Terry is happy to provide his opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.
Q. Dear Terry, “I recently had a root canal procedure on one of my front teeth and that tooth has been tender ever since. I have returned to my dentist, who took an x-ray but found nothing wrong. Is there anything I can take to alleviate the discomfort? I am most grateful for your input!” — Janet S., Annapolis, MD
A. Dear Janet, I am sorry to hear you are still experiencing pain after your procedure. I am glad to say I do have some recommendations.
I would first recommend trying a combination of bioavailable curcumin with boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase to address the pain. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get you comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise taking one to two capsules of this blend three times a day.
Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the product you choose features a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find a formula that features a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid, to at least 5% or less. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
I also recommend trying a concentrated plant oil blend that features peppermint, clove, cinnamon, and oregano oils. Each of these oils has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Take 1 softgel of this oil blend 1-3 times daily. For best results, I encourage individuals to chew or dissolve the softgel to release the beneficial oils, swish it in their mouth, and then swallow.
When choosing a product, look for one that features concentrated plant oils which have been laboratory tested to accurately identify elements of their natural chemical composition. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and “fingerprinted” based on specific molecular makeup, species, marker compounds, purity and safety for internal medicinal use. The extraordinary potency of these tested plant oils allows for relatively low doses, but very powerful health benefits. These concentrated plant oils will provide a convenient, safe, and strong way to keep the mouth and gums at their best.
You may want to also consider adding a bioavailable silica product extracted from horsetail. The special, bio-active form of silica I recommend has been the subject of several scientific and clinical studies, as well as multiple case reports regarding bone health. In fact, a 3 month study of 37 participants showed significant improvement in jaw bone and tooth health. I recommend taking 10-20 mg twice daily. Because silica is poorly absorbed, please look for a product that contains organic silica and bioflavonoids, blended with marine lipids. This form of silica is clinically studied, extremely soluble, and virtually 100% bioavailable for the body.
Terry . . . Naturally