Tooth decay invariably leads to painful drilling and expensive billing. Tooth decay or cavities mainly result not from the bacteria in the oral cavity but due to our modern diets which are abundant in carbohydrates and high fructose corn syrup. We have been erroneously taught that we cannot fix a cavity ourselves. However, there are proven ways in which people have not just prevented cavities between their teeth; but have also gotten rid of cavities naturally. Dr. Weston Price –former head of research at Nation Dental Association- believes that nearly 90% of dental cavities can be re-mineralized through nutritional improvements and dietary changes alone.
Following are the 16 proven and effective home remedies to get rid of cavities on your own:
1. Start with positive affirmation
Mind heals the body and even the author of famous book: ‘Cure Your Cavities’ Dr. Ramiel Nagel starts the book by asking his readers to reaffirm their faith in the fact that they can heal and fix their cavities without going to a dentist. He recommends that as the first step, you get in touch with yourself, and with nature in order to make proper food choices. This is the first and most important step in how to heal cavity between teeth.
2. Understand what causes tooth decay
Tooth decay is not caused by bacteria but by carbohydrates like sugary juices, packaged foods, refined flour products like cookies and cakes etc, particles of which get left behind on the teeth for long periods of time. Once you understand that it is your diet alone that has the ability to cause and heal tooth cavities, then you will have greater control in healing and preventing tooth decay.
3. Study the role between native diet and tooth decay immunity
In his book Cure tooth Decay, Dr. Nagel examined the diets of many native Swiss origin people and found them to have complete immunity to tooth decay and caries. The original Swiss diet primarily constituted of the following:
- Rye bread
- Milk of goats or cows
- Small portions of butter once a week
- Vegetables and barley consumed daily
- Soup from animal bones
Likewise, the doctor also studied the diet in people living in the Outer Hebrides off Scotland and found total immunity to tooth decay. Here too, the diet mainly comprised of the following:
- Seafood like lobster, oyster, clams etc
He also studied many plant based diets as seen in hunter gatherers such as the Aborigines of Australia. Here also the diet mainly comprised of berries, roots, stems, leaves, birds and bird eggs.
From these native diets, Dr. Nagel concluded that the best diet to prevent tooth decay is the one that is low in refined carbohydrates and sugar and high in good fats essential for absorption of fat-soluble vitamins like A, D, E and K. Therefore, he recommends that we consume organic eggs and lean meat (not sourced from farm raised animals but grass fed ones), organic fruits, berries, roots, tubers, leaves, stems of green leafy vegetables, etc.
4. Use vitamins and minerals to prevent tooth decay
Adults need minerals and vitamins in following amounts:
- Calcium- 1.5 grams daily
- Phosphorus 2 grams
- Vitamin A- 2000 to 4000 IU
- Vitamin D 1,000 to 4,000 IU
- 30-70% calories from good fats (olive and coconut oil, walnuts, avocados, flax seeds)
5. Treating dental cavity in children without dentist
In order to prevent and reverse tooth decay in children use Dr. Weston’s diet:
- Give the child 4 ounces of orange/tomato juice with a teaspoon of cod liver oil before each meal.
- Give the child rich vegetable and meat stews made with bone marrow meat, plenty of carrots, and other cruciferous vegetables preferably from organic whole food stores.
- Use freshly ground grains to make rolls and spread them with high vitamin butter
- Make the child drink at least 2 glasses of fresh whole milk
- Cereal grains with complete germ and embryo ground to make breads and rolls
- Eliminate refined carbs and sugars as far as possible.
- Lots of green vegetables, cooked fruit
6. Re-mineralize teeth with vitamins A and D
To re-mineralize teeth in order to reverse small cavities, you need high amounts of fat soluble vitamins A and D. Vitamin D is found abundantly in Fermented cod liver oil, salmon, herring, oysters, halibut, mackerel and caviar, shrimp etc. You can eat plenty of duck eggs, high vitamin butter or ghee (clarified butter), chicken liver, goat cheese and salmon to get daily recommended values of vitamins A and d.
7. Use Cod liver oil to heal cavities
Dosage of cod liver oil to heal cavities is: ¼ to ½ tsp 3 times a day for adults and teenagers.
8. Good broth heals teeth
Broths and stews made from animals bones heals teeth and reverses small cavities. Drink them like tea daily to stop dental cavities and get adequate calcium necessary for strong teeth.
9. Avoid certain fruits
Fruits like berries are good to eat in moderation. But when you are looking to reverse dental cavities and are also suffering from high blood sugar, then you must limit intake of fruits like dates, peaches, pineapples, blueberries, and bananas until the cavity is healed.
10. Avoid sugar and sweeteners
If you have active tooth decay which you wish to heal on your own, stay away from sugar and artificial sweeteners. Use the following in place of sugar:
- Raw unheated honey harvested under 93 F
- Maple syrup- organic Grade B only
- Real cane sugar
11. Protein is necessary to rebuild holes in teeth
Protein is also essential in each meal when looking to reverse tooth decay as it is one of the key building materials. Go for good quality muscle meats like chicken, fish, beef etc. Grass fed dried aged beef is best for it is tasty and easy to digest protein. Vegetarians can get proteins from soy, cheese, raw milk and whey products.
12. Consume nuts in moderation
People with minor cavities should consider avoiding nuts altogether until the cavities heal. Avoid commercially available nut butters. If you do consume nuts, make sure you have them with roasted and with plenty of vitamin C (broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, mustard greens etc) and calcium (raw milk, cheese etc) rich foods. Remove skins from almonds as they are full of plant toxins.
13. Have at least one fermented food daily
Fermented foods give good bacteria that counter harmful bacteria. Eat plenty of kefir, yogurt, miso, sauerkraut etc.
14.Do oil pulling in the morning upon waking up
The oil pulling technique is a traditional Ayurvedic method of reversing tooth decay by gargling with coconut oil or sesame oil. First thing upon waking up, instead of brushing your teeth with commercial toothpastes, gargle using any organic oil and swish it through the mouth for 20 minutes before spitting it out. Do not swallow the oil, as it contains toxins and bacteria.
15. Drink lots of water through the day
A minimum of 8-10 glasses of water is a must to keep dental cavities at bay. Water flushes out remaining food particles and increases saliva production. This, in turn, prevents dryness of mouth, gum disease, bad breath and subsequent dental cavities.
16. Use SLS free toothpastes
Many chemical based tooth-pastes also contain sugar and a detergent-like material called SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate. This ingredient causes the foaming action of the toothpaste but is now being linked to allergic reactions and canker sores. Thankfully, many good herbal types of toothpaste are available or you could make your own with the guidelines given here.
Use these 16 home remedies to get rid of cavities naturally on your own. How long it takes to heal cavities with these remedies depends on the depth and location of the cavity. In general, Dr. Nagel believes that these dietary protocols should help you re-mineralize your teeth in 6 weeks. Good luck!