Like most people, when you discover that you have a cavity or pain in your teeth, the first thing that you do is to rush to your dentist. However, what most people fail to realize is that tooth decay and cavities can also be reversed and fillings aren’t the only option as a treatment.
Read on to explore a few natural ways to head tooth decay and reverse cavities!
1. Change your diet and reduce your sugar consumption.
Studies suggest that a change in routine diet can actually reverse tooth decay. You can make adjustments in your diet immediately, including:
- Consume more calcium-rich foods (like kale, collards, broccoli rabe, and dairy) as these can help to strengthen your bones and teeth.
Avoid drinking juices with high carbonation as they may cause excessive plaque and tartar build-up and also result in cavities.
Also, while making adjustments to your diet, don’t forget the basics:
- Brush your teeth twice a day and make sure that you reach all teeth surfaces, pockets and corners.
- Floss at least once daily.
- Use antibacterial mouthwash.
2. Add vitamins and supplements.
Micro nutrients are important to bone health and they keep inflammation under control while preventing or reversing cavities. Some vitamins help to produce saliva which helps to prevent bacteria and stays on your teeth. While certain vitamins make your teeth stronger, fruits & vegetables like bananas, brussels sprouts, and peas are quite beneficial for your teeth.
3. Eat foods with natural probiotics.
Bad bacteria is associated with infection and looks for the places to hide in the small areas between two teeth. It also consumes probiotics, helping to offset the acidic pH. The foods which are rich in probiotics include kombucha, kefir and fermented foods like kimchee and sauerkraut. They stimulate the production of healthy bacteria in your mouth which is necessary to prevent plaque buildup, dental decay, and cavity.
4. Be aware of the pH values in your foods/drinks.
Imbalanced pH levels can create a conducive environment to grow and thrive. Drinks like coffee create pH imbalances and act as the perfect environment to harbor infectious oral bacteria. So in case you are a daily coffee drinker and are suffering from tooth decay, then you can choose green tea over coffee as it contains a polyphenol which acts as a powerful antioxidant and also has several anti-inflammatory properties to slow down the growth of harmful bacteria.
5. Develop a new oral care routine.
Are you aware of a technique called oil pulling? Oil pulling is considered to create a soap-like cleansing on teeth with the moisturizing and antiseptic capacities. It also consists of swishing oil like sesame, sunflower or coconut oil for about 10-20 minutes in your mouth in order to reduce the plaque buildup. It is also crucial that you do not swallow the oil and to brush your teeth afterward.
Now that you know a few natural ways to heal tooth decay and reverse cavities, go on and do try them to the best! But be informed- these may not work in all cases. If the decay in your teeth is serious, you’ll have to contact your dentist for a thorough check and treatment.