Save a Damaged Tooth With No Root Canal

by Sarah Healthy LivingComments: 208

When I wrote the post How I Healed My Child’s Cavity last month, I had no idea that the post would end up being circulated around dental forums or that it would be the target of ridicule and even anger from a number disbelieving dentists.

The fact is that teeth can and do heal, whether conventional dentists choose to acknowledge this or not.  Dr. Weston A. Price DDS documented many cases of cavities resolving when nutritional deficiencies were corrected in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.  Just because the book was written back in the 1930’s doesn’t make this research any less valuable.

While I received many negative emails and comments from dentists (I also received a few positive emails from dentists, I might add), I was also delighted and amazed by stories from Moms just like me who had experiences very similar to my own – tooth problems resolving with nutrition or natural medicine alone!

One of the most interesting emails I received was from a homeopath named Kay, who lives in Australia, coincidentally right near where my husband was raised!  Kay wrote me the following story which I thought so fascinating that it absolutely needed to be a guest post:

Homeopathy Instead of a Root Canal

Dear Sarah,

My sister who lives in Hong Kong sent me the link to your site after you wrote an article about butter oil and how it reversed tooth decay when taken along with with cod liver oil.

I am a homeopath and teach workshops to parents on how to use natural medicine to raise healthy children, so I was fascinated by this piece of information and it prompted me to share another tooth story with you and your readers about how my son was saved from a root canal at the age of 14 years old by using natural medicine.

Jack had been playing golf with his brother over the school holidays and while hot tired and emotional ( a normal state of affairs for my son at the time), his golf club got stuck in the bag.  So, with sheer brute force he ripped it out of the bag straight into his mouth and broke off the bottom of his front tooth!

We went straight to the dentist who did tests and declared the root was dying and that he needed to do a root canal before the tooth discolored. I told him to remove his drill from my son’s mouth and said I would try and save the tooth with homeopathy.  A not very happy dentist told me there was a time and place for homeopathy and this wasn’t it and if there was any remote chance I could save this tooth he would send me all his clients.

I took Jack home and gave him homeopathic Arnica for shock, trauma and bruising.  Then, I used homeopathic hypericum, a great remedy every parent should know about as it repairs nerve damage. I gave it to Jack every few hours and then reduced it to 2 x day for the next week . In America I believe you can buy homeopathics in health food stores quite easily, so always have arnica and hypericum in your cupboard for “teeth” accidents .

Today Jack still has his original front tooth with a little cosmetic dentistry to build up the bottom half and the dentist still has not sent me one client!

Thanks for letting me share this story Sarah. Just knowing these small pieces of information can create such better health outcomes for our children and families.



Kay Watts is a classical Homeopath in Victoria, Australia who lectures at the Southern School of Naturopathy.  She teaches workshops on how to provide first-aid using Homeopathic and natural medicines.   To reserve your spot in her monthly workshops or find out about her upcoming online first-aid class, contact her at



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Comments (208)

  • Sue

    Ive had my tooth x-rayed and it showed an infection at the root of the tooth. I did have a lump on this tooth and thats why i went to the dentist. They have said that i need this tooth out (or root canal – but this was not really recommended). Do you think that some of these natural remedies could help my tooth or does it really have to come out?


    July 21st, 2016 8:48 am Reply
  • Divya

    I got my root dead in my tooth..due to this infection is started in my tooth…my dentist recommend to go for root canal…I want to see for alternatives..can anyone help me out.. please

    July 1st, 2016 10:46 pm Reply
  • Hemal

    Hi can someone help me out please..i an having a deep cavity in 1teeth and might be i have to undergo root canal.. I was looking alternative for this..please guide me about homeopathy ready to try anything.Thanks

    June 15th, 2016 11:59 am Reply
  • Allie Meszaros

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m a holistic health specialist in Los Angeles, California. I just read your article and it so happens that my 88 year old father needed a root canal. Knowing that they are unhealthy I gave my father a homeopathic treatment and took him to get an acupuncture treatment. My father is doing well and all pain and inflammation is gone. I will continue the homeopathy drops for about a month.

    May 29th, 2016 4:47 pm Reply
    • Mary

      Hi Allie,
      What homeopathic treatment did you use for your Dad? I have a toothache and I am sure they are going to recommend a root canal, which I want to avoid. My toothache is in an area where I had a filling recently, and I am sure it cracked or fell out, and I am not anxious to go back and be tortured with that pain. I would love to know what you used, if you wouldn’t mind.
      Thanks so much!

      July 8th, 2016 9:22 pm Reply
  • Sean

    Hello, I have a question. I recently went to the dentists and they told me that I had decay in one of my teeth that was forming UNDERNEATH a filling. That tooth hasn’t bothered me yet but they’re saying they can’t tell if it’s at the root or not, but it looks like it’s close. They say if it’s too close or at the root, they have to do a root canal. I definitely can’t afford a root canal and I’m only 25, I don’t want to get my tooth extracted & be missing teeth already. Do these oil treatments work even if the decay in UNDERNEATH a filling? God I really hope so.

    April 26th, 2016 3:00 am Reply
    • Allie Meszaros

      Yes, the oils draw out from the gums. I’m a holistic health specialist and I helped my 88 year old father avoid having a root canal with acupuncture and homeopathy.

      May 29th, 2016 4:53 pm Reply
  • SHI

    Dear Sarah

    I have two cavities on my left teeth. The dentist says that I have to undergo root canal treatment. Apart from the prohibitive costs (I can’t really afford it), I’m discouraged by the fact that I have to take time off work to undergo the treatment. The entire operation will be spread over 1 month time, I don’t have it.

    Anyway I can alleviate the pain? It really hurts when I have to eat anything.

    March 14th, 2016 3:15 am Reply
    • sam

      My husband’s front tooth broke into half when he was 7 years old with a nerve exposed. Dentist bonded a fake tooth on. Now 30 years later its infected and got a root canal in feb. Since the root canal, the tooth has gotten worst. We went to few other dentist to get a second opinion and they said referred him to a root canal specialist since the root is not dead and still need more “root canal therapy”. He would prefer to save his tooth too but we are not sure now since the first root canal has already been done…. we are not sure if there is still the chance of saving the nerve, has anyone ever saved a nerve even after a dentist started a root canal?
      Also, is there any natural/holistic treatment or any medication to stop the ongoing infection?

      April 25th, 2016 2:50 pm Reply
      • poonam bhargava

        use turmeric powder musterd oil and espom salt mix and rub on teeth by finger as brush pinch of salt pinch of turmeric powder little oil

        June 11th, 2016 7:48 am Reply
  • robyn

    Another question! My 20 yr old daughter needs her wisdom teeth out – they are hurting her. She is scheduled for Monday. Trying to google and see if there’s natural cures for that. Any suggestions? Is that a necessary thing to do or is there something different we can try???

    February 12th, 2016 12:24 am Reply
    • Anna

      Wisdom teeth do need to come out in MANY cases. I had a dentist tell me that I didn’t need to have mine out for a couple of years and in those couple of years the tooth grew and caused tons of pain and screwed up the alignment of my teeth. I would highly encourage taking them out if the dentist recommends it. Get them to show you what will happen if you don’t do it.

      April 7th, 2016 4:20 pm Reply
  • Robyn

    I had no clue about natural cures until 2 years ago….and now my family eats completely organic and we try and find every natural cure available. I am 43 and have always had great teeth…no cavities. Until several years ago – the dentist said I had like 12 cavities. I had to get them all filled (not mercury). Then I had 2 root canals. The tooth with the root canal broke off and now I have a hole but can feel part of the tooth in it. They want me to get a bridge or extract it. Any thoughts? I can’t figure out what is the best natural thing to do!!

    February 12th, 2016 12:21 am Reply
    • Sarah

      I would recommend the book Cure Tooth Decay. It covers the diet that is necessary to preserve tooth health from childhood to old age.

      February 12th, 2016 8:56 am Reply
      • Cherie

        Recipe for Remedy for tooth repair have a tooth that I’ve been told that needs a root canal and I wouldn’t want to do that. Can you help?

        March 10th, 2016 3:21 pm Reply
        • Donalyn frazer

          Did you find an answer on what to do to repair you tooth that needs a root canal?

          March 29th, 2016 4:15 pm Reply
  • vijay

    Dear Sarah, You have not mentioned in which potency you used Hypericum. why ? with out which your post is always incomplete.

    January 11th, 2016 1:20 am Reply
  • Bryan

    I have very terrible teeth and i have lost one tooth i have 2 teeth decaying as the days go on and i lost all hope until i found this page so now i have sometthing to look up to now. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 28th, 2015 10:41 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Has anyone had an infection in the jaw bone? I had a toot pulled years ago and it wasn’t cleaned out properly, I’m not sure if there was still infection in the extracted area. Then the tooth next to it started to decay.. had a filling done that was big and ended up getting too close to the nerve, now Im told I need a root canal. The tooth that was extracted years ago still hurt in that area, always felt like the toot was still there and aching. Now I’m worried the infection spread into the jaw bone, maybe Osteomyelitis :(
    Has anyone had this problem, if so how was it treated? Please help

    May 17th, 2015 4:50 am Reply
    • CHEENU

      Hi ,
      Some thing similar here ,I I live in New Delhi , got one tooth root canaled done about seven years ago , on the tooth that has almost complete tooth structure , the tooth has to surgically removed in AUG 2105 , once it has fractured , before since its removal , I started having pain in one side of my sinuse ,eye, head , where the infected tooth was located in upper molar . I went to dentist , and said there is no relation between the symptoms and root canal ed tooth , meanwhile I got infected fractured tooth removed , and things got so better . but even after 2 months the tooth removal , 10% intensity of symptoms , still exists , as if some root is still attached in the socket ,
      this time I went to a govt. hospital , where the dentists took the xray , and said that the complete root has been removed , and there is no reason for the symptoms ,
      I feel , as if some sort of infection exists in the tooth socket .
      I think traditional dentists have no solution to it , I did some yogic pranayams , and felt better .
      pls. do share your experience .

      October 20th, 2015 12:53 am Reply
  • Rose

    I need root canals or crown and don,t have the money ,is anything I can do to safe my tooth

    April 24th, 2015 9:28 pm Reply
  • Kat

    Hi everyone,

    I hopeI can get some advice. I’ve read a lot of comments and gathered some informations but I feel a little confused from all the information I got.

    I just went to dentist and they told me I have a lot of cavities. I brush my teeth regular so I was surprised. Anyway they already did couple of fillings. One of them was really big and they said if it starts to hurt I need to get root canal. I really can’t spend that much money right now and also I want to try cure my tooth instead of doing surgery.

    Can you give me advice on what stuff should I buy? My tooth started to hurt and I believe it’s infected.

    I saw people suggesting Cod Oil, cascara Flour, Oregano Oil, …I’m not sure where to start. I’m new at this sorts of medicine.

    Please help.

    March 23rd, 2015 2:24 pm Reply
    • kate

      We are all either in a state of re-mineralization, or de-mineralization. It’s as simple as that. If you are not getting enough fresh, whole food, chances are your body is not getting the minerals that it needs. Leafy greens, fresh fruit, celery, carrots, apples, etc. You get the picture. These foods supply the real minerals that we need. And herbs are really important. Making your own mineral tea is a good place to start….herbs such as nettle, comfrey leaf, alfalfa, red clover, lemonbalm, lemongrass, just to name a few, are rich in minerals…You can make a cold infusion of the herbs, just use filtered cool water and let them sit overnight …..If the weather is rather hot, put it in the refrigerator for the night. It’s real important to chew a lot, fresh things, such as apples, carrots, celery….chewing these things will keep your teeth strong. If you can add fresh wheat grass to your diet, all the better. There should be lots of information on this type of lifestyle, and keeping your teeth in good shape.

      August 1st, 2015 9:24 pm Reply
      • Linda

        What do you use the cold infusion for? Do you gargle with it? Drink it? I have lemon balm growing outside. Do you use one of those listed or more?

        I had the metal taken out of the left side of my mouth and now have a tooth hurting that has a temporary crown on the bottom left side. Do you think I can heal that? It causes a pulsing pain.

        The idea of arnica appeals to me. Do you know anything about details on how to do that?

        October 20th, 2015 11:07 pm Reply
    • Sammi

      Check out Use this system. You can also check out Same dentist.

      November 11th, 2015 6:22 pm Reply
  • Barton Gleave

    Sounds to me like he owes you some clients. It’s pretty cool that it worked so well. That is definitely preferable to having a root canal.

    February 13th, 2015 12:18 pm Reply
  • Dennis

    I live in Orange County California. Can anyone recommend a truly holistic dentist in southern Calif? A lot of dentist say there holistic but there not! Caveat.

    December 8th, 2014 2:30 pm Reply
    • Julie

      Did you ever find one? I’m in the same area.

      November 5th, 2015 1:35 pm Reply
  • Sad


    I brought my daughter in for a gum abscess above her front tooth that she has trauma a few months back. They are saying only recommended treatment is antibiotics and extraction which she would have to be put to sleep (she’s only 2 years old). The tooth looks slightly discolored but not completely dead. Is there any hope to not go this route? Would you take this route? Or still follow the homeopathic treatment in the article for an infected abscess. I have never done any conventional medicine on her and this is horrifying to me. Please any suggestions or hope are greatly appreciated

    December 2nd, 2014 10:38 am Reply
    • Sarai Rodriguez

      Also, you didn’t mention how much of arnica or hypericum to use. I bought the pellets from sprouts. Should she take it orally or I just rub them topically to tooth? I bought the 6c which they told me was the strongest

      December 2nd, 2014 1:01 pm Reply
    • April

      Hi! I’m in the same situation with my two year old daughter. What did you end up doing?

      November 16th, 2015 1:26 am Reply
  • Mina Rosario

    will this work on decaying cracked tooth it eecently just started hurting and i don’t know what to do since i can’t afford root canal or tooth extraction help.

    November 11th, 2014 3:30 am Reply
  • ramachandran


    June 22nd, 2014 4:33 am Reply
    • ramachandran

      I am aged 74. i had one upper molar teeth paining slightly some 12years back. since i am hyper sensitive to allopathic medicines, i want to avoid going to dentist. I started taking calcaria flour-12x,
      homeopathy remedy for a month. I got well. Thereafter i used to take cal flour ones every 6 months for 15 days. Till now i dont have any problem with the teeth. I also rinse my mouth with HEXIDINE mouth wash twice a week since 2 years, which removes the plaque, preventive for decay

      June 22nd, 2014 4:38 am Reply
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  • Dr.Kevin@Orthodontist in Southern Illinois

    Well, During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. Great source!

    March 4th, 2014 9:25 pm Reply
    • Alice

      Ican you please just explain to me how is it a good idea to leave a dead tooth in the body…..since when has that ever been a great idea…..that’s a red flag for future health problems and infection…..?

      Thank You Doctor!

      March 11th, 2015 9:53 am Reply
  • Dee

    What would you recommend for an adult with receeding gums and the dentist says that a few crowns are due …. can you use the Arnica and/or Hypericum for that? IF so, which ones or both, AND what type of dosage would you do (and for how long).

    December 30th, 2013 7:50 pm Reply
    • prioris

      I cured my receding gums by doing the following

      I used 4 capsules ( used 6 capsules first week to load) of Doctor Best (had best price) Biocell HA/Collagen with 8 ounces of water on an empty stomach then wait 30 to 45 minutes before eating anything else. It absorbs well. Most HA supplements seem to use biocell. the collagen needs water and needs to be taken away from any protein. i can’t give you exact time since i was so focused on curing the herniated disk *which it did in 6 weeks) that i didn’t notice the gums before then but it would be less than 3 months.

      i haven’t found anything which states what collagen type the gums are. biocell is collagen type 2.

      Also any tartar or calculus that is near gumline should be removed and could cause bleeding. I removed mine with a scaler I held scaler at tip for better control and did it carefully. I just had a couple teeth to do.

      March 24th, 2016 1:02 pm Reply
  • Meredith

    Thank you for your post. Because of posts and articles like these, I trusted that I did not have to have a root canal. Reading other people’s success stories compelled me to write my own. My dentist said I needed a root canal. I used oil of oregano to rinse with before bed and before work. I gargled / rinsed with sea salt and regular salt (I don’t know that there’s a difference) and a week later when I went to the endodontist I did not need a root canal. Belief in these methods is what I think was key. Our mind is very powerful. Fear is the enemy. The minute I decided whatever was meant to be would be, I let go and I was fine with even having the root canal if it was in my best interest. But, nope. I guess not!

    November 21st, 2013 12:17 pm Reply
    • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

      Excellent – the power of mind is the key to being well!

      May 5th, 2014 11:06 am Reply
    • michelle

      My Dentist sent my x-rays to an endodontist for an opinion. It looks like I have internal dental resorption on one of my molars. This is a huge blow. I’ve had 11 years of orthodontic treatment. My teeth were too big for my mouth so I had lots of extractions. and years of braces/retainers. It was painful but worth it for beautiful strong teeth at the end.

      The endodontist is recommending root canal to treat this. Can you point me to any resources you have/know of that I can read so that I can look for a more holistic way to heal/treat?

      I am really desperate.

      Thanks in advance.

      November 16th, 2015 12:11 pm Reply
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  • river of blood

    Dentists and medicine are a scam. My cod oil healed my decaying tooth and it even makes my teeth feel stronger like they are regenerating. Doctors fill you with disease causing medication so they can sell you expensive treatments but my mothers brother cured his cancer with Yingdehong tea that the doctor gave him in the first place with vaccinations

    October 16th, 2013 7:31 am Reply
    • Arjuna

      Did you take cod oil orally or applied on the tooth? If you did take it orally, what was the dosage.
      Thank you

      May 31st, 2014 12:36 pm Reply
  • prabhat deva

    there are four more medicines in Homeopathy for tooth and are very effective
    Calcaria Phos
    Calcaria Flour
    Plantago Magor – For gume

    I am having extraordinary benefit from them. My dentist was shocked as the tooth have started to repair itself

    Regards / Prabhat

    September 25th, 2013 1:49 am Reply
    • alice

      interesting can u explain how you took these

      March 11th, 2015 9:58 am Reply
  • ddNYC

    Does this stuff also work on adults? I read only about how it works for kids. I have no kids nor do I plan any, but I have annoying tooth ache. I have had 2 root canals and I currently have pain similar to what I had in past when I had one root canal (the other had no pain at all, probably the moron dentist just drilled away, biatch). I wonder how it has worked for people in their 20ies or 30ies. I bought the Cure Tooth Decay e-book a few mins ago. I want to reverse as much as possible of whatever things have been done wrong to my teeth.

    September 15th, 2013 4:30 pm Reply
    • Andrea

      I personally have had success with healing my own cavity, not just my daughters. My cavity was not as deep or large as hers, but I did have it for almost a year while I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I didn’t want to do any dental work while I was pregnant so I held off- and I am so glad I did because I started the FCLO and it was completely healed by the end of my pregnancy. I have no sensitivity to hot or cold or sweets any longer. I can’t even feel where the cavity used to be- so YES it works for adults as well! Look on this site for a testimonial video from a guy named “Mike” he shares success as an adult with healing a root canal.
      Sarah, have you weighed in on why you think Mercola no longer supports FCLO?? Just curious what your 2 cents are!

      September 15th, 2013 11:54 pm Reply
      • ddNYC

        yes. I need encouragement, thanks Andrea!

        Basically I assume that the cavity is developing underneath a filling. I don’t have a visible cavity nor is the tooth sensitive in a “typical” way. So the dentist last year told me to get root canal (I had no clue there is natural cure even possible for teeth) so I got root canal because the pain was crazy and it was the same situation I assume is going on now – infection underneath the filing.

        Quite honestly I don’t care what the problem is – I am tired of the medical conspiracy and big pharma killing people with mercury and many other poisons. I can’t wait to see them in hell. I also have lost respect for all doctors except holistic ones. It is a sad day when if someone in party says they’re in medical school or a doctor, that I tell them to rot in hell and go away from me.

        What I will do is I will use everything holistic I can find on the internet and go to the doc if the problem doesn’t go away. It probably will. Last year I had an ovarian cyst and I was supposed to get a surgery. I said hell no, I better die and found an online program to deal with it naturally and via detox etc. Guess what, the thing didn’t burst. It just disappeared and there is a sonogram to prove it. It disappeared within a WEEK. So I believe that I will never ever have anything drilled in my teeth and what I have I will replace with non poison fillings and consult a holistic dentist maybe I can somehow grow teeth tissue where smaller fillings are.

        September 16th, 2013 12:45 am Reply
        • jos

          hey glad to hear both your success stories. My girlfriend has an ovarian cyst diagnosed. If you dont mind could you please shed some light on what program did you do or detox diet it involved. I’m not so keen on her going the surgery way too.. Thanks a bunch!

          May 5th, 2014 3:03 am Reply
          • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

            Good for YOU!!!

            May 5th, 2014 11:02 am
          • Robert

            If that cyst leads to Ovarian cancer, please learn all you can about a medicine called NALTREXONE, available at most pharmacies.

            Typically, you order it in a low-dose form for cancer control
            aka: LOW DOSE NALTREXONE

            One tablet each night before bed. That’s it!

            Do a Google search for: Low Dose Naltrexone for ovarian cancer


            May 11th, 2014 3:24 am
          • Michelle Johnson

            Most ovarian cysts reflect elevated estrogens relative to other hormones particularly progesterone. This is a common issue these days, as many toxins in our environment are metabolized as estrogen by the body, though they are really toxic imposters. Improving progesterone levels will often help balance this problem (via a topical progesterone cream, or via a nutrient I use in my practice), in addition to adding more cruciferous vegetables or the extract of cruciferous vegetables (called DIM) which helps detox this toxic form of estrogen. It is also cancer protective.

            May 14th, 2014 2:26 pm
        • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

          Whoever is reading this, I highly recommend the book Cancer is not a disease by A. Motitz

          May 11th, 2014 9:15 am Reply
        • Dennis

          I can relate it’s a sad day when you can’t trust anymore!

          November 30th, 2014 7:23 pm Reply
    • Michelle Johnson

      Homeopathy is extremely beneficial for children, adults and pets. I have used it in my work for over 30 years. We keep a huge number of remedies in our own first aid cabinet as well. Your root canal is probably going ‘bad.’ Most root canals are not done to completion, meaning the ligament that attaches the tooth to the jaw is usually not removed. It is left intact or even damaged during the procedure, but almost never removed. It is this ligament that usually becomes infected. Rub some oregano oil diluted in another oil slightly on the sore area a few times per day. Gargle with hydrogen peroxide. Avoid using toothpaste with fluoride… it weakens the enamel of the tooth and causes destruction of the jaw bone and other bones of the body. Colloidal silver may also be useful. For the likely abscess, homeopathic silica or hepar sulf or both could be very helpful.

      May 14th, 2014 2:21 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    Hey Sarah,
    I have read your blog for sometime now, and have read all your posts AND comments on cavities MULTIPLE times!!! My 5 year old went to the dentist and he discovered a LARGE cavity in her top molar tooth. Some decay was even spreading to the neighboring tooth. I started her on the FCLO and lots of raw dairy and completely eliminated grains thanks to the Cure Tooth Decay Book. We went back to the dentist a months later. The neighboring tooth’s cavity was almost gone, almost completely healed- awesome! But the dentist (who was chatting with me about W.A. Price and the importance of raw milk- very cool to have a dentist on board!) said that he still recommended extracting the tooth with the large cavity. My daughter doesn’t complain of pain with the large cavity tooth but the hole is still there and visible and I am torn with what to do. Is there permanent damage that can be done if I leave it alone? How do I deal with the “food trap” that the large cavity has become?? I feel like Ramiel’s book said not to leave a large cavity unfilled??? Any thoughts on whether to do a “no drill filling” versus extracting the tooth would be greatly appreciated. Man, this motherhood thing is a journey! I so appreciate your time and efforts in helping us think through healthy living!

    September 12th, 2013 1:54 am Reply
    • Nat

      Andrea, I wish I had seen your questions before. When my daughter was 6 years old, she had a piece of a molar break off. Right between the molar and the tooth in front of it. There was no black, just hollow. I took her to the dentist and they couldn’t believe how clean the hole was. They said that the other 3 molars, the one across on top, and the two on bottom directly below, all had shadows in them indicating that they also had holes in them, and they predicted that all three of the other teeth would break as this one had, unless I took her to a pediatric dentist and had them fill the teeth AND cap them! They lose those particular baby teeth somewhere between 10 and 12 years of age. So, they tried to convince me that she would have years of pain and tooth breakage if I didn’t do this. I already had Ramiel’s book! So I went home and put her on the protocol. I never brought her back to any dentist. She is 14 now, and that tooth that was broken was the very last one to come out of her mouth! Stubborn thing it was! It never decayed any further, but did come out in pieces, although it didn’t bother her because her permanent tooth was already pushing out. One of the other teeth, as it was loose and coming out, did break in half and come out in pieces too. But she never had any pain from any of her teeth, and she wasn’t made to go through the torment and fear of dental procedures. I do not regret the decision I made! If your daughter’s tooth is still there, I would recommend leaving it alone if it doesn’t bother her. If the hole is large and is hard to keep clean, I might consider having it filled … IF I found a dentist I trusted. That is the ongoing problem I have … finding one I can trust!

      September 2nd, 2014 7:00 pm Reply
  • Heather

    I am new to this….but I need help!!! I had chemotherapy for a little over a year, cancer is gone, thank God!!! But, so are my gums!! down to the bone. I am only 33 & don’t want to lose my teeth!!! Is there anyway to regenerate gum growth? I bought a water pic and a sonic care toothbrush, as I was told those were 2 good products to improve my gums, but are there any oils I should be using? Special toothpase? (Dentist has me on sensadine, but I want to go natural) ANything to put in water pic when I use it? Any help, please email me!!!

    September 4th, 2013 10:56 pm Reply
    • Heather

      Wrong email address, hope I still get replies!!!! Changed it now

      September 4th, 2013 11:32 pm Reply
      • mike

        instead of toothpaste

        August 19th, 2015 2:33 pm Reply
    • Ann

      I’ve read that taking CoQ10, Vitamin C, and Lysine supplements may help with gum regrowth,

      May 15th, 2014 3:20 pm Reply
  • Leigh

    I have need of this tooth saving remedy but I’m wondering if it’s safe to take hypericum with antidepressants (cymbalta) and if so, what dosage did you give every two hours? Thanks so much!

    July 14th, 2013 3:05 am Reply
    • Pam

      Homeopathic Hypericum tablets all is simply a sugar pill with the “energy” (essence) of the herb/plant in it. It cannot interfere with any medication. You may take 6-8 every 3 hours, or just read the label on the bottle. You do not have to worry about taking too much. I see this is an old post but it may help someone else.
      Good luck with this remedy. If the nerve is not too damaged it may help, and will help some with the pain temporarily in any case.

      December 7th, 2015 5:50 pm Reply
  • Christine I

    In the middle of my own “great tooth experiment”. Pretty sure everyone around me thinks Im nuts.
    Went to the dentist after fourth baby and found out I had 7 cavities with one cavity being 90% chance of needing a root canal. My teeth were also full of plaque and gums bleeding and inflamed.
    It was the kick I needed to eat more than coffee and snacks all day. So since then I eat mostly grain/sugar or sweetener free. I do have popcorn 1/wk and once a month I have been cheating with a couple squares of chocolate. Also I restricted fruit for first two months but don’t anymore.
    I also eat liver, natto, butter oil.cod liver oil, magnesium pills and vit d. I chew xylitol gum throughout day and use tooth salts ( fluoride and calc) daily. Occasionally swish with h2o2.
    In three months I will go back and get re-x-rayed.
    I hope to update you then.
    If nothing else I have gained 10 lbs muscle, lost inches on my waist and my gums and teeth are beautiful. No more bleeding or inflammation. No pain. Fingers crossed.

    July 8th, 2013 12:22 am Reply
    • Heather

      Can’t wait to see update!!

      September 4th, 2013 11:17 pm Reply
  • Jaqui

    Great post! With kids this is something good to know and I will definitely add these to my cabinet. I have a question… It’s amazing how you cured your sons cavity naturally! It amazes me. Recently I’ve been having some aching pain in one of my tooth. I had my husband look at it and see if he could see any holes and he couldn’t. The toot that I feel pain on already has a filling. How do I tell if it’s a cavity that I have or a root canal. I want to cure it naturally I just not sure what to cure for. Thanks for your time, :)

    June 23rd, 2013 1:22 am Reply
    • Ian

      Go to a dentist get them to do the cold test where they put a cold cottonwool on your tooth if you don’t feel any pain it means the tooth is dead and you’ll need a root canal (or extraction the better option). Also they can do an x-ray and tell if the tooth was dead the pulp will show up as darker if dead.

      Although I’ve lost confidence with dentist useful to go to dentists for to diagnose the state of your tooth of course you have to be very weary of getting their advice.

      September 10th, 2014 6:28 am Reply
      • Ian

        To clarify you have to be weary of letting them operate on your teeth whether a filling or especially a root canal.

        September 10th, 2014 6:38 am Reply
  • Grace

    Thanks for your encouraging story. My personal experience with root canal is that it just open a can of the worms. I was told by the dentist recently I got 11 teeth needs to be filling. I thought I really look after my teeth from 8 years ago. But I developed most problems than anytime of my life. I was horrified as I think there must be something not right, what dentists told me the way I should do about my teeth appears not working. Then I noticed that the teeth next to the teeth done the root canal all are the one developed badly. After I did research, I can see that the teeth with root canal is very easy to keep bacteria as it can’t fight with bacterial as health teeth with blood circulated.

    I also remembered when I was in primary school, once there was a free exam on teeth from some clinic. I was refused to be fixed on my teeth as I had too many teeth needing filling. I was sad but didn’t really think about it. During my middle school I was bad on my teeth, eating hard beans, lots of candies. But my first teeth filling was done when I was 25 years old and only one tooth. Then I start to look after my teeth, floss, brush my teeth twice a day, mouth wash. Done all the filling and root canal. Clean teeth every 6 months. After all this I felt so disappointed. Now I like take things in my own hand, I did research and I had following findings:

    1. While dental hygiene is always important, but what dental told you is not all the truth. Sometimes they just treated the results instead of the cause. Eg. There is water leaking in the cabinet, the wooden start to rotten. The dentist just cut the rotten wood and you think the cabinet is fine and find later the cabinet rotten again. They leave you to do the maintenance with their instruction. But there are more on the maintenance as the traditional maintenance don’t work 100%. Natural oil or sea salt has something working more than mouth wash.

    2. Root canal is bad it kills any chance your teeth being saved and it creates more problem later on than your own nature teeth. As it is a dead teeth, the stuff they used is also poison, silent killer. You can save your teeth by alternative natural ways.

    3.One book very opens my eyes are: Cure Tooth Decay. It emphasis on diets and some nature healing ways.

    June 19th, 2013 4:17 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    Hi, I am very intrigued by this. I am becoming more interested in treating my body the natural healthy way, and I am afraid I might need a root canal on my one tooth. I currently believe it is abscessed and I am in an incredible amount of pain. What is the recommended ratio of whatever it was you said you used. I am desperately trying to avoid another root canal. It is so expensive. Any help would be very much appreciated.

    June 3rd, 2013 6:38 pm Reply
    • bobby

      i think you need to take these.

      Arnica – every 2 hours
      hypericum – every 2 hours

      additional things which are a must.

      Dr Christophers Hot Cayenne Pepper Tincture – take lots of drops every day, these revive blood flow around thebody

      Green Black Wallnut Hull tincture – take lots of drops every day, these heal teeth and kill off bacteria

      Echinacea – take drops every day, these prevents infection and should heal.

      Green pasture fermented cod liver oil – take this every day- a must have

      Green pasture fermented butter oil – take this also, although you may prefer standard butter or ghee instead

      Other useful things i found.

      Dr Schulze’s tooth and gum formula – kills of infection/bacteria

      Dr Schulze’s intestinal formula 2 (powder). use this on the gums to kill off abscess and draw out any puss

      Calcium Flouride homeopathic tablets
      Hephar Sulph homeopathic tablets

      Horsetail Tea – drink this, very good for silica source

      Cut out all grains, sugar, you can eat honey, but dont eat grains, cut them all out, that means breads, cereals etc.

      June 10th, 2013 9:44 am Reply
    • bobby

      another few great things to get/use

      Coloidal silver (spray or liquid), take this internally, kills off bacteria

      Magnesium oil (swansons or ancient minerals brands) , take this internally, restores enamel and gives minerals we are missing.

      Monosodium Phosphate – apparently builds enamel back up on teeth

      and lastly, ultrasound at 1.5mhz can revive or regrow teeth as proven (just search youtube).

      now there is no device currently on the market which will fit in your mouth, but any ultrasound massager which can do 1.5mhz or similar could still be used. Just put in the mouth over the tooth and it should help revive it.

      I’m currently going to try to revive a supposed “dead” tooth using ultrasound and see if the nerve can revive.

      June 10th, 2013 9:49 am Reply
      • Lucy

        I was wondering how your ultrasound is going with reviving your tooth?

        November 15th, 2013 3:22 am Reply
      • Linda

        Went to a holistic dentist, with digital xray it shows the back molar is dead with no connecting nerve. I don’t believe doing a root canal, since the tooth stays dead and eventually will cause more problems. DID THE ULTRASOUND WORK?????

        September 29th, 2014 4:25 pm Reply
      • Sarah

        I want to know too!!!! I have a supposedly dead tooth as well and I would do anything to try to revive it!

        October 8th, 2014 3:42 pm Reply
  • Katie Horton

    How much hypericum do you take for nerve trauma? Is it taken orally?

    May 29th, 2013 11:08 am Reply
  • Nila

    My dentist says I need root canals on both front teeth. I have a HUGE filling on one of them that’s very loose, and very small bumps (abscesses on both of them). I pop them on my own and it’s very small. I’m not sure if I really need root canals because I don’t think the teeth are dead but I don’t know much about the subject. I’m in no pain but the slipped filling is ANNOYING. Is there a way to heal the nerves instead of just taking them out? I know that many root canals don’t last long and people get infections after they’re done so I’m trying to find the best alternative. I’m going to try rinsing with salt and baking soda, and applying oil of oregano, clove oil and maybe olive oil but something is telling me a root canal isn’t it for me.

    May 8th, 2013 4:05 pm Reply
  • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

    Yes, homeopathic remedies are great. I’ve used them, and still use occasionally – mostly my son does. I purchased 200 dilutions – this way, you take them only twice a day – in the morning and at night, instead of 15’s and 30’s.

    However, many times I prefer high quality therapeutic grade essential oils, because they’re more effective, especially if you drink caffeinated drinks for example.

    I also saved my root canal already twice! In fact, I tried homeopathic remedies the 2nd time, and they did not help me. Not that I am putting them down. I’ve used them on my family many times, and still have a full draw of different ones. They are most effective if taken right away after the injury, etc.

    April 4th, 2013 12:05 pm Reply
  • Desiree

    My dentist saw I had some de-calcification happening on my front teeth at the gums line, it gave me awful sensitivity so was not happy to hear that was the reason. (it all started a few years ago when I was doing lots of lemmon juice for digestion and not washing out well enough afterwards)
    She did know about recalcifying being possible and thought using a toothpaste with fluroide in it was the answer. (I had not used a fluroride toothpaste for some years). I felt it was more to do with putting back what it lacked so dragged a bottle of calcium tablets out of my cabinet and deducted that everything in it was good for bone growth so why not teeth. Boron, silica, magnesium, calcium citrate and hydroxyaptite, zinc, manganese.

    Well I ground up the tablets and dabbed the dry powder onto my teeth before bed. 1 week later a marked improvement in sensitivity. Two weeks later there was no pain at all.It has been over 6 months and I just brush my teeth with the powder instead of just leaving it on overnight. I have not been back to the dentist but I can not see any places where it was looking bad and certainly have no sensitivity like before. My next check up is soon so I am interested in seeing what she thinks of my home fix job.

    February 19th, 2013 6:22 am Reply
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    January 30th, 2013 3:26 pm Reply
  • Karli

    Hey there, I’m a Certified Dental Assistant in Illinois. I must say, I think it’s horrible that people can’t be more open minded. Just because we have been doing dentistry a certain way does not mean it can’t be done another. Though I can admit I personally think it does sound quite strange, that a tooth could some how rebuild itslef……….but hey, how can we ever move forward in this life if we don’t try other things. Right?

    For the people that say dentists do root canals for the money, well that’s sad……because I’m sure that some do. The Dentist I work for is amazing and he would never dream of doing that to someone. He always looks for ways of helping someone so they don’t need to have a root canal or other costly treatment. He really cares about his patients. If we do need to treat a patient with a root canal, it is always a great experience for them. Also, we don’t do all the root canals in our office. If a patient has a strange case that he feels he can’t handle, then he will send them to our root canal specialist, because he wants them to have the best care. The only patients I have ever seen that have had problems after a root canal, are patients whose dentist did a hack job on them and seemed to not know what they were doing.

    Someone asked earlier if anyone knew if you could grow enamel back. If you have a very small cavity (decay or caries) in your enamel, then there is a great chance that the tooth enamel can remineralize (from the “good things” in your saliva) and the decay can actually go away. But if someone has a huuuuuuuuuuge cavity, literally through their whole tooth, then no, you cannot “grow” that back. What’s lost is lost. I’m sure though, one day, there will be new ideas to be able to do such a thing. Also, just in case people aren’t aware, your teeth are not made just of enamel. There are other layers of a tooth that are a totally different mateial then what enamel is made of.

    One more thing, to people who have been told they needed a root canal a long time ago, and have never had it done (and you are still having problems with infections and pain). I feel, that if there was a way to reverse the damage, that it would not work for you because the tooth has been damaged for so long……its just so far gone that it’s to late to be able to revers anything.


    January 11th, 2013 1:01 am Reply
  • Juraj

    As for homeopathics ? Which concentration of hypericum to use ? 6x or 30x ? Also, is it Arnica or Arnica Montana… Thank you !

    January 10th, 2013 10:21 am Reply
  • Sandra

    I recently was told that I either need to get a root canal and crown ( a procedure that will cost us $1000) or have my teeth pulled. (Two in fact, because they said the roots were connected to the adjacent tooth).

    My worried husband agreed to let me try an experiment, treat the infection with oregano oil and clove oil, and start taking fermented cod liver and butter oil every day. I have 30 days to see an improvement (and I actually don’t know I want to live with the pain much longer than that!) or I have to get my teeth pulled.

    Here’s hoping my body does a speedy recoery!!!

    January 9th, 2013 10:00 pm Reply
    • Heather

      What was your outcome??? I’m in the same situation now, and want to try home remedy please let me know ASAP?

      September 4th, 2013 11:26 pm Reply
  • zayra deleon

    whatWell..Im 14 years old and my dentist said Im in need of a root canal due to a injury in my front tooth.I have been telling my mom that Root Canals arent always the best solution because they can cause internal ive had 4 root Canals done,and Im tired of goibg to the dentist and them telling me i need root canal done.what do i need to Cure my infection..please take time to answer my question.thanksc:

    December 26th, 2012 2:38 pm Reply
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  • Brian

    I had a mercury filling in a molar, and the filling eventually caused the tooth to split. I then had a crown put on, and now (4 years later) I have a lot of pain in that tooth. My dentist told me the tooth is dying, and I need a root canal. Is there a way to heal the tooth even though it’s under a crown? Is the root canal my only option? I hate to get a root canal knowing that the tooth will eventually have to be pulled. This is a great post – thank you.

    November 29th, 2012 4:18 am Reply
    • Karli

      I can’t answer the “healing” question you have, because I’m very new to this idea. But I did want to tell you that most teeth that get root canals do not have to be eventually pulled. I’m not sure where people are getting this idea. I am a certified dental assistant and this is very verrrrrry rare. also, did he test the tooth to be sure it needs a root canal? Sometimes you can have issues or pain with a tooth, and the surrounding gum tissue and bone, because you are allergic to something that they put in or on your tooth. Hope that helps some.

      January 11th, 2013 1:29 am Reply
      • Brian

        Thank you, Karli. I appreciate your input and time on this. I ended up getting the root canal because my dentist felt it was necessary. I still have a small amount of pain in that tooth, which I find odd if the roots were all pulled, but it’s manageable. Thank you again!

        September 5th, 2013 12:10 am Reply
        • Karli

          I know this is super late. but I hope your tooth is still doing well. I wanted to let you know that your roots are not pulled out when you have a root canal. The nerve is taken out with small hair fine instruments. The canal where the nerve was is then filled in with a substance called gutta percha. I Hope your tooth is no longer hurting you, because if everything was done correctly you should no longer be having problems with it.

          September 15th, 2013 5:14 pm Reply
  • Ro

    I’ve seen several questions above as to whether or not Ghee is the same as or at least may be used instead of butter oil. Does anyone have the answer to this?

    July 30th, 2012 1:49 pm Reply
  • catherine

    my dr. suggested a root canal but i really want to try to repair my nerves from a trauma. any suggestions besides root canal or tooth exraction

    July 11th, 2012 8:06 pm Reply
    • L.

      I have a similar issue. Went to the dentist with a blister like lump on my front lower gum. The dentist took an x-ray and said no cavity but there is an infection in the gum, most likely from an early trauma (I have no memory of any trauma). They wanted to start a root canal right then. I said I wanted to reschedule and I left with a prescription for antibiotics. Any advice?

      October 5th, 2012 2:00 pm Reply
      • Karli

        trauma can be caused by simply biting down wrong or even grinding your teeth. Most times the nerve recovers and is fine, but sometimes a tooth can be so traumatized that is responds by dying. When the tooth starts to die it causes an infection. This is one reason a person may need a root canal. The source of the infection is the dying, or dead, nerve inside the tooth. When you have a root canal, the nerve within your tooth is taken out and replaced with a waxy substance called gutta percha.

        January 11th, 2013 1:18 am Reply
  • Amanda

    I have a molar that recieved a cavity filling, years later I find I have another cavity under the previous filling. The cavity under the filling has gotten so deep that it has begin to cause irritation and I think now is affected the nerve in my tooth. will the homeopathic hypericum remody work for this too? please let me know what I can do for this. I am in pain, and cannot afford a root canal. thank you I hope you can help.

    June 12th, 2012 5:33 pm Reply
  • Maria

    Hi Sarah and everybody

    I am really more and more fascinated about this issue: how to cure teeth naturally. My husband has had a root canal in several teeth (before we found out that nutrition could heal teeth naturally) and today one of the treated teeth cracked on its top and side. I can see an exposed hole but there is no dentine there. My question is: can nutrition (FCLO + BO) reverse and help a cracked tooth cure itself?
    My husband has never taken FCLO + BO (today it was his first day on both – 5 ml of FCLO and a big full tsp of BO). His diet is rich in grains and meats, poor in veggies and fruits. We are trying to reverse that starting today. We made meat broth yesterday and are investing in fermenting foods as you teach. For a person who has many problems in his teeth, along with the diet he was used to, what dosage should he take daily of those superfoods?

    I am eagerly waiting for your answer, whenever possible.

    Thank you so much in advance.

    June 11th, 2012 2:34 pm Reply
  • Lynn

    i realy liked this article im always looking for new natural ways to help better the health of myself and my children…. anothing thing i have found to work for tooth pain and tooth abses’s is supreme wild oregano oil it also helps with ear aches, joint pain, and all types of infections… i have used it for my 6 year old as she had a tooth absess and it got rid of the absess and when i went back to the detist she no longer needed work on the tooth… i have also used it for my oldest for an ear ache and ear ache was gone with in the hour, he hasnt had ear aches since… its recomended not to be used on children under 2 but for children over 2 it can work wonders for different hings… all you do is one or two drops in a shot of water and shoot it back and thats it….

    April 3rd, 2012 5:06 am Reply
  • susan

    I am interested In your opinion regarding my particular case in which I was not experiencing any pain in my tooth but it had a crack through it so my dentist felt it should be crowned. After the perminent crown was placed I began to feel electrifying jolts of pain when eating anything on that side other than very soft foods. My dentist had me come back to adjust it, to no avail. Yesterday he gave me an antibiotic and said “if this helps, then your nerve is dying and you can not save it, you will need a root canal, but if it doesn’t help, you may have a bubble under your crown, which will need to be cut off and replaced. My question is what would be your recommended treatment for saving me from a root canal?

    March 8th, 2012 1:30 am Reply
  • Heather

    It’s true, I had cavities, didn’t fill them, went back to the dentist a year later and she couldn’t find them. “It’s a miracle!” I exclaimed. She said “No miracle, they remineralized!”

    January 12th, 2012 7:54 am Reply
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  • M

    I’d say the reason most dentists don’t believe it is because they have never actually seen it in their practice. Patients actually willing to go through major diet changes are pretty uncommon. Heck, many patients aren’t willing to quit smoking or drinking a 6-pack of Mountain Dew every day, let alone start eating heart!

    Major lifestyle changes are very difficult and many people simply aren’t willing to change, or they don’t appreciate the benefits enough. Is this a patient education issue on the part of the dentist? Probably in part, but ultimately, it comes down to the patient’s attitude and is their choice.

    I think it is largely a “supply and demand” problem. Most patients aren’t interested in this type of therapy, so most dentists don’t provide it and thus most dentists have never seen a tooth be cured from decay. Would you believe it if it was contrary to every experience you had and everything you had ever seen? Most dentists simply have never seen it happen, but have seen small cavities grow and grow and grow when a patient declines treatment…

    November 18th, 2011 11:01 am Reply
  • jami

    I noticed in the story the author said she gave homeopathic arnica. I broke my foot recently and it has been put in a cast and I’ve been told to keep my weight off of it. A friend of mine mentioned arnica, and now I am looking for a trusted brand to aid my foot in healing. Any suggestions?

    July 14th, 2011 1:17 am Reply
  • Andrea

    Question:I avoid the dentist at all cost and, so far, we are cavity free, but I am afraid my daughters will have crowded teeth because I did NOT have good nutrition while I was pregnant. I was recently reading about palate expansion in Nutrition and Physical degeneration. When would I take my daughters in to see if they need this procedure? I know that you must do it before puberty – is it “the earlier the better type of thing”? Has anyone else done this?

    June 27th, 2011 9:51 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Age 7 is a good time for a preliminary evaluation from what I understand. The earlier its done the easier it is.

      June 27th, 2011 12:38 pm Reply
  • Mary

    THANK YOU! You are my favorite blog! I have heard of Weston Price’s dental program, but found his book overwhelming. I appreciate how you simplified it for me. I had a root canal and the tooth is now painful. My dentist said it can happen, but I’m concerned and will seek another opinion. In the meantime, I’m taking
    Cod LIver Oil (cinnamon) & Butter Oil each morning. I swish them in my mouth, especially around the painful tooth. I also want to try Arnica for swelling and hypericum for NERVE DAMAGE. So here are my questions:

    1. Does swishing help or should I just swallow?
    2. Do I need the Butter Oil if I drink RAW milk every day?
    3. Is Ghee the same as Butter Oil?
    4. Arnica is not to be taken internally, so how do people use it in their mouth?
    5. Hypericum – how is it used?

    I so appreciate you!

    June 26th, 2011 8:45 am Reply
    • Heather

      Did you ever get your answers?

      September 4th, 2013 11:31 pm Reply
    • Laurie

      There is Arnica that is for oral use.

      October 2nd, 2013 4:26 pm Reply
  • Nathalie Farquet via Facebook

    as English is not my first language, as I read your article “How I Healed My Child’s Cavity”, I’m not sure what you mean with “butter oil”. Is that ghee? Or something else?

    June 25th, 2011 12:59 pm Reply
  • Brittany

    Great info! I have an mercury filling that I’ve been waiting to get taken out because I’m still nursing my son. My biological dentist told me that it’s decaying and I need to get it out before I need a root canal. My son is 18 months and I’ve cut down to nursing him to about 4 times day and night. I hadn’t planned to cut him off until he was 2 but now I’m nervous about my tooth. I am taking butter oil and cod liver oil again and eat no sugar, gluten and eat extremely healthy based on Sally Fallons recipes and Weston A Price. Hopefully my diet will help?!!

    June 25th, 2011 1:16 am Reply
  • Jennifer

    I SO wish I’d known about this a few years ago. While we follow a WAPF diet, and do take the CLO/BO combo, it wasn’t enough to “save” my then-8 year old from a root canal. (Or, I guess, I should say that *I* wasn’t enough – I watched the guy, who was supposed to be doing an “evaluation”, sticking the needle into my son’s mouth and literally couldn’t open my mouth to tell him to stop before it was too late).

    My son is now 11, and it’s his top front tooth (broke off at the gum-line by a badly aimed disc swing). We were able to wait 6 months before the ill-fated “evaluation” by the oral surgeon. We went in for said “evaluation” because despite the dentist doing a coating to minimize the nerve exposure and doing all we could to help the tooth heal, my son started having shooting pain in that area (no swelling, no heat, no fever, no outward symptoms of infection). I’d give ANYTHING to be able to go back to that day and be the lunatic mom who yells at the doctor and drags her half-numbed child out of the office, threatening to sue! Instead I meekly stumbled to the waiting room in shock so the doctor could permanently alter my son’s health without mom watching.

    So, next, Sarah, I need to know what to do with an already-root-canal-treated tooth? If it were *any* tooth besides the very front, I’d probably just pull it and to heck with a perfect mouth full of perfectly straight teeth. My feeling is the root-canal-treated tooth needs to come out ASAP (preferably by a holistic/biological dentist), but then what? Can that be the next article? (or if anyone knows, please chime in here!)

    June 25th, 2011 12:44 am Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Hi Jennifer, my husband was in a car wreck at age 8 and 3 of his 4 front teeth were knocked out. He had root canals in them and this was the start of his downward spiral in health that only began to be reversed when he began to eat Real Food (that includes LOTS of raw saturated fats from grassfed animals) AND he had those nasty root canals out in his 30’s. He says he feels better now at age 45 than he did at 16. Those root canals are devastating to health. When he had them out, the oral surgeon said that there were absesses way up in there that had been pouring pus into his bloodstream 24/7 for over 20 years! Nice that all those dentists he went to all those years said NOTHING about it.

      If it were my son, I would have that root canal out immediately and get a fake tooth put in with a titanium bolt or whatever they call it to hold it in there. I don’t like bridges because they have to destroy the teeth on either side to fit the bridge on. Make sure you see a holistic dentist who uses materials that he tests to see are compatible with your son’s physiology.

      June 25th, 2011 7:56 am Reply
      • tammyk

        I’m only a recent whole-food-eater, and so thankful that I’ll be saving my kids the health and dental issues I’ve had.
        In college my diet was really, really poor. I ended up with 11 cavities (filled with mercury,) 3 root canals, and a titanium implant.
        I am more than willing to save up for the implants to replace the root canals. My question: if I have the mercury fillings removed, how much can a tooth heal? Some of the teeth had more than one cavity, so they are more filling than tooth (above the gums.)

        June 25th, 2011 7:35 pm Reply
        • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

          Hi Tammy, if the tooth was drilled out, not sure it can heal much at all. Drilling for mercury fillings is more damaging than the drilling for composite fillings from what I understand. You will have to have the mercury fillings replaced with composite fillings.

          June 25th, 2011 8:28 pm Reply

            Sarah, I did not know you can have root canals removed! I am a little unsure about what a root canal “is” although I do know about the health risks in getting one. For some reason I though it was a digging and removal of some sorts, which invites infection. However, I did not know it can be removed/reversed and my husband has two from a fall when he was younger. We go to a dentist who is very holistic and I am going to inquire about this! Thank you!

            June 27th, 2011 8:50 am
        • Ann

          Clarification regarding Nikole’s comment: Tammy wasn’t referring to ‘removing’ or ‘reversing’ ‘root canals’, but rather extracting the tooth that had a root canal performed on it, and getting an implant in place of the extracted tooth.

          A root canal is a procedure where a dentist (sometimes a general dentist will handle less-difficult root canals, others are referred to a root canal specialist called an endodontist) drills all the way through the biting surface of the tooth, down to the ‘pulp’ tissue/nerves inside the tooth and its roots, and then removes all of that pulp with tiny files, and re-fills the pulp space with an inert material. The tooth is then supposed to be covered with a crown to prevent crud from seeping in and protect the remaining tooth structure.

          An implant is a metal post installed into the jawbone (in the empty space where a tooth has been extracted), with a lab-molded false tooth installed on the protruding end of the post. It is an expensive lengthy procedure, but the end results are considered superior in functionality and longevity to bridges or partial dentures.

          May 15th, 2014 3:40 pm Reply
      • Laurie

        Did your husband have false teeth installed with the titanium bolts? I have 2 root canals that I am wondering about.

        October 2nd, 2013 4:25 pm Reply
  • Cindy Lacy via Facebook

    i think “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Dr. Price should be required reading for every adult in America. And i can attest firsthand to the power of food to heal. Once i changed my diet, my health problems went away, which included metabolic syndrome, depression, peridontal disease, frequent colds, to name a few. and it cured my daughter’s thyroid condition. bottom line – cod liver oil, raw milk, healthy fats, and REAL food.

    June 25th, 2011 12:18 am Reply
  • Erica

    Hi Sarah,

    This is actually way off the topic, but can I use coconut vinegar in place of apple cider vinegar for making bone broth?


    June 24th, 2011 7:32 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Sure. It’s all about adding an acidic medium to draw minerals out of the bones. Should work fine. I’ve not tasted coconut vinegar though so not sure how it would affect the taste.

      June 24th, 2011 7:35 pm Reply
      • Erica

        I think it would affect the taste because coconut vinegar is absolutely discusting! I just forgot to purchase raw apple cider vinegar from the store yesterday and need to make some stock right away since I’m out of it.

        June 25th, 2011 11:30 am Reply
  • Tiffany Fisher Holley via Facebook

    It’s immediately below this … and has 4 comments …

    June 24th, 2011 4:55 pm Reply
  • Kathleen Cleary via Facebook

    No mainstream Dr will condone anything alternative as this would mean that they will no longer have employment. But saying that, it really is sad…it keeps the corporate side of things fat and healthy and does not allow for real healing!

    June 24th, 2011 4:54 pm Reply
    • Karli

      I disagree that they would no longer have employment. If they started implementing these ideas in their practices it could still be part of their business. There would still be people who need to have exams/cleanings/emergencys/etc. it could be part of the normal dental practice =)

      January 11th, 2013 5:06 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Hi Tiffany, I’ve checked my wall and all the questions have been answered .. I don’t see one from you?

    June 24th, 2011 4:17 pm Reply
  • Dinah

    Yes, indeed a wonderful story. Of course doctors will never agree home remedies, otherwise they would be out of jobs. They have to go by the books and tend to not look beyond that. My previous dentist told me I needed a root canal, got one, then a couple of months after I needed another one but on a different tooth. It would’ve been nice to tell me beforehand. I stopped believing them. I love stories like yours!

    June 24th, 2011 1:55 pm Reply
  • Tiffany Fisher Holley via Facebook

    Love to get started on your plan… Please see my question on your Wall, and the other folks who’ve left comments as well! :)

    June 24th, 2011 1:54 pm Reply
  • Michele M.

    I’ve just bought a bottle of the combo fermented cod liver oil and high-vitamin butter. Last time I bought this I got the capsules, which were great; but this time I accidentally bought the gel… and I really can’t handle the taste. Anyone got any suggestions on eating this? I tried mixing it with salmon salad, but the strong funky taste dominated.

    June 24th, 2011 12:37 pm Reply
    • Bonny

      We’ve done a couple of the gels–chocolate and cinnamon. I put it on my tongue then take a quick sip of something (milk, water, smoothie) and swallow everything together. It isn’t too bad. Good luck!

      June 24th, 2011 2:26 pm Reply
    • Jodi

      I have the FCLO/Butter oil blend. I leave it in the fridge, scoop some off on a knife, place on tongue and swallow it down like a pill. You can hold your breath if you need to. I don’t eat sugar, so the taste really doesn’t bother me.

      May 22nd, 2012 8:14 pm Reply
  • Ann

    I’m very intrigued with all of this. I’ve been doing research on my own and was wondering, and this has been asked here several times, what do you clean your teeth with?’!!!! I’ve scoured the shelves to no avail.

    Next, I have VERY sensitive teeth. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to reverse this? Would the butter oil/CLO help here? I really would love a response on this one.

    June 24th, 2011 9:19 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Hi Ann, YES YES YES, butter oil/cod liver oil (particularly the fermented from Green Pasture Products) would help with sensitivity. If I don’t take my daily dose, within a few days my teeth begin to get sensitive.

      I personally brush my teeth with just plain water and a Sonicare. It gets them perfectly clean. I use baking soda with the Sonicare once or twice a week.

      June 24th, 2011 9:38 am Reply
      • Ann

        Thanks Sarah, for the reply. I’ve tried using baking soda but I seem to get a blister on my bottom lip after I’ve used it for a few days. Maybe I’ll try the once a week thing like you do. I love how it works. I do need to invest in a brush like that. I bought one for my son a few weeks ago (he seems to not be able to get the brusing thing down) so I’ll put it on the list for me this coming month along with the supplements. Thanks, again!

        June 24th, 2011 10:01 am Reply
        • Rachel

          Ann, there are a number of different tooth cleaners that you can buy or make yourself. Tooth soap (which is literally little soap threads) is on option. Some people complain that their teeth turn gray. I used it and did have some discoloration but it was also at a time where my health was very poor and my teeth of course seemed to be suffering as well. Something you can make yourself is some combination of clay, such as pascalite or bentonite, coconut oil, and honey or xylitol, perhaps with clove or peppermint oil or some other edible flavoring added. I use EcoDent but I think it’s baking soda-based so that may not work for you. A small bottle lasts forever though.

          June 24th, 2011 10:18 pm Reply
  • Belleviolette Rubyrose via Facebook

    i thought it was brilliant!my SIL(who is studying to make dentures)completely disagreed with it but i’m afraid that is probably what they are taught.of course,dentists don’t want to lose their customers do they?we will be started oil pulling this week :)

    June 23rd, 2011 11:51 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    Thanks for posting this, Sarah! After reading your first article, I got the FCLO and butter oil blend and I am SO EXCITED to see the difference in my teeth!

    June 23rd, 2011 11:01 pm Reply
  • Beth

    These “medical” people drive me crazy!!! When my kids were small, they pounded us with prescription fluoride, yet it didn’t help, their cavities got worse. I stopped using toothpaste with fluoride and I use Theives oil at times….my children haven’t had cavities in years!! Yet, when I tell the people at the dentist office that, they act like….”Well, that’s nice….but do you want the fluoride treatment now or what?” They seem totally incapable of using their brains to think any other way than what they have been taught!! I feel like saying, “HELLO!!!! the proof is in the pudding!” So to speak!!! I love these articles and hope and pray that I can continue to grow in this traditional way of living….it is really hard sometimes….I wish I had started before my children could talk…I feel like I fall behind so often…..but I guess as long as I keep getting inspired by all of you…once I have reprogrammed myself it will get easier! Hopefully!! Thank you, Sarah!

    June 23rd, 2011 9:10 pm Reply
  • Robin Whitcore via Facebook

    I have first hand experience with healing tooth problems. My son had an abscess under his tooth at the gumline. I treated it with Echinacea tincture, which he’ll agree WAS a treat, and it resolved on its own. No puling the tooth as the dentist advised 😉 I also have had amazing results with coconut oil pulling!!

    June 23rd, 2011 8:15 pm Reply
  • Chip Abrahamsen

    Yes it’s true. My dentist referred me more than once over a 2 year period to a specialist for 2 root canals. I had 2 painful molars. Couldn’t even chew soft foods. But with normal xrays, I just couldn’t swallow a $2000 root canal procedure. I finished Dr. Price’s N&PD in November, 2010, and started taking HVBO/CLO from Green Pasture shortly after reading about the increase in dentin density from proper nutrition. Within 3 weeks I was chewing soft foods. After 6 weeks I showed off by chewing nuts. No pain. It’s been 6 months and still no pain. I chew venison, nuts, and other foods with not even an inkling that there was ever anything wrong. When I returned to my dentist a few months ago, my hygienist remarked how 2 chronic areas of gum inflammation were now normal. She was interested in my story. But my dentist changed the subject when, on her prompt, I mentioned I had gone for a second opinion (but not to worry, the dentist is no longer alive). He wasn’t interested.

    June 23rd, 2011 7:57 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      I find it interesting how Dr. Price wrote a 1000 page tome on the dangers of root canals after doing years of research on the subject. His only son and child died from a root canal he himself put in.

      Instead of wallowing in his emotional pain at losing his child, he immersed himself in the study of root canals and produced his epic work on the subject. Of course, dentists ignored it as they did his work on reversing cavities even though he was a well respected dentist and had been the President of the American Dental Association at one point. Why? Most of them would be put out of business if the info went mainstream.

      June 23rd, 2011 8:32 pm Reply
      • M

        Why? Most of them would be put out of business if the info went mainstream.

        I actually find this kind of offensive. Dentists are people, too! Certainly they are subject to biases, like everyone is. But most are truly trying to help people and are trying to make good, safe recommendations. Prevention is HUGE right now in dentistry and is a major focus of the profession. The real problem is that the mainstream public isn’t interested in lifestyle changes or in prevention. They want the “live how I like and then give me a cure me now” pill.

        November 18th, 2011 11:09 am Reply
  • Meghan

    I’ve also had a number of patients who have developed an abscess after trauma (years after) with no discoloration of the tooth whatsoever. Also, the root can begin to resorb due to previous trauma. There are SO many variables to each situation, and often, the prudent thing for a practitioner to do is monitor the situation. I am a believer in real food and its healing properties. However, I think it’s possible to find a like minded practitioner that is willing to “think outside the box.”
    As an aside, I worked in a clinic where a squamous cell carcinoma was diagnosed on a 23 year old, non tobacco using male (i.e. no known risk factors.) Knock traditional dentistry if you will, but regular exams/ oral cancer screenings should be important no matter who you are.

    June 23rd, 2011 7:49 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    Don’t listen to the Medical Industry shills, Sarah! You wrote a great and informative article.
    I actually injured one of my front teeth a few years ago and noticed that its much stronger since I switched to a healthier diet.

    June 23rd, 2011 7:42 pm Reply
  • Melissa Mariscal Beard via Facebook

    what do you use for cleaning teeth?

    June 23rd, 2011 7:41 pm Reply
  • Valerie Mints via Facebook

    @ Linda: Whoa.

    June 23rd, 2011 6:47 pm Reply
  • Jessica Michelson via Facebook

    or a crown?

    June 23rd, 2011 6:38 pm Reply
  • Lynn Griebahn

    what I find amusing is the reaction to this story. I do not have enough information about this case to determine if this tooth really needed a RCT (Root Canal Treatment). It is true that the dentin can repair and rebuild itself to an extent. It is true that the outter hard enamel shell also can remineralize and repair itself. It is NOT TRUE that a cavity completely trough the enamel can or will repair. If a cavity is just in the enamel it is called an incipient caries and it can repair if it is less than halfway through. The small cavities that break through the enamel are the worst because once the bacteria breaks through the hard enamel the bacteria are protected from the saliva and from the re-mineralization process and a filling is necessary. As far as this tooth not needing a RCT, call me in a couple of years when there is an infection in the bone. These teeth are usually asymmptomatic for a while then they hurt and swell. I see this all the time. If the nerve re-attaches then the tooth may be fine. We can now get the nerve to grow back in teeth that have had RCT. However, if you were foolish enough to not have a RCT and have a tooth extracted because you follow some silly suggestions on these boards then you are screwed. Remember that when you choose to extract an infected tooth that needs an RCT, you are compromising all your other teeth. This foolishness was suggested over 100 years ago. Dentist suggested that any infected or tooth with a cavity be extracted because it infects your whole body. How would you like dentures at 25? Ask your grandmother

    June 23rd, 2011 5:54 pm Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist


      June 23rd, 2011 6:57 pm Reply
      • AshleyRoz

        Hahahahaha. :-)

        June 23rd, 2011 10:45 pm Reply
      • jason and lisa


        June 24th, 2011 10:53 am Reply
    • marina

      so why did my root canaled tooth broke off and now i need to extract it? my dentist said that the root canal was improperly done or something, and there is infection there now. she said the best way to get rid of the infection is too extract the tooth now, clean the root canal, and put it an artifical tooth.

      June 24th, 2011 10:57 am Reply
    • tin

      I doubt this will get read by Lynn but what the heck. I had a molar pulled when I was 15yo. I’m 43yo and other than some shifting of teeth all is well.

      January 25th, 2012 3:21 pm Reply
  • jason and lisa

    as always sarah, we’ve got your back!! so amazing the people who believe the answer to proper nutrition and good health is achieved through cans, pills, supplements, vaccinations and lets not forget the cholesterol and fat free diet!! were left with weird colorless drones filling our society whose only satisfaction comes from association with other weird colorless drones joining to point and laugh at the dietary errors of the healthy happy colorful brings to my mind an old saying…how many people have to jump off of the cliff in front of you before you decide to step out of line?? keep up the fight, sarah!!

    -jason and lisa-

    June 23rd, 2011 3:12 pm Reply
  • Linda Hafenbredl via Facebook

    “”Dr. Thomas Rau, who runs the Paracelsus Clinic (cancer clinic since 1958) in Switzerland recently checked the records of the last 150 breast cancer patients treated in his clinic. He found that 147 of them (98%) had one or more root canal teeth on the same meridian as the original breast cancer tumor. “

    June 23rd, 2011 3:10 pm Reply
  • Linda Hafenbredl via Facebook

    About the connection between root canals and cancer:

    June 23rd, 2011 3:09 pm Reply
  • Erica Lynall Dixon via Facebook

    Ah ridicule & anger – the result of fear of the unknown… (IMHO). Anyone read The Tooth Truth (Jermone). Root canals are nasty.

    June 23rd, 2011 2:58 pm Reply
  • Tamara

    Hasn’t anyone ever noticed how a toothache can come and go? Ever notice it’s related to your DIET? Since reading your original post, Sarah, it’s become so obvious to me; refuting it seems absolutely silly!

    June 23rd, 2011 2:23 pm Reply
  • Rosana Costa Stoessel via Facebook

    I have had dentists tell me that small cavities will heal themselves, but the ones caught that are large won’t. your article was the first I’m hearing of this.

    June 23rd, 2011 2:06 pm Reply
  • Meggan Wehmeyer via Facebook

    just fyi, a root canal for trauma is a very different situation from a root canal for an abscessed tooth. The traumatic injury is much more likely to heal on its own. It would be a mistake to see them as the same thing…

    June 23rd, 2011 1:59 pm Reply
  • Meggan

    I just wanted to point out that there are root canals for different reasons. The kind this woman talks about are the easiest to heal and sometime can heal spontaneously. This is very different from a root canal needed for an abscessed tooth or a decayed pulp. Pulpal injury from trauma is not the same thing as pulpal injury from decay…

    June 23rd, 2011 1:56 pm Reply
  • Julie

    I still don’t understand why you were so ridiculed for your first post on your son’s cavity. You made an appt with the dentist, but MEANWHILE worked on nutrition. And that was irresponsible? Or wrong? I JUST DON’T GET IT!!!!!

    June 23rd, 2011 1:37 pm Reply
  • Mary Langbeen via Facebook

    I’m still finishing both articles. But amazing! This has happened to me before. I’ve had a cavity, set up the appointment to get it filled and when I get there it’s gone. I’ve never deliberately tried to heal my tooth, but it HAS happened.

    June 23rd, 2011 1:26 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Hi Kati, the black does not necessarily go away according to Rami Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay

    June 23rd, 2011 1:12 pm Reply
  • Tanya Lopez via Facebook

    There’s a nice discussion on another site too, Weston Price wasn’t the only one doing research on healing (and thus preventing) caries…

    June 23rd, 2011 1:05 pm Reply
    • Christy103

      Tanya, thank you for this comment. it helped me find the answer to my question about gum disease. Looks like I will be making sure to take the butter oil and Fermented Cod Liver Oil on a more consistent basis. As soon as I get the butter oil anyway. :)

      June 23rd, 2011 8:05 pm Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Hi Anita, I did take my son to the dentist and had him examined and there were no cavities at all. I didn’t do xrays (I don’t do them unless there is an obvious need – I don’t buy doing them every 6 months or a year as most dentists want you to do) as the examination by the dentist did not show any hole in the tooth as was there before the tooth healed up. The tooth was also hard with no soft or sticky parts to it.

    June 23rd, 2011 1:03 pm Reply
  • Sandra

    Thank you for sharing! A remaining bridge from an “emergency” root canal is the only remaining unnatural thing in my body – wish I would have known then what I know now. It was actually my body’s reaction to an IUD I had placed after having my second child. There is also a great book out there about remineralizing cavities and repairing your teeth naturally with good food:

    June 23rd, 2011 1:00 pm Reply
  • Claudia Ritter via Facebook

    Wow! I had my doubts but enough testimonies from folks has made me into a believer!!!

    June 23rd, 2011 12:56 pm Reply
  • Lisa Crawford via Facebook

    I tagged a dentist friend when I shared this. He seemed to readily accept that teeth can heal. He stopped way short of endorsing your cause/effect premise but didn’t seem you find you a complete whack job either 😉

    June 23rd, 2011 12:56 pm Reply
  • Sharon Connors via Facebook

    Every root canal I’ve ever had has been a failure. What a mistake, which I’d known then what I know now. Have you ever heard of “oil pulling” ? I swear that saved at least two of my fractured molars. I also use non-fluoride toothpaste with Xylitol which arrests decay and promotes recalcification of tooth enamel…AND I add a bit of grapefruitseed extract too. Changing my diet to one that is organic and has lots of live, whole foods helped as well.

    June 23rd, 2011 12:50 pm Reply
  • Maris

    We have used Young Living thieves and/or clove essential oils (I wouldn’t recommend anything but THERAPEUTIC GRADE) to heal infection in the mouth. When one of us has a tender spot or pain, we apply it directly to the area several times, and sometimes by the end of the day, the pain is gone and the teeth are fine.

    My husband has several “cavities” in his mouth that have been there for 10-15 years that have never required fillings. You can still see the small holes, but they aren’t sticky or painful. I believe the holes have recalcified and are no longer deteriorating. I think our traditional whole food diet change and supplementation has allowed him to keep from root canals and multiple fillings.

    June 23rd, 2011 12:46 pm Reply
  • Beth Smith via Facebook

    so awesome that you posted this today. My husband literally broke one of his teeth this morning and I’m having him take the Arnica and Hypericum homeopathic remedies so hopefully he can make it until Monday when he can see our regular dentist.

    June 23rd, 2011 12:43 pm Reply
  • Jess

    Homeopathy is WONDERFUL! We’ve had great success treating, pleurisy, mono, strep throat, postpartum depression, ear aches, body aches, injuries all kinds of things. A book we love for self help is Vinton McCabe’s Practical Homeopathy. It goes pretty in depth as far as first aid and remedies for flus and colds and bumps and bruises!
    Thanks so much Sarah for sharing about natural dentistry it always encourages me to keep up with the CLO and BO!

    June 23rd, 2011 12:41 pm Reply
  • L.S.

    So glad you’re standing strong against the naysayers! Keep up the great work.

    June 23rd, 2011 12:40 pm Reply
  • Anita Messenger via Facebook

    Do you have xrays to prove the cavities healed up?

    June 23rd, 2011 12:39 pm Reply
  • Tanya

    Weston Price wasn’t the only dentist studying cavities and how to prevent and heal them. Another site that’s well-referenced is

    He’s pulled together research from other researchers to flesh out the story of minerals and fat-soluble vitamins, both for caries and for good formation of dental arches.

    June 23rd, 2011 12:37 pm Reply
  • bianca

    These are great posts and it’s wonderful that Sara has stirred up such controversy!
    Years ago 4 of my children and I were in a horrible motor vehicle accident (hit by an 18 wheeler from behind) two front teeth knocked out my daughters mouth. Divine intervention: hiking on the road was med student who instantly came to us, found my daughters teeth, wrapped them and gave to us to bring to hospital… out dentist reluctantly
    re-inserted them (very disbelieving). Her face was severely damaged, mouth wired shut with just an opening for a straw so I immediately went to work preparing the most healthy, vitamin rich foods I could, blending them smooth and for 8 weeks that was her diet… I also
    squeezed hundreds of fresh oranges and made a vit C drink for her…. At that point I was onto
    Adelle Davis and just learning about Weston Price. Well, my daughter healed, she still
    has the two front teeth, and is beautiful young woman….. Believing in what you are doing is also a bonus !
    One more caveat: because I am so in touch with my physical body,, over the years I have made notes of signs or symptoms. One them, THIN TEETH! My teeth have fluctuated from feeling thin and brittle to full and thick…. Well, I just discovered on Alice Bast’s Celiac blog that she also suffered from this phenomonon ! It’s a red flag… one I feel everyone
    should be aware of…
    Wishes for a healthy planet !

    June 23rd, 2011 12:23 pm Reply
  • Pavil, the Uber Noob

    Does the glycerin in toothpaste impede tooth remineralization?

    Ciao, Pavil

    June 23rd, 2011 12:13 pm Reply
    • Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

      Yes that is what I’ve read. I do not use even healthfood store toothpaste for this reason.

      June 23rd, 2011 12:23 pm Reply
      • Bonny

        What toothpaste would you recommend, Sarah? And do you use the same thing for yourself and your children?

        June 23rd, 2011 12:53 pm Reply
      • Kelli

        Would you mind sharing what you use for brushing teeth? My brother uses a concentrated oil – I can’t remember the name – but I’m curious about what are good options? Thanks! P.S. I starting taking the butter oil (along with my cod liver oil) a week or so ago in an attempt to heal a couple of small (and one large) cavities. I’m anxious to see the results! How long was it before you noticed a difference in your son’s tooth? Thanks!

        June 23rd, 2011 12:56 pm Reply
      • Lauren Grosz

        I chipped a bottom front tooth while drinking a soda out of a bottle. The top of the tooth was jagged. A couple of years later I adopted a nutrient dense diet, but still wasn’t using fermented cod liver oil or high vitamin butter oil (I am now), and was still using regular toothpaste. Yet, I was still able to remineralize the tooth. It’s completely restored. I’m not recommending forgoing fclo or using drugstore toothpaste, but the body can do amazing things with a modicum of support!

        June 23rd, 2011 8:39 pm Reply
      • Rachel

        Okay, good to know. I read this too and wasn’t sure. I know there are brands at Health food stores without glycerine, you just have to search to find them. My girlfriend finally found some but that was after much searching. Thanks for these awesome posts on teeth!! My eldest damaged his front tooth when he was 2.5, told he needed a root canal, we said no way (for the cost, this was before we learned about WAP) – the tooth turned grey – we were told it was dead, but then over time lightened up to the point that it almost looked normal – so, clearly not dead after all. It was a baby tooth, and now the adult tooth has come in, in it’s place (he’s 8) and it looks great, nice and straight, no harm done to it. We’ve been drinking raw milk for 1.5 years now. The dentist tried to tell us that if we didn’t ‘fix’ the baby tooth it would damage the permanent one coming in. We thought, man, that sounds like a money grab. Turns out it defintely was, his adult teeth look great! And also, have to add, that none of our other kids have had a cavity at all – ever!

        June 24th, 2011 9:05 am Reply
        • Rachel

          by the smiley face it should’ve said he’s now 8 :)

          June 24th, 2011 9:06 am Reply
  • Frances


    I am no expert except to say that I have a bridge. It’s 2 false teeth, not 1 like you would have. I like my bridge, it has lasted 14 years. They drill a little into the back of adjacent teeth to make a shelf to adhere the tooth to via hardware. These days they often make false teeth which are then implanted into the bone and I may have that done when my bridge wears out at last. I’m sure you could just have the tooth out and leave it like that, I had two missing molars for 4 years prior to the bridge. It’s a cosmetic issue really. I think it’s worth it though. There is a stigma attached to having missing teeth that is very deeply ingrained in society. And molars can be seen (or not if you don’t have them!) when you speak or laugh or smile

    June 23rd, 2011 12:10 pm Reply
  • Kelsey

    It just seems like a ridiculous sentiment to think that teeth CAN’T heal themselves. If any other part of our body gets damaged, we know it will heal if given the proper care – why would our teeth be any different?? That doesn’t make any sense to me, so I will choose to keep believing that cavities can heal with proper nutrition and supplementation. Our bodies are amazing and can do amazing things when we let them! But we have to let them!

    June 23rd, 2011 11:45 am Reply
    • RIck

      A baby in the mothers womb cannot get cavities but has no teeth!!! Isolate the tooth as in a mothers womb!!!!

      May 27th, 2012 5:14 am Reply
  • Christy103

    I love these posts on taking care of our teeth. I have so many mercury fillings in my mouth it is unreal. Thankfully I did manage to avoid root canals. I am in the process of getting rid of all the mercury, but it takes a lot of money and time. I just had 2 crowns put on yesterday to replace 2 fillings.

    My question is I have a receded gum line that is very low (close to the bone. My dentist wants me to have surgery to have the gum graphed and replaced. Because i am a diabetic they are suggesting I have the new piece come from a cadaver (?). Is there a way for me to get my gum to heal itself. I am eating a full GAPS diet at the moment and will be doing the intro to GAPS in September. I really do not want to have surgery because that is such a big expense and I do not like something from someone else being entered into my mouth. I am currently only taking the FCLO, but my husband and I both are going to start on the Butter Oil FCLO combination Capsules as soon as we are finished with the FCLO. I am looking for any advice that will heal my gums.

    Thank you for all your hard work and posts. They have been so helpful to me.

    June 23rd, 2011 11:15 am Reply
    • RIck

      Pray for help from Yahshua and Things ToTry= hyperbaric treatments as given to diabetics. Next try Dr Schuessler’s cellular Salts the Bio Plasm ones. They are or were made in ST Louis Mi. Also get a Sonafon it creates sound vibrations and massage your gums head and whole body. Massage your gums the direction you want new growth many times gently. Faith to see your gums capillaries grow to cover the empty place takes persistance and faith and it could fail of you dont love enough to do it consistantly with observation and tender regard for the Gums. The advice I give you is free and Im not responsible for your desisions and final outcome. You must not go so far as to hurt yourself but you must have faith to win this promise of divine health. Remember Yahshua loves you !~ I;ll be praying for you. Rick

      May 27th, 2012 5:10 am Reply
  • H*

    Great article. Does anyone object to my suggesting that people who post negatively charged comments might have some kind of profit motive? My friend who was born in the 20’s had a dentist who made the (honest) remark: “Cavities? They come and they go.” In the 1970’s, another friend had a dentist say that he had a cavity because his prober found a “sticky place” on the tooth. The next time, he said the boy had no cavities. So the boy reminded him, “last time you said I had a cavity and now I don’t. Does that mean cavities can heal themselves?” The dentist replied, “cavities never heal themselves!” ” “Well, if cavities don’t heal, where did my “sticky place” go, that you were going to drill and fill?” The dentist replied, “I don’t have time for such ridiculous questions, now please go away you’re crazy! “

    June 23rd, 2011 11:07 am Reply
  • Loren

    Around 10 years ago (this was before I began our holistic lifestyle), my daughter had a cavity. I took her to the dentist and the dentist DID NOT fill the cavity. My daughter (a teenager) said that the dentist told her that it looked like the tooth was “recalcifying” itself, and that there was no need. Go figure, a real dentist said that.

    June 23rd, 2011 11:05 am Reply

    I wish I had heard all of this before having 5 root canals. Now I have to live with that, but I know staying healthy through a WAP diet will hopefully keep me from having any serious issues.

    I have also found a dentist in town who believes in WAP and tries to do anything to prevent root canals. I just wish I had met him 5 years ago because there really doesn’t seem to be anything to do with a tooth that already has a root canal.

    I think it’s great that you are giving out this information. Keep up the good work! (Isn’t it cool that your posts are so popular that they are circulating around dentist forums!!!)

    June 23rd, 2011 11:00 am Reply
  • Joy

    Next question then is: Can tooth enamel be built back up with proper diet? I asked my dentist and did research on the web and found that all reported that once enamel is gone, it will never come back. But after two years of regularly taking fermented cod liver oil with butter oil, eating a much healthier diet, and using pascalite clay to brush my teeth, I could swear my teeth look stronger and more “enameled”! And they are also whiter naturally. I won’t use commercial whitener. Since I have no way of proving it, I sometimes think it might be my imagination. Either way, I am happy with my teeth!
    Does anyone know if enamel can truly be built back up with proper nutrition?

    June 23rd, 2011 10:50 am Reply
    • Eugeniya Hilzinger (Health Essentials LLC.)

      I am with you. I also make my own tooth paste with clay, sea salt, olive oil, and high quality therapeutic grade essential oils.

      I also got a mouth retainer from my holistic dentist to re-align my teeth and to prevent grinding them at night. I got one for my son too fix his overbite and open up his nasal cavity..

      April 4th, 2013 12:12 pm Reply
  • D.

    Dentists love root canals, and why wouldn’t they? Root canals are triple money-makers in my book. First you go in for an appointment and he assesses the “damage”. Then another appointment for the actual root canal. Then a few years down the road, another appointment to have the dead tooth pulled because it’s falling out or whatever, because root canals almost always cause other issues, apart from the obvious risk of insidious infections which can affect your way of life years later. I’ve seen this happen with friends and their children I can’t tell you how many times. It’s very sad, but people are hard to convince about natural medicines and they REALLY don’t believe foods can do anything. I am starting to believe the majority of people see food only as a means to filling their stomachs and they don’t understand it has anything at all to do with health. How strange! Such disconnect in our world today.

    June 23rd, 2011 10:38 am Reply
  • marina

    great post, i will certaintly have these two homeopathic remedies in my cupboard! my daughter fell 2 summers ago and her front baby tooth started dying, so they removed it after a while. hopefully her new one growns in perfect! :)
    also, i was wondering what you Sarah or other readers hear think about bridges? i am getting my molar tooth extracted soon, because it was root canaled (before I knew about natural medicine!!) but now it broke off. my dentist wants to put in a bridge with new artifical tooth after the extraction, but i just got an estimate and our insurance will only cover half of the enormous amount for the bridge. so i am at loss here…are bridges really nesessary? can i just have the tooth extracted and leave it at that? is there cheaper alternatives? any help will be appreciated! thank you!

    June 23rd, 2011 10:36 am Reply
    • Nelly

      My bridge experience was terrible. I lost a lower molar when I was in my twenties. 10 years later a dentist told me he wanted to put in a bridge because having a missing tooth would make my other teeth loose, and possibly fall out. (Never mind that 10 years had passed, and my other teeth were fine.) Getting that bridge is something I definitely regret. The bridge was fitted over the two teeth on either side of the missing one, so now I have three fake teeth instead of one. Those two teeth were almost completely sawed/ drilled away, leaving only two little nubs — so that the bridge could fit onto them. Those teeth were perfect before the procedure. Also, the bridge is a bit too big for my mouth, and it has pushed my lower front teeth out of place. Now they are crooked. (After all those years wearing braces.)
      Scroll down to see a reply from Frances who had a good experience with her bridge. My experience, however, is one of the few things in my life that I wish I could undo!

      June 24th, 2011 10:56 pm Reply
      • April

        I had to have a molar removed from a baaaaaaad filling I got as a child. It came apart, and eventually the pain was just unbearable. Since it is in the back, and not visible, I chose not to replace it. The only problem I have had is that occasionally a sharp piece of food will poke me, and it isn’t particularly comfortable. It has been five years and two pregnancies (my teeth tend to shift while pregnant) and I have had no other difficulties.

        July 1st, 2011 3:10 pm Reply
    • prioris

      Do not get a bridge. They need to destroy the two teeth next to it so that it can be hooked on. I didn’t know that. I was focused on getting my mercury out so didn’t investigate it. D4entistry is in the dark ages. If you need a new bridge in th future, be prepared to pay $2000.+ The dentist made a lot of money from this destruction. Dentists can’t be trusted.

      March 24th, 2016 1:11 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    I read through all the comments on the posts you are referring too (left one myself about a mysterious pain in my molar disappearing with a real food diet), and was shocked at how people pretty much insinuated you were lying. I mean, honestly, it doesn’t take a dental degree to know you’ve seen a hole in a tooth one day and another day it’s gone. I recently read “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and there was a quote that has stuck with me since then: “But you perceive, my boy, that it is not so, and that facts, as usual, are very stubborn things, overruling all theories.” These dentists can open their mouths and cry “foul” all they want with their “science” but the fact is that the hole in your son’s tooth is gone, and the pain in my molar that my dentist couldn’t identify after multiple exams is gone. If I get flamed from dentists for this comment, then so be it. Facts are facts.

    June 23rd, 2011 9:50 am Reply
  • Alicia

    Love, love, love hearing stories like this!! Thank you!

    June 23rd, 2011 9:24 am Reply
  • Sarah Smith

    Wow, what a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it.

    June 23rd, 2011 8:32 am Reply
    • Dennis

      I think the dentist business should be regulated how much they can charge!
      This would hopefully attract more people that sincerely had the interest in helping people.
      All the times I had to go to a dentist not once did they say anything about prevention.
      Thanks to the internet and the information from others things are getting more transparent,and hopefully better decisions will be made. Stem cells and growing new teeth should be priority.


      December 1st, 2014 12:24 am Reply
      • omo

        l had a trauma in one of my front teeth years back and now the teeth is slightly discolored without any form of painful symptom.

        what will l do to make it bright again like d neighboring tooth without RCT or bleaching?

        April 9th, 2015 7:38 am Reply
    • prioris

      MCHC calcium is form of calcium phosphate.Combine 5 parts of MCHC with 2 parts baking soda and then whatever else you want. Look on the internet for recipes.

      Enamel demineralization takes place at pH below 5.5. Calcium and phosphate ions are dissolved out of the tooth and eventually cause decay with the help of Streptococcus mutans and lactobacillus bacteria. Calcium, phosphate, and fluoride remineralize the tooth under the right conditions. Saliva contains calcium, phosphate, and bicarbonate. Healthy saliva has a pH of 6.8 to 7.4.

      Remineralization takes place at a higher pH of 7.5 to 8.5 in the presence of calcium and phosphate. In simple terms, there is a balance of minerals going in and out of our teeth.

      Lastly it needs Vitamin K complex. The vitamin K2 MK4 is the active X ingredient for your teeth.

      March 24th, 2016 1:18 pm Reply

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