Back to Basics: Preventing and Healing Cavities (naturally)

Most people believe (after being told by their dentists) that sugar is the main culprit behind tooth decay…as it turns out, it seems that most of us have been misinformed.  We’ve also been told that once a cavity is formed, the only solution is to drill it and fill it.  Apparently, however, our teeth are able to completely heal themselves!  That’s right — our teeth are alive and decay/cavities can be healed as long as we change our diets to provide the proper nutrients for our teeth to do so.

If you take a look at traditional cultures of the past, tooth decay was a rare find.  It wasn’t until these traditional cultures adapted a Western diet, filled with processed foods lacking many beneficial nutrients, that tooth decay became prevalent.  So what kind of diet is needed in order to maintain healthy teeth & prevent or heal tooth decay?

A diet that is high minerals (specifically calcium and phosphorus) and high in fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin D, especially), and a diet containing little to no phytic acid (phytic acid prevents your body from absorbing minerals and is found in grains).  So although too much sugar is never a good thing (especially processed/highly refined sugars), it seems that grains are the foods we should be most concerned with.  Grains such as rice, pasta, seeds, and nuts, contain large amounts of phytic acid, and ultimately prevent mineral absorption.  That means, if your eating a diet high in grains, your body will not be able to heal itself as well or even maintain proper nutrient levels.

In the 1920’s and 1930’s, specifically, Dr. Mellanby and Dr. Price separately conducted studies regarding diet vs. tooth decay and both ended up with similar results:  diets high in grains caused cavities, diets high in vitamin D (and other fat-soluble vitamins) and low in grains prevented tooth decay and healed already forming cavities.  Interesting, huh?

Dr. Weston A. Price (a dentist) who conducted this early research and studied traditional cultures of the past recorded many situations through out 1920’s and 1930’s where tooth decay was healed within his practice without filling cavities.  Dr. Price found that vitamin D (found in eggs, butterfat, organ meats, and fish oil), along with vitamin K (found in butter oil, egg yolks, and leafy greens),  worked wonders for the immune system and were the main fat-soluble vitamins that helped to heal the teeth, when taken together.  These vitamins are found naturally in traditional foods, and should be consumed this way as well.  Synthetic vitamins often cause a slew of “side effects”, so vitamins are best obtained naturally.  The Weston A. Price Foundation recommends taking fermented cod liver oil along with high quality butter oil (these both come in capsules or liquids) each day to obtain proper amounts of these fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin D and vitamin K2).

Click here for Green Pastures Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil Blend  (to get both in one dose) - this brand is the recommended brand from the Weston A. Price Foundation

Click here for last week’s Back to Basics post, which gave an overview of curing teeth of cavities, naturally.

Visit the following links for some more information:

How I Healed My Child’s Cavity - The Healthy Home Economist (one of my favorite blogs)

Preventing Tooth Decay - Whole Health Source

Reversing Tooth Decay - Whole Health Source

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