How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally & Reverse Tooth Decay

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If you are like me, you grew up with the idea that sugar and bad genes cause tooth decay. Cavities and tooth decay meant a person needed to brush better and eat less sugar. And it certainly wasn’t possible to remineralize teeth.

I believed all that stuff too… but as it turns out, there is more to the story!

This post shares my personal account of my research into oral health and my own results. It is not medical or dental advice in any way. I’m not a dentist or doctor and don’t play one on the internet. I recommend finding a great biological dentist to work with on your own oral health.

What Really Causes Tooth Decay?

Turns out, a lot of historical evidence and recent research points to the idea that diet has a big impact on oral health. In fact, diet might matter as much or more than brushing! As I started researching oral health, I found examples of groups of people with no tooth decay. I also found examples of people claiming their teeth had remineralized.

As I thought about this, it made sense…

Why would bones and other tissue be able to heal and regenerate, but not teeth?

How did other populations throughout the world have great oral health, no cavities and no need for braces when they didn’t even have access to modern dentistry?

Research of Dr. Weston A. Price

As Dr. Weston A. Price (a dentist) found and detailed in Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, there were cultures throughout the world who had perfect teeth spacing and no evidence of cavities. This was despite no access to dentists or modern toothpaste, while similar cultures with different diets had very high rates of tooth decay.

Price showed examples of cultures with similar genetic backgrounds. Some living in primitive type societies and eating primitive type diets and others eating a more modernized diet. He concluded that many primitive cultures were able to completely avoid tooth decay and the many oral health problems we struggle with today. This was true even in cultures where they didn’t brush their teeth.

weston a priceThe image on the left shows a stark example of this: the woman in the top right ate a primitive, whole-food, high-fat diet while the other women ate a more modernized diet that contained grains and agricultural foods.

Price hypothesized that several dietary factors contributed to this difference in oral health.

Research of the Doctors Mellanby

Sir (Dr.) Edward Mellanby (he discovered Vitamin D) and his lovely wife Dr. May Mellanby were also influential in discovering the roles of nutrients in oral health. These two contributed much research in the areas of bone and tooth health and mineral absorption.

In fact, it was Edward who discovered that Vitamin D deficiency caused rickets. They also discovered that tooth structure is determined during a child’s growth, and that poorly formed teeth are more likely to decay (pretty logical).

The Doctors’ Conclusion: Diet Affects Oral Health

These doctors all reached the same conclusion after years of research. Specifically that tooth structure and decay is largely determined by diet, especially three main factors:

  1. The presence of enough minerals in the diet.
  2. The presence of enough fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) in the diet.
  3. How bio-available these nutrients are and how well the body is absorbing them. They found that this is largely influenced by the presence of Phytic Acid in the diet and how much sugar is consumed.

Phytic Acid Effect on Oral Health

Phytic acid is a molecule of phosphorus tightly bound with other molecules to form a type of phosphorus that is not easily absorbed by humans.

More simply, it is a compound present in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes. It is also present in much smaller amounts in some fruits and vegetables. The body naturally converts phytic acid into phytates. Some research shows that these take calcium from the body. Those who consume high amounts of phytic acid can lose calcium and absorb other minerals at lower rates.

Modern growing practices, including the use of high phosphorus fertilizer, mean a higher phytic acid content in many foods. Seeds, nuts, bran, oatmeal, and soybeans are especially high in phytic acid, and these foods are present in abundance in modern diet.

Check out this article about phytic acid for a comprehensive list of phytic acid content in foods.

Phytic Acid’s Effect on Bone and Tooth Health

People who consume large amounts of phytic acid (most Americans) in the form of grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes have higher rates of tooth decay, mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis.

Just as lack of Vitamin D and poor calcium absorption can cause malformation of the bones of the legs (as in the case of Rickets), it can cause the jawbone to form poorly, resulting in spacing problems for the teeth and braces for the child.

Sadly, the most commonly eaten diet in America these days is high in grains, sugars, and vegetable oils, and low in animal fats and fat soluble vitamins, the exact opposite of what the Drs. Mellanby found to be helpful for optimal bone health and the prevention of tooth decay.

Vitamin D and Phytic Acid

These doctors showed in their research that teeth are able to heal themselves in a process called remineralization. They explained that specialized cells in the center of the tooth are able to regenerate dentin, the layer of tooth just under the enamel. The enamel can then properly remineralize from the outside. This same process happens in bones when phytic acid is removed from the diet and minerals/fat soluble vitamins are added.

To prove this theory, the Drs. Mellanby did a study on children with existing cavities and reported their findings in the British Medical Journal. The children were put into three groups:

  • One: Regular diet plus oatmeal (which is high in phytic acid)
  • Two: Regular diet plus vitamin D
  • Three: Diet low in phytic acid plus vitamin D.

This is what they found:

grains cause cavities and bone loss

The group consuming phytic acid with no supplemental vitamin D continued to get cavities with little to no healing.

Participants that just supplemented Vitamin D showed some healing, but also got some new cavities.

The group consuming no phytic acid and supplementing Vitamin D showed very few new cavities and actually had many existing cavities heal!

This article at Whole Health Source explains more.

Can Teeth Regenerate?

Dentists know that the enamel of teeth can regenerate. Common belief is that once a cavity is through the dentin (the layer under the enamel), it is impossible for it to heal without dental intervention.
How to reverse tooth decay and cavities naturally

In my own life and in further reading, I’ve found that this isn’t the case either. As this article elaborates:

Fortunately, a decaying or broken tooth has the ability to heal itself. Pulp contains cells called odontoblasts, which form new dentin if the diet is good. Here’s what Dr. Edward Mellanby had to say about his wife’s research on the subject. This is taken from Nutrition and Disease:

Since the days of John Hunter it has been known that when the enamel and dentine are injured by attrition or caries, teeth do not remain passive but respond to the injury by producing a reaction of the odontoblasts in the dental pulp in an area generally corresponding to the damaged tissue and resulting in a laying down of what is known as secondary dentine.

In 1922 M. Mellanby proceeded to investigate this phenomenon under varying nutritional conditions and found that she could control the secondary dentine laid down in the teeth of animals as a reaction to attrition both in quality and quantity, independently of the original structure of the tooth. Thus, when a diet of high calcifying qualities, ie., one rich in vitamin D, calcium and phosphorus was given to the dogs during the period of attrition, the new secondary dentine laid down was abundant and well formed whether the original structure of the teeth was good or bad.

How to Remineralize Teeth

To recap, the things that Drs. Mellanby and Dr. Price found to be important for oral and bone health are:

  1. The presence of enough minerals in the diet.
  2. The presence of enough fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) in the diet.
  3. How bio-available these nutrients are and how well the body is absorbing them. They found that this is largely influenced by the presence of Phytic Acid in the diet.

What does this mean practically in the diet? It is not possible or necessary to fully eliminate Phytic acid from the diet. What should be considered is taking care to minimize the foods that contain the highest amounts.

Some preparations like soaking and fermenting can reduce the phytic acid content and should be practiced if the foods are going to be consumed, but in many cases, it is better to avoid these foods completely.

Foods to Watch Out For

Nuts, for instance, have a high phytic acid content which can be greatly reduced by soaking the nuts in salt or lemon water overnight and then rinsing and dehydrating in the oven (the same can be done with beans). While this step is time consuming, it is feasible with things like nuts or beans, but much more intensive with wheat (which contains more phytic acid!)

Grains especially are better soaked, sprouted and fermented,  if consumed at all, but this process does not completely eliminate the other harmful properties of grains. Avoiding the most common food sources of phytic acid can also help:

Phytic Acid in common foods

You might notice that meats, eggs, vegetables, and healthy fats are not on this list of high phytic acid foods. As I’ve mentioned before, these foods contain higher levels of vitamins and minerals are are more nutrient dense anyway.

If foods high in phytic acid are going to be eaten, check out this article from the Weston A. Price Foundation on how to sprout, ferment, and soak them to make them less harmful.

There is also a great book called Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition by Rami Nagel that explains in great detail the connection between phytic acid and tooth/bone health and practical steps to reverse it.

Remineralizing Teeth: My Experience

In early 2010, my regular dental check-up revealed that I had some soft spots and a lot of plaque on my teeth. I also had one “official” cavity. The cavity wasn’t bad, and while they suggested getting it filled soon, it wasn’t a huge rush. They did warn me that I had the beginning stages of gingivitis in several places and had a lot of plaque. (It took them about 30-40 minutes to scrape and clean my teeth, which I thought was normal). They took x-rays, so I have picture evidence of my teeth at this time.

I had every intention of getting the cavity filled quickly, but then life happened and I didn’t get around to scheduling an appointment for months. By the time I was ready to schedule an appointment, I had seen some interesting info in books about the ability of teeth to heal, so I decided to hold off.

Research Phase

I did more research, read the book Cure Tooth Decay and read accounts of other people reversing dental damage, so I decided to give it a try. I took advice from all the research I had done and figured out a specific diet and supplement regimen that I was going to use to try to heal my teeth.

After a couple of months, my teeth were whiter and much less sensitive to cold. This was big news to me as I used to have such sensitive teeth that drinking too cold of a drink could literally almost bring me to tears.

My Results

It was fall of 2011 before I finally got around to making it back to the dentist (I know, I know… every six months…) and I didn’t mention a thing about the cavities and soft spots that needed to be fixed… and neither did the dentist!

It also only took them about 5 minutes to clean and scrape my teeth. I thought she was still checking them and she was done! The hygienist told me that my teeth and gums looked great, and asked if I had started using fluoride or fluoride toothpaste (my chart made it very clear that I was anti-fluoride). I told her no but that I had been trying to make sure I was taking better care of my teeth lately (very true!).

When the dentist checked my teeth, he didn’t mention any problem areas either and remarked that my gums looked great! On a random note, I heard him telling another patient that cutting back on the sugar and starches was a good idea since “without starches, cavities can not form, since they feed on sugar and starches.” Newfound respect for my dentist!

So what did I do?

Diet to Help Heal Cavities and Improve Oral Health

  1. I drastically cut foods that contained phytic acid. I already wasn’t eating grains or beans, but I also cut or limited nuts. Podcast guest Dr. Steven Gundry points out that using a pressure cooker like an Instant Pot reduces phytic acid and lectin content and is a great option for people who still want to consume these foods.
  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. Most dentists will back this advice up. Studies show it isn’t just sugar consumption but how often we consume it that is linked to higher risk of cavities.
  3. Ate a LOT of healthy fats. I added seafood, fish oil, olive oil, and healthy fats to my diet each day, and used only pastured, cultured butter. This helped increase the presence of fat-soluble vitamins.
  4. I made an effort to consume a lot of homemade bone broth for its added minerals. (If you’re short on time, I recommend buying your broth online.

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

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 I took it during this time to help my teeth. FCLO has become controversial recently, but it is the supplement I used to reverse my tooth problems so I’m listing it here but do not feel comfortable linking to it or sharing the brand.
  • 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. Patients healed most when diet was optimized and Vitamin D was added. I personally get my blood levels of Vitamin D tested often and am careful not to take too much.
  • Other supplements– I also took magnesium, gelatin and vitamin C daily. These aren’t as vital to tooth healing.

Toothpastes and Powders to Remineralize Teeth

Other Results

I’ve gotten a lot of emails from readers with cavity-free teeth as well. Here is one of my favorites:

Hey Katie-

I just want to say thank you and share a healing success story thanks to your encouragement!

Last year (at age 30)  the dentist told me I had my first cavity. It was not going to heal, he said it was too far advanced and not possible. I told him I didn’t want to deal with it because I was diagnosed with stage 4 carcinoid cancer and had recently had surgery to cut out a tumor. The thought of cutting something else out of my body when I was working so hard to heal my body didn’t make sense to me. So I found your site, read your tips, made homemade remineralizing toothpaste, ate a lot of bone broth and good butter, cut down on phytic acid, etc.

I went back to the dentist 6 months later and he was shocked that the cavity was gone. He wanted me to tell him everything I had done. I felt so good!

-Catherine D. from Virginia

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Lauren Jefferis, board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor or work with a doctor at SteadyMD.

This article was medically reviewed by Dr. Steven Lin, who is a Board accredited dentist trained at the University of Sydney. With a background in biomedical science, he is a passionate whole-health advocate, focusing on the link between nutrition and dental health. Listen to my podcast or read the transcript of my interview with him here.

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor or dentist.

What do you think? Would you try remineralizing your own teeth? Do you already do these things?

Did you know it's possible to remineralize teeth naturally? Teeth must be taken care of from the inside as well as the outside. This is how you do it.

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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. 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.


891 responses to “How to Remineralize Teeth Naturally & Reverse Tooth Decay”

    1. Kris Avatar

      CAssie: Coconut does not contain phytic acid and does not remove minerals from the body.

  1. Heather Collins Avatar
    Heather Collins

    I can’t take the cod liver oil with butter because I am casein intolerant. Do you recommend another cod liver oil? Thanks!

    1. Mikiye Avatar

      Have you tried Nutrapro butter oil? I also am casien intolerant and the rep that contacted me said that the product had most of the protein removed so that most lactose intolerant people use this with no problem. I also read another post saying the person was “allergic to dairy” but was able to consume this. I myself am curious to give it a try.

  2. Nickelle Ismert Avatar
    Nickelle Ismert

    When you say you swish with hydrogen-peroxide…do you dilute it with anything or just swig a mouthful and swish it around like mouthwash? For how long? I’m game to give these things a try but want to make sure I do it right.

  3. Tammy Ritchie Avatar
    Tammy Ritchie

    Hi Wellness Mama,
    We have been noticing that our 4 year old daughter’s back molar has been disintegrating for the past year (we can’t afford medical nor dental insurance due to unemployment but my mother-in-law has been helping us out) and this has been causing her pain for the past few weeks. Are there any suggestions on how I can lessen the pain while brushing her teeth? My husband is highly skeptical when it comes to the Paleo diet but I’m willing to try it IF we had the money (and he had the will) to do it. Oatmeal is a staple in this house in the morning, unfortunately and I’m allowing her only one chocolate a day (working on weaning her off as of yesterday). I have looked into pediatric dentists and the very thought of her going under (and she is afraid of needles) scares me to death so I’m going to plead to my husband to try this out instead. Thank you in advance!

  4. Ashley Aré Avatar
    Ashley Aré

    Wow! I just got home from the dentist and found out I have remineralized 8 out of 9 cavities I had 6 months ago with my GAPS/Weston A. Price Diet and Nutritional Rebalancing Program! I’m so excited!!! They told me the one cavity I still have has grown so small now that they don’t need to fill it…I’m sure if I stick with my bone broths, chicken livers, pastured ghee and fermented cod liver oil I can heal that last bit of decay too! Thanks Wellness Mama for writing such a great, well broken down article for people in need of dental help! I loved your presentation on the Oral Health Wellness Summit and will continue to be a reader of yours in future posts! : )

  5. Stephanie Larivee Avatar
    Stephanie Larivee

    Does anyone know where I can get fermented cod liver oil shipped to Canada?

  6. Kim Avatar

    You are so great for sharing all this info thank you! I recently went to the doctor and he said I had SIX cavities that appeared out of nowhere with in SIX months since my last check up! I am so upset and scared to death of getting teeth filled cuz I don’t like the needle! I just made your remineralizing tooth paste using calcium powder,baking soda, xylitol, coconut oil, and mint essential oil…but when I brush with it I feel like it is not sticking to my teeth or staying in my mouth long enough. I also normally use a Sonicare tooth brush but am thinking this could be the problem? Do you recommend this kind of brush or should i be using something softer since this toothpaste might be abrasive enough? Also what else would you recommend doing to see the same results as you and your husband with the remineralization? I can not do as much of the dietary change as you suggested because I am a vegetarian so i’m hoping you can recommend other supplements or natural remedies to use as a mouth wash? Any and all help would be much appreciated! Thanks again for your amazing blog I am learning so much and making natural changes to many daily things in my life!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I avoid electric ones because they are more abrasive. I use a Bass brush and it works great. Very gentle and still effective. It sounds like you are on the right track with the toothpaste… do you take any supplements? I take fermented cod liver oil, magnesium, coconut oil, and trace minerals to help with oral health…

    2. katya Avatar

      You will benefit greatly from reading :Cure tooth decay” by Ramiel Nagel. I really messed up my teeth and developed receded gums and many cavities on an organic, whole food vegetarian diet. You need the good fats and bone broths and fermented cod liver oil high vitamin butter oil OR Good wild seafood and grass fed meat. Unless you have a great source of raw pasture raised dairy you need quality animal products.

  7. Sharma Avatar

    madam, can you please say exactly how long did you do this routine ?
    do you still follow it ?

  8. Kaleigh Avatar

    How long before you started to notice a change? I’ve been eating Paleo (very similar to what you describe to eat). The last month or so I’ve been less strict and my teeth have been bothering me. I’m tryin to get back on track and hoping the pain will go away. I had a bad experience with a dentist and have anxiety just thinking about going.

    1. Kadee Avatar

      You posted a long time ago, but I have to ask, were you making sure you got plenty of Vitamin D, Calcium, plus other minerals, and Omega 3’s? I also think I’ll be trying the Fermented Cod Liver Oil / Butter stuff, I hear good things. I totally get (and share) your dental anxiety. :/

  9. Katie Avatar

    This is a silly question, please forgive me…the Bass technique involves brushing the gum line, so are you supposed to brush the other surfaces of he teeth as well with the bass toothbrush? Thank you!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      You do but not nearly as vigorously as many people usually do..

  10. Sidnee Love Avatar
    Sidnee Love

    meat & dairy are acid-forming. acidity in the body causes diseases such as osteoporosis. in order to restore balance, calcium & magnesium must be used because of their alkalinizing ability. bones & teeth are therefore left depleted of those minerals & unable to remineralize as well. to keep the body alkaline, we must eat a plant-based diet, preferably high carb/low fat raw.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I’d love to see the statistics backing this up. Vegans as a while typically have poor oral health. And grains deplete the body of phosphorus and can cause a magnesium imbalance. Both of these can lead to weaker teeth.

      1. Lesley Lane Avatar
        Lesley Lane

        My teeth were worse off before I became vegan. At least since becoming vegan the rate at which my teeth decay has slowed. I also have a disease which causes the enamel to be weak or not form so I can’t say I am cavity free, but at least I don’t lose a tooth a year anymore.

      2. keith Avatar

        There are also no statistics or science backing up that grains deplete the body of phosphorous or any minerals. This phytic acid topic is all based on a statement by Weston Price that has no proof. If phytic acid is a problem then so is oxalic acid which is in most vegetables. Both are chelators of minerals so this whole anti grain argument (on the basis of phytic acid) is pure nonsense. People need to do a little more research before blindly assuming words on a page or website are true.

        1. Kadee Avatar

          Agreed. I’ve been thinking as I read this article that maybe the solution isn’t to cut out the grains, but to just make sure you’re getting more minerals somehow, so that you have enough to cover… and don’t grains have minerals too? I’d be interested to hear if anybody knows about research that might support that query, or if anybody might know of a good mineral supplement. Wellness Mama, you mention using a lot of bone broth. Is that a good source of minerals then? and how do you make bone broth? Is it just boiling chicken, turkey, or beef bones in water for a while? Thanks!

        2. Danielle Avatar

          that’s not true actually….i was taught about phytic acid in my advanced human nutrition class at the university of maryland. it is widely recognized in science. just not talked about much. there are numerous journal articles supporting it as well. i did a presentation on it in a class

          1. keith Avatar

            So vegetables do the same thing? You’re running out of things to eat.

  11. Dana Avatar

    Working on this right now. After having perfect oral health my entire life, I was diagnosed with a cavity in college… It was very small and was filled without anesthetic, but I still felt violated and wanted to know what I could do to prevent it from happening ever again. I have braces, so I am doubly concerned about my oral health.

    Cut out (almost) all grains… I have to have pizza once in a blue moon, and sometimes I just really want a grilled cheese sandwich, but it’s no longer a diet staple. I usually go weeks without eating grains.  I really upped broths. I did broths already, but I have been relying on broths and stews as a staple lately. I have started eating butter again. Butter is delicious and people who want to demonize it are jerks.

    Lots of vegetables. Lots of eggs. I love love love  eggs. The ones I get are free range. The yolks are like an amazing sort of bright orange. Completely unlike the sickly pale yellow ones that come from factory farms. Intuitively I assume the more colorful ones are better for me. They are also more delicious. And awesome.

    Don’t eat sugar regularly, either. I have started making my own ice cream since I just got an attachment for my mixer, and have been incorporating grassfed milk and cream (when I can find it) with very little sugar. Just a little honey or turbinado sugar. This is sortof a once a week, once every other week thing. Usually my friends and/or neighbors find out that I have made ice cream, and they all show up and eat it all and I don’t have any leftovers anyway. A half-gallon sure goes fast! Most delicious to date: avocado chocolate gelato. Delicious stuff. There was a lot of groaning and mmmming involved. At this point, since ice cream was the only “bad” thing I really indulged in, I would never even go back to store bought. The store wouldn’t have mango blood orange cream, or lychee cherry mint…

    Anyway. I don’t know of any visible results because I haven’t been back to the dentist… I know my sensitivity is gone, and the adjustments at the orthodontist no longer hurt for an entire day. They hurt for a few hours and stop. I assume this is because of all the minerals helping my bones to heal faster.

    Hope I don’t get any new cavities. Dentist said one was brewing the last time but wasn’t an emergency, so hopefully it’s gone. Personally, I didn’t see ANYTHING on that x-ray when he pointed it out, so there’s that…

  12. Drew Avatar

    I guess people will believe anything they hear. FYI this will not work if it’s a cavity through the enamel and into dentin.  Do your own research as to why cavities form and find out yourself. Oh, and look in scientific papers that are peer reviewed.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I’d encourage readers to also read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration and Cure Tooth Decay and do their own research. (both of those books are meticulously referenced and Dr. Price was highly respected in the dental field). It is absolutely possible to heal a cavity (as I’ve done in my own mouth and as others have done) despite conventional wisdom. I’d also highly encourage readers to read peer reviewed research that wasn’t sponsored by any entity with a direct monetary interest in the dental field or oral health products.

      1. Sara Avatar

        Wow, so funny I ran into this article! I just discovered the book on Curing Tooth Decay and it is next on my list to buy & read.

        In the meantime I do have a question for you.

        Here is my current situation and how I discovered the book. I just recently went to a Dentist, it has been 7 years since I have seen one. They told me I have my first cavity forming. Just like you, they recommended to fill it but no hurry.

        My husband also went to this Dentist and has to have 2 root canals and 2 caps, his teeth are in much worse shape. The Dentist told us both that our enamel is very thin. We were both not surprised at this. My husband also has bone loss in his teeth.

        The Dentist told us not to brush with baking soda and coconut oil (which we have been using) anymore because the baking soda is too abrasive and will keep thinning away our enamel and bone. She recommended to use conventional toothpaste. I told her I am allergic to conventional toothpaste and don’t like the chemicals and fluoride in it. She said that is the only way. Unfortunately, my husband is back to using conventional toothpaste only.

        Is this true about the baking soda further thinning my enamel? Please help! I don’t know what to use for toothpaste. Oh, I also have changed my diet and am basically eating primal/paleo ( my husband is transitioning his diet too).

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar
          Wellness Mama

          I’m not a dentist, so I can only share what I’ve found from experience. In everything I’ve researched, baking soda is not abrasive compared to most toothpastes: (PDF)
          I have found that the changes only work if you do the dietary changes too, and the worse the teeth are, the more the diet is needed. Personally, I ate tons of bone broths,cooked veggies with butter, grassfed meats and wild caught seafoods. I also took magnesium, gelatin, FCLO/Butter Oil Blend and used homemade toothpaste. Cure Tooth Decay will have a lot more specifics and some detailed suggestions too…

          1. Emma Avatar

            Does this work for tooth chips or just cavities?

        2. Brian McCullough Avatar
          Brian McCullough

          Don’t brush hard with baking soda. Baking soda is abrasive, but the abrasiveness is not the purpose. You are not scrubbing away dirt with the baking soda. Baking soda neutralizes acids. In etching classes at art colleges, baking soda is kept in the acid rooms incase of burns. Think of it as neutralizing the pH of your mouth, not scrubbing soap scum off of a shower wall. You can also just swish around coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes a day or a few times a week, whatever you have time for. The coconut oil’s anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral benefits will help clean the mouth as well. Maybe you can brush lightly and rinse afterwords to remove food particles and dead parasites. Don’t swallow the coconut oil when doing this. What I have read was that it was pulling toxins out. So make sure to spit it out. But do ingest some clean virgin coconut oil. It has all kinds of beneficial qualities both internally and topically. Also there are some commercially made toothpastes that don’t contain fluoride as well. Tom’s of Maine is one, but make sure you are buying the right one. Some varieties have fluoride. I am not a doctor and this is not intended as medical advice, but I were to offer advice, I’d advise avoiding doctors, surgeons and dentist as often as possible:)

        3. Joanna Riedl Avatar
          Joanna Riedl

          Ive been using this tooth paste for a little less than a year now and I just recently noticed that I now have horizontal grooves on my front two incisors near the gum line. I’m not sure what to do at this point…

          1. tashan Avatar

            those grooves may be new enamel growing , is it white? 🙂

    2. Kadee Avatar

      Okay, so you’re saying the body really doesn’t have ANY stem cells that know how to become anything… OR maybe you’re trying to say that our bodies don’t know how to heal infections like when cuts and bruises get infected either. I’ve personally seen regeneration of even nerve cells, which also are supposed to be “un-healable” according to conventional medicine so I’m not going to buy what you’re selling. PS – I guess that’s proof that I don’t believe ‘anything’ I hear… BUT when information I find agrees with and supports something I KNOW, I definitely give it a chance to be true BEFORE I nay-say.

  13. Zeela Meyer Avatar
    Zeela Meyer

    I just remineralized my daughters cavity.  We cut way back on grains and used the butter oil and fermented cod liver oil.  I am still in shock it really worked.   I think this proved to me how we should eat and that we are all lacking vitamins and minerals due to our diet.

  14. Val Avatar

    Do you have a meal plan for how you eat?  I’d be curious to know the types of things you eat regularly.  I mean specifics.  Thanks for the article!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      I do, I typically post them inside my meal plan subscription but I’ll try to post a really specific few days on the blog soon…

  15. Iulia Cosma Avatar
    Iulia Cosma

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  16. Malena Avatar

    I’m sensitive to dairy.  Would taking the Fermented Cod Liver Oil without the High Vitamin Butter Oil still do the trick or is the combination the key?

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar
      Wellness Mama

      The combination seems to work faster, but I’ve seen several cases where people have done it with just the FCLO.

      1. Malena Avatar

        I’m going to order the FCLO from Green Pasture.  I want to order the liquid over the capsules because it’s a better value, plus you only have to take one teaspoon as opposed to 10 capsules for the same dosage.  I just know it’s going to taste terrible!  Have you tried any of the different flavors?  They have a cinnamon tingle, arctic mint, Oslo orange, and non-flavor.  Do you have a flavor suggestion?  Thanks!

        1. Wellness Mama Avatar
          Wellness Mama

          I like the cinnamon tingle, as the aftertaste just tastes like cinnamon and the taste isn’t too bad… To get it down, I suggest keeping it in the fridge and using a butter knife to scoop some out. Then, just scrape it off with your front teeth and wash it down and you won’t really taste it at all…

          1. Malena Avatar

            Thank you so much for for your prompt answers and suggestions!   I’m looking forward to both re-mineralizing my teeth and eating my sunscreen.  Hopefully, as you say, it won’t taste too bad.

          2. Malena Avatar

            I got the cinnamon tingle flavored fclo.  I’ve been taking it for a week now and I have to say it’s not fishy at all.  All I taste is cinnamon and I don’t mind taking it at all.  Thanks for the suggestion!  In your experience, how long did it take before you stopped getting sunburned?

    2. Marcee Avatar

      Are you sensitive to the chemicals and hormones fed to the cows that gets into the milk, are you lactose intolerant. If those are your issues than the butter oil will not be a problem. There is no lactose in butter oil, and if you get the right brand (I believe there is only one) the cows are raised naturally and you will not get the junk by products in the butter. Call or email the company and ask them what they think.

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