Are Holistic Root Canals Really Possible?

Is there really such a thing as a biological root canal or holistic root canal? Aren’t root canals invasive procedures that involve chemicals and dangerous restorations?

There’s certainly one school of thought within holistic and biological dentistry that says root canals have significant risks, shouldn’t be done and should be removed if already in place. That means that before having a root canal or an extraction, it makes sense to research the available options to find an approach to your dental health issue that is acceptable to you and can be carried out adequately by your dentist.


Consider The Whole Body

When deciding what to do about a bad tooth, consider your whole body, not just your mouth or just the one bad tooth. Make sure you carefully consider and fully understand the options available to you. Having a tooth pulled is an irreversible decision — and so is a root canal.

The truth is this, in many cases: a holistic root canal is better than a traditional one, and a root canal may be preferable to an extraction. This much is certain: taking action quickly is preferable to remaining in pain and to letting the problem continue to get worse, further limiting your options.


Doing Root Canals Right

Most holistic dentists perform root canals frequently. But they don’t do them the way traditional dentists do. A biological root canal is completely mercury-free and involves different preparation of the remaining tooth and different treatments to prevent or clear up infection.

Many holistic dentists agree in principle that root canals are imperfect procedures that might not should be performed as often as they are. When confronted with a patient in front of them, however, these dentists realize that few other viable options to root canal are available and opt to perform the procedure in the safest and most holistic ways possible. That’s a better alternative than doing nothing or taking some other action that may not provide acceptable results.



Homemade Toothpaste Has More Advantages Than Disadvantages

There’s a hopeful trend today — a trend away from store-bought mystery items toward real, wholesale items with a short list of ingredients and no toxic chemicals. But is homemade toothpaste really necessary? Surely there are better things for most people to worry about than what kind of toothpaste they use.

Yet you put toothpaste in your mouth once or twice every day, and oral tissue can very easily absorb chemicals often present in commercial pastes like fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate and the toxic sweetener saccharin. Nothing is more important to overall health than a clean and healthy mouth, and nothing makes more difference than a good toothpaste.

In all, there are dozens of real advantages to toothpaste made at home, including:

- Better taste. You can control the taste of toothpaste you make at home with peppermint oil, cinnamon oil or other natural flavors.

- No chemicals. When you make it yourself, you control what’s in it.

- Greater effectiveness. You can adjust the recipe until you get the clean mouth feel and the level of abrasiveness you desire.

- Increased safety for children. Regular toothpaste has a warning on the label that it shouldn’t be swallowed, and children often swallow toothpaste.

- Quality control. Don’t trust a profit-driven corporation with the safety and effectiveness of your oral care products when you could make your own toothpaste and be sure it’s done right.

And what about the disadvantages? You have to buy a few things and spend a few minutes putting them together. But the simplest recipe contains only coconut oil, baking soda, an essential oil and the sweet antibacterial agent xylitol. To combine, simply mix together, then store in a clean jar of some kind.

What could be simpler than that? This simple recipe and the short list of ingredients makes the only disadvantage of homemade toothpaste seem like an advantage after all.