Cure Dental Cavities

What if I told you that it was known worldwide in 1924 that common dental carries (cavities) could easily be cured without drilling, filling, or worse: extraction? But how could that be? Dentists make billions of dollars per year, worldwide, drilling, filling, extracting, rooting and all manner of other such things.

Oh, I know. It's one of those "natural remedy" things; probably something written up in the Farmer's Almanac of the time or tales passed along by Old Wives. That's gotta be it, eh?

Uh...no. Try the British Medical Journal (free registration) in 1924 as well as the British Dental Journal (archives only go back to 1970).

Now, Stephan did a great write-up on this, including a layman's explanation of just how a cavity in a tooth remineralizes. So, I'm not going to steal his thunder. Here's just a preview.

Drs. Mellanby set out to see if they could use their dietary principles to cure tooth decay that was already established. They divided 62 children with cavities into three different diet groups for 6 months. Group 1 ate their normal diet plus oatmeal (rich in phytic acid). Group 2 ate their normal diet plus vitamin D. Group 3 ate a grain-free diet and took vitamin D.

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In group 1, oatmeal prevented healing and encouraged new cavities, presumably due to its ability to prevent mineral absorption. In group 2, simply adding vitamin D to the diet caused most cavities to heal and fewer to form. The most striking effect was in group 3, the group eating a grain-free diet plus vitamin D, in which nearly all cavities healed and very few new cavities developed. Grains are the main source of phytic acid in the modern diet, although we can't rule out the possibility that grains were promoting tooth decay through another mechanism as well.

Go read the whole interesting story, including others who were curing cavities in the 1920s.

On a personal note, for those who haven't heard this from me before: I had gum disease. I had two surgeries seven years ago, then regular cleanings, but was getting marginally worse again. Getting off grains not only stopped the progression almost immediately, but completely reversed my declining gums within months. However, I still had major plaque buildup problems. Supplementation with vitamin D and K2 (MK-4) has now completely solved that to the point where I really don't need to brush, anymore. A toothpick suffices and I only brush now and then for the cool minty feeling. I wake up every morning with smooth pearls in my mouth.

I am amazed daily at how ignorant we have allowed outselves to become, and I only don't mean in terms of a cure. How about dammed preventing them in the first place?

A friend of mine might call this an example of what he's dubbed: The Endarkenment. The more and more of this sort of thing I see -- and I see it more and more -- the more I see what he means.

Comments

  1. Eric Shover says:

    Richard,

    What supplements do you take for D and K2? Thanks for the great posts.

    Eric Shover

  2. "The Endarkenment" is my new favorite meme.

  3. Well, here's the guy who promotes it, Billy Beck:

    http://www.two–four.net/weblog.php

    Go ahead and search his blog for the term.

  4. Here's what I wrote to a local friend on the same topic:

    Over at the Vitamin Shoppe on Winchester and Steven's Creek, Carlson has both a D and K2 (MK-4).

    You're about my size, and I take 3 of the D per day (6,000 IU) and one of the K2 (5mg).

    For D, what you want to do is get your health provider to test your levels. Get the 25-hydroxy vitamin D: 25 (OH) D. Don't get the 1,25 hyroxy test. That's useless. Now, all the epidemiology (search my blog for 'vitamin D' and read some of those posts) points to almost total cancer risk elimination above a level of 60 ng/ml. I say you want to be above 70. My latest test was 84. Toxicity is not an issue below 150 and for someone of your size, 6k per day is quite appropriate and has been born out by a number of doctors now on the D bandwagon in use with their own patients.

    For K2, 5mg is a huge dose. You'd have to eat tons of liver to get that amount and would probably run into vitamin A toxicity issues (though D protects from A toxicity, and vice versa). On the other hand, a few ounces of foie gras will give you a whopping dose of K2 (MK-4) and a few ounces of Japanes natto (fermented soybeans) will give you a whopping dose of K2 (MK-7). The shorter chain -4 is preferred, in my book, as it's the form made by animals for animals, i.e., you find it in butter fat, eggs, and so on. The longer chains like -7 are created by bacteria through the fermentation process.

    K2 is an activator for D and A, i.e., it's what makes them do what they do with mineral salt (calcium, potassium, etc.) utilization, essentially making those salts go everyplace they should (bones & teeth), and no place they shouldn't (coronary arteries).

    So, 5mg is a big dose compared to what a human would normally get in diet. However, it should be noted that dosages of 45mg and even way higher have been used with no ill effets noted. In rats, they induce atherosclerosis and then give 45 mg per day to reverse the arterial calcification.

  5. Dr Dan says:

    OH MY GOD!!! This is great to read. I actually COMMENTED on stefan's post saying the same thing. Bleeding gums and sore teeth before paloe and its all stopped!!!! So Im really glad to see that this was not just a coincidence!!! Sorry for all the caps and exclamation marks but I find this very exciting.

  6. Suzanne says:

    Rishard-
    why is there a warning on the Carlson's K2 label to not take if your pregnant? Should you not be takeniing this while pregnant?

  7. Suzanne:

    I'm not certain but believe it has to do with blood clotting factors. The Carlson product is 5mg, which is a huge dose comared to what you could get from food.

    A dose that would simulate a rich K2 intake from food would be more along the lines of a single drop of the Thorne K2 (1mg) mixed in some sort of food that you would eat over 3-5 days.

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  9. Dentist Lancaster says:

    Wow, there are natural remedies to cure dental problems I agree with that. It's better that there is still a dentist's advice about this because they can give suggestions as to what can help with this problem without any various dental treatments

  10. Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavity, is a disease where bacterial processes damage hard tooth structure.These tissues progressively break down, producing dental cavities.

    -heather-

  11. my upper left incisor has receeded after a braces failure. I am now thinking of implant which is very expensive for e at the moment. I am now scared of loosing my front teeth in the nearest future. Is there any natural remedy to this issue?

  12. It is true that certian vitamins and minerals can naturally cause a teeth to remineralize and the cavity can “heal” itself.

  13. Thanks for sharing your tips on how to cure dental cavities.

  14. Dentist Altoona says:

    While this suggestion for increase dental health has some serious logic backing it up, I might venture to say that an entirely grain-free diet may be a bit extreme. That being said, lets give it a shot and see what happens. That’s the only real way to find out.

  15. LadyGigglesALot says:

    Well, it seems to me that the theory about oatmeal isn’t really proven. In the first diet they did NOTHING TO CHANGE how the children were eating besides adding oatmeal. How do they know those cavities weren’t going to form anyway? This is not conclusive proof that oatmeal had anything to do with it, only that those children had poor eating habits (which we can assume anyway since their teeth were already decaying).

    Now if they had changed the children’s diets to that of group three and added oatmeal, and the children still got cavities, then I might be convinced.

    As it is, I like oatmeal and don’t care to stop eating it, although I don’t like cavities and will be sure to try and eat a better diet.

    Don’t look at this study and take it as fact, use logic! I’m sure that to a certain degree teeth can heal and nutrition obviously has a lot to do with it. But don’t cut out grains just because of one study that doesn’t actually prove anything.