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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 Fran
9:24 AM on September 5, 2015 
This is such important information. Great how you put it all together so that it is easy to follow. Thank you for writing this.
Reply Dr. Brand
4:00 PM on September 8, 2015 
i appreciate the positive feedback. Thank you Fran..
Reply mitch
4:46 PM on October 27, 2015 
I love this! Thanks for these helpful blogs
Reply Carol P
1:03 PM on July 30, 2016 
Your site is giving me hope after hearing from my oral surgeon yesterday that due to bone loss I may lose my implants. Thank you for your post. I've ordered k2, collagen, Celtic salt and strontium from Amazon. I already take multivitamins and just bought extra calcium and vitamin d yesterday. One question: I'm taking milk thistle and digestive enzymes. Do I need to take these separately from the strontium?
Reply Dr. Brand
8:14 PM on July 30, 2016 
It is always best to take the strontium away from other supplements and away from food. Minerals in the other supplements/food may compete with its absorption.
Reply Barbara McKinley
1:29 PM on August 8, 2016 
Thank you so much for such great information ♥
Reply Pat
2:39 PM on August 10, 2016 
following the suggested nutrients necessary to rebuild human bone, what would be the time line for any results?
Reply anon
3:39 PM on August 11, 2016 
I'm 15 and I think I have dental bone loss. I got the 2nd to the last molar extracted 3 years ago, and my last molar shifted towards the space where my tooth once was. I'm too young for implants and bone grafting. Is there anyway to reverse these effects? I really don't want to develop facial asymmetry, but it feels like my left jaw feels slightly smaller. Help!
Reply Dr. Brand
4:01 PM on August 11, 2016 
Hi Pat,
A minimum of 6 to 9 months, but long term effects, at least a year.
Reply Dr. Brand
4:05 PM on August 11, 2016 
Hey Anon,
Bone loss is very common when a permanent tooth is extracted. So unfortunate when it happens to a very young person.
It would be best to see an orthodontist to see if something can be done to open the space or move the tooth to a better position. Then use some type of dental space maintainer to hold the space for a future restoration.
3:23 AM on August 12, 2016 
Dr. my name is pankaj from india my age is 31 years. i m suffering from bone loss that causes my tooth saking. suggest me medicine for recover bone between my teeth. you have mention lots of vitamin but i m unable to understand that which medicine i have to take, kindly give medicine (vitamin) list with instruction (how to take). regards, pankaj kumar jaiswal.
Reply Carol P
2:11 PM on August 18, 2016 
Dr. Brand,
I think the strontium is giving me headaches. Is that possible?
Reply Dr. Brand
5:45 PM on August 18, 2016 
Any supplement could produce a side-effect, depending on the individual and their sensitivities. It is best to stop it for a week, and try again to see if this is the culprit. Some supplements have other ingredients added to it and this may also be a problem. It is best to consult with your doctor for advice
Reply Deb Jacklin
2:50 PM on August 28, 2016 
I've read a bit about strontium and there seem to be conflicting views about it. Can you recommend where I might do further research?
Reply Dr. Brand
3:49 PM on August 28, 2016 
Go to Google Scholar or Pubmed and put 'strontium studies' in the search engine.
Reply sharon eddy
6:40 PM on November 26, 2016 
I went to mexico in 2015 they pulled all my teeth and put implants in crooked and told me I may loose my bottom implants. I summized this a little. I couldnt get back and pay additional 10,000 and had to have my implants removed here in the usa. I wanted to know if I would ever be able to grow my bone back where teeth was and get implants again? my phone number is 907 355 6705
Reply Elyse O'Connor
2:20 PM on November 29, 2016 
Do you know anyone in the Boston area who works more with alternative dentistry for periodontal disease and bone loss?
Reply Dr. Brand
12:39 PM on November 30, 2016 
Hi Elyse, Please contact to find a biologically inclined dentist in your area.
Reply T.
12:05 PM on December 18, 2016 

I came across your blog recently and found it very enlightening. After reading this post, I've gone out and purchased the products you've recommended and have begun taking/implementing them. I do have 2 questions: 1. Can pink Himalayan salt be used instead of gray Celtic salt? 2. Do you have any holistic healing advice/recommendations for swollen/protruding and receding gums with loose teeth?
Reply K
12:04 PM on January 6, 2017 
Great information -- so important to know dosing instructions about what not to take it with.... so many people just swallow away without realizing that the timing and combination of the vitamins are critical.... would you please provide a bit more info about the best form of magnesium to take and what else it can/cannot be taken with? Thanks !!!!!