Tooth decay rivals the common cold as the most prevalent human disorder. Cavities are decayed areas of your teeth that develop into tiny holes. Cavities are also known as tooth decay and are especially common in children and young adults. But anyone who has teeth can get cavities, including infants and older adults.
Tooth decay is not a natural process, as many people believe, but a bacterial disease. This bacteria can enter the bloodstream and cause other problems in the body. Bacteria in the mouth combine with mucus and food debris to create a sticky mass called plaque that sticks to the surface of the teeth. The bacteria in the plaque feed on ingested sugars and produce an acid that leaches calcium and phosphate from the teeth. Gradually, if the sticky deposits are not removed, the teeth erode - first the enamel (the outer layer) and then the dentin (the body of the tooth). If unchecked, decay can progress even further, into the pulp that contains the nerve in the center of the tooth, resulting in a toothache. Infection may result, leaving the tooth vulnerable to abscess.
TOOTH DECAY PROGRESSION
The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel surface of the tooth and create holes in the tooth (cavities). Cavities are usually painless until they grow very large inside the internal structures of the tooth (the dentine and the pulp at the core) and can cause death of the nerve and blood vessels in the tooth, resulting in tooth abscess.
 Early Stages: Acids dissolve the enamel in the crown of the tooth.
 Moderate Tooth Decay: The dentine is attacked by acids and bacteria invade the cavity.
 Advanced Tooth Decay: Inflammation of the pulp.
 Necrosis: Death of the pulp tissue.
 Periapical Abscess: An abscess forms at the apex of the root.
UNTREATED TOOTH DECAY
If cavities are not treated, they get larger and the decay can become severe enough to cause serious toothache pain, infection, tooth loss and other complications. You probably know that regular dental visits and good brushing and flossing habits go a long way toward preventing cavities and tooth decay. But you may be surprised to learn that cheese may also help prevent cavities, and that potato chips may be more harmful than a candy bar. Detecting and treating cavities and tooth decay early can save you pain and expense later - as well as your teeth.
RELATED DISORDER - PERIDONTAL DISEASE
Periodontal means "located around a tooth." Periodontal disease therefore can refer to any disorder of the gums or other supporting structures of the teeth. Periodontal disease is second only to the common cold as the most prevalent infectious ailment in the United States. It affects 75 percent of Americans over the age of 35 and is the major cause of adult tooth loss. The rate of periodontal disease increases with age, ranging from 15 percent at age 10 to more than 50 percent at age 50 years.
Periodontal disease begins with mild gum inflammation and becomes more severe over time. However, periodontal disease, a disease of the supporting tissue around the tooth, can be so severe that the teeth loosen and fall out.
The teeth are seated in sockets in the bones of the upper and lower jaws in alveolar bone, (alveolar means "hollow"). The bone does not hold the teeth in place, rather, the teeth are stabilized by connective tissue called periodontal ligaments that extend between tooth-roots and sockets.
The part of the tooth next to the sulcus is extremely difficult to keep free of bacterial plaque, and if not removed constantly, or left undisturbed for a few days, will form tartar - a rough, hard material that adheres to teeth. Plaque and tartar build-up constitute the primary cause of periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease progression can be divided into four stages.
- The first stage is gum inflammation or gingivitis, and the gums may become reddish or purple and slightly swollen. They may be tender and they may bleed easily. You may have a sour taste, and your breath may be offensive. You may have no symptoms.
- The second stage or early periodontitis will involve the sulcus becoming swollen and more inflamed. The sulcus expand its borders creating an even better environment for bacterial growth. As the inflammation spreads and worsens, it will soon attack the periodontal ligament that holds the teeth in place. At this point a dentist would use a periodontal probe to measure the depth of each periodontal pocket. Periodontitis does not progress steadily, but rather intermittently. Symptoms and the rate of destruction vary.
- The third stage will see erosion of the gum, pockets will deepen, and more potent forms of bacteria develop. The periodontal ligament and alveolar bone become inflamed.
- In the fourth stage, there is so much ligament and bone loss that the tooth, no longer stable, will loosen in its socket. Bone loss magnifies pressure from chewing, making the tooth progressively looser. As the tooth looses its support it will fall out or require extraction.
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All human adult teeth conform to the same basic structure. There is a visible crown projecting above the gum (medically known as the gingiva). The root of the tooth is embedded in the alveolar bone of the jaw and is covered in a layer of cementum. Children have 20 deciduous teeth and adults have 32 permanent teeth. In the adult the teeth are specialized to form different functions during mastication (or chewing). The molars and pre-molars grind food. The incisors cut food and the canines tear at food. Enamel is an extremely hard material which covers the crown and the root of the teeth. This protects the more delicate inner structures of the tooth and provides the hard surface required for the functions outlined above. The inner layer of the tooth is formed from dentine which has a similar structure to bone. In the center of the tooth there is a pulp cavity which contains nerves and blood vessels. It is the stimulation of these nerves which causes the intense pain associated with dental cavities.
TOOTH DECAY FACTORS
Tooth decay depends on three factors:
- The presence of bacteria.
- The availability of sugars for the bacteria to feed on.
- The vulnerability of the tooth enamel.
Poor nutrition and poor oral hygiene are probably the main factors behind most cavities. In particular, people who consume large quantities of refined carbohydrates - especially sticky-textured foods that cling to tooth surfaces - or who snack frequently without cleaning their teeth afterward are much more likely to have a problem with tooth decay.
There are also some people who, for reasons not understood, seem to have unusually acidic saliva and/or higher than normal levels of bacteria present in their mouths, and they too are more prone to tooth decay.
The signs and symptoms of cavities and tooth decay vary depending on the severity and location of the cavity. When a cavity or decay is just beginning, you may not have any symptoms at all and normally there will be no symptoms until it is rather far advanced.
But as decay gets worse, it may cause such symptoms as:
- Toothache or tooth pain.
- Tooth sensitivity to heat, cold, and the consumption of sugar.
- Mild to sharp pain when eating or drinking something sweet, hot or cold.
- Pain that lasts even after you stop eating or drinking.
- Visible holes or pits in your teeth.
- Pain when you bite down.
- Pus around a tooth (an abscess).
Your mouth, like many other parts of your body, naturally contains many types of bacteria. Some of these bacteria thrive on food and drinks that contain sugars and cooked starches, also known as fermenting carbohydrates. When these carbohydrates are not cleaned off your teeth, the bacteria can convert them into acids starting within just 20 minutes. The bacteria, acids, food particles and saliva then form into dental plaque - a sticky film that coats your teeth. If you run your tongue along your teeth, you can feel this plaque several hours after you have brushed. The plaque is slightly rough and is more noticeable on your back teeth, especially along the gumline.
The acids in plaque attack minerals in the tooth's hard, outer surface, called the enamel. This erosion causes tiny openings or holes in the enamel - cavities. Once spots of enamel are worn away, the bacteria and acid can reach the next layer of your teeth, called dentin. This layer is softer and less resistant to acid than enamel is, so once tooth decay reaches this point, the decay process often speeds up.
As tooth decay continues, the bacteria and acid continue their march through the layers of your teeth, moving next to the pulp, or the inner material of the tooth. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels. The pulp becomes swollen and irritated from the bacteria. The bone supporting the tooth also may become involved. When a cavity and decay is this advanced, you may have severe toothache pain, sensitivity, pain when biting or other symptoms. Your body also may respond to these bacterial invaders by sending white blood cells to fight the infection. This may result in a tooth abscess.
This process of tooth decay takes time. Permanent teeth are stronger than primary teeth and may hold off decay for a year or two. Saliva also helps wash away some of the bacteria and acid. But as the decay erodes each layer of your tooth, the process speeds up.
Tooth decay most frequently occurs in the back teeth - the molars and premolars. These teeth have lots of grooves, pits and crannies. Although these grooves are great for helping chew food, they can also collect food particles. These back teeth are also harder to keep clean than your smoother and more accessible front teeth. As a result, plaque can build up between these back teeth and bacteria can thrive, producing acid that destroys the enamel.
EARLY CHILDHOOD TOOTH DECAY (ECTD)/ BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY
Although this topic is not one of happy nature, it is important to touch on it briefly because it is a topic that hits home for many new parents find it very important for all parents to be aware of this syndrome.
Decay in infants and toddlers is called Early Childhood Tooth Decay (ECTD) or "baby bottle tooth decay". A baby's teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they appear in the mouth. ECTD is a form of rampant cavities that occurs when a child's teeth are frequently exposed or continuously given bottles containing sugary liquids or foods, causing frequent acid attacks which can begin to break down tooth enamel. As the child falls asleep sipping on the bottle, the liquid has to pass by the anterior teeth before the child can swallow. That sugary liquid then pools around the primary molars and the backs of the anterior teeth. Dental plaque (thin, sticky film of bacteria that covers teeth), combined with sugar produces an acid.
SUGAR + PLAQUE (germs) = ACID
The upper front teeth are usually the first teeth to show signs of ECTD. The enamel on the teeth then becomes weak and begins to breakdown due to the acid levels in the mouth. This in turn opens up the opportunity for bacteria to hide and multiply in these areas. When the child is routinely being given these liquids the possibility of decay is greatly increased.
Below is a photo of a typical case of Baby Bottle Syndrome found in a two year old child.
Liquids that are high in sugar and most commonly found to contribute to this syndrome are:
- Nursing bottle that contains sweetened milk or other liquid sweetened with sucrose.
- Pacifier dipped in or filled with a sweet agent such as honey.
- Prolonged at-will breast-feeding.
Stages of decay include:
- Very Early Decay: ECTD can appear as white chalky areas around the gum line. If detected at this early stage stopping or reversing decay is possible. Consult a oral health professional.
- Decay: ECTD can progress to brown spots, which will require dental treatment. Pain and/or Infection can result from ECTD.
- Severe Decay: Eventually tooth structure can be lost which can result in tooth loss.
Prevention of ECTD includes:
- Water is the best beverage choice between meals, or if a bottle is given at bedtime.
- Any liquid containing sugar can help to cause tooth decay such as: Formula, Milk including breast milk, juices, carbonated beverages.
- If your child is using a bottle or a sippy cup try to wean your child by 12-15 months.
- Encourage the use of an open-faced cup by 12-15 months.
- When your child starts solid foods limit sweet, sticky foods.
- Prevent ECTD by getting to know your child's teeth, as they appear healthy. Lift the lip monthly to notice any changes in the appearance of the teeth.
ECTD can have devastating effects on your child. Tooth decay, pain, infection and premature loss of very important baby teeth can result from ECTD. Primary (baby) teeth are important because:
- Primary (baby) teeth last for one-sixth of a person's life.
- Chewing on well-formed teeth helps the jaw bones to grow and develop properly.
- Primary (baby) provide proper space for the eruption of permanent teeth.
- Primary (baby) are necessary for proper chewing of food, and normal digestive processes.
- Primary (baby) are also necessary for the development of sounds and proper speech development.
- Healthy baby teeth are also important for a child's self esteem and well being.
Children do not lose all of their baby teeth at once. Certain baby molars are expected to be in the child's mouth until 12-13 years of age.
Begin oral care first week of life.
- Use a clean wet washcloth, gauze or finger cot to clean gums daily.
- If nursing/bottle feeding, ensure the baby has swallowed all of the milk before lying him/her down.
- Once teeth are present use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean teeth. Or continue to use a clean wet washcloth, gauze or finger cot to clean gums daily until you are comfortable using a toothbrush.
- Avoid transferring harmful bacteria to baby (i.e. do not put infants utensils, soothers in adult's mouth).
Dentists usually recommend your child's first dental check-up around age 3. But if you have any concern at all, please do not hesitate to bring your child in when their first tooth erupts. For more information about tooth care for your child, consult with your dental care provider.
Cavities are one of the most common worldwide health problems, and everyone who has teeth is at risk of getting them. But some factors increase the risk that you will get a cavity or develop tooth decay. These risk factors include:
CERTAIN FOODS & DRINKS
Some foods and drinks are more likely than others to cause decay. Fermentable carbohydrates are the biggest problem. These foods cling to your teeth for a long time. Fermentable carbohydrates include all sugars and most cooked starches. Examples include milk, honey, table sugar, soda, raisins, cake, hard candy, breath mints, dried fruit, cookies, dry cereal, bread and potato chips. Some food that may seem like obvious culprits may not be after all. For instance, although candy bars, jelly beans and caramels are sticky and sugary, they are easily washed away by saliva, making them less of a threat than are potato chips, which stubbornly stick to your teeth.
FREQUENT SNACKING OR SIPPING
When it comes to your teeth, the amount of sugary snacks you eat is less important than when you eat them. If you frequently snack or sip sodas, acid has more time to attack your teeth and wear them down. This is also why parents are encouraged not to give babies bottles filled with milk, formula, juice or other sugar-containing liquids at bedtime. The beverage will remain on their teeth for hours and cause erosion - often called baby bottle tooth decay. If you are nursing or feeding an infant formula, talk to your health care providers about how to prevent early tooth decay. They may suggest having your baby drink some water after eating to help rinse away the sugary milk or formula.
If you do not clean your teeth after eating and drinking, plaque builds up, eroding your teeth.
Adding fluoride to public water supplies has helped decrease tooth decay by offering protective minerals for tooth enamel. But today, many people drink bottled or filtered water that does not contain fluoride, and they may miss out on the protective benefits of fluoride. On the other hand, some bottled water may contain added fluoride, and if your drinking water also contains fluoride, babies and children could then get too much fluoride. Talk to your child's dentist about the amount of fluoride he or she may be getting and check ingredient labels on your bottled water.
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An increasing number of older adults still have their natural teeth. However, over time, these teeth can wear down and become more vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. Older adults also have more decay on root surfaces.
When your gums pull away from your teeth, plaque can form on the roots of your teeth. Tooth roots are naturally covered with a coating called cementum, but the cementum is quickly lost when the root surface is exposed. The underlying dentin is softer than enamel and can become decayed more easily, leading to root decay.
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Dry mouth is a lack of saliva. Saliva has an important role in preventing tooth decay. It washes away food and plaque from your teeth. Minerals found in saliva help repair early tooth decay. Saliva also limits bacterial growth that can dissolve tooth enamel or lead to mouth infections. And saliva neutralizes damaging acids in your mouth.
WEAK OR ROUGH DENTAL FILLINGS
Over the years, dental fillings can become weak and begin to breakdown, or the edges can become rough. Either of these situations can allow plaque to build up more easily and make it harder to completely remove plaque.
Anorexia and bulimia can lead to significant tooth erosion and cavities. Stomach acid from vomiting, for instance, washes over the teeth and erodes the enamel. Eating disorders can also interfere with saliva production. In addition, some people with eating disorders sip soda or other acidic drinks throughout the day, which creates a continual acid bath over the teeth.
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Gastroesophageal reflux disorder (GERD), acid reflux and heartburn can cause stomach acid to flow into your mouth, wearing away the enamel of your teeth.
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Some harmful, decay-causing bacteria in the mouth can be passed from one person to another by kissing or sharing eating utensils. Parents or even child care providers may pass along harmful bacteria to infants and children, for example.
CERTAIN CANCER TREATMENTS
Having radiation to your head or neck areas can increase the risk of getting cavities by changing the saliva produced in the mouth, which allows more cavity-producing bacteria to thrive.
Cavities and tooth decay are so common that you may not take them seriously. And you may think that it does not matter if children get cavities in their baby teeth. However, cavities and tooth decay can have serious and lasting complications, even for children who have not yet gotten their permanent teeth.
Complications may include:
- Tooth abscess.
- Tooth loss.
- Broken teeth.
- Chewing problems.
- Serious infections.
In addition, when cavities and decay become very painful and severe, they can interfere with daily living. The pain may prevent you from going to school or work, for instance. If it is too painful or difficult to chew or eat, you may lose weight or have nutrition problems. If cavities result in tooth loss, it may affect your self-esteem. In rare cases, an abscess from a cavity can cause serious or even life-threatening infections when not properly treated.
DIAGNOSIS & TESTS
Your dentist can detect a cavity and tooth decay pretty easily. Your dentist will ask about tooth pain and sensitivity. Your dentist will examine your mouth and teeth and may probe your teeth with dental instruments to check for soft areas. You may also have dental X-rays, which can show cavities and decay.
Your dentist will also be able to tell you specifically which of the three types of cavities you have:
- Smooth Surface Decay: This is decay on a flat surface of a tooth, where bacteria can remain for a long time and acid can dissolve the tooth enamel. It most commonly involves the cheek side of teeth at the gumline. This is also the type of decay that is generally easiest to prevent and treat, unless it occurs on the smooth contacting surfaces between the teeth.
- Pit & Fissure Decay: This is decay that affects the pits and grooves on the chewing surface of your back teeth. This decay can progress quickly if you do not practice good oral hygiene or get prompt treatment.
- Root Decay: This type of decay occurs on the surface over tooth roots. It is most common among older adults with receding gums.
CONVENTIONAL TREATMENT OF TOOTH DECAY
Treatment of cavities and decay depends on how severe they are and your particular situation. Treatment options include:
Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent cavities and helps teeth repair themselves. If your cavity is just getting started, a fluoride treatment may be able to help restore enamel. Professional fluoride treatments contain more fluoride than what is found in over-the-counter toothpaste and mouth rinses. Fluoride treatments may be in a liquid solution, a gel, foam or varnish that is brushed onto your teeth or placed in a tray that fits over your teeth. Each treatment takes a few minutes. Your dentist may suggest having periodic fluoride treatments.
Sealant: A sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of molars and premolars (the teeth directly) in front of the molars). Sealants have been shown to be highly effective in the prevention of cavities. Sealants are put on in dentists' offices, clinics, and sometimes in schools. Getting sealants put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth. Sealants are clear or tinted. Tinted sealants are easier to see. By covering the chewing surfaces of the molars, sealants keep out the germs and food that cause decay. Germs in the mouth change the sugar in food to acid. The acid can eat a cavity in the tooth. The decay has to be cleaned out by drilling and then the tooth has to be filled. Of course a healthy tooth is the best tooth. So it is important to prevent decay. That is why sealants are so important.
Children should get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in before decay attacks the teeth. The first permanent molars, called "6 year molars", come in between the ages of 5 and 7. The second permanent molars, called the "12 year molars", come in when a child is between 11 and 14 years old. The other teeth with pits and grooves are called "premolars" or "bicuspids". These are right in front of the molars, also may need to be sealed. Teenagers and young adults without decay or fillings in their molars also may get sealants. Your dentist might think it is a good idea to apply a sealant to baby teeth, especially if your child's baby teeth have deep pits and grooves. Baby teeth play an important role in holding the correct spacing for permanent teeth so it is important to keep baby teeth healthy so they do not fall out early.
Sealing one tooth usually costs less than filling one tooth. Having sealants put on healthy teeth now will save you money in the long run by avoiding fillings, crowns, or caps used to fix decayed teeth. But the most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay. Healthy teeth last a lifetime! Many insurance companies pay for sealants. Check with your company for details.
Sealants can last up to 10 years. But they need to be checked at regular dental check-ups to make sure they are not chipped or worn away. Over time, sealants can be damaged or worn through chewing and through the abrasive effects of chewing sticky foods, crunchy candy or ice cubes. The dentist can repair sealants by adding more sealant material. If a small cavity is accidentally covered by a sealant, the decay will not spread because it is sealed off from its food and germ supply. Sealants are not new. They have been around for about 25 years. Research by NIDCR and others led to the development of sealants in the early 1960s. But many people still do not know what sealants are.
Fillings: A filling is material that replaces decayed areas of your teeth. Fillings, sometimes called restorations, are the main treatment option when the decay has progressed beyond the initial enamel-erosion process. Your dentist drills away the decayed material inside your tooth. The gap is then filled to restore the tooth shape. Fillings are made of various materials, such as tooth-colored composite resins, porcelain, or combinations of several materials. Silver amalgam fillings contain a variety of materials including small amounts of mercury. Some people do not like using mercury fillings because they fear possible health effects. While some medical studies have shown these fillings to be safe, they remain controversial.
Crowns: If you have extensive decay or weakened teeth, you may need a crown rather than a filling to treat your cavity. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth - covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. The decayed area is drilled away. A crown is then fit over the remaining portion of tooth. Crowns are made of gold, porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
Bridges: Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap = these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth - and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Root Canal: When decay is severe and reaches the inner material of the tooth, you may need a root canal. In this procedure, the pulp of the tooth is removed and then replaced with a filling.
Root canals is the commonly used term for the main canals within the dentin of the tooth. These are part of the natural cavity within a tooth that consists of the dental pulp chamber, the main canals, and sometimes more intricate anatomical branches that may connect the root canals to each other or to the root surface of the tooth. Root canals are filled with a highly vascularized, loose connective tissue, the dental pulp. This sometimes becomes infected and inflamed, generally due to caries or tooth fractures that allow microorganisms, mostly bacteria from the oral flora or their byproducts, access to the pulp chamber or the root canals; the infected tissue is removed by a surgical intervention known as endodontic therapy and commonly called "a root canal".
Tooth Extractions: Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons. Tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to prevent restoration is the most frequent indication for extraction of teeth. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment. Having a tooth extracted can cause the other teeth in your mouth to move, so if possible, consider getting a dental implant to replace the missing tooth. Sometimes pieces of root or bone fragments can remain in the tooth socket during an extraction. These will need to be removed for complete healing to occur.
Implants: Implants involve placement and restoration of removed teeth. An implant is a surgically placed titanium screw used to replace either single teeth or retain a denture. Dental implants should only be performed by practitioners with formal training in both the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants.
Dentures: Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clipping onto teeth or dental implants. There are two main categories of dentures, depending on whether they are used to replace missing teeth on the mandibular arch or the maxillary arch.
Ozone Therapy For Tooth Decay: Edward Lynch and his team at the Royal Victoria Hospital's School of Dentistry (in Belfast, Northern Ireland) have developed a new method of using Ozone to tide over the problem of tooth decay. Currently, the procedure is being reviewed by the FDA for approval. Therapy benefits include:
- In the procedure, a little dose of ozone is delivered in a sealed rubber cap. The rubber cap sucks out the ozone after 20-60 seconds.
- The procedure also involves rinsing the teeth using a re-mineralized solution and saliva to heal the pit on the tooth. If the hole on the tooth is very deep, a cosmetic filling can be applied with little or no drilling.
- Ozone therapy for tooth decay is found to eradicate 99 percent of decay causing bacteria.
- The procedure is pain free without any smell, noise and distaste of dental drilling.
- Dentists recommend this procedure once every 6 months.
The ozone device is manufactured by CurOzone USA Inc.
Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent cavities and tooth decay. Follow these tips to help prevent cavities:
- Brush after eating or drinking. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using fluoride-containing toothpaste. To clean between your teeth, floss or use an interdental cleaner. If you can't brush after eating, at least try to rinse your mouth with water.
FLOSSING YOUR TEETH
- Rinse your mouth. If your dentist feels you are at higher risk of developing a cavity, using a fluoridated mouth rinse can help reduce your risk.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Get professional tooth cleanings and regular oral exams, which can help prevent problems or spot them early. Your dentist can recommend a schedule for your situation.
- Consider dental sealants. A sealant is a protective plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surface of back teeth - sealing the grooves in the teeth most likely to get cavities. The sealant protects tooth enamel from plaque and acid. Sealants can help both children and adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends sealants for all school-age children. Sealants last for several years before they need to be replaced.
- Drink some tap water. Adding fluoride to public water supplies has helped decrease tooth decay significantly. But today, many people drink bottled water that does not contain fluoride. Water is fluoridated in about half the cities and towns of the United States.
- Consider fluoride treatments. Your dentist may recommend a fluoride treatment, especially if you are not getting enough fluoride naturally, such as through fluoridated drinking water. If your water is not fluoridated or if your teeth need more fluoride to stay healthy, your dentist can prescribe it in the form of a gel, mouthrinse or tablet. In a fluoride treatment, your dentist applies concentrated fluoride to your teeth for several minutes. You can also use fluoridated toothpaste or mouthwash.
- Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay.
- Repairs tiny areas of decay before they become big cavities.
- Makes germs in the mouth less able to cause decay.
Fluoride helps the smooth surfaces of the teeth the most. It is less effective on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars). Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing also help prevent tooth decay. Sealants and fluoride together can prevent almost all tooth decay. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces. Fluoride protects the smooth surfaces.
- Avoid frequent snacking and sipping. Whenever you eat or drink something, you help your mouth create acids that destroy your tooth enamel. If you snack or drink throughout the day, your teeth are under constant attack.
- Eat tooth-healthy foods. Some foods and beverages are better for your teeth than others. Avoid foods that get stuck in grooves and pits of your teeth for long periods, such as chips, candy or cookies. Instead, eat food that protects your teeth, such as cheese, which some research shows may help prevent cavities, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, which increase saliva flow, and unsweetened coffee, teas and sugar-free gum, which wash away food particles.
- Ask about antibacterial treatments. Some people are especially vulnerable to tooth decay, perhaps because of medical conditions, for instance. In these cases, your dentist may recommend special mouth rinses or other antibacterial treatments to cut down on harmful bacteria in your mouth.
Check with your dentist to see which methods are best for you.
CONVENTIONAL LIFESTYLE & HOME REMEDIES
REGULAR DENTAL VISITS
If cavities and tooth decay are causing pain, sensitivity or discomfort, the first thing to do is visit your dentist. Some steps you can also take at home to control your pain include:
- Thoroughly cleaning all parts of your mouth and teeth; do not avoid painful areas.
- Using warm water to brush your teeth.
- Using a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth.
- Avoiding foods or beverages that are hot, cold or sweet enough to trigger pain.
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, if your health care provider recommends it.
- Using an over-the-counter anesthetic specifically designed to soothe painful teeth.
MAINTAIN GOOD ORAL HYGIENE
Maintaining good oral hygiene is an important part of preventing tooth decay and gum disease. This means cleaning your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, visiting the dentist and hygienist regularly and controlling how often you consume sugar.
BRUSH YOUR TEETH
Brushing is the most effective way of removing plaque. Here are some tips for getting the most benefit out of tooth brushing:
- Brush at least twice a day.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to protect against decay.
- Use a toothbrush with a small head and soft or medium synthetic bristles.
- Start at one side of your mouth and move round to the other side, brushing all the tooth surfaces thoroughly.
- Use a gentle circular action.
- Pay particular attention to the gum line, angling the bristles into the crevice where the gums meet the teeth.
- Do not rinse your mouth with water after brushing.
- Replace your toothbrush at least every three months.
Some people prefer an electric toothbrush. There is some evidence that certain types of electric toothbrush are more efficient at removing plaque than brushing by hand.
Children's teeth should be brushed by their parents from the time their teeth come through until they are able to do it properly by themselves (usually at about seven years of age).
If your child is less than two years old, only use a smear of toothpaste. Then, use an amount about the size of a small pea until they are seven years old. You must make sure that they spit the toothpaste out after brushing. However, fluoride needs to be in contact with the teeth in order to have an effect, so you should not ask your child to rinse their mouth out with water after tooth brushing.
CLEAN BETWEEN YOUR TEETH
Dental floss or inter-dental brushes remove plaque and particles of food from between the teeth and under the gumline. These are areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. Correct technique is important, so ask for advice from your dentist or hygienist.
Fluoride mouthwashes can help to remineralize the enamel. Some antiseptic mouthwashes reduce the number of plaque bacteria. Those containing chlorhexidine (eg Corsodyl) are very effective, but can stain the teeth and affect the sense of taste in the long-term. Always follow your dentist's advice and read the instructions on the box or bottle.
TRY DISCLOSING TABLETS
These are small pills that, if crunched for 30 seconds, turn plaque a bright color - usually pink. This can help you to see any areas that you have missed.
Chewing sugar-free gum after a meal stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to neutralize plaque acid. Some chewing gums contain a sugar-free sweetener called xylitol, which suppresses certain types of plaque bacteria. Research is currently looking at whether this prevents decay.
CONTROL SUGAR IN YOUR DIET
There is a clear link between sugary food and drinks and tooth decay. Some types of sugar are worse than others. The biggest offenders are those added to food during manufacturing (refined sugars).
It is how often these sugars are eaten - rather than the amount - that is important. Avoiding refined sugars between meals gives your teeth a chance to be remineralized by saliva.
Fruit, vegetables, cheese and milk all contain natural sugars that are much less likely to cause decay. This makes them good alternatives to sweets, and suitable for snacks between meals.
ALCOHOL & TOBACCO
Smoking stains the teeth and increases the risk of gum disease and tooth loss. Alcoholic drinks, and the mixers used with them, often contain lots of sugar, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
Drinking alcohol and smoking or chewing tobacco are also associated with an increased risk of developing mouth cancer.
Thousands of people are diagnosed with mouth (oral) cancer each year. Most of these people are over the age of 40, and it affects more men than women. In recent years there has been a rise in the number of younger people affected.
Mouth cancer is one of a group of cancers called head and neck cancers. Mouth cancer can occur in many different areas, including your lips, tongue, gums, floor of the mouth (under the tongue), inside the cheeks and on the palate (roof of the mouth). The floor of the mouth is the most commonly affected area.
Visit your health care provider or dentist as soon as you can if you notice any of these symptoms. However, many of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions. They do not necessarily mean that you have mouth cancer.
It is not fully understood why some people get cancer and others do not. But there are certain factors that make mouth cancer more likely. The main risk factors are:
- Smoking tobacco. Any form of smoking can increase your risk of getting mouth cancer including cigarettes, cigars and pipes, as well as Asian bidis or hand-rolled cigarettes containing cannabis, chewing tobacco, such as betel quid, gutkha and paan - this tobacco accounts for the high level of mouth cancer found in countries like India.
- Drinking excessive alcohol, especially at the same time as smoking.
- Having already had cancer of the head and neck. If you have already had this type of cancer, you are at risk of developing it again.
- Spending a long time in the sun or under UV light is a risk factor for lip cancer, particularly in pale skin.
- Poor diet, lacking vitamins A, C and E and iron, selenium and zinc.
other infections in the mouth including Candida (the yeast infection that causes thrush) - one type of long-lasting candida infection (chronic hyperplastic candidiasis) can develop into mouth cancer.
Sucking is a natural reflex that relaxes and comforts babies and toddlers. Children usually cease thumb sucking when the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. Typically, children stop between the ages of 2 and 4 years. Thumb sucking that persists beyond the eruption of primary teeth can cause improper growth of the mouth and misalignment of the teeth. If you notice prolonged and/or vigorous thumb sucking behavior in your child, talk to your dentist.
Here are some ways to help your child outgrow thumb sucking:
- Do not scold a child when they exhibit thumb sucking behavior; instead, praise them when they do not thumb suck (positive reinforcement).
- Focus on eliminating the cause of anxiety-thumb sucking is a comfort device that helps children cope with stress or discomfort.
- Praise them when they refrain from the habit during difficult periods.
- Place a bandage on the thumb or a sock on their hand at night.
TOOTHACHE FIRST AID
Tooth decay is the primary cause of toothaches for most children and adults. Bacteria that live in your mouth thrive on the sugars and starches in the food you eat. These bacteria form a sticky plaque that clings to the surface of your teeth.
Acids produced by the bacteria in plaque can eat through the hard, white coating on the outside of your teeth (enamel), creating a cavity. The first sign of decay may be a sensation of pain when you eat something sweet, very cold or very hot. A toothache often indicates that your dentist will need to work on your teeth.
Until you can see your dentist, try these self-care tips for a toothache:
- Rinse your mouth with warm water.
- Use dental floss to remove any food particles wedged between your teeth.
- Take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever to dull the ache.
- Apply an OTC antiseptic containing benzocaine directly to the irritated tooth and gum to temporarily relieve pain. Direct application of oil of cloves (eugenol) also may help. Do not place aspirin or another painkiller directly against your gums, as it may burn your gum tissue.
Swelling, pain when you bite, a foul-tasting discharge and gum redness indicate infection. See your dentist as soon as possible. You may need to be given an antibiotic to fight an infection before dental care can be done. If you need to take an antibiotic, be sure to follow the directions carefully and take the entire prescribed amount of medication for the duration of the treatment to destroy the infectious organisms.
Call your dentist if:
- The pain persists for more than a day or two.
- You have fever with the toothache.
- You have trouble breathing or swallowing.
TOOTH DECAY CONSIDERATIONS
Stim-U-Dent, found in most drugstores, is beneficial for keeping the gums massaged and clean. It also aids in removing plaque. Before using one, to avoid damaging your gums, soak it in water or hold it in your mouth until it softens. Massage between all your teeth.
Regularly scheduled dental checkups are recommended at least once yearly.
Researchers are looking into adding Cranberry Extract to toothpaste and/or mouthwash. Evidence developed by Tel Aviv University in Israel suggests that a compound present in cranberries may reduce plaque formation.
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Researchers in Britain believe they have developed a vaccine that prevents tooth decay by eliminating bacteria from the mouth. The American Dental Association (ADA) Division of Science is optimistic about the findings and looks forward to additional studies.
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At present, the only known way to stop tooth decay once it has started is to remove the decayed area and cover it with some type of filling. Many different materials are used to fill cavities. The most common is the "silver" amalgam filling. Amalgam formulas vary, but virtually all contain about 50 percent mercury, a toxic heavy metal. There are other filling choices, however, including gold and natural-looking ceramic-based materials called composites. You may wish to discuss concerns about filling materials with your dentist before treatment.
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It was once believed that having dental work done posed a risk of endocarditis, a heart infection, for some people. The American Heart Association still believes there is a risk involved in tooth-cleaning and other dental work, even though there is not yet enough evidence to conclusively prove a link. Endocarditis rarely occurs in people with normal hearts. However, if you have certain pre-existing heart conditions, you can be at increased risk if bacteria enter the bloodstream. Some of these pre-existing conditions include the presence of an artificial (prosthetic) heart valve, a history of previous endocarditis, heart valves that are damaged (scarred) by conditions such as rheumatic fever, congenital heart or heart valve defects, and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart). Some congenital heart defects, including ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosus, can be successfully repaired surgically. If this is done, the individual is no longer at increased risk of developing endocarditis due to dental work.
Fluoride increases resistance to tooth decay. It is added to many toothpastes and community drinking water supplies. Many dentists recommend routine fluoride treatments to prevent cavities, especially for children. Fluoride is a chemical compound containing the element fluorine. Fluorine is a deadly and highly reactive chemical, but the fluoride compounds used in toothpaste and in water supplies are not believed to be dangerous in small amounts. However, there is still some debate as to whether or not fluoride is a risk factor for cancer, and if you are sensitized to the issue you will probably consider fluoride in all its forms a pollutant. Animal and human epidemiological studies conducted on fluoride are inconclusive, but there are certain troubling aspects that might lead one to avoid the chemical by not accepting fluoride treatments, by using natural toothpaste, and by drinking pure, clean drinking water (a good idea in any case).
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Seven out of ten Americans get medical or dental x-rays in an average year. These peeks inside the body can be valuable, even life-saving, tools for diagnosing health problems. But, x-rays are sometimes ordered when they are not needed. Other times, failure to follow precautions may expose people to more radiation than necessary. General advice is to keep x-rays to a minimum, especially ones taken for less than critical reasons. A dental x-ray will only expose you to about 3 millirems of radiation, which is about half of what you would get naturally flying across the country on a jet plane.
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Air abrasive technology uses a targeted spray of powder to remove tooth decay with no drilling sound or vibrations.
Laser technology may be used as an alternative to the conventional dental drill.
PERIDONTAL DISEASE CONSIDERATIONS
Periodontal disease should ideally be treated by a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in this area of dentistry.
The process of periodontal disease is easier to reverse if it is caught early. It is important to know the symptoms and get regular dental check-ups for periodontal disease.
Severe cases of periodontal disease may necessitate surgery to remove the infected tissue from the gum and reshape the bone.
Certain illness, such as diabetes and several kinds of blood disorders, create a higher risk for developing gum disease.
Research suggests that people who have severe periodontal disease are at greater risk of heart disease, lung disease, stroke, ulcers, poor control of diabetes, and giving birth prematurely. Studies are ongoing, regarding the effect periodontal disease has on the health of the body. It is suspected that bacteria exist in periodontal pockets may easily enter the bloodstream. So by caring for your teeth, you may also be caring for whole-body health.
Regular intimate contact with an infected person can transmit the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
Smoking is a major factor in irritating the gums and mouth. It has been linked to mouth and esophagus cancer.
Some people appear to be more susceptible than others to the bacteria that cause gum disease because of a genetic predisposition.
Dental implants look more natural than dentures, and many people are opting for them. Unfortunately, improperly inserted dental implants can cause or exacerbate periodontal disease. If you are interested in implants, consult an implant specialist.
Researcher are studying a possible link between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and a decrease in tooth loss. Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston found a 24 percent decrease in tooth loss among women using HRT. It is suspected that this may be because HRT aids in protecting against bone loss of bone-mineral density in the jaw. HRT is not without its risks, however, some of them potentially serious.
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Air abrasion technology, a dental technique that painlessly removes tooth decay without drilling, allows dentists to make smaller fillings and save more of the natural tooth. The new technique, considered to be a major breakthrough, does not necessitate numbing drugs or anesthesia.
Regular dental visits are important in detecting oral cancer, a disease that strikes 30,000 Americans each year. If oral cancer is caught early, 9 out of 10 people survive.
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens the underlying structure supporting the teeth. It is especially important for menopausal women who have lost density in their jawbones. Fluoride also helps to protect from decay root surfaces that become exposed as gums recede with age. There is debate among health care professionals regarding the use of fluoride. Some believe in using it, while others do not.
HOLISTIC & NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS
Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. These contain minerals that help to keep the saliva from becoming too acidic.
Eat a varied diet of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, meat, and whole grains to provide the teeth and gums with needed exercise and supply the body with the vitamins and minerals that are essential for dental health. Although all vitamins and minerals are essential for the proper formation and continued health of the teeth, adequate vitamin C intake is particularly important for the prevention of gingivitis and pyorrhea. Vitamin A seems to control the development and general health of the gums; a lack of this vitamin often results in gum infection. Vitamin A is also necessary for healthy tooth development in children. Minerals important for healthy teeth include sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium.
Eat plenty of high fiber foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, and legumes.
Avoid carbonated soft drinks. These are high in phosphates, which promote the loss of calcium from the tooth enamel.
Avoid sugar and all refined carbohydrates. Sugar causes plaque buildup and inhibits the ability of white blood cells to fight off bacteria.
Do not smoke or chew tobacco.
Do not use chewable vitamin C supplements, which can erode tooth enamel. Tablets, liquids or powders designed for swallowing do not pose this danger.
To ease the pain of toothache or abscess until you can see your dentist, rinse the affected area with warm salt water (add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water).
Herbal Remedies: Sea Salt Supplements & Products
Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth after eating and floss between teeth daily. This is the only way to remove cavity-causing plaque. There are also mouth rinses available to enhance the plaque-removing power of brushing and flossing. Do not brush overzealously or more that two or, at most three times a day. Too much brushing can cause the gums to recede, exposing the root areas of the tooth. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and replace it with a new one every month. If you have been sick with the flu or a cold, or other oral infection, either sanitize your toothbrush or replace it since it can hold onto microorganisms.
Good oral hygiene is important. There is a tablet you can purchase at most drugstores that shows areas your toothbrush missed. Chew a tablet after brushing, then brush until the color is gone.
Electric toothbrushes, such as Braun or Oral B systems, help to remove plaque. WaterPik dental water jets are also available and are useful for people wearing orthodontic braces on their teeth to help remove food particles from in and around the braces and between teeth.
An automatic toothbrush sanitizer has been proven effective in keeping toothbrushes free of bacteria. The device automatically turns on every half-hour for two minutes to sanitize the bristles 24 hours a day. As an alternative, you can store your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide or Grapefruit Seed extract to kill germs (if using hydrogen peroxide, rinse it well before brushing).
Herbal Remedies: Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Liquid Concentrate, 1 Gallon
Herbal Remedies: Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Liquid Concentrate, 2 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Liquid Concentrate, 4 fl. oz.
Change toothbrushes every month to keep the disease in check, and keep your toothbrush clean between uses. Bacteria live on toothbrushes. There are special devices that kill bacteria that you can keep your toothbrush in when not in use.
Floss your teeth daily. Unwaxed dental floss is good for getting under the gum line.
Scrape your tongue each morning after you brush and floss to remove bacteria. Use a tongue scraper (available) in heath food stores and some pharmacies) or the back of a spoon. This is important because bacteria thrive on a moist tongue.
Use a product called Stim-U-Dent (available in drugstores) between meals and between brushing to clean and stimulate the gums with a beneficial massaging motion. Make sure you soak it in water or hold it in the mouth until it softens, so as not to damage the gums. Massage between each tooth between meals. This also helps to remove plaque and should be used every day after eating.
Use your fingertips to massage your gums to increase circulation.
Interdental-space brushes are good for cleaning the spaced between the teeth.
Try using a dental rinse called Plax to help loosen plaque. Unlike mouthwashes, this is designed to be used before brushing. Listerine also helps to remove plaque.
Use a very soft natural-bristle toothbrush. Be sure to brush your gums and tongue as well as your teeth. The most effective way to get under the gum line is to tilt the toothbrush so that the bristles are at a 45 degree angle to the gum, and brush in a forward and backward motion using short strokes across the gums to remove bacteria.
If inflammation is present, run very hot water over the toothbrush to soften it before brushing, and be gentle until healing is complete.
Brush your teeth with Goldenseal powder every day for at least one month. You can open up a capsule of Goldenseal and mix the contents with toothpaste, or use a liquid extract in the same way. After one month, change brands of toothpaste. Do not stay with the same brand; some brands may irritate the gums.
Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Open a capsule or use liquid Vitamin E Oil and rub the oil on inflamed gums. This is very healing and helps to alleviate soreness.
For relief of toothache pain until you can get to your dentist, apply ice to the gums. Clove Oil can also be helpful.
Avoid taking antibiotics. The mouth is the hardest place for them to work, and they destroy needed friendly bacteria in the colon. Try Goldenseal first; it works faster and has no side effects (See under HERBS below).
These are some additional products that are recommended for tooth and gum care. Most of these can be found in health food stores or online.
Organic Toothpaste. Herbal toothpastes by Urtekram, made in Denmark.
Nature's Gate Dental Care. Contains baking soda and sea salt, which is effective against plaque and gum disease. Also contains vitamin C.
Peelu Dental Care. Contains a natural tooth whitener derived from the small peelu tree, native to the Middle East and Asia. People have chewed its branches for centuries to keep their teeth white. Also contains natural flavor, fruit pectin, sodium lauryl sulfate (from coconut oil), and vegetable glycerine. Unlike many over-the-counter (OTC) tooth-whitening products, this does not irritate or damage gums.
Herbal Toothpaste & Gum Therapy With Baking Soda from The Natural Dentist. Fights plaque and gingivitis.
Herbal Creme de Anise. Another good product found in health food stores.
Herbal Mouth & Gum Therapy Mouth Wash. Good for rinsing the mouth between brushes.
Tom's Natural Toothpaste. Contains a natural calcium base. Features myrrh (an astringent herb) and propolis. This product comes in a variety of flavors and provides a range of dental care options such as anti-cavity, anti-plaque, tartar control, whitening, with or without fluoride, for children and adults. The products selected below are a selection of the most popular selections. The links below are for a package of 6 toothpaste tubes.
Weleda Salt Toothpaste. Contains baking soda and salt formulation with medicinal herbs and silica.
Vicco Pure Herbal Toothpaste. Contains extracts from plants, bark, roots, and flowers used in Ayurvedic medicine.
HERBAL REMEDIES DENTAL CARE PRODUCTS
MSM Toothpaste (Methysulfonylmethane), Trimedica, 5% MSM, 3 oz.
MSM Toothpaste promotes dental hygiene, improves gum and tooth health, freshens breath, improves tooth brightness, and reduces tartar and plaque buildup. Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Sorbitol, Water, Glycerine, Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Carrageenan, Flavor, PVP, Sodium Saccharin, Simethicone, Methyl Paraben, 5% MSM. Directions: Brush thoroughly at least twice a day (especially after meals), or as directed by your dentist or your health care provider.
MistOral III, Pureline Oral Care, 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 fl. oz.
MistOral III uses 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide that is both safe and effective. Mist Oral III will keep the breath fresh all day long and add whitening power to your dental routine. Another key ingredient, green tea, is an epidemiological wonder that reduces the risk of various cancers (including lung and mouth), and is cardio- and neuroprotective. A mouth, tooth and gum restorative aid with a whitener and breath freshener. Lipoic acid, another potent antioxidant, helps to rid the body and mouth of toxins and act as a chelator of toxic metals that are often used in dental fillings. Camu camu, another important ingredient acts as an astringent, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory that can strengthen blood vessels and is absorbed easily in the mouth. Mist-Oral III also contains vitamin K, which acts as a therapy for bleeding gums, tooth preservation, and is a gum support facilitator. The powerful combination of echinacea, chaparral, pau d'arco along with myrrh oil kills the bacteria that are the main cause of gum disease, and is also known to tighten loose teeth. Folic acid and peelu make it an even more potent dental hygiene formula. A number of studies demonstrate that folic acid is highly effective in preserving gum tissue and reducing the possibility of gingivitis and periodontitis. The combination of these and other natural ingredients make Mist Oral III a complete dental prevention spray. Its small size allows for easy carrying when away from home.
Nutribiotic Dental Gel With Grapefruit Seed Extract, Natural Flavoring, 4.5 oz.
All Natural Lemon Mint Flavor. NutriBiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Dental Gel is one of the few natural dentifrice's available in gel form rather than paste or powder. This Dental Gel uses natural ingredients, is only mildly abrasive, and contains ingredients known to support healthy teeth and gums. It is free of fluoride, which has stirred some controversy due to its toxicity. Nutribiotic Dental Gel is safe for use on all dental work and is safe for children to use, as there is no fluoride, there is no possibility of toxicity due to swallowing the gel. NutriBiotic Dental Gel offers the antibacterial benefits of Grapefruit Seed Extract and the health enhancing action of vitamins C & E. The action of these ingredients stimulates production of healthy mouth tissue and "fights the germs that cause bad breath" without alcohol or other harmful ingredients. Dental Gel is even recommended for use after oral surgery due to its superior germ-fighting action. Usage Information: Put a small amount on brush and apply to teeth with up and down brushing action. Not recommended for use with a rotary tooth polisher as the abrasive action of a rotary-type appliance may erode tooth enamel.
Thera Neem Toothpaste, Mint Herbal Toothpaste, Organix South, 4.23 oz.
Neem toothpaste is another herbal wonder from used in Ayurveda for oral health care. Commonly known in India as the "Toothbrush Tree", Neem has traditionally been used in India and southern Asia as the preferred method for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. The bark and the sap within the twig are known not only for their cleaning ability but also for protecting the mouth. Such is its prominence in Indian society, that many researchers believe that these Neem twigs have helped rural Indians avoid cavities, despite limited access to modern dental care. This Neem toothpaste contains a lot of Neem bark because in the words of Autumn Blum, a cosmetic chemist and the President of Organix South Inc, "I wanted it to be really effective. So many products fall short of really keeping the mouth healthy." Thera Neem Toothpaste is suitable for use by vegetarians, diabetics, and children.
OraMD Solution to stop gum disease, gingivitis, bleeding gums, and bad breath. All natural, 100% pure, herbal toothpaste mouthwash and breath freshener made with essential oils of peppermint, spearmint and almond. Highly effective against gum disease, gingivitis, bleeding gums and bad breath.
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Applying Aloe Vera gel directly to inflamed gums eases discomfort and soothes the tissues. Aloe vera can be used with an extracted tooth by placing gel into the hole after the tooth has been extracted to ease pain and speed healing (I used aloe vera gel when I had my wisdom teeth removed and put a sterile cotton ball over the hole to keep the aloe vera in place and it did great!)
Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Concentrate, NOW Foods, 100% Organic, 4 oz.
Herbal Remedies: Whole Leaf Aloe Vera Juice, 99.7% Pure, Certified Organic, Nature's Way, 1 Liter
Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Juice, Certified Organic, NOW Foods, 32 oz.
Herbal Remedies: Aloe Vera Gel & Juice, 99.7% Pure Certified Organic, Nature's way, 1 Liter
Calendula, Chamomile, Peppermint, and Yarrow are naturally anti-inflammatory.
Herbal Remedies: Peppermint, Mint & Menthol Supplements & Products
Herbal Remedies: Yarrow Oil Supplements & Products
Strained Chamomile tea and Calendula Flower tea are both soothing and help to heal gum tissues.
Herbal Remedies: Chamomile Tea, Caffeine Free, Yogi Tea, Certified Organic, 16 Tea Bags
Herbal Remedies: Chamomile Supplements & Products
Clove Oil is good for temporary relief of toothache and/or gum pain. simply rub a drop or two of Clove Oil on the affected areas. Apply 1 or 2 drops to the affected tooth with a cotton swab as needed. If the oil is too strong in its pure form, it can be diluted with a drop or two of Olive Oil.
Herbal Remedies: Clove Oil, 100% Pure Essential Oil, NOW Foods, 1 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Clove Tincture, Natural Toothache Remedy, 2 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Cloves Supplements & Products
Kava Kava, St. John's Wort, White Willow Bark and Wintergreen have analgesic properties. White Willow bark is also an anti-inflammatory.
Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort Tincture, Alcohol Free, 1 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: St. John's Wort Supplements & Products
Herbal Remedies: Kava Kava Supplements & Products
Herbal Remedies: White Willow Bark Supplements & Products
Herbal Remedies: Wintergreen Oil Supplements & Products
Thyme is a natural antiseptic that reduces the level of bacteria in the mouth.
Herbal Remedies: Thyme Supplements & Products
Sage is good for its anti-inflammatory properties. Bring to a boil 2 teaspoons of dried, crushed sage leaves in 1 cup of water. Steep for 20 minutes and strain. Cool to a comfortable temperature and use the mixture to rinse your mouth several times daily.
Herbal Remedies: Sage Supplements & Products
Echinacea, Hawthorn Berries, Myrrh Gum, and Rose Hips help to keep down inflammation and enhance immune function. You can apply these herbs directly to the inflamed areas as a poultice or drink them in tea form.
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Herbal Remedies: Echinacea Tincture For Children, Orange Flavor, Alcohol Free, 100% Organic, 1 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Echinacea Immune Support Tea, Yogi Tea, Certified Organic, 16 Tea Bags
Herbal Remedies: Echinacea Herb, Nature's Way, 400 mg, 180 Caps
Herbal Remedies: Hawthorn Berry Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Hawthorn Berries, Nature's Way, 510 mg, 180 VCaps
Herbal Remedies: Myrrh Oil, 100% Pure Essential Oil, NOW Foods, 1 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Myrrh Gum Powder, 4 oz. Bulk
Herbal Remedies: Myrrh Gum Supplement Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Vitamin C Liquid, With Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 16 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Rose Hip Seed Oil, 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 1 fl. oz.
Goldenseal destroys the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. Take 3,000 mg daily. Another recommendation is to place a dropperful of alcohol-free Goldenseal extract in your mouth, swish it around for 3 minutes, then swallow. For inflamed gums, place a dropperful of alcohol-free Goldenseal extract on a piece of gauze or pure cotton and place this on the inflamed area. Do this immediately whenever mouth sores or inflammation starts, and you will be amazed at the results. In severe cases it may take 3 to 5 nights for sores to heal. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, as it may disturb normal intestinal flora. Do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
Alcohol-free Goldenseal Extract can be used as an antibacterial mouthwash. If inflammation is present, put a few drops of Goldenseal Extract on a piece of sterile cotton and press against the gum by the affected tooth, pushing in place tightly, at bedtime. Leave the cotton in place overnight. Do this for three consecutive nights to destroy bacteria and reduce inflammation.
Shaman Shop: Goldenseal Root Extract Tincture, Alcohol Free, 1 fl. oz.
Shaman Shop: Goldenseal Root Extract Tincture, Alcohol Free, 4 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Echinacea & Goldenseal Tincture, Nature's Way, Alcohol Free, 1 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Root, Nature's Way, 570 mg, 100 Caps
Herbal Remedies: Goldenseal Herb, Nature's Way, 400 mg, 180 Caps
Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended here are for adults. For children between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For children between 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose, and for children under the age of 6, use 1/4 the recommended amount.
NUTRIENTS Supplement Suggested Dosage Comments Important Acidophilus
As directed on label. Helps to replenish and maintain healthy intestinal flora by replacing "friendly" bacteria, especially if antibiotics are prescribed. Use a non-dairy formula.
Acidophilus Supplement Powder, Non Dairy, 3 oz. Bulk,
Acidophilus, 3 Billion, NOW Foods, 90 Tabs,
Lactobacillus Acidophilus Supplement, Non Dairy, 100 Caps,
Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Kosher Liquid, All Natural, Vegetarian Medium, Lactose Free, Apple Strawberry Flavor, Dynamic Health, 16 fl. oz.,
1,500 mg daily.
750 mg daily.
Calcium is necessary for strong, healthy teeth. Magnesium is needed to balance with calcium.
Calcium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 700 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Liquid Calcium W/ConcenTrace, Orange Vanilla, Trace Minerals, 1000 mg, 32 fl. oz.,
Cal-Mag Pre-Chelated Calcium & Magnesium, Vital Earth, 240 Gelcaps,
Magnesium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 350 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Just An Ounce Calcium & Magnesium Liquid, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.,
Calcium & Magnesium Mineral Complex, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 500 mg / 250 mg, 250 Caps
Grape Seed Extract As directed on label. A powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Grape Seed / Grapeseed (Vitus Viniera) Oil, 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 16 fl. oz.,
Grape Seed Extract, 350 mg, 90 Caps,
Grape Seed Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 100 mg, 30 Caps
L-Tyrosine As directed on label, on empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 500 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. For relief of pain and anxiety. See Amino Acids for more information. Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.
L-Tyrosine, High Potency, NOW Foods, 750 mg, 90 Caps,
L-Tyrosine, Pharmaceutical Grade, Free Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 120 Caps,
L-Tyrosine Powder, Vegetarian, Free Form, NOW Foods, 4 oz.
Vitamin A 10,000 IU daily. Important for healing and for tooth formation.
Vitamin A, 10,000 IU, 100% Natural, Nature's Way - 100 Softgels,
Dry Vitamin A & D Nature's Way, 15,000/400 IU - 100 Caps,
Vitamin A, Fish Liver Oil, 25,000 IU, NOW Foods, 250 Softgels
As directed on label. To improve immune function and promote proper bone growth. Antioxidants used by the body to manufacture Vitamin A as needed.
Beta Carotene, 100% Natural Dunaliella Salina, Nature's Way, 25,000 IU, 100 Softgels,
Beta Carotene (Dry Natural), 100% Natural Dunaliella Salina, Nature's Way, 25,000 IU, 100 Caps
As directed on label. Antioxidants used by the body to manufacture Vitamin A as needed.
Multi-Carotene Antioxidant Supplement, Nature's Way, 60 Softgels,
Vitamin B-Complex As directed on label. Helps maintain healthy nerves and gums. A sublingual type is best.
Ultimate B Vitamin B-Complex Formula, Nature's Secret, 60 Tabs,
Liquid Yeast B Complex, Twinlab, 16 Fl oz.,
Vitamin B-50 Complex With B-2 Coenzyme, 100% Natural, 330 mg, 100 Caps,
Vitamin B-100 Complex With B-2 Coenzyme, 100% Natural, 631 mg, 100 Caps,
Vitamin C With Bioflavonoids 3,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Protects against infection and inflammation. Promotes healing, especially of bleeding gums. Bioflavonoids retard plaque growth. Do not use a chewable form, as this may erode tooth enamel.
Vitamin C 1000 w/Rosehips, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 Caps,
Meta C Vitamin C Supplement, 1000 mg, 100 Tabs,
Vitamin C Liquid w/ Rose Hips & Bioflavonoids, Kosher, Natural Citrus Flavor, Dynamic Health, 1000 mg, 16 fl. oz.,
The Right C, Nature's Way, 1000 mg, 120 Tabs,
Vitamin C Complex Powder, NOW Foods, Vegetarian Formula, 8 oz.,
Vitamin C 500 w/Bioflavonoids, 100% Natural, 500 mg, 250 Caps,
Vitamin C 1000 w/Bioflavonoids, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps,
Ester C With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 500 mg, 180 Tabs
Vitamin D-3 400 IU daily. Needed for the absorption of calcium and healing of gum tissue.
Vitamin D, NOW Foods, 2000 IU, 120 Softgels,
Vitamin D, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 180 Softgels,
Dry Vitamin D, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 400 IU, 100 Caps,
Vitamin E 200 IU daily or 400 IU every other day and increase slowly to 600 IU daily. Also open a capsule and rub the oil on the gums 2-3 times daily. Promotes healing and is needed for healing of gum tissue.
Ester E Natural Vitamin E, California Natural, 400 IU, 60 Softgels,
Vitamin E, 400 IU, 100% Natural, NOW Foods, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E-1000, NOW Foods, 1000 IU, 100 Gels,
Vitamin E, d-alpha-tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels,
Vitamin K As directed on label. May aid in preventing tooth decay.
Full Spectrum Vitamin K, Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 90 Softgels,
Vitamin K-2, Source Naturals, 60 Tabs,
Alfalfa, NOW Foods, 650 mg, 500 Tabs
Chlorophyll As directed on label. Use as a gargle. Chlorophyll has an antibiotic effect and can heal irritations in the mouth and throat. Use a liquid form.
Chlorofresh Chlorophyll Liquid Supplement, Mint Flavor, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.,
Chlorophyll With Alfalfa Powder, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 90 Caps,
Chlorella Powder, 4 oz. Bulk.,
Chlorella Powder, 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 4 oz.
As directed on label. Contains live enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll for healing. Or
Green Superfood Supplements
As directed on label. Contains chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber and amino acids and other important nutrients for healing.
Super Green Energy Food, Superfood Supplement, Nature's Secret, 300 Tabs,
Barlean's Greens Superfood Supplement, 120 Caps,
Barlean's Greens Superfood Supplement, 9.3 oz.,
Alive! Whole Food Energizer, Nature's Way, 90 Tabs,
Green Phyto Foods, Vegetarian Powder, NOW Foods, 10 oz.,
Super Veggie Powder, Truman's Best, 3.5 oz.,
Spirulina Green Blends, Cleansing Formula Powder, 7.4 oz.,
ProGreens Powder With Advanced Probiotic, Allergy Research Group / Nutricology, 9.3 oz.,
Chlorella Powder, 4 oz. Bulk.,
Chlorella Powder, 100% Pure, NOW Foods, 4 oz.
Helpful Coenzyme Q-10 As directed on label. Increases tissue oxygenation. Provides energy needed for gum cell growth and healing of gum tissue.
CoQ10 With Hawthorn Berry, Vegetarian Supplement, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 30 VCaps,
CoQ10, NOW Foods, 400 mg, 60 Softgels,
CoQ10, Vegetarian Coenzyme, NOW Foods, 30 mg, 60 VCaps,
CoQ10, CoEnzyme Q10, Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals, 100 mg, 60 Tabs,
CoQ10 Liquid, NOW Foods, 4 oz.,
CoQ10 Supplement, Vegetarian, Herbal Remedies USA, 100 mg, 60 Liquid VCaps
As directed on label. Works effectively with Coenzyme Q-10 to support the immune system's detoxification of many dangerous substances.
Pantethine (Coenzyme A Precursor), Highly Active Form of Vitamin B-5, NOW Foods, 300 mg, 60 Softgels,
Goldenseal 1 dropperful of Goldenseal Extract Tincture or Decoction (strong tea solution) as directed under Herbs. Swish around in mouth and hold for 3 minutes, like a mouth rinse, then swallow. Kills bacteria that causes periodontal disease. Caution: Do not take goldenseal internally on a daily basis for more than one week at a time, as it may disturb normal intestinal flora. Do not use it during pregnancy, and use it with caution if you are allergic to ragweed.
Goldenseal Root Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.,
Echinacea & Goldenseal Tincture, Nature's Way, Alcohol Free, 1 fl. oz.,
Multi-Vitamin Complex As directed on label. All nutrients are needed in balance for healing and for immune response.
Multi-Vitamin With Minerals, Hi-Tech, 90 Caps,
Liquid Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Complex With Trace Minerals, Orange Mango, 32 fl. oz.,
Liquid Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, Strawberry-Raspberry, Trace Minerals, 32 fl. oz.,
Multi-Vitamin Mineral Complete, Trace Minerals, 120 Tabs,
Maxi Multi-Vitamin With Trace Minerals Liquid, 32 fl. oz.,
Alive! Whole Food Energizer, Liquid Multi-Vitamin, Trace Minerals, Citrus Flavor, Nature's Way, 30 oz.,
Super Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral, Pure Vital Earth, 32 fl. oz. (98% Bio-Available for Absorption),
Damage Control Master Formula, High Potency, Multi-Vitamin & Mineral, 60 Packets (30 Day Supply)
S-Adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) 400 mg twice daily. Deficiency results in the inability to maintain cartilage properly. Aids in reducing pain and inflammation. Caution:Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants.
SAM-e, Enteric Coated, NOW Foods, 100 mg, 30 Tabs,
SAM-e With B Vitamin Cofactors, Vegetarian, Enteric Coated, NOW Foods, 200 mg, 60 Tabs,
Start with 1 gram per 15 lbs of body weight daily, divided into 3 doses. When relief is achieved, reduce the dosage to 1 gram per 40 lbs of body weight daily. Treats pain and inflammation. Aids in repairing joints and bones.
Shark Cartilage, NOW Foods, 750 mg, 100 Caps
Zinc 30 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Enhances immune function. Needed to prevent infection and promote healing. Use zinc gluconate lozenges or OptiZinc for best absorption.
Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.,
Zinc Chelate, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 30 mg, 100 Caps,
Ionic Zinc, Trace Minerals, 50 mg, 2 fl. oz.,
Zinc Lozenges w/Echinacea & Vitamin C, Nature's Way, 23 mg, 60 Lozenges, Colloidal Silver & Zinc Lozenges, SilvaSolution, 90 Lozenges,
Elderberry & Zinc, Vegetarian Formula, Now Foods, 90 Lozenges,
TOOTH DECAY & CAVITIES SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS
Information, supplements and products for tooth decay and cavities, a bacterial disease that results in gradual deterioration and erosion of the teeth. Included are supplements and products used for periodontitis and toothache.
Activated Charcoal Supplement, Nature's Way, 260 mg, 100 Caps
Nature's Way Activated charcoal supplement captures unwanted material of gas and carries it safely through the digestive system.
AHCC (Active Hexose Correlated Compound), Vegetarian, NOW foods, 500 mg, 60 VCaps
NOW Foods AHCC is a rich source of polysaccharides such as beta glucan 1,3 and activated hemicellulose produced by enzymatic modification of organic medicinal mushrooms, including shiitake.
AloeDyne Organic Toothpaste, Triple Action, Kiss My Face, 3.4 oz.
Kiss My Face Certified Aloe Vera Organic Toothpaste offers cool mint freshness. While using ingredients formulated to keep teeth white and gums healthy. Triple Action - Total Confidence!
AloeDyne Organic Whitening Toothpaste, Kiss My Face, 3.4 oz.
Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste uses soothing Certified Organic Aloe Vera combined with a powerful blend of carefully selected natural whiteners to create a truly exceptional toothpaste that still leaves your mouth feeling tingly fresh.
Bee Propolis & Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste, All Natural, Made In New Zealand, 3.5 oz.
This New Zealand Bee Propolis and Tea Tree Oil Tooth Paste offer a natural relief from unhealthy mass market tooth pastes.
Bentonite Clay, Pascalite, 100 Caps
Pascalite is a form of calcium bentonite containing at least twenty elements including iron, magnesium, and silicon.
Bloodroot Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
The FDA has approved Bloodroot for use in commercially available toothpastes and oral rinses to inhibit the development of dental plaque and gingivitis.
BodyZyme, Systemic Enzyme, 90 Caps
BodyZyme is a potent systemic enzyme. Enzymes are protein based substances found in every cell of every plant and animal.
Boron Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 20 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Boron is a pure liquid Boron supplement. Boron is essential to bone metabolism and calcification of bones, and helps prevent osteoporosis, arthritis, and tooth decay.
Calcium Complex Bone Formula, Nature's Way, 100 Caps
Nature's Way Calcium Complex Bone Formula provides the key minerals and trace elements necessary for the dynamic process that maintains bone mass.
Calcium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 700 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Calcium is a pure liquid Calcium supplement. Calcium is one of the most essential of the major biochemical elements needed in human nutrition.
Chamomile Tea, Caffeine Free, NOW Foods, 30 Tea Bags
Chamomile Tea is the world's most popular evening drink because chamomile tea has a soothing effect on many.
Chaparral Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
Chaparral protects against the harmful effects of radiation, sun exposure, and the formation of tumors and cancer cells.
Chlorofresh Liquid Chlorophyll, Mint, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.
Chlorofresh is a special liquid chlorophyll complex, derived from premium alfalfa leaves.
Chlorofresh Liquid, Natural, Nature's Way, 16 fl. oz.
Chlorofresh is a special liquid chlorophyll complex, derived from premium alfalfa leaves. Chlorofresh is used chiefly as an aid to reduce odor from a colostomy or ileostomy and to reduce fecal odor due to incontinence.
Clove Oil, 100% Pure Essential Oil, NOW Foods, 1 fl. oz.
Clove oil, although primarily used in aromatherapy, can be used externally or internally for various uses.
Copper Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Copper is a pure liquid Copper supplement. Copper influences protein metabolism and general healing, improves vitamin c oxidation and is integral in the formation of RNA.
Daily Honey Ginseng Green Tea, Republic of Tea, 50 Tea Bags
Republic of Teas relaxing blend Honey Ginseng Tea combines the ancient healthy properties of China green tea with Panax ginseng and full blossom honey
Dr. John's Formula, All Natural Toothpaste Gel With Hyaluronic Acid & Xylitol, Fluoride-Free, Hyalogic, 4.5 oz.
Brushing daily with Dr. John's Formula All Natural Toothpaste Gel with Hyaluronic Acid and Xylitol supports healthy gums and teeth, promotes good dental health and supports healthy enamel surfaces.
Echinacea Herb, Nature's Way, 400 mg, 180 Caps
Echinacea herb supports the Immune System and promotes general well-being in cold and flu season.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil, 100% Pure, 4 fl. oz.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil is a potent decongestion with strong antiseptic properties. Eucalyptus Oil is used as an inhalant for asthma, diphtheria, sore throats, sinus and respiratory problems.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Liquid Concentrate, 2 fl. oz.
Used Grapefruit Seed Extract topically as an antiseptic wound cleaner and to treat infections of the skin.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Liquid Concentrate, 4 fl. oz.
Grapefruit Seed Extract may be used topically as an antiseptic wound cleaner and to treat infections of the skin. Internally, the concentrate is useful as a supportive treatment for a wide variety of ailments.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Liquid Concentrate, 1 Gallon
Grapefruit Seed Extract may be used topically as an antiseptic wound cleaner and to treat infections of the skin. Internally, the concentrate is useful as a supportive treatment for a wide variety of ailments.
Grape Seed Extract, Standardized, Nature's Way, 100 mg, 30 Caps
Nature's Way Standardized Grape Seed Extract are technically and scientifically advanced herbal product.
Gum ReJuv Oral Treatment, 1 fl. oz.
Gum Rejuv is a time-tested ancient formulation of 24 plants and herbs used for healing and strengthening the gums.
Gum Tonic Supplement Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
The Gum Tonic Supplement, Tincture is an excellent and powerful antibacterial mouth wash that also tightens gum tissue. This gum supplement is a true dental companion.
Ionic Toothbrush, Dr. Tung's, 1 each
Dr Tung's Ionic toothbrush may be the most advanced toothbrush in the world.
Ionic Toothbrush Replacement Heads, 2 Heads
Two Replacement Heads for Ionic Toothbrush.
Hot & Cold Gel Pack, CorPak, 3 Inch X 5 Inch, 1 Each
Treat your strains, sprains, tendinitis and other injuries with a CorPak Hot & Cold Pack.
Hot & Cold Gel Pack, CorPak Soft, 6 Inch X 10 Inch, 1 Each
Treat your strains, sprains, tendinitis and other injuries with a CorPak Hot & Cold Pack.
Hot & Cold Gel Pack With 18 Inch Strap, Packaged in Plastic Bag, CorPak, 9 Inch X 16 Inch, 1 Each
Treat your strains, sprains, tendinitis and other injuries with a CorPak Hot & Cold Pack.
Just An Ounce Calcium & Magnesium Liquid, Almond Flavor, 16 fl. oz.
Just An Ounce, Calcium and Magnesium Liquid can help with the development of strong bones and teeth, also prevents muscle cramping, risk of colon cancer, maintain regular heart beat, protects against osteoporosis and helps relax the central nervous system.
Lick The Sugar Habit, By Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.
Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., shows you how sugar upsets the body chemistry and devastates the endocrine and immune systems, leading to a host of diseases and conditions including hypoglycemia, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, headaches, allergies, asthma, obesity, periodontal disease, tooth decay, and more.
L-Tyrosine, Pharmaceutical Grade, Free Form, NOW Foods, 500 mg, 120 Caps
L-Tyrosine is used to treat insomnia, improve muscle tone, improve skin and hair pigment and depression and anxiety. L-Tyrosine should not to be used while taking prescription antidepressants or MAO inhibitors.
Marshmallow Root (Althaea Officinale) Powder, 4 oz. Bulk
The German Commission E approved the internal use of marshmallow root for irritation of the oral and pharyngeal mucosa and associated dry cough, and for mild inflammation of the gastric mucosa.
MistOral III, Pureline Oral Care, 35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 fl. oz.
MistOral III uses 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide that is both safe and effective.
Molybdenum Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 10 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Molybdenum is a pure liquid Molybdenum supplement. Molybdenum is instrumental in regulating pH balance in the body. It also induces sleep.
MouthFresh Natural Mouthwash & Gargle, 12 fl. oz.
MouthFresh Natural Mouthwash refreshes Breath, Promotes Healthy Gums, Soothes Sore Throats, Sweetened Naturally with Stevia.
MSM Toothpaste, 5% Methysulfonylmethane, 3 oz.
MSM Toothpaste promotes dental hygiene, improves gum and tooth health, freshens breath, improves tooth brightness, and reduces tartar and plaque buildup.
Natural Aspirin Alternative, White Willow Bark Extract, 390 mg, 60 Tabs
Used to treat bursitis, tendonitis, headaches, osteoarthritis, dysmenorrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, back pain, toothache, and menstrual cramps, White Willow is being used by more people as a safer, natural alternative to aspirin.
Natural Progesterone Cream: A Safe Alternative To Conventional Hormone Replacement Therapy, By C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D
In this Keat's Good Health Guide, Dr. Norman Shealy answers all your questions about natural progesterone cream, a viable and safe alternative to synthetic hormone replacement therapy.
Naturally Sweet Natural Sweetener, Hi-Tech, 100 Packets
Naturally Sweet is a delicious new sugar substitute that tastes and cooks like sugar, is tooth friendly and contains pre-biotic fiber, which assists in healthy digestion.
Nutribiotic Dental Gel With Grapefruit Seed Extract, Natural Flavoring, 4.5 oz.
NutriBiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE) Dental Gel is one of the few natural dentifrice's available in gel form rather than paste or powder. Our Dental Gel uses natural ingredients, is only mildly abrasive, and contains ingredients known to support healthy teeth and gums. Nutribiotic Dental Gel is safe to use on all dental work and is safe for children to use, as there is no fluoride, there is no possibility of toxicity due to swallowing the gel.
Ola-Loa Children's Multi-Vitamin Drink Mix, Cran-Raspberry, 30 Packets
Better your kids health by introducing them to this Child Multi-Vitamin based upon the most up-to-date studies on nutrition and child development and is 100% all-natural.
Organic Whitening Toothpaste, Kiss My Face, 1 oz. Travel Side
Kiss My Face Whitening Toothpaste uses soothing Certified Organic Aloe Vera combined with a powerful blend of carefully selected natural whiteners.
Pasca-Dent Bentonite Tooth Powder, Super Fine, 6 oz.
This super fine pascalite Bentonite powder is a wonderful oral cleanser and teeth powder that also makes a good bath and body powder.
Pascalite Bentonite Healing Powder, 16 oz.
Pascalite is used in soap and toothpaste, applied as a poultice to insect bites, sunburns, infections, cold sores, canker sores and acne, and as a suppository for hemorrhoids. Users found it a potent skin cleanser and conditioner, drank it for heartburn and ulcers.
Pro Breath Dr. Tung's Tongue Cleaner With Free Replaceable Head
Dr. Tung's Tongue Cleaner is an impressive addition to your daily oral care regimen because you remove the prime cause of bad breath with Dr. Tung's Tongue Cleaner, restore your taste sensation and improve your oral hygiene all with one, easy to use tool.
ProGums Advanced Gum Brush, 1 Each
ProGums Is the first gum brush designed for gentle gum massage.
Sage Tincture, 2 fl. oz.
Sage is used as a mouthwash and gargle for mouth infections, bleeding gums and sore throats.
Selenium Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 50 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Selenium is pure liquid Selenium supplement. Selenium promotes normal body growth, enhances fertility, encourages tissue elasticity and is a potent antioxidant.
Shark Cartilage, NOW Foods, 750 mg, 100 Caps
Shark cartilage is taken to ease the pain and inflammation of arthritis and other bone and joint ailments. Popular as an alternative treatment for cancer, shark cartilage is taken both to slow the growth of existing tumors and in smaller daily doses to prevent new cancers.
Silver Biotics Liquid, Silver Supplement, 8 fl. oz.
Silver Biotics was tested by researchers and was found to kill every strain of bacteria that it was tested against and that these bacteria, many of which have become resistant to antibiotics, cause many human ailments.
SilveColloidal Generator Rods, 99.9% Pure 14 Gauge, 2 Per Package
Make colloidal silver yourself. Colloidal Silver is considered to be effective against numerous disease causing organisms, such as the Escherichia Coli bacteria and the fungus Candida albicans.
Snap-On Toothbrush Sanitizer, Dr. Tungs, 2-Pack
Our Snap-On Toothbrush Sanitizer is a revolutionary product that releases all-natural, anti-bacterial vapors to kill germs and safely sanitize your toothbrush between brushings.
Sweet Breath & Healthy Gum, Balanceuticals, 100% Natural, 60 Caps
Chinese medicine uses this well-known formula for its bacteria inhibiting, immune supporting, anti-inflammation, tranquilizing and hemostatic properties to clear the stomach heat and to maintain healthy gum and fresh breath.
Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Solution, 15% Water Soluble, 2 fl. oz.
Tea Tree Oil Antiseptic Solution can be used for mixing with water for douching, athletes foot, facial problems and bathing.
Tea Tree Oil Whitening Toothpaste, 3 oz.
Tea Tree Oil Whitening Toothpaste is a low-abrasive natural whitening toothpaste.
Tea Tree Mouthwash, 12 fl. oz.
Tea Tree mouthwash has a natural fresh mint flavor with the antiseptic properties of tea tree oil.
Tea Tree Toothpaste With Baking Soda, 5 oz.
Tea tree oil toothpaste with baking soda combined with proper brushing and oral care will leave your teeth clean, your gums healthy and your breath refreshed!
Thera Neem Herbal Mouthwash, 16 fl. oz.
TheraNeem's Alcohol-Free herbal mouthwash is the ultimate neem rinse to support your oral care regimen.
Throat Spray GSE, 4 fl. oz.
This natural formulation is designed to promote healthy conditions in the mouth and throat. NutriBiotic Throat Spray provides protection from sore throat due to germs.
Thera Neem Toothpaste, Mint Herbal Toothpaste, Organic South, 4.23 oz.
Neem toothpaste is another herbal wonder from used in Ayurveda for oral health care, that many researchers believe have helped rural Indians avoid cavities despite limited access to modern dental care.
Thyme Leaf, Nature's Way, 425 mg, 100 Caps
Thyme Leaf has been used extensively for the high thymol, phenol, and carvacol content in Thyme oil. Thyme leaf is also a popular culinary herb.
Toothpaste Gel, XyliWhite Whitening Gel With Xylitol Natural Sweetener, NOW Foods, 6.4 oz.
XyliWhite is a remarkable new toothpaste gel from NOW Foods that uses Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol that looks and tastes similar to conventional sugar with one major exception - it has 40% fewer calories!
Tongue Cleaner, Stainless Steel
Like good silverware Dr Tung's Tongue Cleaner is made of STAINLESS STEEL (not plastic), and our curved cleaning edge removes bacteria and soft plaque in seconds.
Vitamin A, 100% Natural, Nature's Way, 10,000 IU, 100 Softgels
Nature's Way vitamin A is 100% natural from fish liver oil. It contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives.
Vitamin C 1000 With Bioflavonoids, Nature's Way, 100% Natural, 1000 mg, 250 VCaps
Nature's Way Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids provides antioxidant protection for many of the body's important enzyme systems.
Vitamin E, Natural D-Alpha-Tocopherol, 400 IU, 100 Softgels
Vitamin E has potent antioxidant activity, supplies oxygen to the blood, aids in strengthening capillary walls, and plays a beneficial role in cancer and cardiovascular disease prevention, anti-aging benefits, circulation, wound-healing, immune function, nervous system function, PMS, hot flushes, diabetes, vascular disease, eye health, tissue repair, athletic performance, leg cramps, skin and hair health, and alleviating fatigue.
Whitening Dental Gel Plus, With Dental Peroxide, 4.5 oz.
NutriBiotic Dental Gel Plus is a truly whitening gel formulated with Dental Peroxide, the superior whitening ingredient dentists use.
White Willow Bark Tincture, 100% Organic, 2 fl. oz.
Aspirin is a synthetic derivative of white willow bark. White Willow Bark is an analgesic, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diaphoretic, and fever reducer.
Xylitol Plus Natural Sugar Substitute, 70 Packets Per Box, 4.4 oz.
Now Foods Xylitol Plus Natural Sugar Substitute is derived from fruit, such as strawberries, pears and plums, or trees, specifically birchwood.
XyliWhite Natural Mouthwash, Cinnafresh, NOW Foods, 16 fl. oz.
NOW Cinnafresh XyliWhite Natural Mouthwash is a safe and effective fluoride-free oral rinse that works in unique ways to help you achieve a smile that's healthier and brighter than ever before.
XyliWhite Cinnafresh Toothpaste Gel, Vegetarian, NOW Foods, 6.4 oz.
XyliWhite Cinnafresh is a remarkable new toothpaste gel from NOW Foods that uses Xylitol, a natural sugar alcohol that looks and tastes similar to conventional sugar with one major exception - it has 40% fewer calories!
XyliWhite Platinum Mint Toothpaste Gel, NOW Foods, 6.4 oz.
XyliWhite Platinum Toothpaste unites the proven oral health benefits of xylitol with the powerful whitening properties of natural baking soda. This unique dual action formula is safe and effective, and when used daily, can help you promote a smile that is brighter and healthier than ever before!
Zinc Ionic Mineral Supplement, Fully Absorbable, 100 +/- ppm, 16 fl. oz.
WaterOz Ionic Zinc is a pure liquid Zinc supplement. Zinc moves through all the fluids in the body, it creates a defense against infection-causing bacteria and viruses trying to enter the body and stops bacterial and viral replication.
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You may not be aware that a cavity is starting, so visiting your dentist regularly is your best protection against cavities and tooth decay. However, a toothache or tooth pain is commonly a telltale sign of a cavity. If your teeth or mouth hurt, visit your dentist as soon as possible.
In addition to pain, contact your dentist if you develop any of these signs or symptoms:
- Red, tender or swollen gums.
- Bleeding gums.
- Gums that are pulling away from your teeth, which may make your teeth seem longer.
- Pus around your teeth and gums when you press on the gums.
- A bad taste in your mouth.
- Unexplained bad breath.
- Loose teeth.
- Changes in the way your top and bottom teeth touch.
- Changes in the feel of your dentures.
- Sensitivity to sweet, hot or cold foods or beverages.
- You avoid brushing or cleaning certain teeth or areas because of pain.
If a cavity is treated before it starts causing pain, there is a smaller chance of significant damage requiring more involved treatment. That is why it is important to have regular dental checkups and cleanings even when your mouth feels fine. By the time you notice symptoms, the damage is getting worse.
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