4 Unusual Ways to Boost Oral Health

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I’ve always been somewhat fascinated with the methods available to naturally boost oral health.

I 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. I saw tremendous changes once I realized this. My teeth were 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:

1. Change in Diet

What you eat can boost 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. Many foods are grown in nutrient-depleted soil, so supplements help fill those nutritional 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. The study found that cavities healed when vitamin D was optimized — even if diet wasn’t changed. Of course, the best results occurred when diet was optimized alongside Vitamin D. As a result, I spend time in the sun *gasp* around noon everyday, and take Fermented Cod Liver Oil. That way, I don’t need to supplement with extra Vitamin D.
  • 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 (like my Wellnesse brand whitening and charcoal toothpastes!) 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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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


143 responses to “4 Unusual Ways to Boost Oral Health”

  1. Erica Estis Avatar
    Erica Estis

    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!

  2. Paulette Avatar

    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.

  3. Megan Mattinson Avatar
    Megan Mattinson

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

  4. Sara Avatar

    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.

    1. Will Revak Avatar
      Will Revak


      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.

  5. Shannon Marie Avatar
    Shannon Marie

    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.

  6. Susan H. Avatar
    Susan H.

    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.  

  7. Jessica Avatar

    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!

  8. Madeline Souder Avatar
    Madeline Souder

    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!

  9. Laura Avatar

    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.

  10. April Peacock Avatar
    April Peacock

    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.

  11. Em Avatar

    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.

  12. Londamg Avatar

    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! 

  13. Chelsea Wipf Avatar
    Chelsea Wipf

    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 🙁

  14. Colleen Avatar

    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.

  15. Leah Avatar

    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.

  16. Crystal Avatar

    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.

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