Healing through Nature
I have a history of bad dentist experiences and any problems related to my teeth puts me into major anxiety mode.
There is one tooth in particular, a tooth that has been worked on multiple times, root canals, fillings, lots of pain and more root canals. A couple years ago I almost decided to pull it out just to be done with it.
And then I met an amazing dentist (lets call him The Artist from now on) who helped me overcome the fear I had. He fixed my fear and my teeth, including the tooth that had been bugging me for years. The Artist put a “crown” on it and it has been perfect ever since.
Well that is until I woke up with a toothache a couple weeks ago.
One little problem here…I moved to Sweden last year…and The Artist lives in my home country the Netherlands…hence…major anxiety attack!
Day 1 : Total denial…
Night 1 : Pain. Extreme Pain.
Day 2 : Acceptance.
When I woke up the next day - after a day of pretending that there was nothing going on - I realized that this toothache was not going away and that there was really something wrong. So in my panicked state I called an unknown Swedish dentist and made an appointment.
I stepped into his office with fear running through my body, he took one look at my tooth and said “I’m going to have to pull that, there is nothing you can do about it.”
Every cell in my body screamed “NO!”
I told him that in my humble opinion this was a infection of the gum, not the tooth, and asked him if there was nothing else that we could do? He responded by saying that I should let him do the thinking because he was the “expert.”
Well, I think I’m still the “expert” when it comes to my body, so I paid him and left without having anything done. In the parking lot I called another dentist to get a second opinion, and was able to make an appointment for the next day.
To calm my nerves I went for a walk in the forest behind our house and -like any other hippy, healer woman would do- asked Nature to guide me in this healing process. Nature answered me back by asking me to trust her and myself. So I tried to transform fear into determination.
Determined to listen and follow my intuition.
Determined to heal this myself if the options that I was given didn't feel good enough.
I started to use every herbal remedy that I could think of. Chewing raw garlic, drinking ginger, using every essential oil that has healing benefits for teeth, drinking crazy amounts of mineral rich herbal teas…you get the picture!
That second night was a bitch and I think I had a total of 2 hours sleep…sitting up because laying down made the pain worse.
The next day I went for my second appointment. This dentist was a lot nicer and listened to my story. She told me that this being a gum infection was a possibility, but that it was likely to be a tooth infection or even a broken root and that it would not heal unless she pulled the tooth.
Again…my intuition told me “NO!"
So I asked her to clean it really well and I let her know that I was not going to "pull" the work of The Artist. She respected my choice but right before I left she mentioned "Okay, then I will probably see you in a couple days".
The third night I was so exhausted that I fell asleep through the pain, and when I woke up the next day…the pain was not as bad as the night before. I jumped out of bed and continued with my routine…and I could feel the pain become less and less every hour.
After a week…I was able to slowly chew food and strengthen my body again.
I healed that infection myself, no pulling of teeth, no antibiotics (antibiotics can mess up your entire gut flora and immune system.), only natural remedies.
And I still can’t get over the fact that they both wanted to pull that tooth.
Now I’m not saying to skip the dentist, tooth infections can be very dangerous and even fatal when not given the proper treatment. However, don’t be afraid to say no to a dentist, doctor or basically anyone when you intuition tells you to.
I am really fortunate to have an incredible online tribe of healers and medicine women helping me and supporting me throughout this healing process and the routine that I followed is based on their advice, my own knowledge and the experiences of all of us.
If you are looking for books on dental health take a look at Holistic Dental Care by Nadine Artemis and Cure Tooth Decay by Ramier Nagel. If you feel that your mineral absorption is not working properly you might want to read Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha Campbell and start healing your gut first.
Daily Tooth Routine
- Salt water Rinse (every other hour)
- Oil pulling (2 times a day)
- Tongue Scraping (2 times a day)
- Brushing with my own kick ass toothpaste , recipe below (3 times a day)
- Flossing with the waterpik and add mint and colloidal silver to the water (2 times a day)
- Cleaning between the tooth with a little gum brush dipped in colloidal silver (3 times a day)
- Colloidal silver rinse (2 times a day)
- And rinse your mouth with probiotics before you go to bed (mix a probiotic capsule with a little bit of water)
I have been taking extra dosages of Vitamin D and C, Probiotic capsules, Green Pastures Butter X & Fermented Cod liver oil, Echinacea tincture, Pu-erh tea, Nettle, Horsetail and Eucalyptus tea. I have only consumed liquid or pureed foods, and green juices. NO SUGAR (that includes fruit sugars!) , NO GRAINS, NO PHYTIC ACID, lots of butter, ghee, coconut oil and superfoods, and lots and lots of garlic.
Mix together :
5 tbsp of bentonite clay
3 tbsp of coconut oil
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tbsp water
Add in 5 drops of each : Clove Oil, Oregano Oil, Cinnamon Oil and Tea tree oil.