Can Tooth Decay Be Reversed?
Posted by ridgetopdental on March 10th, 2015
Tooth decay can be quite painful, and unfortunately, if your tooth decay problem gets worse, you will need constant trips to the dentist for fillings and root canals. Thankfully, there are ways to reverse tooth decay. Proper home care is just one of the ways to re-mineralize and reverse the tooth decay process. Read on to find out some more tips by Ridgetop Dental International Pvt Ltd-the best dental clinic in Koramangala.
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay starts when acids produced by bacteria in plaque eat away at tooth enamel. Plaque is a paste-like substance that adheres to the teeth and is formed by the combination of bacteria, acid, food, and saliva. Bacteria in plaque convert all foods, especially sugar and starch, into acids. The acids in plaque dissolve the enamel of the tooth, causing tooth decay or cavities.
Natural ways to reverse tooth decay
Minimize high acid content foods: Stay away or minimize high acid content foods and drinks such as-Carbonated sodas like Coke, Pepsi, energy drinks, acidifying grains such as wheat, acidifying animal protein such as red meat, sugar, orange juice, cheese etc. Some of the beverages not only are high in sugar, but also phosphoric acid, which is used by dentists to acid etch teeth before filling them.
Removing Phytic acid: Phytic acid (phytate) is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains, nuts, seeds and beans which can cause serious health problems in our diets. A diet high in Phytic acid will create mineral deficiencies and de-mineralization, ultimately leading to cavities.
Treat dry mouth
Saliva is extremely important for the health of the teeth and supporting tissues. It prevents infection by maintaining a neutral pH of the mouth, therefore helping to protect against acid attack by harmful bacteria; therefore, it is very important to get treated by a good dentist like Ridgetop Dental International’s dentists in Bangalore if you suffer from dry mouth.
Chew Sugarless Gum
Chewing sugarless gum after a meal can actually help to prevent cavities. Most sugarless varieties of gum contain a natural sweetener called xylitol. Because xylitol is a five-carbon sugar alcohol, it helps to reduce plaque formation. Sugarless Gums are also helpful in minimizing dry mouth.
If you suffer from acid reflux disease, it may be a good idea to take antacids to reduce the acidic environment in your stomach. Acid rising to the mouth bathes the teeth in caustic liquid that erodes the teeth, thus causing tooth decay.
Include vitamins in your diet
Ensuring you have ample Vitamins A, D, E and K in your diet, as well as plenty of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals is key to a healthy body and healthy teeth.
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