Strengthening teeth and gums
Miscellaneous suggested herbal, plant and other remedies
As with any page containing herbal treatment suggestions and advice, the reader is reminded of Healing Teeth Naturally's introductory General advice and considerations re using herbal and similar nature-derived remedies to heal, treat or improve one's gums and teeth.
Recommendations by various authors
Comfrey root (Symphytum officinale radix)
Comfrey is a time-honoured treatment for a number of bone-related complaints (as shown by its popular designation "knitbone"). As seen from its official designation, it is also a recognised medicinal plant for topical use. It has anti-inflammatory properties and relieves swelling and pain, making it useful for complaints concerning the muscles and joints such as bruises, sprains, strains and to stimulate local circulation.
A widely distributed internet article even maintains that rinsing your mouth with comfrey root powder complemented by the regular intake of organic eggshells will make teeth regrow. Be that as it may, according to Wikipedia, scientific research has confirmed that "comfrey can influence the course of bone ailments".
While everyone seems to agree on comfrey's virtues when applied externally, opinions vary widely as to the advisability of its internal application. This is due to the presence of pyrrolizidine alkaloids which are considered to be toxic to the liver (compare e.g. Wikipedia in various languages - the French version writes that one comfrey-related death [after ingestion over several months] is reported in "Plantes toxiques" by Jean Bruneton, the German version mentions that cases of liver vein occlusion following the intake of comfrey products have been documented inter alia in the US, the UK and in Germany).
As so often, it would seem best here to follow one's guidance or intuition. If you opt for the generally considered safe external application of the herb, an easy way to incorporate finely ground comfrey root powder into your daily dental routine would consist in mixing it into your self-made toothpowder (see Toothpaste Alternatives). (For more on eggshells, see Foods rich in Minerals and trace elements.)
Alfalfa leaf, cinnamon bark, turmeric (Curcuma longa) root, yellow dock (Rumex crispus) root
described as good for bones and joints (and hence teeth) when ingested.
In his "Survival Into The 21st Century" classic, Viktoras Kulvinskas recommends wheatgrass juice for toothaches and healing, which is certainly worth trying if you have it available (wheatgrass can be easily home-grown).
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
An Ayurvedic tooth and gum formula prescribes mixing 1 teaspoon of turmeric with half a teaspoon of salt, adding mustard oil to obtain a paste-like consistency. Rub into teeth and gums twice a day.
Author Rosina Fasching writes in her book "Tea Fungus Kombucha: The Natural Remedy and Its Significance in Cases of Cancer and Other Metabolic Diseases" that by regularly drinking kombucha tea one can keep one's teeth free from damage.
Since urine tests of individuals who had never drunk kombucha before have shown considerable traces of environmental toxins such a lead, mercury, benzene, cesium etc. after kombucha consumption (while the drink itself was free of these contaminants), kombucha may also be helpful for anyone suffering from heavy metal toxicity.
Hawthorn (Crataegus) berry & bilberry (Vaccinium) fruit
described as collagen-stabilizers and gum tissue strengtheners.
The leaves of Eucalyptus globulus (from which the well-known therapeutic Eucalyptus oil is distilled) also contain a cariostatic (i.e. halting the development of tooth decay) compound named Eucalyptone (see www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7546549). Rinsing your mouth with a drop of eucalyptus oil in a glass of water will thus not only freshen your breath but also stop superficial caries bacteria from proliferating.
Black tea, green tea and oolong tea extract
"In addition to black and green tea, researchers have now discovered another brand of tea which protects against cavities. Oolong tea extract, a half-fermented tea from China, reduces the formation of plaque even in small doses and thus protects against tooth decay."1
Washing your mouth daily with a rinse made from chaparral prevents dental caries.2
Alum, black pepper, rock salt, turmeric root
Mix five parts alum powder, three parts black pepper powder, two parts rock salt powder and one part turmeric root powder and use for massaging your gums.3
Rose petal, oak leaf, and carob powder
To be applied as a gum pack.4
Amla (Ayurvedic herb/fruit)
Said to rebuild oral health and support the connective tissue when used internally and thus helpful to the teeth and gums. Used as a mouthwash or ingested in capsule form (one to two grams daily).
Rubbing onion over teeth apparently cleans, whitens and strengthens them.
Seaweed deserves a special mention here for its important role in health and healing. See Seaweed.
The following recommendations are owed to Dennis Knicely, D.D.5
Brushing with chlorophyll powder can halt tooth decay and gum infection.
To strengthen teeth and gums and to help remove tartar (calculus), cut a strawberry in half and rub onto teeth and gums. Leave on for 45 minutes and rinse with warm water.6
Natural fluorine, from rye sprouts or flakes, increases enamel strength.
White Oak Bark will help set/tighten loose teeth and is the main ingredient in "Dr. Christopher's herbal tooth and gum powder". A beautiful testimonial tells of a woman whose teeth were loose due to pyorrhea and about to be pulled when "Spirit" led her to a lecture at the moment when the use of oak bark powder (applied between the gums and cheeks during the night to tighten the teeth) was being discussed. After applying this advice, within two weeks, her teeth had tightened and her gums had become firm.7
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Herbal Calcium Formula
Mix equal parts of alfalfa, horsetail, Irish Moss, Lobelia, Oat Straw. A tea can be made or ground herbs put in capsules.
5 These suggestions formerly appeared in his very interesting article on Healing Teeth Naturally (now published in a modified version at www.healingnews.com/Healing_Teeth_article101.html) listing various natural remedies for teeth.
6 Compare Strawberry and tartar (calculus) testimonial.
9 Background information on kombucha e.g. under Kombucha as a cancer treatment.
10 To add to the confusion, www.doctoryourself.com/gums.html features an interesting report of gum surgery avoided by combining topical calcium ascorbate (a non-acidic form of vitamin C) with drinking a comfrey root decoction for two weeks. (Vitamin C by itself is known to help with gum disease, see Periodontal disease and vitamin C.