Experiencing mouth pain because you have a cavity is usually the reason to make an appointment with your dentist to get a filling. Like most of the general public, the dental community has convinced us that fillings are necessary and cavities cannot be reversed.
If you fear the dentist there is great news. This article will explain the basic principles behind how you can heal cavities naturally and prevent tooth decay.
Oral health and its many influences
In the past, researchers used to investigate what makes someone more or less at risk to poor oral health. Aside from maintaining good oral care from brushing, flossing and using a mouth rinse, many other variables contribute to healthy teeth including structure, blood flow, nutrient absorption, and diet.
Without all of these important contributing factors working in harmony to maintain health, a bacterial infection in the mouth causes tooth decay and may be one of your first signs of whole-body health.
The infection of a cavity occurs in a small window of time when our teeth are not provided with the necessary tools they require preventing infection. Here are nine steps to heal your existing cavities and prevent further tooth decay naturally:
1. Change your diet
The majority of issues causing cavity production and tooth decay pinpoint back to halting. If you want your teeth to be healthy, you should avoid food that contains sugar. The oral bacteria that cause tooth decay is fed by sugar. Moreover, the sugar decalcifies and demineralizes the structural content of the teeth because it is highly acidic.
Instead, consume more nutrient-rich foods. The consumption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals can prevent tooth decay and can beat it. To battle tooth decay and to create the ideal diet for it, you should consume lots of leafy green vegetables and food that contain a high amount of healthy fats such as avocado and coconut oil as well as seeds and nuts for better results. Also, try adding more raw dairy products to your diet.
2. Increase your vitamin D intake
Vitamin D is essential in our diet to improve tooth resistance to bacteria. Clinical trials have shown that a diet high in vitamin D can suppress the spread of active dental caries. Studies of different groups including diabetic and non-diabetic children investigated the effect of a diet rich in vitamin D on cavity development.
Participants were fed a well-balanced diet high in vitamin D containing foods such as cod-liver oil, eggs, milk and butter. Results significantly showed that the diet was effective at healing tooth decay and halting the progress of cavities.
3. Limit phytates in your diet
Typical diets in today’s fast-paced world are abundant in whole wheat found in bread, cereal, and pre-prepared foods. These foods contain a compound phytate or phytic acid.
Phytic acid is referred to as an anti-nutrient because of its ability to bind with and block the absorption of critical minerals like calcium, zinc, and magnesium. As a result, phytates contribute to nutrient deficiency, digestive complications and is associated with tooth decay.
Phytic acid is tightly bound in the form of phytate in foods predominantly including nuts, seeds, beans, nuts. A diet high in phytates leads to the risk of dental caries development because it interferes with the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients for healthy teeth maintenance such as vitamin D and calcium.
4. Drink bone broth
Bone broth is rich in nutrients for supporting oral health. Magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus are extracted from the bone and are easily absorbed into the gastrointestinal tract. Perhaps one of the most important components of bone broth is gelatin.
Gelatin dense soups such as bone broth contain an abundance of the amino acid glycine and boost the body’s ability to break down and use proteins and nutrients in foods. The overall affect improves immunity and helps combat infectious agents that cause cavities and other oral health diseases. Try using grass-fed beef gelatin or collagen protein in smoothies, soups and shakes to get more of these key nutrients.
5. Probiotics improve overall health
Foods with probiotics can heal cavities and reduce further damage to your teeth by suppressing the growth of harmful bacteria. Consuming probiotics helps to offset the acidic pH which supports these harmful bacteria.
Some probiotic rich foods are Kombucha, grass-fed dairy especially yogurt and kefir, and fermented foods like sauerkraut. These foods stimulate the production of healthy bacteria in the mouth needed to prevent plaque buildup and dental decay.
6. Drink green tea
Green tea contains numerous healing characteristics. It’s rich in antioxidants that fight against the free radicals and prevent from a lot of ailments. It has a high content of catechins, which are potent antioxidants that eliminate periodontal diseases and tighten the bond between the gums and teeth and gums. Green tea reduces swelling and inflammation, as well.
7. Use high-quality supplements
We need to support the key micronutrients that are essential to bone health and keeping inflammation under control in order to prevent or reverse cavities. Consider the following supplements to increase absorption and availability of nutrients to teeth:
- Vitamin D: Promotes strong teeth and healthy oral wellness
- High-quality fish oil: For anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids
- Magnesium: Improves the availability of calcium to be absorbed into the bloodstream and available to teeth
- Probiotics: Improve the balance of bacteria in the mouth
8. Try oil pulling
Oil pulling is an age-old remedy rooted in Ayurvedic medicine that uses natural substances to clean and detoxify teeth and gums. It involves swishing approximately 1 teaspoon of oil in your mouth for about 20 minutes and then spitting it out.
Oil pulling works by cleaning (detoxifying) the oral cavity in a similar way that soap cleans dirty dishes. It literally sucks the dirt (toxins) out of your mouth and creates a clean, antiseptic oral environment that contributes to the proper flow of dental liquid that is needed to prevent cavities and disease.
You should swish a teaspoon of solid organic coconut oil in the mouth, and let it melt. Keep it for 20 minutes, which is enough time for the oil to be absorbed by the gums and kill bacteria and plaque, but insufficient for the body to reabsorb the toxins again. Spit out the oil in the trash and immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water (you can use salt water for added antimicrobial properties).
9. Use mineralizing toothpaste
Toothpaste, which is fluoride-free usually is very expensive although there are brands that people can afford to buy. However, it can also be made at home by mixing these products:
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda (aluminum free)
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon filtered water
- 2-3 drops clove oil or tea tree oil
Preventing cavities and improving your oral health is associated with regular visits to your dentist and every day activities to reduce infectious bacteria growth and encourage strong teeth. Begin healing cavities today by changing your diet and lifestyle to improve your oral health and prevent further tooth decay.