As someone who lives a life of daily detox I knew the benefits of dental health and how it relates to the health of the rest of the body.  This was an area I wanted to improve just like I do with the rest of my body.

Growing up I was pretty healthy according to medical standards.  I wasn’t frequently sick, I ate generally healthy apart from some fruit loops (hello sugar and no nutrition!!!) and a few cakes, my friends and I would make here and there and eat them on a Friday night (the sugar addiction is another story for another blog and yes we ate the whole cake).

I did have a lot of dental work compared to the norm back in the 80’s.  A few amalgam (mercury) fillings and a whole lot of pulling teeth, head gear in preparation for braces and then a year of braces (surprisingly only a year).  Needless to say, the dentist was not my favorite place to visit. 

Today I want to share my experience of having my amalgams removed recently and steps you can take to improve your oral health.  After all, your oral health is directly related to every organ and body system. I love this chart Meridian Tooth Chart to understand more about your teeth and how they’re connected to your organs.

Dental amalgam contains approximately 50% mercury and is mixed with silver, copper, tin, and other metals to form a plastic moldable mixture which is then condensed into the cavity where it hardens. There has long been a concern that the mercury contained within a filling could be released and affect every known organ and body system.

Metals don’t belong in our mouth.  Our mouths membranes are thin and allow quick absorption into the bloodstream.   The metals in our mouth from fillings leach when in contact with hot and cold and when grinding teeth at night releasing toxins.  Toxins affect our cellular health. Period!! All disease and health is cellular. It’s imperative that we take care of our cells so they can take care of us.  They don’t ask for much really. They want oxygen, rich nutrient dense food, daily, deep breathing, movement, drinking clean water, proper sleep, etc.

I always wanted to remove my amalgams at some point.  It’s costly and very necessary to use a biological dentist who removes the fillings safely.  What was the catalyst to removing mine was a small cavity that was under one amalgam.

The conventional dentist I had seen told me she’d remove them just like any other cavity.  I knew in my gut that I would need to go elsewhere removed to have them removed.

That led me to my current dentist in Guelph at Speedvale Dental Dr. Jim Fox (in case you want to check his office out).  He has patients fly from the states and drive hours to see him…. because he’s that good!!! When I had my first appointment I knew I was in the right place.  From the questions he asked me to the calm peaceful nature he brings so his patients feel at home.

When I went in to have the procedure done he used clove essential oil to numb my gums before placing the needle.  Now, keep in mind I’m an educator and believer of essential oils (the quality ones anyways) and when you’re going to have a needle in your mouth you’re truly tested on your belief.  I will report that clove oil absolutely numbs (AKA no needle felt).

The procedure was safe, fast and effortless.  You might ask what I’ve noticed after the removal…. The only thing I can tell you is that my jaw (the 3 amalgams were on my bottom jaw, both sides) felt lighter and less tense.  I’m not sure if my teeth grinding actually is a result of these mercury fillings but only time will tell.

Whether I feel a difference or not is irrelevant to me.  The fact that I removed these metals from my mouth is what matters to me most.  What I want to share with you is how you can support your oral health on a daily so that you can minimize decay and strengthen your teeth.  Afterall, your teeth are bones and they need good quality nutrients just like the rest of your body.

Here’s is my dental routine:

  1. Good quality nutrition.  Your cells will not, I repeat, will not be at their greatest health if you do not feed your cells high quality nutrients.  Organic is always best due to the soil being denser in minerals. Nowadays our conventional soil is depleted. This means the food grown in that depleted soil is not getting the nutrients you need to thrive.  If you cannot afford all organic then follow the dirty dozen

That way the foods highest in chemicals will be reduced, you’ll be reducing your toxic load since toxins store in your fat cells.

I also suggest consuming a whole food bioavailable supplement to supply what your food is not.  I use LLV (LifeLong Vitality) it contains fats, antioxidants and minerals to provide what my body isn’t getting from food.

  1. Tongue scraping – This habit comes from ayurvedic medicine and the idea is that it pulls the build up of toxins from your tongue that have built up through the night as your body is naturally cleansing.  Before I drink any alkaline ionized water I always scrape first with a Dr. Tungs tongue scraper
  2. I floss every day morning and night.  I put either On Guard or tea tree essential oil on my floss.  There is a lot of research that shows myrrh being excellent for oral health.  I use myrrh on my toothpaste as well. 
  3. Oil Pulling with Organic Castor oil or Coconut.  Each morning 5 days a week I use a tsp of castor oil with a drop of On Guard or Peppermint and I swish while I jump on my rebounder for 10 min (this is another post but rebounding is great for cellular).  Oil pulling has been shown to whiten teeth, increase energy as it detoxifies cells, aids hormonal changes, kills bacteria in the mouth, prevent bad breath, may prevent cavities and more.
  4. The kind of toothpaste you use is key to a healthy mouth.  Your regular conventional paste that we all know actually affects your micro biome negatively.  Your microbiome is the bacteria that live within your body. We have good bacteria and bad. It’s imperative that we are not doing harm to the good bacteria that we need for a healthy immune system. The type of toothpaste you use can either inhibit these microorganisms or support them.  I use On Guard toothpaste that contains essential oils that kill bacteria within the mouth that contribute to tooth decay along with other ingredients to remineralize the teeth and make them stronger.
  5. Cleansing seasonally/Gut Health.  I believe and I teach my community the benefits of detoxification.   The health of our gut impacts the health of our body. All disease and all heath begin in your gut.  Whether you’re feeling tired, moody, poor sleep, bloating, bowels off, food sensitivities, hormones out of wack, sugar cravings, and I could go on.  Cleansing and repairing your gut is of key importance when it comes to healthy teeth and mouth. Stay tuned for some exciting details coming around this topic.

I hope that this blog was helpful in your education to improve your oral health.  As always if you are seeking to improve your energy, digestion, sleep, moods, the immunity of your family, your chances of preventing disease and/or overcoming it then I’m your gal because that’s what I do with a whole lot of passion.

To a healthier mouth!