How to Reverse Cavities Naturally and Heal Tooth Decay

heal-cavities-naturally-dr-axeThere is a common belief today about cavities that once you have tooth decay, that cavity can NOT be reversed or healed. Then the only solution is to have part of your tooth drilled out and filled with a synthetic material.

But according to a study published in the British Medical Journal cavities and tooth decay could potentially be healed or 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 their 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 rich in vegetables, fruits, meat, milk and took vitamin D saw the greatest improvements in which nearly all cavities healed.

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This study along with the backing of many doctors and dentists is proving we have been misinformed about what causes cavities and if they can truly be reversed.

Dentist Ramiel Nagel who authored the book Cure Tooth Decay has helped many of his patients “reverse” their tooth decay and would rather not put in fillings. He believes that you can prevent and heal cavities with nutrition.

In this article I am going to go over the causes of tooth decay and how it may be prevented and in many cases even reversed.

The Cause of Tooth Decay

To understand the link between diet and tooth decay we must start with one of the most well-respected dentists who ever lived Weston A. Price.

West A. Price lived in the early 1900’s and was the chairman of the National Dental Association (1914-1923), and a pioneer for the ADA.

Weston Price traveled the world searching to discover what causes tooth decay. Dr. Price found a common link between eating modern foods and cavities. He witness that many indigenous isolated tribes had perfect teeth and little tooth decay. But once they were exposed to a western diet they experienced tooth decay, bone loss and chronic illness.

According to the American Dental Association this is the cause of tooth decay:

“[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.”

But the truth is the ADA is only hitting on 1 of the 4 things that could contribute to tooth decay.

According to the insights of Dr. Edward Mellanby, Dr. Weston Price and Dr. Ramiel Nagel there are 4 main things that contribute to tooth decay:

  1. Lack of minerals in the diet (calcium, magnesium and phosphorus)
  2. Lack of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) (especially D)
  3. Too much consumption of Phytic Acid rich foods
  4. Too much consumption of processed sugar

Let’s discuss the 4 aspects that cause tooth decay and how they can be addressed with diet.

How to Reverse Cavities Naturally

Don’t be fooled, there in addition to brushing and flossing daily, there are several ways you can reverse cavities and maximizes your oral health without resorting to taking in fluoride. Here are just a few for you to consider:

Removing Sugar – Probably the worst culprit of them all for anyone who desires healthy, cavity-free teeth, sugar should be avoided like the plague. Not only does sugar feed oral bacteria that prevents a healthy flow of dental fluids, it is 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. Be careful of artificial sweeteners because of their health risks as well. Bottom line: Make stevia your new best friend along with raw honey in moderation!

Removing Phytic Acid – Phytic acid (phytate) is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans which can serious health problems in our diets. The main reason phytic acid has become an issue today is because we have stopped ancient food preparation techniques such as sprouting or sourdough fermentation which kills off the phytic acid.



According to research published in the The Lancet a diet high in phytic acid will create mineral deficiencies and cause osteoporosis.

80% of phosphorus in grains and beans is bound to phytic acid so it is completely un-absorbable. In addition to blocking phosphorus availability in humans, these molecules bind minerals necessary for oral health such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc; thus, causing them to be unavailable for proper utilization. Consuming foods high in phytic acid decreases magnesium absorption by 60% and zinc by 20%.

Phytic acid not only doesn’t allow you to absorb in minerals in your food, it also leaches minerals out of your body, bones and teeth!

Subsequently, the powerful anti-nutritional effects of phytic acid have been known to cause digestive disorders, lack of appetite, nutrient deficiencies, and tooth decay. A good rule of thumb is to limit your grain consumption and stay completely clear from unfermented soy products. Because phytic acid is much higher in foods grown using modern high-phosphate fertilizers than those grown in natural compost, try to only eat foods that are organic and GMO-free.

If you are aiming to improve your health and reverse cavities, foods high in phytic acid like grains, beans, nuts and soy should be avoided. However, if you soak grains or nuts and then sprout them or do sourdough fermentation you can reduce phytic acid by around 50 – 100%.

Raw Dairy and Nutrient Rich FoodsRaw dairy is filled with the vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy dental fluid flow and help maintain strong teeth. Loaded with calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, magnesium, phosphorus, and fat-soluble vitamins it is a good idea to consume raw dairy products at least weekly. I recommend goat’s milk kefir, raw cheeses and organic grass-fed butter are great options.

Remember, if you’re going to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat soluble vitamin intake and mineral intake. If I were creating an ideal diet to follow, it would look like this:

  • Rich in animal foods like bone broth, meat, fish and eggs.
  • Raw and cooked vegetables especially green leafy vegetables.
  • Raw dairy like kefir, cheese and grass-fed butter
  • Fruit one piece daily early in day
  • High vitamin D – get plenty of sunshine and days not in sun supplement with 5,000IU daily of D3.
  • Foods high in healthy fat like coconut oil, avocado, olives and fish or fermented cod liver oil.
  • Fermented grains only and in moderation such as true sourdough bread (or even better no grains at all). You can buy raw flours and breads here: bluemountainorganics.com and wisechoicemarket.com
  • Nuts, seeds and beans only that have been sprouted. You can find sprouted nuts and seeds at: bluemountainorganics.com.
  • Finally, NO processed food, packaged food or fast food.

Mineralizing Tooth Paste – First of all, I know it can get 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. Second, if you’re looking to save a buck or two and also want to remineralize your teeth in a particularly powerful way, try making your own!

  • 4 tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Baking Soda (aluminum free)
  • 1 tbsp. xylitol or 1/8 tsp. stevia
  • 20 drops peppermint or clove essential oil
  • 20 drops trace  minerals or (calcium/magnesium powder)

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 process has been praised to cure everything from gingivitis to headaches to systemic diseases like diabetes! 
If you can’t do 20 minutes, 3-5 minutes is still good. I recommend using coconut oil or MCT Oil and a drop or two of clove and/or tea tree essential oils for maximal antiseptic and antifungal power. Here are some tips:

  • The best time to oil pull (like most other detoxification procedures) is first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed.
  • Don’t let the 20 minutes time frame deter you. You won’t even notice 20 minutes have gone by if you do this during your normal morning routine (i.e. while you shower, put your clothes on and prep for the day).
  • Immediately afterwards, 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.

Note: This should be a relative relaxing process, so don’t feel compelled to vigorously swish your mouth with oil for the entire time or else you’re bound to get sore jaw muscles. Simply and gently move the oil in your mouth and through your teeth without swallowing any of it.

In a nutshell, these are the best ways to naturally reverse cavities. Take charge of your oral wellness today and show off your new, healthy smile with pride!

References:

Mellanby M, Pattison CL. The Influence of a Cereal-Free Diet Rich in Vitamin D And Calcium on Dental Caries in Children. British Medical Journal 1932; 1(37): 507-510.

Guyenet, Stephan. Reversing Tooth Decay. Available at: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/03/reversing-tooth-decay.html.

Nagel R. Living with phytic acid. Available at: http://www.westonaprice.org/food-features/living-with-phytic-acid.

Southward K. The systemic theory of dental caries. General Dentistry 2011; 59(5): 367-73.

Wills MR and others. Phytic Acid and Nutritional Rickets in Immigrants. The Lancet, April 8, 1972, 771-773.

Navert B and Sandstrom B. Reduction of the phytate content of bran by leavening in bread and its effect on zinc absorption in man. British Journal of Nutrition 1985 53:47-53;

Bohn T, et al. Phytic acid added to white-wheat bread inhibits fractional apparent magnesium absorption in humans. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2004 79:418 –23.

Dephytinization of wheat bran by fermentation with bakers’ yeast, incubation with barley malt flour and autoclaving at different pH levels. Journal of Cereal Science 2008 48(2):471-476.

Wellness Mama. Homemade remineralizing toothpaste recipe. Available at: http://wellnessmama.com/2500/homemade-remineralizing-toothpaste-recipe/.

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23 comments so far - add yours!

  1. Laurence says:

    link to article please? if true amazingh

  2. Marvin says:

    Hi there,

    I have remineralized my tooth and posted picture evidence on my blog site – http://www.marvinsblogsite.com/?p=11

    But what I did was mostly take supplements and drink lots of water.

  3. Joanna Hicks says:

    Love your emails, the health info is Great! But please consider making the articles ‘Print Friendly’!
    And more should be written and emphasized on the necessity of ‘oil pulling’. A marvelous, healing
    tool that most of America has never heard of…
    Thanks for All that you do,
    Joanna Hicks, Raleigh, NC

  4. Stephanie Frankhauser says:

    I was frantically writing all this down because I couldn’t print out! Loved tbe info but wish I could print out to save for reference!

  5. Frank Brown says:

    If you have a mouth full of amalgam fillings do you still recommend oil pulling? I have heard it might pull the particles from between the fillings and the teeth creating potential issues. Any input would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I still think it would be beneficial to do lightly for 5 minutes 3 days a week. Long term, I would visit a DAMS certified mercury safe dentist and get a consultation about getting the fillings replaced.

  6. chloe atkins says:

    How lond does this take to work and will it work if ive got a temporary filling in
    thanks

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Once you have a filling in it may be too late. Most people will notice a tremendous difference in their gums and teeth in just 30 days. Give it a full 90 days through if you are getting tested by a dentist.

  7. Mercedes says:

    Thanks for this cool article – I had a question:

    Although I understand beer is not the best thing in the world, I really love it, and it makes up most of my grain consumption. I was wondering – since it goes through a soaking/malting/roasting/fermentation process, does it contain less phytic acid? I know that it’s essentially just sugar, but grain free ciders taste much too sweet, and wine does nothing for me.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Listen to how your body reacts. Also, there are gluten-free beers that many people do well with. I have never seen any research on how beer processing changes phytic acid.

  8. Kurt says:

    This article is misleading. I agree, and even most dentists will tell you that very small “incipient” cavities that have not reached dentin can indeed be remineralized simply by altering the types of food you take in. But once decay reaches dentin – especially if it is several millimeters deep into dentin, it CANNOT be reversed by diet. Once it reaches this point, the ONLY way to address the decay is to have it removed by a dentist and restored with restorative material. It is inaccurate to present this information in such a way that people think ALL cavities can be fixed this way, because so many cannot. KW, DDS

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Hi Kurt, I do not believe all cavities can be reversed and I agree as stated in the article that you reach a point where the cavity cannot be reversed. But I have had several people with cavities follow this protocol and have healed tooth decay. Many cavities that people with present with are not several millimeters into the dentin yet, but of course some are as you are saying. Thanks for the feedback and appreciate your insight.

  9. Kurt says:

    Thank you for clarifying – I didn’t really get from the article that some cannot be reversed. We are certainly in agreement on the incipient caries – including reversal of these lesions. I would just hate for someone to let a more extensive lesion go without professional intervention thinking it too would resolve with only dietary modification. And be assured – myself and most of my colleagues are all about prevention through diet and good hygiene practices to avoid time spent sitting in our dental chairs. Be well!

  10. Banana says:

    Hi Dr. Axe! Im a big fan of your podcast and have been tuning in for a while now, I love it!
    I’m wondering if oil pulling is safe for those of us with a mouthful of silver fillings?

  11. Bazal says:

    Peace be upon you Sir,
    I have filling in down most left teeth… but now i’m feeling something exactly above on that (upper most left teeth) i’m afraid that i have to go again to doctor and have filling in that … I’m from Pakistan Sir. Please help me by pointing to simple points which can help me Because here it is difficult and expensive you know all that goat milk kefir,fish,meat. I’m just confused my age is 18 please give me a simple short chart giving instructions which can help me.
    Regards, KHAN

  12. Fran says:

    Hi I drink alot of coffee during the say is this ok if I only have half a teaspoon of sugar.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      If you are consuming 1/2 a tsp of sugar in each coffee and are consuming a lot of coffee throughout the day, this could add up a large amount of sugar. This is especially true considering the amount of hidden sugars in most foods. I would try to wean yourself off of drinking that much coffee and sugar.

  13. Ann says:

    I have bone loss in my lower jaw. I have lost 1 tooth and the dentist would love to pull one on the other side. Is it possible to reverse the bone loss and not lose another tooth?
    Thank you.

  14. Brain says:

    Hello doctor

    i want to ask about if i have a filling in my tooth and then get rid of it by drilling and use the oil pulling way will my tooth regrow or refixes itself?
    this filling makes me keep thinking about it so i can not study well

    and if not the oil pulling then is there a way for doing so? and anyway how will it take long for the tooth to get back as it was?

    thank you

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