Proven ways to reverse cavities naturally: According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, cavities and tooth decay could potentially be reversed through home remedies such as dietary changes.
What is tooth decay?
Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel when germs (bacteria) in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. It can lead to a hole in the tooth, called a cavity. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.
A tooth has three layers.
- The hard outer layer is called enamel.
- The middle layer is called dentin.
- The center of the tooth is called the pulp. It contains nerves and blood vessels.
- The more layers that are affected by decay, the worse the damage.
What Causes Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay can occur when acid is produced from plaque, which builds up on your teeth.If plaque is allowed to build up, it can lead to further problems, such as dental caries (holes in the teeth), gum disease or dental abscesses, which are collections of pus at the end of the teeth or in the gums.
Tooth health is kept in check with proper nutrition, not dentistry or fluoride. In fact, fluoride doesn’t make teeth stronger and it actually puts our health at risk.
Studies prove that , fluoride was added to a list of toxic environmental chemicals contributing to neuro developmental disabilities such as autism and ADHD.
Tooth decay happens for a multitude of reasons including:
- Lack of Fat Soluble Vitamins (mostly vitamins A and D):
- Standard American Diet Full of Processed Foods (SAD)
- Hormone Imbalances
- Lack of Minerals in the Diet
- Too much consumption of phytic acid-rich foods
- Too much consumption of processed sugar
How to Remineralize Naturally and Prevent Decay
Follow these steps to remineralize your teeth and arrest the early signs of decay, remembering that prevention is always better than cure:
Remove Sugar:Cutting back on sugar is a good idea, because cavities can not form, since they feed on sugar.Limit fruit and even starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes and focused on mineral rich vegetables, bone broths, meats, and healthy fats.Additionally, use raw honey and maple syrup, and drink juices sparingly, as too much sugar can contribute to cavity formation. Be careful of artificial sweeteners because of their health risks as well. Bottom line: Make stevia your new best friend along with raw honey in moderation!
Eliminate Phytic Acid:The good news is that teeth (and bones) are able to heal themselves in a process called remineralization. Basically, specialized cells in the center of the tooth are able to regenerate dentin, the layer of tooth just under the enamel, and the enamel can then properly remineralize from the outside. This same process happens in bones when phytic acid is removed from the diet and minerals/fat soluble vitamins are added.
Phytic acid (phytate) is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans that can cause serious health problems in our diets. The main reason phytic acid has become an issue today is because we have stopped ancient food preparation techniques, such as sprouting or sourdough fermentation, which kills off the phytic acid.
People who consume large amounts of phytic acid (most Americans) in the form of grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes have higher rates of tooth decay, mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis.Phytic acid not only prevents you from absorbing minerals in your food, but it also leaches minerals out of your body, bones and teeth!
Increase Vitamin and Mineral Intake:A healthy diet benefits all parts of the body – including the teeth. In particular, your oral health depends on a number of key nutrients:
Calcium – keeps the enamel strong, and reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Sources of calcium include dairy, canned sardines, kale, collard greens, broccoli, tahini, and fortified drinks like orange juice and plant-based milks.
Magnesium – works with calcium to build strong enamel and prevent cavities. Sources include green leafy vegetables such as spinach, legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
Vitamin A – helps maintain a healthy saliva flow to manage bacteria levels. Sources include liver and fish oils, leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, cantaloupe melon and mango.
Zinc – prevents the growth of bacteria and the build-up of plaque. Sources of zinc include seafood, toasted wheat, cashews, beef, pork, chickpeas and kidney beans, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds.
Iron – vital for transporting oxygen through the body, too little iron can contribute to infections and bacteria build-up in the mouth. Sources include liver, seafood, beans, tofu, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds, canned sardines in oil, baked potato and broccoli.
Vitamin D – this incredibly important vitamin helps the body utilize calcium. Sources of vitamin D include egg yolk, beef, seafood, cod liver oil, fortified foods and, most importantly, sun exposure!
Phosphorous – protects tooth enamel and helps replace minerals in teeth. Sources include sunflower seeds, beans, tuna, turkey, beef, almonds, brown rice, potatoes and broccoli.
Use Mineralizing Toothpaste:Try Fluoride-Free Toothpaste
You can make your own toothpaste. If you can create this formula — even once in awhile — why not?
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 1/8th teaspoon of stevia
- 1 drop of peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops of trace minerals
Optional: add 500-1000 mg activated charcoal
Mix this and… well, brush your teeth!
Eat Teeth Friendly Foods
In addition to the nutrient-rich foods listed above, some other tooth-friendly choices include crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, celery, raw carrots and cucumber.
These foods have a high water content, which dilutes the effects of the sugars they contain. They also stimulate the production of saliva, which helps guard against decay.
Kill Cavity-Causing Bacteria
By practicing good oral hygiene – and brushing at least twice daily and flossing regularly – you will remove the plaque that feeds acid-producing bacteria.
You can also practice oil pulling, learn how to make your own toothpaste, and try this antibacterial homemade mouth rinse.
Address Heartburn and Acid Reflux: Acid reflux can be more damaging to teeth than sodas, energy drinks and other foods. Surprisingly, most people with heartburn have low levels of stomach acid, rather than too much!
Learn to address your stomach acid issues for the health of your teeth.
Fix a Dry Mouth: Saliva is vital for a healthy mouth and digestion. Proper saliva flow helps kill bacteria and contains proteins and minerals to protect tooth enamel and prevent decay, gum disease and bad breath.
Dehydration, certain medications, illness, stress, smoking and advancing age are all risk factors for dry mouth – which can increase the incidence of cavities and other oral health issues.
This post is focused on diet, but obviously oral hygiene also matters. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing your mouth out after meals will also reduce dental risks.
The technique described above is applicable to early-stage, small cavities, not necessarily to advanced decay. If you try to heal your own cavities using diet, please do it under the supervision of a dentist.
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