My Oral Health Routine (That Stopped My Cavities)

My daily oral health routine that helped stop my cavities

My post about how to remineralize teeth naturally has gotten hundreds of questions and comments over the years, especially about my personal oral health routine. Most commonly, questions are about the specifics I used to help my teeth remineralize or products I used.

Check out the original post for the specifics on how cavities can remineralize and why I chose the products I did, and this post answers the specifics of what I used. If you are new to the idea of remineralization, this interview with a dentist about the body’s ability to remineralize teeth may be helpful too.

I had two small cavities that my holistic dentist was willing to wait on filling, and after using this protocol they had remineralized and no longer needed to be filled. Of course, I am not a dentist and you should check with yours about your own personal oral health, but I’m sharing my experience and routine for informational purposes only.

My Daily Oral Health Routine

This is the oral health routine that I personally follow daily (or most days) that helped remineralize me teeth and that I now use to help avoid any new cavities.

Morning: As soon as I wake up, I do Oil Pulling with Coconut oil. Spit, Rinse Well and Swish with clean water. Important notes- I don’t even swallow this oil and I make sure not to spit into a drain. I usually spit into a container and keep tightly closed until I throw away.

After that, I brush with homemade toothpaste or homemade tooth powder and a Bass Toothbrush.

Then I usually take some Marine Phytoplankton (for energy and cellular health).

Breakfast: Take 1/2 of Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend or Regular Cod Liver Oil. Eat breakfast high in healthy fats and proteins.

Lunch and Dinner: I include Homemade Bone Broth, at least two sources of healthy fats, protein and vegetables. (See my recipes for Ideas) or Bone Broth Tutorial for instructions on bone broth. (Or, if you’re short on time, try this storebought organic, grass-fed broth that I love.)

Evening: I floss, then brush again with homemade toothpaste or homemade tooth powder and a Bass Toothbrush. If I’m trying to whiten my teeth, I also brush with Activated Charcoal powder, which works wonders!

Bedtime: I don’t eat after 7 pm and try to be in bed between 10-10:30 to allow maximum restorative sleep and optimal hormone production. I sleep on an earthing mat to help reduce inflammation and spray myself with magnesium spray before bed to improve sleep and make sure I’m getting enough of this important mineral. Have trouble sleeping? Check out these four helpful hacks for falling asleep.

Throughout Day:

Sample Diet:

  • 3-4 eggs with vegetables and meat for breakfast or a gelatin based protein shake and sometimes healthy coffee with a boost of good fats
  • Some form of healthy protein at every meal
  • 2 cups (average) of homemade bone broth daily
  • 2-4 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
  • 2+ tablespoons grass fed butter
  • Coconut based snacks like coconut cream
  • Various other forms of protein and fat like tallow used in cooking, bison for snack, etc
  •  4-6 cups+ of vegetables each day, usually in soups or with meats, including a lot of leafy greens and brightly colored vegetables.

Natural Oral Care Recipes

I also only use natural products on my teeth and gums. This made a big difference for me personally, as I realized after switching to natural oral care products that something in conventional toothpaste was causing the gum irritation I’d had since I’d had braces as a child.

These are the natural oral health products I use:

Recommended Oral Health Books

Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel

Oil Pulling Therapy by Dr. Bruce Fife

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Dr. Weston A. Price

Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan

Other Helpful Posts

How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally
Oral Affects the Health of the Whole Body (Part 2)
How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally
How to Whiten Teeth Naturally (and Prevent Poisoning)
Should I Take Supplements?
Are You Low on Magnesium? (Probably so!)
Why I Drink Green Jello (Well.. kinda)
Supplements for Children
Supplements for Pregnancy and Nursing

References and Citations

My oral health routine that helped me remineralize cavities
The Affect of Saliva on Dental Caries, JADA vol. 139. May 2008. (PDF)
Role of Saliva in Oral Health, Epstein JB, Scully C, J Can Dent Assoc. 1992 Mar;58(3):217-21.
The Role of Saliva in Maintaining Oral Homeostasis, Mandel ID, J Am Dent Assoc. 1989 Aug;119(2):298-304.
Dental Caries: a pH Mediated Disease, Hurlburt M, Novy B, Young D, CDHA Journal, Winter 2010. 9-15 (PDF)
Antimicrobial Agents in Saliva: Protection for the Whole Body, Tenovu J, Journal of Dental Research.
Mandel ID (1990). The diagnostic uses of saliva. J Oral Pathol Med 19:119–125.
Nieuw Amerongen AV, Veerman ECI (2002). Saliva—the defender of the oral cavity. Oral Dis 8:12–22.
Hormones and Health, Dr. Warren C. Edwards. (PDF)
Smoking and Sleep Top The List of Lifestyle Factors Affecting Oral Health
Longitudinal Study on the Association between Smoking as a Periodontitis Risk and Salivary Biomarkers related to Periodontitis. (Journal of Periodontology)
The Sleep Connection: Sleep and Disordered Breathing. Gale Skousen, MD
Associations Among Sleep Disturbance, Vitality, Fatigue and Oral Health

Do you have an oral health routine? What steps do you take to keep your smile looking healthy?

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  1. Katie, your advice on tooth care (and really everything) has been so helpful to me and my family. I’ve got two questions – do you floss? And have you heard that homemade tooth powders can be abrasive? My dental hygienist was concerned it could be. Thanks!

  2. That is quite a regimen. Do you have time for anything else? If so, how do you do it? I am 65, disabled. I could not even get all that done.

  3. Thanks for this post ! I’ve been wondering lately what you do to fit everything into your routine! Sincerely, Alexandra Sarka

  4. Hi Katie!

    Can we use the Otawellness blend if pregnant? There are some oils in the blend that are to be avoided during pregnancy…myrhh, cinnamon, etc. Maybe it’s okay since it isn’t ingested?

    Is oil pulling safe while pregnant too?

    Thank you!!

    • I’ve done both while pregnant, but check with your OB or midwife if you’re concerned…

      • I’ve had my cavities filled. Can reminders losing still be done with cavities that have already been filled?

        • I’m sorry I had a typo in my last comment. My question was: can you remineralize your teeth that have cavities, but have already been filled?

    • I used it while prego and did oil pulling

  5. Wow! Plus all the research and time you take to create a daily post for your blog and take care of 5 children! Maybe you are able to do this because you’re health gives you the energy! I hope I get there one day. I’ve been applying many of your recipes etc. and I must say my health IS getting better, so I am on my way.
    Thanks, Katy!

  6. Thanks for the post! I wondered what a day in the life of Wellness Mama looked liked. I am an attorney and the mother of four month old twin boys. I watch several hours of TV a day. I am thinking if I cancel my cable subscription, I should find the time for this routine. I am pretty sure I can also include some yoga and meditation.

    • Love your idea to cancel your cable! I did and love all the time I have learning new things.

    • I have been seriously thinking about canceling my cable bill. And it feels good to see other moms out there which feel the same way.

  7. Thanks for another great post! Like some of your other readers, I am amazed by your daily routine. In fact, this doesn’t even cover it all…it would be neat if sometime you did an official “breakdown” of ALL the supplements you take (you’ve mentioned Astaxanthin, Vitamin D for Hashimotos, which I also have, Ubiquinol…none of which are listed here) and ALL the daily health-promoting activities you engage in (rebounding, dry brushing, etc.) in one comprehensive post. I trust and am trying to incorporate as much of your advice as possible and that would be so helpful!

    • I second this! I would love to have a post about how you fit all of this into your day!

        • Thank you for directing me there, I enjoyed that post very much!

          Incidentally, in addition to correcting dental decay and remineralizing teeth, TMJ can be resolved too! Through some cranial-facial exercises I was able to abandon my night guard about a year ago and my teeth look and feel great, not to mention my jaw 🙂

          • Ana do you have a link to those exercises? I’d love to get rid of my nightmare guard.

          • Laura, I wish I could direct you to a link, but I actually developed the exercises myself. I recently skyped with a guy from Australia to teach him how to rehabilitate his jaw, but I’m realizing this one-on-one approach isn’t going to reach many folks. I am thinking about creating a simple website dedicated to this issue (as well as a slew of other health issues I’ve resolved, including SIBO, scoliosis, and hearing impairment) due to what I call “postural therapy” techniques. It’s been miraculous and liberating to keep these discoveries to myself! 🙂

            Nightmare guard – LOL!!!

    • Don’t forget that there’s also apparently time for

      a glass of water with sole in addition to the glass with lemon
      body brushing before showers
      a workout with kettlebells
      veggie smoothie with spirulina
      oil cleansing for the face
      water kefir
      elderberry syrup
      tart cherry juice for sleep
      gelatin gummies
      beet kvass
      rumble roller for back

      and probably a whole bunch more I can’t remember. Not just taking/doing the things, but making them. Plus the kids and the house. It’s almost like no human being could do it all.

      • You discovered my secret! I’m a robot Muhahahaha! Just kidding… I know it sounds daunting when you write it all out (which is why I hesitated to do so, even after years of people asking), but really, once all those snacks are made (and they spend the majority of their “cook time” in the over or fridge, because who has the time indeed?) they are just that: snacks. They take no more or less time than it would take someone to grab a bag of chips or a soda. Body brushing takes as log as my shower takes to heat up. And the workouts are intentionally quick. Again, so half of this stuff, it truly takes longer to write it out (or read it all) than it does to actually do.

        • And.. she took a baby step at a time. She is super intentional which is the #1 secret for any mom! Thanks Katie!

  8. Thank you. It sounds like the oils to avoid while pregnant are OK in small amounts 🙂

  9. I can´t find calcium powder in my country. I have read that one can make a calcium supplement with dried powdered egg shells. Do you think egg shell powder could be used instead of calcium powder for this recipe?

    • My son makes his own, boiled the organic egg shells, dry, then process into a powder (though still gritty to me:).

  10. Thank you for this! this post makes it a lot better and easier to figure out how I can start treating my teeth better!
    I was alway very strict with brushing 2 times a day and since I been having some issues with my teeth (inherited periodontal disease beginning stages) I am hoping this will help me to keep this at bay! Also I need to remineralized my teeth (my hubby also needs to keep his teeth in check… hes an ex-smoker).
    I really hope that this can help me with my oral health journey!

  11. Katie,
    I think you are amazing and you do a great service for us out here in internet land! But your suggestions in this last post tell me that you do not work outside the home. To complete your suggestions daily are impossible for us who work 13 hr shifts in a toxic buildings
    (most health care workers). More realistic suggestions for working women and Moms would be appreciated.


    • I’m sure Katie built this routine over time, not all at once and so it would be more habitual and easier over time. And a routine for a schedule like yours would look very different. I too have struggled a lot to find time to implement all the ideas for health I have for my family with work and all…. I will never do it all but I am excited when something works.

      It helps to find just one thing to implement for a week and then assess on a slower day I think- Like just putting a note on the mirror to try oil pulling.

      If I look at my calendar for when I will fit food in my life and write it down, that helps too- when I will grocery shop, when I will have time to plan out some meals or prep some sack lunch things to help in the rush to come (If there even is such a time that week. Some weeks just have to be ‘wing it’ weeks.)

      I have been able to add in some bone broth by finding a night I have the most time here and there and scheduling a whole chicken with salad and a veggie. After the meal, I take off any remaining meat to use later and freeze it if I won’t use it that week. I then throw the bones in the crock pot with salt and pepper, maybe some other things, overnight. In the morning I strain out the bones. Then I can put the broth in the fridge for later, or throw part of it back I the crockpot for a base for a soup for dinner. I try to make enough soup for leftovers for lunches. This took a lot of time the first time, but I am getting faster at it and it gives me a start on about 4 meals for the week!

    • A lot of people work from home nowadays. My heart goes out to you regarding your 13 hour days in a toxic environment. I hope, assuming this is a problem for you, that down the road your life can become more conducive to healthful living! <3

  12. Katie,
    I can’t stand the idea of swishing oil in my mouth for even 2 minutes. Can I skip this step? Also, how soon after drinking lemon water can I have coffee? Thanks!

  13. I cannot make myself do the oil pulling, and I have a disease that causes the immune system to attack my mucus and moisture producing glands and membranes. Had read somewhere to mix coconut oil with a tiny amount of H2O2 and a drop of peppermint oil. Have you tried this?
    Thank you for all of your recipes and ideas!

    • Hi Julia,
      Thank you for the recipe. My doctor is considering doing tests to diagnose me with Sjogren’s (I have the antibodies, some symptoms and I already have Hashimoto’s).
      If anyone knows any other recipe for the mouth for this condition or similar that contains natural ingredients and would help with oral health, please do post, it would be greatly appreciated!

  14. So, with oil pulling, drinking lemon water, etc, where would you fit in taking meds (ie, thyroid meds first thing in the am that require to be taken on an empty stomach)? I wouldn’t want oil pulling to take the meds as a toxin [well, okay, an unwanted toxin] and pull it out, nor would I want the lemon water to dilute it all and flush it out quickly before it got into the bloodstream well. Maybe that’s bad science on my part, but any thoughts/advice?

    • Maybe between the oil pulling and lemon water… The lemon water is a fairly light flush (otherwise I would not do it everyday… It’s not healthy to do a prolonged heavy flush), and unlike something like chia seeds is not likely to dilute or absorb the medicine. Of course, you could always ask your doctor to double check and be safe about it.

  15. Hi

    I wanted to know how i could use this plant in treating my gum disease (very sensitive due to receding gums) which has been treated by the dentist but still sore. At the moment, I have been gargling lukewarm water with salt after using several products available in the market. Please tell me the procedures and other options I could take, should it be fresh leaves or dry leaves?


  16. I need to give oil pulling a try. Seems to always be a reason to put it off. I created a remineralizing charcoal toothpaste to help whiten and clean my teeth, so the oil pulling would be my next step. Thanks for sharing your routine.

  17. Thanks for your inspiring story. I have a tooth that is almost all filled in from a sizable cavity, I could stick my tongue into it. Now it is barely detectable. I had stopped eating most chips, crackers, and less of the whole grain bread. I eat mostly food I make myself. I have recently added the cod liver oil capsules. I do eat plenty of organic butter, eggs, and raw milk, plus some coconut butter every day. I think that vitamin deficiencies are the root cause of tooth decay, mainly oil base vitamins A + D, and minerals. I feel that many of the processed foods and flavored drinks actually leach vitamins out of us. I also feel that many of our current health problems are due to this constant low level vitamin deficiency. Just the fact that we spend most of our time indoors under artificial lighting must compromise our vitamin D and thus calcium uptake. I have eaten very healthy for many years and have only recently experienced significant improvement in my teeth. There are so many lies fed to us about food and health that we need great vigilance in wading through all the deceptions. Simple and natural is the best way to go for foods, but some supplements are needed because of our current artificial life styles. It is nice to see this issue being explored and interesting to see what works best. Blessings!!! Kim

  18. Why can’t you combine your oil pulling with the activated charcoal – swish with both the oil and charcoal? Is there a benefit that you know of of keeping them separate?

  19. I have been drinking lemon water in the mornings for about 6 months now. I think it has done WONDERS for me in so many ways (including, but not limited to: minimal canker sores and rapid healing if I get one, decreased colds and mosquitos don’t like me anymore, to name a few). However, I just had my 6 month dental check up and my sensitivity was through the roof. I have a LOT of recession (genetic predisposition to receding gums… my dad is a dentist and we both take great care of our teeth, but we have the same mouth and fight the same battle). The only thing I can attribute this sensitivity to is the lemon water. Have you (or any other reader) had a similar experience and what did you do for tooth sensitivity at the gum line, outside of crest sensitivity strip or toothpaste (which I’m not partial to, but they have allowed me to actually brush my teeth lightly the last few days). Thanks!

    • My teeth sensitivity went down drastically after I started oil pulling…

    • Do you rinse your mouth after drinking lemon water? This is important to do 🙂

  20. I am so happy you wrote about this issue. I have a 21 month old who has a few cavities. We eat a lot of almonds- in various forms of milk, flour, butter and we also eat oatmeal and rice. So needless to say she has had a high diet of phytic acid. My husband is Paleo and has boasted about his diet to me for a long time I just didn’t think it was for me. But now when I read this I know I have to see if it will work in her. Thanks so much!!! Our only option was to have her sedated to cap them. Not good! Thank you again. I’ll let you know in 6 months how it’s going. I love all your links to everything you need to do this.

  21. When your teeth remineralize, can composite fillings fall out then?

  22. This looks a lot like the GAPS diet. Would it be as effective to follow GAPS for reversing tooth decay? Just looking for some direction. I managed to get 7 cavities this year while pregnant and anemic. :,( I don’t want to have them all filled. My plan is to follow your advice as closely as possible and see if there is any improvement at my next 6 month appointment.

  23. This is great info, thanks! Do you have a link for a recipe for your gelatin based protein smoothies?

  24. I’ve heard a bit about “teeth twigs” especially miswak and licorice root – can anyone vouch for this?

  25. How long did you do this for before you got the desired result?

  26. I thank you for your hard work and sharing your results with us. I was wondering if you had any recipes that you and your family enjoyed while doing this diet? I’m starting it and I am soooooo overwhelmed by it all and so worried that my family will get tired of it and then it will all be for nothing. Thank you so much.

  27. Can this protocol be effective without the fermented cod liver oil? I have tried several times (and spent scads of money) on different varieties of it and really cannot tolerate it, even the capsules make me very ill. I am assuming that it’s not something I can eat/take. Also, is it better to completely avoid foods with phytates or are methods like soaking or fermenting effective enough to allow their use? Love your site and appreciate all that you do and share with us all!

    • Could be that your liver is having a hard time breaking down. Try taking digestive enzymes and hcl capsules along with the clo. May find that youre helps tons.

  28. Thanks for sharing, Katie. I take it you’ve decided to stick with the fermented cod liver oil/ butter blend from Green Pastures? I really didn’t know what to do after that whole scandal last year because I really couldn’t figure out if the company was being straightforward or not. I’d love to hear if you have gathered more information since your helpful post on this last year.

    • Yes, I’m still taking it. I’ll probably write an update about the whole issue down the road, but there’s a lot of misinformation and false accusations floating around…

  29. I recently read somewhere to gargle with a solution of one half teaspoon of salt diluted in a cup of warm water. I take a swig of this a day and swish it around to help clear bacteria from my mouth. I also buy frozen wheat grass juice in packets and swish the thawed juice around to help with oral health.

    Thanks for the remineralization info I’ll check out.

  30. Have you tried Theodent toothpaste with the active natural ingredient Rennou that help remineralize teeth? Bonus it tastes and comes from chocolate! I am currently using it along with oil pulling, etc, and other diet suggestions. I wondered what you thought of it???? I am torn between using it and homemade, but I thought I’d try it over the last 3 months and it seems to be helping.

  31. Hi Katie– I’m curious about your spitting the coconut oil into a covered container. Why not just into the (lined) bathroom garbage can? Thanks for your helpful blog– I really enjoy it. 🙂

  32. Hi,
    Terrific info! I’m wondering if you have any alternative ideas for a root canal. I have one that is failing, and my dentist simply wants to replace it. I’d like to replace it with something less potentially damaging to the health, but I have no idea what to try. I don’t live close to any holistic dentists to check in with.
    Thanks, Tita

  33. Great advice!
    But The multivitamin suggested?….eh not so much. Each vitamin is synthetically sourced (in parenthesis) -not agood based vitamin.
    Trilight minerals is good though obviously not comprehensive but I avoid synthetics with my kids as much as possible.
    Only out of curiously-are u able to do the bake test on them to see if coal tar oozes out? (Serious question. Not snarky. ) —when I learned about the test (bake 350 for 15 min) and did with my rainbow light prenatals I was stunned to see black ooze out. Touched it and it smelled like road tar. In the garbage they went.

  34. HELP- I use to always use Sensodine toothpaste since my teeth where sensitive. When I discovered this website I changed over and I have made my own re-mineralization toothpaste with betonite clay and have been using it for 3 months. I also brush with charcoal 2 times a month. However, my teeth have gotten so sensitive that anything even slightly cool hurts and when I ride my motorcycle the air blowing in my mouth hurts.

    So I have started using Sensodine again. What am I doing wrong and what can I do to naturally fix the sensitivity? Suggestions would be awesome and tried.

  35. Thanks, what alternative can you offer for vegetarian trying to get gelatin (bone broth) alternative.

    • Eek bone broth. 🙂
      You can find everything you need (nutritionally speaking) from the following:
      Nuts (almonds are great, also there’s almond milk which is a great coffee creamer).
      There’s veggie broth that’s delish.
      Coconut oil, melted down … Is super great.
      I don’t quite understand the purpose of the broth … I guess I need to read more. 🙂

        • But for those of us who chose not to eat meat or animal byproducts … I’m suggesting suitable options.

          • Unfortunately things like almond milk, nuts, etc. contain phytic acid which can slow the teeth from remineralizing. I understand where you’re coming from, but I have yet to find any vegetarian substitutes for broth that has the same health benefits…

          • Gelatin is considered to be a none essential protein because.we don’t need it. These all have more protein:
            1.00 casein (milk protein)
            1.00 egg white
            1.00 soy protein
            1.00 whey (milk protein)
            I do not know your ph levels. If you know please inform me.

            For teeth I would recommend coconut oil and activated charcoal. For sensitivity potassium nitrate and (not organic but…) sodium fluoride…

  36. Any recommendations for those who already have fillings? I’ve been adding garlic supplements to my vitamin regime and oil pulling. I’m very concerned about my fillings but can’t afford to remove them.

  37. Hi wellness mama love your blog but I had a question. I saw for lunch you have two cups of bone marrow broth is that in cunjuction with the gelatn powder you take morning and night?

  38. I just went to the dentist today after not having been for over 3 years. I consume soda on occasion, but over the last few years I mostly drink water throughout the day and only one coffee in the morning. Then a decaf tea in the evening. Brushing my teeth in the morning is the first thing I do when I get out of bed and I always try to make sure I brush in the evenings and floss every so often. I have an intrinsic platelet disorder so even with regular flossing, my gums still bleed so I need a rest period. I tried your tooth powder off and on but still use regular toothpaste in between when I don’t make any–just being honest I get lazy sometimes. The biggest thing has been brushing with the charcoal. I don’t do it often enough to really whiten my teeth, but more of a weekly maintenance. The dentist was very surprised at how my gum line looks for being over 30. I was informed they typically start to see gum lines receding in a person’s late 20’s! That seems not only young, but pretty crazy–maybe it’s the area I live in? Anyway, no cavities. My partner’s mouth was something to be desired. Doesn’t remember to brush every day, only uses regular toothpaste, consumes insane amounts of soda and coffee… It was such a difference between the two of us. I am hoping it was an eye-opener so that he will consider a lifestyle change, but the things you consume do make such a big difference in your oral care. I do know genetics don’t help sometimes, but I come from a family all with very bad mouth issues. It has actually made me strive to take more care about oral hygiene because I don’t want to just give up and blame genetics. I want to know I have some control over the choices for my body.

  39. I am a single Aunt Mommy with 6 Kids (nieces and nephews). I want to get us healthy and our home healthy. We deal with many dis-eases (autism, diabetes, and a few others). You give a WEALTH of information-thank you so much. Where do I start? I am so excited and overwhelmed. How do I start-what is the most essential thing (so many seem so important)? With your experience, what would you tell a “newbie” the five most important things to start? Would you start with five? Any direction would be appreciated. Bless you Katie!

  40. I am interested in knowing your routine for betting oral health routine however most of the information is left out and make it impossible to read. Any reason for this?

    • What do you mean the information is “left out”?

  41. Great thoughts Katie! I especially love how you talk about nutrition in regards to oral health, not just the toothpaste we use. Need to start oil pulling again!

    Thanks for your work!

  42. Any recommendations for those who already have fillings? I’ve been adding garlic supplements to my vitamin regime and oil pulling. I’m very concerned about my fillings but can’t afford to remove them.

  43. Hi Katie!

    I am a huge fan! This is by far the post I come back to most often too, I love it!

    Congrats on your new baby!! Such a wonderful story.

    Katie I live in South Africa and I’m battling to find plain old calcium powder, I have however found calcium, magnesium and zinc mixed powder. Could I use this in my homemade tooth paste?

    Thanks so much!

    Keep up the good work and enjoy your new bundle ?

    • That should work to use in toothpaste, as long as they aren’t in citrate form, which can be too harsh on teeth. 🙂

      • Thanks Katie, unfortunately the powder is in citrate form. Why is that bad for teeth? I am battling to find plain old calcium powder, I wonder if I could order from Amazon.

        • It can just be a little harsh and cause irritation…

  44. I tried the remineralizing toothpaste and clay paste with peppermint oil..
    I like it. They both make my teeth feel clean and tastes good but a couple hours later, I will have a bad taste in my mouth and dry mouth. Rinsing with coconut oil or green tea does not help. With Jason’s toothpaste, I do not get a bad taste later. I wonder if we ultimately need to add glycerin to homemade toothpaste to keep the mouth moist (glycerin is a humectant) or add something else ?

  45. Dear Katie,

    thanks for the posts. May you please touch on mouth ulcers (Aphthous Ulcers).How can i get rid of them?

    • I developed mouth ulcers when I put too much peppermint essential oil in my homemade toothpaste, so now it’s weakened my inner cheek lining that I now have to avoid spicy, too hot, or frozen fruit or the ulcers recur. I also no longer use essential oil in my toothpaste.

  46. When you say you were able to remineralize your cavity, are you referring to the small black cavities (about 1-2 mm diameter hole) that are visible on our teeth or the ones that are still hidden under the enamel?
    Thank you.

  47. I see your conection leads to a calcium carbonate powder. I have read about adding calcuim magnesium powder for making toothpaste. I thought you would be all about it with your likeness for magnesium. ???

  48. I smoke and drink tons of coffee. The appearance of my teeth is disgusting . I tried the charcoal powder for the first time today and noticed a difference instantly. I cant wait to see the final results. Thanks for the post!!

  49. I am 60 and I have had a lot of dental issues most of my life. I am interested in curing my tooth decay. My question: Has there been too much damage done that cannot be repaired?

  50. Thanks for your info. I see a dental hygienist who 3 years ago told me I had gingivitis and may have to go to a specialist. I researched and started religiously flossing and coconut pulling. Next time I went back and all consecutive times they are amazed how good my gums and teeth are, yet she still looked at me strangely when I explained the pulling. The other ritual I do is while surfing, is I gargle with salt water

  51. Hi! I have been reading your posts for probably two years. I try to incorporate as much as I can, but I can’t seem to get the time managment thing down. I don’t really watch TV or do much online. I’m usually really tired and feel like even 8-9+ hours is never enough. I don’t know how to get out of this cycle. Any tips for just getting enough energy to do all of this?

  52. Does it really matter what time of day you do the oil pulling? I’ve been doing it at night before bed up until now.