There is a common belief today about cavities that once you have tooth decay, that cavity can NOT be reversed. Then the only solution to oral wellness is to have part of your tooth drilled out and filled with a synthetic material. However, it’s been proven that there are ways to reverse cavities naturally.In fact, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal, cavities and tooth decay could potentially be reversed with diet. A study was performed on 62 children with cavities, and they were divided into three different diet groups. Group 1 ate a standard diet plus oatmeal (rich in phytic acid). Group 2 consumed a normal diet and supplemented with vitamin D. Group 3 ate a grain-free diet and took vitamin D. The results found that Group 1 who had a diet high in grains and phytic acid had an increase in cavities. Group 2 had improvements in cavities and less form. Group 3, who followed a grain-free diet with nutrient-rich foods like vegetables, fruits, meat, and milk and took vitamin D, saw the greatest improvements — nearly all cavities were healed.Many doctors and dentists have backed the findings of this study, suggesting that diet can in fact help those suffering with cavities to reverse their tooth decay. While we’ve been led to believe that tooth decay occurs when foods containing sugars and starches are left on the teeth, this study shows there are more factors at work.
Causes for tooth decay
According to Dr. Edward Mellanby, Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Ramiel Nagel, there are four main things that contribute to tooth decay:
Lack of minerals in the diet (deficiencies of magnesium, calcium and phosphorus)
Lack of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K)
Too much consumption of phytic acid-rich foods
Too much consumption of processed sugar
Tooth decay is another message from our bodies that something is out of balance. Tooth health is kept in check with proper nutrition, not dentistry or fluoride. In fact, fluoride doesn’t make teeth stronger and it actually puts our health at risk.
How to reverse cavities naturally
In addition to brushing and flossing daily, there are several ways you can reverse cavities naturally and maximize your oral health without resorting to taking in fluoride. Here are just a few ways to reverse cavities naturally for you to consider, while also avoiding fluoride.
1. Oil Pulling
Used for centuries by Ayurvedic medicine, oil pulling is a fantastic oral detoxification procedure that has gained some popularity in the U.S. the last several years. Simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, this simple oral detoxification procedure has been praised to cure everything from gingivitis to headaches to systemic diseases like diabetes. Use coconut oil or MCT oil and a drop or two of clove and/or tea tree essential oils for maximal antiseptic and antifungal power. The best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed.Spit the spent oil in the trash rather than into the sink, as an accumulation of oil could pose problems for household plumbing down the road.Immediately afterward, rinse your mouth out with warm water. Use salt water for added antimicrobial properties. Don’t be shocked if the oil/saliva mixture you spit out is milky white or yellow.Finally, brush your teeth as normal.
2. Mineralizing Toothpaste
Fluoride-free toothpaste are expensive, but there are several brands of fluoride-free toothpaste that you won’t have to pay a small fortune to get your hands on. If you’re looking to remineralize your teeth in a particularly powerful way, try making your own homemade remineralizing toothpaste: Mix the below ingredients and use it to brush your teeth.
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons baking soda (aluminium-free)
1 tablespoon xylitol or 1/8 teaspoon stevia
20 drops peppermint or clove essential oil
20 drops trace minerals or (calcium/magnesium powder)
3. Phytic Acid
Phytic acid is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor that’s found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans that are not organic or GMO-free. It can cause serious health problems, such as mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis. Phytic acid prevents you from absorbing the minerals in your food, while leaching minerals out of your body, bones and teeth. Avoid foods high in phytic acid by choosing organic and GMO-free.
4. Nutrient-Rich Foods
Beating tooth decay requires an increase in fat-soluble vitamins and minerals. A diet full of vegetables – especially leafy green vegetables, and foods high in healthy fats such as coconut oil and avocado, along with nuts and seeds can help create the ideal diet for battling tooth decay. Raw dairy is filled with the vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy dental fluid flow and help maintain strong teeth and promote oral wellness. It is loaded with calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, magnesium, phosphorus and fat-soluble vitamins,
Probably the worst culprit of them all for anyone who desires healthy, cavity-free teeth, sugar should be avoided like the plague. So kick that sugar addiction stat. Not only does sugar feed oral bacteria that prevents a healthy flow of dental fluids, but it’s highly acidic and can literally decalcify or demineralize the structural content of teeth that create dental decay. This means staying away from soda, candy and baked goods with sugar. Additionally, use raw honey and maple syrup, and drink juices sparingly, as too much sugar can contribute to cavity formation.