Cavities result from untreated tooth decay, causing holes in your teeth. Most people visit a dentist when they show up. However, there are other ways of fixing cavities. They can be reversed without medication or visiting the dentist, provided you give them proper care and attention.
How does a cavity grow?
Repeatedly exposing your teeth to acid and acidic byproducts break down their essential minerals. It is the first of the five stages of tooth decay. It is called demineralization. The second is enamel decay, in which white spots appear, showing that enamel is losing minerals.
The third stage is painful, in which dentin, a soft tissue underneath the enamel, decays. The fourth and most significant stage is when the cavity reaches the pulp, hogging the space meant for the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels. The last and the most painful stage is called abscesses, in which bacteria from the cavity spreads beneath the pulp and forms pus.
How to reverse a cavity?
Change diet: Studies show that reducing sugar intake with other changes in diet can reverse tooth decay. Eat calcium-rich foods, such as broccoli, dairy, and kale to strengthen your teeth and bones. Avoid processed sweets, sugary drinks, soda, and juices as they cause plaque and tartar buildup.
Oral care routine: Start brushing twice and flossing at least once daily. Use a mouthwash to get rid of bacteria at other times of the day.
Vitamins and diet supplements: Eat a diet rich in vitamins. Some strengthen the teeth, while others will help produce more saliva to fight bacteria. Micronutrients help decrease inflammation and prevent cavities.
Natural probiotics: Consume foods rich in probiotics. They stimulate healthy bacteria production in the mouth to prevent tartar and plaque buildup. Natural sources of probiotics are kombucha, fermented foods, and kefir.
pH values: Coffee, citrus fruits, and sugars create a breeding environment for harmful bacteria. If you are suffering from tooth decay, avoid coffee and citrus fruits. Green tea is a healthy alternative. It has polyphenol, an antioxidant that hinders the growth of harmful bacteria.
How to avoid a cavity?
It is possible to reverse a cavity at the beginning of tooth decay. Maintaining healthy oral hygiene is the best way to prevent it. Here, we discuss a few other ways that can help:
- Use fluoride toothpaste to brush teeth twice a day.
- Floss at least once daily. Teach children to do it too, so they learn young.
- Avoid drinking carbonated and sugary drinks.
- Visit the dentist once in six months or a year for cleaning. It will ensure that any problem is diagnosed at an initial stage and is treated before it’s too late.
- You can also use silver diamine fluoride, a topical medication preferred by dentists to treat and prevent tooth decay and relieve dentinal hypersensitivity.
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