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How to Prevent and Treat Tooth Decay

JAN 13

How does tooth decay occur?
With tooth decay, your teeth's hard surface is permanently destroyed, causing microscopic holes or openings to form. Bacteria in your mouth, frequent eating, drinking sugary beverages, and not brushing your teeth properly all contribute to tooth decay, or caries, which is also known as dental decay.

What does tooth decay look like?
Dentinal cavities (also known as tooth decay) might appear white, brown, or even black as the decay progresses. People who drink coffee or tea often may notice that the color change looks a lot like the stains that grow on the outer surfaces of their teeth over time. The form of a cavity varies as it expands in both width and depth, which causes the shape to evolve organically.

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Can you reverse tooth decay naturally?
The following are a few options for naturally reversing cavities without the use of fluoride:

1. Remove Sugar
Sugar should be avoided at all costs if you want to keep your teeth healthy and free of cavities. So, if you're addicted to sweets, stop immediately. As well as feeding oral germs, sugar is very acidic and may actually decalcify or demineralize the structural substance of teeth. Stay away from soft drinks, candies, and sugary baked items like cookies and cakes. Use raw honey and maple syrup sparingly, and limit your intake of juices and other sugary beverages. The health concerns of artificial sweeteners should also be taken into consideration. In the end, stevia and raw honey should be your new best friends in moderation!
2. Eliminate Phytic Acid
Grain, nut, seed, and bean products are all high in phytic acid (phytate), a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor that may create significant health issues in our diets. Our lack of historic food preparation methods like sprouting or sourdough fermentation is the primary reason phytic acid has become a concern today.
3. Rely on Foods Rich in Vitamins and Minerals, as well as Raw Dairy
Healthy dental fluid flow, strong teeth, and overall oral health are all supported by raw dairy's high vitamin and mineral content. Consequently, it's an excellent method for preventing tooth decay. Raw dairy products are a great source of calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, magnesium, phosphorus, and fat-soluble vitamins. Raw cheeses, such as those made from goat milk and organic grass-fed butter, are all excellent choices. Your fat-soluble vitamin and mineral consumption must increase if you want to prevent tooth decay.

Prevention of Tooth Decay
You may prevent cavities and tooth decay by practicing good oral and dental hygiene. Tips to avoid cavities are included in this section. Consult with your dentist to determine which techniques will work best for you.

• If you eat or drink, brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste right after. Your teeth should be cleaned with fluoride-containing toothpaste at least twice a day and after every meal. Flossing or using an interdental cleaner is the best way to clean between your teeth.
• Your mouth should be sanitized. Your dentist may recommend fluoride mouthwash if they believe you have a high risk of acquiring cavities.
• Keep up with frequent visits to the dentist. Get expert dental cleanings and frequent oral examinations, which may help prevent or detect issues before they become more serious. Your dentist will be able to provide you with advice on the optimal timetable for your particular needs.
• Drinking and munching in excess should be avoided. When you eat or drink anything other than water, your oral bacteria aid in the production of acids that may erode tooth enamel. Your teeth are constantly under assault if you snack or drink throughout the day.
• Eat meals that are good for your teeth. It's important to know which meals and drinks are best for your teeth. Brush your teeth as quickly as possible after eating items that tend to become trapped in the pits and grooves of your teeth. Fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as unsweetened coffee, tea, and sugar-free gum, all aid in promoting salivation and wash away meal particles.

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Treatment for Tooth Decay
Cavities and other dental issues may be caught early on before they cause discomfort or worsen into more severe problems. Tooth decay may be reversed and prevented from progressing if you get treatment as soon as possible. If you catch a cavity early enough, you may avoid more invasive treatment. Depending on the severity of your cavities and your personal circumstances, you may or may not need dental fillings. The following are some of the options:

1. Fluoride treatments. In the early stages of a cavity, fluoride treatments may help rebuild the tooth's enamel and may even help cure decay. There is a higher concentration of fluoride in professional fluoride treatments than in tap water, toothpaste, and mouth rinses. There are a variety of fluoride treatments that may be applied to your teeth in the form of a liquid, gel, foam, or varnish.
2. Fillings. Fillings, also known as restorations, are the primary treatment option for decay that has proceeded beyond the first stages of the decay process. Fillings may be devised from a variety of materials, including tooth-colored composite resins, porcelain, or dental amalgam, which is a mixture of many materials.
3. Crowns. If your teeth are severely decayed or weak, your dentist may recommend a crown, which is a custom-made cap that covers the whole visible portion of your tooth. Your dentist removes the decaying portion of your tooth along with a little amount of healthy tooth structure to ensure a proper fit for your new restoration. Gold, porcelain, resin, porcelain bonded to metal, or other materials may be used to make crowns.
4. Root canal therapy. You may require a root canal if the decay has reached the pulp of your tooth. Instead of extracting a tooth that is seriously damaged or infected, this procedure may heal and preserve it. The infected pulp is removed from the tooth. In some instances, root canal medication is injected to treat an infection. There is then a filler put in the place of the pulp.

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