4 Unusual Ways to Boost Oral Health

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I’m always been somewhat fascinated by oral health and even remember asking my orthodontist why my teeth were crooked to begin with when getting braces. Of course, his answer: simply genetic. Just like my dentist told me that teeth couldn’t heal and that sugar was causing cavities.

As I researched my way into a real food diet, a lot of things started making a lot more sense, but the idea that dental health was sheerly genetic and the presence of sugar on the outside of the teeth causing cavities didn’t make sense at all. Then, I read Cure Tooth Decay by Rami Nagel (much cheaper on Kindle if you have it) and Dr. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and things feel in to place.

Like the rest of our body, our teeth and oral health systems are a living, changing environment that is, but just treating from the outside alone (brushing and flossing), won’t fix oral problems unless you address the inside too, though these are still very important.

How to Boost Oral Health

Optimal oral health comes with supporting the body and mouth from the inside and outside at the same time. Once I realized this logically, I was still shocked to see the changes start taking place in my own mouth! My teeth got whiter, my gum puffiness went away, and my dentist even commented that cavities were getting better and my plaque was gone!

There were several things that were vital for me to boost oral health for myself and my family members:

  • Change in Diet
  • Adding Supplements
  • Balancing hormones
  • Change in oral health products

1. Change in Diet

What you eat can impact oral health as much (or more) than brushing or flossing.

Here’s why…

Teeth are in constant state of remineralization as the saliva in the mouth provides minerals to the teeth and the cells in the teeth use these minerals to strengthen themselves.

I first started researching this after reading Cure Tooth Decay by Rami Nagel and Dr. Price’s Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. Both books delve into the work of Dr. Weston A Price, a dentist who studied the oral health of people in cultures around the world.

He found that certain tribes that never brushed or flossed had virtually no cavities or tooth decay, and everyone had perfectly straight teeth and wide jaw lines. His research showed that several factors contributed to this incredible oral health in certain populations, mainly:

  • The presence of enough fat soluble vitamins in the diet
  • Low levels of phytic acid in the diet
  • Enough minerals in the diet

I talked about this in depth in this post about how I reversed my own cavities and this one about how to have healthy teeth from the inside out.

I followed the advice in Cure Tooth Decay and made some changes to my diet, mainly:

Diet to Help Heal Cavities and Improve Oral Health

  1. I drastically cut foods that contained high amounts of phytic acid (grains, beans, etc). I already wasn’t eating grains or beans, but I also cut or limited nuts.
  2. Limited foods containing even natural sugars or starches– I limited fruit and even starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and focused on mineral rich vegetables, bone broths, meats and healthy fats.
  3. Ate a LOT of healthy fats. I added extra of coconut oil to my diet each day, and used only pastured, cultured butter.
  4. I made an effort to consume a lot of homemade bone broth for its added minerals.

To recap: No grains, beans or nuts and limited fruits and starches. Lots of vegetables, protein, LOTS of healthy fats and bone broth.

2. Adding Supplements:

Supplements to Help Heal Cavities and Improve Oral Health

To help the body remineralize cavities, it is sometimes necessary to increase mineral levels with supplements. While diet alone might be enough, many foods are depleted of nutrients from being grown in nutrient depleted soil, so supplements help fill the gaps. These are the supplements I typically recommend for improved oral health and dental healing:

  • Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Blend   This is one of the main supplements recommended by Dr. Price from his research and recommended in Cure Tooth Decay. Only the fermented Cod Liver Oil has the optimal combination of nutrients and is high i Vitamins A, D and K.
  • Vitamin D This was the other main supplement that Dr. Price and the Drs. Mellanby found was extremely supportive of dental healing. In the study they did, cavities healed even when diet wasn’t changed if Vitamin D was optimized and the best healing occurred when diet was optimized and Vitamin D was added. l I also spend time in the sun *gasp* at noon, everyday! When taking the Fermented Cod Liver Oil and spending time in the sun, extra Vitamin D is usually not needed.
  • Coconut Oil– I take an additional 1/4-1/2 cup a day of coconut oil in a smoothie or melted in tea each day. We get ours from Tropical Traditions, but you can find it many places…. just look for organic, virgin and unrefined coconut oil. My favorite right now is to blend it into coffee to emulsify it with a dash of vanilla.
  • Others: I also take Magnesium, Gelatin, and Vitamin C daily, though these aren’t as vital to tooth healing.

3. Balancing Hormones

Hormones can have a dramatic effect on oral health as they can control the acid/alkaline balance in the mouth and how well the body can heal or fight disease. Many of us have symptoms of hormone imbalance and things like optimizing sleep, stress, diet, and fitness can make a big difference in hormone health and oral health.

4. Change In Oral Health Products

how to whiten teeth naturally with charcoalMany conventional toothpastes and mouth products contain chemicals and artificial ingredients that can do more harm than good! Ever read the label on a regular tube of toothpaste? There is a list of cautions and warnings as even a small mouthful of toothpaste can kill a small child… not something I want sitting on my counter with teething toddlers running around!

The good news is that switching to natural toothpaste and other oral health products is often easier than switching diet, exercise or (*ahem*) getting enough sleep.

I’ve been making my own remineralizing toothpaste for years, and been using it in conjunction with OraWellness Products. In that time, I have had no new cavities, and several areas that the dentist was waiting to fill at my next appointment weren’t there when I went back! It also used to take them a long time to scrape down my teeth at each appointment, and now it literally takes a couple of minutes at most.

I’ve also been whitening my teeth naturally, though my method sparked a lot of controversy on Pinterest!

Here’s my full oral health routine that I used when I was actively trying to remineralize my teeth.

What is your biggest oral health challenge and what steps are you taking to overcome it? Share below!

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  1. I currently brush with peppermint castile soap and baking soda…I would like to learn more about other ways to improve my oral health. I have had a few cavities in the past, but for the most part my mouth has been healthy and I would like to keep it that way!

    • If you want to learn more about how to improve your oral health, we encourage you to come on over to our facebook page and especially our website.  We have lots of free video tutorials and downloads to help folks navigate to greater oral health.

      To your health!

  2. I have been ‘oil pulling’ with coconut oil and have already noticed less bleeding when I floss. My biggest challenge is crooked teeth; but can’t afford braces 🙁

  3. I have slightly crooked teeth in the front and my teeth are not completely white. I oil pull every morning with coconut oil and I floss with tea tree oil floss and currently use PerioWhite toothpaste from a holistic dentist, but I am trying to get more basic and natural with the toothpaste. I also try to follow the Weston Price diet as much as I can.

  4. my biggest challenge has been weak enamel and a poor diet affecting my teeth. I started following WAPF and am still making changes to my diet. I just started using your tooth powder recipe and OraWellness EO blend. LOVE it! I would love to continue using these products and see how my teeth change!

    • Thanks for the testimonial here Nichole!  We’re so glad you find benefit using our products!

      Holler with any questions.  We’re here to help!

  5. I have a lot of fillings (I blame incompetent dentistry, coupled with a few years of being too lazy to brush my teeth). My biggest challenge is to stop the remaining teeth I have from falling apart!

  6. I am in my early 30s and do not have a healthy mouth regardless of changing my diet.  I would like to use quality products in my regimen to make myself and my family more healthy.

    • Aimee,

      It sounds like you could benefit from strolling around our site.  We offer lots of free video tutorials and downloads to help folks navigate to greater oral health.  Holler with any questions.  We’re here to help.

      To your health!

  7. I’ve been fighting gum disease for several years now.  I brush and floss daily but I didn’t see any results till I went grain/starch free in my diet.  I’m working up the courage to try brushing w/ charcoal!  Thanks for your blog!  😀

    • Way to go Sue!  It sounds like you are on top of the situation in your mouth!  We love to hear stories how folks have successfully come back!  Keep it up!
       

  8. I eat a primal diet – no grains, sugars, etc for the most part. I supplement (vit. D, magnesium). I also make my own toothpaste.

    I really don’t have a huge oral health challenge, just a tiny one. I’ve always had good teeth. However, I haven’t yet gotten over not having that “minty fresh” feeling after brushing. Yes, my mouth is clean but I loved that minty feeling. I do add mint EO to my toothpaste, but it irritates my gums if I add too much.

    • Sounds like you are on it.  You are right, you want to make sure that the EO isn’t so strong as to irritate the gum tissues, which would obviously be heading in the wrong direction.  Also, you may want to consider using other oils with mint.  Our concern is only using cooling oils over time could imbalance the whole system.  That’s why we created the OraWellness formula using both warming and cooling oils, thus energetically balanced.

       

      • Thank you for the reply! My toothpaste also has cinnamon EO, which does counter the cooling of the mint. But that too has the risk of being too irritating in larger amounts.

        I just purchased a few Bass brushes, which is another step in the right direction. 🙂

  9. I just got my first “adult teeth” cavities and I’m so upset about it! So my challenge is to try to heal them naturally. But making the dietary changes-0 limiting fruit and starch, and cutting out grains– is definitely hard. I also have sensitive gums. But I do brush with the Bass brush from OraWellness!

    • You are right Lauren that to create lasting positive changes to our oral health, we must address it from within the mouth as well as through system wide changes (like diet, stress levels, health giving exercise, etc)!  From our obviously biased perspective, you are heading in the right direction using Bass brushing and our products!  We look forward to hearing how you benefit from it!!!

      Aloha!

  10. I am learning so much fron your blog! My oral health challenge is grinding and clenching at night.  My dentists only suggestion is a mouth guard, but I cannot sleep with it.  Looking for alternatives! 

  11. I switched to strictly baking soda a year ago.  My teeth are less sensitive and much whiter.  I know there is much improvement to be done, mainly on my diet!

    Btw, is there a limit to the number of entries we can complete each day?  I keep getting this message: ” 🙁  Do this again tomorrow for more entries.  🙁 ”

    • Nope, but some like facebook and twitter can be done every day to get more points but it will already count the ones for today!

      •  Makes sense now.  Thanks, WM!

  12. I am learning more about oral health to help my father and his teeth decay issues.

  13. My teeth are not as white as I’d like and I also find that toothbrushes I have can be harsh.

    • You may want to give our Bass toothbrushes a try.  They have rounded bristle tips which makes for a gentler cleaning experience…

  14. My biggest challenge is remembering to floss – I’ve been using OraWellness brushing blend and homemade toothpaste for a while now, but flossing is still necessary! Also getting my husband on board is a challenge. But I guess I just have to understand that I can only control my own choices!

    • Jessica,

      We agree that flossing is really helpful.  You are also correct that getting your husband ‘on board’ would really help given that the bad bugs implicated with gum disease are passed around.  We like to call it the 3 Ps… parents, partners and pets.  Never allow a dog to lick you or your kids in the face! 🙂

      Aloha!

  15. My current biggest challenge is addressing cavities in my 5 year-old. His dentist is letting us do a “watch and see” before doing anything drastic like sedation. I recently had him help make his own toothpaste from your recipe and he loves it. We are also using the cod liver oil and making dietary changes. Fingers crossed!

    • Way to go to get your son involved with making his own paste!  That’s brilliant!  

  16. I struggle with crooked teeth (I’m saving up for braces but they’re so pricey), some cavities and receding gums. I’m hesitant to get my cavities filled because I’ve had two other cavities filled and my teeth have never been the same. They’re so sensitive and seem to just get more cavities, so I’m trying to fix them  through diet and supplements. Thanks so much for this giveaway! 

  17. I would love to get this as I am going all natural

  18. Right now, I have 2 small cavities that I know of and some sensitivity with my front teeth. I would love to heal my teeth naturally. I have greatly reduced my grain and sugar intake and I take vitamin D. I would love to try the fermented Cod Liver Oil but can’t afford t at the moment. I do oil pulling with coconut oil, and am looking to start making my own toothpaste!

  19. I have buckets of plaque that I would like to get rid of.

    • Buckets of plaque are a problem! 🙂  You really do want to get the plaque off the teeth regularly.  However, some of us have an oral ecological environment that ‘lays down’ plaque better than others.  In that case, having some abrasive like the Wellness Mama remineralizing paste will really help…
       

  20. i’m already signed up for your email list! my biggest issue is with cavities, tooth sensitivity, and not pearly white teeth.

  21. I have been using the remineralizing tooth powder and toothpaste recipes and love them. I really look forward to going to the dentist to see the results. I just recently started using the brushing blend and technique and already notice improvement in whiteness of teeth and overall feel.

  22. I have cavities and a family history of bad teeth.  I’m also nursing right now and do not want to have any dental work that would affect my nursing relationship.  So, I’m trying to find a way to help heal my teeth. 

    • Jenny,

      We encourage you to take a look at our free video tutorials on our site.  We are here to help and as such offer lots of free information to assist folks to create positive changes in their own oral health.

  23. Thanks for the giveaway!  I am just in the process of switching to natural oral products after switching to “real” foods earlier this year.  My biggest challenge is just to sort through all the info out there and figure out what is best! 

  24. Flossing is my biggest challenge- I always have cavities in between my teeth! 

    • Jessica,

      We have found that flossing with a drop of our OraWellness blend is an extremely effective way to knock down the bacterial colonization between teeth.  I always had cavities between my teeth as a young man and haven’t for years now…
       

  25. I am already on your email list! 

  26. I have some sensitivity in a couple spots along the gumline. I just saw my dentist last week and had a cavity filled and a chipped tooth fixed. I didn’t even know I had the one cavity and he said it was pretty bad and what he called a Flouride cavity. The “outer shell” as he called it was all still in tack. He said that since flouride is now in toothpaste, water and mouthwash it makes your teeth really hard on the outside but the dentin is still nice and soft inside. He thinks in my case there was a small pin hole that we couldn’t see and the bacteria got in that way. It was almost to my nerve! He said many times he has patients come in that thought their teeth were fine and then bite down on something and the tooth just breaks. Flouride cavities. I learn something new everyday. Going to make sure I cut out my flouride where I can since I know it is my water. I really think this Bass toothbrush and the brushing blend could be the ticket for my spots along the gumline. Thanks for this info!

    • Dana,

      Thank you for sharing your story here!  It’s exactly what we have been postulating for years… That while fluoride does make the tooth enamel ‘harder’, harder in the form that fluoride creates isn’t natural nor is it best (obviously from your story).

      That’s why we are making a remineralizing toothpaste that is going to be awesome!  Follow us on facebook if you want to know when we launch it!

      Thanks again for confirming what we knew in our guts…

  27. My biggest oral health challenge is remembering to floss, just can’t get myself to do it.
    I do oil pulling and make my own toothpaste though, so thats a start

  28. Plaque!!! I used to get a lot of plaque, particularly behind my lower front teeth and every year had to have a painful dentist trip to get grid of it. No matter how much flossing. 

    However, since i improved my diet and started oil pulling every so often with coconut oil, i’ve seen a big improvement! 

    Keep up the great work!

  29. I have a filling that is 25+ years old that is going bad.  Would love to try the HealThy Mouth kit.

    My biggest challenge is trying to make sure my 4 kids don’t end up with cavities like I did — so far, so good!  My 12 year son is the hardest to convince.  He just doesn’t care that much, and doesn’t like to brush.

    Also, I’m trying to get up the courage to try the fermented cod liver oil/butter blend.

    • Amy,

      It’s unfortunately not very well known that fillings are really only meant to be in the mouth for 10 years.  After that, they are prone to failing.  I know, no dentist ever told me that when putting a filling in my mouth either.  I encourage you to go have that old filling looked at and most likely replaced.  If it’s amalgam (25 years old, so a high probability), then xrays can’t look under the filling to see if any decay has occurred under the filling (a very common situation).

      Sorry to be the bearer of the truth, but I would rather hear it than not so we do our best to share what we know…

      To your health!

  30. I’ve had to have deep cleaning done on my teeth in the past and have been told my gums are in poor health. I’ve changed my diet to no grains, no sugar and have increased the good fasting my diet. Now I’m looking for the other component to get my teeth and gums healthy, I’m looking forward to try OraWellness!

    • Erin,

      It sounds like you are heading in the right direction.  Now that you have addressed your oral health from a ‘whole system’ approach, it’s time to stop the damage today with products (blush 🙂 that help and have no ‘questionable ingredients’ that will inhibit your immune response…

      Holler with any questions.  We’re here to help!
       

  31. Right now my teeth and gums are in good shape, but I do have an area where the gum has receded. I’d love to have it regrow, if that is possible!

  32. I started getting a lot of cavities around the age of 17, which was around the same time that I started getting really good at taking care of my teeth (flossing, brushing well, flouride rinse). It didn’t make sense. I also had issues with tooth sensitivity and the dentist told me to keep rinsing with flouride to remineralize my teeth. As soon as I switched to a toothpaste without flouride the sensitivity went away (hmmm…..). Have yet to find out if the cavity situation has improved since not eating gluten but hopefully that will do it, I can’t afford anymore dental work!

  33. I’m someone very prone to cavities, still have some baby teeth (with no permanent teeth to replace them),  and every dentist I’ve had likes to talk about implants and gum transplants.   I try my absolute best to take care of the teeth I have and delay dental intervention.  I read Cure Tooth Decay, and have implemented many of it’s ideas, to good success.  But, now I’ve got another wrinkle – international travel!  Because of a chance in my work and family situation, I’m now traveling overseas 3-4 times a year, and, it seems like every time I do  my teeth start acting up and grow cavities practically overnight.  I suspect this is a hormonal thing caused by the jet lag, and probably not helped by the fact I usually don’t take my cod liver oil with me and end up eating a lot of bread.  I’d be curious if anyone else has experienced something similar and has some advice.

  34. My biggest challenge is healing my cavities and those of my youngest son.

    • We follow Weston Price and currently avoid modern wheat. We also use Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

  35. I would say my biggest challenges is bad breath and discoloured teeth. At the moment I use moutjwash with tea tree oil and toothpaste from  Kiss my face. My aim is to stop using the toothpaste and make my own powder, I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. This was a great and informative post.

  36. My biggest problem is sensitive teeth and slightly receding gums due to bad brushing. Hopefully the Bass toothbrush will help with this.

  37. Coconut oil is in my routine and I notice my teeth and gums feel better when I use natural tooth products instead of conventional.  My biggest challenge right now is figuring out if my current fillings can be replaced.  

  38. I make my own tooth “paste” from baking soda, bentonite clay, coconut oil, and a few drops of peppermint EO.  I’ve been using it for 7-8 months; when I went to the dentist a few weeks ago, they said my teeth were super healthy!  Recently, I didn’t have access to my concoction, so I caved and used some Crest that was handy.  I literally was gagging from the chemical-fake taste of the toothpaste I had used for years before going all-natural.  Never again!!

  39. I’ve been oil pulling, and I’m beginning to notice a different. If anything, my teeth feel cleaner!

  40. My biggest oral health challenge is remembering to floss…oh, and not being so exhausted that I skip everything altogether, though now that my baby is 10 months old that’s less of an issue!  🙂

  41. I have really sensitive teeth(mostly to cold) which has only really developed over the last couple of years. And it just keeps getting worse so i’m really looking at ways to reduce that without using sensitive-toothpaste (which only slightly helps anyway)

    • Do you use flouride? I don’t know why but I had sensitive teeth and as soon as I stopped using flouride the sensitivity went away. This was the only lifestyle change at the time so flouride is the only explanation I can think of. Worth a try anyway.

  42. I’m trying so hard to switch my family to an all natural lifestyle..but at times it can be rough.  I had no idea that toothpaste was going to be SO HARD for my family to give up.  I have tried homemade toothpastes (with coconut oil, baking soda etc) and it just doesn’t seem to get teeth as clean as I thought it would. And my homemade toothpaste didn’t seem to do much for my husbands bad breath either.   After reading Wellness Mama’s blog about OraWellness..I’m very excited about it..and very much would love to try it for my family and I!  Thank you so much for the good information!

  43. My biggest challenge is cavities – I’m in the process of finishing 10 fillings with a biological dentist. Most of these were from years ago, though. I’m hoping changing my diet to paleo-ish (totally gluten free) will stop new ones from forming. I’ll definitely look into OraWellness!

  44. Receding gums!  Will all of these changes help?  I just bought a new Sonic Care toothbrush.  Should I return it?

    • Hopefully OraWellness will weigh in on this too, but from my own experience, all commercial toothbrushes are very harsh, especially the electric ones. I’d say the orawellness and the dietary changes would make a big difference though. Susan dealt with that, so she might have more specifics.

  45. I have receeding gums and already have had to have one gum graft. Looking around OraWellness’ site, I see that can be reversed by using their brushing blend. I don’t HAVE to get another gum graft like the dentist suggested! Would love to be able to give it a try!

  46. My teeth are not as white as I would like. I had my first cavity after my second son was born and had it filled. I have improved my diet greatly since then and hope to never have another cavity. I already use OraWellness Brushing Blend and love it!

  47. Biggest challenge is deciding what to do with older amalgam fillings already in my mouth. Will have to check the Oral Wellness site for some advice.

  48. My biggest challenge is cavities, I have just started the weston price diet and can’t wait to see improvement in my health and teeth!

  49. my biggest challenge has definitely been trying to find a toothpaste that doesn’t have a bunch of junk in it.

  50. Serious crooked teeth. I always thought it was genetic….should have known there was more to it!

  51. I recently broke a corner of a molar (most of the tooth is actually a filling).  I had the dentist round off the edges – except for 2 small twinges over the past 3 months, it hasn’t hurt, and I would love to keep it that way instead of having to get a root canal and crown to replace the tooth.

    I also (on the other side, where they told me I should chew more to relieve the pressure on the broken tooth) have an EXTREMELY sensitive tooth (it’s actually gotten worse over the past 6 weeks) – and I am working on reducing the sensitivity.  I had already switched to a non-flouride toothpaste, and have been 99% grain free (occasional indulgences) for the past 2 years – I am working on reducing the sugar intake (it seems to be my drug of choice) and am about to try the Remineralizing toothpaste listed here, as well as your brushing blend…anything to reduce the sensitivity!

    Thanks for the article, and tossing my fingers that all this works!

  52. I am changing my diet. I have been vegetarian 15 years and my teeth are degenerating.

  53. I made your remineralizing tooth powder about 4-5 weeks ago. The results have been phenomenal ! No more bad breath. My pearly whites ARE pearly white. I have since made another batch & am now the tooth powder evangelist…I carry small samples in my purse & give them out to friends & family (as I bare my teeth showing them the results)! Your site has been quite an inspiration for myself & my family. I’m learning so much. Thank you!

  54. I HATE going to the dentist. I have a 22-year-old crown that needs to be checked and I don’t want to go because they’re going to go off on me for not coming in for so long. And so I wait…

  55. This sounds great. I have easily yellowing teeth and we have a 2.5 yr old…and woudl love to start him out on the right path. Thanks for the opportunity!

  56. My biggest challenge is receding gums, not sure how to heal those. Thanks for the give away

  57. My biggest challenge is transitioning our family of 6 away from commercial oral products.  Many cavities and root canals later… we are trying out homemade septic system safe oral hygiene recipes.  Thanks for being part of that.

  58. just ordered my charcoal tablets. my teeth have lost their whiteness other than that they are fine. 

  59. I just started looking into more ways to be healthy and came across your site, im lovin it. I cant wait to change the way i clean, my house, children, laundrey and more!

  60. I have some gum recession.  I have been using the Orawellness brushing blend for the last couple of months and love it!  I would like my teeth to be a little bit whiter….

  61. I’m already a fan of Wellness Mama on FB.

  62. I guess my biggest challenge is that my teeth aren’t white. I have had cavities in the past & I spend 3 years in braces & had jaw surgery. But overall I have pretty good oral health. According to my dentist anyway. I just want to get into using a safer alternative to regular toothpaste.

  63. I want to naturally whiten my teeth.  

  64. I stuggle with getting dry mouth at night. I sleep with my mouth closed and I try to drink pleanty of water, but it seems as soon as I lay down for bed, my mouth dries up.

  65. I have teeth that are sensitive to cold and slightly yellowed. I have been taking the FCLO/butter oil, vitamin D supplements and use lots of coconut oil. I am moving towards healing hormone imbalances and improving general health by trying to follow the diet you prescribe.

  66. my oral challenge is weak enamel on my teeth which then end up having a streaky look going on on the lower part of them 🙁

  67. i would love to learn healthier ways to keep our teeth healthy. mine are really bad and my kids are starting to get that way. we do brush twice a day! 

  68. I have lots of cavities and a few root canals, my teeth are no where near as white as I’d like them to be and I have SUPER sensitive teeth.  I’ve tried brushing with baking soda mixtures, but the taste gags me and I find my teeth are too sensitive to use it.  I’m looking forward to trying the tooth powder recipe, would LOVE to win and try out the brushing blend! 

    On another note, when can these alternative to toothpaste recipes and supplements start being used with children?  I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old.  Currently I just use water with the baby and “training toothpaste” with my toddler. Would love to get them on a healthy start early.

  69. My biggest challenge has been plaque behind my front teeth. I’ve start oil pulling and I think it’s helping. I can’t wait to go back to the dentist and see what they say.

  70. I actually talked recently with Will from OraWellness about the diagnosis I received at my last dental checkup. First of all I was impressed with how helpful he was an willing to take his time to answer all my questions. They discovered I have a 9mm pocket on a root canaled molar that also has a crown on it. Will shared with me how his wife reversed a 9+ mm pocket and although in her case the tooth was intact (no root canal or crown) I want to try doing the same thing and see if I can reverse mine. Although my dentist didn’t have any other concerns and said everything else looks good, I will get a periodontal depth chart and will try to ensure that all my gum pockets have the normal 3mm depth.

  71. My biggest challenge is sensitive teeth and receding gums. I eat a healthy diet but I think my fruit intake might be a bit much for my situation. I have adjusted many habits to incorporate all natural products in my daily life but tooth care is still on the list to reassess! This is a much needed post. Thank you!

  72. Luckily I’ve been blessed with a good mouth and excellent oral health.  My husband is battling cavities and is allergic to the anesthetics used at the dentist, so another way to improve oral health other than dental procedures is exciting!  Thank you so much for all your advice, research and knowledge on this subject!

  73. I’m already a subscriber : )

  74. My biggest oral health challenge is having stained teeth from drinking coffee.  I smile a lot and would like to have a more pleasing smile.  

  75. I had one cavity when I was 16 and was absolutely shattered to have my pristine dentist-office track record broken. I got over it … until just a few months ago. I had 2 cavities on the SAME visit!! I am very interested in how to bring my oral health back to prevent further cavities! I’m also a grinder. 🙁 I think maybe I got the most recent cavities from wearing the protective night-guard that my dentist prescribed for my grinding. Total bummer.

  76. I recently discovered that my Colgate toothpaste contains triclosan. I have been lazily researching something better and just haven’t dedicated the time to follow through and purchase something else since I have a full tube.

    • Sarag,

      Welcome to the ‘other side’ of oral health where we believe that toxic, or even questionable ingredients, have no place in oral care products! 🙂  Triclosan is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to toothpaste.  It’s amazing how the body responds when we use oral care products made with ingredients all aimed at helping create greater oral health.

  77. I’m an email subscriber!  My biggest challenge is eating right for oral health.

  78. I’ve always had bad teeth growing up. Eating too much sugar probably played a role in that. I’ve started to eat Paleo 2 months ago and am really interested in your recommendations here to try to heal my teeth. I am going to add this to my daily routine.

  79. tooth sensitivity is a biggie for me. Working on it! 🙂 

  80. I have had three children in less than three years, and have since begun to wonder about my oral health. Although no obvious problems have risen yet, I do not want to wait until that happens to take a proactive approach to my oral health! Not knowing really where to start, my husband and I have been using Jason’s toothpaste without fluoride. My three year old daughter has recently had to have some extensive dental work done, so I am definitely ripe for a change! I have just signed up for the oral Wellness newsletter and I know this site will be very helpful to my family as has Wellness Mama!

  81. I use your remineralizing powder (recipe) along with the OraWellness brushing blend. I love the combination! The brushing blend leaves a clean fresh feeling that lasts hours! Not to mention how smooth the powder makes my teeth feel. I am lucky enough to have very healthy teeth and gums, and I am confident my current oral health regime will help keep it that way!

  82. Well, the fermented cod liver oil tastes revolting, but I am sticking with it and trying my hardest to improve my teeth and not need the next filling.  If it works, then well worth it!!  thank you for all the information.

  83. Would love to try these products. I like my current tooth powder, but this sounds great!

  84. I have a ton of cavities and have had more fillings than I can count. My teeth constantly hurt and as I am learning to make my own toothpaste I fail to keep at it.

  85. We are new to your website and we are making lots of switches to our diet and self care. We would love to get on board with remineralizing our teeth and using the brushing blend!

  86. I’m a dental hygienist and fortunately do not have any cavities and didn’t need any orthodontic work. But I am very interested in learning how to heal your teeth and improve your oral health in a hollistic manner. Very exciting!

  87. My biggest challenges have been sensitivity and yellowness. I ditched by Crest a few weeks ago and have been rinsing with hydrogen peroxide, flossing daily, and I made my own toothpaste with baking soda, peppermint oil, coconut oil, and stevia. I’m hoping to try clay and charcoal soon. 

    • Hi Ellen,

      Sensitivity is definitely a sign not to be ignored.  It generally points to a decrease in minerals in the diet showing up as some gum recession and the associated root sensitivity.  It’s great that you are aware of this and are heading in the right direction with your oral care changes.

      We encourage you to come watch some of our free video tutorials on our site to help folks create positive changes in their own oral health.

  88. I’m just starting with the bone broth to remineralize my teeth.

  89. My biggest challenge is just to brush my teeth and floss them. I usually forget 4 out of 7 days a week to brush and rarely floss my teeth. I don’t seem to have a problem with cavities, but i do have lots of plaque. I use jason toothpaste currently but am interested in making my own and trying oil pulling.

    •  I should also mention I grind my teeth and a filling came out last week and it cracked my tooth in half! I went to the dentist and he said I have receding gums, the beginning of gum disease!  I’m going to buy a new toothbrush and do the BASS Brushing method from now on!

  90. I have had “bad” teeth ever since I was little. I had baby bottle rot and then when i was a few years older I ate a moth ball thinking it was candy (at least that’s what my mom tells me). I’ve had thousands of dollars put into my mouth over the years and it just never ends. I’ve been so frustrated that I was to the point I was going to have them all pulled and get dentures but my dentist talked me out of it. I follow a good brushing and flossing routine and do everything I can to try to save and improve my teeth but nothing helps.  I just started getting into the natural remedies and I hope that helps as I’ve had several teeth pulled and the rest are all fillings I have very little of my natural teeth left. I have given up on them and now only go to a dentist when they start to bother me (usually to have another one pulled because I refuse and cant afford root canals). Even when I made regular visits to the dentist I was constantly sticking thousands of dollars into my mouth every year.  Something has to help!

  91. I’ve always had good teeth, but my gums have started to recede. I’ve just changed toothpaste to one of the recipes you shared and have added coconut oil to our diet as well as the cod liver/butter oil.

  92. I have a child with special needs, and I brush her teeth for her but am often alarmed at the amount she will swallow despite my best efforts. 

  93. I have terrible teeth- easily get cavities! I’ve always been told its genetic.  But after reading about blog entries last night about reversing tooth decay and remineralizing your teeth, I am ready to give it a try!!

    • Genetics really do play a role in oral health.  However, our cultural understanding of genetics needs updating! 🙂  I used to believe in the outdated genetic story that says, ‘well, it’s your genetics’.  In other words, you are stuck with what you got, almost like a lottery, and have to bear the burden of it or, if you are lucky, reap the benefit.

      However, the field of epigenetics clearly shows that our genetic potential expands or contracts immediately to the quality of care we give our system.  So, rather than being ‘stuck’ with poor genetics, each of us can turn on sleeping genetic potential for greater health (including oral health) be making sure we get certain nutrients in our diets.  Now, diet isn’t the only aspect to turning on our genetic potential, but it plays a foundational role!

      I encourage you to check out Dr. Cate Shanahan’s book, Deep Nutrition for more info on epigenetics and how our dietary choices can make or break our ability to experience optimal health.

      To your health!

  94. I am lucky enough to have very healthy teeth and gums.  I use your remineralizing tooth powder along with the OraWellness brushing blend.  What a PERFECT combination!!  I am convinced my teeth will remain healthy (and shiny clean) with this daily regime!  Thanks WellnessMama and OralWellness!!!  🙂

  95. i use a floride free toothpaste and TRY to floss everyday. I love the information you provided and I look forward to trying the brushing blend oil!!!

  96. I have a cavity (that WAS incredibly painful) that is now in the process of healing thanks to my change in diet, toothpaste, the addition of cod liver oil and plenty of sunshine!  I still have some healing to go but I can’t wait to at OraWellness to my list of things that helped me save my tooth!

  97. I just had a baby 3 months ago and my gums are a wreck! Trying to juggle a baby and maintain oral health (plus 2 other children) is a challenge.

  98. Thanks for the giveaway! My biggest challenge has been to eat better to help my teeth be strong.

  99. I’ve switched to tooth powder.  Toothpaste is problematic.  It’s not just the common ingredient SLS that I avoid but also glycerine.  Apparently it can coat the teeth and prevent your saliva from re-mineralizing your teeth!  Back to basics, I say.

  100. I have very clean and healthy teeth. I have recently switched to all natural tooth powder.  I have passed on the clean teeth habit to my children. I would love it if they keep it going but in a natural, healthy way. 

  101. My teeth are pretty good, but I’d like to try remineralizing my molars. My dentist is “watching a couple spots on the molars and I don’t want to have to get them filled. He has not suggested doing anything to prevent them from becoming cavities.

    Can you explain the coconut oil in coffee/vanilla/emulsify thing? Do you put coconut oil in your coffee to make a tasty drink? How much do you use?

    • Every morning, in coffee or chai tea, I put 1-2 tablespoons of coffee (and sometimes some unsalted, raw, grassfed butter for the Vitamin K), a few drops of vanilla, a few drops of natural stevia tincture and the blend in the blender until frothy. It tastes great and gets in a big dose of good fats. It also gives me energy until at least dinner and has been great for sun tolerance. I also take my fermented cod liver oil around the same time to get the fat soluble vitamins in with a bunch of good fats…

  102. 34 years old and still no cavities!  However, I do have sensitivity and receding gums.

  103. I am already subcribed via email.

  104. I have a problem with my gums receding. I’m very interested in natural healing. Thanks for the giveaway

  105. I have terrible, and I mean terrible, gums. They are sensative to all things and just suck in general.  I’ve seen a *little* improvement after going Paleo/Primal but not much.  I’m afraid I’m a victim of bad genes on this front. 🙁 Perhaps OraWellness could help me? 

  106. My biggest oral challenge is receding gums.  I probably have more gums than anyone you’ve ever seen, but still, as I’ve moved into my 40’s they’ve receded, leaving the root of my teeth painfully exposed.

  107. Biggest challenge is just trying to save my teeth…..some gum problems and some weak teeth

    • Sandy,

      We highly encourage you to come check out our HealThy Mouth System on our site.  If you have gum problems that are advanced enough that you are concerned about keeping your teeth, I can guarantee you that you would highly benefit from using our system.  We have lots of customer testimonials how others have benefited from using our system as well on the site.  Watch the video Wellness Mama has on this page about us to see how we came up with the system…

  108. Three years ago went to follow up on report of small cavities from 3 years prior, and all had advanced drastically. One cavity had visibly eaten away at a front tooth that started with a crown and ended with a root canal. Another molar caused enough toothache pain that I finally began to understand the world of pain meds. After that relatively simple root canal and crown, I had another that would just not hold on. Enter maxillofacial surgery to shave a bit of jawbone so that crown can adhere to ground down tooth. I blamed all of this on busy childbearing years, both for not getting to the dentist regularly like I should and for draining my body of calcium in order to form several new little bodies along the way. Completely ridiculous, I know, but even with improved hygiene (regular flossing & dentist visits) I continue to have sensitivity and tenderness and rapidly advancing cavities. I’m finding dental work is just leading to more dental work, something’s gotta change!!

  109. My teeth are in fairly good shape, i’m more worried about my children’s teeth. I’ve purchased OraWellness Blend about a week ago and my husband and I love it! Kids aren’t too keen on it yet. I seen it on your WellnessMama blog! I want our family to have healthy, strong teeth!

    • Try using just one drop with the paste they normally use.  The flavor can be a bit strong for some kids.  Also, they probably don’t need as much as their mouths are physically smaller as well.

      Holler with any questions.  We’re here to help!

      Thank you

  110. My daughter finally got her first tooth! Just wondered what advice you have for her oral health. Currently, I oil pull every night, brush with a sea salt/baking soda mixture AND your tooth powder recipe, and floss. I’ve had awful teeth my whole life, so this all has saved me…thank you!! but what can I use on my almost 1-year-old?

  111. I read an article on kids taking homeopathic calc phos 6x & calc fluor 12x-what is your take on homeopathic remedies for cavities & dental health? Do they work?