Fight tooth decay and heal cavities from home in 5 simple steps

In the late 19th century, dental health in Britain was at an abominable low point. The process of urbanization that occurred during the Industrial Revolution completely altered people diets. Fresh fruits and vegetables were scarce, and sugar consumption was at an all-time high. The new urban diet was the source of widespread tooth decay and tooth loss, especially among children, explains the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
A 1932 study published in the British Medical Journal suggested that a change in diet can actually reverse tooth decay. The researchers connected that a deficiency of minerals and fat-soluble vitamins, as well as overconsumption of phytic acid and processed sugar cause tooth decay.

Public speaker and author David Wolfe uses the 1932 study to make an argument for a 5-step solution to fighting tooth decay and healing cavities. Continue reading to find out why Wolfe's 5-step plan works!
1. Eliminate sugar. Nova Scotia Dental Association explains that sugar helps cavity-causing plaque to multiply quickly into a thick, large substance that in the case of some bacteria, actually acts as a glue. In other words, sugar makes it more difficult to cleanse the teeth of cavity-causing bacteria.
2. Consume nutrient-rich foods. This rule is the same for promoting health and staving off disease in all parts of the body. Precision Nutrition reminds us that periodontal disease is linked to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Calcium, phosphorous, zinc, folate, iron, omega-3 fats, B vitamins, and vitamins A, C, and D are all essential for oral health. The best way to protect against tooth decay is to eat a whole foods diet centered on lean protein and fresh vegetables.