The only treatment for a tooth cavity is to see the dentist and get it fixed. Won’t it be nice if we can reverse our tooth decay naturally without having to pay the dentist? Yes, it is possible and dental filling is not the only option. Our bodies are designed to heal itself and that is including our teeth. We need to do the right things to help our bodies with the healing process.
How Do We Know That We Have Tooth Decay?
We will usually know that we have tooth decay during our visit to the dentist. Usually, in such cases, the cavities are small, and we do will not know about until we visit the dentist. However, there are certain signs that we should pay attention to so that early intervention on our part helps to stop the tooth decay and eventually reverse it.
The first thing is to pay attention to tooth sensitivity in certain areas that you normally do not feel anything. This could be a sign of the tooth enamel is worn out and there are tiny cavities that are causing the tooth to be sensitive. When you start to feel pain in the tooth, this is a sign that the cavity is getting bigger. A tooth cavity that is too big and if there is already damage done to the tooth pulp and it may be no longer be possible to reverse the tooth decay, so a visit to the dentist is unavoidable.
How to Stop The Tooth Decay Process?
The first step to reverse tooth decay is to prevent tooth decay from getting worse. We need to pay attention to certain habits in our daily routine that ensure that we do not make our tooth cavity bigger.
Diets and lifestyle have played an important part in oral health. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to your diet and prevent tooth decay. Medical studies have shown that a change in one’s diet can reverse tooth decay.
One of the most important change is to reduce your sugar intake and avoid drinking fizzy drinks and drinks with high sugar content as oral bacteria love to feed on the sugar and in the process produce plaque and tartar, which eventually lead to tooth decay. It is also important to consume more calcium-rich foods that can help strengthen bones and teeth. Examples of calcium-rich foods are kale, broccoli, collard greens and dairy products such as milk and cheese.
It is equally important to maintain an oral health regime of brushing your teeth twice a day and use a mouthwash that has natural ingredients without any harsh chemicals. Floss your teeth after every meal to remove any remaining food left in between your teeth and beneath gums to prevent bacteria from feeding on the food remains and cause further decay. Keeping your teeth clean helps to reverse the tooth decay process.
Heal and Prevent Tooth Decay Through Food
Eating the right food not only helps to strengthen your teeth but also helps to heal and prevent tooth decay. The following are foods that we should eat and those that we should avoid:
1. Eat calcium-rich foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, dairy products and seafood.
2. Eat foods that produce saliva. Saliva prevents dry mouth and bacteria from breeding on your teeth. Foods that help produce saliva are bananas, Brussels sprouts and peas.
3. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin D such as whole-grain foods and seafood, for example, salmon, tuna and sardines. Vitamin D helps the absorption of calcium and phosphorus and it can also help to decrease gum inflammation.
4. Eat foods that have natural probiotics such as kombucha and fermented food such as kimchi and sauerkraut. Foods with natural probiotics help stimulate the production of good bacteria in the mouth and prevent the build-up of plaque and tartar.
5. Avoid food and drinks that cause an imbalance of pH levels in the mouth. Examples of drinks that create pH imbalances are coffee, citrus fruit juice and sugary drinks. An imbalanced pH means the mouth has a higher level, a condition that allows the bad bacteria to thrive and attack the tooth enamel.
Reverse Tooth Decay Through Remineralisation
Tooth cavities are formed when bacteria in our mouth feed on the food remains found on the surface of our teeth, and in the process produce a soft, sticky film called plaque. The plaque is home to millions of bacteria in our mouth. When our saliva bond with the plaque, it becomes a hard substance called tartar. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing our teeth, whereas tartar can only be removed by a dentist. If the tartar is not removed, it will start to erode the calcium rods found on the outer layer of our teeth. The process of calcium erosion is called demineralisation. Soon there will be tiny cavities on the surface of the tooth and bacteria will enter these cavities, causing the tooth to decay.
Our body can reverse cavities naturally through a process called remineralisation. Remineralisation is a natural process where the saliva in our mouth deposits minerals including calcium and phosphorous onto our teeth. The minerals bond with the tooth enamel and repair the cavities.
We can help to remineralise our teeth by doing the following:
1. Avoid highly acidic food and drinks that cause demineralisation and inhibit the remineralisation process. If you need to consume acidic food and drinks, minimise the effect of demineralisation by rinsing your mouth immediately after eating and wait for 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
2. Avoid overbrushing your teeth as overbrushing will wear out the tooth enamel. Use a toothpaste that has remineralising ingredients to help to build tooth enamel.
3. Eat a proper diet and consume foods that help support remineralisation. Foods that are rich in calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin K2 and phosphorus can help to heal cavities naturally.
Save Your Tooth Before It Is Too Late
It is important to pay attention to your oral health condition so that you can prevent tooth loss. Doing the right things can prevent tooth cavities and early intervention can reverse tooth decay. This is the key to saving your natural teeth and keeping it for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to your diet and a good oral hygiene routine to help save your tooth before it is too late.