If you thought the only way to take care of cavities was to have them filled at the dentist’s office, think again. Just like any other part of your body, your teeth will heal themselves if given the right tools to prevent tooth decay and promote healing. Here are four ways that you can try to heal cavities naturally.
Stop Eating Sugary Foods
This has been something your doctor likely advised against since you were a child: Sugar is one of the worst things for trying to heal teeth. Sugar promotes the oral bacteria that prevents your dental fluids from flowing in a healthy way, and it is also highly acidic, which means that it can decalcify or demineralize the structure of your teeth, which causes tooth decay.
If you have a cavity already, eating sugar will only make it worse or, at the very least, make it very difficult for the tooth to heal on its own. This means avoiding sugar from soda, candy and baked goods. Even natural sugars, like honey and maple syrup, should be avoided or eaten sparingly, as the sugar contained in them are not good for teeth either.
Remove Phytic Acid From Diet
Phytic acid is both a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor, which is not only unhealthy for your teeth, but even for other parts of your body, such as your bones. You can find phytic acid in grains, nuts, seeds and beans. If you’re trying to heal a cavity, eating less or none of these foods will allow the process to happen more quickly.
Consume Raw Dairy Products
Raw dairy has even more vitamins and minerals than the processed dairy that you find in stores. These vitamins and minerals include calcium, vitamin K2, vitamin D3, magnesium, phosphorus and fat-soluble vitamins, and they promote a healthy flow of dental fluids, which are important for healing cavities and preventing tooth decay. These products include organic, grass-fed milk and butter as well as raw cheeses.
Oil pulling is a centuries-old Ayurvedic medicinal practice, which has been used as a detoxification method and has been growing in popularity in the U.S. over the last decade. Coconut oil is highly recommended, but MCT oil and a couple drops of clove and/or tea tree essential oils can also be used for their antiseptic and antifungal properties.
Swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for 20 minutes first thing in the morning right when you get out of bed as you go about your normal daily routine. After the 20 minutes is up, spit it out and rinse your mouth with warm water. Do not swallow it. You can even use salt water if you’d like additional antimicrobial properties. Then brush your teeth as you normally would.
Try any of these four methods in an attempt to heal your existing cavities. If you don’t have any cavities, then these tips are still great for promoting healthy teeth anyway, so give them a shot, and enjoy the health properties that come along with them.