The very textbooks in dental school indicate that this is possible! Here is an excerpt:
“It has been shown experimentally and clinically that incipient caries [small cavities] of enamel can remineralize.” – Sturdevant’s Art & Science of Operative Dentistry 4th Edition, 2002.
Of course, Dr. Weston A. Price DDS, a prominent, well respected dentist early in the last century who used to be President of the National Dental Association (1914-1928), the forerunner of the American Dental Association, wrote about cavities healing with diet on numerous occasions in his nutritional classic Nutrition and Physical Degeneration.
Why has this information been so completely buried and vilified in recent decades?
Perhaps it is the profit motive that keeps most dentists from acknowledging this truism of oral health. Why dentists might be concerned about their business evaporating if this information became widely acknowledged is short sighted, however. I mean, even if dentists promoted to their patients that cavities heal and assisted them with the appropriate dietary intervention when necessary, there still would be plenty of drill and fill business for them from caries that did not resolve from diet alone due to food intolerances or genetic issues known to impact enamel formation.
Dentists that choose to insist that diet only impacts the formation of cavities, but not whether they heal are doing their clients a huge disservice.
Cavities that have remineralized are actually more resistant to subsequent decay kind of like a callous on your hand. Again, a direct excerpt from dental textbooks on this very subject:
“These discolored, remineralized, arrested caries [cavities] areas are in-tact and are more resistant to subsequent caries [cavity] attack than the adjacent unaffected enamel. They should not be restored unless they are esthetically objectionable.” – Sturdevant’s Art & Science of Operative Dentistry 4th Edition, 2002.
Photographs of the Cavity Healing Process
From a consumer perspective, more and more parents are realizing the power of diet to arrest and heal cavities, and they are starting to photograph it to prove their case.
Kristin S., a mother in New York then consented to the use of her own series of photographs of her child’s cavities healing over a period of six weeks.
The discoloration and holes in the teeth were identified as actual cavities by the child’s own dentist prior to the healing diet being commenced.
The photos are taken at week 1, week 3, and week 6. This article overviews the specific dietary changes and recipe for the natural toothpaste that Kristin used with her 3 year old son.
As you can see below, the discoloration in these cavities remarkably disappears over a six week period and the holes in the enamel begin to fill in.
These results are impressive and very encouraging for those parents who keep their children’s teeth meticulously clean only to still experience tremendous problems with cavities.
Do you have a series of photographs of your child’s cavities healing? If so, please email them to me at email@example.com
Let’s keep the heat on the conventional dental establishment by sharing with each other our successes as parents in resolving our children’s cavities!
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This book by Rami Nagel is a must read on the subject: Cure Tooth Decay
The Healthy Home Economist holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Mother to 3 healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.