Homeopathy Papers

Tidbits 87: Tooth Talk

Written by Elaine Lewis

Elaine is queried on her dental “expertise” by Yael, a homeopathy student from Israel and frequent participant in the Hpathy Quiz.

Elaine, I’d like to interview you about your vast experience in homeopathic dentistry.  What got you into the tooth business, as they say?

Well, obviously, all the dental distress I’ve been under!  But I hope you noticed all the Quizzes where Kelly had issues with her teeth and solved them with homeopathy too!  For example, here’s a great case where Kelly found a remedy for a decaying and painful tooth: 

Revisiting: Halloween Remedy Casts Kelly’s Toothache Clear To The Cosmos

I mean, who would think of trading a dentist’s advice for Rhus tox?

Well, I guess when all they can do is give antibiotics, upsetting your whole system, causing stomach pains, diarrhea, yeast infections and so on….  I think I showed in one of my quizzes—or “Tidbits”, more likely—that when I researched dental abscesses on youtube, I found a dentist giving his abscess patient a shot of novocaine which caused him to scream bloody murder!  And I said, “That’s it, I’m outta here!”

Did you hear of anybody else using homeopathy in dentistry?

All my quizzes where Kelly is the one bringing me her dental cases.  Didn’t you see any of those? 

I have to tell you, after reading all (?)

Probably not.

your articles about your different teeth experiences, I, myself, cancelled my children’s next dentist appointments.


…in order to wait for symptoms and try some remedies on them!  Was I being cruel?

No, just insane.  Plaque and tartar have to be scraped off the teeth or gum disease will be the result!  And cavities have to be filled!   But my complaint is this: the dental hygienist should be (but isn’t) constantly disinfecting the dental implement she’s using with alcohol; otherwise, he or she is just spreading infection around the mouth, from one tooth to the other…how do they not know this?  It’s so obvious!  They should be disinfecting as they go!

How?  How would they do that?

You can irrigate, using a Water Pik with a special tip that allows you to get under the gum line, using an anti-microbial solution, like baking soda in water and/or hydrogen peroxide.  We know they’re always causing bleeding, right?  The dentists?  When they’re cleaning your teeth?  Because you spit blood in their little round sinks all the time; and this infected blood is getting all over your mouth.  Shouldn’t they be disinfecting the gum line as they go?  Well, of course they should; but are they doing it?  No, it doesn’t even occur to them!  The dental instrument should be frequently wiped with an alcohol-soaked gauze pad. 

Remember when Ignaz Semmelweis, in 1847, warned doctors they should wash their hands between patients?  But did anyone listen???  Nooooooooooooo!!!!!!!  In fact, they thought Semmelweis was crazy!  Well, now we’ve got dental hygienists who have supposedly learned nothing!  I even mentioned Semmelweis to a hygienist once and she had no idea what I was talking about or who Semmelweis was.  

So here’s what we have; on the one hand, dentists work miracles, while on the other hand, they’re causing gum disease and tooth loss with their questionable cleaning methods, mercury fillings, fluoride treatments—another toxic substance—root canals (well, more on that later)….

Here’s another mistake made in dentistry: not deep-cleaning the plaque off the distal side of the distal molar!  Now I know you don’t know what I’m talking about.  The distal (from the word “distant”) means the far side of the far tooth; namely, the tooth all the way in the back.  So your distal molar is the molar farthest away from the center with no tooth behind it, and the distal side is the farthest side.

That side rarely gets the attention the other teeth get!  A periodontal pocket starts forming there, a repository of bacteria that ultimately engulfs the whole tooth, and it has to come out.  Then the same scenario ensues with the “next” distal molar!  By the time you’re in your 50’s or 60’s, your molars are all gone!  So you might want to shock your dentist by saying, “Don’t forget to clean the distal side of the distal molars and check for periodontal pockets there.”  That should cause their jaws to drop!  A dentist once said to me, “Are you a dentist?”

Now, since they are completely clueless about disinfecting as they go, you should drop a pellet of Calendula 30C in that little dixie cup of water they provide so you can rinse with it frequently.  Calendula is an antiseptic and it might save you from all the mistakes the hygienist is making—hopefully.

Here’s another thing you can do—it’s what I do.  Take a dose of Staphysagria 10M before each cleaning starts because I’ve got sensitive teeth.  Why Staphysagria?  It’s for the exquisite pain of cleaning sensitive teeth!  Perhaps children don’t have this pain.  They’re not old enough.  But a lot of adults do!  So, I always take Calendula and Staphysagria to the dentist with me.

Now, another thing.  Root canals?  A very bad idea!  They might appear to have saved a tooth—for a while—but, they can never remove all the bacteria out of a root, and the remaining ones become entombed and fester and eventually escape and become system-wide.  You will ultimately lose that tooth, it will become super-infected and put adjoining teeth in jeopardy.

Silver fillings?  They’re full of mercury!  This is going to set you off on a life-time of dental problems.  Ask for “Composite” fillings instead.

Did you stop going completely to the dentist?

No!  You can’t do that, because the plaque must come off or you’re asking for trouble!  And cavities must be filled.

Do you go for checkups or cleansing once a year?  Prevention?

I have always gone to the dentist.  The problem is, for every problem they solve, they create another one; and they seem very fond of antibiotics.

Apart from Murphy’s repertory and Materia Medica, do you have some specific sources for teeth-related therapeutics?

No, I don’t.  You have to take a tooth case just like any other:  Sensation, Location, Modalities, Concomitants.  See the link above for an example of how to take a tooth case.

Can you share with our readers your most significant experience in that area?

Well, abscesses are the worst, the most painful and devastating of all dental issues, in my opinion.  Sometimes we can actually find a remedy to work on these.  But when you can’t, I have learned that you can lance the abscess yourself with a sterilized razor blade, make a 6C remedy out of the pus, take the remedy every 15 minutes until the abscess “pops” and it’s all over, and you can go back to your life.  You should see one of my abscess articles for details on how to do this, like this one here:

Tidbits 78: Elaine Lewis, DDS!

Would you recommend our readers stop their visits to the dentist and switch to their homeopath instead?

No, you just can’t stop going to the dentist, but you can try to educate them about the issues I’ve raised and there are homeopathic remedies to get you through whatever dental procedure you’ve had.

What’s your favorite part in curing teeth – or teeth-related pain?

I’ve used homeopathy to stop extremely painful situations—painful infections, abscesses, and so on.

Is that your favorite area in homeopathy?

Well, it’s perhaps an area where I’ve had dramatic results; but then again, we homeopaths are having dramatic results all the time!  I will give you one example.  I had a bad tooth, an infected tooth, a very loose tooth, that I had been coddling and pampering for a long time.

One day I hit a crisis point with it.  It was very painful, though I couldn’t discern an abscess, so I didn’t really know what to do!

I tried one thing and another, including oil-pulling, rinsing with hot salt-water, various remedies I thought might work, with no luck. 

Finally I had an epiphany (probably due to the extreme pain): “This tooth is dead!”  I swear to God!  How did I know that?  I don’t know!!!  I had the intuition to take Arnica 200C.  (Probably because I remembered reading somewhere that Arnica expels dead fetuses!) 

Within minutes, the pain abruptly stopped!  I was overjoyed!  I couldn’t believe it!  I touched the tooth, no pain!  I then realized, it was no longer attached!  It had been ejected!  It lifted right out!!!!!!  I am not kidding!  Arnica had performed a homeopathic extraction!  I was spared an endless agony! 

I put the tooth in an ounce of water to make a remedy out of it so that, hopefully, I could prevent the infection from attacking my other teeth.  (See “How To Make Your Own Remedy”, it’s on my website.) 

I had that happen once before!  A dentist pulled my lower left distal molar after it had become infected due to dental negligence!  Perfectly healthy teeth were now infected as a result, as the infection, after the extraction, flew everywhere!  Due to this, many of my teeth were lost. 

Maybe knowing about Calendula at that time might have saved me?  Maybe knowing how to make a remedy out of the infected tooth might have saved me as well?  But, I was too young and didn’t know, had no clue about anything!

Would you like to see more dentist-homeopaths?

Sure; but, I’d like to see more dentists with common sense too!

Thanks, Elaine!

We should close by linking to another Toothache Case from the vault—“A Toothache Royale!”:

Revisiting: A Toothache Royale!

Sounds like a good one!  

It is!


Elaine Lewis, DHom, CHom

Elaine takes online cases. Write to her at [email protected]

Visit her website: https://ElaineLewis.hpathy.com

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at:
https://elainelewis.hpathy.com/ and TheSilhouettes.org


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