Here is my plan to get rid of cavities at home naturally with nutrition and oil pulling. If you would like to develop a protocol to heal cavities naturally that is tailored to the health of your teeth and gums, please read Ramiel Nagel's book Cure Tooth Decay: Heal And Prevent Cavities With Nutrition.
I have also drawn some ideas for my teeth healing diet from the Whole30 program, since I am participating in an Autumn Whole30 support group. One major difference from the Whole30 is that I will allow myself to eat grass-fed (preferably raw) dairy products.
I am documenting my endeavor to get rid of the cavities in my teeth in a series of posts on Healing Cavities Naturally. I am taking this on as a six-week-challenge, and hope to see some improvement in my teeth and gums by the end of the six weeks. After the initial six weeks I will keep eating my Paleo / Primal / Weston A. Price inspired diet, but will not be as strict.
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Heal Cavities Naturally Book
It has been a couple years since I first heard of the concept of remineralizing teeth on Wellness Mama. I was fascinated by the concept that teeth could heal themselves. It makes sense. Our bones can heal after a break, and our skin can heal after a cut. So why wouldn't our teeth heal after decay?
The underlying nutritional cause of cavities and how to get rid of cavities are explained thoroughly in the Cure Tooth Decay book. For an overview, please read my previous post Can You Really Heal Cavities Naturally with Nutrition?
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Teeth Healing Dietary Protocols
The Cure Tooth Decay book presents three diet variations to heal cavities naturally with nutrition:
- The Balanced Tooth Decay Remineralization Program;
- The One-Amazing-Meal-a-Day Protocol; and
- The Advanced Tooth Decay Healing Protocol.
Instead of one amazing meal a day that provides most of my daily supply of vitamins and minerals, I will focus on eating two good meals a day. I will eat a healthy breakfast at home and a nutrient dense dinner at home. For lunch we will eat out. Although I will do my best to stick to foods on the "foods to eat" list, I may accidentally consume some "foods to avoid" at lunch time. Here in Thailand, it's common that sugar is added while cooking just about any dish, but at least I won't be ordering any sweetened drinks!
Someday I hope to be able to afford to eat the meals mentioned in the Advanced Tooth Decay Healing Protocol...they sound divine!
Heal Cavities Naturally with Nutrition
Here are my personal lists of foods to eat and foods to avoid while healing my cavities naturally with diet. I have adapted the recommendations in the book based upon food availablility and my eating habits.
Foods to Eat While Healing Teeth
- Grass-fed meat (including organs);
- Wild-caught seafood;
- Pastured eggs (duck and chicken);
- Grass-fed (preferably raw) dairy;
- Organic vegetables;
- Organic fruits (limited);
- Fermented foods;
- Sea salt.
As the first step in my journey to heal cavities naturally with nutrition, I researched where to get teeth healing foods. We recently moved from Hawaii to Thailand, and while trying to source these nutrient rich foods, I wished I would have attempted this diet back in Hawaii. It would have been easier for me to obtain some of these foods in the USA. But we each make do with what we can find, and this hurdle just made it even more of a challenge to tackle.
Grass-Fed Meat & Wild-Caught Seafood
Luckily, here in Bangkok, we can get grass-fed meat delivered from Paleo Robbie Grocery. Paleo Robbie offers both Paleo food delivery and hot Paleo meals delivered. We plan to order beef for stew, beef bone broth, and local herb-fed pastured pork. We may also eat some wild-caught seafood from time to time. I would love to eat seafood more often, if our budget permitted.
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We are also able to find organic pastured eggs at the grocery store. I was excited when I read in the book that duck eggs are more nutritious than chicken eggs, since duck eggs are readily available in Bangkok.
Grass-Fed Raw Dairy
Grass-fed raw dairy is where I got hung up. I would love to drink a tall glass of raw milk and snack on raw grass-fed cheese. However, after much research, I realized that raw dairy was not in the cards for me while living in Thailand. (The book provides suggestions on how to locate raw milk within the USA.) I did find Vivin goat cheese, which is made in northern Thailand from raw goat milk, but it is out of my price range.
If pasteurized dairy is your only option, grass-fed yogurt, butter, and cheese are the best choices.
We buy Anchor pasteurized grass-fed butter from Paleo Robbie or the Gourmet Market. As far as cheese, the best I can do is pasteurized cheese imported from California. Since the cheese is coming from Rumiano, I'm pretty sure that it is primarily grass-fed. Back in California when we shopped at the Rumiano market, they also sold raw Landmark label cheese, but that is not available here.
The Dairy Home brand of milk sold in Thailand does offer a version that is labeled as grass-fed organic, but since it is pasteurized and homogenized, I am choosing not to drink it. We also have access to pasteurized organic Water Buffalo milk from the Murrah Farm, which is higher in Vitamin D than cow's milk. Too bad that it is also pasteurized.
Out the window are my dreams of getting most of my calcium from raw dairy, so I will need to focus on other foods containing calcium.
There are some organic vegetables available here, but of a different variety than those we had back in the states. We are still trying to decide whether to order vegetables from a subscription service like Adams Organic, or just continue buying them sporadically at the grocery store.
The book recommends limiting fruit and sticking to varieties with less sugar. Since I have decided to completely cut out grains, honey, Maple syrup, and other sweeteners, I am allowing myself to eat fresh fruit, even some sweet ones! I will avoid dried fruits.
Weston A. Price recommended cooking fruit to make it easier to digest, but we usually eat fruit raw.
We hope to start experimenting with making homemade fermented foods like sauerkraut and pickles soon. We were making water kefir for a while, but I am not going to drink it while healing my teeth, since it contains too much sugar.
We were able to find pink Himalayan sea salt here.
Foods to Avoid While Healing Teeth
- Processed sugar;
- Natural sweeteners;
- Nuts and seeds;
- Additives, such as MSG;
- Iodized table salt;
- Processed vegetable oils.
I definitely need to cut out the processed sugar. We have been eating way more sugary treats lately. We couldn't resist the mochi during our vacation in Japan, and the Thai Iced Tea is so tempting here in Thailand. In Hawaii our sweet drinks included coconut water, water kefir, and occasionally a Hawaiian fruit drink.
Since we have avoided gluten for the last couple years, it has helped us avoid the sugar that comes along with it in baked goods like cookies and cake.
Based on Nagel's advice in the Cure Tooth Decay book, it would be okay to have a limited amount of unheated raw honey and grade B organic Maple syrup. However, since I am trying to follow a stricter protocol, more in tune with the Whole30 guidelines, I will not be eating honey or Maple syrup. After the six weeks, I will probably go back to eating honey. Our family normally uses Stevia extract as well, but Nagel discourages the extract and only recommends the whole crushed Stevia herb.
My husband and I once followed a 21-day-sugar-detox (but changed the duration to 30 days). Near the end we ate some fresh raspberries with coconut cream, and it was the best dessert ever! Your taste buds can change, and re-calibrate to appreciate the natural sweetness of fruits and berries.
The Whole30 advises not to use approved ingredients to recreate baked goods, junk food, or treats. Coconut flour cookies and brownies helped me transition to a gluten-free diet, but I am fine without them now. This will be easy for me to stick to, since we don't have an oven in our apartment.
As far as sweets, I will allow myself to have fresh fruits.
Even pure cocoa powder contains phytic acid, so chocolate should be avoided while you have active tooth decay. I love chocolate, but I can give it up temporarily, knowing that once my teeth are healed and there is no more decay, I can eat chocolate again in moderation.
Grains are one of the most important food groups to cut when dealing with tooth decay, especially whole grains. Phytic acid which is found in grains, nuts, beans, and seeds, acts as an anti-nutrient, by binding with nutrients and making them unavailable for use by your body. Phytic acid can bind to calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. It's okay to eat grains that have been traditionally processed, often through soaking and sprouting.
Our family has already cut out most grains other than white rice. I really struggled with the decision of whether to allow myself to eat white rice during this six-week-teeth-healing-challenge. Our family already eats close to a Paleo diet, with the addition of white rice and grass-fed butter. When looking at the phytic acid levels of various grains, white rice is one of the safest to eat. But I really want to make this teeth healing protocol work, and I need to make some changes, so I will forgo rice. I will most likely add white rice back into my diet, once I see that my teeth are healing.
We also hardly ever eat legumes, due to the phytic acid content. I did buy some black beans, with the intention of sprouting them for my son, but I will wait to try sprouting until my teeth healing experiment is over.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts contain about the same level of phytic acid as grains. Seeds also contain phytic acid. The book says that it is okay to eat a small amount of nuts that have been sprouted, low-temperature dehydrated and then roasted, to decrease the phytic acid content. I have read conflicting information about the proper preparation of nuts. Dave Asprey explains that nuts should only be eaten raw, as roasting destroys the Omega-6 oils.
I am personally choosing to avoid nuts and seeds for 6 weeks, because I have a tendency to overeat nuts. Especially as a breastfeeding mother, I would get hungry and NEED a snack. My husband had told me that I should limit eating nuts because of the phytic acid and lectins. But it never really sunk in. When I felt like I was starving, nuts seemed like a pretty healthy snack.
I would buy a huge Costco sized bag of macadamia nuts and eat the entire bag in one week. Luckily, macadamia nuts are one of the best choices for nuts, based on the anit-nutrient levels. Sometimes I would even snack on chocolate covered almonds, and almonds with the skins seem to be one of the nuts that do that most damage to teeth.
If only I had known that I should have been snacking on raw grass-fed cheese instead!
Heal Gums Naturally with Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic practice of swishing oil in your mouth. It is intended to detoxify your mouth by pulling out toxins. I will be oil pulling with Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil. The best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning, before brushing your teeth. The instructions for oil pulling are pretty simple:
- Gently swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes.
- Spit the oil into a trash can.
- Brush your teeth.
The first time I tried oil pulling, I swished vigorously for 20 minutes, and it was not very pleasant. Now I gently swish the oil for about 10 minutes.
I brush my teeth with a homemade tooth powder made from Calcium Carbonate powder and baking soda. However, I need to do more research on what ingredients would be best to include in homemade tooth powder.
Heal Your Body by Releasing Emotions
The mind-body connection is often overlooked when discussing how to heal cavities naturally. When we harbor negative emotions and stress, it effects our physiology. In order to optimize our health and heal our body, it is important to release negative emotions and stress.
This fascinating concept was mentioned briefly in the Cure Tooth Decay book and also addressed in the documentary series The Truth About Cancer. Many times, a cancer diagnosis follows an emotionally troubling time in someone's life. As part of the process of curing cancer through eating healthy food, it is important to release stored emotions.
I plan to learn more about this subject and to work on releasing stored emotions as a path to better overall health.
My next post will cover the necessary Vitamins and Minerals for Healing Cavities Naturally with Nutrition.
Are you ready to get rid of your cavities at home naturally with nutrition?