My teeth have always been looked after and I’ve had no problems that required any treatment, all that was needed was a check-up every so often. That was until I felt that dreadful pain in my back tooth. (I thought years of having a chocolate addiction have finally come back to haunt me.)
This pain was so bad and wasn’t just when I ate sweet things, everything I ate hurt that one tooth (Which I’m sure many people can relate with). One thing I didn’t mention was that I’m not a fan of the dentist (Who Is?)The sound of the drill drifting out the room would send shivers up my spine while in the waiting room.
The dentist told me I would need a root canal and was on the waiting listing for the next few months. I knew I wouldn’t be able to cope with having any intrusive treatment without being knocked out, so thought to myself there must be a way I can avoid this trauma at all costs.
So I took it upon myself to do extensive research to see what I could do to avoid this, so watched a few health/ lifestyle podcasts and YouTube videos in my spare time which I found helpful also very interesting as they made me understand the benefits of how this combination works and showed me that I may be able to reverse the damage and ultimately repair my tooth.
The Moral of the story is that I didn’t need the root canal after all! after a few months I got a call from the dentist to which my heart sank. I had stopped feeling any pain in that tooth and did inform him that I won’t be needing a root canal anymore. He was adamant that I still needed to come in for him to take a look, so off I went to prove myself.
After I had an X-Ray his exact words to me were:
“In my 10 years as a dentist I’ve never seen tooth regrowth like this before or knew it was possible, you will not need the procedure, how did you do this?” I explained my routine, therefore left him in shock and disbelief.
What I did
I already knew that taking calcium and vitamin D was good for your teeth and now with my new-found knowledge I knew taking the combination of calcium, vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 can actually help heal your tooth and quickly too, alongside a fluoride toothpaste, change in diet and a regular mouth washing routine. I really had nothing to lose as I was desperate not to go back to the dentist.
The Steps I took
Step 1. Avoid excess sugar or completely remove from your diet and replace with either Stevia, Manuka honey or Dates. Avoid alcohol and fizzy drinks.
Step 2. Add Probiotic-rich foods into your diet such as cheese, Yoghurt, Kefir and Omega 3 fatty acids foods such as Mackerel and Flax seeds.
Step 3. Start taking these Three Fat-soluble supplements calcium, vitamin D3 & vitamin K2 – Not all at the same time
-With your breakfast or glass of milk take the K2
-With Your lunch take your calcium and vitamin D3
Step 4. Keep up a good oral hygiene routine – brushing 2-3 times a day, using mouthwash and flossing.
Step 5. For Two weeks straight I tried oil pulling after watching a YouTube video (will add a link) – you put one tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth preferably before you have eaten, swish around in your mouth for at least 10- 20 mins while in shower etc.. spit out and rinse then brush with fluoride toothpaste.
After the Two weeks, just oil pull twice a week to keep up good oral hygiene, I’m not 100% sure if this contributed but was willing to give it a try. It definitely whitened my teeth.
I found this really amazing Blog post By Raising Natural Kids that suggests you should also:
“Minimise or Eliminate Phytic Acid in Your Diet. Phytic acid, or phytate, is found in grains, nuts, seeds and some varieties of beans. When high amounts of phytic acid are consumed, the body will lose calcium and absorb other minerals at lower rates. You don’t have to totally eliminate foods containing phytic acid, but you should soak and/or ferment them first, in order to reduce the phytic acid content”.
It can be found here
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient, Indian folk remedy claimed to whiten your teeth, freshen your breath and greatly improve your oral health.
Oil pulling dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years and finds its origins in ancient Ayurvedic medicinal texts. Ayurveda is a system of medicine that takes a holistic approach.
It’s been said that it can treat tooth decay, kill bad breath, heal bleeding gums, prevent cavities and even prevent heart disease.
How To Do Oil Pulling
What are the benefits of taking these Supplements?
- Naturally produced by your skin when exposed to sunlight
- Improves your immune system function
- Ensures normal growth and development of bones and teeth
- Helps regulate the amount of calcium in the body
- Needed for optimum mineralisation
Too much Vitamin D can cause calcium deposits to form in the body and cause liver damage but taking K2 will prevent the deposits from forming.
10 mg is the recommended daily allowance for most people – If your skin is darker or you are aged over 65 then its recommended to take a higher dose.
- Essential for wound healing and blood clotting
- Improves heart health
- Improves bone density
- may help reduce the size of cancerous tumours
- Reduce blood vessel calcification
- Essential for the development of strong bones and teeth
- Regulates your heartbeat
- Helps your heart muscle and nerves function correctly
- Ensure your blood clots normally
- For bone health and osteoporosis prevention
- Together they will act as a synergistic meaning they work together and are easily absorbed while preventing arterial calcification
- Ensures Calcium is sent to where we need it the most
- Improves immune system function
Most experts agree that it is better to get our nutrients from natural food sources, although sometimes it is not possible to get enough in this way.
“Supporting healthy cells involves a variety of vitamins and minerals, as well as other dietary components. Providing all these nutrients to your cells means eating whole foods since they contain the fullest complement of these nutrients”.
This is a quote from a really good blog I found by the George Mateljan Foundation.
Their mission is to help you eat and cook the healthiest way for optimal health.
Foods rich In Natural nutrients
- Cheddar Cheese
- Fortified Cereals
- Natto – Fermented Soy
- Egg yolks
- Goose Liver
- Egg Yolk from Pastured Chicken
- Fortified Orange Juice
- Shiitake Mushrooms
- Fortified milk
- Almond Milk
I found this article which explains that certain Medications can deplete K2 or Inhibit its absorption and is a very interesting read, which is something I didn’t realise before.
What are Teeth made of?
Our teeth contain four different types of tissue:
The pulp is the innermost portion of the tooth and consists of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, which nourish the tooth.
The hard outer layer of your teeth called Enamel is made of minerals like calcium phosphate.
Enamel is harder than your bones not only that but it’s the hardest substance in your whole body.
Please DO NOT trust cheaper alternatives for the K2 manufactured in China and bottled in the UK as you will see no benefits.
There are a few good companies that are backed by scientific research and implement stringent quality controls.
This post is intended to share my own personal story. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or another qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.