Tooth decay, or dental caries, is when your tooth is at a state or process of rotting. People know it as cavities. Anyone is susceptible to tooth decay, but there are some measures that you can take to prevent and naturally cure the tooth decay.
Acid is the root cause to the tooth decay. When the bacteria in our mouth get combined with sugar, than acid is created. When you finish eating, after 20 minutes this acid can attack your teeth. The acid will demineralizes and weakens the structure of your tooth. The acid is not going always to attack the whole tooth, or every tooth, but when the acid is coming into sustained contact with the enamel, it eats away at it. This process is happening over and over again, and that is how it comes to creating the hole (cavity) in your tooth.
The tooth has 3 main layers to it. The first layer, called the enamel is the hard outer layer of the tooth. The middle one is called the dentin. And the third, inside layer is called the pulp. The pulp contains nerves and blood vessels and it is the center of the tooth. The tooth decay penetrates the additional layers of the tooth and pain and damage is done to the tooth. If you are waiting too long to care for the tooth decay, it can result in having to remove that tooth and also that can lead to some other problems.
The following likely will increase your risk of tooth decay:
- Irregular brushing and flossing of your teeth.
- Lack of some fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A and vitamin D.
- Eating food that is high in sugar and carbohydrates.
- Constant dry mouth. Saliva helps in removing food from your mouth, which helps with removing sugar from your mouth.
- Lack of minerals in your diet.
- Diet high in phytic acid.
- Diet consisting of high amounts of processed foods (Standard American Diet “SAD”).
- The use of tobacco products.
- Children. The teeth are still growing and the minerals in the tooth are not as strong as an adults. Which makes it easier for the acid to erode the tooth.
- The frequent snacking is providing a constant stream of food for the bacteria in your mouth to produce acid and decay the tooth.
- Alcohol. Alcohol is increasing the amount of sugar you intake and it also dries your mouth. The added sugar is creating more opportunities for acid to develop and it’s also drying out your mouth which is not allowing your saliva to remineralize you teeth or remove food from your mouth.
Pain and discomfort are the most common indicator of tooth decay. But not all tooth decay is creating pain and discomfort. Here are some symptoms that can indicate you may have tooth decay.
- Pain and discomfort.
- Sensitivity while eating and drinking hot, cold or sweet foods.
- There can be some visible holes. They can be white, yellow, brown or even black.
- Bad breath and bad taste in your mouth.
- Swelling and pain in your gums near the decaying tooth.
The best medicine to any problem is the prevention. There are some several ways that can help you to prevent the tooth decay.
You should limit the grazing on foods and drinks throughout the day. You should still eat at regular intervals and eat snacks, but it is important to be watchful as to the frequency you are eating and drinking.
You should also limit the types of foods that you are eating and drinking. With limiting the amount of sugar and carbohydrates that you intake throughout the day you will limit the amount of acid that is produced in your mouth. You should drink more natural water and herbal teas, they will help you yo clear your mouth of any excess food and will also help remineralize your teeth. Also, the foods like strawberries, hard cheeses (cheddar and parmesan) and xylitol all can help remineralize your teeth.
Better oral hygiene. Oral hygiene for 2 to 3 minutes a day, cleaning your teeth 2 or 3 times a day, will help you to prevent the tooth decay. Better oral hygiene helps in removing and limiting the amount of plaque on your teeth, which will reduce the amount of acid-producing bacteria in your mouth.
Unfortunately, you can follow all of the prevention tips and still end up with tooth decay. However, there are multiple different ways you can try to naturally heal your tooth decay and avoid a trip to the dentist.
Increase fat soluble vitamins A and D.
You should take 1 teaspoon of fermented cod liver oil and 1 teaspoon of high vitamin butter oil daily, that will increase your fat soluble vitamin A and D levels.
Drink 1 to 2 cups of bone broth daily.
Bone broth is full of magnesium, calcium, potassium, sodium, and minerals that are depleted from our food supply.
Use a remineralizing tooth paste.
Try oil pulling.
You should be putting 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil and 2 drops of essential oil into your mouth and swishing for 10 to 20 minutes. Once you are done swishing you spit out the oil and rinse with warm water. You should finish by brushing your teeth.
Trace mineral drops.
Take 10 trace mineral drops in the morning.
- Fermented cod liver oil (see above).
Eggshells (click here to see the benefits of eggshells).
Boil 8 to 10 eggshells in water for about 5 minutes. Let the eggshells air dry and then grind them into a fine powder. Ingest ½ a teaspoon a day of the eggshells (you can sprinkle this over your food or just mix with a cup of water).