Alternative Medicine/Teeth and issues


Hi Sharon,

I wanted to get your opinion on what a person can do to repair teeth and cavities naturally.

Another question I had was what is a natural alternative to getting a root canal.

I know Dentists have their place, but I am hoping there are ways to improve tooth health.


Hi Steve
You can use remineralising powders/toothpastes to help rebuild the dentine - finding one without chemicals in it is the biggest challenge, so you might like to make your own.  This recipe is for a paste.
1 tbsp. Baking Soda (make sure it's aluminum free)
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
1/2 tbsp. xylitol powder or 1-2 drops NuNaturals stevia (start with one drop and add another if needed)
10 drops peppermint or clove essential oil
10 drops trace  minerals such as Complete Mineral Drops, or a calcium/magnesium powder

Cavities are more difficult - there is some evidence for following a grain-free diet with nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, meat, milk and taking a vitamin D supplement.
Key appears to be removing sugar, phytic acid from the diet, as well as adding in things like bone broths.

If a root canal is indicated it is usually because of an infection.  I have used lypospheric vitamin C and echinacea extract to support the immune system to fight the infection.  In my opinion a person is probably better to have the tooth extracted than undergo a root canal, which poses a permanent challenge to the immune system.

I wish you all the best.

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Sharon Erdrich


Any health related question, particularly those related to an holistic approach, using nutrition, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and lifestyle options.


30 years as a registered nurse, Private health consultant and experienced educator of complementary medicine practitioners.

NZAMH, NZ Nursing Council., AIMA (Associate member), Naturopaths of NZ.

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Reg Nurse, Post Grad Cert Health Science (Nutrition), Dip Herbal Med, Dip Naturopathy, Dip Aromatherapy.

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Best Research Paper, Top Naturopathic Student (2005)

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