Why use non-toxic dental care for endometriosis? Did you know there is an association between exposure to environmental toxins and the development of endometriosis? It may surprise you that dental health is a very important indicator of health in general. The research shows that those of you who consistently take care of your teeth have better health habits in general. I would also add that those who fail to care for their teeth are more likely to have coronary heart disease or more chronic health issues in general. Therefore, it is imperative to make sure you are a taking advantage of all of the ways you can improve your oral health especially when you have endometriosis.
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It has been instilled in many of you from a very early age to brush and floss your teeth daily. And don’t forget about the twice per year dental visits, teeth cleanings and fluoride treatments. Those dental fillings, root canals and other procedures also have been sold as an imperative for maintaining oral health. But is all of that the truth?
Common Dentistry Practices
Many modern dentistry practices help people all the time.
As a kid, I underwent special fluoride treatments that were supposed to virtually eliminate future cavities and strengthen my teeth? The outcome years late? Bogus. Lack of fluoride does not cause cavities and fluoride will never reverse dental carries (cavities). In fact, I was positively horrified to learn of the toxicity of fluoride on the human body.
Why avoid fluoride?
Fluoride is a known neurotoxin that has been suggested in research to lower children’s intelligence in a way similar to heavy metals. Further, did you know that kids can experience toxic overdose on fluoride most commonly during dental procedures?
There are many dental fluoride treatment side effects worth mentioning.
What are the symptoms of too much fluoride? What is the disadvantage of fluoride toothpaste? I’d say the answer to both questions has many answers.
Here are just some highlights regarding the toxicity of fluoride:
- Fluoride turns into an acid when it comes into contact with moisture
- Inhibits physiological nerve functioning
- Poisons the cells in your body
- Disturbs the calcium balance in your body leading to irregular heartbeat
- In high doses, it causes excessive production of free radicals which destroys the body’s antioxidant reserves
- Can harm your tooth enamel (!)
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Renal (kidney) damage
- GI complaints
- Impaired central nervous functioning including mental development
- Fetal birth defects
- Can reduce glucose tolerance
- Impacts on the thyroid gland
- Leads to lower birth rates (infertility)
- Destroys the immune system by killing white blood cells essential for attacking foreign invaders to the body
The researchers from the study I cite here concluded that the benefits of fluoride were still well researched and small doses of fluoride were essentially safe. REALLY? Many of the issues that people with endometriosis suffer from, including immunity challenges, thyroid issues, infertility, poor glucose tolerance, are involved in that list. I don’t know about you, but if a poison is a poison, and I don’t need it anyways, then why use it? I’ll let you draw some conclusions about big pharma’s motivations.
Anyways, here’s a graph taken from the research study I’ve cited.
Signs of acute fluoride toxicity:
Fluoride may be safe in small doses, but if you were basically bathed in it for your whole life and still are, filled with it during extra fluoride sessions at the dentist, and drink it everyday in your public municipality drinking water, could it be possible we are over-exposed? I ask, is this this best non-toxic dental care for endometriosis?
Overtime, it may be possible to reverse fluoride toxicity and remove bogus local fluoride toxicity from your yearly treatments.
There are plenty of other toxins in modern dentistry to watch out for as well. For one, heavy metals such as mercury fillings. While these are not as common anymore, I received one about a decade ago when I didn’t know any better. I later had it removed by a biological dentist who removed it using the correct removal procedures. I’ll get into biological dentistry more in a minute. In the meantime, let’s briefly cover why best practices aren’t always the best in the case of the mercury filling.
Mercury was used because it was cheaper than other newer methods and had been used for a long time to fill in cavitated teeth. However, mercury is also a highly toxic heavy metal which can cause a lot of harm to the human body. The mad hatter from Alice in Wonderland comes from the generalization that mercury can cause unusual behavior in a person (a nice way of saying someone is acting a foo’!)
The recent studies on mercury continue to pour in and provide more and more evidence of the harm mercury fillings can cause in the human body. This study found that the use of a cell phone (radiation) while having mercury fillings led to a higher rate of mercury release (exposure) than those who were not subjected to the radiation exposure. Furthermore, this research assessment indicated that exposure to the toxic heavy metal mercury can lead to similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s disease, senile dementia, Parkinson’s, brain tumors, vertigo and many, many more.
A 2014 research study title “New science challenges old notion that mercury dental amalgam is safe.” The study concluded that even the release of mercury vapors could be very harmful and were difficult to trace and that many people receive unsafe exposures. It also turns out that some people are more genetically susceptible to damage from mercury than, including boys with genetic variants.
Clearly, this was not the best non-toxic dental care for endometriosis. Ug.
Root canals attempt to save a tooth that is damaged or infected by removing the middle part (pulp) supposedly eliminating the damage or bacteria. Holistic dentistry sees the body as an entire system and does not believe that root canals can simply remove the bad bacteria without further infection later on. There is some evidence that root canals lead to cardiovascular disease. This is because the endotoxins from the site of the root canal can’t be completely eradicated and can leak to other parts of the body, usually to heart tissue.
These are a few of the topic modern dental practices that may be in use that the research doesn’t support. I’ve found that holistic dentistry and biological dentistry view oral health as a constellation of overall health. They include practices that eliminate most is not all toxins and use a more gentle approach to care and maintenance.
What are the best non-toxic dental care for endometriosis?
The practices I’m about to share are simple, easy and (mostly) affordable with little to no side effects. Does this sound too good to be true? I’m always amazed when I find cool people doing so much of the heavy lifting of developing or rediscovering these types of practices as well as dismayed by how few people are aware of these methods.
1 – Brushing teeth is non-toxic dental care for endometriosis
Breathe a sigh of relief – this advice holds firm because you want your teeth to be free of build-up plaque and tartar. Why? These particles can foster bacterial overgrowth and can lead to gum weakness and general decay. But sometimes we get a bit lax and maybe overly rely on your dental hygienist to take care of your teeth.
But you want to make sure you are using non-toxic products for your dental care. By caring really well for your teeth you will get your oral health in its optimal state and improve your health and reduce the use of toxic dental care. Here are a few of my suggestions for the best non-toxic toothbrush and paste:
Oil pulling is a traditional practice in the East especially in India where you put a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. (Yes, your muscles might not be used to this at first and that’s ok. Go for less time if you need to to build up). Organic coconut oil is the recommended product because of it’s antibacterial and antiviral pulling properties from the oral cavity. It acts as an antiseptic and antifungal treatment. (1)
Why use MTC coconut oil? Because these medium chain triglycerides are easily absorbed and stored by the body and contain caprylic acid and capric acid as opposed to lauric acid which isn’t as effective. You want a steam distilled or cold-pressed oil that is organic and contains the highest levels of C8 and C10 MCTs. You want a nutraceutical grade that is safe for internal and external use. This Garden of Life brand hits those notes. I use Garden of Life because my natural care practitioners recommend it and the reviews are great. I also like the Perfect MCT brand (comes in glass) and Alche Mystery’s steam distilled bottle of MTC oil.
Oil pulling is said to “facilitate the proper flow of beneficial saliva and creates a state of balanced pH within the mouth. (2)” Furthermore, it has been found to eliminate bacteria in the mouth causing Staph infections, treat bleeding gums, and detoxify the entire body (1).
If you haven’t tried oil pulling yet, it is an incredibly easy and affordable way to bring health to your entire body and mitigate future teeth and gum ailments. Try it out especially during cold and flu season to give your body the best chance to fight infections.
Vitamin c comes up again and again as an important vitamin for health and healing the body. I cover some of why that is in my post about vitamin c and vitamin e for pain reduction and pull from Chris Wark’s research on vitamin c in my review of his Square One Coaching Program. But it is also an important component for dental care and oral health.
Dr Hal Huggins was a renowned dentist who also received advanced degrees in immunology and toxicology. He was against mercury fillings at a time when mercury fillings were the standard in filling cavities. Dr Huggins developed a protocol called the Huggins-Grube Protocol which aims to support the immune system during and after dental care. Dr. Huggins provides excellent non-toxic dental care for endometriosis, other health conditions and for those maintaining optimal health.
This recipe for DIY mouthwash helps to reduce inflamed gums and is an adaptation of Dr. Hal Huggins’ recipe by Nadine Artemis, the founder of Living Libations and author of Holistic Dental Care: The Complete Guide to Health Teeth and Gums. I adapted Ms. Artemis’ recipe for the purpose of my preferences as outlined below.
4 – Look into finding a Holistic Dentist
If you are interested in additional steps to help maintain a healthy and clean mouth then you’re going to want to find a non-toxic dental care practitioner. I personally went to a biological dentist for my mercury filling removal and a teeth cleaning, but over time the cost was prohibitive. I continue to care for my teeth with the remedies above and several others and visit a regular dentist for checkups.
You may want to check out the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine.
Helpful Natural Products
A. Bamboo non-toxic toothbrush
Bamboo is a non-toxic material that you can use to safely brush your teeth and it is also biodegradable. Go for a softer brush which will cause less irritation to the gum line than a harder bristle. Non-toxic dental care for endometriosis means caring for your oral health on a daily basis without the use of negative chemicals.
Why is toothpaste choice so important? Well, first of all most widely distributed toothpastes are full of things like fluoride. Those are things you want to AVOID. This brand is one of my favorite holistic dental care brands and for good reason. All of the ingredients are actually beneficial for the body. It contains many essential oils and carrier oils with health benefits, too. The product claims to help rebuild enamel because it contains Nano-Hydroxyapatite, which is the main mineral in tooth enamel.
C. Natural Toothpaste
I love the Uncle Harry’s Products as well because of all of the reasons they openly state on their website. They provide oral health products which help freshen breath, rebalance bacteria and help bring the oral environment back to is highest state. The products use simple non-toxic dental care for endometriosis, too.
DIY Recipes for Natural Oral Health
Recipe for Inflamed Gums
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic salt
- 1/4 teaspoon liposomal vitamin c
- essential oil drops (clove and seabuckthorn)
- warm water, filtered
Set aside two days for this process. Start by swishing 1/4 tsp salk, warm water and a drop of clove oil. The essential oil serves as a pain reliever. You could also substitute with peppermint, spearmint or another like thyme. The salt serves to kill bacteria. Every other hour, swish 1/4 tsp with liposomal vitamin c and seabuckthorn oil. The seabuckthorn oil is used to help heal the gums with omega oils. Rose otto oil may also be used.
When seeking non-toxic dental care for endometriosis you may not have thought about the importance of helping your inflamed gumline and caring for it with simple solutions. There are many remedies from the wonderful properties of essential oils and common household items.
Quick how-to guide for oral pulling
- Swish oil for about 20 minutes; add in essential oils like clove, licorice root, hawthorn or cinnamon which are amazing for oral health cleaning
- Do not swallow the oil, but spit it out in the trashcan afterwards
- Rinse your mouth with warm water and add salt for an extra boost for nixing the germs
- Brush your teeth
Non-toxic dental care for endometriosis, you may say, what does that have to do with my cramps and irregular cycles? In my Favorite Things series, I develop the case for why I use certain products and why I believe you will want to as well. The case for non-toxic dental care arises from the poisons and toxins that are still heavily influencing modern dentistry. While some of these practices can hardly be argued with, such as getting regular teeth cleaning check-ups and getting real cavities attended to, it’s important to realize what some of these procedures entail including the chemicals used on your body.
I covered just a few of these pervasive practices. While mercury may not be used as much today as it was 10 or 20 years ago, many people are still walking around with this toxic heavy metal in their mouth. While fluoride has been researched and found wanting, it is still used in dentist offices on unwitting children for years and years and on adults, too. And while less people will need a root canal in their lifetimes, those who do face daunting infection prospects.
This list is just the start for taking your oral health and non-toxic dental care into your own hands. The products are out there and there is a growing DIY movement such as this website here to educate you on making informed decisions that impact your biggest issues and concerns. I hope to add more over time!
Do you use any of these non-toxic dental care for endometriosis? Do you have other favorites? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
(1) Artemis, Nadine. “Holistic Oral Care: Avoiding the Dentist Without Ignoring Your Teeth.” 2020.
(2) Zielinski, Dr. Eric. “Restoring Oral Health.” 2019 by Naturallivingfamily.com, LLC.
Other sources (electronic) are hyperlinked in the post above.