Cure Tooth Decay
You really can cure tooth decay at home, according to Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay. It takes some commitment and a change in lifestyle, but it’s doable. It begins with a diet that is free of sugar and refined carbohydrates, the kind that raises your blood glucose levels. High blood glucose levels mean problems for bones and teeth. Keeping your blood sugar in balance is a key prescription for better health, including better dental health.
A traditional diet that is rich in organic fruits and vegetables, bone broth, fermented foods, grassfed meat, and raw milk contains the vitamins and minerals necessary for bone health, according to Weston Price, a dentist who studied traditional diets and their effect on dental health. Dr. Price found that people eating traditional diets not only had improved dental health, their bone structure was different and their teeth were stronger. But for those of us who didn’t grow up on a traditional diet, this remineralizing tooth powder can help bridge the gap, while we get our diets in order.
Living without a dentist
The book, Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel, outlines a diet that will remineralize your teeth and stop new cavities from forming. It is based on research by Weston Price using bone broth, fermented grains, and raw milk products to stop the bad stuff from harming your teeth and encourage the good stuff to rebuild them.
The key take away from the book, is that in order to cure tooth decay and remineralize your teeth, your teeth need to have direct contact with the building blocks that teeth are made of – calcium, phosphorous, and some trace minerals. Your teeth also need less contact with the things in the oral environment that inhibit the rebuilding process.
The good things that help rebuild your teeth are also the things that help rebuild your immune system and help you conquer chronic diseases like cancer. There is a critical connection between the state of your teeth and the state of your health.
The bad stuff:
The oral environment that prevents cavities from healing and destroys dental enamel
- Uncontrolled blood sugar spikes
- Sugary food and drink
- Commercial toothpastes – the glycerin and fluoride inhibit the remineralization of tooth enamel
- Artificial sweeteners – increase blood sugar, acidify the mouth
- Fluoridated water – binds to tooth enamel making it weak and preventing mineralization with calcium and phosphorous.
- Unfermented grains – inhibit the absorption of minerals due to anti-nutrients
- Bacteria that forms biofilms in the mouth preventing the remineralization of tooth enamel and destroying tooth enamel
- Acidic oral environment – eats away at tooth enamel causing cavities
- Dental drilling that destroys tooth enamel and prevents the remineralisation of teeth.
- Glycerine, found in commercial toothpaste coats teeth and prevents the remineralisation of tooth enamel
The good stuff:
Oral environment that strengthens and builds tooth health
- Is rich in calcium — calcium and phosphorous are the building blocks that your teeth need to rebuild. You have to supply them.
- Maintains neutral pH, not overly acidic. The toothpowder is alkaline and should act as a pH buffer — so brush at least twice a day.
- Is free of bad-bacterial biofilms – has a predominance of good bacteria in the microbiome – lactic acid bacteria is one of the good guys that helps keep the bad guys in check. You’ll need to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth, and floss at least once a day to get rid of the biofilms. Bacterial biofilms will prevent the minerals from adhering to your teeth.
- Is without dental treatments that destroy tooth enamel and oral integrity such as dental fillings and root canals. Once the dentist has drilled your teeth and removed the enamel, that tooth is compromised. Root canals remove the nerve and blood supply from a tooth which allows bacteria to proliferate in the dead tissue. Ideally, avoid both if you can, by catching potential problems before they require emergency management.
- Even if you are like me, with mercury fillings and a root canal, this remineralizing tooth powder recipe will still help, but if you can avoid the invasive dental treatments you’ll repair your teeth more easily. But don’t take my word for it. Do your own research.
- Diet high in fruits and vegetables and calcium rich bone broths, low in sugar, processed foods, and unfermented grains will both rebuild tooth enamel and rebuild your overall health and wellness. There is a connection between the health of your teeth and the overall health of your body.
How to cure tooth decay
According to Cure Tooth Decay, you can cure tooth decay. Healing your cavities involves not just tooth brushing and oral hygiene but also a change in lifestyle and diet. You can’t just change from commercial toothpaste and keep eating crap and expect to rebuild your tooth enamel and heal your cavities. Your body deserves better.
My personal experience
My daughter was heading overseas for 2 years to serve as a full time writer with a Christian Aid Organization. Before she left for her trip we tried to get her in to see the dentist. She had a shadow on one of her teeth that we thought might be a cavity. But we don’t have a dental plan. The 3 dentists in our area aren’t taking new patients — No they couldn’t fit her in anytime in the next 6 months. So instead Sarah kept an eye on her diet and started using this remineralizing tooth powder.
Today Sarah’s cavities are completely gone. She cut out quite a bit of the sugary treats she was eating and I made her this remineralizing tooth powder to brush her teeth with twice a day. She brushes her teeth and then holds the mixture at the back of her mouth for a minute, while she combs her hair, and then spits it out and rinses with plain water. She’s had very yellow teeth since she was young, attributed to the floridation treatments that our dentist gave her. She brushed and brushed and her teeth have remained yellow.
However, after two months using this remineralizing tooth powder, her teeth are regaining their whiteness.
And finally, her gums have bled after flossing for over a decade. She said to me this morning, “My gums are no longer bleeding. It’s the first time in my life that my gums aren’t bleeding when I brush my teeth and floss.” It makes me feel happy to improve my baby’s oral health with such a simple step as making my own remineralizing tooth powder.
But even better, I’ve had a toothache since I had the “flu” last Spring. I’ve had a biofilm in my mouth that I couldn’t seem to shake. The pain was in a tooth that I had an unnecessary, botched root canal in over 20 years ago. It was so severe that I couldn’t chew anything on that side of my mouth. Since the dentists in town aren’t taking any new patients I hadn’t been able to have it looked at. It was a blessing in disguise.
I started using the same remineralizing tooth powder that I made for Sarah and the pain disappeared after the first day of using the tooth powder and it never came back. Robin is also using it and his teeth have changed from yellow to much whiter and healthier looking.
So while it won’t by itself cure tooth decay, it is one piece of the solution.
15 years of experimenting with DiY natural toothpaste
15 years of experimenting with DiY natural toothpaste
I haven’t used commercial tooth paste in over 15 years and I haven’t been to the dentist since 2003. I’ve experimented with different recipes and kept the good and tossed the bad. I’ve tried plain baking soda – it worked but was a little soapy tasting, 1/1 baking soda and Himalayan salt – it hurt my mouth, a bit too abrasive. I’ve tried both of these plain and with added peppermint essential oil – the peppermint oil is nicer. I’ve added coconut oil to make it more like a tooth paste rather than a tooth powder – it was harder to get a uniform amount out of the jar, and it became solid in our cold house. If we lived somewhere warmer, we might choose the coconut oil recipe instead of this one.
Here’s my recipe for remineralizing tooth powder for sensitive teeth – perfected after 15 years of trial and error. It’s going to get the toxins of regular fluoride toothpaste out of your mouth and you’ll even save money — actually a lot of money — by making your own toothpaste at home — and it may actually cure tooth decay as it remineralizes your teeth. So forget paying $4 a tube for toothpaste that’s fluoride free and SLS free — make your own with these easy to find ingredients.
Note: If you are sensitive to scents use the essential oils in this recipe sparingly. Try 10 drops of the peppermint essential oil instead of 1 tsp. The following recipe is the one I use exactly. But it may not be suitable for you, if you are sensitive to essential oils. Feel free to experiment and adapt it to your needs.
If this is for a child under five, skip the peppermint essential oil and add 2 tablespoons cinnamon powder, from the spice rack, in place of the peppermint essential oil.
DiY Tooth Powder Recipe that:
- Whitens teeth
- Freshens breath
- Remineralizes tooth enamel
- Repairs cavities
- Pain relieving
- Prevents cavities by strengthening tooth enamel, removing bacteria, and changing pH
Cure tooth decay with remineralizing tooth powder for sensitive teeth
DiY Remineralizing Toothpaste (makes 1 cup with no fillers)
3 tbsp. calcium carbonate
2 tbsp. bentonite clay
1/2 cup baking soda
1/4 cup Himalayan salt, whirled in your spice grinder until a fine powder
1 tsp. peppermint eo
10 drops myrrh eo,
10 drops clove eo
Store this in an 8 ounce Mason jar.
This tooth powder has no fillers. Every part is essential. Initially buying the ingredients may seem expensive, but it will give you many months of tooth powder for your efforts.
Mix calcium, clay, baking soda, and Himalayan salt in glass bowl. Whisk it to blend it thoroughly. Add peppermint eo (reduce the amount to your personal preference), myrrh eo, and clove eo. Divide between two ½ cup jelly jars. Cap tightly.
How to use this remineralizing tooth powder to cure tooth decay:
Package the toothpowder into smaller jars for use. In our family, each family member has their own one ounce jar of tooth powder. We clean and refill these jars as necessary from an 8 ounce mason jar. (pictured)
Moisten the toothbrush under the tap. Use plain, unfluoridated water. If your water is fluoridated it’s better to use filtered water to brush your teeth. Fluoride will bind to your teeth preventing remineralization with calcium. Floride is also harmful to the thyroid, filling the iodine receptors, and inhibiting iodine uptake.
Shake off any excess water from the toothbrush.
Stick your moistened toothbrush in the jar and take up some of the tooth powder on the brush.
Brush teeth as normal. If you are remineralizing your teeth in order to cure tooth decay, hold the goop in your mouth for 60 seconds while you do something else. This allows your tooth enamel to be in contact with the remineralizing calcium and clay. Spit. Do not swallow. The spit will be grey. That’s the clay removing toxins from your mouth. It’s normal. Rinse your mouth with clear water.
Brush at least twice a day. Floss once a day.
Turn this into remineralizing toothpaste:
If your family is used to toothpaste and would find it easier to use a paste rather than a powder, simply add ½ cup to ¾ cup of coconut oil to the above recipe. It will remain soft and paste like if your ambient temperature is between 60 and 70 degrees F. Organic virgin coconut oil is known to prevent cavities.
What does each ingredient in the recipe do?
Calcium carbonate – supports healthy enamel
Bentonite clay trace minerals that support oral health
Baking soda – supports oral health, changes pH, mildly abrasive
Himalayan salt, trace minerals that support oral health,
Peppermint eo – refreshing, traditionally used for oral health
Myrrh eo – refreshing, traditionally used for oral health,
Clove eo – traditionally used for oral health
Cure Tooth Decay
Get the bad stuff out of your mouth. Put the good stuff in your mouth. Make this remineralizing tooth powder today and you’ll be on your way to not just better dental health, but also better overall health. Your teeth are a window to your overall health.
And grab the book, Cure Tooth Decay to learn the full protocol for holistic dental health.
Does this replace seeing your dentist? Of course not. This is a book review, not dental advice. As always, consult with your health professional for personalized advice in your own circumstance.