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Rebuilding Bone Naturally

Posted on July 5, 2015 at 3:05 PM

As a dentist, I have seen many patients with significant jaw bone loss. This is not a good thing as it is a marker for loose teeth and eventual tooth loss. Sometimes it may be associated with the usual symptoms of periodontal disease and you should  read our previous post Floss First! for further clarity. But other times, the periodontal health looks fairly normal with minimal pocketing and no bleeding.

Bone Loss around Teeth

Upon seeing this bone loss, my primary question to the patient is “Have you had a bone density test?” And if they have had one, they already know that they have a bone density challenge (osteoporosis or osteopenia). If they haven’t had one yet and they do go, it is not surprising to find that they are usually low on the bone density scale.


As many of you are already aware, your mouth health is a reflection of your body health, and many dentists can infer quite a bit by a comprehensive oral evaluation. (See Meridian Dentistry and Saliva Secrets: pH )


For those of you trying to reverse bone loss naturally, here is a base recipe of nutrients that may help. There are other specific factors depending on which bones are actually involved (jaw, legs, arms or spine) but those can be addressed individually if you ask at your appointment.


These are the suggested nutrients necessary to rebuild human bone:

Strontium. (at least a 1000 mg). It should be taken on an empty stomach, away from other minerals and away from food

Vitamin D3. (3000 – 5000 IU). Best to take with fatty food, or it will not be absorbed. You might also consider having your blood levels tested. It’s a simple blood test. Ideally your blood levels should be over 60.

Minerals. Best way to get mineral supplementation is by taking a daily dose of gray Celtic salt. You can buy it at many health food stores. A good daily dose would be ½ teaspoon of the salt followed with 2 glasses of quality water. You can do a1/4 teaspoon twice a day if it is easier. The 2 glasses of water each time is still necessary. You can also put this salt on food. There are 84 minerals in gray Celtic salt. (see The Miracle of Minerals)  It will not raise your blood pressure since the sodium content is very low. If you take it away from food, it will be absorbed more efficiently. DO NOT TAKE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE STRONTIUM. They will compete with each other and the strontium will not be absorbed.

Magnesium. Taking additional supplementation of Magnesium will activate Vitamin D (from the sun).

Vitamin K2. Found in grass fed meat, free range chickens and eggs, and almost all REAL fermented foods. (Not the make-believe yogurt found in most supermarkets).

Collagen supplements. You can buy this in powdered form, add to smoothies , or buy in capsule form. You can get collagen naturally by making a bone soup. (See The Benefits of Bone Soup)

Weight bearing exercise. You can stand on one leg for 3 minutes and then do the other leg for 3 minutes. This is the equivalent of an hour’s walk in terms of stimulating bone growth. You can also do weight lifting daily with 2-5 lb. weights.

Make sure your cholesterol is at least 180. If it is too low, you will not make enough Vitamin D.

• Contrary to popular dogma, taking Calcium supplements alone will not create more bone. It must be taken with Vitamin K2 to actually be absorbed into the bone.

Use of a mini trampoline (rebounder) has also shown to be beneficial in stimulating bone growth. (See Jump Your Way to Health!)

• Drugs used for osteoporosis (for example, Fosamax) do not create new bone. They simply prevent death of old bone. The bone that is there is dry, brittle and styrofoam-like. It is prone to fracture as much as having osteoporosis. It just looks good on the bone density test.

As you restore the integrity of your skeletal bones, you may find that the bone supporting your teeth may also improve. There are other factors involved with the dental bone but these are the basics. You should see a difference in bone density within a year.

Interested in learning more?

Consider an appointment with Dr. Brand.

Contact us at 212 947-0073

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Categories: Enlightened Dentistry, Food, Periodontal Disease

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Reply Liliana Parker
10:08 PM on June 28, 2017 
hi , I wanted to know if this will reverse teeth bone loss? My mom has receding gums and tooth bone loss :( I love her a a lot and hate to see her going through this. Will this grow back the tooth part that she is missing ? Please help
Reply Juanita mejia
2:03 AM on July 1, 2017 
Dear sir
I am 54 year old vegan but my gum are not in great shape I have denture on upper and implant on the lower due to not taking care of them when I wasn't a vegan I feel so bad can you please tell me how can I regrow my loss bone and regrow my teeth if it possible thank you in advanced
Juanita mejia
Reply ZPtech
3:54 AM on July 14, 2017 
If you have a fractured bones, it's not that easy to deal with it or handle that case. Good to know about these health facts in rebuilding bones the natural way.
Reply Tanya
4:01 PM on July 22, 2017 
Do you practice ways of removing bone growth on the floor of the mouth
Reply Maria
8:16 AM on July 25, 2017 
Its very encouraging having your point of view about bone loss, every doctor I saw insisted on the fact that "is impossible to recover bone naturally". One thing surprises me, I have a Hair analytic to found about mineral imbalances and resulted in excess calcium and also high strontium, according to my nutritionist strontium is produced when calcium rise in order to prevent some side effects of high calcium and this rise causes dental fragility or damage. Is this so? I was shocked to read that strontium is good for dental health...
I've lost some teeth and the loss of bone is quite quick, so I am very interested in reverting this condition. I will follow your suggestions, but regarding strontium I am puzzled.
Thank you so much for your knowledge and dedication. Pity I am in Spain and can't be your patient.
Best regards.
María Fernández
Reply Dr. Brand
10:18 AM on July 25, 2017 
Hi Maria,
You should be aware of several points:
1. The body does not produce Strontium. It is from outside sources. Strontium toxicity can be from many environmental sources such as air pollution, glass making, metal casting, paints, and some medicines.
2. If one does not consume the proper minerals in the diet, the body will pick up whatever toxic metals it can from the food, air, and water as substitutes. A key principle to remember is that an abundance of essential minerals in the diet protects the body against absorbing an overdose of the wrong kind of metals, including strontium and calcium.
3. The kidney is primary eliminating strontium from the body. As a result, those with renal failure or diabetes are at an increased risk for strontium toxicity, since the kidneys are not able to properly detox the body from this metal.
I never heard that the correct amount of Strontium in the body will make teeth weak. Too much of anything can be dangerous to our health. Sounds like you need to increase you basic mineral intake and re-evaluate your detox pathways to get things more in balance.
Reply Penny
12:05 PM on August 5, 2017 
Thankyou for this article-very helpful.My bone loss is in the jaw area due to deep pockets.Was thinking of trying the strontium to help with this.I live in Toronto Canada-do you know of a Dentist that could recommend.Many thanks.
Reply Mike
11:24 AM on August 9, 2017 
Hi Dr. Brand.

My question is I have orthodontic treatment, but I have mild bone loss. my question is are we able to generate bone on our teeth from the supplements listed if taken correctly. Is it possible is my question. Thank You
Reply Bellie
2:50 AM on August 28, 2017 
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Reply Lisa Markovich
2:40 PM on September 5, 2017 
Unfortunately, you are not in my area but I wanted to let you know that I found your information very informative and I truly hope it can help me. Thank you.
Reply Leslie
8:04 PM on October 12, 2017 
Thank you for the great info (came right up in the search engine). But what about bone loss due to extracted teeth? Is it possible to rebuild bone naturally to hold implants, and thus avoid surgical restructuring?
Reply Walk4health
6:04 PM on October 24, 2017 
Dr. Brand, I wonder if a sort of isometric exercise would work for rebuilding and preventing bone loss in jaw bones. I weight lift small weights and walk a lot, but that puts no resistance on the jaw. However, I use a jaw exercise to strengthen and tighten the facial muscles where they are prone to droop (some people call them jowls) and now wonder if it might help myself and others to prevent bone loss and even rebuild bone in that area. **EXERCISE: You place the tongue on the roof of the mouth and push the tongue to the roof (keep pushing), also at the same time trying to open your mouth slowly (not too open) while trying to smile--Keep that tongue up there pushing. I also place hands underneath the chin for resistance and set a timer and do this for 5 min--open close slowly. If a beginner, start at 1 min for a week, and work up to 5 min.** I read the reason weight lifting is so beneficial to increasing bone density and preventing bone loss is that the stress that is put on bones when you lift causes oxygen rich blood and nutrients to rush in and out, nourishing bone and making it stronger--kind of like a pump action. The office where I work put auto-handicap openers on the all restroom doors, but I notice many of the non-handicapped people push the buttons now instead of using their arm to pull open the doors. In my mind I can see how the resistance to opening the doors is even helpful -pulling the door open, and releasing and then the nourishing oxygen rich blood coming into the bone so I don't use the auto openers. Appreciate your website although I'm in Portland Oregon it's encouraging to find holistic resolutions to periodontal disease and bone loss in the jaw on your site. Thanks for all the tips! Jan
Reply Walk4health
8:14 PM on October 24, 2017 
I am hoping to use some CoQ 10 on my gums too since I learned that heart and gum tissues are very similar. I tried puncturing the capsules I take but the liquid inside is a bright orange and spicy black pepper extract used for better absorption caused me to reconsider applying to gums. There are powders available that are water soluble. Just hoping for some input from you. Thanks! Jan
Reply Baur N
6:45 AM on August 21, 2019 
Thank you for the information. When searching for information I saw this statement: "And according to my colleague, Dr. Lani Simpson, DC, CCD, strontium can show false increases in bone density on DXA scans.[i] In other words, it could make your bones look stronger than they really are."

There is literature suggesting that there is no proof that strontium actually makes the bones healthier.

I have lost one of my molar tooth due to bone resorption (because of deep periodontal pockets). And I am looking on how to prevent bone loss overall in the jaw bone. Seems like I have deep pockets in almost all of my teeth. And I am only 31 :(

Is there any side effects of strontium?

Thank you. I find your blog very helpful.