Well, I have to say, my motivation for this post came from some very disappointing news at the dentist over a year ago....cavities! For me and my kiddos. My first reaction was shock, followed by depression, but then action. I listened to an amazing series of interviews of accomplished holistic dentists on "tooth truth" and learned some great tips for keeping teeth healthy. The overall "truth" that I took away from the series was that God made our bodies, even our teeth, to heal naturally given the right conditions and proper nourishment. Cavities can heal and harden without drilling and filling! This is important to know, because the mainstream solution for cavities is to fill them with mercury containing metal fillings. Mercury is a known neuro-toxin that causes great harm to the body (from depression to cancer to tremor disorders to Alzheimer's). The other principle I learned is that a cavity in the mouth is often indicative of an imbalance, toxicity or deficiency in another organ in the body as each tooth is connected to different body meridians (http://meridiantoothchart.com). Below are the steps I took to heal and harden our family’s cavities without getting fillings.
1) Balance blood sugar levels. Everybody knows that sugar causes tooth decay, but it's not just the action of sugar on the teeth as much as it is sugar's effect on your blood sugar levels and pH. Rats that were fed a high sugar diet through a tube in which the sugar never made contact with their teeth still had the same amount of tooth decay as those that chewed their sugar rich food. Needless to say, if you want to be serious about preventing or re-mineralizing cavities, you need to seriously avoid refined sugars and greatly minimize even natural sweets like fruit and honey. In Proverbs 23:1-3, the Bible speaks of limiting your consumption of refined delicacies, which in the ancient world were usually only regularly available to rulers, but because of modern technology are hard to avoid in our day and age. And though honey is good according to Scripture, the wisdom of Proverbs 25:27 tells us "It is not good to eat much honey".
2) Ensure you get enough fat soluble vitamins A, D & K2. The most bio-available forms of these vitamins, must come from animal foods. Vit A & D helps you absorb the minerals that you get from your diet. And Vit K2 actually tells calcium where to go in your body. You could have lots of calcium floating around inside of you, but if you are deficient in K2, it will never be used as building blocks for your teeth and bones. Instead it can actually be damaging to your soft tissues. Raw, unpasteurized, whole milk and butter from healthy grass-fed cows/goats is full of these nutrients, while pasteurized, factory produced milk is often void of them and can lead to digestive difficulties and further nutrient deficiencies. There is a figure in Genesis that uses the expression "teeth white with milk." If you don't have access to this kind of healthy milk or have trouble digesting dairy, supplementation may be necessary. The best natural whole food supplement that provides these vitamins is cod-liver oil.
3) Battle decay causing bacteria with life promoting bacteria. The best probiotic protection for your mouth is not bacteria-killing sterilizing-chemical mouthwash, but a healthy intestinal flora. Naturally fermented foods like sauerkraut and yogurt that boost the friendlies in your gut, will help bust the bad guys in your mouth.
4) Use mineral supplementation. Because modern mega-agricultural practices are not in alignment with the principles of stewardship in God's Word, they deplete the soils of important minerals and nutrients. Our mainstream food-supply (even organic) is very deficient in minerals. All trace minerals are important to maintain a healthy body, but magnesium, phosphorus & silica is the most powerful mineral trio for building strong teeth and bones. There are many ways to increase the mineral content of your diet. We chose to use a supplement called Bio-Dent that contains ground tooth from healthy cows. Another way to make a good mineral supplement at home is to make your own bone broth like grandma use to do, by simmering animal bones from your left over chicken, beef or lamb supper overnight and using the broth to make soups and stews. Also, incorporating non-caffeinated herbal teas into your diet, especially nettles, is a good way to get more minerals.
Below is a recipe I came up with that is rich in minerals, fat-soluble vitamins, made without sugar and has anti-bacterial properties. It is a perfect after meal treat to satisfy your sweet tooth while protecting your teeth at the same time. Hemp seeds have the perfect ratio of magnesium, phosphorus & silica. Mint has strong antibacterial properties and chocolate is high in magnesium and phosphorus. Also, thermobrides in chocolate have been shown to kill strep mutans (one of the pre-dominate bacterial culprits of tooth decay). If you're consuming store-bought chocolate products laden with sugar, however, that will negate the beneficial properties of natural cocoa.
Avoiding sugar is easier said than done. And for kids it can feel especially restrictive to not be allowed a sweet treat every now and then (especially if they sit beside other kids at the school lunch table with a sack full of candy, cookies and granola bars day after day). For this reason, I wanted to come up with something that would feel like a treat, but actually provide protection for their teeth. I used stevia, a natural herbal sweetener that does not raise blood sugar levels.Mint-Chocolate "Smile Fudge"
2 cups hemp seeds
1/2 cup non-alkaline organic cocoa powder
3 tablespoons grass-fed butter
3 tablespoons organic coconut oil
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs (optional - adds a nice crunch)
4 packets of organic stevia (or 2 tsps. of the whole dried green herb or 6 drops liquid stevia extract or 1/3-1/2 cup xylitol or erythritol which are extracted sugar alcohols from whole foods that do not raise blood sugar and show some protective properties for dental health)
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink or Celtic sea salt (the most trace mineral rich salts)
1 teaspoon organic mint extract of 2 drops of mint essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender until smooth, then add the cacao nibs and mix by hand. Spread the thick nut-butter like paste in a parchment lined baking pan or dish, sprinkle with a little more salt and place in the freezer. Take out when frozen and slice in 1-inch squares with a knife or pizza cutter. Keep stored in the freezer.
This whole food fudge is a hit in our house and has helped tremendously to satisfy the "sweet tooth" without damaging our teeth. Though still visible, my cavities have hardened. I experience no pain or sensitivity to the touch or with heat and cold. I pray that this information helps you to strengthen your teeth as well!