Its’ a widespread belief that dental cavities and tooth decay are inescapable. People think cavity cannot be reversed once you have tooth decay and that the only solution is to drill out and fill the tooth with synthetic material. Thanks to new research findings, we now know better.
What causes tooth decay?
For a long time, sugar was the culprit for tooth decay and gum disease but recent data shows that other starchy food such as cakes, milk, candy and raisins, feed bacteria that live in the mouth and result in acids that cause tooth decay.
Other contributing factors include:
- Lack of mineral inclusive diet (phosphorus, calcium and magnesium)
- Overconsumption of phytic acid rich-food
- Insufficient fat-soluble vitamins in the diet
- Not having enough saliva
10 natural ways to reverse tooth decay
Dental fillings for cavities could become outdated with the recent discovery of Tideglusib. It was developed for Alzheimer’s disease and promotes natural tooth regeneration that repairs cavities. The tooth regrows to a thin natural layer but it doesn’t repair cavities caused by decay which run deeper.
So far, it’s only been used in mouse teeth. Dr. Cecilia L. Luong at Tiger Smile Dental is hopeful that the simplicity of the approach will make it a unique dental product for natural treatment of large cavities by restoring dentine and providing pulp protection.
- Oil pulling
Oil pulling is not as scary as it sounds and it carries many health benefits. Swish coconut oil in your mouth for twenty minutes every morning. After some time, you’ll notice your teeth looking whiter and plaque-free. It also eases tooth decay and sensitivity.
For more enriched minerals, add a drop of clove oil or tea tree oil. Remember that 20 minutes is the maximum time allowed or the toxins are reabsorbed back to your mouth.
- Avoid sugar and flour
We’ve established sugar as the worst culprit for tooth decay. If you have a sugar addiction, start kicking that habit today. Apart from feeding oral bacteria, it’s a highly acidic substance that demineralizes the structural content of your teeth.
Processed food with white flour should also be avoided because they contribute to plaque buildup. Not all flours are bad. Coconut flour is used to manufacture coconut soap to replace chemical disinfecting agents. It also treats oral infections with natural bacteria-killing properties.
- Remove phytic acid, embrace raw dairy
Phytic acid is the bran part of legumes and grains that block phosphorus generation in humans and binds oral health minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron. Anti-nutritional effect includes lack of appetite and digestive disorders. Stay away from soy products. Eat raw diary filled with minerals and vitamins that enhance stronger teeth and aid dental fluid flow.
- Drink bone broth
The healing power of soup goes beyond common cold. Bone broth is enriched with oral health supporting nutrients. This includes phosphorus, calcium and magnesium extracted from bone and absorbed to the gastrointestinal tract.
Prepare bone broth in large quantities and use it for gravy, stews, vegetables and rice. Some cafes offer it as an alternative to coffee on your morning commute to work.
Probiotic meals reduce teeth damage and heal cavities by suppressing growth of harmful bacteria. Some meal options include fermented food, grass-fed dairy such as yoghurt and kombucha. These foods stimulate growth of healthy bacteria and prevent plaque buildup in the mouth.
- Food remedies
Avoiding certain food isn’t enough. To restore the ratio of phosphorus and calcium in the blood, you must eat health-building foods that possess large amounts of vitamins and minerals for hard tooth structure.
Pregnant women need more supplements for proper child growth. Most individuals who are lactose intolerant may have been deprived of calcium-rich dairy foods and vitamin D.
Foods that improve availability of nutrients include:
- Organic vegetables with bone broth
- Grass-fed dairy like meat, seafood and butter
- Coconut oil
- Gland and organ meats like liver
- One piece of fruit a day
- Food rich in healthy fats such as cod liver oil, avocado and olives
- Sprouted seeds, nuts and beans
- Wheatgrass has anti-bacterial properties that heal cavities and prevent tooth decay. Chew some wheatgrass slowly but thoroughly 2-3 times a day until cavities reduces.
- Garlic is another antibacterial that helps with tooth problems
- Sugar-free gum to generate more saliva
- Nutmeg oil
- Try mineralizing toothpaste
Not all fluoride free toothpaste is expensive. Some of the more recent brands have affordable options or you could make yours at home with the following ingredients:
- Baking soda
- Food grade diatomaceous earth clay
- Filtered water
- Peppermint extract
You can view the full preparation method here.
- Drink green tea
A major cause of PH imbalance in the mouth is the dependence on coffee. Aside from citrus fruits and sugar, coffee stains your teeth and creates PH imbalance. It also creates a habitable abode for infectious oral bacteria that eats away at your tooth structure.
Green tea on the other hand contains catechins, an effective antioxidant. It also includes anti-inflammatory responses that fight harmful bacteria.
- Aloe Vera
A research study of 300 people revealed that aloe vera is an effective mouthwash ingredient. It kills Streptococcus mutans, the plaque-generating bacterium in the teeth, yeast Candida albicans and protects the gums and teeth from decay. Use aloe vera gel to brush your teeth after your morning routine or rinse your mouth with pure aloe vera juice.
There are countries where people don’t have access to oral care products, yet they remain mostly free of systemic disease and tooth decay. The reliance on oral care products instead of overhauling tooth healthcare is a major problem in the fight to prevent oral health deterioration.
Research from the British Medical Journal shows that tooth decay could be reversed with the right diet. Food high in phytic acid and grains increases cavities and a no grain diet with vitamin D supplement enriches tooth structure.