My post about how to remineralize teeth naturally has gotten hundreds of questions and comments over the years, especially about my personal oral health routine. Most commonly, questions are about the specifics I used to help my teeth remineralize or products I used.
Check out the original post for the specifics on how cavities can remineralize and why I chose the products I did, and this post answers the specifics of what I used. If you are new to the idea of remineralization, this interview with a dentist about the body’s ability to remineralize teeth may be helpful too.
I had two small cavities that my holistic dentist was willing to wait on filling, and after using this protocol they had remineralized and no longer needed to be filled. Of course, I am not a dentist and you should check with yours about your own personal oral health, but I’m sharing my experience and routine for informational purposes only.
My Daily Oral Health Routine
This is the oral health routine that I personally follow daily (or most days) that helped remineralize me teeth and that I now use to help avoid any new cavities.
Morning: As soon as I wake up, I do Oil Pulling with Coconut oil. Spit, Rinse Well and Swish with clean water. Important notes- I don’t even swallow this oil and I make sure not to spit into a drain. I usually spit into a container and keep tightly closed until I throw away.
After that, I brush with homemade toothpaste or homemade tooth powder and a Bass Toothbrush.
Breakfast: Take 1/2 of Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Blend or Regular Cod Liver Oil. Eat breakfast high in healthy fats and proteins.
Lunch and Dinner: I include Homemade Bone Broth, at least two sources of healthy fats, protein and vegetables. (See my recipes for Ideas) or Bone Broth Tutorial for instructions on bone broth.
Evening: I floss, then brush again with homemade toothpaste or homemade tooth powder and a Bass Toothbrush. If I’m trying to whiten my teeth, I also brush with Activated Charcoal powder, which works wonders!
Bedtime: I don’t eat after 7 pm and try to be in bed between 10-10:30 to allow maximum restorative sleep and optimal hormone production. I sleep on an earthing mat to help reduce inflammation and spray myself with magnesium spray before bed to improve sleep and make sure I’m getting enough of this important mineral. Have trouble sleeping? Check out these four helpful hacks for falling asleep.
- Some form of healthy protein at every meal
- 2+ tablespoons grass fed butter
- Various other forms of protein and fat like tallow used in cooking, bison for snack, etc
- 4-6 cups+ of vegetables each day, usually in soups or with meats, including a lot of leafy greens and brightly colored vegetables.
Natural Oral Care Recipes
I also only use natural products on my teeth and gums. This made a big difference for me personally, as I realized after switching to natural oral care products that something in conventional toothpaste was causing the gum irritation I’d had since I’d had braces as a child.
These are the natural oral health products I use:
Recommended Oral Health Books
by Ramiel Nagel
by Dr. Bruce Fife
by Dr. Weston A. Price
by Dr. Catherine Shanahan
References and Citations
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Mandel ID (1990). The diagnostic uses of saliva. J Oral Pathol Med 19:119–125.
Nieuw Amerongen AV, Veerman ECI (2002). Saliva—the defender of the oral cavity. Oral Dis 8:12–22. Dr. Warren C. Edwards. (PDF)
Smoking and Sleep Top The List of Lifestyle Factors Affecting Oral Health
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