How to Reverse Cavities Naturally
Our mouth is the reflection of our overall health. ever wondered whenever you visit your doctor, he would straight away ask you to open your mouth, it is because it is said that your oral health is the mirror of your overall body, because our mouth is connected to our vital organs through a network of spinal cord and veins.
The teeth of modern-day humans are a profound contradiction. They are the hardest parts of our body and remarkably strong, thanks to the combination of a hard enamel cap and a tough but flexible layer of dentin. If you look through the microscope at the insect level, structures known as crystallite pack together to form bundles called prisms that give the enamel cap its strength. dentine toughness comes from tiny fibers made up of collagen, yet today our teeth require special daily care to be maintained.
To understand why our modern teeth are so prone to decay, we must understand the natural environment in our mouths. The healthy mouth is teeming with life, populated by billions of microorganisms representing up to 700 different species of bacteria alone. Most are beneficial. They fight bad bacteria, help with digestion and regulate various digestive functions. Other bacteria are harmful to teeth, such as mutans streptococci and Lactobacillus. They attack enamel with lactic acid produced during their metabolism. But our daily dental hygiene keeps the concentrations of these bacteria low, which prevents permanent damage.
Their numbers are kept in check by their commensal cousins, the mitis and sanguinis streptococcal groups. These bacteria produce alkalis (chemicals that raise pH), neutralizing the acid produced by bad bacteria, as well as antimicrobial proteins that inhibit the growth of harmful species. our saliva buffers the teeth against acid attack and bathes them in calcium and phosphate to remineralize their surface. The balance between demineralization and remineralization has held for hundreds of millions of years, and both beneficial and harmful bacteria are found in oral microbiomes across the human species. our mouth’s environment evolved to maintain a stable community of microbes.
The biggest jump in tooth decay cases came with the Industrial Revolution, which led to the widespread availability of sucrose-dense and highly processed foods. Processed foods are softer and cleaner, setting up a perfect storm for caries: less chewing to cut the organic film of plaque and fewer dietary abrasives to wear away the nooks and crannies in teeth where plaque bacteria take refuge.
Diets rich in carbohydrates feed acid-producing bacteria, lowering oral pH. Mutans streptococci and all other harmful species thrive in the acidic environment they produce, High consumption of processed carbohydrates provides an abundance of food to produce acid which begins to swamp beneficial bacteria, further reducing pH. This chain of events leads to what clinical researchers call dysbiosis (an imbalance of microflora), a shift in balance wherein a few harmful species outcompete those that normally dominate the oral microbiome.
Saliva cannot remineralize enamel fast enough to keep up, and the equilibrium between break down and repair is shot. Sucrose—common sugar—is especially problematic. Harmful bacteria use it to form a thick, sticky plaque that binds them to teeth and to store energy that feeds them between meals, meaning the teeth suffer longer exposure to acid attacks.
So what should we do to revive our oral health, in the article we will discuss 5 worst habits that are impacting our oral health daily
- Using toxic oral products: Many toothpastes contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). This common ingredient creates foam when you brush, if you are suffering from regular mouth ulcers, it could be due to SLS in your oral hygiene product. Do you know SLS has been registered as an insecticide and it’s not recommended to use even in cosmetics? regular usage of SLS-laden toothpaste can lead to the deposition of the chemical in the Heart, lungs, liver, and brain, you can imagine the risk here. but SLS is not the only culprit, Many dentists recommend fluoride in your toothpaste, but ingesting just 2.5 g of fluoride can kill 50 Kg adult, so keep caution while giving your toothpaste to your children as they tend to ingest the toothpaste.
- Brushing after meals or eating after brushing. in both cases you are attacking your teeth, when we eat, the acid level in our mouth rises up significantly making the enamel weak, our saliva needs time to remineralize the enamel.
brushing right after the meal may weaken the enamel or could lead to gum weakness, make sure to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing, the same concept applies when we brush we brush off some layer of enamel and must wait 30 minutes before eating the meal.
- Wrong brushing technique: forceful tooth brushing or using the wrong type of brush for the technique often leads to weakening of teeth and gums exposing the roots of our teeth to bacterial infections, or all of these problems Uncontrolled or overly vigorous dental flossing may lead to following problems.
Harsh over brushing damages the gums making them move away from the teeth and thus exposing the delicate inner surface of teeth. Overall over brushing is hazardous to teeth. Also over scraping of the tongue leads to loss of protective papilla and loss of taste buds. So you should always be gentle with your teeth and oral soft tissues.
CERVICAL ABRASION (NOTCHES IN TEETH):
When harsh brushing and use of hard-bristled toothbrushes continues for years, teeth become extremely weak and there is nothing of teeth near gums called cervical abrasion. Teeth become painful and may even fracture easily.
An increased sensitivity or unbearable painful numbness to hot, cold, sweet, and sour foodstuffs.
Harsh brushing leads to wearing off of enamel in turn exposing the dentin. Dentin is a permeable (porous) structure. Sensations are carried to the pulp (live tissue of tooth) through this porous dentin making almost all teeth sensitive. It becomes extremely difficult to even drink water when there is generalized sensitivity.
PALE & ROUGH TEETH
People usually brush their teeth very hard in order to obtain pearly white teeth. Plus they use whitening toothpaste which is more abrasive than regular toothpaste. But my dear friends you cannot change the color of your teeth like you cannot change the shade of your skin. When you over brush, the outermost layer (enamel) starts wearing off making it thinner. The inner layer (dentin) which is pale starts showing off through the thin translucent enamel making teeth appear pale. When enamel is completely worn off teeth appear almost yellow in color.
So make sure to follow correct brushing techniques and always use a soft bristled brush.
Ignoring the tongue. Did you know that your taste buds, also known as papillae, offer germs and bacteria an excellent place to gather? If you do not specifically concentrate on brushing your tongue, bacteria and germs will shelter in your papillae and remain in your mouth. These germs and bacteria can then lead to cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. When you do not clean your tongue, you are skipping a large area where many bacteria gather in colonies and eventually cause trouble in your mouth. In addition to causing oral health problems, if you do not brush your tongue, you may start suffering from chronic bad breath. I would recommend using a copper tongue scraper, as copper has been proven to be an anti-bacterial metal.
ToothPicking: Toothpicking can be the worst habit as regular use of toothpicks may increase the spacing between your teeth and damage the gums leading them to bleed. apart from tooth picking nail-biting, chewing on pens, and using your teeth to open your cans can cause very serious harm. so avoid it.
So we have discussed how we have been damaging our teeth unknowingly. let’s see daily habits that can keep our dental health in optimum condition
- After meal flushing: We are not talking about rinsing with mouthwash, A quick rinse with water in your mouth will boost your mouth’s natural ability to clean itself after a meal. Rinsing with water protects your enamel by removing food and sugar leftover after your meal, and about 30% of oral bacteria without the forces of brushing that, when combined with an acid, can damage your enamel. but don’t rush with rinse, give a minimum of 15 to 25 seconds swishing the water in the whole mouth.
- Oil pulling: Oil pulling in addition to offering several oral health benefits has also beneficial effects on overall health. just take one tablespoon of oil in the morning, and swish it around the mouth for at least 10 minutes, oil is a magnet to impurities not only flush out toxins from the mouth but also from the other parts of the body. it’s because of the osmotic pressure. and the best part is you can choose the oil to counter other health problems.
- If you are prone to digestive disorders try sesame seed oil
- Want pink lips and treat bleeding gums, try coconut oil
- Want to control excessive mucus in the body, try mustard oil
- Want quick toothache relief and reverse cavities fast, try sesame oil mixed with 2-3 drops of clove oil
- Switch to tooth powder: brushing is outdated now, if you want to take your oral health to the next level then switch to organic tooth powder, unlike toothpaste tooth powders are a pure mix of herbs and spices which are beneficial for your mouth, And the best part is you can use tooth powder to massage the gums, and massaging the gums makes the tooth powder teqnique much advanced then toothpaste do you know our gums are directly connected to our intestines through the network of veins when we massage out gums we are also activating the intestines making them produce more digestive enzymes our digestive system strong. Avoid brushing before bed and massage your teeth with tooth powder, your dentist will be amazed at your oral health after a couple of months.
- Chew Chew Chew: Use your teeth, as I said before processed fast foods are soft and are unable to break the film of plaque, just like you exercise your other body parts, it is important for you to exercise your teeth as well, and for that, all you have to do is to chew. and that doesn’t mean you keep binge eating, chips, pizzas, burgers, and sweets, just try wholesome fruits with their skin on, If you really want to exercise your mouth and teeth try eating sugarcane.
- Switch your nylon brush with Twigs: If you want take your teeth exercise to the next level switch to twigs of Neem or any other plant of your liking. This ancient formula is unbeatable. the barks of trees like Neem, Acacia, and miswak have antibacterial properties and are very effective in
- Fighting germs
- Prevention of mouth ulcers
- Maintaining Ph level of mouth
- Treating swollen gums
- Treating bleeding gums
- Reverse tooth decay
- Improve sense of taste.
As I can understand in today’s modern times it is not very suitable to chew twigs daily, but as I do you can use them on Sundays. I hope your dentist gets surprised.