Dentists, for the most part, seem to imply that tooth enamel, once damaged, is not fixable in any way. But proponents say that, just like bone tissue, given the right diet, treatment and opportunity, teeth, which are alive, can heal.
A third group seems to be somewhere in the middle. But even here, I've read two very different perspectives. One camp insists that inner layers of teeth can re-mineralize, but enamel (the outer layer) cannot. The other camp, however, believes that enamel can regenerate, but once a cavity makes its way through the dentin (which is the second layer of the tooth, just under the enamel), it's impossible for a tooth to heal.
To be honest, I guess I tend toward the skeptical when it comes to dentists. They do have a vested interest in patients needing their care.
On the other hand, if re-mineralization is possible, why don't we all know about it? And why don't we take the seemingly simple steps to cure our own cavities?
'Tis a mystery, indeed.
But I do always try to fall on the side of 'if there is decent evidence to support something, AND there isn't a potential danger, why not give something a go?'
(That said, I am not a dentist, nor a doctor, so do your own research and check with your medical professionals before you make any decisions regarding your health.)
So, to attempt to re-mineralize your teeth (even to the point of healing small cavities), here is a synopsis of what I've learned:
Diet is a big deal.
- Eliminate all refined sugars from your diet and severely limit even natural sugars and starches.
- Increase consumption of healthy fats, such as avacado, coconut oil, and pastured, cultured butter.
- Drastically reduce foods which contain phytic acid (Um, DIFFICULT! Phytic acid is in grains, beans and nuts, etc.!).
- Add homemade bone broths and fermented dairy products (homemade buttermilk, yogurt, milk kefir, etc.) to ensure minerals and calcium are in plentiful supply.
- Increase consumption of grassfed beef and leafy green and brightly colored veggies.
- Use only real sea salt on foods (contains trace minerals needed).
- Vitamin D (not surprising!)
- Coconut Oil
- Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Alter Oral Hygiene Habits.
- Change to a re-mineralizing toothpaste
- Brush with activated charcoal 2-3 times per week
- Rinse (and then spit!) daily with Hydrogen Peroxide (DO NOT SWALLOW!)
Here is that recipe for re-mineralizing toothpaste again:
- 1 Tablespoon Baking Soda
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, Warmed until liquid
- 1 Tablespoon Xylitol or Stevia Powder to Taste
- 1 Tablespoon Calcium Magnesium Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Fine Sea Salt
- 5 Drops Trace minerals
- Pure Essential Oil to Taste (peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, etc)
- Mix all ingredients together thoroughly until blended
- Add essential oil to taste and mix well
- Put small amount on toothbrush
- Brush normally
- Store in small container with tight lid
And here is a recipe for a Re-mineralizing Mouth Rinse:
- Measuring Cups
- Measuring Spoons
- Glass Bottle, very clean and with a tight lid
- 2 Cups Filtered or Mineral Water
- 2 Teaspoons Calcium Carbonate Powder
- 12 Drops Trace Minerals
- 10 Drops Peppermint or Spearmint Essential Oil (Or to taste. If you don't like minty flavors, though, try lemon or orange or any other flavor edible essential oil you prefer)
- 1-2 Teaspoons Stevia, to taste
- Put funnel in clean glass bottle
- Add all ingredients, saving the water for last
- Add the water, washing all remaining traces of the other ingredients into the bottle
- Replace lid and shake well to mix
So, those are the tips. . .let me know if you have tried to do this and what the results were! I am VERY intrigued!
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