The compelling article written by Dr. Judene Smith DDS about minimally invasive dentistry and how it ignores strong scientific evidence about how cavities heal really brought out the drill-happy dentists in droves! It seems they are unaware of the study published in 2019 in the peer-reviewed journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology that demonstrated over a 7 year period that no drill dentistry works.
As anecdotal evidence to the emerging scientific consensus on the matter, I am presenting a series of photographs sent to me by Rami Nagel, author of the paradigm-shattering book Cure Tooth Decay.
*Another photographed case of resolving cavities is found in this article more pictures of remineralizing caries.
The photos are of an 18-month-old child from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Rikki, the boy’s mother, took these photos as her son’s cavities remineralized over a period of 8 weeks after commencing a dietary program that included supplementing with unprocessed cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil. It is important to note that regular cod liver oil found in health food stores will not produce the same spectacular results you see in these photos. Why? These are processed and fortified with synthetic vitamins that are not effective.
The sad truth is that when a parent brings in a child with significant tooth decay, toxic, IQ lowering fluoride treatments, drilling/filling or even crowns and root canals are recommended on baby teeth! These treatments which can be incredibly expensive are not necessary as in a majority of cases, children’s teeth will quickly remineralize with dietary intervention. Adult teeth with cavities will heal in a similar fashion as long as they have never been drilled or compromised by dental treatments in the past.
What Did This Child Eat That Caused These Cavities?
Possibly the most shocking thing about this story is that this toddler was not eating a junk food diet when these cavities formed. He was still breastfeeding and eating an all-organic diet. His favorite foods consisted of graham crackers and flaxseed bread. He also was fond of organic granola bars which he ate regularly.
The problem with store-bought whole grain products is that they are high in antinutrients like phytic acid that block mineral absorption. These foods are not a good choice for regular consumption by growing children.
Rikki’s son also ate fruits and vegetables and organic eggs although his mother avoided butter and milk thinking they were bad for him. After reading Cure Tooth Decay, she realized that butter and milk from grass-fed cows are very healing and strengthening for teeth and bones. Grass-fed dairy also counteracts some (but not all) of the negative effects of the toxins and anti-nutrients in processed grain products from the store.
Foods That Healed this Child’s Teeth
Rikki implemented 4 major changes to her son’s diet in order to achieve the results you see below.
- She cut out grains and sugars. This reduced the mineral depletion from the commercial grains and sugar.
- She started giving him Green Pasture’s Royal Blend (a combination product of high vitamin cod liver oil and butter oil) which gave her son the needed fat-soluble vitamins to remineralize his teeth.
- Her son now gets unpasteurized dairy regularly including real raw milk cheese and fermented vegetables like pickles.
- Their family uses butter liberally, and Rikki makes homemade broth and soups from pasture-raised chicken.
Unfortunately, the earliest picture is of the teeth after 1 week on the new dietary protocol described in Cure Tooth Decay. There wasn’t a control picture available of what the cavities looked like before any changes were made. Even still, the visual healing that takes place is compelling and should give every parent hope that cavity problems can be dealt with at home with simple dietary changes in the majority of cases.
Will these dietary interventions be easy? Most definitely not if a conventional diet is being followed. For those already eating a whole foods-based diet in their home, the changes are much easier to accomplish. Far and away the most difficult change to implement for cavity-prone children especially if they attend school is eliminating processed grain-based foods.
*These photographs were used with Mr. Nagel’s permission (source).
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How did you get your 18 month old to take the cod liver oil? Did he take the gel? I have heard it’s a very strong flavor
Thank you Dr. Pope, for such an informative article.
I firmly believe that God made every portion of our body to heal, teeth, brain, kidneys, all. It’s up to us to do what is required.
I work in dentistry. (I am a dental assistant). I do believe in the research of Dr Weston A Price, and Drs. Leonora and Steinman, whose research was alluded to in others comments. This is something very different to what I was taught, but I do believe tooth decay to be a result of poor nutrition/imbalanced body chemistry ultimately.
Regarding the question: ‘can tooth decay heal?’ I really believe one has to define the word ‘heal’. Can demineralized areas of enamel be remineralized? Provided they are not too badly demineralized, I believe the answer to be yes. General dentistry even acknowledges that incipient caries can remineralize.
Is a gaping hole in your tooth going to ‘fill in’? No. Enamel is a non vital tissue that will not and cannot ‘regrow’. Dentin (the layer of tooth beneath enamel) can produce secondary dentin from the inside of the pulp chamber to protect itself from caries, but does not regrow outwards from pulp chamber. Odontoblasts are present in pulp.
There has been a lot of controversy around fermented cod liver oil! Ramiel nagel and a lot of others who used it have wound up w mysterious cancers. Ms. Pope, I am surprised you are suggesting its use when there are so many questions raised about its safety. The rest of the article is great.
Sarah Pope MGA
Rami Nagel had brain cancer LONG before he ever started using fermented cod liver oil. The misinformed articles linking cancer to its use are laughable.