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Is there anything natural you can do for tooth sensitivity?

Q. Dear Terry, “Is there anything natural you can do for tooth sensitivity?” – Leni S., Aurora, IL

A. Dear Leni, Sensitive teeth are usually from the wearing down of tooth enamel, exposed roots, cracked or chipped teeth, filling issues, or gum disease. Many of these conditions are best addressed by a dentist, but there are some natural options that can also support oral health. 

One of my favorite recommendations for oral health are concentrated plant oils of cinnamon, thyme, clove, and oregano. Cinnamon is a great antibacterial and antifungal, and was actually worth more than silver in ancient Rome. One of the most potent compounds in cinnamon, called cinnamaldehyde, has even been shown to inhibit Staphylococcus aureus. Thyme is one of the best concentrated plant oils to fight bacteria. However, this variety of thyme is a different species than you may use for cooking. The variety of thyme I recommend for oral health is Thymus satureioides. Clove has strong antibacterial properties for yeast and oral pathogens like Porphyromonas gingivalis and Prevotella intermedia, which are both linked to periodontal disease. Lastly, oregano is one of my favorite botanicals because it is such a potent antimicrobial for bacteria, fungi, parasites, and more. Oregano is also a great anti-inflammatory which makes it very useful for oral health.

Look for concentrated plant oils that are approved for internal use. Unlike essential oils used for massage and aromatherapy, these plant oils are tested and their identity verified 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.

I would take 75 mg total of these four plant oils internally twice per day.

You may also want to consider adding propolis because it is an excellent antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, and more. Make sure you use propolis that is purified to remove inactive resins and beeswax. I would take 200 mg of propolis once or twice per day.

Andrographis has been used to safely and effectively fight bacterial infections. I believe that taking 400 mg of andrographis, standardized to 80 mg of the key compound andrographolide, once or twice daily would be an excellent choice. 

Lastly, you could consider adding CoQ10 as ubiquinol or ubiquinone. A chewable CoQ10 combined with gamma cyclodextrin may be even more beneficial as the absorption will start in the mouth and can be up to 800% more absorbed compared to standard CoQ10. I would take 100 mg of chewable CoQ10 per day.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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