May 1st, 2013
Preventing Cavities – Five Tips For Success
August 29, 2012 Tooth Decay
If you have bad teeth, it isn’t your fault. Contrary to what most people think, I do not believe that bad teeth are genetic. If you have some tooth genetic challenges, you can overcome them by strengthening your tooth enamel. A strong enamel is cavity resistant.
If you want to prevent cavities, there are five things you should do.
One – Understand the Cause of Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is not caused by bacteria and plaque. There are thousands of people that have lots of plaque and bacteria in their mouth but still do not get cavities. What is their secret? Well, they have strong enamel. Preventing cavities is easy when you have strong enamel.
Two – Brushing and Flossing Are Not Enough
If you ask your dentist what you can do to prevent cavities and he says to brush and floss, I recommend that you get another dentist. There is so much information out there on how to build strong and healthy teeth. A lot of this information has to do with having the right nutrition. You can get this nutrition from bone broth, from milk, and from garden vegetables. Most people don’t take the time to eat healthy. As a result, they make their teeth extra vulnerable to cavities.
Three – Preventing Cavities Is Easy If You Can Control Acid
The number one cause of cavities is weak tooth enamel. Your tooth enamel gets weakened by acid demineralization. Every time you eat something that is acidic, or something that contains refined sugar, the refined sugar is instantly converted into an acid. When the pH in your mouth drops below 5.5, this creates an acidic environment that starts to pull calcium and phosphate ions out of your tooth enamel. It doesn’t take very long for the structure of your teeth to weaken significantly. In order to keep demineralization from occurring, eat less sugars. When you do eat sugar, make sure to rinse your mouth out, or eat something that will neutralize the pH of your mouth. This will keep your teeth from getting ruined.
Four – Use a Miswak Stick
If you do develop cavities, try and get rid of them right away. When they are small, they are a lot easier to take care of. One of the easiest ways to do this is by chewing on a Miswak. This is basically the roots and branches of what is called the “ toothbrush tree”. These roots contain antibacterial properties that help to fight and eliminate cavities. For best results, you should use it at least once a day for 15 to 20 minutes. Chewing on a stick also helps blood to flow through your teeth and it helps to strengthen your gums.
Five – Inspect Your Mouth Regularly
It is pretty easy to inspect your own mouth or have a friend or spouse do it for you. You can even go to the dentist and have them tell you which areas of your mouth are weak. Using a Miswak stick will help strengthen enamel and keep them hard. If you keep your enamel hard, you don’t have to worry too much about cavities. If you start to notice a cavity is developing, try to take care of it right away. Small cavities can be gotten rid of in just a few days of chewing on a Miswak stick. Larger cavities can take several months to get rid of.