Is Tooth Decay Ever Reversible?
Posted on 6/7/2021 by Dr Jonathan Ford
|Tooth decay, or cavities, are most commonly associated with getting a filling. There are some strategies you can use to prevent, and even reverse the process of tooth day. Simple oral hygiene practices, monitoring intake of certain foods and drinks, and the addition of other techniques may be helpful to prevent the need of a filling or cap.
The Tooth Decay Process
Tooth decay happens when the enamel of the tooth is damaged. The damage is created by acids made by bacteria. Acids wear away the enamel, leading to cavities, which are holes in the teeth. If the tooth decay continues, it can lead to discomfort, infection, or loss of the tooth. Typically, the solution to a cavity is a filling, which is sealing the hole created in the tooth, but there are ways to stop or reverse the tooth decay process before that is needed.
How to Reverse Tooth Decay
Healing cavities naturally may not always be possible, but there are some basic techniques that may help. Consuming foods high in calcium helps strengthen the bones and teeth. Kale, broccoli, and dairy all have high amounts of calcium. Reducing sugar intake is important when it comes to tooth decay, as it is one of the most dangerous substances for the teeth. Continuing with daily oral hygiene, including brushing twice, flossing, and using mouthwash are all important in preventing and reversing tooth decay.
Micro nutrients are also very helpful in bone health, and they may increase saliva production. There are vitamins and supplements that may be helpful in this area, but foods such as whole grains, seafood, and bananas all provide vitamins B, D, magnesium, or iron, which are the vital nutrients for the teeth and mouth. Foods with probiotics are also very helpful as they help offset acidic pH.
Overall, daily oral hygiene and paying attention to your oral health are the most crucial in preventing and reversing cavities. If you have questions about what may be helpful in reversing the tooth decay process, please call our office and we will be happy to help.