Yes, you read that correctly—your teeth are alive.
Did you know that 92% of U.S. adults between the ages of 20 to 64 have the pleasure of experiencing a cavity in their permanent teeth. The “drill and fill” method is painful, expensive, and potentially toxic.
Check out this article about the Hidden Dangers of Commercial Dental Care!
It’s no wonder people are seeking alternatives to dentists.
You can repair cavities without a dentist and have squeaky clean teeth—just like coming out of the hygienists office—and not pay a cent?
Yup, its true.
The Adventure Began
A few years ago, I was on an adventure (and you know by now that I venture pretty far off the beaten path). I found this amazing healer who lives mostly out in the wilderness.
Doug had watched how the animals take care of their teeth, and he learned from primitive peoples (like the Tarahumara Indians), how they take care of their teeth.
So a few years ago, I got an abscessed tooth. And I healed it using Doug’s methods.
Doug is kinda different.
Uh, some folks have called him a tree hugger. He has that indigenous, earthy sort of vibe to him. But so many people from all walks of life have bought the video because the information is so good.
Now, let’s talk about your teeth being alive!
It might be difficult to believe that your teeth are alive because they are so hard, but it’s true. Nerves inside your teeth control blood flow and nourishment, so this makes your teeth another organ in your body.
Just like other organs in your body, it’s important to keep your teeth clean and healthy. If your teeth are unhealthy, it can affect the other organs, as well as your quality of life.
It’s not only about your smile!
There are two basic parts to your teeth: the crown and the root. Then, there is also the gum tissue and the bone, which are both very important.
The crown is what you see above the gumline.
The root is what is below the gumline. It is about 2/3rds the length of the entire tooth.
There are four different tissue types that make up each tooth.
Enamel is the white part of the tooth. It protects the tooth from wear and tear, and is very strong. It is also the hardest substance in your body.
Dentin supports the enamel. It’s a yellow bonelike material, slightly softer than enamel, that holds some of the nerve endings. These nerve endings let you know when there is something wrong with your teeth.
The Pulp is at the center of the tooth. It’s made up of soft tissue that contains blood vessels, lymph tissue, and nerves. Your teeth get nourishment and signals to and from your brain through the pulp.
Cementum covers the root of your tooth. It helps attach the tooth to the bones in your jaw.
The Periodontal Ligament is a cushioning layer that sits between the cementum and your jawbone. It helps connect the two.
Knowing your teeth is important, because if a tooth is alive, it can also die.
What is tooth decay?
You probably know tooth decay as cavities. Tooth decay happens when bacteria found in plaque coats your teeth and produces an acid, which erodes and destroys the tooth enamel. Once it destroys the tooth enamel, it begins to work toward the pulp.
This type of bacteria feeds on sugar and carbohydrates. If left untreated, this tooth erosion causes pain, infection, and eventually tooth death.
Poor oral hygiene, junk food, and acidic foods and drinks promote tooth decay, and the death of the tooth.
But there’s good news!
The hard tissue of your teeth can remineralize. But it’s not as easy as just taking a pill for it. You’ll need to maintain a diet that is good for your teeth and make sure that plaque and tartar are not left on your teeth.
7 things you can do to help remineralize your teeth
- Get off the sugar! This is what the plaque bacteria thrives on.
- Reduce your intake of grains, beans, lentils, soy, nuts, and seeds, but remember these are also important for a healthy balanced diet.
- Increase your vitamins and minerals, especially Vitamin A, C, and D, and Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, and Iron.
- Eat apples, pears, raw celery and carrots, and cucumber to dilute sugars and stimulate saliva production, which will protect your teeth.
- Kill the cavity causing bacteria with good oral hygiene.
- Fix dry mouth! Saliva is very important in protecting your teeth from decay.
- Make your own toothpaste, mouthwash, and practice oil pulling.
Do you need an alternative for your dental care?
- Dental hygiene without brushes, paste, or floss
- Healing cavities with herbs
- Treating abscesses with herbs and poultices
- Treating cracked and chipped teeth
(This article was originally published on August 10, 2017.)
Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, which is a community of people focused on modern self-sufficient living. She has been featured by National Geographic as an expert in off-grid living, she hosted the Mother Earth News Online Homesteading Summit, and she is listed in Who’s Who in America for having inspired hundreds of thousands of backyard gardens. Marjory was the focus of an article that won Reuter’s Food Sustainability Media Award, and she recently authored The Grow System: The Essential Guide to Modern Self-Sufficient Living—From Growing Food to Making Medicine.