May 1st, 2013
Causes of Tooth Decay
August 28, 2012 Tooth Decay
What Really Causes Tooth Decay?
For the last four or five decades, the dental community has been fighting cavities the same way. Rather than treating the real cause of tooth decay, dentists usually just treat the symptoms. The symptoms of unhealthy teeth are tooth decay and bacterial infections. When teeth are healthy, they rarely succumb to cavities and tooth decay.
Tooth decay isn’t caused by plaque and bacteria. Rather, tooth decay is a process that begins when your teeth start to become demineralized. As they demineralize, phosphate and calcium ions are leached out of your teeth. When enough of these ions are lost, it causes the structure of your tooth enamel to fail.
When your tooth enamel is healthy, it is the strongest tissue in your body. Healthy tooth enamel is immune to cavities and tooth decay. The cause of cavities, is tooth enamel that has been weakened by acids in your mouth. Acids cause decalcification or demineralization to occur.
After a cavity has been created, bacteria typically move in, and allow the cavity to grow even faster.
Most dentists won’t tell you that it is possible to stop and even reverse tooth decay. When you have a filling, it permanently damages your tooth. The only advantage of getting one is that it blocks the access of the bacteria to the nerves of your tooth, thus relieving pain.
If you have a very large cavity, or a very painful infection, going to the dentist is a good idea. However, if you have a cavity that is small and not very painful, you’ll have much better results if you can learn how to cure cavities naturally.
The reason why dentists believe that plaque and bacteria are the main causes of cavities is because they usually always find bacteria. They think that a cavity is permanent once it has been created. In addition, cavities often develop in areas where there is a lot of plaque. Plaque holds mouth acids close to your teeth and causes those areas of your tooth to demineralize much faster.
How to Treat Tooth Decay
One of the best ways on how to treat tooth decay is to start by killing the infection. You can do this by going to the dentist, or you can do it naturally by chewing on a Miswak stick. The stick contains natural, antibacterial properties that help to fight tooth infections and kill harmful bacteria.
When the bacteria exists inside the cavity, they cause demineralization to occur very quickly. Once you get rid of the cavity, your teeth can re-mineralize themselves and become strong once again. You can re-mineralize your teeth by taking the time to eat foods that are healthy and that will help to rebuild your tooth enamel. Ideally, you want to consume foods that are high in vitamins A and D. These vitamins in their natural source help your bones to repair and rebuild themselves.