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. Build up of plaque causes gum disease. Dental plaque is a biofilm produced by the bacteria that coats the gums and teeth. Bad dental hygiene increases the risk of gum disease (gingivitis) which may lead to periodontal disease. The implications of periodontal disease and the inflammatory toxins created by this bacteria are known to cause heart disease, diabetes and even miscarriage.
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.
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
- Good dental hygiene and regular 6 months visits to your dentist are important for prevention.
- Electric oscillating toothbrushes (soft bristle) are twice as an effective reducing plaque as the traditional handheld brushes.
- Do not introduce sugars into your babies diet and keep all sugar out of your child's diet. It is toxic and a poison!
- Do not eat white processed bread or any sugary drinks (soda, cordial etc). The research is abundant to the destructive effects on not only your teeth but health in general. Stick to a natural whole food diet.
- Acidic foods can erode the enamel of your teeth. Use a straw to help avoid the acids when drinking a fresh homemade orange or lemon juice for example and rinse your mouth out after consuming.
- Vitamin C rich foods should be eaten abundantly and every day! Berries, Kiwi, Citrus fruit, broccoli, capsicum etc.
- Coconut oil(organic) – used to swish around in your mouth (pulling) is excellent antibacterial and healing for your gums.
- Foods like celery with its rough texture, lightly cleaning the tooth’s surface while you chew. Carrots, cucumbers and other crunchy vegetables also do the trick. Chia seeds are excellent for producing saliva to help with digestion. They boost energy and high in Calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A & fibre. I use mine in my breakfast chia/seed/kefir/oat puddings! Yum
- CoQ10, a coenzyme for improving oxygenation to all cells (excellent also for anti-aging), is an important treatment for gum disease and prevention of periodontal disease. 2 capsules (50mg) is recommended initially and then as a preventative 1 per day. You can rub the contents of the capsule directly on your gums.
- Herbal remedies for a toothache – dapped onto cotton wool 1 – 2 drops – clove oil, echinacea, myrrh may help relieve the pain.
- Herbal toothpaste – natural, healing and strengthening. May contain thyme, echinacea, sage, calendula etc.
- Activated charcoal toothpaste made from coconut not only whitens your teeth but beneficial to killing the bacteria.
- Propolis mouthwash – a natural antiseptic and slightly anaesthetic may be used a couple of times per day until issue resolved.
- Green Tea: contain polyphenols and are effective against the bacteria found in your mouth that produces plaque and gum disease. Drink 2 – 3 cups a day.
- Xylitol – natural occurring compound, antibacterial properties effective again the bacteria that causes tooth decay. Chewing xylitol gum for a few minutes may help and also reduce gingivitis (gum disease) and bad breathe (halitosis).
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Tissue Salt Rx
Useful after a toothache to help purify blood through gums.
For abscessed gums which will not heal.
A toothache with swollen gum or cheek.
A nervous child with spasmodic, sharp, shooting pains. Better from hot applications.
A toothache with excess saliva or tears, and easy bleeding gums.
Deep-seated pain and ulcerated gums.
Below is a quick reference guide for low potency (1x – 30C) homoeopathic remedies safe for home prescribing. Make an appointment for a professional consultation and prescription for more information.
A toothache with stabbing, throbbing, burning pain. Restless and anxious. Worse after exposure to cold wind, and cold foods.
Repeat 4 hourly for bruising, haematoma and hemorrhage. Used with trauma caused by accidents, surgery or lenghty.
Dry mouth, throbbing, ulcerated, hot, swollen and shiny gums. Repeat often for tooache or abscess with sudden onset.
Flushed, hot, congested face.
Helps promote regeneration and helps to control pain. Repeat 4 hourly for damaged nerve tissue, accident or surgically induced.
Early decay of teeth; teeth turn yellow then dark.
Unhealthy bleeding and swelling of the gums. Aching teeth, worse at night with bad, offensive breathe (Halitosis) and moist mouth.
Inflamed or abscessed roots increased salivation and sensation as if the teeth are loose and too long. Worse from both hot and cold, better from rubbing the cheek.
Worse from cold air, sensitive to touch. Better whilst eating.
Unbearable pain, worse from heat, better from cold drinks.
Bleeding gum. Reactions to general anaesthetic. Tendency to bleed after surgery.
Discomfort after orthodontic adjustmemt. Bone pain after surgery or injury to the one.
Deep pain, ulceration of gums, abscesses at roots of teeth.
Promotes repair after an incised wound. Pain at the site of the insicion (cut).
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Flower Essence Rx
- Bach Flower Essences
- Australian Flower Essences
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.