Toothache And Homeopathy – Homeopathic Medicines You Can Use Yourself

Your smile says a lot about you, but it’s hard to smile when you have toothache.

My friend Craig Wilson from the Sydney Holistic Dental Center has been working in holistic dentistry for years and knows how important it is to have healthy teeth and gums. As a leading holistic dentist, Craig says

“Your oral health relates directly to your general health. Many of the conditions we treat involve inflammation, both chronic and acute, and these have significant impacts on such general disease states such as heart disease, strokes and diabetes.” Just like in Homeopathy, parts of you always relate to the health of the whole!

“Long term inflammatory conditions predispose someone to a range of negative health issues” says Craig.

So what can you do when you have toothache and are in need of a dental procedure? This is where homeopathy can help out. It is a highly effective treatment for inflammation and pain so it is often used post operatively. When we have dental procedures such as a tooth extraction or a root canal treatment, Homeopathy really comes into its own. Read on to find out what my recommendations are for homeopathic relief from dental problems and procedures.

Toothache : Spasmodic pain associated with toothache:Take Mag Phos 6X tissue salts one tablet 4 times a day or Mag Phos 30 5 drops 3 times a day. You can place 10 drops of mag Phos 30 in water and sip as required.

Severe neuralgic or shooting pain : Take Hypericum 30 3 x day to reduce pain.

Dental abscess or infection: As an alternative to antibiotics, homeopathic Hepar Sulph 30 or 200 can be taken 3 times a day. If there is no improvement in 24 hours please call your dentist. If there is steady improvement in pain and discomfort keep taking the medicine and go back after 3-5 days so your dentist can check on progress. It is important in these cases that the tooth nerve is saved so stay close to your dentist to determine the diagnosis and then you will be able to self-prescribe the correct homeopathic medicine.

Tooth extraction :

Any serious dental procedure has the potential to cause some pain or discomfort. Often this is due to inflammation which is the body’s natural response to procedures that involve cutting or traumatizing the delicate tissues of the mouth such as the gums.

There are several effective homeopathic medicines that reduce this inflammation and therefore the pain it causes.

Use Arnica 200 after any tooth extraction twice a day for 3-4 days and Staphisagria 200 in addition once a day for 3 days only, where the procedure proved to be or feel invasive. Staphisagria is especially appropriate if it involved stitches or you were upset about having to have the procedure in the first place!

Nervousness: A trip to the dentist is sometimes an opportunity for anxiety or nervousness. We have all been in this position… ‘What will be wrong?’ ‘Will I need to have a tooth extraction/filling?’ This anxiety can put a real downer on what could be a routine check-up. When anxiety before a check up is high there are some great homeopathic medicines that can completely alleviate your symptoms so a dental check can be stress-free visit! For anticipatory anxiety before the check up (especially if it gives you diarrhea) take Argentum Nitricum 30 twice the day before and once on the day of your visit. For mild nervousness take some Bach rescue Remedy which will be available from your local health store. Take two drops directly in your mouth or put 4-5 drops in a glass of water and sip in the waiting room.

Root Canal Treatment :

This can be a two stage procedure and there are several homeopathic medicines that will help. On the day of the procedure take Arnica 30 or 200 and then repeat twice a day after the procedure until the pain subsides. In addition, take Hypericum 30 or 200 twice a day to help with any nerve pain. Take this regime for 2-3 days after each procedure until the root canal is completed.

For increased healing of mouth wounds/incisions:

and after a periodontal clean Calendula Mouth rinse. Place 10 drops of Calendula tincture in a glass of water and swill round your mouth for 30-60 seconds. Do this first thing on waking and last thing at night. Do not use this rinse if infection is still present.

So to recap as there has been a lot of information! You can use the following homeopathic medicines for dental issues:

Arnica, Calendula, Hypericum, Staphisagria as a Dental First Aid kit with Argentum Nitricum and/or Back Rescue Remedy if you get anxious before a treatment.

As Craig Wilson says: “When my patients use Homeopathic medicines before and after procedures they experience a general reduction in the need to use pharmaceuticals. We’ve found homeopathy simple to use, easily tolerated and without side effects”. So what are you waiting for? Get ordering your homeopathic medicines today! 🙂

© Sam Adkins – The Homeopathic Coach 2008

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What Dental Procedures Are Available?

Cosmetic dental procedures have grown in popularity in recent years. Caused by an ever-increasingly disposable income, a visit to the dentist – once deigned a six-monthly rigmarole – has become positively de rigeur.

Whereas you once went to the dentist for a check-up and polish, patients are now ever more electing to have dental treatments performed to whiten their teeth, straighten their smile or have cosmetic veneers fitted in a complete oral overhaul.

Discoloured teeth, uneven gum lines and broken or chipped crowns can easily be fixed with modern dentistry.

In recent times dental treatments have moved on significantly, with many previously NHS dental practices turning to private ownership; allowing patients who convert to seek top-of-the-range treatments and dental care that goes above and beyond simple preventative dentistry.

Preventative measures are still encouraged however, particularly in private dental practices where you could be seen by a hygienist who would attend to your oral cleanliness, rather than your dentist.

In particular, special onus has been placed on the importance of dental hygiene such as interdental flossing, tongue cleaning, and changing your toothbrush regularly. Use of a good toothpaste that works to fight the cause of decay and gum disease is often cited as a step in the right direction towards improved oral health.

There are a number of more advanced options available for those who seek to improve their smile. If you have crooked or missing teeth, then prosthodontics could be an option for you. This specialty focuses on crowns, bridges and bite alignments. Your prosthodontist will be highly skilled and will consult heavily with your dentist to guarantee that any undertaking is planned and executed with the necessary precision to enhance your smile.

Periodontics is the area of dental medicine that deals with the health of your gums. It focuses on the health of connective tissue that surround your teeth, including gums, jaw bone, and ligaments that attach your teeth to the bone. Periodontics has gained ground in popularity in recent years, as fresh research highlights the importance of gum disease in relation to heart disease.

The rise of celebrity culture too has elevated the appeal of the perfect smile, with many people viewing dental whitening or bleaching as the most accessible option for converting dental discolouration into a gleaming set of pearly whites. Dental whitening is performed typically using a halogen lamp and/or a bleaching gel, which strips teeth of their discolouration and can bring up a gleaming smile up to ten shades lighter. With many modern dental clinics offering procedures such as zoom whitening, it’s an easy way to instantly improve the quality of your smile.

Dental Care Nutrition and Holistic Dentistry

Holistic medicine has been used for centuries to treat minor and major illnesses, and is based on the premise that the mind has a powerful influence over the body. If the mind believes that the body is healing, it becomes fact, and it has been proven through decades of research that the proper frame of mind will actually accelerate the healing process. What many people do not realize is that the same principles of holistic medicine can also be applied to dental care nutrition, and can have an effect upon a person’s overall general health.

How it Works

The principles of holistic dentistry involve the belief that the human body is a strictly interdependent system. Whatever affects one part of it, affects the whole, and at its core is the belief that your diet will have a lasting effect on your teeth and gums, and through them, your body’s overall health.

With a well-balanced diet, full of the necessary vitamins and minerals to keep your body functioning as it should, you can actually strengthen your teeth and gums, and improve your dental health. Combine the diet with proper dental hygiene, and you have created your own personalized dental care nutrition ideal that will keep you healthy for the rest of your life.

The Recommended Diet

For optimum physical health and dental nutrition, you need to be following a well-balanced diet, one that is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, plenty of dairy products, and whole grains. To further influence the level of dental care, the amount of sugary or processed foods must be greatly reduced, limited, or eliminated entirely. Doing so will also help to prevent a host of medical conditions that could jeopardize your whole body health in the future.

Including foods high in fiber, which includes lots of fruits and vegetables; you increase the flow of saliva, which will in turn help to neutralize the acids that can destroy your tooth enamel, as well as removing any food particles. Allowing food particles to build up can lead to tooth and gum diseases, as well as cavities. Drinking eight glasses of water a day not only helps your body to reduce the amount of toxins in your system; it will also help to ward off tooth decay. Reducing or eliminating sugar in your diet will not only help to prevent you developing diseases like diabetes, but will also reduce your risk of periodontal diseases developing in your gums, which can later lead to heart attacks and strokes.

The Benefits of a Good Dental Diet

By adopting a diet that will provide you with the necessary vitamins and minerals to support good dental health, you are also supporting your body’s immune system. A healthy immune system will let you fight off viral and bacterial infections, and reduce your risk of later developing some very serious medical conditions. When it comes to good dental health, a strong immune system will prevent gingivitis, which can destroy your gums, and periodontal bacterial infections, which can destroy the gums and the bones that support your teeth. And, this is just the beginning.

There are two very important vitamins and minerals that have a direct influence over your dental health. Calcium is a mineral that is used by the body to build strong teeth and bones, especially those that support your teeth. Your diet should include at least 1000 mg of calcium daily, which can be gotten through supplements, dairy products and fresh fruits and vegetables. The most important vitamin of all, vitamin C, strengthens your immune system, and is a major defense against gingivitis. Good dental care nutrition dictates that you must get at least 60 mg of Vitamin C daily, the very amount that can be absorbed by eating a single orange a day.