Dental Tips Blog

Nov
19

Should You Try Treating Cavities Naturally?

Natural tooth decay remedies claim that you can reverse tooth decay with natural techniques that trigger the growth of dentin. But are they real?

Can Teeth Repair Themselves?

Cavities occur when decay-causing bacteria produce an acid that eats a hole through tooth enamel.

Left untreated, decay can break through the enamel layer to the softer dentin, where it spreads rapidly and can quickly reach the tooth’s nerve.

Your teeth only generate high-quality dentin while they’re first developing. This process stops once teeth mature and emerge out of the gums. The same is true of enamel.

Now, your teeth are constantly putting up a weaker secondary kind of dentin around the pulp to protect the tooth from aging and decay. But this process isn’t fast enough to keep up with the rapid action of cavities. At best, this new layer might only stop decay rather than rebuild the tooth.

So if a tooth naturally can’t rebuild itself fast enough to reverse decay, then things like oil pulling or a strict diet won’t help much, either.

Prevent and Treat Decay Early

Minerals like fluoride are proven to strengthen existing enamel against decay. Brushing and flossing daily are proven to reduce cavity-causing bacterial buildup on teeth. A diet low in simple carbs can also help you avoid decay.

There have been a couple medical breakthroughs which suggest that we’ll soon see medications that do encourage damaged teeth to quickly regenerate. But until that time, prevention is the ideal approach.

For now, the best solution to save teeth is to remove decaying structures and fill in the opening with inorganic material (in other words, get a filling.)

Get more scientifically-supported suggestions for preventing cavities by visiting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

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