A dental cavity is a hole in a tooth. But did you know that a cavity is the result of the tooth decay process that happens over time? Did you know that you can interrupt and even reverse this process to avoid a cavity?
One of the most common dental diseases is tooth decay, which affects millions of children and adults worldwide.
Although dental caries is largely preventable, is a major public health problem and it remains the most common chronic disease.
There are many contributors to decay like:
– lack of minerals in the diet (specially calcium and magnesium deficiency),
– deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K, highlighting Vitamin D3 and K2),
– excessive consumption of phytic acid-rich foods, especially if not prepared on the adequate way (like grains, nuts, seed and pulses),
– too much consumption of sugar (like processed gluten, white sugar as cakes, biscuits, juices and sweet yogurts),
– and poor oral hygiene.
Good oral hygiene can help to avoid cavities and tooth decay, as if plaque is not removed by a consistent oral care routine of daily brushing and flossing, teeth are more likely to develop cavities.
Enamel can repair itself and an exceptional diet and dental hygiene protocol can be key to reverse the cavities and help to mineralize enamel.
Key rules for healthy teeth and gums:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, ideally after breakfast and before bed. To clean between your teeth, floss or use an interdental cleaner. Consider to get a water flosser.
- Check your vitamin D levels and supplement accordingly.
- Avoid frequent snacking and sipping and opt for nutrient dense main meals. Whenever you eat or drink beverages other than water, you help your mouth bacteria create acids that can destroy tooth enamel. If you snack or drink throughout the day, your teeth are under constant attack.
- Teeth and bone supportive diet is anti-inflammatory, highlighting bone nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, boron and collagen. Vitamin C and other anti-oxidants are important for gum health and omega-3 foods are anti-inflammatory and will help to absorb important fat-soluble nutrients.
- Aim to reduce lectin and phytic acid content in your diet as it works as anti-nutrients.
- Eat tooth-healthy foods. Some foods and beverages are better for your teeth than others. Avoid foods that get stuck in grooves and pits of your teeth for long periods, or brush soon after eating them. Fresh vegetables and fruits increase saliva flow, and unsweetened tea and sugar-free gum help wash away food particles.
It’s in your hands to be decay free!