We realize that cavity reversal might sound like something out of a sci-fi novel, but it is possible to reverse the effects of cavities naturally, despite widely held beliefs. Most people think that once they have a cavity, the only remedy is to have that tooth drilled and filled in with a biocompatible artificial material. In fact, one study published in the British Medical Journal asserts that cavities and tooth decay can potentially be reversed with a healthy and balanced diet.
This study was performed on 62 kids with cavities, all of which were divided into three separate diet groups. Group 1 would eat a standard diet plus oatmeal (which is rich in phytic acid). Group 2 would eat a normal diet supplemented with vitamin D. Finally, Group 3 would eat a grain-free diet supplemented with vitamin D.
The results found that Group 1 had the least satisfactory results. This diet high in grains and phytic acid showed an increase in cavities across the board. Group 2 showed slight improvements in their cavities. Group 3 showed the most promising results — nearly all cavities were healed. Group 3’s diet followed grain-free parameters and replaced grains with nutrient-rich foods (vegetables, fruits, meat, milk and vitamin D supplementation).
This study helps to prove that most of us have a grave misunderstanding of cavities and also of the effects of a healthy diet that go beyond weight and physical appearance. At Bedford Dental Group we educate our patients about the link between good oral health and good overall health, and this is yet another example of how living a healthy and conscious lifestyle can make your life better on multiple fronts.
More on Tooth Decay
The ADA has a rather limiting definition of the cause of tooth decay:
“[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over an extended period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay.”
The ADA characterizes tooth decay as being caused by excess, excessive consumption of starches and sugars. But tooth decay can also be brought on by deprivation in the diet. When you leave out certain vitamins and minerals, your teeth are more susceptible to decay.
Tooth decay can be attributed to the following factors in addition to excess sugars and starches in the diet:
- Lack of minerals in diet (magnesium, calcium, etc.)
- Lack of fat-soluble vitamins (particularly Vitamin D, but also A, E, and K)
- Excessive phytic acid-rich food and beverage consumption
A couple of ways that you can naturally reverse the effects of cavities:
- Cut sugars and phytic acid (mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in grains — also in nuts, seeds, and beans that forgo sprouting and sourdough fermentation)
- Eat raw dairy. Raw dairy is rich in important vitamins and minerals that contribute to healthy dental fluid flow. This helps maintain tooth strength and overall oral health wellness. Goat’s milk kefir, raw cheese, and organic grass-fed butter are good options.
For more information about how you can naturally reverse the effects of cavities and tooth decay, schedule a consultation with Bedford Dental Group today. We are dedicated to providing our patients with preventive dentistry education that will save them time, money, and hardship down the road. Give us a call today!