3 Natural Ways To Prevent Cavities That Work
Do you want to make your dentist really happy at your next visit? Show up with a perfect mouth full of healthy teeth with no cavities. Sometimes, it seems like no matter how much you brush and floss, you still get the occasional cavity or two once in a while. If you have weak or thin enamel, you might even get them more often. The good news is nature offers some very powerful answers even your dentist will approve of you using. If you want to keep your teeth healthy and strong (and cavity-free), use one or more of the following proven techniques.
1. Brush Your Teeth Before You Eat Breakfast
It may seem counterintuitive to brush before you eat breakfast. You want your teeth all shiny and clean when you leave the house, so brushing after you eat makes sense. However, if you're after a healthy, cavity-free mouth, you really need to brush before you eat (you can still brush again afterward if you want to).
The reason brushing before breakfast is so beneficial for your teeth is because bacteria accumulates in your mouth overnight. When you brush right away when you get up, before you eat, you immediately get rid of the plaque the bacteria has formed. Food from your breakfast won't have any plaque to stick to, and will be less likely to cause tooth decay as a result.
2. Eat Cheese
According to EverydayHealth.com, eating cheese is a powerful way to fight cavities. Cheese contains calcium, which strengthens teeth. After you eat cheese, your mouth has more calcium in it, which acts as a protectant for teeth.
The calcium mixes with your saliva, which washes over all of your teeth. It acts as a barrier for your teeth, preventing cavity-causing bacteria from getting to them, and strengthening them at the same time. If you eat some cheese every day, you will be greatly improving your oral health and reducing your chances of getting cavities.
3. Strengthen Your Teeth With the Proper Toothpaste
You can re-mineralize your teeth with the right toothpaste. When your teeth are re-mineralized, they get harder and less prone to developing cavities. You can buy a re-mineralizing toothpaste from the grocery store or a health food store. You can also make your own, if you want to know every ingredient that goes into your personal care products.
To make your own re-mineralizing toothpaste, just combine the following ingredients:
- 20 drops of liquid trace minerals (you can get a bottle of this at most health food stores)
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of xylitol
- 2 tablespoons of baking soda
- 20 drops of peppermint oil, or to taste
Mix these ingredients well and put them in a small jar with a lid or cap that screws on. Brush with this at least twice a day, using a little bit of water to wet it so it will go over your teeth easily. Your dentist will be very surprised and pleased at the excellent health of your teeth and the lack of cavities when you come in for your twice yearly cleaning.
Healthy teeth are key to a healthy body. So many dentists will tell you oral health is directly connected to your overall well-being. When you get cavities, you do not have healthy teeth.
Cavities not only require filling, which most people don't enjoy, but they can also lead to infections in the mouth, abscesses, inflammation in the mouth and elsewhere in the body, and pain. Avoid all of these things and enjoy better overall health in your mouth and body by using one or all of these effective natural ways to prevent cavities.