August 21, 2017

All Natural Oral Health + Groton Wellness

All Natural Oral Health + Groton Wellness

My token fun fact about myself in every ice breaker I’ve been forced to participate in is that I don’t have any cavities. So you can imagine my dismay (read: devastation) when I discovered I am no longer cavity free. Disappointment consumed me, with a sprinkle of confusion. I eat well, floss daily, brush regularly, and keep the sugar to a minimum. So what was the deal?

Oddly enough, upon taking my X-rays the hygienist asked if I had switched to a fluoride-free toothpaste (I had). I was also cringing because with each scrape of the tooth, I nearly whacked the metal device out of her hand; my teeth were that sensitive. I was then asked if I consumed a lot of lemon water, seltzer, and fizzy drinks (think: kombucha), of which I avoided eye contact and mumbled a whispered “maybe…”

Since then I’ve been on a journey to reverse the cavity and discover ways to avoid plaque and decay through all natural means. This is what brought me to Groton Wellness Center, about an hour north of Boston. 

Mention this blog post when scheduling your Groton Wellness appointment for a $249 new patient special!

Groton Wellness is a functional medicine center dedicated to awakening the natural healing ability and restoring whole health. Its mission is to create an innovative, nurturing and vibrant wellness community of integrative health care providers. Practitioners of many modalities (dentistry, nutrition, gynecology, family medicine, and more) come together, collaborate, understand, educate, empower and heal patients. There’s also a cafe in the complex that cooks with  the freshest, finest quality organic and all natural ingredients, with no refined flours or sugars, homemade condiments, nourishing bone broths, chemical free, grass-fed, hormone-free meats, produce, and eggs.

While they offer services like massage, holistic facial, clay bath, colon hydrotherapy, acupuncture, guided meditation, lymphatic drainage treatment, and craniosacral manipulation, I was there for dental treatment. They cover a range of dental issues, including: removing mercury amalgams (silver fillings), cavities / tooth decay, gum problems / periodontal disease, root canals / cavitations, and TMJ / sleep apnea and bite problems. The overall goal is to harmonize a patient’s dental wellness with his or her overall physical well-being through the use of non-toxic materials for dental work.

When I first walked into Groton Wellness, the whole office was so serene. Organic tea greeted me in the waiting room, and when I was led into my appointment, crystals greeted me in each room. I then had something called oligo-minerals testing done – a device that touches the palm of your hand in order to sense levels of metals in the body. This revealed I was high levels in aluminum, silver, cadmium and lead, which can be normal due to the fact that aluminum is the most abundant element on earth. To remedy these, Groton Wellness offers mercury detox programs, which are effective for other high levels of metals.

I also took this opportunity to pick the brains of some of the folks at Groton Wellness with some of the questions readers had about maintaining oral health in all natural ways.

  1. What do you use to fill cavities?  Grandio and Diamond lite for composite material
  2. How can I find a holistic dentist and what should I look for?

    IAOMT.org and holisticdental.org have search tools for biological dentists near you. Insurance coverage is different practice to practice. A lot are fee-for-service but some holistic dental offices are contracted with dental insurance. The new patient would have to call the office they want to visit to see which insurance companies they are contracted with.

    Key things patients should look for in a dentist are:

    safe mercury removal

    -mercury free-no mercury fillings whatsoever

    -no root canals

    -no metal in restorative treatment

    -knowledge that oral health isn’t limited to the mouth

  3. Is it possible to reverse cavities? Particularly with ozone treatment?  I had 2 and used a clove essential oil on them every day and my holistic dentist did an ozone treatment and they are gone. It’s been like 3 years and they never came back – is this true?

    It’s possible to heal/reverse small surface cavities with a specific diet/hygiene regiment.  See Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel. Weston A Price also has good resources for healing cavities naturally. This is typically only if a patient has non-cavitated lesions. If you have a true cavitated lesion, you cannot reverse the damage.

    Also, making sure there is no glycerin in your toothpaste. Proper supplementation, oral probiotics and making sure you aren’t deficient in an minerals can prevent cavities.

  4. What is a good remedy for canker sores?

    Warm salt water, ozynated olive oil, laser treatment or lysine supplementation

  5. Do lemon water / acv / kombuca / seltzer affect your enamel?

    Carbonic acid and citric acid can cause enamel erosion if these drinks are ingested frequently.

  6. Which brand of toothpaste do you recommend? And should fluoride be totally removed?

    We recommend xylitol as a decay fighter instead of fluoride***.  We are a fluoride free practice because it is unsafe, classified as a neuro-toxin and there are different products that can be used to fight decay.  Essential oils have great properties as additions to toothpastes- young living has xylitol in it for the decay fighting agent. We like Coral White brand tooth paste the best because there is no fluoride, no glycerin, no sodium lauryl sulfate but it has added minerals and xylitol. ***One reader noted that  xylitol is effective if taken at 5mg daily. If taken at lower doses, it really does not prevent any decalcification (decay).

  7. What are some all natural ways to whiten your teeth?

    We recommend coconut oil pulling to naturally whiten your teeth.  Swishing with a spoonful of virgin coconut oil for about 15-20 minutes a day removes toxins and bacteria from the gums, strengthens the gums and whitens teeth. (see attached article)

  8. What is your opinion of hydrogen peroxide?

    We recommend it diluted to rinse with extraction sites.  If used too frequently, one can develop a “black, hairy tongue”

  9. Is a water flosser as effective as string floss?

    Yes- a water pik for some patients is BETTER than floss!

  10. all your teeth correspond to different meridians? So if you have something wrong with your tooth it could be a signal that something is off somewhere else in the body?

    Yes- see attached chart and see this link: http://www.grotonwellness.com/practices/dental-orthodontics/health-focused-or-biological-dentistry/meridian-chart-for-teeth/

  11. How can I prevent tooth decay?

    Good dental hygiene and xylitol in tooth paste and proper diet/supplementation.  See “Cure Tooth Decay” Also, probiotics exist to help change the pathogenic bacteria causing decay and periodontal disease to two have friendly, non-decay forming bacteria.

  12. pH strips to check saliva pH first thing in the morning to see if that may have contributed to your cavity?

    Yes, definitely.  If your body is too acidic, it can promote tooth decay.

  13. What is the best way to deal with receding gum lines?

    Coconut oil pulling and a night guard to help prevent clenching/grinding

  14. How do you recommend cleaning plastic retainers?

    Brushing them with non-abrasive tooth paste or soap/water and a soft toothbrush, also bring it with you to every dental appointment so that the office can clean it in out ultrasonic machine.  If the mouth is clean, the appliance should not develop calculus or stains.

  15. Thoughts on sealants to protect from getting activities?

    We recommend them on kids that are prone to cavities. It only helps protect one surface of the tooth, so we will highly recommend flossing daily and brushing three times a day. We use a sealant material that is fluoride free. And if the sealants are properly light cured then they do not have BPA.

Mention this blog post when scheduling your Groton Wellness appointment for a $249 new patient special!

additional resources:

  • dr weston price’s work
  • ramiel nagel’s book cure tooth decay
  • living libations podcast

diet tips for preventing tooth decay / cavities:

  • Rich in grass fed animal foods like bone broth, meat, wild fish, shellfish and eggs – these contain the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, which protect enamel
  • Raw and cooked vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables.
  • Fruit, one piece daily early in day.
  • Vitamin D — get plenty of sunshine, and days not in sun supplement with 5,000IU daily of D3.
  • Foods high in healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, olives, and fish or fermented cod liver oil.
  • Fermented grains only and in moderation, such as true sourdough bread (or even better no grains at all). You can buy raw flours and breads.
  • Nuts, seeds and beans only that have been sprouted.
  • No processed foods, packaged foods or fast food
  • Minimal processed sugar
  • Be wary of foods with phytic acid: this is thought to cause some digestive disorders, lack of appetite, nutrient deficiencies and tooth decay. Try limiting your grain consumption and stay completely clear from unfermented soy products.
  • use a mineralizing toothpaste
  • oil pulling
  • take a mineral supplement. If you are taking a multivitamin, make sure it includes minerals, particularly calcium and magnesium. Remember, calcium and magnesium (and especially calcium, the main mineral in your teeth) are important for strong teeth. You should be getting at at least 1000 mg of calcium and 300-400 mg magnesium every day.

oil pulling:

  • helps with: tooth decay, gum disease, bad breath, loose teeth, bleeding and receding gums
  • put spoonful of coconut oil into mouth and swish around for period of 15-20 minutes – spit into trash at end because could clog pipes and toilet over time then rinse mouth with water
  • best done first thing in the morning before breakfast
  • coconut oil acts as cleanser – pulls out bacteria and other debris
  • prevents overgrowth of bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, discolored teeth, plaque, tarter, cavities, bleeding gums, sensitive teeth and chronic bad breath
  • just spoonful of coconut oil can clean your teeth more thoroughly than brushing, flossing and gargling with antiseptic mouthwash, and beats tooth brushing and mouthwash in terms of reducing plaque and gingivitis
  • it can also actively fight oral infections

Readers’ tips on how to survive oil pulling:

  • start small – only about 1 tsp rather than the full mouthful then begin with just 5 minutes, gradually working your way up to bigger mouthfuls and longer times
  • add peppermint essential oil to the coconut oil for better taste
  • watch insta stories or tv, or take a shower while doing it – distraction is key
  • keeko has flavored oil pulling packets
  • skinny and co – only alkaline coconut oil in the world and they add peppermint so it feel a lot more like mouth wash
  • essential oxygen products
  • dale aubrey oil pulling rinse
  • use sesame oil – so much easier
  • baking soda and coconut oil as a toothpaste
  • even if you can do 5 minutes, you’ll still have the benefits
  • use neem oil
  • swish with probiotics – empty capsules into water and swish
  • doterra liquid coconut liquid
  • white 2 nite dale audrey RDH ayurvedic oral pulling rinse
  • use the dirt oil pulling mouthwash
  • farm to gold for oil pulling

DIY mineralizing toothpaste 1 :

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp xylitol (or 1/8 teaspoon of stevia)
  • 20 drops peppermint oil
  • 20 drops of trace minerals or calcium/magnesium powder

The toothbrush and tongue scraper I use (pictured here): Wowe Lifestyle  

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6 comments:

  • Jordanne

    If you need some Young Living toothpaste as mentioned above – I got the hookup ?? Love this post – thank you for sharing!

  • Amy

    This is great info! I just got a cavity filled today and I was so sad about it 🙁 Now I’m determined to protect my pearly whites – I’ll be giving coconut oil pulling a try tonight.

  • Julia

    Hi Katie! I was wondering if you received any info from them about wisdom teeth… I probably should have had them removed ages ago but my oral surgeon when I was younger said to wait and now it’s become a very tricky situation..
    Thanks 🙂

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