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


3. Practicing oral pulling. Oral pulling is an Ayurvedic tradition that dates back 3,000 years to ancient India. Oral pulling therapy is performed by gently swishing a tablespoon of oil in the mouth for approximately 20 minutes, or until the oil turns a milky white color. The oil should then be spit into the trash and never swallowed. Oil pulling works by pulling microbes off the teeth. According to founder and owner of Sugar Fix Dental Loft Dr. Jessica T. Emery, in an article on Dentistry IQ, oil pulling does not reverse the effects of tooth decay. It is, however, a useful therapy that prevents cavities and tooth decay when used alongside regular toothbrushing and flossing (twice daily).
4. Eliminate phytic acid. According to the Foundation of Alternative and Integrative Medicine, phytic acid blocks the absorption of such minerals as calcium, necessary to healthy tooth structure. Phytic acid is found in unfermented grains like oatmeal, breakfast cereal, and crackers. To prevent cavities, avoiding all unfermented grains that contain phytic acid is best.
5. Use mineralizing toothpaste. Minerals are essential to fighting cavities and tooth decay. Colgate explains that when tooth enamel weakens, it loses mineral content. The best way to replace the lost mineral content (in addition to eating mineral-rich foods) is to use mineralizing toothpaste, which replaces the lost minerals. This is why many store-brand toothpastes include fluoride, which actively remineralizes enamel. One popular brand of mineralizing toothpaste is available for purchase here.
This simple 5-step plan is easy to start and can make an extraordinary difference in your oral health. But before making any changes to your oral health routine, it is important to talk to your dentist. Only he or she will be able to tell you the best way to promote your unique oral health.



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