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Teeth & Gums

I’m often surprised at how many people suffer from mouth abscesses or need major dental work done at some stage in their lives. More and more children are also producing teeth with insufficient enamel which we are told is due to a variety of factors including too much breast milk!

From a homeopathic perspective, insufficient enamel, early decay and similar issues all come from the constitutional and inherited levels and most can be treated successfully over time. It’s worth consulting your homeopath about these issues as it may be only one of a number of problems that has presented over time and of course homeopathy is about looking at the whole person, not just the presenting symptoms.

I’ve also treated a lot of periodontal disease in recent years and have seen good success with a combination of homeopathics, good dental hygiene and in some cases deep cleaning by the periodontist to get things started. It is often said that once the gums start receding they won’t regrow or reattach. I have however found this not to always be the case and some patients have surprised their perio’s with good gum recovery. Again, concurrent constitutional treatment is important to boost the immune system to allow this level of healing to take place.

We know from recent research that poor gum health can lead to a multitude of quite serious conditions, so caring for your teeth and gums is vital for future health.

Just a word on removal of dental amalgams. It is vitally important to have amalgams removed by a dentist who has the correct tools for the job. Incorrect removal can allow mercury to float out into the system and cause health problems and if you have a lot of amalgams which are not yet causing a problem, it can be better to just leave them alone. If you are considering amalgam removal consult your homeopath for support remedies and advice.

Here are some of the remedies in the 28 remedy Home Kit which you may find useful at times of mild and uncomplicated tooth pain, inflammation or similar. Remember, if your home prescribing doesn’t work, consult your healthcare practitioner and your dentist.

During acute toothache, give the remedy as often as is required to keep the pain at bay.  If the remedy hasn’t made a difference after 5 doses given 10 minutes apart, choose another remedy.

I have found Propolis plus Myrrh essential oil as a mouth wash is excellent for bleeding gums, and Clove Oil on a piece of cotton wool applied to the tooth is very good for pain (do not use during pregnancy or in small children).

Remedies for Teeth & Gum Problems

Arnica – Injuries to the teeth – use as soon as possible, giving frequently to begin with. Use before and after extractions, fillings or other dental procedures to help with pain, swelling and bruising. Hypericum can be helpful for pain at the injection site and for nerve pain. A 200c potency is usually best in this situation.

Bryonia – Injured teeth, blows to teeth, loose teeth. Pain is worse for moving even a distant part of the body and the patient is usually quite irritable with the pain. Better for pressure, lying on the painful side. Useful while you wait for dental treatment.

Calc Carb – Difficult and/or slow teething in plump babies and children (see Silica). Teething seems to go on and on, often with cold symptoms. Challenging teething is worth a consultation with your homeopath to look at the inherited tendencies and address this level for overall health.

Chamomilla – Difficult teething with irritability and unbearable, throbbing pain. Pain may wake the patient at night. May also be used for adults with strong pain of any kind accompanied by irritability. Worse at night, cold air, warm food and drinks.

Hepar Sulph – Infections and/or abscesses with sharp intense pains. Worse for cold air/drafts, touching the tooth with the tongue. Better for warm applications. Consult both your dentist and your homeopath for ongoing or recurrent problems with abscesses.

Hypericum – First aid remedy for painful tooth injuries or fractures, for nerve pain and root canals. Shooting pains after drilling or injection. Use a 200c potency for these situations.

Merc Sol – Infections (often of the root) with offensive breath, salivation, dirty tongue. Deteriorated fillings with offensive or metallic taste. Throbbing pains in the tooth extending to the whole face. This is a good remedy to use while you are having amalgams removed to enable any mercury overflow to chelate (see my comments above). Check with your homeopath for the protocol. Worse at night, for heat and cold, biting teeth together. Better for rubbing the area.

Phosphorus – Loose teeth, bleeding gums.

Pulsatilla – Sore or throbbing teeth, children cry with the pain. Pains wander. Worse evening, for warm drinks, food or applications. Better for cold or open air, cold food or drinks.

Silica – Abscesses, loose teeth, slow or difficult teething in slightly built children. Worse night, cold air. Better warm applications.

The following remedies are not in the 28 remedy Home Kit but are available from the online store.

Calc Fluor 6x (tissue salt) –  Fractures or crumbling teeth. Abscess with hard swelling. Exostosis of jaw. Seek constitutional care for symptoms of this nature.

Calc Phos 6x (tissue salt) or 30c (as above) – Delayed or difficult teething with whining and moaning. Decay and easy caries.

Fluoric Acid – Defective enamel, crumbling teeth, caries. Teeth too sensitive to tolerate dental procedures. Available via consultation only.

Phytolacca – Difficult teething. Painful gums with rigid clenching of the gums in babies. Constant desire to clench or bite teeth/gums together.

Finally, after having my own issues years back with periodontal disease and treating many other people with the same problem, I put together a Gum Health Combination to address the issue on a physical level. Used along with some of the measures mentioned above, this is a good support remedy, available in the online store.

Melanie Creedy trained in the UK in the early 1990s and holds a Bachelor of Health Science in Homeopathy. She is registered with the Australian Register of Homoeopaths (AROH) and is a member of the Australian Homoeopathic Association.

She was Vice President and Professional Development Coordinator of the Australian Homoeopathic Association from 2011 to 2015 and is editor of the AHA National Newsletter.

Melanie has used homeopathy for 30 years and has been in practice since 1998. For many years she ran The Children’s Ear Clinic in Western Australia, but since her tree change to Tasmania, has a special interest in women’s and children’s health generally and helping individuals manage their journey on the spiritual path with homeopathy and her range of essences. Melanie has developed her own methods of dealing with complex cases over the years and offers distance consultations via phone and skype to allow people Australia-wide to access her services.

Homeopathy is a traditional medicine. It may be used in conjunction with other medicines. For any ongoing chronic condition, it is important to be assessed or examined by your healthcare professional or specialist. Always seek medical advice in emergencies. The information provided in this blog does not constitute medical advice but is for information only. If in doubt as to the appropriateness of a  suggestion or treatment seek advice from your homeopath.