Chicken liver pâté

Chicken liver pâté

If you eat meat but feel squeamish about liver, please keep reading.

If you strictly exclude meat from your diet, you might prefer to read my post about How to Cure Cavities on a Vegan Diet instead.

Liver is a teeth healing superfood

Liver is one of the best superfood-shortcuts to nutritional oral health. It’s inexpensive, it’s effective and..  it’s hated by so many people.

Liver was first equal on on my list of most disgusting foods when I was a child (along with squash and closely followed by bananas).

 When I first started following a teeth healing protocol in order to (successfully) prevent my 7th root canal,  I asked my mother to show me how to cook liver.

Liver worked so well at healing my teeth that I started eating it regularly, first by screwing up my face and washing it down with lots of water.

Eventually I stopped hating liver, and now I’ve learned to love it, at least in the form of chicken liver pâté.

Since then, I have successfully won over many other liver-haters with this recipe.

 

Make your own chicken liver pâté

This particular pâté is so likable because it includes a lot of mushrooms which both complement and moderate the earthy liver flavor.

Butter is an important ingredient in liver pâté, not only because it tastes so good, but because the Vitamin D in the butter helps the body to digest the Vitamin A in the liver.

It also helps to use very fresh chicken livers as they have a milder taste. Livers that have been frozen don’t taste as good, and using fresh liver to make the liver pâté means you can freeze a portion of the finished product because you should never freeze liver twice. Making liver pâté with frozen livers means you need to eat the whole batch within 2-3 days. 

Most liver pâté recipes include brandy or wine but I’m not much of a drinker so I don’t have bottle sitting around my house. Lemon juice works just as well (in my opinion) to add a bit of acidic zest to the unctious rich combination of liver, mushrooms and butter. 

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Teeth Healing Chicken liver pâté

Ingredients

  • 220g/8oz butter
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 cup of finely sliced mushrooms
  • 450g/1lb fresh chicken livers, cut in half
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh parsley or sprouts to garnish

Method

Melt half the butter in a skillet over low heat then add the onion and saute until soft and translucent but not colored.

Turn up the heat to medium and add the mushrooms, crushed garlic and thyme.

When the mushrooms are soft put the cooked mixture into a food processor bowl with the lemon juice, salt and pepper.

Put the skillet back on the medium heat without wiping, and melt the rest of the butter, then add the livers.

Cook until the livers are brown on the inside and still slightly pink in the centre.

Add the cooked livers to the food processor bowl and whizz everything together until its as smooth as you like (I like a little bit of texture).

Serve with sourdough toast or crackers, carrot and cucumber slices and/or pickled gherkins. Garnish with fresh parsley or sprouts.

Store in the refridgerator for up to 3 days.

A therapeutic serving of liver is about 50g a day, 3-4 days a week. Because this pâté includes a generous amount of mushrooms you can eat more at a time. 

If only one or two people will be eating the pâté, I recommend diving the batch in half and freeze for up to 2 months.

 

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Has a dentist told you that your cavities or receding gums are your fault because you are drinking too much Coke, you don’t floss enough or you need to stop breastfeeding your baby? And you know that isn’t true!

I’m a natural oral health coach and I'm not going to blame you or shame you.
The underlying causes of your oral health issues are not your fault!

Nature or nurture, ancestry or environment, free will or systemic oppression, unconscious emotions or the degraded food system are the factors that make your teeth and gums vulnerable to disease.

Even though your tooth decay and gum disease is not your fault, it is within your power to change.

I can help you to turn your oral health around with natural strategies, healthy habits and intuitive insights. 

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Stabilize Receding Gums with Whole Foods

Stabilize Receding Gums with Whole Foods

Are you growing ‘long in the tooth’?

The underlying cause of gum disease is nutrient deficiency in your body which causes inflammation and bone loss in gums. Gum recession is often the first symptom to be noticed.  Receding gums don’t have to lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease. You can manage gum health with natural and self-help strategies.

You can help to stabilize receding gums and gingivitis with the teeth healing diet plus three special gum healing foods.

 

Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Please consult your health practitioner and use common sense. Terms and conditions here.

Gum Anatomy

The gums are made up of

  • gum tissue which is the pink skin around your teeth
  • periodontal ligament which consists of lots of microscopic strands of cartilage that connect your tooth into the socket
  • alveolar bone which is the section of the jaw and palate which includes the sockets that hold the teeth in place
  • cenentum which is the outer layer of the tooth below the gum line where the periodontal ligament connect the tooth to the alveolar bone

Giving the wrong message

Receding gums are often a source of shame becuase dentists and dental hygienists tell us that they are caused by not flossing enough. 

The mainstream explanation of gum disease is that it is caused by inadequate oral hygiene leading to gingivitis causing bacterial toxins in plaque which  stimulates a chronic inflammatory response known as gum disease or periodontitis.

That is why dentistry focuses on removing plaque and the tooth decay caused by bacteria. But plaque bacteria is not the underlying cause of receding gums or gum disease.

Eating right to stabilize receding gums

In 2010 new research summarised the consensus of periodontal science findings that most people’s bodies are able to respond to the bacteria in plaque without developing gum disease.

Not all bodies are vulnerable to plaque. In well nourished bodies, plaque doesn’t trigger gum disease because the most significant underlying influence on gum disease is actually the food we eat, not our oral hygiene habits.

Healthy gums are fed by nutrient-rich body fluids supplied through the circulatory and fluid systems.

Resilience to gum disease depends on a diet of whole foods that contain up to ten times more fat soluble vitamins and two to four times more minerals than in a normal modern diet.

The fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K are found most readily in animal fats and without them we are not able to absorb and use the minerals that we do eat.  The teeth healing diet I summarise in my free Feed Your Teeth Guide outlines the foods that supply fat-soluble vitamins and other nutrients needed to prevent gum disease and tooth decay.

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Feed Your Gums

Eating to heal and prevent gum disease is a little different than a diet targeting tooth decay as it involves a greater emphasis on vitamin C and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and iodine.

Recent research shows that an improved diet can have as positive effect on gum disease as scaling and root planing which is one of the common dental procedures for treating gingivitis.

Whether you are eating for your teeth or your gums, synthetic vitamins and minerals can help but they are not as effective as nutrients from whole foods and may have unintended side effects because they are so specific and isolated.  Keep reading to learn about just three of the most effective whole foods that can help to stabilize receding gums.

 

Kelp

Kelp is an balanced source of trace minerals including . It supports glandular function and balanced blood chemistry. Kelp also helps the body to utilize and metabolize food.
Kelp is a sea vegetable that is enjoyed in many traditional cuisines from China to the Hebredies. Kelp is sold in dried pieces, as powder or granules or processed into noodles. I prefer to eat it as a tasty condiment. Eating kelp as a whole food is much safer than taking kelp supplements which are so concentrated that you can overdose with iodine, sodium or heavy metals.

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of kelp powder or granules 4-6 days a week is sufficient for most people to keep gums healthy. I keep a jar of kelp granules on our dining table and sprinkle it onto cooked vegetables, salads and other savory dishes 4-5 times a week. 

 

*Avoid kelp if you have a thyroid disorder, high blood pressure or heart failure. 

Green tea

Studies have shown that green tea reduces symptoms of gum disease including gum pocket depth, bleeding gums and attachment of gums to teeth. 

Green tea contains catechin (aka epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG) which is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial flavinoid. These are the properties that seems to make green tea effective at preventing gum disease.

Green tea also helps prevent tooth decay, inhibits the development of oral cancer and freshens your breath!

 

Drink no more than five cups of green tea every day to enjoy the benefits for your gums.  The most healthy way to drink green tea is to make it with non-fluoridated water (i.e. spring or filtered water). Make it in a ceramic pot with water that has cooled for three minutes after boiling. Let it steep for three minutes before drinking. 

 

*Green tea can cause stomach upsets in some people (like me). 

Parsley

Chewing on a handful of raw parsley every day supplies a significant dose of vitamin C as well as vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B12, Beta Carotene, Folic Acid and Iron- all nutrients that support gum health.

A mouthful of freshly picked parsley has the additional benefit of offering a great workout for the jaw, as chewing on the fibrous plant  helps to strengthen and rebuild the bone.

*High doses of parsley should be avoided during pregnancy; if you are on blood-thinning medication or have kidney or gallbladder disease.

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Has a dentist told you that your cavities or receding gums are your fault because you are drinking too much Coke, you don’t floss enough or you need to stop breastfeeding your baby? And you know that isn’t true!

I’m a natural oral health coach and I'm not going to blame you or shame you.
The underlying causes of your oral health issues are not your fault!

Nature or nurture, ancestry or environment, free will or systemic oppression, unconscious emotions or the degraded food system are the factors that make your teeth and gums vulnerable to disease.

Even though your tooth decay and gum disease is not your fault, it is within your power to change.

I can help you to turn your oral health around with natural strategies, healthy habits and intuitive insights. 

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How to heal cavities naturally

How to heal cavities naturally

Our natural inclination to heal cavities

Most people are surprised when they learn how easy it is to heal cavities naturally without fillings.  Small cavities are the easiest to heal because they come and go all the time in our teeth.

You probably never even realise that you have a most of the small cavities you’ve experienced because they have already been healed naturally before you feel pain or sensitivity. Cavities can come and go in a matter of a few weeks so if that happens in between dental checkups, no one will notice!

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

What causes small cavities to appear?

Cavities develop when something in your life causes your body to draw down the store of minerals out of your teeth enamel.

It might be an illness, a medication or a change in your diet.  

Often cavities can be triggered by a stressful move, job loss or breakup.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding place have long been recognsied as placing great demands on your teeth (there used to be a saying ‘for every baby a tooth’ because it was so common to lose a tooth with each child). 

What causes small cavities to disappear?

In the normal course of events when you are basically healthy and when your body is no longer under the stress that causes it draw on the strength of your enamel, it will automatically naturally start to remineralize.  

Certain glands produce hormones that drive the remineralization process. A healthy diet and low stress levels help to keep those glands functioning properly. 

A healthy body will start pushing nutrients back into the teeth as soon as its able to, and the cavity will remineralize leaving no evidence that it was even there. 

 

How to deliberately heal cavities naturally

What holistic teeth healing strategies do is harness that natural inclination of the body to heal small cavities. With deliberate effort we can accelerate and encourage the body’s natural remineralization processes.

In practice, that usually means adding in missing nutrients to nourish and replenish the teeth.

It also involves releasing physical and energetic blocks that may have been inhibiting the body’s natural healing functions.

When we can identify the underlying cause of the cavity, address that issue we are also able to prevent more cavities developing in the future.

All this can be done without any need for dental drilling, filling and billing!

 

Check out my Feed Your Teeth e-book to learn more about the types of food that support your body’s natural remineralization processes.

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Has a dentist told you that your cavities or receding gums are your fault because you are drinking too much Coke, you don’t floss enough or you need to stop breastfeeding your baby? And you know that isn’t true!

I’m a natural oral health coach and I'm not going to blame you or shame you.
The underlying causes of your oral health issues are not your fault!

Nature or nurture, ancestry or environment, free will or systemic oppression, unconscious emotions or the degraded food system are the factors that make your teeth and gums vulnerable to disease.

Even though your tooth decay and gum disease is not your fault, it is within your power to change.

I can help you to turn your oral health around with natural strategies, healthy habits and intuitive insights. 

Is there a Spiritual Meaning to Your Toothache?

Asking your intuition about your toothache meaning can put you in touch with the subconscious feelings and thoughts that influence your oral health. Is there something you're not talking about in your life? What are your stress levels day-to-day at the moment? Are you...

Metaphysical teeth: Self-help strategies for oral health

Metaphysics is the study of abstract ideas, concepts and systems.  There is more to teeth and gums than their existence as physical objects within our bodies. Economics, aesthetics, psychology, spirituality, meridians, family stories and cultural myths are just a few...

Political Teeth

What do Nazis have to do with your teeth? A holistic approach to oral health doesn't stop at the boundaries of our bodies (or even at the edge of our aura).  We exist in communities that are connected globally in real time and our mouths are not separate from what is...

How to cure tooth decay on a tight budget

How to cure tooth decay on a tight budget

Holistic strategies to cure tooth decay and prevent cavities will save you money, pain and unnecessary dental interventions. However, for those of us on a tight budget, the teeth healing diet in Ramiel Nagel’s book Cure Tooth Decay can seem out of reach at first glance.  This is the book that enabled me to prevent what would have been my seventh root canal  and any significant cavities for the past five years. It provides detailed instructions for an ‘ideal’ teeth healing diet which I have never followed strictly, due to the limitations of my own budget, local availability, preferences, intolerances or addictions.

What foods are the priority to cure your tooth decay?

Good quality food and supplements don’t come cheap, but that doesn’t have to mean holistic teeth healing is as expensive as good quality dental care. I’m often asked what I eat for my teeth and today’s post was prompted by a reader emailing me to ask what strategies I would prioritise on a tight budget. Since I’m naturally frugal, and under the constraints of starting a business right now, this is a very timely question. However, what works for my teeth, won’t necessarily work for yours. Every body’s body is different, and the causes of tooth decay are complex and personal. You will need to experiment and find the most effective strategies that work for you within your budget. I recommend refering to my teeth healing food ladder my FREE ebook, Feed Your Teeth.  I created this ladder both to summarise the main features of the teeth healing diet detailed in Cure Tooth Decay, and as a guide for interpreting it to suit your circumstances, whether you are vegan, broke, geographically unable to access fresh produce, or otherwise needing to compromise. The trick is to eat as high on the ladder as you can afford and have access to and to avoid the teeth harming foods at the bottom of the ladder as much as possible.

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Inexpensive Teeth Healing Foods

Shop wisely

  • Liver and other organ meats
  • Canned fish such as tuna, salmon and sardines- eat the skin and bones as this is where much of the teeth healing value can be found
  • White rice instead of brown rice or quinoa or pasta etc
  • Seasonal local vegetables. Grow your own or seek out bargains such as greens from Asian grocers is often much cheaper than mainstream spinach or fashionable kale
  • Foraged, wild foods and ‘weeds’ such as nettle and dandelion which are mineral-rich, full of flavor and a regular part of my diet. To learn more about foraging for teeth healing herbs I recommend Alternatives to Dentists, a video course from Marjorie Wildcraft (affiliate link).

Cook from scratch

Making food from scratch is always going to be healthier and can often be cheaper than buying pre-prepared ingredients or meals.

  • Bone broth made into vegetable soup or risotto
  • Cooking and freezing or fermenting a glut of vegetables when in season. Fermented foods help your digestion to assimilate teeth healing nutrients from the rest of your food.
  • Stews. casseroles and soups made with cheap cuts of meat with the bone in eg goat shank, ox tail. The slow cooking helps to release teeth healing minerals from the bones and cartilage.

Investing a little extra to cure tooth decay

Where I do choose to invest more money for teeth healing nutrition is usually on a small selection of staple foods of very high, though not highest, quality, and one supplement.  As a household of two adults living in New Zealand, we spend about $75 per week on these foods (which is about $25 more than we could spend on less healing, or harmful, versions of these staples).

Cod Liver Oil

Nordic Naturals Arctic Cod Liver Oil (without added vitamin D) is cold-pressed so not quite as teeth healing as the fermented brands of Green Pastures and Rosita. However, it is the brand I healed, and have maintained, my teeth with so it works well enough for me at about $50 per month. I order it online from I-Herb which is the most affordable source of high quality supplements and has unbelievably cheap postage- even to New Zealand.  (This is a rewards link, so if you do choose to purchase from I-Herb you will receive 5% off of your order, and I may receive a small discount on my next order too. Win win!)

Non-organic, grass-fed Butter

I’m lucky to live in the heart of dairy country in New Zealand, where grass-fed butter is the norm. New Zealand’s Anchor butter is exported to many countries and is one of the most affordable high-quality fast-grass-growth butters. I look out for it on special and freeze it (about $4 per week).

Sourdough bread

Slow-ferment sourdough is the least teeth-harming bread, so if you are access to a good sourdough bakery, or time to make your own slow fermented loaves this is a worthwhile investment about $6 per week.

Raw milk

When I can get it, I invest about $14 /week in raw milk. Raw milk is illegal to sell retail in most parts of the world, but in many places people get around the rules with creative solutions such as co-owning herds or purchasing directly from the farmer. Because raw milk is one of the best sources of  Activator-X (the super teeth-healing nutrient found only in a very few foods) it is worth going to the trouble and expense of seeking it out. However, if raw milk is not an option, invest in the best possible pasteurized milk:

  • full-fat, whole milk as the most teeth healing nutrients are in the creamy milk fats
  • grass-fed milk, especially in spring and summer when the grass grows fastest producing Activator X
  • non-homogenised (homogenised milk may be actively harmful for teeth)
  • fresh (not UHT or powdered which are actively teeth harming)

Free range, pastured, eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein, especially when eaten raw (I blend them with raw milk for a breakfast smoothie every day). Eggs from chickens fed only grain will not be so teeth healing, so avoid ‘cage-free’ or battery eggs. Even if grain is the majority of a chicken’s diet, eggs from pastured chickens that also eat grass and insects will be more nutritious for your teeth than cheaper eggs at $16/week.

Organic pasteurized cheese

Mainland brand cheese in New Zealand sells a block of milk organic cheddar cheese. It’s usually a few dollars more expensive than the equivalent non-organic cheese, but it does a better job of helping to cure tooth decay by being reliably grass-fed and free from GM feeds, pesticides and herbicides all of which inhibit the body’s ability to create teeth healing hormones and proteins.  I look out for it on special and buy in bulk when I can for about $6/week.

Other affordable holistic strategies to cure tooth decay

Avoiding teeth harming foods at the bottom of the ladder in the Feed Your Teeth e-book can do almost as much to heal your teeth as adding in actively teeth healing foods. Cleaning your mouth with homemade toothpaste and mouthwash can be as effective as expensive alternatives and much cheaper. Relax your jaw daily with my curated list of TMJ self-help exercises on You Tube. This will help your teeth from cracking and chipping, keep them straighter, and save you money on a nightguard and even more expensive adjustments.

Note

All links on this page are to my affiliate partners. I only recommend products and sellers I use and love myself- and as a very frugal fairy, affordability is as important to me as quality. If you choose to purchase through any of these links I may receive a small payment or discount. Win win!

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Has a dentist told you that your cavities or receding gums are your fault because you are drinking too much Coke, you don’t floss enough or you need to stop breastfeeding your baby? And you know that isn’t true!

I’m a natural oral health coach and I'm not going to blame you or shame you.
The underlying causes of your oral health issues are not your fault!

Nature or nurture, ancestry or environment, free will or systemic oppression, unconscious emotions or the degraded food system are the factors that make your teeth and gums vulnerable to disease.

Even though your tooth decay and gum disease is not your fault, it is within your power to change.

I can help you to turn your oral health around with natural strategies, healthy habits and intuitive insights. 

Is there a Spiritual Meaning to Your Toothache?

Asking your intuition about your toothache meaning can put you in touch with the subconscious feelings and thoughts that influence your oral health. Is there something you're not talking about in your life? What are your stress levels day-to-day at the moment? Are you...

Metaphysical teeth: Self-help strategies for oral health

Metaphysics is the study of abstract ideas, concepts and systems.  There is more to teeth and gums than their existence as physical objects within our bodies. Economics, aesthetics, psychology, spirituality, meridians, family stories and cultural myths are just a few...

Political Teeth

What do Nazis have to do with your teeth? A holistic approach to oral health doesn't stop at the boundaries of our bodies (or even at the edge of our aura).  We exist in communities that are connected globally in real time and our mouths are not separate from what is...

Pleasurable eating: Foods that relieve tooth sensitivity

Pleasurable eating: Foods that relieve tooth sensitivity

Sensitive and tentative

I had just walked for two blissful hours along a beautiful coastline on a hot summer’s day and arrived at a beachside cafe famous for its homemade ice creams. Taking my time to select a scoop each of lemon sorbet and salted caramel, I carried my cone down to enjoy it on the warm sand.Licking the ice cream delicately, I tried to channel its sweetness along the centre of my tongue. But, inevitably an icy mouthful met my molars in a jolt of electric pain. Tears flooded my eyes as I winced and my shoulders tensed involuntarily, my happy mood spoiled.Despite special sensitive-teeth toothpaste, vigilant flossing and regular dental visits, food was an unreliable pleasure in those days. Hot soup, crunchy apples and honey on toast were all risky pleasures before I learned the secrets of holistic teeth health.

Feed your teeth

Then, five years ago I tried out a teeth healing diet in a desperate (and successful) attempt to avoid yet another root canal.  The same strategies which cured that root pain have made my teeth so strong and resilient that temperature sensitivity is now a thing of the past, along with cavities.

Nutrition is the key to hard, glassy tooth enamel because our teeth are alive and a healthy body constantly replenishes the enamel.  Nutrients flow from the digestive system, through vital organs producing hormones and proteins, to be delivered via the bloodstream into the roots of our teeth where they finally pulse outwards from the dentin to the enamel.

With the right nutrients flowing from the inside of the tooth to the surface, enamel remineralizes continuously. In healthy teeth, the sensitive nerves in the dentin are protected by a strong enamel shell which actively repels decay-forming bacteria.

Sensitivity caused by weak enamel and receding gums can be relieved by eating whole foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins A and D, vitamin C and minerals.  These nutrients contribute to teeth and gum health best when eaten as whole foods rather than isolated in supplements.

Foods to relieve tooth sensitivity

The teeth healing diet includes lots of animal protein in the form of grass-fed meat; organ meat especially liver; bone broth, raw dairy, and eggs along with fresh nutrient-dense vegetables and fruit. Although grains, beans, nuts and seeds, sugar and processed foods are mostly harmful for teeth, it is possible to relieve sensitivity just by adding the necessary nutrients without depriving yourself of foods you consider essential.

I found that regularly eating an abundance of the delicious food needed for teeth health gradually displaced my attachment to sweets and other teeth harming foods. (I avoid ice cream now, not because it’s cold, but because I have lost my sweet tooth!)

I’ve summarised the teeth healing diet that I follow into a short, user-friendly guide which you can download for free.

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

A few of the tastiest foods to relieve tooth sensitivity:

Grass Fed Butter

Your teeth love butter! It is rich in fat soluble Vitamin A which is essential for teeth healing, so feel free to slather it on vegetables and sourdough bread daily. In fact, full-fat dairy products in general are teeth healing. Try raw milk if you can get it, otherwise enjoy the creamy goodness of non-homogenised full-fat organic milk, double cream, yogurt and all kinds of cheese.

Pate

Chicken-liver pate is teeth healing dynamite! The combination of vitamin D-laden livers with the vitamin A in butter and cream makes this a treat to eat often.

Liver holds a special place in every traditional cuisine because it is essential for growth and health. Liver was often served to pregnant women and small children.

What was the traditional liver dish at your grandparent’s table? That’s the one you should be eating every week for your teeth.

Caviar

Caviar like all fish eggs,is packed with a powerful punch of teeth healing vitamin D, more by weight than most land animal eggs, meat or organs.

Indulge, celebrate, treat yourself to caviar, or look out for the more affordable fish roe sold in season at good fishmongers.  Its distinctive salty fishy taste is quite addictive and can be eaten as often as you want.

Bone Broth

Bone broth is liquid gold for teeth. Broth is enjoying stardom as a super food trend right now, for the same reason our grandmothers loved it.  Full of minerals, vitamins and collagen it is easy to digest and cheap to make.

Simmer leftover bones from meat, chicken or fish with a splash of vinegar to extract all the goodness. Drink it straight or use as a base for soup, risotto or sauces.  Up to 3 cups per day will see your teeth remineralising and sensitivity disappearing.

Originally published at Sixty and Me

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Has a dentist told you that your cavities or receding gums are your fault because you are drinking too much Coke, you don’t floss enough or you need to stop breastfeeding your baby? And you know that isn’t true!

I’m a natural oral health coach and I'm not going to blame you or shame you.
The underlying causes of your oral health issues are not your fault!

Nature or nurture, ancestry or environment, free will or systemic oppression, unconscious emotions or the degraded food system are the factors that make your teeth and gums vulnerable to disease.

Even though your tooth decay and gum disease is not your fault, it is within your power to change.

I can help you to turn your oral health around with natural strategies, healthy habits and intuitive insights. 

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Is it really possible naturally heal cavities with tooth remineralization?

Is it really possible naturally heal cavities with tooth remineralization?

Is it really possible to remineralize cavities naturally?

The short answer is yes! Tooth remineralization is a natural process in a healthy body.

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Small cavitites come and go naturally all the time

Small cavities are very easy to heal holistically because your body is naturally remineralizing your tooth enamel all the time.  

You are probably never aware of most of the small cavities that come and go in your mouth throughout your life because they never reach the point of causing you pain. They may cause some sensitivity but they are gone by the time you go to the dentist.

There is an inevitable ebb and flow to your teeth of the nutrients that cause tooth remineralization. Sometimes poor diet, stress or ill health cause that flow to slow down which allows cavities open up, and at other times the nutrients are flowing free and fast so that small cavities remineralize swiftly, leaving no trace.

Tooth remineralization is a natural process that we can consciously choose to accelerate and direct by applying a range of holistic teeth healing strategies.

Disclaimer: This information is provided solely for educational purposes. It is not a substitute for specialist advice tailored to your individual circumstances and is not meant to take the place of seeing licenced health professionals. You are responsible for your own actions. Please use common sense and make independent enquiries before deciding that the information here applies to your circumstances.  Full Terms and Conditions.

 

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume
teeth remineralization

Bigger cavities can be healed naturally too

Big cavities can be remineralized in the same way, but you need to be more committed to incorporating holistic strategies into your daily life for a longer period. Even large cavities that are coming close to the nerve or root, when some dentists will suggest a root canal is the only option, can be healed holistically.

Although there is some evidence that dentin (the part of the tooth between the root and the enamel can be regrown (secondary dentin), it’s unlikely that a big hole can be filled in enough to match the original tooth shape.

However, it is certainly possible to remineralise the enamel across the surface of the cavity to create a hard, glassy surface with no decay either underneath or on top. Once a large cavity is remineralised in this way,it should never cause you problems again in the future as long as you keep the indentation, the remaining hole, very clean and keep up a maintenance level of teeth healing nutrients and other holistic strategies.

If you have a dead nerve underneath a filling or just inside an intact tooth surface, it may be that the nerve may be able to be restored. A dead nerve isn’t really dead its just broken. It is possible with commitment, time, and investment in support like homeopathy to restore the health of a ‘dead’ nerve.

What are the limits of tooth remineralization?

There are limits to the tooth remineralization that holistic teeth healing can achieve. If the cavity has already exposed the root or nerve, the pain is agonising and dysfunctional. You simply aren’t able to work, parent, sleep or carry out basic daily tasks when you are in the pain caused by an exposed root.

Sometimes an infection is too advanced and your overall body health is not strong enough to support healing. An infection won’t always be painful, other symptoms include inflammation, infection, abscess, pus draining etc.

When the root or nerve is exposed and/or infected you need to deal with it quickly and decisively. Those kinds of bacterial infections can enter your blood stream and cause serious disease in other parts of your body.

People have died from untreated tooth inflammation. You need to do something if you have a tooth root or nerve that is infected. It is not the time to take a ‘wait and see’ approach. Either go to the dentist, or inform yourself about natural alternatives and put them into action without compromise, but do not do nothing if you have an infection in your tooth.

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Can holistic teeth healing complement dental interventions?

If the root is exposed you will be recommended a root canal by the dentist, and if you hesitate they may offer an extraction as a secondary (cheaper) option.

Many people have a blanket opposition to root canals and say that no root canal is a good root canal, but I believe that in some cases it is possible to have a root canal that is stable and doesn’t cause serious health problems. (I recommend reading my blog posts about root canals).

Everyone is different. Some people who are in good overall health, with a low-stress life and can live with root canal in a tooth (that is not associated with a part of their body that is vulnerable to inflammation and disease) and keep it stable with good holistic strategies to support teeth health.

If you have an extraction, it is possible to live with a gap in your mouth without needing an implant and without the bone loss or collapsing teeth that the dentist will tell you is inevitable. It is possible to keep your mouth stable around a gap after an extraction, and there is no need to decide on the spot whether you will get an implant. So even if you feel you have to rush into an extraction, you can take your time deciding what the next step will be.

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You are the boss of your mouth

There are limits to holistic teeth healing, but natural, complementary and self help strategies can do an great deal more than most people think.

Small cavities do not need to become big cavities. Big cavities do not need to lead to root canals. Root canals are not the only option for an exposed root, and implants are not the only option after an extraction.

If you are facing a difficult diagnosis from a dentist I encourage you to get a second opinion, to do your own research, and not just passively accept what the first dentist advises. Sometimes what they are recommending is the right thing to do but not always, and its always worth considering all your options.

It’s up to you to make the best decision for your mouth, your health and your life.

Get started now healing cavities!

The FREE Emergency Teeth Relief Toolkit is a great place to start learning about some of the most effective and fast acting strategies that can help to cure cavities and relieve toothache.

Register now to watch the Holistic Tooth Fairy's FREE online workshop recording on how to maintain oral health at home. Learn how to:

  • Prevent dental emergencies with teeth & gum nourishing foods, herbs and supplements
  • Protect your gums by fine tuning your oral hygiene habits 
  • Relieve jaw tension to avoid breaking enamel or fillings
  • Do your own oral health self assessments to identify any issues
  • Evaluate whether an issue needs a dentist urgently or can wait
  • Manage issues with holistic home remedies until normal dental services resume

Has a dentist told you that your cavities or receding gums are your fault because you are drinking too much Coke, you don’t floss enough or you need to stop breastfeeding your baby? And you know that isn’t true!

I’m a natural oral health coach and I'm not going to blame you or shame you.
The underlying causes of your oral health issues are not your fault!

Nature or nurture, ancestry or environment, free will or systemic oppression, unconscious emotions or the degraded food system are the factors that make your teeth and gums vulnerable to disease.

Even though your tooth decay and gum disease is not your fault, it is within your power to change.

I can help you to turn your oral health around with natural strategies, healthy habits and intuitive insights. 

Is there a Spiritual Meaning to Your Toothache?

Asking your intuition about your toothache meaning can put you in touch with the subconscious feelings and thoughts that influence your oral health. Is there something you're not talking about in your life? What are your stress levels day-to-day at the moment? Are you...

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Metaphysics is the study of abstract ideas, concepts and systems.  There is more to teeth and gums than their existence as physical objects within our bodies. Economics, aesthetics, psychology, spirituality, meridians, family stories and cultural myths are just a few...

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