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Health, Home, and Happiness: Holistic Dentistry: Root Canals, Oral Allergy Syndrome, and Tooth Soap

Monday, February 8, 2010

Holistic Dentistry: Root Canals, Oral Allergy Syndrome, and Tooth Soap

Nutrition and Physical DegenerationLooking back to this spring when I started looking into remineralizing teeth and holistic dentistry, I started using tooth soap, and actually took the step of getting my root-canalled tooth pulled back in September.

I know it's not something to be taken lightly to have a root canal pulled out because of future health concerns, but I weighed the pros and cons for myself and elected to have our dentist pull it.  After pulling, the dentist noted there was a lot of granulomatous tissue in the area, suggesting that my body was attempting to wall off an area of chronic infection.  Within a week I saw a huge improvement in the oral allergy syndrome that I had.  While I had the root canal tooth in, every time I'd try to eat any raw fruit or veggie my whole mouth would itch and begin to swell. After having all my fruits and veggies cooked for years, eating raw is a welcome change! I still get a little itching with avocados (that's the first veggie that bothered me, or are avocados fruits? I can't remember now) but nothing like it was before and it's going away as time passes.  I'm sure looking forward to eating fruit salad this summer, as well as fresh vine-ripened tomatoes, both things I couldn't have before without dealing with the itching and swelling.

In addition to getting rid of oral allergy syndrome, I've been able to tolerate many more milk products now without getting sinus infections.  This could be a combination of getting the root canal pulled (it was a top back molar, so near the maxillary sinus) and being on GAPS, but I do think that both have played a role in being able to eat cheese without sinus or GI issues. 

I also got some sort of arthritis following the birth of both of my children, pain and stiffness in my ankles and feet especially in the morning, for about 3 months after childbirth. I'm curious to see if this happens again, now that I don't have the root canal.  I believe it was an autoimmune issue, but of course can't be positive.

Tooth Soap
After reading about pulling teeth, are you now thinking that maybe brushing your teeth with soap isn't so extreme after all? ~grin~ I still like using tooth soap and I use it on my kids. I haven't converted my husband yet.  He tried it once and said he used lots and it was too soapy.  Go figure, sweetheat, more isn't always better.  I just use a little and I don't mind it, and neither do the kids.  I have noticed this winter that my teeth aren't nearly as sensitive to cold as they once were.  I still have the two little cavities that I'm hoping will heal.  Eating more real foods and less processed foods should help this as well.  I am perfectly happy using soap as my toothpaste still, 6 months later.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, our research has been so similar! I have not had my root canal out yet, but will do in May. May I ask, how long had you had your RC?? I have had mine for approx. three years now.

I only brush with tooth soap, glycerin/fluoride free toothpaste or green clay now, my children too.

But the most important step I took was cutting out refined carbs and ALL sugar, these things block nutrients to the teeth and bones leaving them more vulnerable to decay.

Thanks for the post and mention,

Louisa x

February 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

Yes, diet seems to be key!

I had my root canal in for 6-7 years I think. I'm not completely sure when I got it put in, but I know it was before I got married.

February 8, 2010 at 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Avivah @ Oceans of Joy said...

Hi,Cara! I found your post after preparing a post for Friday about why we don't use toothpaste. :)

We started using toothsoap about four years ago, but when it ran out switched to baking soda, coconut oil, or regular soap. There are the same benefits by using these but not the expense. :)

February 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger maggie said...

This is an area I don't know much about, but really need to educate myself in. A timely post for me. Thanks!

February 10, 2010 at 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use just plain baking soda and have for the last 2 years. no cavities or other tooth difficulties at all.

February 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM  
Anonymous Brooke @ Parenting from Scratch said...

This is a very interesting post. I've never had a root canal, but I did have the arthritic-sort of thing happen with my feet and hands after having my baby. I thought it was going to last forever! I have no idea what caused it or what eventually resolved it.

February 12, 2010 at 3:13 PM  

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