My 9-year-old daughter has two cavities we’re trying to heal naturally. If you’ve read up on healing tooth decay, you know there are loads of changes you need to make to your diet and lifestyle to promote healing and remineralizing your teeth. I created a printable Tooth Care Log that my daughter and I can fill out each day (I have two cavities as well!) to help keep track of the routine we’re following.
The Tooth Care Log includes every step our family takes to try to heal cavities naturally, but there are many more things we haven’t tried yet, like taking fermented cod liver oil or eating liver, because ew.
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Here’s a quick rundown of what we’re doing to try to heal our cavities and remineralize our teeth:
- Low phytic acid diet: I’m not gonna lie, it’s no fun to feed kids a diet that’s low in phytic acid because you need to eliminate or seriously limit grains. Most kids are happy to live without beans and nuts, but imagine a world without burgers and pizza. (Focus on what they can have: my kids love this grain free Paleo Chicken Nuggets recipe!)
- Oil pulling with coconut oil: I oil pull twice a day for 20 minutes each time. It’s really hard for kids to oil pull for that long. Jameson can oil pull for 5 minutes with a couple drops of peppermint oil added. Do something distracting with your kids while they’re oil pulling, and don’t let them near the carpet (in case they drool, gag, or laugh)! We toss a stuffed animal back and forth to pass the time until the buzzer goes off.
- Brushing teeth in the morning and before bed: I’m supervising Jameson’s brushing, and even helping her brush her teeth as needed.
- Flossing teeth: The easiest way to help kids floss is to have them lie down so you can see all their teeth and floss for them. The pre-strung flossers do make it easier for kids to learn to floss their own teeth.
- Probiotics: Everyone in our family takes this probiotic every day, plus these chewable probiotics as needed for gas, overeating, or a queasy tummy.
- Vitamin D: We’re lucky to live in Phoenix where it’s sunny almost every day, but we also take a supplement. My husband and I take 50,000 IU Vitamin D (yes, 50k!) a day, and the kids take 5,000 IU Vitamin D a day.
- Magnesium: If I could only take one supplement, it would be magnesium. We take this magnesium supplement. The kids take 2-3 capsules per day (250-375 mg) and my husband and I take 4-6 capsules per day (500-750mg). Since magnesium is water soluble I like to space out the doses throughout the day.
- Sunshine: This is to track how much time we spend in the sunshine, without sunscreen (to get natural Vitamin D). Getting enough sun is trickier than you’d think in Phoenix, because when it’s well over 100 degrees outside, either you stay indoors because it’s so stinking hot, or you put on sunscreen because you’re going to be in the water for several hours.
- Exercise: I really haven’t read much information on exercise and teeth specifically, but it’s crucial for proper development and I may as well track it here. We aim for 6 hours of outside play each day. Anything that’s good for your bones is good for your teeth.
- Bone broth: I put chicken bone broth into almost every savory recipe I make. If I can’t find a way to add a significant amount of bone broth to the day’s menu, I give everyone a cup of hot chicken broth with their lunch.
- Fish oil: This fish oil has NO soy, gluten, milk, egg, corn, wheat, or peanuts—it’s not easy to find a fish oil made without soy!
- Bentonite clay: Right before Jameson goes to bed, I pack a tiny bit of this bentonite clay into her cavities. It has no taste, but it does have a fine, gritty texture. (I brush it onto all my teeth and leave it overnight, because the texture doesn’t bother me.)
How to soothe a toothache naturally
Sometimes Jameson complains of her teeth feeling cold; it’s not from eating or drinking something cold, it’s how she describes the pain in a tooth if it gets bumped playing.
A fast way to make a toothache feel better is to swish with warm salt water. You can get Himalayan pink salt at Winco for about $1.30 a pound. My teeth actually hurt when I eat things with a lot of table salt, but I don’t have that problem with the pink salt. Since it’s hard for kids to swish yucky salt water for a long time, I give Jameson about 2 oz of warm salt water and have her take a swig, swish counting in her head to 10, and spit it into the sink until the cup is empty.
A warm salt water rinse soothes cold teeth, sore gums, and toothaches, no pain reliever needed.
I just discovered Jameson’s cavities (yikes! Those are the cavities I found in the photo!) and we’ll be following all the steps in the Tooth Care Log for at least 30 days; I’ll update next month, and hopefully her cavity will be healed—or well on its way to healing!