I believe in the body’s ability to heal itself. I know that if I take good care of myself I give my body the tools it needs to heal on a regular basis. That doesn’t mean I am free of malady. Recently my dentist told me to make an appointment for a filling. He showed me where the tooth decay was, but didn’t really explain anything further. I asked him about the procedure and he condescendingly said: “You know, it’s a filling, it will be tooth colored. It’s no big deal”. Well, he doesn’t know me. He doesn’t know I’m not the kind of girl who just wants to be a good patient. I want to know specifics and options. Call me crazy but when it comes to drilling a hole in my tooth I like a little more info. The fact that when I asked him if fillings usually stayed permanently he responded:”I hope so”, did not help his case.
Needless to say I am not getting the procedure. At least not with him. Don’t get me wrong if I have to get a filling I will do it, I would just like a second opinion. Also, since it is not urgent, I would like to give myself the opportunity to fix this on my own. Like I said before, I know my body has the ability to heal itself and my teeth are not the exception.
This experience made me do some research on reversing tooth decay. Here are some of my findings. According to an article by Dr.Axe, to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat soluble vitamin intake and mineral intake. Here are the diet suggestions he makes in order to achieve healthy teeth:
- Rich in animal foods like bone broth, meat, fish and eggs.
- Raw and cooked vegetables especially green leafy vegetables.
- Raw dairy like kefir, cheese and grass-fed butter
- Fruit in smaller quantities
- High vitamin D – get plenty of sunshine and supplement with 5,000IU daily of D3.
- Foods high in healthy fat like coconut oil, avocado, olives and fish or fermented cod liver oil.
- Fermented grains only and in moderation such as true sourdough bread (or even better no grains at all).
- Nuts, seeds and beans only that have been sprouted.
- Finally, NO processed food, packaged food or fast food.
Another thing I found out is that you can make your own, re-mineralizing toothpaste. Check this recipe by Wellness Mama.
Other things to consider are stress and having a good PH balance. This article numbers the prerequisites for dental health and stopping or reversing tooth decay.
Lastly I recommend checking the website or book Cure Tooth Decay. There are a lot of pointers and information on the subject there.
In conclusion, tooth decay can be prevented and in some cases reversed! A combination of the right diet, mineralization, hydration, stress reduction and supplementation can help deal with cavities and beyond. I am early in my quest for tooth healing but I am determined to give it a try. I am always up for the challenge of taking my health into my own hands. I am not a doctor and I understand that they can help us in our quest for health. Health professionals can facilitate healing and I respect them. But ultimately it is up to us to be healthy. And I am not one to follow a doctors advise blindly.
I will report back after my next dentists visit and hopefully I will be cavity and filling free :).