You don’t need a dentist to help you reverse cavities and tooth decay. Nature has all the answers! In fact, it is a myth that tooth decay cannot be reversed – and it’s been proven, too!
In a study published by The British Medical Journal, cavities and tooth decay were found to be easily reversed with diet alone. Children with cavities were given three separate diets; 1) standard diet plus oatmeal (rich in phytic acid), 2) normal diet supplemented with vitamin D, and 3) grain-free diet with supplemented vitamin D. The third group saw the greatest improvements, and nearly all cavities were healed.
Preventing cavities with nutrient-rich food is possible. But first lets start with how tooth decay is caused.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Diet has a huge impact on oral health. In fact, there are many cultures around the world who have perfect teeth. Meanwhile, these people have no access to dentists or modern toothpaste.
Dr. Edward and May Mellanby, as well as Dr. Weston A. Price (all dentists), discovered the important roles of nutrients in oral health, after years of research. They all came to the same general conclusions that determined tooth structure and health:
1. The presence of adequate minerals in the diet.
2. The presence of enough fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) in the diet.
3. How well the body is absorbing said nutrients, and their bio-availability.
4. Consuming less processed sugar, and less phytic acid-rich foods.
I keep bringing up the term phytic acid. This compound is found in all grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. Phytic acid (also called phytate in its salt form) is an anti-nutrient that binds to magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron in your intestines and takes them out of your body. People consuming large amounts of phytic acid-containing foods will then lose calcium and absorb other minerals at lower rates.
High phytic acid content in foods is also attributable to the use of high phosphorous fertilizer by farmers. Not only are seeds, nuts, legumes and grains affected, but bran, oatmeal and soy are, too. You can by-pass most of the phytic acid in seeds, nuts, legumes and grains by sprouting them beforehand, but things like soy, oatmeal, and bran, you can’t really do anything about (and considering soy is in basically every food product on the planet, it is hard to avoid).
Now that we’ve talked about what causes tooth decay – how do we stop it, and reverse any damage done?
How To Naturally Reverse Cavities
As we have seen above, in the study published by The British Medical Journal, tooth decay and cavities can easily be reversed by some diet-related changes. It is also crucial that we brush our teeth daily, preferably with fluoride-free toothpaste. Why avoid fluoride? Check out the article I wrote here.
1. Eliminate Phytic Acid
As mentioned above, this means eliminating foods that are high in phytic acid. This includes things like soy, beans, wheat, nuts, seeds, and legumes. If you can’t remove these foods, then be sure to soak, sprout and ferment (if you eat wheat) them.
2. Remove Refined Sugar
All refined sugar should definitely be avoided. It feeds oral bacteria which prevents a healthy flow of dental fluids. It is also highly acidic and demineralizes and decalcifies the teeth (which eventually leads to tooth decay). Stay clear of baked goods, candy, and soda. Raw un-pasteurized honey can be used as a replacement, in moderation.
3. Consume Nutrient-Rich Foods
Nutrient-dense foods like dark leafy greens, ripe fruit, root vegetables, and nuts, seeds and beans that have been soaked and sprouted are great options to improve the quality of your teeth and reverse tooth decay. Processed, packaged and fast foods should all be eliminated. In terms of vitamin D, make sure you get in the sun daily, and if not, supplement with a D3 supplement.
4. Include Healthy Fats In Your Diet
Including healthy fats in your diet like avocado, chia seeds, coconut, and hemp seeds are a great option to strengthen and provide the body with beneficial fatty acids.
Oil-pulling is one method you can utilize to help get rid of the build-up of harmful bacteria on the teeth (a major cause of cavities). Oil pulling is an ancient method that is used to get rid of gingivitis, cavities, and bleeding gums – not to mention a myriad of other health benefits.
6. Make Your Own Mineralizing Toothpaste
Making your own fluoride-free toothpaste is simple, and a great alternative to using products that harm our teeth more than help them. How I make mine is by combing 1/2 cup coconut oil with 1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda. I then add 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil (you can also add wintergreen essential oil if you please).
7. Brush With Activated Charcoal
I love using activated charcoal to whiten my teeth. It helps to get rid of various kinds of toxins and poisons, especially when it comes to getting rid of bacteria from your teeth, and healing your dental cavities.
8. Drink Enough Water
Drinking 2-3 litres of water a day will help promote saliva flow, which is vital for a healthy mouth and digestion. Adequate saliva flow in the mouth helps kill bacteria, and contains minerals and proteins that protect tooth enamel and prevent decay and gum disease.