When certain bacteria create acid that attacks the enamel of the teeth and dentin (the layer underneath), cavities are formed as the teeth start to decay. Many people assume that it is impossible to reverse tooth decay once it starts.
Fortunately, there are a variety of natural ways to reverse tooth decay and heal cavities. The British Medical Journal released a study that demonstrated that the right diet has the potential to reverse tooth decay and cavities.
The study evaluated 62 children that had cavities by placing them in three separate groups based on diet. The first group consumed a regular diet along with oatmeal (which is full of phytic acid).
The second group ate a standard diet along with Vitamin D supplementation. The third group consumed a diet free of any grains and also included Vitamin D supplements.
Researchers discovered that the first group that focused on a grain-rich diet experienced an increase in their number of cavities. The second group demonstrated positive progress in terms of cavities.
The third group, who consumed a nutrient filled diet without any grains and also took Vitamin D supplements, experienced the greatest benefits. In the third group, almost all of their cavities healed up.
The study’s discoveries have been backed by many dentists and doctors who agree that diet may play a role in helping to reverse cavities and tooth decay.
Although most of us have been taught that cavities form when excess starches and sugars remain on the teeth, the British Medical Journal’s study proves that there are additional factors that affect the process.
Dr. Edward Mellanby, Dr. Ramiel Nagel, and Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Ramiel Nagel explain that four main factors promote tooth decay:
- A diet with too much processed sugar
- A diet rich in foods that contain phytic acid
- A diet lacking in fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, K, and E
- A diet lacking in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus
How to Heal Cavities & Reverse Tooth Decay
1.) Cut Out Sugar
To keep your teeth healthy and free of cavities, it is important to eliminate sugar in your diet. Sugar feeds bacteria, stops the normal flow of dental fluids, and is extremely acidic (which allows it to pull minerals from the teeth).
2.) Give Oil Pulling a Try
Oil pulling has been used as a natural way of detoxifying the body for hundreds of years. It is easy to do: simply place a tablespoon of organic coconut oil (or pure myrrh oil) in your mouth and swish around for 20 minutes before spitting it out.
If 20 minutes feels too long, try starting with 3 to 5 minutes. Oil pulling is believed to help with a variety of health issues including headaches and gingivitis.
3.) Eat Nutrient-Rich Food
Minerals and vitamins that are fat-soluble can help beat tooth decay. A diet packed with vegetables, particularly leafy greens, and healthy fats from avocados, nuts, seeds, and coconut oil, can help fight tooth decay.
4.) Get Rid of Phytic Acid in Your Diet
Phytic acid, found in seeds, grains, and beans, contain enzymes that block the absorption of minerals and pull minerals out of the body, teeth, and bones. Too much phytic acid can lead to serious health issues such as osteoporosis and mineral deficiencies.
Look for grains that are sprouted, germinated or slow cooked. So if you’re looking to buy brown rice, bread, or oatmeal—look for “germinated” or sprouted oats, sprouted grain bread, sprouted rice and even sprouted pancake and waffle mix.
Choosing grains that are sprouted and germinated are so much more healthy because it kills the phytic acid and unlocks all the nutrients so you can properly absorb all the vitamins and minerals.
5.) Use an All-Natural Mineralizing Toothpaste
Toothpaste that does not contain fluoride can be costly, but some brands are less expensive than others. I personally use Eco-Dent toothpowder which is amazing.
It contains: Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda), Tartaric Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate, Calcium Carbonate, Magnesium Carbonate, Sea Salt, Hydrated Silica, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Menthol, Anethole, Cyamopsis Tetragonoloba (guar) Gum, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Resin Extract. 100% Cruelty-free!
You can also save money by making your own remineralizing toothpaste using:
- 3 Tablespoons of diatomaceous earth clay (be sure to choose a brand that is food-grade)
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon of chlorophyll that is mint flavored
- 1/4 teaspoon of extract of peppermint
- 1 Tablespoon of water (be sure to choose filtered water)
- 1/2 teaspoon of organic extra virgin coconut oil
DIY Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe
For additional info on making your own remineralizing toothpaste, watch the video below.