Home remedies for preventing tooth decay

Home remedies for preventing tooth decay

By Dr. Wasim Rasool Wani

Dental caries, also known as tooth decay, is a disease of the teeth resulting in damage to tooth structure. Dental caries is one of the most common preventable childhood disease; people are susceptible to this ailment throughout the lifetime. If not treated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and tooth loss.

Here are just a few ways to reverse cavities naturally for you to consider:

  1. Remove Sugar

Sugar is the worst culprit for causing tooth decay. Anyone who desires healthy, cavity-free teeth should avoid sugar. Not only does sugar feed oral bacteria that prevents a healthy flow of dental fluids, but it’s highly acidic and can literally decalcify or demineralize the structural content of teeth that create dental decay.

This means staying away from soda, candy and baked goods with sugar. Additionally, use raw honey and maple syrup, and drink juices sparingly, as too much sugar can contribute to cavity formation.

  1. Eliminate Phytic Acid

Phytic acid is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans that can cause serious health problems in our diets. The main reason phytic acid has become an issue today is because we have stopped ancient food preparation techniques, such as sprouting or sourdough fermentation, which kills off the phytic acid.

Phytic acid not only prevents you from absorbing minerals in your food, but it also leaches minerals out of your body, bones and teeth.

Subsequently, the powerful anti-nutritional effects of phytic acid have been known to cause digestive disorders, lack of appetite, nutrient deficiencies and tooth decay. A good rule of thumb is to limit your grain consumption and stay completely clear from unfermented soy products.

Because phytic acid is much higher in foods grown using modern high-phosphate fertilizers than those grown in natural compost, try to only eat foods that are organic. If you’re aiming to improve your health and reverse cavities naturally, foods high in phytic acid like grains, beans, nuts and soy should be avoided. However, if you soak grains or nuts and then sprout them or do sourdough fermentation, you can reduce phytic acid by around 50 percent to 100 percent.

  1. Consume Raw Dairy and Nutrient-Rich Foods

Raw dairy is filled with the vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy dental fluid flow and help maintain strong teeth and promote oral wellness. Thus, it’s a great way to get cavity-free teeth. Loaded with calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, magnesium, phosphorus and fat-soluble vitamins, it’s a good idea to consume raw dairy products at least weekly. Remember, if you’re going to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat-soluble vitamin intake and mineral intake. Avoid processed foods, packaged foods or fast food.

  1. Try Oil Pulling

It is an oral detoxification procedure used for centuries by Ayurvedic medicine. Simply done by swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, this simple oral detoxification procedure has been claimed to cure many diseases like gingivitis.

If you can’t do 20 minutes, three to five minutes is still good. Coconut oil and a drop or two of clove and/or tea tree essential oils is recommended for maximal antiseptic and antifungal power. Here are some tips:

  • The best time to oil pull is first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed.
  • Simply and gently move the oil in your mouth and through your teeth without swallowing any of it.
  • Don’t let the 20-minute time frame deter you. You won’t even notice 20 minutes have gone by if you do this during your normal morning routine (i.e., while you shower, put your clothes on and prep for the day).
  • After spitting the oil rinse your mouth with warm water. Use salt water for added antimicrobial properties.
  • Finally, brush your teeth as normal.
  1. Plant extracts

A number of phytochemicals derived from edible plants demonstrate antibacterial properties against Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. Neem, tulsi, green and black tea and miswak chewing sticks can be used in the prevention of tooth decay.

In a nutshell, these are the best ways to naturally reverse cavities. Take charge of your oral wellness today, and show off your new, healthy smile with pride.

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By Dr. Wasim Rasool Wani
Consultant Endodontist
Specialist at Dantah

 

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