Growing up, you were probably told about the idea that having cavities in your mouth was an irreparable situation. If you did not brush your teeth often enough or floss properly, you could end up with cavities and plaque (which is very true), and you might need to take a trip to the dentist to drill your teeth because you just can’t deal with the cavity on your own anymore. Once you have those small cavities, it is believed by many that they are only going to get bigger, and that their development is irreversible.
Tooth decay certainly takes a heavy toll on a human’s tooth once it has already started. The worst part is that most people only notice it when it’s too late. As such, people are left at a position where the only solution is to have the dentist perform a dental filling. While it is a good solution and an effective one, it is simply not true that drilling away cavities and parts of the tooth that are affected is the only way to go.
The truth is, there is a way to cure tooth decay. Essentially what you need to do is to “reverse” the effects of tooth decay by understanding just how teeth decay and then developing long-term discipline towards better oral health. Here’s how:
The Cause of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay happens to everyone, especially when you’re young and still relatively ignorant of the truth of tooth decay. You can only do so much to clean your teeth with diligent brushing and flossing. Then again, you can upgrade your personal dental arsenal, especially now that dental technology is on the rise. Yes, it is true that electric toothbrushes have many benefits. However, the main factor that causes tooth decay is not so much related to cleaning.
It has to do with your diet.
Some time ago, one of the most well known dentists and dental education pioneers named Dr. Weston A. Price established the American Dental Association (ADA) and began a plethora of research between the correlation of diet and dental health. Weston Price traveled the world attempting to discover what causes tooth decay. Dr. Price found a common link between eating modern foods and cavities. Throughout his medical pursuit, he witnessed that many indigenous isolated tribes had perfect teeth and little tooth decay. However, once they were exposed to a Western diet, they experienced tooth decay, bone loss and chronic illness.
“Tooth decay occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth,” said Weston Price who started this study in the 1900s. He added, “Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.”
After a few more years into research and studying, ADA and Dr. Price found out that they pinpointed only one of the four main things that promote tooth decay. The real four major contributors to tooth decay are:
- Lack of minerals in the diet (calcium deficiency, magnesium deficiency and phosphorus deficiency)
- Lack of fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K, especially vitamin D deficiency)
- Too much consumption of phytic acid-rich foods
- Too much consumption of processed sugar
Reversing Tooth Decay
In addition to brushing and flossing daily, there are several ways you can reverse cavities naturally and maximize your oral health without resorting to taking dental fluoride. Here are just a few ways to reverse cavities naturally for you to consider:
Eliminate Phytic Acid
Phytic acid (phytate) is basically a “mineral blocker” and “enzyme inhibitor.” They are found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans that can cause serious health problems in your body.
The main reason phytic acid has become a medical issue today is because people have stopped ancient food preparation techniques, such as sprouting or sourdough fermentation, which kills off the phytic acid.
For one, a diet high in phytic acid creates mineral deficiencies similar to osteoporosis. About 80 percent of phosphorus in grains and beans is bound to become or create phytic acid.
In addition to blocking phosphorus availability in humans, these molecules bind minerals necessary for oral health, such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc – thus causing them to be unavailable for proper utilization. Consuming foods high in phytic acid decreases magnesium absorption by 60 percent and zinc by 20 percent. Phytic acid not only prevents you from absorbing minerals in your food, but it also leaches minerals out of your body, bones and teeth.
So, the best rule of thumb to follow is to limit your grain consumption and stay completely clear from unfermented soy products. Some preparations like soaking and fermenting can reduce the phytic acid content and should be practiced if the foods are going to be consumed, but in many cases, it is better to avoid these foods completely.
Sugar is the greatest culprit of tooth decay. For anyone who desires healthy and cavity-free teeth, sugar should be minimized, if not completely avoided. It’s very hard to follow, but it will pay dividends.
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, eventually leading to dental decay.
This means you need to stay away from soda, candies and baked goods with sugar. Alternatively, use raw honey and maple syrup, and drink juices sparingly, as too much sugar can contribute to cavity formation. Be careful of artificial sweeteners because of their health risks as well.
Consume Raw Dairy Consumption and Focus on 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, consuming them can help you keep your teeth cavity-free.
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. Eating goat milk kefir, raw cheeses and organic butter are highly recommended.
Remember, if you’re going to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat-soluble vitamin and mineral intake.
There was a study on a woman who was able to fully reverse her tooth decay by “remineralizing” her teeth through disciplined diet. Her diet, along with other well-studied recommendations, look like this:
- Rich in animal foods like bone broth, meat, fish and eggs.
- Raw and cooked vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables.
- Raw dairy like kefir, cheese and grass-fed butter.
- Fruit, one piece daily early in day.
- Vitamin D — get plenty of sunshine, and days not in sun supplement with 5,000IU daily of D3.
- Foods high in healthy fats like coconut oil, avocado, olives, and fish or fermented cod liver oil.
- Fermented grains only and in moderation, such as true sourdough bread (or even better no grains at all). You can buy raw flours and breads.
- Nuts, seeds and beans only that have been sprouted.
- NO processed foods, packaged foods or fast food.
There is still many ways to naturally cure tooth decay. Follow these disciplines and you might not need another trip to your dentist. Being mindful of your diet not only helps you with your dental hygiene. It also helps you live a healthier life that you’ve always wanted.