I have only had one cavity in my life, in a wisdom tooth that I got pulled, so I've never experienced the drill myself. But I do have sensitivite teeth--if I eat cold foods, I have a system of where in my mouth to hold the food so it doesn't touch several teeth that I feel extreme pain in from cold.
The idea that teeth can regenerate, and can be healed, was so intriguing to me, that I decided to experiment.
I began to look into the Weston A. Price Foundation and their information about grass-fed raw milk and butter and cheese and meats, making bone broths, etc. This is a HUGE stretch for me, considering that I have followed a raw vegan and then later vegan, then vegetarian diet for several years. But I see this all as a grand experiement, and try not to get too caught up in dogmatic strict-ness that would prohibit me from learning and growing. I thought, "Here's my chance!" So I started to give a few things a try for my whole family, including finding a supplier of grass-fed raw milk, eggs, chicken, and beef. I began making bone broths and incorporating it as the base when I make soups and even using it instead of water when cooking grains. I began oil pulling with coconut oil every morning. (One of my back molars that is discolored on one side and looks pretty bad but has never given me pain, has started to lighten up in color). The idea is that tooth decay happens because of a lack of minerals to the teeth, not necessarily because of bacteria eating away at the teeth. If there are enough minerals getting into the teeth, they can remineralize and be strong, protected and healthy.
So here's the clincher:
Last week I noticed a small dark spot on one of my son's molars. I have been giving him the fermented cod liver oil (luckily he learned how to swallow pills) but wasn't completely consistent with it. So my husband and I made a concerted effort to give him the pill every day and put coconut oil on the affected tooth, as well as swishing the coconut oil in his mouth for a few minutes every night.
And miraculously, within a week, the spot is now white with a tiny grey tinge. IT IS HEALING. I'm watching my son's tooth regenerate. This really does work.
Some of the suggestions for diet to heal the teeth naturally seems pretty radical to me and against my understanding of what is actually healthy. I am not taking out all grain and feeding my kids all meats and dairy. My son definitely is still eating carbs, and fruit. But he's eating more eggs, and some meat.
Here are the things I have done that I see have contributed to the immediate change:
2. Changing toothpaste (I always have gotten my kids non-fluoridated toothpaste, but I was using Tom's un-fluoridated, which has glycerin. It turns out glycerin puts a coating on the teeth which prevents the minerals and calcium from penetrating into the teeth. We now are using "Earth Paste" that I picked up from my local health food store.
3. Green Pasture "Blue Ice Royal" (butter oil/fermented cod liver oil blend): You can buy this here
4. Grass-fed butter, eggs, meat, and bone broth made from the bones.
I know that tooth decay is an issue for many parents out there. Please read up on the resources in the above link, do some research and try these suggestions out for yourself. I am so glad to see with my own eyes the rejuvinating power in our teeth--we just need to educate ourselves to know how to give our bodies what they need!
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