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.
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.
- Drink adequate water
- Get 20-30 minutes of mid-day sun exposure for Vitamin D
- Get enough healthy fats from coconut oil, tallow, grass-fed butter and healthy meats
- Consume at least 2 cups of homemade bone broth for the gelatin and minerals
- Daily magnesium intake to intensively boost magnesium levels (this post explains what I used)
- 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:
- Remineralizing Toothpaste or Toothpowder
- Simple Whitening Toothpaste Recipe
- Basic Oil Pulling or Coconut Oil Chews
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
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?