Did You Know You Can Reverse Cavities?

Postpartum & Teeth

After I had my second child, I had about $900 worth of cavities that needed to be taken care of. My teeth were in bad shape. I didn’t eat terrible while I was pregnant, but for some reason, my teeth did not fair well after baby #2. When I had baby #3 about 9 months ago, I knew I needed to get into a dentist immediately to see what damage had been done.

Sure enough, I had about 9 cavities which would cost me around $1400 to fix. I don’t really like going to the dentist. I don’t like the scraping and drilling and all that goes along with it. I also don’t love the idea of fillings being put in my mouth. I don’t know what they are made out of, but I do know that it’s a plastic chemical composite of some sort. I’d rather have as little of that as possible in my mouth. Also, I could easily think of other ways I’d prefer to spend $1400.

I went home and googled “healing cavities.” I really didn’t even know if it was possible, but I thought to myself, “If broken bones can heal, surely teeth can do the same thing?” Sure enough, I ran across a lot of good information on Wellness Mama’s blog. I read every article she had on it, and then I ordered the book Cure Tooth Decay. I was fascinated by what I read.

What My Teeth Were Like

At the time I was reading the book, my teeth were in horrible condition. They were almost see through. Even on FaceTime, my mom said, “What is the matter with your teeth!?” That’s when I knew it must look really bad. FaceTime isn’t the best quality so the fact that she could see how bad the discoloring was made me realize I was in bad shape. My teeth were also very sensitive. Cold and hot food or drinks really hurt. The cavities were all on the outside of my teeth and very easy to see and super sensitive also. I couldn’t brush my teeth without hurting.

Here’s some pictures below. These were taken a few weeks after I had started making some changes (which I’ll explain in a minute) so the discoloration was gone by this point. But you can see the decay – brown spots – very clearly still. I wish I had taken photos before I started making any changes. You would have seen how see through they were. If I rubbed my tongue on the back of my teeth, you could see my tongue through my teeth. Also, a lot of my teeth were loose which really worried me

Reversing Tooth Decay

If you have tooth decay, I highly recommend the book mentioned above. There’s too much info in it to do justice in a blog post, but it’s great information and not a hard read. Also, I am not a dentist or in any way trained. This is just my personal experience and how I tried naturally to reverse the major tooth problems I was having.

Here’s an overview of what I am currently doing…

1 | I oil pull for 10-20 minutes. I try to do this twice a day, but honestly, I’m lucky if I do it 5x per week. The best time, I’ve found, is while I’m showering.

2 | I brush with a remineralizing tooth powder recipe twice a day that I got from Wellness Mama and make myself.

3 | I brush with activated charcoal several times per week. I should probably do it once a day. I get mine at our local health food store but something like this works too.

4 | I floss once a day.

5 | I’ve changed how I brush my teeth. I use this toothbrush and love the new technique. Both my husband and I were incredibly impressed with how much cleaner our teeth felt using this brush and the technique the website recommends.

6 | I cut out as much phytic acid as possible which meant cutting out all grains and beans.

7 | If I eat seeds and nuts, I soak them for 24 hours in a salt solution and then rehydrate them before eating.

8 | I cut back on the fruit I was eating.

9 | The only sugar I have is a bit of maple syrup in my hot chocolate each day. I better be honest here though… I usually have three hot chocolates per day. They are made from raw, organic, local milk and raw fermented cacao (cacao is a bean which I shouldn’t have, but the fermented version is at least somewhat better for my teeth) and maple syrup, but chocolate is my “coffee.” So I definitely consume a lot of it.

10 | I added raw dairy into my diet. I haven’t been on dairy for years so this is a temporary but necessary change.

What Has Happened

Now, that is just an overview of what I’ve done. If you want to try to reverse cavities for yourself, I highly recommend you read the book. It gives a break down of how and why I am doing what I am. I’ve been doing the above steps for about 4 months. Within a week, my teeth were no longer see through or sensitive. My husband was shocked. He was on a business trip when I started the changes. We were on FaceTime, and the first thing he said was, “Wow! What did you do to your teeth? They look so much better!”

As of now, I can’t see much change in my cavities. They are no longer sensitive at all even if I purposely press on them, but they aren’t visually getting any better (or worse). I think the main reason I am not seeing more drastic healing of the cavities is because I am not being super strict in my diet. I am consuming some grains and some sugar. The next few weeks I am going to try to really buckle down and do the diet more strictly. There are some things the book recommends doing that I am not (bone broth, cod liver oil, etc.) for various reasons which is probably slowing down the healing process as well.

I am 100% convinced it is working though. My cavities aren’t getting worse, my teeth are no longer loose or sensitive, and the coloring is so much better.

If you are interested in reversing your own tooth decay, go for it! I didn’t write this post as an all inclusive “how to” so you will definitely need to get the book or do a little more research yourself. But, my hope is that now you can see that it is possible! I am still on the journey myself, but I can see drastic differences. I’m so excited that I won’t be spending $1400 at the dentist in the near future, and that I’m naturally healing my body!

12 Comments

  1. Lauren on March 2, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Wow! This is awesome! I’ll admit, I had serious doubts, but this sounds amazing! Encouraging too for someone who also hates the dentist 🙋 and can use this to prevent cavities!

  2. Cynthia on March 3, 2017 at 2:48 am

    Check out Bio Dent from Standard Process. I found out two weeks ago my 4 year old had 3 cavities, and I did the same thing you did: hopped on the internet to see what I could do naturally before doing fillings. We are doing 10 tablets of bio dent and 2 servings of fermented cod liver oil daily. I haven’t restricted his diet too much because I want to be realistic about long term habits when it comes to tooth care…and he’s four. However, I do think I need to restrict more than I am for at least a few months. My husband isn’t convinced it is going to work, so we have reached an agreement that I have 3 months for them to heal before we will fork out the money to pay for fillings, but I am glad these are his baby teeth so I can learn now and hopefully avoid being in this spot again!

    • LaTravia on December 12, 2019 at 5:47 am

      Hey Cynthia, I’m curious to know if the biodent and cod liver oil worked for you.

  3. Laurel on March 6, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I would say be careful. Oil pulling and reminerlization are really important and helpful. Also arresting a cavity ‘s growth is possible. From what I understand though, once you have infected teeth you will want to get the infection out!

  4. Suzanne Thazard on July 16, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    This article is so helpful, thank you 🙂 I am starting today. I wonder though, how do you get enough calories every day without grains? It’s been my battle, I tend to eat less than 1000 calories a day without grains.

    • Lauren Dahl on July 19, 2017 at 9:57 pm

      You are welcome! I don’t actually count calories anymore so I’m not really sure. But if you are doing the diet like it says, you will be consuming a very decent amount of healthy fat through meat and dairy so I have a feeling the calorie count would be fairly high.

      • Suzanne Thazard on March 28, 2018 at 5:32 pm

        Hi Lauren! Thanks for the answer, it’s been a while but I hadn’t seen it 😉 I started oil pulling but wasn’t very dedicated to the whole thing and I just got 4 cavities and a root canal diagnosed 🙁 !! I wish I has started earlier. Any improvement on your side? I am wondering if I still have a chance to see those teeth heal, especially the one needing a root canal.. Have you heard about any healing regarding this?

        • Lauren Dahl on April 4, 2018 at 8:31 pm

          I would highly recommend the book I mentioned in the blog. He does address root canals. I did see a decent amount of improvement in my teeth. I didn’t reverse any of the major decay, but my teeth went from see-through in color to a strong, normal white.

          • Suzanne Thazard on June 17, 2018 at 6:20 pm

            Thanks Lauren, I’m happy it got better! I got the book and I am not sure I can eat all that meat and dairy, it is so acidic and hard on my digestion 🙁 Have you done the diet like he recommends? Did it feel ok for your digestion? I tend to go more plant based and I know you do to, it seems like a big jump. Hope you are enjoying LA! Love



          • Lauren Dahl on July 17, 2018 at 8:48 pm

            I did it as vegetarian as I could. We have a dairy cow now so I can handle the raw milk which is nice.



  5. Robert Goettler on October 4, 2018 at 3:03 am

    As a 44-year-old male who has been vegan for the past ten years, I have had ongoing tooth decay (no surprise, I suppose, given the amount of fruit, nuts, and grains that my diet consists of). For much of this time I would see significant white sticky plaque on my teeth by the end of the day; this plaque, of course, creates an acid that leaches the important strengthening minerals from your teeth. However, I have done a lot of research over the past year and made several changes that have made a big decrease in the amount of plaque I see.

    Here is what I believe is helping:
    * Brushing my teeth with homemade toothpaste that contains coconut oil, baking soda, and a little salt each morning BEFORE eating, paying special attention to brushing my tongue VERY well…including towards the back where bacteria especially hang out (using a soft toothbrush so as not to recede gum tissue)
    * Using homemade mouthwash daily that contains xylitol, baking soda, and mint essential oils (xylitol has been shown to reduce the ability of bacteria — particularly streptococcus mutans, the one that causes decay — from adhering to the enamel)
    — favorite soft toothbrush: https://www.amazon.com/Toothbrush-Sensitive-Eco-Friendly-Comfortable-Biodegradable/dp/B07B3ZMC54/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1538621872&sr=8-1&keywords=panda+bamboo+toothbrush
    * Brushing my teeth — and tongue! — in the afternoon before eating (this removes the bacteria ahead of time, as they otherwise quickly create acid from the sugars in foods); also, brushing afterwards within 30 minutes of eating is not advised because the enamel can be temporarily softened by the acids — and henced scrubbed away — before the saliva has had a chance to remineralize it.
    * Using a waterpick at night which gets my teeth feeling VERY clean and is reported by my dental hygenist to be the most effective at removing bacteria along and under the gum line.
    — Highly rated one: https://www.amazon.com/Waterpik-Accepted-WP-660-Aquarius-Flosser/dp/B00HFQQ0VU?th=1
    * Often eating some cheese (the more aged the better) especially after eating sugary foods, as this has been shown to keep the saliva pH from becoming acidic in the hour or so after eating
    — research link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4093638/
    * Using tooth powder at night that contains baking soda, bentonite clay, xylitol, sea salt, and various essential oils (baking soda has a Mohs hardness value of 2.5, which is softer than enamel at 5, so there is a low risk of damage to enamel…but silica, present in some toothpastes is harder than enamel at 7).
    * Occasionally oil pulling with sunflower or coconut oil
    * Going longer periods without eating (following a 12-12 intermittent fasting schedule in which I don’t eat breakfast until 12 hours after eating dinner)

    As for trying to strengthen my enamel that has been weakened over years of high plaque levels, I have been doing the following:
    * Restricting my intake of very acidic foods like grapefruit and lemon (you can feel the enamel being stripped off)
    * Drinking tap or well water instead of demineralized reverse osmosis (RO) water because RO water is slightly acidic and lacks minerals such as calcium carbonate (limestone) found in most municipal or well-water sources
    * Applying a remineralizing toothpaste at night before going to bed
    * I should also be taking steps to reduce the phytic acid content of seeds/nuts and beans and grains by overnight soaking of seeds/nuts in saltwater and beans and grains in apple cider vinegar, but I haven’t had the time or patience…however, when eating bread or corn tortillas I mostly only eat sprouted ones from Food for Life.

    Perhaps some of these steps will help you too!

  6. Doc Ross on November 21, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    I am curious to know how it’s going after two and a half years. I have a handful of clients who utilize and tutor me on alternative choices. God is good!

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