MSM (methylsulfonylmethane): dental applications
A safe & natural remedy for many types of pain and inflammation, incl. in teeth & gums
In their excellent "must-read" book, "The Miracle of MSM: The Natural Solution for Pain", Drs. Stanley Jacob and Ronald Lawrence (with a combined experience of 90 years of medical practice) report on their successes (as well as some failures) with the simple and non-patentable MSM compound. While the pain relief "miracles" reported mostly concern diseases such as arthritis, joint, muscle & nerve pain (eg after accidents), hayfever etc., Jacob and Lawrence also include a chapter on some astounding effects observed with dental problems.
What is MSM?
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane, chemical formula [CH3]2SO2) is a sulfur compound naturally found in some plants as well as (in small quantities) in numerous foods and drinks. It is sold quite inexpensively as a sugar-like white powder with a bitter taste. Its oft-reported therapeutic qualities are attributed to its content in "biologically active sulfur" with its anti-inflammatory, muscle-relaxing and pain-relieving effects.
Note: MSM is not to be confused with the (entirely different) compound MMS (miracle mineral supplement).4
MSM heals painful tooth root infection in root-canalled teeth:
An 80 year old woman who had three teeth in her upper jaw root-canalled some 25 years earlier developed a serious infection in these teeth. Throbbing, they became painful to the point of keeping her awake at night. She initially took an antibiotic which worked until she discontinued it and its effect wore off. She did another two rounds of the same with identical results and finally developed thrush. Only at this point did she start taking MSM (at a dose of three teaspoons daily) and applying the MSM crystals night and day to her gums.
The pain and inflammation lessened every day which allowed her to sleep much better. Within two weeks, her infection was much improved, and six months after starting on the MSM, all pain had gone and her infection was healed.
This is an extraordinary testimonial to the infection-healing potential of MSM. Tooth root infections typically are considered incurable and "dangerous", and considering that the "average" 80-year-old seems to have diminished immune defenses, it is all the more remarkable.
MSM for toothache
The above success story and the well-established anti-inflammatory effects of MSM make this compound appear like an ideal addition to whatever else one undertakes in case of toothache with an inflammatory background (which many if not most toothaches seem to have).
MSM against gum disease
Drs Jacob and Lawrence believe that MSM "offers an additional weapon against gum disease" and generally recommended a daily dose of 2 to 8 grams. For external use one can rinse with the dissolved MSM crystals 2 to 3 times daily or repeatedly rub MSM crystals onto the inflamed gum tissue. The latter has helped many of Drs Jacob and Lawrence's patients who suffered from gingivitis to lessen the inflammation. Another success report includes the case of a woman who healed her pyorrhea (severe periodontitis with bleeding gums and loosening teeth) with MSM.
Other observations and recommendations from Drs Jacob and Lawrence's book re "dental" applications of MSM
- Used after normal brushing, MSM whitens teeth.1
- MSM has reduced pulpal inflammation.
- Taking the suggested dose of three grams daily, tooth sensitivity was reduced.
- To minimize pain and infection after dental work, rub a paste made of MSM plus some water over your tooth's root area twice a day for up to two days afterwards.2
- If you get a gold inlay, the dentist should apply a 15 percent MSM solution before inserting the inlay since teeth with gold inlays can remain sensitive and painful to heat or cold impact for a long time after the dental work.2
- To lessen inflammation and reduce pain after extractions, the dentist should apply a 15% MSM solution to the tooth socket. The patient can subsequently apply MSM adjacent to the extraction site.3
As with most supplements, for optimising your chances of success make sure not to exclusively rely on MSM but to give your body all the nutrients it requires, particularly with respect to minerals5 and vitamin C, the latter reportedly enhancing the therapeutic effects of MSM due to the body needing ascorbic acid to metabolise MSM to sulphur (I couldn't verify so far if this is true to fact).
1 As mentioned, MSM has a bitter taste. If instead of using potentially toxic toothpaste followed by brushing with MSM, you only brush with MSM plus xylitol, you have a much better-tasting, germ-fighting, natural, toxin-free tooth powder.
2 For numerous caveats re dental work, dental metals etc., see Healing Teeth Naturally's Conventional section, particularly Drilling and filling teeth: an unwise choice? Many reasons for avoiding conventional invasive dental treatment.
3 Background caveats at Dental extractions: potential health risks and dangers (incl. death).
4 See Brushing teeth with MMS.