Most of the world’s population has gone through extremities to prevent cavities. From using expensive chemicals to brushing their teeth twice daily is not enough to prevent cavities. Many people end up with poor oral health because of the inadequate information they know about cavities. In fact, more than 60% of the world’s population does not know a dental cavity is a hole in the tooth that results in the tooth decay process. Once a cavity begins to form, it is possible to reverse the situation before it gets worst.
Yes, it is true! The mouths of humans are breeding grounds for bacteria to thrive. There are hundreds to thousands of different types of bacterium living on teeth, gums, tongue and other place in the mouth. Now do not get confused, some bacteria are help with most are not which play a big part in the tooth decay process. Decay of the tooth is a result of an infection containing bacteria that utilises sugars in food to make acids. Over a period, those acids generate a cavity in the tooth.
As stated before, there are good and bad bacteria. Foods and drinks that contains sugar or starch such as cookies, candy, juice, milk and bread enables the bad bacteria to gain control and produce acids that will eventually eat away at the tooth’s hard outer surface or enamel. The good bacteria, the minerals in our saliva, enable the tooth to repair itself by replacing lost minerals. Therefore, when a person consumes food and drinks containing sugars and starches, they will begin to see early signs of tooth decay / a white spot on the tooth.
First and foremost, it is very important to improve one’s diet by reducing or eliminating daily intake of sugary and starchy foods and drinks. It would be best if one include the following to their daily diet:
- Full-fat pastured dairy products
- Bone and broths
- Meat, organs, fish and eggs
- High-vitamin cod liver oil
- Vitamin D3 supplements
- Fermented grains
When a person adds the above items to their diet, they are allowing their teeth to get the maximum amount of mineral absorption needed to restrict tooth decay.
Fluoride is one of the most important minerals teeth need to stay healthy. It prevents mineral lose in tooth enamel while at the same time, replacing minerals that were lost during an acid attack. Fluoride also reduces bacteria’s ability to produce acid. Below is a list of ways to ensure teeth are protected by fluoride regularly!
- community tap water
- Fluoride toothpaste
- Fluoride gel or varnish
- Fluoride tablets
- And mouth rise containing fluoride
Dental sealants, thin plastic coatings that are painted onto the chews surface of each back tooth, are another incredible way to protect teeth from cavities. Since the back teeth are rough and even containing small pit and grooves, it is hard for bristles to brush those food particles ways thus enabling it to sit for long periods of time. Sealants form a barrier around each tooth making it hard bacteria to form acid that takes over and destroy healthy teeth.
Now it is time to get started with the above information today in order to get happy healthy teeth!