From oil pulling to sugar-free gum, here's what you need to do to prevent cavities or possibly even reverse them in some cases.
The thought of how important your teeth are sink in only when you notice a cavity or experience some kind of pain. Until then, you go about brushing normally without paying attention to whether you’re doing it the right way or even thinking twice about which toothbrush you’re using. And finally, when you do notice a sign of tooth decay, your first instinct is probably to run off to the dentist’s office. While paying regular visits to the dentist is a great way to maintain your dental hygiene, there are some things you can do at home to let your tooth heal from decay. But before jumping into the remedies, it would help to know exactly what’s going on inside your mouth.
There are hundreds of different bacteria present in your mouth and they can be found on your teeth, gums, and tongue. While some bacteria are good and helpful, others can be blamed for aiding the process of tooth decay. The decay is caused by an infection, triggered by harmful bacteria that produce acids by using the sugar present in the food you consume. As time passes, the acids contribute towards a cavity. When you consume food every now and then, your teeth become subjected to acid attacks, causing the loss of minerals in the enamel. Food and drinks that are especially rich in sugar and starch cause even more danger. When the enamel continues to lose minerals, it becomes weak and destroyed. And thus gives rise to a cavity.
It’s important to keep your teeth as healthy as they are meant to be. So here are some ways to help your teeth naturally fight cavities and stop them from decaying any further.
One effective way to stop your tooth from decaying any further, and possibly even reverse or prevent early decay, is using fluoride. It can do wonders in protecting your teeth from harm by stopping the loss of minerals in the enamel. It might even be able to restore some of the lost ones as well. What’s more is that it helps in fighting against bacteria from producing acid. Some of the ways of getting more fluoride are by consuming fluoridated water or by using toothpaste that has fluoride in it. In case your dentist suggests the need for more fluoride, there are other ways to do so through gels or tablets, however, it’s best to go for these options only after professional approval.
Healing existing or early decay can be done by practice healthy oral hygiene. One of the most important aspects of this is to brush your teeth twice a day. Make sure that you are covering all the possible surfaces of your tooth, the crevices, pockets, and corners as well. You can get rid of any food particles from underneath your gums by flossing at least once. This stops the formation of bacteria and prevents the process of decay. Another addition to your dental routine could be the use of a mouthwash, which can also fight against bacteria, owing to its antibacterial effect.
Ensure that the toothbrush you’re using is also the right one. It’s best to change your toothbrush every three months, and particularly after you have been through a mouth infection or a cold.
Cavity-free teeth can come with a diet fueled with all the nutrients. Ditch the sugar-loaded and processed foods and replace them with fat-soluble vitamins and minerals to prevent tooth decay. By switching up your diet and including more dairy products, you will be able to keep your dental health intact. Add a healthy amount of meat, fish, and eggs to your meals along with lots of veggies, particularly the green leafy ones. Switch to healthy fats that are found in coconut oil, avocado, olives, and fish. Nuts, seeds, and beans that have been sprouted also make a great addition to your diet. A fruit a day can help keep the dentist away too, and preferably have it in the early part of the day. Make sure to get an ample and healthy amount of sunshine every day because your body needs enough vitamin D if you want to squeeze the benefits out of calcium.
Not only do they strengthen your teeth, but some micronutrients can even keep a check on inflammation and prevent or reverse cavities. What’s more is that some vitamins help create more saliva and stop bacteria from staying for long on your teeth. Consuming more bananas, brussels sprouts and peas can help in the production of more saliva. The nutrients you should focus more on are Vitamin B, D, magnesiu, and iron.
Probiotics is another remedy that works against bacteria that are the culprits for infections. They can help give way for healthy bacteria to take effect in your mouth and stop the buildup of plaque or deter the process of decaying.
A method of oral hygiene that is not heard of much is that of oil pulling. It’s sort of like soaping up your teeth, and needs to be rinsed properly so that you don’t consume it. Oil pulling has a moisturizing and antiseptic effect, and would require sesame, sunflower or coconut oil. The process includes swishing the oil in your mouth and then spitting it out so that the buildup of plaque is prevented. Make sure that you brush your teeth after 10-20 minutes and don’t swallow it.
After a month of oil pulling, your teeth might be able to benefit from the reduction of plaque and gingivitis. This makes for a great addition to a healthy oral care practice.
Mineralizing your teeth can be a great way to protect them, and it can be done by making your own toothpaste made in the comfort of your home. One of the methods, suggested by Dr. Josh Axe, a certified doctor of natural medicine and a clinical nutritionist, would just need coconut oil (4 tablespoons) aluminum-free baking soda (2 tablespoons), xylitol (1 tablespoon) or stevia (1/8 teaspoon), peppermint or clove essential oil (20 drops) and trace minerals (20 drops) or calcium/magnesium powder.
This way you will know exactly what’s going into your toothpaste and you will also ensure that you’re giving your teeth the right mineralizing effect.
While you may never have thought that gum would be suggested in preventing tooth decay, popping sugar-free gum after every meal could help in maintaining dental hygiene. It’s a great and fun way to remineralize the enamel.