3 Ways to Reverse Tooth Decay Without Making a Trip to the Dentist
When it comes to cavities and tooth decay, we often feel like our only option is to make a trip to the dentist, allow them to drill holes into our ailing teeth, and fill them with some man-made material or worse, allow them to perform root canals. If there were less invasive, more cost-effective, natural routes, would you try those options instead? Well, I am here to tell you that tooth decay is reversible, and there are holistic cavity cures available to you.
Oil Pulling. Oil pulling is the process of taking a teaspoon of coconut oil and swishing it in your mouth for 20 minutes. It is an Ayurvedic dental technique used to draw toxins, and bad bactieria out of the mouth. Coconut oil is very effective at fighting Streptococcus Mutans bacteria, which causes cavities. Oil pulling has been said to not only reverse the damage of tooth decay, but it also helps with gingivitis, whitens your teeth, and it improves the overall health of your gums.
Diet. Changing your diet probably has the most dramatic effect on reversing tooth decay. If you are consuming a diet that is high in phytic acid, that could be the cause of weak and decaying teeth. What exactly is phytic acid and where is it found? Phytic acid or phytate is a molecule of phosphorus that greatly inhibits the absorption of calcium. This is why people suffer from bone loss, tooth decay, mineral deficiencies, and osteoporosis. Phytic acid is found in grains and legumes, and these are foods that you want to cut back on to reverse your damaged teeth. (See chart below.)
The most important changes to your diet that should be made are making sure you’re ingesting enough fat soluble vitamins (A, C, D, E and K), and making sure you’re getting enough minerals. Leafy vegetables, bone broth, coconut oil, avocados, and olives are excellent at mineralizing the teeth. Incorporating extra virgin cod liver oil or extra virgin butter oil into your diet will ensure you get the amount of fat soluble vitamins needed to reverse tooth damage.
Supplements. Aside from changing your diet, taking vitamin D supplements can help tremendously. Although cavities can/have healed with taking vitamin D as a stand-alone solution, i.e. without changing your diet, the effects are much more powerful with a diet low in phytic acid.
A lot of health issues stem from how we care for our bodies, and what we put into them. Our teeth are not an exception. A healthy diet, and getting the vitamins and minerals that we need are key to a healthy, beautiful smile. Needles, drills, and synthetic fillings don't always have to be the answer. Sometimes going back to the basics, and using food as our medicine is all that is needed.