Oral health is very important for the overall health, so taking care of your teeth is essential as it may reflect to your body. First condition of tooth decay is dental caries meaning either the tooth is decayed or the procedure has already started. There are natural ways to prevent, and even cure tooth decay.
Main cause of tooth decay
The main cause is acid leading to dental caries. The acid appears in our mouth when the bacteria existing in our mouth is combined with sugar. The created acid can attack our teeth just after 20 minutes of our last meal. It weakens and demineralizes the tooth structure, yet, it does not always attack your tooth or some part of it, but when it does it attacks the tooth enamel, and eats it. This happens all over again until it causes acid disintegration creating a hole, that is, tooth cavity.
The tooth is consisted of three layers: enamel (the hard external layer), dentin (the middle one), and the pulp (the center of the tooth where all blood vessels and nerves are). The dental caries attacks first the external layer, and if not treated continues to the middle and the pulp. Bigger the damage higher the pain, and if not treated it can lead to removal thus causing other issues. However, there are also other factors that can raise the risk of tooth decay, and those are:
- Not regular teeth brushing and flossing.
- Lack of vitamins A and D (fat-soluble vitamins).
- Consuming foods high in sugar and carbs.
- Dry mouth. Saliva helps in eliminating sugar and food from your mouth.
- Lack of minerals in your diet.
- Consuming high quantities of processed foods (Standard American Diet “SAD”).
- Diet high in phytic acid.
- Usage of tobacco.
- Suffering from diabetes.
- Frequent snacking provokes the bacteria often to produce acid in your mouth thus leading to tooth decay.
- When the teeth are growing they are more susceptible to tooth decay, as the tooth minerals are not strong enough as an adult.
- Alcohol affects in two ways. First, it contains sugar and enables appearance of acid in your mouth; and second, it dries the mouth,there is lack of saliva, and itcannot remineralize the teeth or eliminate the food.
Tooth Decay Symptoms
The most common symptoms are: discomfort and pain. However, it may not always appear pain or discomfort. Therefore, here are the typical signs:
- Pain and discomfort.
- Teeth sensitivity to cold, hot, and sweet products.
- Appearance of holes, which usually have the following colours: white, yellow, brown, and black.
- Existence of foul breath (concentrated where the rotten tooth is).
- Feeling of bad taste in your mouth.
- Appearance of gum swelling and pain near the rotting tooth.
Prevention of Tooth Decay
Prevention has always been the best medication, yet there are some unpreventable dangers of dental caries, nonetheless you can always try to follow these tips as they are really helpful in preventing tooth decay:
- Do not snack all day, as well as have drinks throughout the day. You should eat your regular meals and treats, but do not overdo it with frequent snacking and drinking liquids that are not water.
- Likewise you should limit certain types of food and drinks, such as, sugar and carbs as they are the main cause of producing acid in your mouth. Preferably consume natural water and tea which will help you to clear your mouth from any excess food and remineralize your teeth.There are other foods that are very helpful in remineralizing your teeth, like cheddar and parmesan, xylitol, and strawberries.
- Improved oral hygiene performed 2 to 3 times a day, lasting for 2 to 3 minutes, will definitely assist in preventing dental caries. It removes and restricts the quantity of plaque on your teeth, which reduces the amount of acid-producing bacteria in your mouth.
Healing Tooth Decay
Unfortunately, you can follow all these tips, and again end up with some kind of form of dental caries. However, there are still some natural ways that can help you in recovering your tooth health thus avoiding a visit to the dentist.
- Consume bone broth every day. Drink1 to 2 cups of this broth as it is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, salt, and trace elements of minerals. Nowadays, these diet components are depleted from our food supply.
- Boost intake of fat soluble vitamins A and D. In order to do this you should take
1 teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil and 1 teaspoon of high vitamin butter oil every day.
- Try oil pulling.Take 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 2 drops of essential oil into your mouth and swishing it for 10 to 20 minutes. When the swishing is over, spit the oil in trash, and rinse your mouth with warm water. At the end brush your teeth.
- Use a tooth paste that will remineralize your teeth.
- Introduce supplements.The most suitable ones are: magnesium, fermented cod liver oil, and gelatin.
- Consume dry eggshells.First you boil 8 to 10 eggshells in water for about 5 minutes. Leave the eggshells to air dry and after that grind them into a fine powder. Consume half a teaspoon a day of the eggshells; you can simply put half a teaspoon in your water or just spray it over any food.
- Take trace mineral drops.The preferred dosage would be 10 trace mineral drops taken early morning.