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: and
  • Nuts, seeds and beans only that have been sprouted. You can find sprouted nuts and seeds at:
  • 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!


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.

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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:

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136 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 –

    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!

    • Leslee says:

      I agree. Print-friendly versions would be great. In the meantime, though, have you tried Print Preview? (right click and select Print Preview, select a size you think would be best and then click on the printer icon in the upper left corner, and in the window that pops up select in the lower left Page Range section what pages you want to print (like 1 or 1-2)… then hit Print)… that’s what I do if I want to print a less print-friendly article without the comments printing out too!

  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!

  6. chloe atkins says:

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

    • 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.

      • Jason says:

        Josh, it is absolutely not too late to remineralize a tooth if a filling is in place.

        The teeth heal from within via the pulp providing minerals to form new dentin. This is extremely important as it is the barrier that protects bacteria, virus, and foreign proteins from entering the blood stream.

        I have before and after pictures showing my teeth remineralizing, by the way, so I have gone through this process.

  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.

    • Jason says:

      Beer contains alcohol (obi), yeast, gluten, and phytic acid. All of these chelate (bind with) minerals in the body necessary for healing.

      Malting (fermenting) absolutely reduces phytic acid. There are thousands of studies showing that fermenting reduces phytic acid. However, there is still lots of phytic acid that remains in beer.

      Bottom line, you can still drink beer and remineralize teeth. But…and this is a big but, you must be very on point with the rest of your diet and you must keep the beer to a minimum. Don’t go crazy with it. The closer to perfect you can be, the faster the teeth will heal. Cod liver oil and butter oil (ghee) are crucial, along with the rest of the dietary advice given above.

  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.

    • Jason says:

      Kurt, I absolutely disagree and I have proof showing otherwise. Teeth contain pulp contain odontoblasts which form dentin. This process is called dentinogenisis.

      If one keeps the mouth clean and follows a diet low in sugar, phytates, lectins along with providing fat soluble vitamins and minerals, the teeth can absolute heal themselves. If you would like to see proof of this, I will gladly share pictures of my own teeth healing caries from Jan 2014 that reach down into the dentin and in Aug 2014 they’re completely healed.

      • Emma says:

        That sounds so interesting! I am also trying to improve my teeth health… would you mind sharing with us at least one before and after picture of it? Thanks!

      • Dr. Josh Axe says:

        I would search some other sites where people have posted their personal results.

      • Mya says:

        Hi Jason
        I read your contribution and am very pleased to hear that you have personal experience that even teeth with fillings can heal themselves. Could you kindly share some of your before and after pictures?

        Thank you in advance, Mya

      • Dr. Josh Axe says:

        I have not personally taken my own pictures. I would search some other sites where people have posted their personal results.

    • Nissa says:

      Not true!! At all!! I know some one who lost a filling down to the dentin. Put the pharmacy grade filling material in it he got him self and started on the diet ASAP.! His tooth formed a layer of calcium between the dentin and temp filling. When the temp fell out he had no pain and went to the dentist just to check and was told his tooth had pushed the temp filling out. He still had a hole but it was half the size. He has done nothing 1.5 years later he has a dimple in the tooth where a huge hole use to be. What the tooth Can’t do is heal if there is a filling in it . God and nature can heal anything!

      • Jaccie says:

        This is so awesome to see all of these comments on how people have healed their cavities. My 7 year old son was told a month ago that he needed 2-3 teeth pulled and had multiple cavities that have gone through several layers of surface. We went for an exam yesterday and they said all of his cavities are only 1 surface now and the one that was 4 surfaces deep is now only 2 surfaces deep! All the black decay in his teeth are gone and NONE of them bother him! No more teeth need to be pulled! I had him oil pulling at least 5 or 6 times a week with organic virgin coconut oil and I have also been giving him liquid Calcium magnesium Citrate with Vitamin D3 daily. The first 2 weeks I was giving him Cod Liver Oil as well… but he HATED taking it! This stuff works!! If you can heal a broken bone in other parts of your body, then of course you can heal your teeth! Every other part of our body heals itself if properly cared for :) Try this – what do you have to lose? other than tooth decay :)

  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

  15. Linda says:

    Very interested in this. My 2 1/2 year old daughter has her four front teeth decaying terribly fast. She brushes and doesn’t sleep with a bottle or cup so I do not know what I’m doing wrong. I took her to the dentist and they want to pull all four of her front teeth. It devastates me to have that done to her. Is there any other options for my toddler?

  16. Samantha says:

    Will this help reverse the decay from smoking? I’ve smoked for 12 years now, and I brush twice a day, floss every other day (I know, not enough..), use Listerine every night, and I am starting to notice very dark spots between my teeth.. I’m scared about this and am wondering if oil pulling may be able to help?? Any other advice?

  17. says:

    Ramiel Nagel is not a dentist! and therefore he does not have patients, but he may have helped some folks, but there is no evidence of this.

  18. Hot Rod says:

    After recently having had my blood workup I found that I had 50% of the Vitamin D level I was supposed to have. Coincidingly, every time I went to the dentist I had one or two cavities. EVERY TIME.
    So I started taking Vitamin D gummies for the last 8 months (4000 IU). Everything else (including diet – very little sugar) stayed the same. And lo and behold in my last two visits not only have I had NO cavities, the areas that the dentist was “watching” have miraculously hardened back up. I can only say this has to have something to do with bringing my Vitamin D back to normal levels.

  19. Leslee says:

    About the breads in one’s diet… I have hypothyroidism AND teeth that were taken advantage of by dentists over the years (my parents’ dentist I had to go to growing up was kind of a quack and filled a lot of “cavities” because my parents were naive, and since then I’ve had to have those repaired, and had a dentist or two since then that took advantage of the repairs needed and added to it) and therefore extremely fragile, and ADD, PTSD, and iron deficiency (but not anemia)… and I’ve gotten conflicting info (on what to avoid and what to get a lot of) between diets for each of those problems… so what trumps what when it comes to getting breads and animal products in my diet? And is Ezekiel bread ok for the more gluten-exacerbated problems (such as hypothyroidism)? I want to detox and eat as cleanly as possible but I also really need to work on the aforementioned issues, and I don’t have the money to hire a nutritionist (and doctors in my area are more the pill-pusher kind). Anyway, all that was to ask this… Are all of the tips in this article okay for the other issues, or are there some I should leave off?

  20. Allena says:

    wow great post.i read your full blog .in this post i received a lot of advice to keep our teeth safe and clean.this very informative post. every body should read this blog a least once.there are so many useful tips.thanks you so much for sharing it.

  21. Kait says:

    A friend of mine who’s a chef got a cavity in an anterior molar that the dentist called a “baker’s cavity”, because it’s so commonly seen in bakers due to the flour floating around in the air. He said the best thing to do was to eat a piece of cheese before going to bed, because the bacterial colony in the cheese will out compete the cavity forming bacteria, and will eat the flour but not your tooth. Interesting eh?

  22. Bannu says:

    i have stage 3 tooth decay right in between the last to teeth of the upper left jaw…..can it be reversed now by following the ideal diet list u prescribed??
    Thanks in advance!!!!

  23. Bannu says:

    Thank you so much Mr axe :)

  24. Gabstar says:

    Can I reverse a cavity that is situated between the teeth?

    I have been noticing that people have been getting results whose cavities are on the exposed part of their teeth.

  25. Bannu says:

    Hello Mr axe, can i take vitamin D tablets and the food in the item list daily in some quantities ??

  26. Kevin says:

    Hey Dr. Axe,

    I love your website and the info on it! My question is, can you AND is it advisable to oil pull everyday? Thanks!

  27. Bannu says:

    Hery Mr Axe,Can u suggest anything to care of receding gums

  28. Wisdom Mottey says:

    I have a hole in one of my front teeth which releases some kind of creamy fluid in every 3 to 4 months interval… apart from the fluid smelling so bad, the tooth is changing into a dark colour.
    what specific measures should I take? Thanks

  29. Derek says:

    I have a capped tooth that is painful to chew with. My dentist believes it is cracked and recommends a root canal. I’d like to avoid this if I can, but I’m not sure if it’s avoidable. Would oil pulling and the diet you suggest have any hope of helping in this case?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      It may. It depends on how big the crack is in your tooth and how deep it goes. I would start doing the protocols in this article as well as focusing on a diet full of probiotic rich foods, vegetables, and organic meats. I would cut out sugar and grains.

  30. Patricia says:

    Hi, i was just advised to do a root canal as some parts of my old filing had came off and was told that the decay may be too near the nerve. Is there any way to avoid root canal or have the tooth extracted?

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      It’s hard to say because every situation is different but I have had patients who were scheduled for root canals cancel them because of results they have achieved. I would start following the protocols in this article and also focus on a diet full of organic meats, vegetables and healthy fats. I would also eliminate all sugar and grains.

  31. Arthur says:

    About the oil pulling, can I use Virgin Olive Oil? I never really liked coconuts =v= And I searched around the web and their vitamins ratio seems almost the same with Olive oil winning :P

  32. mark says:

    Does fluoride decay your teeth or help

  33. Bannu says:

    When I swish coconut oil around my mouth for twenty min the oil turns into white color….can u please tell me what happens there..I’m afraid that I’m loosing my enamel gradually…. One more doubt should I eat a raw egg or can it be boiled??

  34. Naved Ali says:

    Greetings Doc,

    I don’t even know where to begin. Apparently I have 5 cavities which are almost all on the sides of my lower molars. My dentist says that they must be filled because they are past the enamel and are in the dentin layer. Can following this diet plan help reverse the cavities at this point or is it a lost cause? If so, how long before patients usually start seeing the effects of mineralization? Are there any statistics which show how successful people are with reversing their cavities following this diet regime? While I desperately want to preserve my natural teeth, I do not want the cavities to get worse and then have a bigger problem on my hand like having to get a root canal or having to get a crown.

    Second, apparently a broken file was left in my jaw from a previous root canal. The dentist says that there is an infection there and that there is some bone loss. He advises that I get a surgery or a special root canal to fix it, or that it would be better to just have an implant. Is this a lost cause or have you had any patients handle such infections without invasive surgery?

    Third, the roots on one of my teeth are exposed and the doctor wants to put a filling over it. Do the diet recommendations here help with this kind of problem?

    Fourth, I may be grinding my teeth apparently. Any ideas on prevention?

    Sorry for bombarding you with so many questions but I’m really feeling torn about what I should be doing right now. I want to keep my natural teeth and I don’t have the money for all these expensive operations. Thanks so much in advance for any advice that you can offer!

    All the best :)

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      I would start following the recommendations in this article as well as focusing on your diet! I would remove all grains and sugars and focus on eating a diet full of vegetables, healthy fats and organic meats. I’ve seen many people have great success with similar situations when combining diet with these other protocols. has some great information on these topics as well.

      • Naved Ali says:

        Thanks! I have already begun the dieting and the oil pulls. Do you know of a person who has reversed a cavity that had reached there dentin layer that was also on the side of their tooth? Links?

  35. Vikrant kumar says:

    Due to poor brushing I had developed white spots on my upper teeth ,after that I had tried forcefully to remove them by brushing so slowly slowly they are decreasing but in this week I had saw that my while looking in the mirror they are negilable crack on my lower front both teeth which can only be seen by passing a light on my teeth through torch etc it’s vertical lines.So I want to know how to reverse all them n make my teeth strong n good my age is 19 now

  36. Julia says:

    the diet you provided sounds do-able, but im in nyc, what in the world do i eat for breakfast?? i luuv bacon egg and cheese in the morning!!!
    i can pack a good luch, and make a good dinner, but im clueless about making a toothe-friendly breakfast

    please help.

  37. Anne Isaac says:

    I have 4 cavities and was wondering just how much the oil pulling really helps. Would it heal them? I’m not keen on getting a filling.

    Thank you

  38. corey says:

    why only one piece of fruit? Which fruit is the best and can I eat blueberries, blackberries and apples? I like fruit a lot.

    If I just avoid sugar, eat lean meat, fruits, veggies is that enough? I live in LA, do I need Vitiman D since im in the sun all the time?

    I have some black spots on my teeth and maybe even a little pain now. Do you think no sugar, lean met, lots of green veggies and fruits will heal my cavities over time? Thanks

  39. Neisey says:

    I read some other sights that stated a good toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride is ideal for preventing and reversing cavities as well as a change in diet. When I went to purchase these items I saw that most of our toothpaste brands contain fluoride for the sole purpose of preventing cavities and tooth decay. However when I read your article you stated that a fluoride-free toothpaste was best. Is this because of the mineralization process, or is fluoride only useful in preventing? Also I went to the dentist two days ago and was informed of my two cavities. I have never had a cavity until now and when I went to the dentist six months ago for my routine checkup my teeth were fine. Three months ago I went back due to an odd pain and occasional swelling in my gums since having my wisdom teeth removed a year ago. My dentist did an x-ray and didn’t find anything wrong. Exactly how long does it take for a cavity to form, and is it a possible I don’t have any cavities at all?

  40. Yari says:

    I have to get my wisdom tooth removed because it has become infected. However, I’ve been doing some research and I don’t think its something that I want to go through. Could this remedy help remove tooth decay in my wisdom tooth?

  41. david says:

    Is it possible that following a healthy lifestyle that promotes tooth recovery will cause a filling to pop out due to the tooth growing and pushing the filling out? Much in the same way that a tree can grow to eventually push concrete away from the base of the tree (if you understand the analogy).

  42. Rendy says:

    Hi, I would like to know about how much vitamin D that I should take each day? and how many times?

    I’m pretty much always have a sun exposure for at least 10 minutes a day. Please, help me. I’ll go buy the Vitamin D3 supplement asap. :)

  43. Djimin says:

    Hi, is it ok if after I do an oil pulling right in the morning, wash the mouth, then I directly start to eat breakfast? Or should I brush my teeth first then have breakfast?

    Please help, Is there any time gap acquired between oil pulling and eating breakfast?

  44. B says:

    Hi there, I was oil pulling for about a month and noticed my teeth became very sensitive and even noticed one of my teeth chipped every so slightly. I have read that sometimes with oil pulling you can actually be pulling out minerals as well. Do you have any explanations as to why the teeth can become sensitive after oil pulling? My gums felt great and clean after oil pulling. It was just the teeth I had issues with.

  45. Blues Sky says:

    Interesting. I have read about this,including how you can consume an egg shell,for added calcium,
    and that may help heal a cavity as well.I hadn’t gone to the dentist for awhile and was told I have many cavities.I want to try to help heal those cavities,but I’m not sure if some are deeper? I do have a few temporary fillings as well.Not sure what to tell the dentist.I also have one tooth that has partially (smaller part) broken off.

  46. Christine says:

    Hi there I love the article but the part about raw dairy slightly worries me isnt raw dairy much more bacteria and illness prone than pasteurized products? How do we know which dairy products would be safe to consume?

  47. sarah says:

    What is the recommended dosage of d3 for a child?

  48. jennifer says:

    I just discovered I have a pretty good sized cavity in my lower wisdom tooth. I am going to make an appointment with a holistic dentist next week, but in the meantime, I am going to start oil pulling and I am going to cut out all sugars. I also have Trace Minerals that I am adding to my water. I already eat gluten free, so I just need to get rid of grains & starches. I have also ordered some fermented cod liver oil from Green Pasture, but I wont have that until next week. I know everyone is different, but has there been an average time for results? I am also worried that my cavity may be too large. Is there a point where you have seen them too large to respond? Thanks!

  49. John Smith says:

    My wisdom tooth have been growing over the past couple months and i noticed some tooth decay happening. I followed the vitamin d and oil pulling regiment for a month and it seemed to clear it up, however it returned. Would you recommend I try again and use the remineralzing toothpaste? Thanks!

  50. Tricia says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,
    I was wondering is coconut cooking oil just as good as coconut oil for oil pulling?

  51. C.B. says:

    In July, my parents took me to a dentist. It was my first time going to one… And apparently I have quite a few cavities. I only have one filling for one tooth. I haven’t gone to the dentist for two months. So I figured I should try this natural way of filling teeth with my dad. But I have a few questions…

    Is it okay to drink Total Soy? And I also drink ultra-pasteurized goat milk, I’m guessing that’s okay. And my dad said we could use a weight loss diet… But I don’t need to loose weight. So is it okay to still use the diet? And how long does this thing (naturally regrowing teeth and losing cavities) take? I estimated at least one month. And I really like drinking hot tea. Is it okay to still drink it with honey? And I drink a lot of grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, orange juice and basically all juices. Must I find sugar free juices? And does the coconut oil have to be organic? We have normal/regular coconut oil. And fruits with their own natural sugars are okay, right? As long as I rinse my mouth after having fruits? And I’m not a person who takes vitamin supplements… Must I still take them? And is frying vegetables and meat okay?

  52. Anne says:

    Is tooth soap good good to use during healing of teeth.

  53. Anne says:

    What about xylitol does that help to remineralize teeth.

  54. weez says:

    I’m confused Dr. Axe, is your name Jason? I ask because earlier in the feed a person named Jason posts about personal experience and having proof in pictures. Several readers asked him to please share, yet every time you jumped right in suggesting they perform a Web search instead. Which leads me to believe you are faking your own positive comments/reviews or why won’t you encourage “Jason” to share his personal experience?

  55. Angela says:

    Hello. I am 25 years old and after my visit to the dentist yesterday, he said I have 4 cavities, and some recession. I have never had cavities before in my life. I plan on starting a daily regimen to see if I can heal them naturally. I have started the following: supplementing with 5,400 IU Vitamin D3, 2 capsules (1500 mg) Green Pastures Butter Oil/Cod Liver Oil, 600 mg Calcium, 400 mg Magnesium, a multivitamin which will add a little more of the D and Calcium, and Oil pulling with coconut oil every morning. Would you say this is adequate? Also, do you recommend supplementing with Vitamin A? I understand that the Cod liver oil contains Vitamins D and A, will I be taking too much if I supplement?

    • Angela says:

      I will also start brushing with this toothpaste,
      It’s a fluoride-free toothpaste with calcium carbonate.
      Also, of course brushing morning and evening and flossing in the evening, plus mouthwash.

    • Dr. Josh Axe says:

      Great job! I think focusing on your diet in addition is key. Try removing grains and sugar and increasing your intake of probiotic rich foods

      • Angela says:

        Thanks. What about the extra Vitamin A? Do you think it’s a necessary component? And are the amounts of the other supplements enough?

  56. varadha says:

    Dentist told me that 4 of my teeth has got decayed and have to do drilling. I was really worried but after reading your article I feel that I will be able to revive my teeth thank you doctor for your wonderful article

  57. Chyrl says:

    I have filings, caps and veneers. Will oil pulling be damaging to any of these?

  58. Dan says:

    Hi Dr. Axe,

    I’ve been trying to heal my teeth cavity naturally more or less as you have mentioned above.

    I just wanted to ask, is it possible that brushing the teeth with the cavity too hard or doing a hard mouth, rinsing or swishing along the area where the cavity is located could remove any remineralization that’s taking place?

    Or is remineralization too hard to be removed that easily? This is the first time I’m doing this.

    So I don’t know.

    The reason I ask is because I notice a white layer forming over my cavity. However, often after a few days of forming, it disappears. And this happens after doing vigorous oil pulling and brushing my teeth.

    I’m not sure if the white layer is plaque or remineralization. But I’ve never seen plaque form over empty space. So I’m assuming it’s probably remineralization.

    And I don’t get much plaque anyway. Because I mouth rinse with tea tree oil regularly.

    Thus the question.

  59. Gee says:

    I went to the dentist yesterday after 6 months and he told me I had 7 cavities?! How is it that I can get that many cavities in 6 months? I do take care of my teeth and do occasional oil pulling. I do not believe that there are 7 cavities. He was showing me my teeth and I think that teeth just have deep grooves in them. I am not sure if I actually have cavities or he’s just trying to make some extra money off of me. I do not want this to progress if I do have cavities. If 7 allegedly formed in 6 months then that probably means they are at the point where they can be reveresed?! Thank you so much for reading my message and I look forward to hearing from you.

  60. Heather says:

    Can you please give the link to (or name and date of) the article in the British Medical Journal?

  61. Pawan says:

    Sir , I am having cavity in 2 teeth . Can I cure it only by oil pulling ? I haven’t visited any dentist yet .

  62. Bob Bacon says:

    Almost any oil will turn white or opaque when mixed with water. Since saliva is full of moisture, of course a vegetable oil will turn white or thick yellow when agitated with it.

  63. Dee says:

    The research went as far as it could given the theory behind it. I see now, why the paleo diet has taken such a hold. In life I am in that first group but at 64 still have most of my teeth. I eat whole foods and a varied diet but oatmeal is a staple in my home. Phytic acid isn’t such a bad thing when balanced eating is taken into consideration. Also, I didn’t see it but have found that moderation in portions and variety of foods do make a difference. IMHO

  64. karen says:

    You stated in the article that Ramiel Nagel is a dentist…he is not

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