Since having my two babies, my teeth are struggling STRUGGLE-ING. I know the saying, “gain a child lose a tooth” is just an old wives tale but it seems to be true in my case. Despite their imperfection, I really would like to keep all of my teeth. For most of my life, my teeth have been easy to care for. I have had only a few cavities, and don’t mind trips to the dentist. Lately though, I have painful sensitivity to sugar which is problematic for multiple reasons, one being that I absolutely must have chocolate to get through my day. I also struggle with inflammation in my gums that began with my first pregnancy.
There are a few reasons for this change in my dental health from easy going, to serious struggle. One reason is that babies leech nutrients from the mother’s body while in the womb, and after they are born. Unfortunately, having my two children so close in age may have lasting negative effects on my teeth and bones. Another reason, that I am ashamed to admit, is that my dental hygiene has lagged. Some days, I find myself knee deep in diapers, and spit up, and blocks realizing I have not brushed my teeth yet. On a good day, I remember by noontime and rush to brush. On a bad day, I am laying in bed about to fall asleep when I become conscious of the grossness in my mouth.
The cavity that is most concerning to me is one forming between my front teeth. It isn’t painful like the other areas of my mouth but it is almost visible. The cavity started in the back when I was pregnant with my first child, the dentist did not want to take care of it then because of the pregnancy. A few months after having my second child, I noticed it creeping around to the front of my tooth. I was not surprised, but I was completely freaked out. At the time, I did not have dental insurance and did not have the funds to fix the tooth without it. I’ve researched how to heal cavities naturally many times in the past. The idea is fascinating, but I had never had reason to try it myself.
I have always been equally skeptical and curious about the people who have claimed to heal their cavities naturally. I’ve tried oil pulling, and I absolutely hate it. When I first noticed the cavity, I decided to try it again, I want to love it and I believe it is beneficial. There are so many anecdotal accounts of people having success with oil pulling, but it makes me gag. It isn’t something I enjoy, or can force myself to do every day. Loving coconut oil as much as I do, not loving oil pulling made me question my sense of self. I guess I’m just not as crunchy as I thought.
So oil pulling is out. I found an article about a silver treatment that is being used for children’s cavities. It made sense to me that silver would help to diminish and possibly heal cavities given its antimicrobial properties. I decided to purchase colloidal silver and do an experiment on my own teeth. Colloidal silver is 100% safe to use and comes in various strengths. For this experiement I purchased a 250ppm bottle and when I finish that I will purchase a 500ppm bottle as I want to see if there is a difference in its effectiveness.
The silver arrived and I was excited to be able to try something new. If this didn’t work, I would end this experiment with an even bigger hole in my tooth. After brushing my teeth, I used the silver once or twice a day. I applied one, sometimes two, droppers full on to the surface of my tooth with the cavity. I also put a few droppers full on my other teeth as I am sure there are other cavities lurking. After about a week, I noticed the cavity getting smaller.
I wish the cavity was in a place where I could share a picture of before and after. The cavity is between my teeth, not visible on camera. You will just have to take my word for it. The cavity decreased in size by at least a half over the month that I used the colloidal silver along with regular brushing. At this point, I still have the cavity but it is much smaller and barely visible. I am hoping it will be completely gone with another month of the colloidal silver treatment.
The sensitivity to sugar is also gone.
There are ways of healing and remineralizing our teeth.
I will continue to explore the other options and share them if I find anything else works. Check out colloidal silver and its various uses here and if you try this let me know how it goes!