Can Cavities Go Away on Their Own? : Exclusive Renegade Health Interview with Dr. Hal Huggins

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Yesterday’s Part 1 interview with Dr. Hal Huggins created quite a discussion…

I’m sure today’s will do just the same.

In this second half of my interview with this well known holistic dentist, we cover what to do instead of a root canal, if cavities can go away themselves, how to take care of your gums and how to detox.

Dr. Huggins shares some interesting information here that you may find valuable.

Here’s where you can listen to part two now (my written comments follow)…

Listen to Part 2 here:

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Click the play button to start the call:


My Thoughts on This Interview…

1. Root canal, what do you do?

Dr. Huggins recommends pulling any tooth that has decay so bad that it could be considered for a root canal.

His argument — which he touched on in part 1 — is that the bacteria will always find a way to continue to infect the tooth and if you get a root canal procedure your mouth could become a safe haven for some really nasty bad guys.

So instead of drilling and sealing, pulling the tooth and replacing it with a fake tooth — eventual bonded and bridged — is the way to go.

2. Questionable bacterial relation to Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Dr. Huggins has found a very rare type of bacteria that seems to appear in all his patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. 17 for 17 times, he says.

When I asked if he tested for this bacteria on people who did not have Lou Gehrig’s disease he said “no.” I would have liked to hear that he did test and only patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease had this rare bug. I don’t think this is quite significant until it can be determined that others who don’t have the disease don’t have the bacteria. (Now, he easily could have misunderstood me, so this is by no means a flame, just a question of early relevance.)

3. Can cavities go away themselves?

Dr. Huggins says Weston Price saw this happen and documented it, but also strongly warns that it’s best to get rid of cavities before they become worse. The people Dr. Price studied were on isolated islands eating a natural diet, had their diet interrupted with Western trade goods, then reverted back to their natural diets when the trade stopped. This is when their teeth go better.

But unless, you’re able to be on an island like this and know how to control trade for it, chances are it’s better to use a more modern approach to getting rid of cavities — like going to the dentist and getting them drilled and fill with a safe alternative.

What this does say though is — duh — cavities are strongly related to diet.

I’ve never had a cavity, so I’m lucky, but if I had one, I would take care of it with the help of my holistic dentist.

4. How to take care of the gums.

Dr. Huggins explains that if you see blood when you brush or floss, this means bacteria can go into the blood stream. He’s absolutely right. This to me seems like the most logical connection between bad health and bad personal dental care.

If you have nasty bacteria getting into your blood stream you run the risk of breaking down your immune system. The more bacteria that get in, the weaker your immune system can be.

Think about it this way, if you had a cut that opened up on your skin two times a day, then you’d likely be concerned about infection.

Same goes for your mouth. If you gums are inflamed and bleeding regularly these are open sores for the bacteria you’re harboring in your mouth to enter your body.

Not so awesome when you look at it that way.

BTW: Chances are if you brush and floss two times a day, your dental health can’t be that bad!

5. How to kill bacteria and reduce gum inflammation?

Dr. Huggins recommends a 50/50 baking soda (aluminum free) and iodized salt mixture wash (UPDATED: Dr. Huggins recommends Morton Canning and Pickling Salt, NOT iodized salt.) You swish this vigorously around in your mouth with some water for 20-30 seconds and in just a few days your breath will be better and you will have reduced the pocket depth of your gums — this is a good thing.

You can do this protocol everyday.

5. How to detoxify?

Dr. Huggins suggests to start with your diet — using blood chemistry. This means use your blood tests to determine the right diet for you so it’s not a dogma that tells you what to eat, it’s your body.

This is refreshing, don’t you think?

You can do other detoxification protocols as well, but know that you can’t detoxify if your diet is crap.

6. Cholesterol as a detoxifier?

At the end of our interview, Dr. Huggins presented some information that I’d never heard before. He explained that cholesterol was a detoxifier in the body.

I’ve never heard this before and will be doing some more digging to determine how effective it as a cleansing compound.

Dr. Huggins also mentioned that the ideal total cholesterol level is around 222 and that it is hard to raise your cholesterol if it’s low.

I’m not sure if the ideal cholesterol at 222-ish is correct or not, but I do know that — for me — it was very easy to raise my total cholesterol and improve my HDL to LDL ratios.

I brought mine from 110 to 175 in about a year after introducing some eggs, fish, fish oil, and some fermented dairy into my diet.

I’m not discrediting Dr. Huggins here, I’m just sharing my own experience.

Wrap up: I hope you enjoyed this two part series, considering many of you wanted to have Dr. Huggins on the program. I’m thrilled to be able to bring him to you and I hope you look forward to next week because I’ve just interviewed an awesome natural and holistic eye doctor who shared some awesome natural tips to improving vision!

Stay tuned…

For more information on Dr. Hal Huggins and his work, please visit his site here.

Your question of the day: Have you ever had a cavity?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for the info!!! Do you have any tips for receding gums?

  2. Terry Vanderheyden, ND says:

    When people use niacin (vitamin B3) to balance cholesterol, it naturally gravitates to ~ 175 so you’re right on the money in my view. In other words, if it’s too low, it raises it to 175 and if too high, lowers it to 175. Note though that niacinamide does not affect cholesterol levels. See more info at

  3. Thank you Kevin for all of the wonderful yet amazing news and interviews that you bring. I am a firm believer that there are no incurable diseases, there are just incurable brainwashed people, who don’t want to open their minds. I love your truthfulness and personality. Can cavities go away on their own? Yes! The body can heal itself if you give it what it needs and get rid of the bad stuff so it can do it’s job! Wonderful interview and blog post. I LOVE YOU!

  4. Leslie Oelsner says:

    Hi Stephanie, mine were COMPLETELY cured by using (carefully following their protocol) an essential oil product called Ora MD which I ordered from I’m excited that it truly worked (had deep pockets that healed) and is a totally non-toxic product. Good luck!

  5. Jeni says:

    Hi Kev

    Great info. I was told that I had a small cavity and if I brushed n flossed it could away. That was a regular dentist that told me that.

    Stephanie – have you used Dr richard schulze tooth n gum formula?? strong stuff but works a treat on receding gum lines.

  6. Victoria says:

    I found Liquid Tooth Soap helped clear my cavities when I also stuck to a good diet with no gluten or sugar, not too much fruit and never missing flossing. You can literally feel drastically reduced plaque on your teeth even when you first wake up in the morning. An added bonus is less possibility of plaque which means fewer opportunities for bad breath.

  7. Lisa says:

    For peridontal disease I used and still do use Tea Tree Oil once a day. It made a huge difference in my gums. Tastes nasty but received a good report from my dentist. Tea Tree is great for taking care of bacteria.

  8. Sue Clinton says:

    Hi Kevin:

    My husband (a dentist) and I (a nutritionist) recently attended the IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology) conference in Oklahoma. This is an organization dedicated to improving health through research that validates the removal of fluoride, mercury and other toxins from our personal and our overall environments. Dr. Huggins is a guru in these areas. As a co-chapter leader of the Weston A. Price Foundation myself, I agree that diet is key to dental health. I agree with what you said, that unless we isolate ourselves we would find it virtually impossible to avoid refined foods entirely. Having said that, however, we need to have the knowledge to be able to do the best we can, and also the support from our governments to support those who produce healthy, sustainable food for us to eat as week as make it affordable for everyone. As an aside there is an Oral DNA test that helps determine if an individual has the bacteria required to produce cavities – only available in USA, however, not Canada yet.

    You also mentioned that you did not find it difficult to raise your cholesterol, however, you also said it did take a year to realize the results you achieved and for many that would not be considered “easy.” Unfortunately, these days many people want a quick fix and as we are finding out there is no magic pill to give us that. Also, you are a very disciplined person and many are not as disciplined as you are – you are a great example!

    Thank you for discussing these very important points@

    Sue Clinton
    Greater Kingston WAPF

  9. Pete kruse says:

    Great post! Exciting to hear that there are natural cavity fighting techniques

  10. Michael says:

    Please tell me that that is not a bluetooth device (or other electronic device) on Annemarie’s head. We know about EMF right?

  11. Kuru says:

    Wow, this call was for me! Thanks, Kev. I got a great clarity re root canals and infection. I got a root canal reluctantly some years ago when a tooth cracked. There was no infection, and that must be the reason I’ve never had a problem, at all. My health is great, and my teeth are strong and happy!

    Secondly, my cholesterol is 223! And has been for years. It is the default setting. My LDL is high, but my HDL is very high, so the ratio is ok. I’ve wondered if I should be taking red yeast and other things, but never incorporated them. I love what he said about it!

    Last thing, I just heard a talk by Udo Erasmus (he would be good to interview, Kevin), and he suggested brushing with probiotics before bed to clear up everything, including ears, throat, the works!

    I wish we’d found out why he felt so adamantly against sea salt.

  12. Lisa says:

    Excellent information, thank you!

  13. nossasenhora2 says:

    I would be interested to hear what he thinks about implants.

  14. Sharon C. says:

    Last year, after being raw for nearly a year, a large filling fell out in one of my lower teeth by the gum. Didn’t make it to the dentist for awhile, and one day I discovered the place where the cavity had been, was all filled in with white enamel.

  15. JT says:

    I have a friend who is a regular dentist. He offered to remove my 20+ year old amalgam fillings for free to help us out. He said it was safe if he used a high speed suction. Would it be better to do this or leave them in? I can’t afford a dentist bill right now.

  16. Mary Kay says:

    JT, I’m not a dentist and don’t honestly know what “high-speed suction” is, but EVERYTHING I’ve read and my experience with my own holistic dentist has said to make sure to use a damn. It’s a rubberish type condom/diaphragm-like thing that goes in your mouth and only exposes the teeth. Nothing gets past it when they’re removing the mercury. I had this done to remove all of my amalgum fillings.


    Mary Kayu

  17. Mary Kay says:

    Oh, and I recently read a testimonial from a mom whose son could not get to the dentist after she found a cavity, for a couple mos. She started giving him fermented cod liver oil and by the time she got him to the dentist, it was gone.

    My holistic dentist says that as far as cavities/enamel healing –it can but only if it’s not too deep, and you must keep an eye on it while you’re trying to heal it to make sure it’s not getting worse, as Kevin said.

    Mary Kay

  18. Larry Fishman says:

    I just received my May 2012 Nutrition & Healing newsletter from Dr. Jonathan Wright (who I have followed since the early 1970s), and took a cursory look at it. In his lead article he wrote that xylitol can fight tooth decay, reduce and possibly even eliminate cavities, and even reverse cavities.

  19. Jo says:

    Excellent presentation, however I’m left wondering about the safety of dental implants.

  20. Kaila says:

    Great Interview, wonderful information. Dentistry is apparently fascinating!

    What does the doctor think about wisdom teeth? I’d felt for years that the removal of these teeth is just another money maker and generally unnecessary. I had 3 of them removed last fall after a full deep cleaning at the first dentist’s appointment I’d had in 10 years. Generally my mouth feels “better” but I still wonder, are these scare tactics?

    Also I’m having a permanent porcelain veneer put in at the site of a childhood root canal that was achy. It was SUCH an involved process for one tooth and I hated having to take so many antibiotics and medicated washes…

    Do you think toothpaste is necessary if you have a sonicare? If so, what ingredients should you avoid? I purchased Tom’s for years and recently thought to switch to fluoride-free. When I arrived home I looked at the ingredient list and STILL saw a bunch of foreign ingredients I thought I’d be avoiding “going green”. I’ve thought about your tooth soap but it’s too pricey for me at the moment (I’d love to see a dental health trial pack, cause if it’s amazing I’ll reorganize! :-)).

    Thanks for your feedback Kevin and community!

  21. bryan says:

    I was diagnosed w/ gum disease. The dentist did a test where they test for 13 different bacterias, I guess the worst, I’m not sure,this was a regular dentist. I was way over the limit on the worst or most destructive according to them. Anyway, of course they prescribed antibiotics, & ofcourse I was not going to take them. I swished my mouth 3 to 4 times a day w/ colloidal silver for about 5 minutes at a time. I went back about 4 months later retested & none of the bacterias they were testing for even registered, BAM! I was elated! I must also say that I hadn’t even used the silver the entire 4 months ,probably only for a month hardcore,& my diet was still not that great. I think it just proves that there are very legitamate alternatives to Western medicenes poisonus drugs, you just can’t be afraid. I only say that because my family thinks I’m nuts for not taking stuff when a doctor prescribes it.

  22. Catherine says:

    Very interesting. I’m really curious as to why Dr. Huggins says not to use sea salt to kill mouth bacteria. Is he suggesting that it is toxic (what about Himalayan Salt?) or is he saying that it doesn’t kill the bacteria?

  23. Anela bird says:

    What about if you already have a lot of root canals and the dentist says they need to get retreated. Should I just get implants? See. I’m the result of not knowing what to do with cavities and it’s tOo late for me. I already have so much dental work already. How can I reduce the amount of dental work From now on?

  24. Nick says:

    Can some reccomend a good resonably priced holistic dentist in the nyc area to remove 15 mercury fillings.

  25. snowmoonelk says:

    Hi everyone! Can anyone tell me how to get rid of my fungal nail infection? I must have the fungal Candida Dr Huggins was talking about and now I’m really scared! I was just embarking upon the anti-candida diet but now I am confused as I obviously don’t want to clear away the candida entirely! Eek! How do I find my ancestral blood balance???!!! Please help…

  26. Lex says:

    This was a very interesting interview, but frankly, I’m more confused than I was before I heard it. Dr Huggins seems to think that we raw foodist are pretty much asking for disease to invade our weak, defenseless bodies. While he makes some excellent points with his arguments against modern dentistry, I’m not convinced that he’s really up to date with the varieties of protein sources that we have at our disposal these days. I’m encouraged by his use of the blood tests to determine dietary changes, but do we really have to eat the exact same diet as our ancestors of 2000 years ago? Or can we just get the fat/carb/protein balance right based off the blood tests? Ultimately, it doesn’t make sense to me to try to determine dietary needs off some estimate of what our ancestors ate because most of us have such genetic diversity that it wouldn’t even be possible to eat what our European/Native American/African/whatever else ancestors ate. And why does he pick 2000 years ago as the point in time?

    As far as the cholesterol number he’s suggesting, I’m surprised that he seems completely focused on total cholesterol. Isn’t the good/bad ratio important too?

    Am I the only one that thinks Dr Huggins has some “old-school” ideas about vegetarianism? He definitely has some fascinating experiences and insights into dental toxins, and I appreciate him sharing some of those. But I do wonder if he would be the right “coach” for a raw-food diet follower.

  27. shelly says:

    Very good article, I used to brush my teeth every time after eating, floss every night, so far so good. I love your inf. Tks.


  29. Michele says:

    Such great information. Really fascinating stuff. As above, i was just curious as to why he says not to use sea salt and am really interested in hearing him clarify why iodized salt is the better choice over sea salt.

    Thanks again for the info Kevin. Have an awesome day!

  30. Devi says:

    Sorry, I missed the original discussion, but I have had cavities or at least very soft spots in my teeth disappear. Diet is definitely the most important factor.

  31. Beverly says:

    Yes, I have and I healed them myself with diet and stem cell nutrition from , our bodies can and will heal itself with the right nutrition

  32. Victoria says:

    Thank you or this info!!
    1 – It is possible to stop and reverse receding gums? If so, how??
    2 – I’d be interested to hear why he said Sea Salt was not good for the Soda/Salt rinse he mentioned.

  33. Lizzie says:

    Dr. Ellie Philips DDS has created a system using mouth rinses and xylitol with which cavities can heal.
    Here are her websites. and
    It would be neat if you could interview her.
    Also, Ramiel Nagel has a nutritional program that can heal cavities.
    I find it a little odd that Dr. Huggins mentions a particulat location where people reversed their cavities but does not mention that Dr. Weston Price himself reversed cavities in children with specific nutrients he had learned about during his travels.

  34. joe says:

    when avaporate the water only the salt and toxins remain.I use real salt from salt mine.

  35. connie says:

    I cured my receding gums by taking CoQ10

  36. Cathy says:

    Param, what kind of raw virgin coconut oil did you take, please?

  37. Gen says:

    Excellent article and comments. I have discovered using organic sulphur along with a dot of toothpaste. The teeth SHINE afterwards and it is good for the gums. Also good to dilute and use as a mouthwash.

  38. Nicole - Australia says:

    Oh, Bless you Kevin & Dr Huggins. I have been trying for 3 years to find out why I am not well (no thanks to conventional doctors). I have been batteling my mouth/teeth for so many years & numerous amalgams, root canals, crowns, jaw clenching. (I eat well & clean well?). I am now off to holistic dentist! Thank you for bringing this to our attention Kevin. I will now not make the same mistake with my children. Thanks for helping save so many lives Kevin, keep up the great work it is sincerely apprecated.

  39. satori says:

    O Snapp!!!

    Dr. H that is SO true that Sea Salt doesn’t work like the regular salt! Ever since I started to use sea salt instead of iodized salt to massage my gum, I’m just not getting the same refreshing feel and good results this massage used to gave.

    I’ll try switching back to iodized salt from today and see what happens.

  40. Selina says:

    My dentist said that I should not in any circumstances use baking soda in my mouthwash, it is bad for the tooth enamel.

    I really would be careful believing in any holistic dentist.

    But coconut oil, yeah that’s stuff is great for my teeth and gums 🙂

  41. Nik says:

    still i wanna mention. ome people had teeth regrow. ginger robinson from the THE RAW PATH. als horsetail nettle. ramiel Nagel, green juices. waterfasting. there is a lot stuff reported. jaquie davision reported teeth regrow. i think there is more to say on teeth healing. its still the surface of the healing. just wanna know why we not dig deep to the teet. maybe cause its hidden in our mouth?

  42. raf says:

    There are very strict protocols that trained dentists use to remove almalgams. I would search out a dentist who follows these. It’s a bit more involved than using the dental dam, but that is an important part of the protocol. Mercury is airborne when the dentist drills it out and therefore can be absorbed by the patient, the doctor and the staff assisting.
    So, it may be advisable to wait until you can have the removal done with all precautions in place.

  43. Stephanie McDonald says:

    I have a tooth that needs a root canal, and in the last month have started using the fermented cod liver oil/fermented butter oil. This goes against everything I stand for as a vegan, but if it works and heals my tooth it is worth it. So far there is no difference. I am hoping it works!!

  44. Mark Lewin says:

    Hi Kevin, I appreciate the information you give us. I had a somewhat similar experience as you had attempting to maintain a 100% raw food diet. After much research I decided a raw vegan diet was the way to go. I felt it would help me run faster and possibly help me regain full use of my partially paralyzed arms. After just one day of eating like this, My mind cleared and I created a website to educate people on how to have optimum health. I had read Dr Graham’s 80/10/10 diet so I knew that I might lose some muscle, however I would replace it with higher quality muscle. I really did not have the excess weight to lose. I started at 128-130 lbs and under 10 percent body fat and less than 3 months later was under 108 lbs and 5 percent body fat. I was borderline anorexic because initially I couldn’t eat enough calories. I had gotten slower and weaker. and my blood tests were all out of whack. After more research I found out most people need to eat some animal protein and a little cooked food in order to thrive. For anyone that is interested. I go into detail on my blood test results in a series of articles “My Experience” on my website. Keep up the good work Kevin

  45. Can cavities go away on their own? Definitely! Tooth decay can be arrested if we strive on improving our health that is through excellent nutrition. Apart from what I have learned in conventional dentistry, I back up my statement with the insights from the book “Cure Tooth Decay” by Ramiel Nagel. The book covers a great deal about healing tooth decay on your own and managing any other dental and gum infections. I agree with maintaining regular oral hygiene too. There would be serious complications if these procedures are ignored.

  46. Sandi says:

    Dr Huggins recommends Morton Canning and Pickling Salt, NOT iodized salt. Never iodized salt. I am very grateful for Dr Huggins’ research and information. He sacrificed his life for me and many others.
    I was very sick for 40 years, and my health was becoming steadily worse with more scary symptoms. I eventually learned that I had mercury poisoning from the numerous amalgam silver mercury fillings in my mouth. I had the mercury, all the other toxic material, and the root canals removed 3 years ago. I did this thinking my immune system would have one less thing to fight. To my amazement, my health improved dramatically. I had the complete dental revision done in Texas at Dr Nunnally’s office because I was so very sick that I wanted it done safely using Dr Huggins’ protocol. Otherwise, there is a chance of becoming sicker with diseases one never had. If you want to learn more, as I see many of you have good questions, you can hear Dr Huggins’ lectures on oneradionetwork dot com. Also, his books are loaded with excellent information.

  47. Abigail says:

    Hi Kev, thanks to you and Dr. Huggins, for so great information. I appreciate all that you do to help so many in our world. God will bless you and give you good returns that will come back to you. Blessings to you and your family.

  48. I have diabetes and it was reeking havoc with my teeth for 10 years. One after another was getting impacted and pulled. Lost ten. Then I tried something when the next tooth got impacted and have not lost one since. It was a very simple step that killed the bacteria and knocked out the infection… I brushed with Hydrogen Peroxide two or three times a week. Have not had an impacted tooth since and the cavity progression slowed down to a crawl.

    Simple but VERY effective! You can by a quart size at Walmart for .99c.

    I also note that I live way out of town in a remote area where I have my water trucked in. The water is from a natural well untreated with chemicals. I have two 1500 gallon tanks.

    Now many others who get the same water put a cup of bleach in with their water (I cringe at that thought)to keep algae from growing in the water and kill bacteria.

    What I do is put two quarts of Hydrogen Peroxide in per 1500 gallon fill. No algae and I noticed one other peculiar effect. The well water here has a high mineral / lime concentration. Those that use a cup of bleach or nothing, what happens is as the water sits in the tank the lime (calcium) will settle out of the water and deposit on the bottom of the tank. Over several fills that layer can build up and you will need to clean it out.

    Since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide in each fill(last 8-years)the minerals / calcium in the water stays dissolved (suspended) in the water and no layer accumulates on the bottom of the tank. Algae dose not grow also.

    I have a felling this is significant health-wise but but not sure exactly how. I note I have not had a cold, flue, or even a sniffle in the last 8-years.

    Info provided FYI from WJB

  49. Tony Behan says:

    Snowmoonelk, your fungal nail infection may be cured by applying one or two drops of apple cider vinegar twice a day after filing down the nail a little to facilitate absorbtion. I had this problem for years and it was slowly getting worse until I read about this cure on the net. It works!!! My infection is now almost cured!!!

  50. Diana says:

    I wanted to respond to several people. I am a geologist and an energy healer. The reason Dr. Huggins said to avoid sea salts – including Himalayan, is that heavy metals accumulated at the bottom of the sea so when you use sea salt you are ingesting those heavy metals. All salt mined from salt layers was formed in the sea. The continents and rocks have moved over the millions of years so the salt layers are now buried or high in the mountains – but ALL natural salt originates in the sea. It is possible to create salt which is more pure and that is why Dr. Huggins recommends the pickling salts.

    For anyone who is interested in fluoride free toothpaste with ingredients you can read, check out the toothpaste from Young Living. This toothpaste is created using therapeutic essential oils and natural products and is entirely fluoride free and sodium laurel sulfate free.

    I have been learning more about how cavities form and it seems that diet is the key. Cavities form from the inside out. Get rid of grains and sugar and eat more protein. From another interview I recently heard, Dr. Huggins said animal protein provides the right type of protein serum for the blood and reduces cavities.

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