it prevents bacteria from attaching to the surface of the enamel and prevents enamel erosion that way. Hence between 10% to 50% of the formulation used contains this element in a toothpowder.
Therefore, I would avoid sour, sweet and very hot foods, smoking (causes strontium and excessive wear of the enamel) and should be avoided. Sour foods digests the enamel by acid. Getting an alkaline saliva is also important but they are more tricky to use than the old baking soda remedy. However, much of these I used only when it is needed, and not as a supplements. Some people mistakenly assume I used this as a supplement. If that were true, I would have to use a Ringer's solution, along with vitamin C sodium ascorbate with a twice a week vitamin B complex and required a lot of more description. However, a saliva's pH should be around 7-7.3, and potassium is added in addition to baking soda. But since most of my postings deal with Home Remedies, I frequently opted simpler supplies than a more complicated Ringer's solution, and other nuances since most will not have it anyway.
As to your questions:
1. Unchecked bacteria growth cause vertical cracks.
2. A periodontal disease, eating sour and sweet foods and acid saliva can cause rapid enamel erosion. Cavities is just one element of enamel damage!
3. Grinding of teeth will cause crown erosion. But theres more than one way to grind it! The teeth during sleeping can be grinding up and down the crown, but there is another which happens when we go left and right, which does not wear the crown, but put undue pressure to the side to cause a break. A grinding of teeth can only be noticed by two ways: someone tells you were grinding in your sleep, or you webcam recorded yourself while you sleep. Grinding of teeth is in my opinion a very weak from of epileptic seizures and I have seen cures with granulated lecithin, alkalizing, and magnesium supplements, as well as occasional cilanto (Chinese parsley) to remove heavy metals. One newer remedy added to arsenal of reduced grinding is fish oil omega 3 containing DHA and EPA.
As to the issue of dental implants for lost teeth and noninvasive option. The dental implants is more invasive and risk potential infection.
I think I've read every post of yours that I could find about your remedies for gum/periodontal disease but having done that, I'm a bit overwhelmed! I have started using the milk of magnesia rinse after brushing my teeth with a very expensive tincture (made for gum disease and general oral hygiene) I purchased almost a year ago online when I was diagnosed initially with gum disease do to a cracked tooth that went unnoticed til bacteria set in and started this whole thing. I have several deep pockets, 6 mm and they are talking laser surgery which I cannot afford. I wish I could tell you what was in this "magic" tincture, but apparently they like to keep it a secret so it cannot be copied; essential oils of spearmint and such is all I could gather. I have been completely off of regular flouride toothpastes for at least 18 mos and have been brushing with baking soda and ACV at least 1 x day b/c I only have a few servings left of the tincture. So, I guess my question is, what is your tooth powder composed of and what additional supplements do you suggest? Just a side note, I also take the ACV and baking soda remedy every day, am & pm b/c you put me on it 2 years ago: I was the girl that had the E. Coli and Candida (plus 3 other "bugs") that nearly killed me, unitl I found you here at Earthclinic. I told you then, as I tell everyone now, that I believe YOU saved my life (I spent a week in the hospital with an NG tube and the dr.s didn't have a clue what was wrong with me). I've saved every one of your letters, just in case of a relapse, which has happened only once. You deal with and have met and helped so many people here, that you may not remember my particular case...but, I will never forget you!
New York, USA
I think that my bottom-right wisdom tooth is coming in at a bad angle. As it's grown in, pain has occurred once in a while, usually only 2-3 days every few months. This time, however, it has caused me to repeatedly bite a bit of skin near my back molars which comes off of my cheek near the jaw. This is causing severe pain and it is beginning to become very difficult to eat. Because of the accidental biting, the skin there is becoming swollen and thus, easier to bite.
The tooth itself is relatively painless, but this bit of skin is really starting to cause me major pains. Can anyone recommend anything to keep this from continuing? I don't know what to do. :C
Dayton, Ohio, Usa
Wow!! I can't believe how well this remedy works. Had toothache pain for about 2 days on my wisdom tooth, I put some garlic powder on a Q-tip and saturated my tooth and gum area with the garlic powder, there was some burning but I couldn't believe the relief it gave me, NO MORE PAIN!!!!!
Bop, New Zealand
White Oak Bark for loose teeth
if you have loose teeth, try about 960 mg before going to sleep. In the morning they won't be loose anymore.
Mason City, Iowa
Does anyone have a remedy to speed along the healing of wisdom teeth extraction? My daughter had 4 impacted removed and I've never seen a worse case of misery from that in my life, my sister's were really bad off... But this doesn't even compare. I'm getting a little scared. She literally looks like she has a huge rubber mask on, just horrible.