Can Cavities Be Healed?

A Holistic Perspective

Shannon Korczynski

6/1/20245 min read

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When it comes to understanding dental health, modern perspectives often focus on bacteria and sugar as the primary culprits behind cavities. However, the pioneering work of Dr. Weston A. Price and insights from the Price-Pottenger Foundation offer a more holistic view that connects dental health with overall nutritional well-being. This post explores whether cavities can be healed from a holistic perspective and incorporates practical advice for fostering dental health naturally.

The Nutritional Foundation of Dental Health

Dr. Weston A. Price, a renowned dentist and researcher in the early 20th century, traveled the world studying the dental health of various indigenous populations. His observations led to a groundbreaking conclusion: traditional diets rich in whole, nutrient-dense foods were crucial in preventing dental decay and maintaining overall health. These findings suggest that such diets could also contribute to healing cavities.

Price discovered that cavities were almost non-existent in populations consuming traditional diets. These diets were abundant in fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), minerals, and essential fatty acids. Conversely, the introduction of modern processed foods, high in refined sugars and grains, correlated with a dramatic increase in dental decay and other health issues.

The Role of Fat-Soluble Vitamins and Minerals

Price’s research emphasized the importance of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals in maintaining healthy teeth and bones. Vitamins A and D, in particular, play a significant role in the body’s ability to absorb and utilize calcium and phosphorus, which are vital for dental health. Without adequate levels of these vitamins, teeth can become more susceptible to decay.

A crucial component identified by Dr. Price is vitamin K2, which he referred to as "Activator X." Vitamin K2 acts as a mineral metabolizer, helping direct calcium to the bones and teeth where it is needed and away from areas where it could cause harm, such as the arteries. This nutrient balance is essential for both preventing and potentially healing cavities.

Foods Rich in Essential Nutrients

  • Liver: A powerhouse of vitamins A and D.

  • Butter from grass-fed cows: High in vitamins A and K2.

  • Cod liver oil: A traditional source of vitamins A and D.

  • Whole, unprocessed dairy products: Rich in calcium and fat-soluble vitamins.

Modern Diets and Dental Decay

The Price-Pottenger Foundation, building on Dr. Price’s work, continues to advocate for a return to nutrient-dense, traditional diets to promote optimal health. They highlight how modern dietary habits, characterized by high consumption of refined sugars, white flour, and processed foods, lead to nutritional deficiencies that compromise dental and overall health.

Refined sugars and carbohydrates not only feed harmful bacteria in the mouth, leading to acid production and enamel erosion but also displace nutrient-rich foods in the diet. This displacement results in a lack of essential vitamins and minerals necessary for maintaining strong, healthy teeth.

The Tooth as a Living Organ

The tooth is a living organ and has the remarkable ability to heal. Germs are not the main culprit behind cavities; rather, the balance of the digestion and oral ecosystem. The tooth has the potential to send out odontoblasts to create cellular repair. If the tooth can heal the damage with assistance, it may leave visual distortions but as long as the tooth hardens, it has healed. The key is to stop decay and remineralize the damaged tooth structure, a process that can take several months or even years, and most have difficulty committing to such a stringent plan, which allows the decay to deepen.

The Importance of Dentinal Fluid Flow

Dentinal fluid flow is a critical factor in maintaining dental health and preventing cavities. This process involves the movement of fluid from the pulp chamber of the tooth through the dentinal tubules to the outer enamel surface. When the body is in a healthy state, with a nutrient-rich diet and balanced hormonal levels, the fluid flows outward, effectively detoxifying the tubules and preventing decay. However, factors such as mouth breathing, hormone imbalances, disease processes, or chronic stress can reverse this flow. When the flow reverses, it can draw in bacteria and toxins from the oral cavity, leading to decay.

The Importance of a Healthy Oral Microbiome

A critical aspect of dental health that aligns with the holistic perspective is maintaining a healthy oral microbiome. The oral microbiome consists of beneficial bacteria that play several essential roles:

  • Remineralizing Teeth: Beneficial bacteria help in the process of remineralization, where essential minerals like calcium and phosphate are redeposited into the enamel, strengthening teeth and preventing cavities. This natural process can aid in healing small cavities.

  • Balancing pH: A balanced oral microbiome helps maintain an ideal pH level in the mouth (around 6.4), which is crucial for preventing acid erosion and supporting enamel health.

  • Healing Gum Disease: A healthy microbiome can reduce inflammation and combat harmful bacteria that cause gum disease, promoting healthier gums and overall oral health.

Supporting a Healthy Oral Microbiome

  • Diet: Consuming nutrient-dense foods and avoiding processed sugars.

  • Probiotics: Incorporating probiotic-rich foods like fermented vegetables, kefir, and yogurt to support beneficial bacteria.

  • Oral Hygiene: Using natural oral care products that do not disrupt the microbiome balance. Brush to reduce the overgrowth of food and bacteria, not to sterilize or have a squeaky-clean mouth. Floss on an individual basis, as needed. Avoid mouthwash as it destroys the oral microbiome.

Addressing Specific Factors

  • pH Balance: Ensuring the pH in the mouth and gut is ideal for promoting remineralization.

  • Mineral Intake: Increasing the availability of minerals in the diet, oral environment, and saliva.

  • Dry Mouth and Mouth Breathing: Addressing these issues as they can create a depletion of minerals needed for strong teeth.

  • Oral and Gut Microbiome: Focusing on these aspects is crucial for stabilizing healing and supporting overall health.

A Holistic Approach to Preventing and Healing Cavities

To prevent and potentially heal cavities, it’s essential to adopt a holistic approach that includes:

  • Nutrient-Dense Diet: Emphasize whole, unprocessed foods rich in fat-soluble vitamins and minerals.

  • Avoid Processed Foods: Limit intake of refined sugars, grains, and other processed foods that contribute to nutritional deficiencies.

  • Support Gut and Oral Health: Incorporate probiotic-rich foods and natural oral care practices to maintain a balanced oral microbiome.


By understanding and implementing the principles advocated by Weston A. Price and the Price-Pottenger Foundation, we can move beyond simply treating cavities and towards truly nourishing our bodies for long-term dental and overall health. The tooth is a living organ capable of healing, and through a balanced diet, proper hygiene, and supporting the oral microbiome, we can foster an environment that promotes dental healing.

In understanding the true causes of cavities, we gain not just knowledge, but empowerment over our dental health. By embracing preventive measures and nurturing our oral microbiome, we can pave the way for a future of stronger, healthier smiles. Let us continue to explore the transformative possibilities of biological dentistry, where each decision brings us closer to harmony within our bodies and the world around us.

Follow-Up and Invitation

To support you further on this journey, I am excited to introduce my upcoming program, "Empower Your Healing Journey: How to Heal Cavities Naturally." This self-healing program is designed to provide you with the tools and knowledge to take charge of your dental health using natural, holistic methods. Stay tuned for more details and join us in taking a proactive approach to dental wellness.

Together, let's journey towards a future filled with vibrant health and vitality. Here is to embracing a holistic approach to dental care for a lifetime of wellness and radiant smiles!

Let's continue this journey together!