Our mouths are filled with bacteria. There are hundreds of different types living in our mouths, teeth, gums, tongue and other places. Some bacteria are helpful, but some can be harmful, like those who play a role in the process of tooth decay. Tooth decay is the result of infection with certain types of bacteria that make acids using sugars in food. These acids can create a cavity in the tooth over time.
When a tooth is frequently exposed to acid, as a result of eating or drinking, especially foods or drinks containing sugar and starch, repeated cycles of acid attacks can cause the enamel to continue to lose minerals. There may be a white spot where minerals have been lost. This is a sign of early decay.
At this point, tooth decay can be halted or reversed. Enamel can be repaired by using saliva minerals and toothpaste or other sources of fluoride. But if the tooth decay process continues and more minerals are lost, the enamel will be weakened and destroyed over time, creating a cavity. A cavity is permanent damage that has to be repaired by a dentist using a filling.
A common belief today is that the only way to reverse cavities is to have the tooth drilled and filled with synthetic material, which in fact isn’t really reversing. There’s a lot that can be done before the drill is fired up when you have a cavity.
Naturally, the subject of cavity healing can be overwhelming and confusing if you previously believed that fillings were the only way to deal with tooth decay. It has been proven that there are many natural ways to reverse cavities.
Flossing and brushing daily will prevent tooth decay, but there are other ways to optimize your oral health. This includes eating the right diet to support remineralization, taking all necessary supplements for improved dental health and, of course, staying informed on current research and best dental health practices. Here are some tips for you to consider:
1. Remove Sugar From Your Diet
Sugar is like plague for the teeth. It feeds oral bacteria that prevents the healthy flow of dental fluids, it can demineralize and decalcify the content of the teeth, and it’s highly acidic. This means you should stay away from baked goods with sugar, soda, and candy. Use maple syrup or raw honey but in moderation. Be wary of artificial sweeteners!
2. Eliminate Phytic Acid
This is an enzyme inhibitor and a mineral blocker found is seeds, beans, nuts, and grains. This acid leaches minerals our of your body, teeth, and bones and prevents you from absorbing necessary minerals. Opt for foods that are organic and GMO-free as phytic acid is higher in foods that are grown using modern high-phosphate fertilizers.
3. Consume Raw Dairy and Nutrient-Rich Foods
Raw diary is rich in minerals and vitamins that promote oral wellness by contributing to a healthy dental fluid flow and keeping the teeth strong. To beat tooth decay, it is vital to increase mineral intake and fat-soluble vitamin intake, so make sure you create the ideal diet for you.
4. Use Mineralizing Toothpaste
It can get expensive but, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste:
- 20 drops peppermint or clove essential oil
- 4 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon xylitol or 1/8 teaspoon stevia
- 2 tablespoons baking soda (aluminum-free)
- 20 drops trace minerals or (calcium/magnesium powder)
5. Try Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is one of the most amazing oral detoxification procedures and it has rightfully gained recent popularity all over the world. It’s done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. It has proven to cure everything from headaches to gingivitis.
Yes, 20 minutes is a lot and if you can’t do it for that long, three to five minutes is still fine. Coconut oil is highly recommended as it has antifungal and antiseptic properties.
6. Add Vitamins And Supplements To Your Diet
In order to prevent or reverse cavities, you must add micro nutrients to your diet. Micro nutrients are essential for bone health and to keep inflammation under control. Some vitamins help make saliva that helps prevent bacteria from staying on your teeth and some vitamins make your teeth much stronger. Foods that help promote salivation include bananas, Brussels sprouts, and peas. Vitamins you should consume include Vitamin B, D, magnesium and iron.
In a nutshell, these are one of the best ways to reverse cavities naturally.