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Not Really Annie’s Teeth – But She Gets Plaque Build Up Like That

I hate to talk about this topic because it makes me feel like a bad mom. I know people judge me and think that I don’t teach my daughter proper oral hygiene. They probably think that I don’t brush her teeth at all.

But the truth is – even during the worst of times, when I used to have to wrestle my daughter to the ground to get her to brush her teeth because her sensory issues were so bad that a tooth-brush terrified her and made her have a tantrum, I made sure she brushed her teeth every day, at least twice a day. Even now, I still brush her teeth for her so that I know it is done thoroughly and correctly.

Regardless, she has unbelievable amounts of plaque on her bottom two teeth that can literally accumulate overnight. No joke – I scrape it off with my dental pick at night and by the next morning, it’s back like a bad dream!

I hope that I am not alone because I have noticed that several other (certainly not all) children with autism don’t have the pearly whites that we in America all strive for. I think this is due to the health issues sometimes associated with autism.

You may be wondering if Annie’s diet is to blame for her dental issues… thinking that maybe she eats sugary foods all day long. Let me assure you this is not the case. Annie is on a gluten-free, casein free, soy free, corn free, Paleo, organic, rotation, no sugar diet. She eats organic meats, lots of vegetables, fruits (not too much), and a few gluten-free grains. It is not sugar nor lack of nutrients that causes Annie’s mouth issues.

I know Annie’s ongoing mouth issues are linked to her remaining digestive and health issues. While her health has improved dramatically (along with her symptoms of autism – see Annie’s Recovery Story), her immune system is clearly still not one hundred percent. One of the ways her immune/digestive system deficiencies manifest is by creating plaque in her mouth and wearing away her tooth enamel.

“The mouth is a portal into the rest of the body,” said Dr. Donald Ratcliffe, chairman of the department of dental medicine at Staten Island University Hospital. Growing research shows “there’s a relationship between the bacteria — and the inflammation that bacteria cause in the mouth — [and] a lot of other diseases,” he said.

My daughter came home crying the other day because a boy at school had told her, in a rather not nice way, that she has tooth decay. She is now at the age (age 9) where she is aware that she is different and it hurts her. And that, in turn, hurts me. What am I supposed to do? How can I help her?

I talked to my homeopath about all of this and she helped me come up with a new plan that I am excited about. So far, it really seems to be keeping the plaque in check. I can’t say it has repaired her tooth enamel yet, but the plaque is so much better that I had to share! Here’s what we’re doing:

  1. Hyland’s Calcarea Fluorica 6x – this is to remineralize her teeth that have been so badly damaged by the chronic plaque build up.
  2. Essential Oxygen Organic Brushing Rinse (fluoride-free) – works for all oral issues including whitening, gum pockets and receding gums, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, tartar, canker sores and toxic morning mouth. It does not contain any of the following: Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Flourides, Glycerin. Alcohol, Chlorine Bleach, or Pesticides. This is what I use to brush Annie’s teeth after every meal. It is a pain because it is a liquid but she loves the taste and we have gotten used to it.
  3. Citrus Tooth Swish – I put some of this powder in Annie’s mouth after she eats. She swishes it in her mouth to mix it with her saliva for a minute or so and then spits it out. It helps to neutralize food acids, promote salivation and bathe teeth with 84 ionic/colloidal minerals and trace elements. They make an unflavored version as well as other flavors like peppermint if you prefer.
  4. Pekana Lactic Plus –  this homeopathic remedy helps to maintain the acid/alkaline balance in her mouth and body. Annie tends to be too acidic with causes tooth enamel to erode.
  5. I switched Annie to a Sonicare toothbrush that includes a UV sanitzer so that I would stop reinfecting her mouth with the same bacteria over and over again.

I’ll keep you posted about whether Annie is able to repair her tooth enamel and keep the plaque at bay. But in the mean time, if any of you parents out there have experienced dental issues and found ways to improve them, please write to me and let me know. I am desperate to figure this out for my daughter. Thanks in advance for your help and advice!


Other Reading:

Curing Tooth Decay Naturally from Crystal Child


Author: A Ventography!

A Ventography is about: 1. Encouraging and empathizing with other parents on the autism spectrum. 2. Recycling and simplifying information on the latest autism news and health and diet tips. 3. Asking thought provoking questions designed to make us rethink what we've been told about autism. 4. Helping connect the dots that show, in some cases, autism is more than a brain disorder. 5. Challenging parents to rethink what they've been told, refuse the status quo, and escape the whirlwind of confusion.


  1. I don’t know much about dental medications, but I know a simple and practical way to help with your problem. What I suggest is to introduce foods that are good for oral health to your child’s diet. Fruits that are rich in Vitamin C are first on the list; it can prevent teeth discoloration and protect your child from gum diseases.


  2. Hi Molly …

    At 80+ years old (mom never gives out her real age — it’s always 21+ so I don’t want to post it to the internet) … my mom’s teeth are very bad in her old age (actually they have been bad for awhile now not just the past few years). There was a period there over the winter were she was not able to get out of bed to brush her teeth in the bathroom. So I tried several different things.

    One combination that seemed best was Activated Charcoal and Magnesium.

    You use the Activated Charcoal first as a sort of PRE-brushing mouth wash. Just take one capsule of Activated Charcoal … open it and pour the contents out into a plastic cup. Add water and mix (as well as you can). Then swish around in your mouth (you can even gargle with a little) and when done instead of spitting it out swallow it.

    Activated Charcoal — Carbon, or it’s more common name. Carbon is 100% alkaline and is spinning with electrons making the substance highly electrical. Carbon’s negative ionic charge attracts positive ionic charges (of toxins and poisons) causing them to bind and then escorts them out of the body via the eliminative channel of the intestines.

    So-o-o-o-o you are pulling anything negative out of the mouth by doing this.

    Charcoal is great for dealing with plaque and bacteria… it will absorb the bacteria and take it out through the intestines out the other end if you swallow it. You can spit it out but if you spit it into the sink it can discolor the sink enamel if the protective coating isn’t perfect. You can always spit it back into another plastic cup … But I feel swallowing it clears out the rest of you on the way down and not just the mouth … that is why I think it is good to swallow it.

    You can see and read how other people use Activated Charcoal for oral health, here…

    After you do this your (child’s) mouth will be quite black (especially the first time). Because it sticks to all the bad stuff in your mouth. (As you do it you will probably see less and less black — showing that your (child’s) mouth is cleaner and cleaner.

    Now brush it off with MAGNESIUM instead of toothpaste. (This was my own idea I do not know of other people who do this but I think the enamel like it)

    I use NOW brand MAGNESIUM CITRATE Nervous System Support…

    The price is good at the site above (51% off). THIS Magnesium by NOW is already the consistency of white paste style toothpaste … so it is just perfect for this. Just cut the capsules open with a knife and squeeze the contents onto your toothbrush … (or … a small paper plate and dip your toothbrush in it). Then brush like you normally would … the areas that are BLACK with activated charcoal will let you know where you need to concentrate your efforts.

    Magnesium is good for teeth enamel when taken internally … I think brushing with it is even more effective. Try it first on yourself (it WHITENS teeth naturally and healthfully so you may want to try it yourself). After you get the hang of it … try it with your child.

    The first time you do it — do not do it when you have to go out somewhere … so you will not be rushed and the black on your teeth will not put you in a panic because you are going somewhere in 10 minutes! After you have done it a few times you will get the hang of it but at the beginning before bedtime is best.

    Try it and see if you think it is worth trying on your child.

    I do it myself once or twice a week.

    The rest of the week you might want to try using this till the teeth are healthy again …

    NOTE: You have to buy from ‘British Goodies’ to get the Novamin. The U.S. version does not have it…


    Hope this is helpful …

    Joanne J

    Oh and magnesium is GREAT for stress relief … so you may want to cut open an extra one or two capsules and spread it on your face. You will absorb it through the skin and it will help you get to sleep! And it is good for the skin so your completion will thank you! (just wash it off in the morning after absorbing it overnight)


    • woooops …

      typo … that should have read …

      complexion not completion

      … so the last comment about magnesium should be …

      And it is good for the skin so your complexion will thank you! (just wash it off in the morning after absorbing it overnight)


    • One comment about the toothpaste with NovaMin I mentioned …

      Sensodyne Repair and Protect Whitening Toothpaste…

      I mentioned that more for the parents use who are reading this than for use with autistic children. It has fluoride in it and a bit higher than many toothpastes. My feeling is FLUORIDE is not a good idea with autistic children. If they have trouble detoxing mercury from the body then they probably have difficulty removing fluorine as well.

      Even with non-autistic people I wouldn’t take fluoride every day long term if I could help it.

      Novamin is the ingredient that helps with teeth enamel rebuilding …

      Burts Bees used to make an all natural WITHOUT fluoride but it is discontinued …

      I have not tried Sensodyne but you cannot get Burts Bees anymore so I didn’t mention that one in the earlier post. (My guess is there is a problem in the US with putting this in toothpaste and that is why the UK version of Sensodyne has it in it but not the US version).

      Anyway … the other recommendations (activated charcoal and magnesium) once or twice a week my help enough that you do not need toothpaste with Novamin.

      I am not a fan of fluoride in water or toothpaste as a general rule …

      NATURA brand has a nice line of NATURAL dental products WITHOUT Fluoride …

      (I use the adult version of the above product for regular oral hygiene)


      … Extracts … Essential Oils … and Resins …

      ENAMADENT is for whitening, plaque removal and enamel shield beautifying. It is a liquid in a bottle with dropper dispenser. Be forewarned it (like the charcoal) is black-ish (well more of a muddy color) so while you are brushing your teeth look worse. But after you rinse they look better then before! It has a Rhassoul Lava Clay as it’s base which is why the ‘mud’ color.
      (The above should be used in combination with another toothpaste/cleanser not alone)

      The one drawback with this stuff is after awhile of use (but before the bottle is empty) the dropper gets clogged and has to be cleaned out with HOT water.

      Being too lazy one day to bother I googled and found out it’s base ingredient is GREAT for removing black heads …
      Rhassoul Lava Clay is a spa quality clay originating from ancient deposits unearthed from the fertile Atlas mountains of Morocco. It is extraordinarily rich in minerals making its application on the face, skin, and hair a smooth and purifying experience. It has a wide range of skin enhancing effects, in part because of it high content of natural silica, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Studies have shown that it reduces dryness and flakiness, improves skin clarity and elasticity, and has an extractive effect to remove impurities and unblock pores. Blackheads and other pore blockages are pulled to the surface as the mask dries. After rinsing the mask off they can be gently buffed away with a washcloth.
      … so I tried it as a mask … I have enlarged pours on the end of my nose and part of my forehead … the nose tends to get blackheads no matter what I do. But with this stuff ONE time leaving it on 20 or 30 minutes and then wiping it off with a baby wipe and ALL GONE!!!

      I haven’t decided yet but I actually may like it better as a skin mask then what it is intended for 🙂

      Joanne J


    • Thanks for pointing out that the Sensodyne has fluoride… I agree with you that fluoride is not a good idea for children with autism. Thanks for all the other tips and links. Leah and I are going to try Rhassoul Lava Clay as a mask… we love anything that will improve our skin. – Molly and Leah


    • You have so many great tips!! I heard about activated charcoal for teeth but I never heard about brushing with magnesium. What a great idea. Since you said it can whiten teeth, I will try it on myself. Thanks so much for all your helpful and practical tips. -Molly


  3. Thanks for this post. My son also has terrible teeth, which I think is related to his immune disorder. This is a good book: Cure Tooth Decay book, by Ramiel Nagel.

    I wrote about this topic in a blog post here: http://crystalchild.wordpress.com/2011/03/12/curing-tooth-decay-naturally/


    • Thanks so much for linking to my post. And thank you for commiserating with me! Finally, I feel like I am not alone in this battle against tooth decay. I read your post and I am glad to hear that you’ve been able to let go of the guilt and burden you used to feel over your son’s teeth. I hope to get to that point, too. My homeopath recommended the Cure Tooth Decay book but I was too afraid to try some of the suggestions… like eating raw eggs! Thanks again for your support, Molly


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