Reminerlize Teeth & Heal Cavities

Humans are not meant to sustain a single diet all year round, year after year. Fruits and vegetables come in and out of season. Animals produce more dairy and more vitamin-rich dairy in the summer time. Seeds are mostly available in the autumn. In a nomadic culture we would not only be shifting our diets with the season, but with the locations we traveled through.
Our dietary choices are meant to shift, and these shifts are meant to be driven both by environmental changes as well as internal changes. Our cravings are meant to shift as our needs shift. Our minds are designed to reinterpret foods as "tasting great" when we need them desperately and as "tasting bland" when we don't need them.
I don't need to explain how far we are from our intuitive ancestors and why. If you want a great read on how we got here, read Ishmael. Instead, we're going to talk about healing cavities by remineralizing your teeth. But before we launch into that, I want you to know that the outlined dietary protocols on this page are for healing your cavities. Once your cavities are healed, you shouldn't feel stuck following these protocols for life. If you're struggling with cancer, obesity, flora imbalance or digestive issues, then some of these suggestions will not work for you.
For example, if you're battling cancer, I recommend a raw vegan diet made up of primarily vegetable juice with a tiny bit of added flax oil to assist nutrient uptake. If you're struggling with a flora imbalance, I recommend doing my Flora Flush cleanse before embarking on the outlined diet for healing your cavities. You can find the details of the Flora Flush cleanse in my book, Appliance-Free, 5-Minute Revitalizing Recipes. If you have serious digestive issues, start by reading this article.

Raederle's Teeth-Healing Page

This page is loaded with many people's real life stories of how they healed their teeth, including my own story. If you're ready to take control of your dental health and become empowered with the knowledge to required to heal your teeth, you're in the right place. This page includes advice for omnivores, vegetarians and vegans. You don't have to subscribe to any of these dietary choices specifically to succeed, but you will require more discipline as a vegan to get results because you will need to eat a lot of vegetables and cut out most seeds (especially grains, grain-like cereals such as quinoa, most nuts and corn).

Daily Protocol

Dietary Adjustments, Supplementation & Dosages For Healing Cavities

The following bullet points are what you need daily. The links lead to further information on this page.
  • 5,000 to 60,000 IU of performed vitamin A (retinol) daily (proportional with your vitamin D intake)
  • 5,000 to 20,000 IU of vitamin D daily (on any day you get less than 30 minutes of sun exposure)
  • 500 mg DHA & EPA long-chain fatty acids from fish, fish oil or another supplement
  • 1 mg vitamin KK2 MK-7 (or LEF Super K)
  • 2 g calcium
  • 2 g phosphorous
  • 30-100 mg coenzime Q10
  • Iodine
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • 600 mg of magnesium (from food or use a magnesium-citrate supplement, like Natural Calm)
  • 6 to 10 grams of vitamin C from whole foods or whole food powders (not ascorbic acid)
  • Avoid any blood-sugar spikes, even from natural fruits (add fiber to fruit meals, such as celery)

Hygiene Adjustments For Healing Cavities

  • 20 minutes of oil-pulling with coconut oil plus clove essential oil.
  • Oral irrigation or gum blotting after every time you brush or floss.
  • Rinse with sea salt after oil pulling, flossing, or brushing. This can be done in your oral irrigator.

Sore Salivary Glands

If you have any soreness beneath the gumline or near the ears, then you will also need to heal your salivary (parotid) glands. Getting large dosages of retinol (performed vitamin A) and vitamin D daily, combined with enough iodine, selenium and zinc will help these glands, but for some people this won't be enough.
If your salivary glands are regularly sore, or if you get a sore throat easily and frequently, then you should also add the following to your daily protocol. These glands are critical to dental health because they are responsible for bringing mineral-rich lymph fluid into your teeth.
  • 1 grapefruit (either as wedges or eaten with a grapefruit spoon; not as juice)
  • External application to the area (your jaw, throat and around your ears) of lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and/or castor oil
  • 1 drop oregano oil in your coconut oil when oil-pulling

Performed Vitamin A sources that are good for your bones

  • Cod liver oil
  • High vitamin butter oil (from cows that have grazed on green grass for at least 26 days)
  • Raw dairy products (that are never heated above 120ºF)
If you're vegan and do not wish to compromise your vegan path, you will be relying on your body's ability to convert beta-carotene and other carotenoids into retinol. The average person converts about one twelfth of their beta-carotene into retinol. Depending on your genetics and overall health, you may be converting as little as one twenty-fifth. High sources include leafy greens, carrot juice, sweet potatoes, goji berries and colorful bell peppers. For a full chart about vegan sources of beta-carotene, check out my book: The Ultimate Nutrition Reference.
If you're a vegan and you're working on healing your cavities and/or salivary glands you should consume at least two of the following each day to flood your blood with carotenoids with 1 to 2 tablespoons of cold-pressed flax oil or ice-pressed olive oil. High-quality fat is essential for the uptake of beta-carotene and its conversion to retinol. Add this oil directly to your salad or juice. If you have digestive problems, I recommend leaving out the sweet potatoes and going for juice, salad and goji berries. You can also add other orange and red fruits and vegetables to your diet, as all of them will have some carotenoids.
  • 1 quart carrot juice (180,000 IU beta-carotene = 15,000 IU for good converters, or 7,200 IU for poor converters)
  • ½ cup dried goji berries or goji berry juice (12,000 IU beta-carotene = 1,000 IU for good converters, or 480 IU for poor converters)
  • 2 cups cooked, mashed, bright orange sweet potatoes (103,000 IU beta-carotene = 8,500 IU for good converts, or 4,120 IU for poor converters)
  • A large salad containing at least 2 cups of shredded kale or dandelions and 4 cups shredded lettuce or spinach (20,000 IU beta-carotene = 1,600 IU for good converters, or 800 IU for poor converters)
If you're consuming carotenoids, you can not overdose on these. It doesn't matter if you plug in all the carrot juice you've been drinking into your nutrition software and it says you've had 150,000 IU of vitamin A, because you actually haven't; you've only consumed carotenoids, which your body will convert as it needs (if your body's ability to convert is not compromised).
If you're consuming animal products it is important to balance your vitamin A intake with your intake of vitamin D, C, E, iodine and selenium. If you do not have enough of these other vitamins, or you're not sure that you have enough, then stay under 10,000 IU on average, and generally stay under 50,000 IU in a single day. Aim for a minimum of 3,000 IU of retinol (performed vitamin A) per day.
While working to start balancing my own diet for optimal teeth regeneration, I developed some joint pain which is a common symptom of retinol "overdose" (or more accurately, retinol imbalance). I had consumed around 12,000 IU in a single day. Overdose symptoms are usually a sign that you're not getting enough vitamin D. One man wrote, "At 80,000 IU of vitamin A per day, my gum conditions cleared and have stayed clear. I haven't been to a dentist in twenty-one years or flossed my teeth in fifteen."
I recommend getting at least 1,000 IU of vitamin D for every 4,000 IU of vitamin A. So if you're getting 20,000 IU of vitamin A per day, aim for 5,000 IU or more vitamin D each day.

Vitamin D for Healing Cavities

Shary writes, "After suffering from low energy, musculoskeletal pain, poor balance, and depression, among other things, for a number of years, I began to feel better after taking large amounts of vitamin D. And I do mean significantly better, like the difference between night and day. Moreover it only took a few weeks of supplementation at 8,000 IU per day of D3."
It is critical that you get enough vitamin D for the health of your bones. If you get hours of sunlight every day, then you probably will not need any vitamin D from your diet. Some doctors (such as Dr. Mercola) claim that just fifteen minutes of sun exposure each day is enough, but many people have found that this is not enough for them. If you eat an omnivorious diet, you are not automatically getting enough vitamin D. It is critical that the animal foods you are eating come from healthy animals raised on an open pasture. Free-range eggs means "cage free" but the absence of cages usually means thousands of chickens crowded together in a barn, raised on a diet of GMO corn, GMO alfalfa, GMO soy and/or glyphosate-sprayed wheat. Eggs from these miserable chickens will not help your teeth or your overall health.
There has been an ongoing debate on exactly how much vitamin D is ideal for humans. Research has shown that people have very different uptake levels and few studies have done much to test out vitamin D and performed vitamin A in concert together. However, it is known that vitamin A toxicity happens almost exclusively in the absence of other critical co-factors, particularly vitamin D. Another critical factor is vitamin K2. In general, if you're going to start megadoses of anything, then you must increase your uptake of everything else at the same time. This is why whole food supplements are safer than synthetic supplements – whole foods already come with a balance of vitamins, minerals, hormones, enzymes, probiotics and trace minerals.
Studies and individual testimonials have shown time and time again that vitamin D and vitamin A must be balanced, but an ideal ratio has yet to be identified. At a minimum, you need at least 100 IU vitamin D for every 2,000 IU vitamin A. That's 20:1, A:D. But because vitamin A toxicity from lack of vitamin D is common, and vitamin D toxicity from lack of other needed co-factors is rare, I suggest getting at least 1,000 IU vitamin D for every 4,000 IU of vitamin A. That's 4:1, A:D.

EPA & DHA for Dental Health

Our bodies need long-chain fatty acids called EPA and DHA. These are made from converting omega fatty acids from plant foods. Most people do not get enough omega-3 in their diet and many of the people who do are unable to make this conversion efficiently. If your body can, then consuming a couple tablespoons of very fresh, cold-pressed flax oil with your vegetable juice or salad will give you EPA and DHA.
If you are not making this conversion efficiently, then you will need a source of the long-chain fatty acids directly. For omnivores, you can choose wild-caught, cold-water fish or a fish-oil supplement. For vegans and vegetarians, you can choose a supplement that gets its EPA and DHA from algae, such as this one. Watch out for supplements containing carrageenan – a stabilizer and thickener which is known to cause immune responses and digestive issues. Also watch out for sorbitol and other sweeteners. The one I've linked does not contain any of these, but it does, unfortunately, have added synthetic vitamin E ("tocopherols"), which some people have adverse reactions to as well.

Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is easy. Put a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish. You can do this while you're in the shower or while you're making yourself breakfast. To get the maximum benefit I recommend swishing your mouth with salt water afterward. I didn't do this when I first tried oil pulling and my gums swelled up around my back teeth so extremely that my teeth couldn't touch! This is because the oil sucks impurities from your lymph system, sinus system, jaw, throat glands and skin around your mouth. All of that stuff is coming through your gums. Rinsing with salt water removes the remaining oil and toxins from your gums, preventing any foul reactions.
You can also boost the impact of this practice by adding some essential oils to your coconut oil. Cinnamon, oregano, clove, myrrh and mint all have benefits for your oral health. Clove kills common bacteria and is so widely accepted for its effectiveness that even western medicine uses it. Oregano kills some more rare bacteria that clove doesn't kill. These additions are especially great if you have a toothache and want quick pain relief.

My Background & Why I'm Interested Dental Healing

Between misdiagnosis and general lack of good results from doctors and dentists alike, I swore off them both at the age of sixteen and have not been back. I'm twenty-nine now and still have not seen a dentist or doctor in all of those years.
I worked for The Vegetarian Health Institute as their primary editor for five years in my early twenties. I was getting paid to edit twenty-page reports on subjects such as vitamin K2, vitamin D, and flouride. I was paid to put together survey results from thousands of vegans, as well as write the exams for becoming a certified graduate of the institute. It was a very educational, highly beneficial job for me. It also allowed me to travel while I worked remotely, leading to my writing my book Living Big & Traveling Far on $8,000 a Year (or Less!).
I'm a very self-made woman. I come up with my solutions in my life and I refuse to settle for anything less than an extraordinary life. Whether it comes to having a soul-mate connection in my marriage, or having a satisfying diet that keeps me healthy and energetic – I find it imperative to aim for the moon.
I taught myself HTML from reading the source code of websites when I was twelve. I taught myself digital painting and art in general over the course of my teenage years. I taught myself the secrets of ecstatic connection through heart-wrenching trial and error, treating my search for "the one" as a full time job for a full nine months when I was nineteen. At the age of sixteen I began teaching myself to heal from stomach ulcers – although due to my misdiagnosis, I had to start by simply finding out what was wrong with me.
Now, I'm teaching myself how to heal my cavities. I've taken "before" photos of my teeth with my DSLR camera. (Yes, I managed a fancy camera on that tiny income I mentioned above. Get my book if you want to know exactly how that's possible.) I will add my "after" photos to this article once I have succeeded in healing my cavities.
I've read up on this subject before, but there wasn't as much readily available on the web as there is today. Now, stories of cavity healing are abundant on the web. Here are some inspiring excerpts:
Excerpt from Katie on Wellness Mama:
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, though it 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 forty 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 did more research 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.

I followed the regimen for a few months, and noticed that 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 bring me to tears.

It was fall of 2011 (over a year later) before I finally got around to making it back to the dentist. 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. 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.

When the dentist checked my teeth, he didn’t mention any problem areas either and remarked that my gums looked great!
Here's Katie's recipe for success:
  1. Low phytic acid diet: "I already wasn’t eating grains or beans, but I also cut or limited nuts."
  2. Limited sugars or starches. "I limited fruit and even starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes. I focused on mineral rich vegetables, bone broths, meats, and healthy fats."
  3. Lots of healthy fats. "I added extra coconut oil and used only pastured, cultured butter. ... A couple tablespoons of coconut oil to a smoothie or melted in tea each day."
  4. Bone broth. Katie made hers at home.
  5. Fermented Cod Liver Oil and Butter Blend from Green Pastures.
  6. Vitamin D supplementation.
  7. Daily Magnesium, Gelatin and Vitamin C daily, "though these aren’t as vital to tooth healing," says Katie.
  8. Homemade remineralizing toothpaste daily. "I swished with both calcium and magnesium powders dissolved in water daily to help provide minerals and to keep the mouth alkaline."
  9. Ora Wellness Brushing Blend daily.
  10. Activated charcoal every couple of days.
  11. Daily oil pulling.
Katie's husband was inspired by her success, so he took up this same approach and successfully healed his cavities the same way!

Vitamin C

Katie mentions that vitamin C isn't as critical for healing cavities, but getting enough as a baseline, is critical, even if you don't absolutely need megadoses of vitamin C to succeed. In 1922, dentist Percy Howe presented his research to the American Dental Association. He explained that he failed to reproduce dental decay by feeding and inoculating guinea pigs with various bacteria associated with gum disease and tooth decay. He wasn't able to establish dental cavities in a single animal through the introduction of bacteria. However, Dr. Howe was able to rapidly create tooth decay in guinea pigs by removing vitamin C from their diet.
Besides Dr. Howe's studies with guinea pigs, there are some people who cure their dental cavities with megadoses of natural vitamin C (not ascorbic acid) without any other change to their diet. My educated guess is that vitamin C improves function in so many areas of the body that it causes us to utilize even the most trace amounts of vitamin K2 and vitamin D. It is well known that stress causes many nutrients and hormones to be used up faster, such as B12. Vitamin C is particularly good at combating the results of stress. I also find it likely that vitamin C is a co-factor for converting beta-carotene into retinol – if not directly, then indirectly, by improving the health of the glands responsible for this conversion.
Dr. Thomas E Levy, in his books, Primal Panacea and Death by Calcium explains that osteoporosis is a form of bone scurvy. Dr. Levy's finding is that weak bones are at least in part, a vitamin C deficiency.

Healing Tooth Decay As A Vegan

Katie's success method is obviously omnivorous. But not all success stories are.
Kat of Break Wild healed her teeth using vegan supplements. She even includes before and after photos in her blog post about her story.
I hadn’t been to the dentist in over a year. This negligence didn’t alarm me. I brush my teeth 2-3 times daily. I floss. I eat what I perceived to be a healthy whole foods centric diet. The thought of getting cavities or tooth decay rarely crossed my mind.

It appeared as several tiny black spots on the top of my lower back molars. I brushed those molars rigorously. I even used a steel dental pick to try to clean those babies up. To my dismay, the black spots remained.

I had heard of accounts where people had healed their cavities naturally. Maybe I could do this! If so, this would save me hundreds of dollars (since I didn’t have dental insurance).

I scoured the internet . . . I learned a LOT from this research . . . I found foods high in phytic acids (nuts, grains, seeds) to be strong offenders. As a plant-based vegan, I consume a lot of the these. I found that another cause of tooth decay was a lack of minerals (such as a calcium or magnesium deficiency) and a lack of fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K2.

One resource I repeatedly kept seeing on how to heal tooth decay was the method by Weston Price, and the strategy involves adding fat soluble vitamins to your diet through fermented cod liver oil and butter oil. The experimenters claimed they were able to fully cure their signs of cavities within six weeks.

Houston, we have a problem! Attempting the Price method would involve abandoning my vegan path. It left me thinking, "There has to be another way."
Kat's method:
  1. Cut back on processed sugars and foods rich in phytic acids.
  2. Increase intake of whole fruits and vegetables, particularly mineral-rich leafy greens such as kale.
  3. Algae Sourced Omega 3
  4. 5000 iu of Vitamin D3 from lichen daily.
  5. Omica Organics magnesium oil each night before bed.
  6. Daily oil pulling for twenty minutes. "This Ayurvedic practice is known for removing toxins and promoting healthy teeth and gums."
  7. Brushing two to three times daily and flossing at least three times per week, if not daily.
Kat's results:
At the four-week mark, one of the black 'cavity' spots on the bottom right molar had vanished. So I chose to continue the experiment, taking omega 3 and vitamin D3 supplements daily and oiling pulling each morning.

Then by week six, two more of the black spots were fully gone. And finally, by week seven, my teeth were no longer showing any signs of cavities or tooth decay! But I had to be sure, so I called my dentist for the soonest available appointment. And right after the check up and my bi-annual cleaning, I walked out victoriously, cavity free!

Fear of the Dentist

Wild Kat hadn't been to the dentist in over a year. Wellness Mama Katie hadn't been to the dentist in close to two years. I have not been to a dentist in thirteen years. My dental decay began because of my orthodontist, ironically. (There are major reasons why I've completely fallen out of respect for western medical practices.) When I got braces they got extra cement on my molars, and one of the molars they wrapped the metal band about was the first to start to decay. The pain in that tooth began with the day they began installing my braces.
My teeth were actually straight prior to getting braces. I got them because I had been punched in the face by a girl who was jealous of a guy I wasn't actually with. I had never actually talked to the guy. Anyway, her punch left my front teeth literally dangling into my mouth. My mother grabbed my teeth and pushed them back into place for me. This was probably the most painful thing that I've ever experienced, but it saved my teeth.
Unfortunately, my teeth stayed wiggly and I was terrified they would fall out. I drank through a straw for a month, refusing to chew or brush. I got braces to ensure my teeth would stay in place. The orthodontist decided that one of my molars was "sideways" and thereby ought to be rotated. This process was painful and took months. It crowded all of my lower teeth which ultimately led to me having very crocked front teeth after the braces came off. Thanks for nothing western methods. Too bad my mom didn't know about the nutrition I needed to make my teeth latch on firmly without braces to help!
I asked my dentist about the sensitivity in my teeth and he told me to avoid cold beverages. (As if I couldn't figure that out on my own at the age of thirteen. Seriously.) Later, when I was fourteen, that same tooth that had been bothering me when I'd had braces was now changing color. It had a large brown spot spreading across the top of it. I asked my dentist about the spot. He said it was "just a stain" and nothing to worry about.
I frowned and said to my dentist, "but that is the same tooth that hurts a lot." He said, "It can't be that tooth. It has healthy gums around it. Maybe the tooth behind it is bothering you." I couldn't believe it. He was telling me I couldn't tell which one of my own teeth was bothering me! As if I had never looked in the mirror with my mouth wide open and touched that tooth and winced. I knew what I was talking about and told him as much. He reaffirmed that it was "just a stain" and I shoudln't worry about it.

My Tooth Decay

That molar continued to hurt on-and-off. My mom suggested I take calcium supplements, which I did. It seemed to help a little with the sensitivity.
By the time I was sixteen this stain was now a dent in my tooth. When I was eighteen the tooth began to hurt a lot. I discovered clove essential oil, which I applied (without dilution) to the area with my fingertip and then attempted to not move my tongue or mouth for as long as possible while the clove oil did its magic. It made the pain stop completely, which was a huge relief.
Yet the tooth continued to disappear. At this point I would estimate that I'm missing between a seventh and a sixth of the tooth. Based on my extensive reading in early 2018, I concluded that this tooth is not dead, but is unlikely to "fill back in." Large holes in teeth can become hard, health and immune to decay, but only small cavities fill themselves back in. I'm still hoping to be an exception to this rule, if for no other reason than I'd like to have impressive "before and after" photos to inspire others. Since I started eating Green Pasture's fermented cod liver oil and butter oil consistently (turning away from my own vegan path), I have rarely had any sensitivity in my teeth. Also, my joint pain has gone away.
I've been consuming raw milk (sometimes regularly, and sometimes returning to a fully vegan diet) since 2012, when I was twenty-three, but this was not enough to heal my cavities on its own. (For more on my decision to move away from a raw vegan diet to an intuitive diet, read this article.)
I have many other cavities besides. Both of my bottom two wisdom teeth have turned brownish on top, and one of my back teeth on top has a large hole in the center. I have another cavity near the gum line of one of the smaller middle-teeth. In total, it looks like I have five teeth with significant tooth decay.
It isn't surprising to discover how much tooth decay I have. It turns out that much tooth decay isn't just about sugars and acids on the teeth. It's about spiking your blood sugar and how this changes your body's hormonal patterns. Apparently, the gland responsible for telling your body to build more dentin and enamel stops giving you that signal when you spike your blood sugar. Because my most severe issues historically have resolved around digestion, I learned to eat simple meals of just fruit (without anything else) to help heal my stomach.
It worked. I did heal my digestive system using a raw food diet where I ate nothing but fruit for the first half of the day. I figured I didn't need to worry about spiking my blood sugar with fruit because I was eating only natural sugars and because my overall hormonal balance should be very healthy considering how many leafy greens I eat and how well I manage my stress. (It is possible to create a hormonal imbalance that is virtually identical to spiking your blood sugar from stress alone.) But now I seriously wonder how much my "fruit only" breakfasts have contributed to my tooth decay.
I've supplemented with vitamin K2 and vitamin D2 sporadically. I've done oil-pulling here and there. I even wrote about taking care of teeth naturally, healing gum infections, and healing cankersores in much detail. Yet prior to April 2018, I had never done any of this consistently. I had never combined all these methods with avoiding blood-sugar spikes.

Oats and Tooth Decay

Oats in particular, are one of the hardest to remove phytic acid from. Soaking and cooking do little to remove the phytic acid. Ancient peoples were known to ferment their oats for weeks. Perhaps they intuitively knew something that we didn't.
My entire life I've eaten a large amount of oats.
(Age 20 to 25) As a raw vegan I used rolled oats in making my famously delicious ginger cookie recipe. A simple spin in the food processor creates a sticky, delicious mixture of raisins, rolled oats, fresh ginger root and cinnamon. I quickly discovered that this mixture hurt my stomach and I blamed the raisins. Later I discovered that raw oats bothered my stomach, which was quite interesting when most foods bother my stomach when cooked, but not when raw. For example, I have no problem with raw leafy greens, but eating steamed kale upsets my stomach. The same is true with dairy. Pasteurized dairy hurts my stomach and makes my skin break out and makes my glands sore around my throat, but raw diary does not do these things to me. (Although both forms of diary make me sleepy for a period of time after consumption.)
(Age 25 to 29) I found that having home-rolled organic oats with boiling water, fresh ginger root and blueberries agreed with my stomach nicely and even contributed to keeping me regular. At times I practically lived on oats with berries. The berries probably have helped negate some of the impacts, as antioxidants are shown to help prevent bone loss even in the presence of a diet rich in phytic acid.
(Age 3 to 16) Growing up, I ate a lot of oat meal, and also cold cereals that were based on oats.
Dental health researcher, Ramiel Nagel states that all of the worst cases of tooth decay he has seen happen in individuals who are "heavy oat eaters."

Seeds and Tooth Decay

I have a hunch that phytic acid is only a small part of the picture when it comes to the negative impact of seeds on teeth. As a nutritionist and raw vegan for many years, I spent a lot of time conversing with other raw vegans and health experts. I have been fond of learning from books as well as learning from people in person. I've repeatedly found that the healthiest raw vegans ate a low-seed diet, especially low-nuts or no-nuts, which is what inspired my first recipe book: Nut Free Raw Recipes. My first recipe book, written when I was twenty, used a lot of coconut, which I now know to also be rich in phytic acid. And coconut, while perhaps not a nut, is still a seed. Many raw vegans have learned to blame fat, which will cause them to cut out coconuts, nuts and most seeds as well. This fat-blaming works in a raw vegan diet because in the absence of fat you have to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables.
A fruitarian diet can work, but it does not entail eating 100% fruit. It entails eating around 80% fruit, 15% vegetables and 5% seeds. This diet is so successful because of its richness in antioxidants including vitamin C. The more antioxidants in your diet, the more your body will efficiently eliminate toxins and utilize nutrients. A good friend of mine is an organizer of the Fruit & Sport events where people gather to eat a fruitarian diet for the length of the retreat and stay very physically active during this same time period. This friend of mine is a fruitarian herself, and in her late fifties she has rock-hard abs and incredible endurance. Her bones, however, are not in the best health.
This isn't true for all fruitarians or raw vegans however. Some raw vegans are rather unhealthy in general – those who consume a lot of agave nectar, and a nut-rich diet. Some fruitarians are energetic, but have a lot of joint pains and/or poor skin and/or tooth decay. I've found that these fruitarians eat too many fruits that are high in sugar and relatively low (for a fruit) in antioxidants such as bananas, pears and apples. A fruit-rich diet should emphasize fruits rich in antioxidants such as kiwis, berries, and mangoes, as well as fruits that are not very sweet, such as cucumbers and peppers. (If you're sensitive to nightshades, skip the peppers.)
No matter how you slice my observations, one fact has shown true time and time again: The healthier raw vegans are the ones who eat a low-seed or no-seed diet. And what's incredible about this is that it matches up with the findings of Weston Price who advocated a diet rich in animal products. He also found that a diet rich in seeds led to poorer health and more dental cavities. Many people are going gluten-free and finding benefits from this. Many people are switching to a Paleo diet and finding benefit in eliminating most or all beans and nuts from their diet. This particular trend is not just something found in teeth-healing diets, or vegan diets or omnivorous diets.
And it makes sense! Think about a whole plant. Imagine a mulberry tree, a potato, a raspberry bush, a dandelion and a purslane plant. Imagine any plants that you know what they look like including their roots, stalks, flowers, fruits and seeds. Plants vary dramatically, but even so, plants by volume look roughly like this:
  • 20% to 40% root
  • 10% to 40% stalk
  • 20% to 70% leaves
  • 1% to 20% fruit
  • 1% to 10% seeds
Why would we eat a diet where half our calories come from seeds when proportionally seeds make up so much less of the plant? There is so much more edible food readily available all summer long – leaves being the most abundant. You may already know the answer. Seed consumption has been traditionally very high because it can be stored for the winter. Granaries held vast amounts of grain in ancient cultures to ward of famine. People were not concerned about thriving to their maximal health during the winter or during a drought – they were seeking enough calories to survive.
If you're reading this article then you have access to a computer with Internet access. You're here because you want to thrive. You want a life without aches and pains. You want high levels of energy and you want to have hard, healthy teeth without cavities or sensitivity. This means you are not in the same situation as our ancestors who relied on seeds to make it through the winter. Even if you're on a small income, you can afford an organic diet rich in fruits and vegetables. I know, because I lived on less than $8,000 per year for many years and consumed a completely organic diet. It wasn't always the easiest choice, but I'm proud of my stalwart commitment to my greatest wealth – my health.
Preparing seeds in the way that healthy ancient cultures did is a lot of extra fuss. Soaking, sprouting, fermenting and cooking are recommended, and even so, not all of the phytic acid is removed. This isn't to say that seeds have no value and should be entirely eliminated for the rest of your life, but I decided to limit my seeds to one soaked Brazil nut per day for the first six weeks of my teeth-healing protocol. I decided to include one soaked Brazil nut per day because there is no other whole-food source of selenium that is so efficient. A single Brazil nut provides more selenium that most people need in an entire day. And remember what I said about needing to increase all nutrients in tandem? If you're consuming higher amounts of retinol (performed vitamin A), calcium, vitamin D, etc, then it is wise to also up your intake of other key nutrients such as selenium.

Joanie's Teeth-Healing Story

To fuel my inspiration (and to gather valuable information), I've been reading a lot of success stories. Here is another:
From Joanie Blaxter, founder of Follow Your Gut:

Miracles Happen!  I'm 60 years old . . . Keep reading to find out about the new life I've given birth to, which traditional doctors would say is impossible.

All my life dental hygienists have said things to me like, “You have the hardest tartar I've ever seen!” These comments are spoken with a cross between amazement and irritation, like somehow I planned it that way to make their job more difficult.

As a result of a lifelong history of extremely difficult-to-remove tartar, my gums have progressively and relentlessly receded over the years. Two years ago I finally found a holistic dentist I liked, so after way too long a hiatus from teeth cleanings, I scheduled a dental exam.

The report wasn't pretty. The hygienist told me that there are three stages of gum deterioration; one being the mildest, and I was well into stage two, heading for three. Stage three is like “get all your teeth pulled” stage.

So, knowing the work HAD to be done, I agreed to the process of getting my teeth scaled, which basically means they get out the chisel and “big girl” tools to scrape up by the gum line to remove hidden plaque.

Somewhere in the middle of this grueling series of appointments, I attended a Weston A. Price national conference in Santa Clara, CA. I met Campbell-McBride, or Dr. Natasha as she prefers to be called, is an international probiotics expert. She has written a book called The Gut & Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) in which she describes how an imbalance of gut microflora leads to “a river of toxicity from the gut into the bloodstream” that causes systemic inflammatory reactions all over the body, but most troublingly, the brain.

Somewhat on a fluke, I asked Dr. Natasha if she knew anything about unusually hard tooth tartar and the sheer force of her immediate answer rocked me back!

“You have a vitamin K2 deficiency,” she announced authoritatively to the room.

She went on to explain that specific strains of microflora normally found in a healthy gut will make vitamin K2. When those strains are missing, and particularly when the diet does not also include enough vitamin-K2-rich animal fat, the body becomes deficient.

Vitamin K2 is the “calcium police,” meaning K2 directs the body to use calcium appropriately, which, for the most part, is to build sturdy bones and teeth.

When K2 is “missing at work,” the body starts putting calcium in all kinds of bizarre places it shouldn't be like:
  • Plaque in the arteries of the heart
  • Bone spurs
  • Kidney or liver stones
  • Tartar in the teeth
What most doctors are familiar with is actually K1, which is found primarily in plants and functions to clot the blood.

What Dr. Natasha was referring to (and Dr. Price studied) was K2, which is found almost exclusively in animal food and is associated with strengthening bones.
Animals and bacteria can convert K1 to K2. Human conversion tends to be low. I learned this when editing a long article by Val Archer when working for The Vegetarian Health Institute back in 2013 or 2014. I started taking vitamin K2 supplements. But one thing that I learned from Joanie's article is that a lot of K2 has lost its potency by the time it reaches the shelf.
Here is Joanie Blaxter's method:
  1. High potency K2 supplementation tested for stability
  2. Regular consumption of fermented food and probiotics, particularly from the bifido family.
  3. Cod liver oil
  4. Sonic toothbrush
  5. Vitamin D supplementation
Joanie Blaxter's results:
And it's official. I've had two checkups by the dentist where she has said the same thing each time: "You're a dental anomaly!" According to my dental history, my dentist should see gum redness, swelling, bleeding, signs of infection and most likely, sore, loose teeth.

Instead, my gums are pink, strong and healthy, my teeth stable and pain-free. And here's the best part: I now produce virtually no dental plaque! Each visit there has been next-to-no plaque on my teeth, despite the fact that my previous visit was nine months ago and not the usual six (my dentist moved her office which delayed scheduling).

Unfortunately, my gums have not grown back . . . yet!  My own practitioner, Theresa Vernon, told me that her receding gums did not start to grow back until she removed a copper toxicity from her system (very common for those with fatigued adrenals).

I fully expect my bones to strengthen with age, not weaken.
Joanie has a lot more to say beyond her story. She's done great research. If you want more from her, click here to read her article. Another part of her article that was news to me is that vitamin A, D and K need to be increased in concert. Increasing one of these without the others, at best, will get you no results. At worst, it is a recipe for disaster. As usual, our synthetic isolated supplements get us in trouble!
After reading stories like Joanie's, I felt so inspired that I indulged a little bit crazily in my home-made wonder-treats. I've made my own remineralization recipe using what I've learned from my years making raw, organic, gourmet chocolates and what I've learned these past years and weeks about remineralizing teeth. The following recipe is my own unique invention and it is incredibly good. If you like it, please show your support by following me on patreon. (You get a lot of exclusive perks by becoming a patron, so check it out!)

Delicious Recipe for Remineralizing Your Teeth

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly with a fork in a container that is easy to pour from (such as a glass or silicone measuring pitcher). 
  2. Pour mixture into silicone molds and then pop into your freezer, keeping them level so that they won't spill.
  3. Within twenty minutes they'll solidify. Then pop them out and store them in a bag in your freezer.
  4. Every day indulge in a one-ounce "chocolate" ("caroblet") and savor your healing!
A one-ounce (by weight) serving (of about two tablespoons) will have approximately:
  • Calories: 200
  • Vitamin B2, 0.1 mg, 10% RDA
  • Vitamin B6: 0.3 mg, 19% RDA
  • Vitamin A: 2000 IU, 100% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 2.8 mg, 4% RDA
  • Vitamin D: 280 IU: 140% RDA
  • Vitamin E: 5.6 mg, 37% RDA
  • Vitamin K2: Some unknown, but beneficial amount (the more yellow your butter, the more K2 this will contain)
  • Calcium: 10.2 mg, 1% RDA
  • Iron: 1.7 mg, 9% RDA
  • Magnesium: 8.3 mg, 2% RDA
  • Phosphorus: 22 mg, 3% RDA
  • Selenium: .3 ug, 1% RDA
  • Sugars: 1.2 grams
  • Protein: 2.5 grams
  • Fat: 20.4 grams
  • Omega-3: .9 grams, 82% RDA
  • Omega-6: .9 grams, 80% RDA (mostly from the sunflower oil in the orange oil)
Because the vitamin A being consumed here is from animal products, this vitamin A is in retinol form. This form can be overdosed on unless you're balancing it with vitamin D, which is why many health experts recommend getting most or all of your vitamin A in the form of carotenoids such as beta-carotene. The conversion from beta-carotene to retinol happens inside animals, including humans. However, some people do not convert enough, even when they're getting plenty of carotenoids, as I discuss throughout this article.

Ramiel Nagel's Cure Tooth Decay: The Good & The Bad

As part of my research, I did read Ramiel Nagel's book, Cure Tooth Decay. This book is full of valuable information from a variety of sources, including the popular Weston Price. However, Ramiel's information is not complete. He isn't aware of stories like Kat's – vegans healing their dental cavities.
Weston Price never studied healthy vegetarians. He never visited India. The vegetarians he did encounter tended to be poor people who lived off of bread and pasta. These people had horribly imbalanced nutrient intake, and were very healthy as a result. Weston Price studied cultures that lives by ancient methods who consumed raw diary and organic meats and found these people to be very healthy in contrast.
What Weston Price and Ramiel Nagel don't understand is that a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet is based on eating a wide variety of raw fruits and leafy greens. Ramiel is wise in his instruction about the use of our intuition. If you don't crave raw vegetables and dislike them, then your body is telling you something. Perhaps nightshades (potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, etc) or cruciferious vegetables (cabbage, broccoli, kale, etc) don't agree with your body at this time in your life. If so, then release yourself from any left-brained notion that you "have to" eat these foods to be healthy. Instead, focus on whatever raw fruits and vegetables you do crave.
As a child I craved iceberg lettuce, the most mild of all raw vegetables. While often disregarded as a low-nutrient vegetable, iceberg lettuce is still a healthy vegetable with a lot of nutrition per calorie. You will never get fat or build up toxins eating organic ice-berg lettuce. It is rich in water and fiber, and if you eat 100 calories of iceberg lettuce, you will get similar nutrition to eating 100 calories of another vegetable – which is far, far greater than the nutrition you would get from 100 calories of seeds or animal products.
If you have digestive problems currently or in your history, you will find the advice in Ramiel's book difficult to adhere to. His meal plans suggest fried eggs and/or meat in every meal, often combing these foods with dairy besides. This is not a good idea for a tired digestive system, and unfortunately, most people in first-world countries have very tired digestive systems. That said, healthy meat from grass-raised animals will be easier to digest than beans for someone who has or has had stomach ulcers. But I don't recommend either if you're currently getting acid reflux regularly.
The easiest-to-digest whole-food source of the nutrients you need for your teeth is raw butter from healthy, grass-fed animals. Butter, while mostly saturated fat, is made up of short-chain fatty acids such as butyric acid. Saturated fat from many plant sources is made up of chains as long as 18 carbons. If you imagine trying to carry a six-foot pole versus an eighteen-foot pole, which is easier? Even if they had the same weight, the six-foot one will be less unwieldy. Butter also lacks the proteins in milk that many people are sensitive to, while retaining the fat-soluble nutrients that are so critical to healing teeth: vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin K2. Thus, if you have a digestive condition, small amounts of bright-yellow butter from pasture-raised, grass-fed animals on a daily basis can be part of your healing protocol. I particularly recommend this if you crave fat, crave dairy, crave butter or crave cream. These cravings are likely a desire for a whole-food source of these nutrients that your body knows will work for you.
Knowing that this book is biased against plants and erroneously slanders the benefits of raw fruits and vegetables, you can still gain a lot of benefit from Ramiel's book. It is especially valuable to anyone on the fence about dental work. Before you make any decisions about getting your cavities filled, you must first do your research on the horrors in the dental industry. In this book you'll learn details like this: One of the men who made root canals popular later wrote a book all about how root canals should never be done; dentists are at risk of losing their license if they critique the use of mercury in fillings; and bacteria has been repeatedly disproven as the cause of tooth decay.

Jackie Ritz of the Paleo Mama's story

Six months ago I walked into a routine cleaning at the dentist and walked out with a hefty quote for dental work to be done on six cavities they found in my teeth. At first I was embarrassed. Shocked. I eat a very clean, whole foods diet. How could I have cavities? I don’t even eat white sugar. I brush and floss every, single day! How can this be true?

I told my dentist that I don’t even eat sugar or complex carbs and asked him if there is a way I can heal my cavities without having thousands of dollars of work done. I told him I had heard of “remineralizing” and curing tooth decay with diet and asked him what he thought. Of course, like many conventional dentists, he had never heard of it. So, I stopped asking questions, grabbed my quote, scheduled an appointment to have all six cavities filled, and went home discouraged.

When I got home I started reading and researching natural ways to heal your teeth. My mind was blown. I can heal my cavities without having thousands of dollars of dental work done? I can heal my cavities with proper diet? I can remineralize my teeth? I’m in!

Jackie Ritz of the Paleo Mama's story:

Six months ago I walked into a routine cleaning at the dentist and walked out with a hefty quote for dental work to be done on six cavities they found in my teeth. At first I was embarrassed. Shocked. I eat a very clean, whole foods diet. How could I have cavities? I don’t even eat white sugar. I brush and floss every, single day! How can this be true?

I told my dentist that I don’t even eat sugar or complex carbs and asked him if there is a way I can heal my cavities without having thousands of dollars of work done. I told him I had heard of “remineralizing” and curing tooth decay with diet and asked him what he thought. Of course, like many conventional dentists, he had never heard of it. So, I stopped asking questions, grabbed my quote, scheduled an appointment to have all six cavities filled, and went home discouraged.

When I got home I started reading and researching natural ways to heal your teeth. My mind was blown. I can heal my cavities without having thousands of dollars of dental work done? I can heal my cavities with proper diet? I can remineralize my teeth? I’m in!
Jackie's Method:
  1. 1 daily teaspooon Extra-Virgin Cod Liver Oil (EVCLO) – A real Norwegian cod liver oil that is fresh, raw and handcrafted.
  2. 1 daily teaspoon Extra-Virgin Butter Oil (EVBO) – From grassfed cows that are grazing on rich pasture grass. It takes 26 days of grazing on rich pastures for the milk to be considered ‘high vitamin.’
  3. Daily Skate Liver oil.
  4. 3 to 4 daily cups raw milk from grassfed cows and goats.
  5. 1 daily cup of homemade bonestock with added collagen
  6. Daily oil pulling with coconut oil.
  7. 1 weekly serving of liver
  8. Reduced consumption of phytic acid (nuts, seeds, grains).
  9. Soaking seeds before consuming them to reduce or eliminate phytic acid.
  10. Grassfed butter and ghee in recipes.
  11. Bentonite-clay based toothpaste. (No glycerin, as this counteracts remineralization.)
Jackie's conclusion:
Since that day at the dentist when I was told I had six cavities, I have been diligent in pursuing the complete healing of my cavities.

My dairy-free diet was missing fat-soluble vitamins. Since discovering my tooth decay, I have added back raw milk from grassfed cows and goats into my diet as well as many homemade cheeses. I had been consuming high amounts of phytic acid in nuts and seeds. I have minimized my intake of nuts and seeds, and have become diligent about properly soaking them to help neutralize phytic acid.

I cancelled my appointment to have my teeth all drilled and filled, and I began my journey into curing tooth decay with proper nutrition.

And my journey has been successful!
Jackie healed her dental cavities using animal products, as most of these stories do. But remember Kat. You can do it the vegan way if you choose. I have chosen not to for one critical reason. Under hypnosis, speaking from the perspective of my teeth, I said that my body was not converting carotenoids into retinol. As my teeth, I talked about what I needed – including more reverence and gratitude toward the animal products that would aid me. (For my full notes on what I disclosed during hypnosis, sign up as a patron. Patrons get access to my full realization journals, among other valuable perks. Besides, don't you want to support my super awesome website?)
True, I could use a supplement for vitamin A, but I still believe more in whole foods, and the magic within them. While I am including vitamin K2 supplements (among others) in my diet, I still believe in nature's gifts to us. If you're on the fence about being a vegetarian, vegan or omnivore and/or interested in exploring the ethics of these choices at the emotion level, ecological level and social level, please read my extensively thought-out article: Beyond Veganism. (This article is not titled "beyond" because it implies that we should move past being vegans, but that we should consider more of our lifestyle's impact besides just our choice to consume meat or not.)
So why do these protocols for healing cavities work, and where did they come from?
Dr. Weston A. Price concluded in his studies of indigenous peoples: All groups having a liberal supply of fat-soluble activators and minerals have a 100% immunity to dental caries.
Weston Price's work is the most well-known, but his methods are not the only ones that people are trying and succeeding with.
Njoy from Canada used iodine to heal her cavities:
I have been using iodine to cure cavities for about forty years.

If you have active cavities and perhaps toothache as well, put 10 or 12 drops in a small amount of warm water (about a mouthful) and swish it around your mouth for 30 to 45 seconds. Then spit it out. You will notice most of the colour is gone. Do this many times throughout the day.

Soon your toothache will stop and you'll see recalcification on your teeth. Don't stop using the iodine. You can reduce to a couple of drops twice a week when your teeth are done or almost done healing.

If you have big cavities then you will need to continue use indefinitely or your cavities will start to bother you again.

I had a dentist remark that I had "many small cavities that have healed over" which surprised him.

Don't swallow the iodine and water mixture! Spit it out!

The only new cavity I've had in more than forty years is one that was deep inside a gum. I guess the iodine couldn't reach it.

Iodine for Dental Health

Njoy's method of using idoine alone can't heal big cavities, but since it was enough alone to heal small ones, imagine what it might do to combine this with other people's methods.
I've been taking iodine intermittently since 2013. I met a woman on Kaua'i island who is an alternative medicine woman, like myself. She told me that my "chronic coldness" was a symptom of being low in iodine. She ate a lot of seaweed and used to run a sea-vegetable business, but it was never enough iodine to combat her own deficiency. She had tried a dozen forms of iodine, but it was specifically J.CROW'S Lugol's Solution of Iodine 5% that helped her. So I tried it. And it works! Whenever I find that I'm the only person cold in the room, I take eight drops in a glass of water and I'm warm again in just fifteen minutes without doing anything else! I usually don't have to take more again for weeks.

Avoiding Phytic Acid Completely

Prior to the cultivation of grains, corn, and rice, human fossil records show that tooth decay was virtually non-existant. Phytic acid is present in seeds, which include grains, nuts, corn, rice, beans, and legumes. It prevents seeds from germinating prematurely. Seeds require the spring-time rains to sprout, because this is when they have the best chance of survival. If they sprouted at "any old time" then their species wouldn't last long. Phytic acid is good for us in very small quantities, but when we eat diets that are primarily seed-based without first soaking the seeds (and getting the seed to think it is time to sprout), we consume way too much phytic acid.
Seeds have become a large part of the human diet because they keep well. It isn't that grains are healthy for us. Grains have been used for thousands of years as a way to store food against famine during droughts and winters. Traditionally these seeds have been sprouted or fermented prior to consumption which increased their nutritive value by removing most or all of the phytic acid.
Today, because of the marketing of "whole grains" as health foods, it is common for parents raising their children on a "healthy diet" to find that their teeth have loads of cavities. This is because the granola bars, cereals and oatmeal we're feeding to our children have not been sprouted or fermented at all. These children are usually not getting enough vitamin A or vitamin D and are getting a megadose of phytic acid with every single breakfast.
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