Our mouths require certain minerals to restore degenerative parts of the teeth. Mineralization is constantly occurring in the mouth, but when a tooth has eroded and is beginning to form cavities, there are steps that can be taken to regenerate it without adding a filling. This concept was explained by Sally Marshall of the University of California in a talk given at the meeting organized by the Mineral Research Society, "What we're hoping to have happen is to catch [decaying teeth] early and remineralize them." This concept is still in development and research continues, but products to be used for this purpose are already on the market.
Things You'll Need
- Remineralization toothpaste
- Sugarless chewing gum
Improve diet to restore dental enamel. Teeth need the same attention the body does to maintain optimal health. A diet low in nutritional value can cause the teeth to decay easily and encourage bacteria that forms cavities. A diet rich in raw organic vegetables, raw organic milk, vitamins and minerals is extremely important to maintain good dental health. Dr. C.R. Kelly states, "Periods of disease in children marked for general nutritional disturbances in which tooth nourishment is for a time completely shut off, leave their traces like sign-posts on developing teeth."
Exercise your teeth regularly. Exercising the teeth involves chewing food properly so it is more viable for digestion. A fibrous diet allows the teeth to be exercised more and also keeps them clean. Compare this to regular consumption of diet sodas or soft substances that do not require any exercising of the teeth.
Use products containing Xylitol. Xylitol is a naturally occurring fiber found in fruits and vegetables that is used as a sweetener. It restores the natural pH balance of teeth, helps fight bacteria and can help in the regeneration of tooth enamel.
Use a remineralization toothpaste. There are many manufacturers of such toothpaste which, over time, restores tooth enamel through consistent mineralization. This type of toothpaste deposits minerals while you brush to remineralize decaying teeth.
Chew sugarless gum. Research has shown that chewing gum regularly not only exercises the teeth but distributes minerals to the proper places. Chewing gum stimulates the production of saliva which can neutralize the acid produced by the bacteria present in plaque.
Keep teeth clean. Healthy teeth depend on daily removal of bacteria-forming plaque. This can be done by brushing and flossing regularly. Brushing teeth with baking soda can help restore natural pH balance, and floss cleans in crevices and between teeth, where bacteria tend to thrive.
Fast. Studies show that fasting tends to halt decay in teeth, as Dr. Herbert Shelton points out in The Hygienic System, "The only effects upon the teeth which I have observed to occur during a fast are improvements. I have seen teeth that were loose in their sockets become firmly fixed while fasting. I have seen diseased gums heal up while fasting."