Tooth decay doesn’t just go one tooth at a time. The bacteria responsible for tooth decay are all over our mouth – even in our saliva. If your dentist tells you that you have a cavity, then it means that these bacteria are attacking the surface of your teeth – all day every day. The bad news is that these bacteria don’t just go away by themselves, and the even worse news is that you can pass them on when you kiss your partner and kids.
Perhaps the worst news of all is that a filling won’t get rid of these bacteria. They only aim to cover the cavity, but do nothing to help prevent more cavities from forming. And probably, it is even worse than worst to hear that the bacteria who took the time to drill a hole on your tooth will likely attack the filling too.
However, all hope is not lost just yet. You can still fight back, or even reverse a cavity. It requires more effort than just brushing and flossing though. Here are 5 things you can do to fight cavities:
Currently, the proven way to eliminate these cavity-forming bacteria is through xylitol. With 1-2 teaspoons a day, you may be able to fight or reverse the action of cavity-forming bacteria. The best times to take xylitol are 1) after meals and 2) when your mouth is acidic or dry. Xylitol has been found to eliminate about 92% of cavity-forming bacteria in a very effective way.
Eat and drink well
Diet is essential in maintaining your oral health, aside from your habits. Limit the intake of foods and drinks that are high in sugar, as these make your mouth habitable to cavity-forming bacteria. Furthermore, try to go for snacks that help your teeth, such as vegetables, cheese and nuts. Also, try having probiotics as these help your digestive system function better.
Keep your teeth from being acidic
When the foods you put in your mouth are acidic, it means that the teeth weaken because their minerals are being dissolved. The teeth are acidic especially after eating or drinking food and drinks that are high in sugar, or are acidic. When teeth can no longer sustain its form because of the lack of nutrients, then cavities will form
Go for products that will strengthen your teeth
You can naturally repair your teeth. Just as minerals can be dissolved or eroded out of your teeth, you can bring them back by stimulating your saliva production. This process is called remineralization, and can be initiated by chewing gum that contains xylitol.
Be aware of what puts you at risk
Many of us have dry or acidic mouths often because we eat or drink sugary and acidic foods, or because it is a side effect of a treatment or medication that we are currently taking. Hence, knowing when you are at a high risk of tooth decay will help you plan when you’ll launch your counterattack – such as taking in xylitol, and brushing and flossing.
For a professional treatment that will give you your best oral health yet, contact A Beautiful Smile today to schedule an appointment.