Cavities are the result of bacteria living in your mouth and feeding off of sugars. As the bacteria eats the sugar it produces an acidic byproduct. This acid eats away at the enamel that protects your teeth and eventually causes decay or cavities. The deeper a cavity gets the more damaging it is to the tooth.
Despite brushing, flossing, and even drinking city water that has fluoride added to it, people still develop cavities.
Here’s how you can prevent cavities naturally.
Eat Enough of These Vitamins:
Vitamin D plays an important role in maintaining the calcium and phosphorus levels in your blood. We get it from sunlight, fish, and eggs. It’s important that you keep your vitamin D levels at a healthy level as this plays an important role in keeping your teeth clean.
A powerful antioxidant that plays an important role in cell health, this vitamin can help keep your teeth’s cellular walls healthy and strong, and thus more capable of fighting decay.
This set of vitamins, including K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, play an important role in blood clotting as well as supporting bone health. Dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, and swiss chard.
Avoid Sugary and Starchy Foods
The bacteria in your mouth absolutely love sugary foods. This includes any sugar, even those from fruits. Additionally, starchy foods that are high in carbohydrates should be avoided because carbohydrates convert into sugars that bacteria would love to feed off of.
Instead, enjoy a diet rich in fiber, which increases saliva production, as well as vegetables and proteins.
Brush Before Your Eat Breakfast
Overnight sticky plaque can form residue on your teeth. By brushing before you eat breakfast you help to remove that residue and the bacteria that would feed off of the food you’re eating for breakfast.
Both green and black tea help to reduce plaque build up and fight bacteria in the mouth. This means that you can enjoy a couple cups a day and possibly help reduce cavities. The important thing to remember, however, is that tea can stain your teeth. So you will want to use a whitening toothpaste to counteract this effect.
Try Oil Pulling
This ancient ayurvedic technique simply requires you to swish a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil in your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. This technique naturally extracts bacteria from your mouth, which results in a healthier mouth, brighter smile, and fewer cavities.
Of course, if natural prevention methods don’t appeal to you, it’s important that you still come in for regular cleanings with the dentist and also follow a stringent oral care routine at home.