Colloidal Silver Tames the Dental Plaque Monster

colloidal silver fights dental plaqueAre you aware that colloidal silver is extremely effective against periodontal disease (i.e., gum disease)?

It is. In fact, there is even a patent for the use of a new type of silver-based product that apparently destroys bacterial plaque on teeth and bacterial pockets under the gum line. Here’s a quote directly from the patent [emphasis ours]:

“Periodontal disease can be treated by the administration of metal ions, preferably silver ions, to the site where the microorganisms that cause this disease reside. Administration can be to periodontal pockets or adjacent to exposed tooth roots or alveolar bone during periodontal surgical procedures.

The metal ions can be administered in polymeric microparticles, deformable films or microparticles embedded within deformable films. The metal ions are particularly microbiocidal to the bacterial pathogens that are the causative agents of periodontal disease.”

Based on Previous Studies of Periodontal Disease in Animals

The patent inventors are Donald F. Roberts, Phillip M Friden, Peter Spacciapoli, and Eric Nelson. And their patent is apparently based upon previous attempts to use silver compounds to heal periodontal disease in animals. As their patent further states:

“There appear to have been limited attempts to use silver compounds in the treatment of periodontal disease. Silver sulfadiazine, when applied topically to the supragingival tooth surface in a gel base, has been shown both to prevent and to reduce gingival inflammation and plaque formation in beagle dogs (T. H. Howell et al., J. Periodontal Res. 25:197-200 (1990) and T. H. Howell et al., J. Clin. Periodontal. 17: 734-737 (1990)).

However, these findings apparently have not been further pursued. Potential drawbacks to using silver compounds supragingivally in the treatment of periodontal disease are the staining of teeth and oral mucosa and the unpleasant taste that such treatment engenders. Thus, a potent, microbiocidally effective formulation that is locally applied subgingivally would provide a significant improvement in the treatment of periodontal disease.”

Unique Delivery System: A Constant Flow of Silver Ions

The patent further states:

“The present invention also pertains to delivery systems for use in treating or preventing periodontal disease in individuals. These delivery systems are solid or liquid formulations that release metal ions into an aqueous solution when the formulations are in contact with such solutions.

In particular, the formulations are the releasable metal ions in a deformable or non-deformable solid carrier, in a gel carrier or in a combination of a solid and a gel carrier. These formulations, in preferred embodiments, are depositable into periodontal pockets and/or adhereable to teeth at the root surface and/or to the gingival tissue below the gum line.

Advantages of the present invention are the manner of treatment and the efficacy of treating periodontal disease that is provided by the administration of metal ions to the actual or potential sites of periodontal infection. With the present invention, the administered metal ions are particularly potent in their microbiocidal activity against the microorganisms that are the causative agents of periodontal infection.”

The invention is further described as:

“A method of treating or preventing periodontitis in an individual comprising: administrating to a periodontal pocket or oral surgical site of said individual a polymeric film containing silver nitrate to deliver silver ion to said periodontal pocket or surgical site sufficient to exert an antimicrobial effect for at least fourteen days at or adjacent to said pocket or site.

In other words, the inventors have come up with a method of implanting a substance laced with metallic silver ions onto the tooth under the gum line, or into an oral surgical site, from which point it releases silver ions over a period of 14 days, wiping out the plaque and tooth decay-causing microorganisms colonizing the area.”

Fascinating, But Is It Really Necessary?

Now this is no doubt a fascinating invention. And it is without a doubt one more exciting piece of evidence demonstrating the incredible infection-fighting power of silver, which is now being harnessed by Big Business in a startling array of applications, even while the FDA continues to harass colloidal silver vendors for making the very same claims made in this patent.

But while I have absolutely nothing against this invention, and wish the inventors nothing but success, I still can’t understand why they don’t just take a simpler route, i.e., rather than implanting their invention under the gums or into an oral surgery site for 14 days, why not just have the victim of periodontal disease rinse, brush and swish colloidal silver around in their mouths several times a day for a few weeks, instead?

With the advent of high-quality colloidal silver generators, colloidal silver can now be made at home, safely, quickly and easily, for only pennies per quart. And brushing with it, rinsing with it, and swishing it around in one’s mouth several times a day has got to be a lot more appealing than dental intervention and/or surgical implantation of a device impregnated with silver.

Another Potential Problem

Here’s another problem I see with this new invention: it depends upon the use of potentially problematic chemical complexes of silver, rather than safe, natural colloidal silver. Chemical forms of silver can sometimes be caustic. What’s more, it is the chemical forms of silver that are most often associated with skin-staining (i.e., argyria).

Once more, I quote directly from the patent:

“A particularly preferred active agent is silver ions. In the formulations of the present invention, the silver ions are initially in chemical combination with an anionic species to form a salt or with a complexing substance to form a chemical complex. Thus, the silver ions are inserted in the formulations of the present invention as, for example, silver acetate, silver bromate, silver chlorate, silver perchlorate, silver chlorite, silver fluoride, silver lactate, silver permanganate, silver protein, silver nitrate, silver nitrite, silver sulfadiazine, silver sulfate or combinations of these chemical compounds and complexes. Of these chemical compounds and complexes, silver nitrate, silver chlorate, silver perchlorate and silver fluoride are preferred.

…It has been determined that the concentration of metal, e.g., silver, ions that is microbiocidal to the periodontal disease-causing microorganisms can be as low as 0.5 parts per million (ppm) (500 ng/ml) in the aqueous environment containing these microorganisms. Higher concentrations are also microbiocidal, of course, but this finding indicates that minimal amounts of the active metal agents can be administered with an expectation of microbiocidal activity.”

While 0.5 parts per million (ppm) is a very low concentration of silver, and would probably not be overtly harmful, don’t you think you could achieve the same thing simply by swishing some safe, natural colloidal silver around in your mouth several times a day, brushing with colloidal silver several times a day, and rinsing with it?

Avoiding a Root Canal by Using Colloidal Silver

I ask that question out of personal experience. For nearly 12 years I was able to prevent having a painful root canal procedure done simply by using some homemade colloidal silver several times a day, whenever a flare-up would occur.

Indeed, back in 1996, my dentist had told me that my bottom right molar had a small hairline crack in it and that microbes were penetrating the tooth and getting into the root system, causing an infection resulting in the excruciating pain I had been experiencing. After taking x-rays, he immediately recommended a root canal.

Now, this same dentist had performed a root canal on one of my front teeth about six years earlier, and it was one of the most painful procedures I’d ever endured. It was, in fact, the one and only time I actually screamed out in pain in a professional office surrounding, such was the pain caused by the root canal procedure.

So instead of having the second root canal done, I went home and started soaking the tooth in colloidal silver each night. What I did was this:

Upon going to bed each night, I’d take about two ounces of colloidal silver into my mouth, and hold it directly over the offending tooth for as long as I could. I’d shoot for ten or fifteen minutes. While I was doing this, I’d read from a book, or watch television.

Occasionally, I’d forcefully swish the colloidal silver back and forth over the infected tooth, in an attempt to force some of the tiny silver particles under the gum line, and between the teeth, and hopefully even into the hairline crack my dentist told me was there. And after ten or fifteen minutes had passed, I’d swallow the colloidal silver, and then repeat the same process with a fresh mouthful of colloidal silver.

Furthermore, I’d repeat the same procedure several times during the day, while I was at work. It was no big deal. I just brought a small jar of my homemade colloidal silver to work with me. It was about 10 ppm in concentration. And whenever I knew I wouldn’t be talking to anyone at work for a while, I’d take a nice big mouthful of colloidal silver and begin alternately holding it over the tooth, and then swishing it forcefully back and forth over the tooth. Again, I’d do so for ten or fifteen minutes. And I always swallowed the colloidal silver afterward.

The result? The pain immediately began to diminish. And within only three days there was no more pain left whatsoever. Within a week, I went back to the dentist and had new X-rays taken. And you should have seen the look on his face when he saw that the infection was completely gone. Not a trace of it.

Occasional Flare Ups

Over the years since that event, that same tooth would occasionally flare-up. I’d feel a light throbbing pain beginning. And I’d go home and get my colloidal silver out and start repeating the above process. Nine times out of ten, the pain was gone the same day it started. Of course, I’d continue the procedure for a few days just to make sure. But it always worked. Every single time.

Looking back, I’d have to estimate that the tooth acted up probably once a year. I attributed this to the hairline crack in the tooth allowing bacteria to get down into the root area and colonize. But each time it happened, I’d use the colloidal silver to eradicate the infection and clear up the problem.

Now that may be too much trouble for some people. Perhaps they’d prefer a root canal, or having their gums scraped, or whatever the case may be. Or maybe they’d prefer to try the invention described earlier in this article, in which a substance laced with a chemical silver compound is implanted under the gum line for 14 days. But not me. Simply brushing with colloidal silver a few times a day, rinsing with colloidal silver from time-to-time, or even holding a little bit of colloidal silver in the mouth and swishing it around vigorously a couple of times a day is simple and effective enough for me.

Again, I’d like to emphasize that I’m not putting down the invention described above. In fact, I’m very excited about it. Anything that puts the infection-fighting power of silver into the limelight is just dandy with me. But on a personal level, I’m a minimalist at heart. If I can avoid an overly-complex procedure such as implantation of a substance under the gums, or an invasive procedure, and get pretty much the same results with a simpler and more natural procedure, I will do so every time.

Can Colloidal Silver Really Cure Dental Plaque?

This brings up the questions as to whether or not colloidal silver can cure dental plaque.

According to a 1999 study conducted at Brigham Young University, the bacterium Streptococcus mutans, which is a major cause of dental plaque and tooth decay, was inhibited and destroyed using just 5 ppm of colloidal silver.

dental plaqueIn fact, in the study colloidal silver was demonstrated to be as good at destroying the bacteria as five different classes of antibiotics, including: the tetracyclines, fluorinated quinolones (Ofloxacin), the penicillins, the cephalosporins (Cefaperazone) and the macrolides (Erythromycin).

Now that doesn’t prove that colloidal silver cures dental plaque. After all, in addition to Streptococcus mutans there are over 547 other types of bacteria that can cause a buildup of dental plaque. But it does show that colloidal silver is highly effective against at least one of the most common causes of dental plaque.

What’s more, the problem with using colloidal silver lies in getting enough of the tiny silver particles deep into the area where plaque is building up and keeping it there long enough for the silver to do its job on the microbes causing the buildup.

This is why an invention like the one described earlier in this article could easily be perceived by many as being superior to simple usage of colloidal silver. Why? Because the silver-impregnated substance is implanted at the site of plaque buildup, or the oral surgery site, and for a requisite period of time it constantly releases a slow barrage of silver ions. This procedure pretty much assures that the plaque-causing or infection-causing microbes are constantly exposed to the silver ions being released from the substance, and are thus wiped out over the 14 day period the substance has been implanted for.

Colloidal Silver Can Provide the Same Profound Benefit

But many colloidal silver users have found that persistent and disciplined use of inexpensive homemade colloidal silver can accomplish the same health-enhancing result.

The simple method I described earlier in this article, in which colloidal silver is simply held in the mouth and swished forcefully around several times a day for ten or fifteen minutes worked wonders for eradicating both my tooth infection and plaque. And I’ve learned over the course of the past 12 years, while conducting over 2,000 interviews with regular colloidal silver users including doctors, dentists, nurses, chiropractors, medical researchers and laymen alike, that this same technique has worked equally well for many others who have used it, too.

Now I’m no doctor. I’m a natural health journalist. So I’m not “prescribing” here. I’m simply relating a process that has worked for me on more than one occasion over the course of the past 12 years. And it has worked very well for others I know of, too.

Here’s a quote from a letter we recently received from a long-time colloidal silver user who owns one of the new Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generators from The Silver Edge:

“I was recently scheduled for periodontal surgery, at a cost of $5,000 plus three months of misery. Instead, I chose to use a combination of CoQ10 ingested and the micro-particle colloidal silver as liquid ‘toothpaste’. The periodontal disease was no longer there at the next cleaning, six months later.”

What Happened to My Plaque?

I’ll conclude by quoting the well-known colloidal silver advocate Mark Metcalf, who once wrote, “I received a call from a man with a Ph.D. in computer science who made some colloidal silver and applied it with an eyedropper to a chronic eye infection. He said the infection went away almost immediately. In the course of our conversation he mentioned in passing that colloidal silver also got rid of the plaque on his teeth. I had been wondering what happened to the plaque on my own teeth, but had not put the two together.”

Yes, colloidal silver can kill the bacterial responsible for the buildup of plaque on your teeth. And this is truly great news because plaque and the resulting dental infections it causes is a scourge that has brought nothing but pain and misery to literally hundreds of millions of people around the world, and has resulted in a box office business for dentists everywhere.

But don’t count on your dentist telling you about colloidal silver and its plaque-eradicating and infection-fighting properties anytime soon. He’d probably lose his license if he did. And of course, it would likely cost him a boatload of income if too many of his patients learned they could eradicate their own plaque or even heal certain dental infections on their own by using a few cents worth of colloidal silver each day.

Nevertheless, one day, when the above-mentioned invention finally comes to fruition and gets approved by the medical bureaucrats, your dentist might end up offering to implant a substance under your gums that releases tiny silver ions over the course of 14 days. Of course, that would be done after he has painfully scraped out the bacterial pockets and plaque out from under your gum lines. Just remember, you read about it here, first…but you also read about the less expensive and less invasive alternative!


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