You can Heal Cavities Naturally…
I know what you are thinking, ” Yeah right”. That’s what I thought too.
For the last hundred years or so people thought that once a cavity has set in there is nothing to do but run to the dentist to get it filled.
But if you catch the cavity before it starts destroying the dentin, you can heal cavities at home with remineralization and diet.
I swear it’s true and I just had to share this story with you….
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My sister in law, here after known as Kelsey had four cavities in her Mandibular first and second molars (aka: the biggest molars in your mouth).
She wasn’t thrilled about having that much drilling and filling going on so she decided to do some research on the subject before giving the dentist the okay to do more than a thousand dollars worth of work.
Beside the cost, there are some consequences that go on with modern dentistry and nasty side effects that she didn’t want either.
She did some digging into theories concerning Ancient Ayurvedic Medicine and found that for thousands of years oil pulling was prescribed for just about every ailment mouth related and not.
Healing cavities was right up there at the top of the list.
But, since she was taking a chance on healing the biggest teeth in her mouth she decided to look into remineralization as well. She decided to do a little more research and what she did was amazing…
( Disclaimer: This is not to be construed as medical advice. Every bit of what I am about to tell you is true but you should make decisions regarding your oral health by consulting YOUR dentist.)
Healing cavities is possible if the cavity has not been let go for too long. If your dentist is recommending a root canal than you have little (no) chance of healing it on your own. But, following these steps can help you avoid further problems.
I can tell you the exact steps she used to heal her cavities…and how long it took.
I have started using these tricks and my dentist says my gums and teeth have never looked better.
Step One: Brush with the right toothpaste
Each morning brush your teeth with a Remineralizing Toothpaste. There are tons on Amazon and this is the one she used..
Step Two: Oil Pulling
If you don’t know what this means, it is basically swishing oil around the mouth for 5-25 minutes without swallowing. Push and pull it through your front teeth towards your lips and through your back teeth into your cheek.
Cold pressed, organic coconut oil is most recommended because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant that “pulls” bacteria out of your gums and redeposits it into the oil.
There are a ton of other benefits like beating bad breath and combating gingivitis…if you want to learn more you can check out Ask the Dentists post on oil pulling.
PAY ATTENTION HERE: When you are finished pulling the oil through your teeth make sure to spit the oil in the trash, not in a sink or toilet because it can and will harden and plug the drain eventually.
DO NOT SWALLOW THE OIL! It’s full of nasty bacteria and can make you ill.
If you are having pain or want to step up the antibacterial properties of this step you can add a drop of clove oil to your coconut oil. This oil will temporarily relieve and numb pain.
Less is more because Clove oil is powerful and can burn your mouth if you use to much. BE CAREFUL HERE. Make sure whatever you get, it is food grade oil, not just essential oil.
Every morning Kelsey swished a tablespoon of coconut oil for 20-30 minutes. If you cant get to 30 minutes, go as long as you can.
I am more of a 15 minute type of gal when it comes to oil pulling. But I am really trying to work my way up to 20 minutes.
If you are trying to heal a cavity get as close as you can to 30 minutes without spitting the oil out.
Spit it out in the trash, rinse and go about your day….
Most of us have been taught that too much sugar and genetics are responsible for tooth decay…
While this is true, there’s more to it than that.
Diet has largely been ignored concerning remineralization of the teeth has been thought to be a myth by Western practitioners.
Stop listening….it can and has been done by plenty of people.
Step Three and Four: Get enough minerals in your diet and AVOID foods high in Phytic Acid
Remineralizing your teeth takes some extra work on your bodies part so you should be trying to make it as easy as possible.
Make sure to get enough minerals in your diet. Especially fat soluble vitamins like A,D,E and K.
Vitamin D is really important and difficult for Coloradoan’s like myself to get in the winter.
From October until May we are bundled up from head to toe…so I occasionally take a vitamin D supplement..
If you are not getting enough natural sunlight exposure ( 30 minutes a day) you should ask your doctor about taking Vitamin D.
Another supplement that is recommended for remineralization is fermented cod liver oil and butter.
It’s a little spendy and Kelsey nor I use it but it certainly won’t hurt.
Avoid sugary and high carb foods. Plenty of healthy fats help too….
Modern diets full of prepackaged foods contain a lot of sugar and carbs. They make us fat, sick and are destroying our teeth…
Quit eating prepackaged foods at least while you are working on healing your cavity.
Adding leafy greens and homemade bone broth to a healthy diet will help you get enough minerals.
If you are short on time you can buy organic, grass fed bone broth just as well.
The Keto Diet is ideal for healing your teeth.
If you haven’t checked out the Benefits of the Keto Diet, you should. The benefits are amazing and will help you lose weight and improve your dental health at the same time.
Whether you are or are not into Keto, here is a list of foods high in Phytic Acid that you should avoid….I will get to why you want to avoid it while you are actively healing cavities.
What is Phytic Acid?
Phytic acid is a phosphorus molecule that is not easily absorbed and actually is converted into phytates. These molecules have a structure that is ideal for “binding” with other minerals which makes them unavailable for your body to absorb as well.
Calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc will be less available for your body to absorb unless you limit these foods that are high in Phytic Acid while you are trying to take care of your teeth. Studies show that geographical areas of high consumption of these foods experience more osteoporosis, bone deformation like narrow jaws in children and a higher rate of cavities.
That doesn’t mean that these foods (on the list) aren’t valuable for other reasons…just take it easy and remember less is more.
Recap of Steps to Heal Cavities Naturally…
- Brush your teeth with remineralizing toothpaste.
- Pull oil every morning after brushing your teeth.( This isn’t something you can overdo so do it at night too if you want to.)
- Eat foods that promote healing.
- Use supplements if needed.
I am sure that I don’t need to remind you to stop smoking if you do…smoking causes a host of problems but gum disease and cavities are the subject of the day and cigarettes will wreck your teeth.
Avoid acidic foods and those that contain sugar and starches. Keep alcohol use to a minimum because they are acidic and dry out you mouth especially if consumed late at night.
If you want to use mouthwash at night make sure it’s alcohol free. Dry mouth causes cavities and alcohol causes a dry mouth. Kelsey used it but I prefer salt water at night (recommended by my dentist to keep my gums healthy).
Remember, I am just doing maintenance and not trying to heal my teeth. I haven’t had a cavity for over 30 years but as time marches on I want to try as hard as I can to keep my pearly whites for the rest of my life….
If you try these methods could you please drop me a line in the comments and let others know what happened?
After all, we’re all in this together!