.Reportedly, DMSO has also been used to support the health of teeth and gums.

According to the book "The DMSO Handbook For Doctors" by Archie H. Scott, DMSO has been successfully applied for treating tooth and gum problems since the 1960s. Polish researchers did a study on 32 patients with periodontal disease (inflamed and bleeding gums), with 13 of them only suffering with bleeding and swelling, while the other 19 showed more progressive gum disease (the infection even involved the bone and had led to some teeth loosening).

The treatment included an initial cleaning of the teeth, with as many bacteria as possible being removed. Following this cleansing, the patients were treated with poultices containing 30 percent DMSO left on for 10 minutes every other day, with the treatment continued for seven to ten days.

All patients with superficial gum disease reported great improvement, i.e. no more pain and strongly reduced bleeding.  The patients suffering with deep-seated infections reported less inflammation and less pain, and all patients experienced loose teeth becoming tighter. Very loose teeth however did not firm up in any of these patients.[2]

Other dental applications of DMSO

Reportedly, regularly brushing one's teeth with DMSO helps to curb bacterial growth in your mouth. Many also use DMSO as a mouth wash (in a 50 percent solution with water). The author of the above book states having brushed his teeth with DMSO for over 40 years and being pleased with the results. DMSO can also be applied against toothache to relieve the pain.

Dentists have used DMSO in their practices for combatting pain, infection, and swelling, such as treating the gum and jaw after a tooth extraction. DMSO will reduce the swelling and pain and simultaneously lower the infection risk. DMSO can be used both by itself and in combination with medications such as antibiotics. It can even be applied to the external surface of the jaw or cheek close to the extraction site.

Finally, Scott reports on one dentist using DMSO to lower radiation damage from dental x-rays. Prior to taking the x-ray pictures and in addition to using the usual lead protection, this dentist applies DMSO topically to the area concerned.

Important caveat

Before rushing out to get DMSO and using it, inform yourself about its correct application. While it can be powerfully healing, it may also do harm. Since DMSO readily penetrates the skin and other cell membranes (including nails!), it delivers whatever you combine it with right to the bloodstream. So do not wear plastic gloves or dyed clothing, do use glass utensils and observe the greatest cleanliness when handling it.

Most of all and for the same reason, personally I would not use DMSO in the oral cavity if I carried any restorations in my mouth, or use it solely by way of exception for treating individual narrowly circumscribed areas only.

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1 In fact, DMSO appears to be one of the true panaceas available to humankind. For background and a powerful case report illustrating its phenomenal potential, see e.g. DMSO helps against lymphedema?.

2 Preliminary evaluation of the usefulness of DMSO in inflammatory periodontal diseases. Preliminary report, published in the journal Czasopismo stomatologiczne in 1966.

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