Ninety percent of all people get cavities. That's a lot of cavities! Ninety-nine percent of all people don't like to get their cavities drilled out and filled by a dentist. So, it should be no surprise to learn that many folks look to natural ways to prevent and treat tooth decay. These folks are looking for alternative means of oral therapy, especially alternatives that do not involve invasive dental treatment (drilling).
Are There Natural Ways to Prevent and Treat Tooth Decay?
Since virtually no one likes going to the dentist, more and more people are looking for natural ways to care for their teeth, including natural means of treating tooth decay.
I think it is important to note that tooth decay is a disease. As a disease, tooth decay is serious business. Therefore, when we have a cavity the affected tooth needs immediate medical treatment. The typical approach to treating a diseased tooth is to drill out the diseased tissue. Removing the diseased portion of the tooth prevents the disease from spreading.
Dentists believe that it is absolutely necessary to remove the diseased area, which makes total sense. Once the tooth is drilled and the diseased area is removed, the cavity (open space) must be filled to prevent further damage.
Getting our teeth "drilled and filled" is the last thing we want to do. So, the fair question to ask is... "Is there a natural way to prevent and treat tooth decay?" The answer is "yes," but only under limited circumstances, and only if you are willing to take a hard look at the food you eat. Food? Seriously?
One of the biggest culprits leading to tooth decay is directly related to the food choices we make. Poor food choices, such as foods high in sugar play a big part in how and why our teeth breakdown and decay. Contrarily, good food choices can actually help to prevent tooth decay.
Unfortunately, the type of food we eat is the last thing we consider as a natural means to fight cavities.
What is Tooth Decay and Can it be Reversed Naturally Without Invasive Dentistry?
Tooth decay presents itself as a cavity. Cavities develop when bacteria found in the plaque blanketing our teeth create harmful acid. The harmful acid weakens and erodes our tooth enamel. If the bacteria have plentiful food sources (sugar and simple carbohydrates) they will thrive. As they thrive and digest the available sugar, they produce harmful acids as a by-product. Again, it's the acid produces by bacteria that causes damage to the tooth enamel.
If left untreated, teeth weaken as the enamel is destroyed. When the enamel is destroyed and the tissue underneath is exposed, the tooth is susceptible to decay resulting in the formation of a cavity. Along with the tooth decay-cavity formation process, you;ll also find infection, teeth sensitivity, pain, and eventually tooth loss.
“For many people seeking natural treatment its all avoiding invasive dental procedures.”
Choices Leading to Prevention of Tooth Decay
Many Dentists rightfully point to our choices and behaviors as the primary reason for tooth decay. These choices and behaviors include things like poor oral care, eating junk food, and soft drinks (any acidic beverage).
The question that everyone seems to be asking without getting a solid answer is, “can I stop tooth decay, or can it be reversed naturally? If I wanted to avoid invasive dental work is it possible to stop tooth decay, or reverse the damage already done to my teeth, and avoid the dentist and his drill?" The answer is, "Yes, you can prevent tooth decay and in rare circumstances you can reverse it!"
"So, tooth decay can be stopped or reversed without me having to get my teeth drilled? Oral health experts claim that tooth decay can be stopped and reversed (in rare cases) if you use the right product and the right process. Again, the answer is a simple one, “Yes!, you can avoid the dentist's drill.”
Natural Oral Health Care
Dentists and dental hygienists have reported real-life patients successfully treating cavities using natural toothpaste and eliminating harmful foods from their diet. It should be noted that the natural toothpaste used by these folks did not contain harmful chemicals like fluoride and SLS. It should also be noted that these real-life people did not receive drilling or invasive dental treatment from a dentist.
The next typical question is, “Exactly how’d they do it? How did these folks stop tooth decay and in rare cases reverse it? The answer from most of these folks is achieved through natural ingredient-based toothpaste while simultaneously removing foods from their diet that were causing cavities and tooth decay in the first place.
Food That Cause Tooth Decay
- Sugary candies and sweets such as lollipops, caramels, jelly beans and hard candies are some of the worst causes of tooth decay.
- Baked goods like cookies, cakes or other desserts contain a high amount of sugar, which can cause tooth decay.
- Starchy, refined carbohydrates such as chips, bread, pasta or crackers are as harmful as candy.
- Carbonated soft drinks containing high amounts of sugar, phosphorous, and carbonation, which wear down the tooth’s enamel.
- Fruit juice can cause problems for your teeth as well. Instead of drinking fruit juice, substitute them with whole fruit. Whole fruit is high in fiber and have less sugar.
- Lemons, citrus fruits, and other acidic foods like coffee.
Food That Fights Tooth Decay
- Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables such as crisp fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery. Fiber-rich foods stimulate saliva flow, which is a natural defense against cavities. Our saliva quickly begins to neutralize the acids that attack our teeth. Opt for crisp fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery.
- Cheese, milk, plain yogurt, and other dairy products. The calcium, phosphates and vitamin D in cheese, milk, and other dairy products are important minerals for the health of your teeth. Calcium in food mixes with plaque and sticks to teeth, protecting them from acids
- Sugarless chewing gum after meals and snacks can help rinse harmful acid off our teeth.
Green and black teas contain compounds that suppress bacteria.
If you understand that certain foods are the leading cause of your tooth decay, you can immediately begin the healing process by eliminating these foods from your diet. It's a big first step anyway.
The Status of Fluoride and Other Harsh Chemicals Found in Commercial Toothpaste
Up until recently, most dentists supported the use of harsh chemicals (such as fluoride) for the prevention and treatment of cavities. Although some harsh chemicals (i.e. fluoride and SLS) prevent tooth decay, they also cause all kinds of serious health problems that can be far worse than tooth decay. Some European countries have already banned fluoride in commercial toothpaste and soap. And, the FDA in the U.S. recently banned fluorine-based chemicals in food packaging because of its toxicity. Healthy living and wellness advocates predict that fluoride found in toothpaste will soon be banned.
Most dentists are fully vested into using invasive dental treatments like fillings, crowns, root canals, and dental implants as their "treatment of choice" for tooth decay - and for good reason. When tooth decay gets to a certain point, no amount of prevention or repair will solve the problem. But in some cases, people can avoid "drilling and filling" by switching to natural toothpaste and STOP EATING ALL THAT SUGAR!
Obviously, we believe that there is a natural way to take responsibility for your oral health care. You can start by eliminating foods that harm your teeth. Secondly, we highly recommend you use Revitin Organic Toothpaste. Read a supporting article published by NaturalLivingIdeas.com by clicking on the link below.