Dental Travel Tip: When Fillings and Veneers Fall Off

What do you do when your filling or veneer falls off? Panic seems to be the first reaction, but there’s no need to panic. If you take the necessary measures to care and protect your tooth, then you’ll be fine.

It’s difficult to see your dentist when you’re away on vacation, and we are here with some traveling tips on how to deal with your dental mishap. Follow these steps to keep your tooth protected and safe.

  1. Remove the remaining filling or veneer. In some cases, the filling or veneer has broken and left some of the remains. Check that you don’t have any spare parts on your tooth or in your mouth. If you do, carefully remove it without further damaging your veneer or swallowing your filling.
  2. Practice good oral hygiene. An interior of a tooth that’s exposed needs special care and measures to ensure there’s no bacteria growth. Gently brush around and inside the tooth to remove any food debris. As a precaution, you can rinse your mouth with warm salt water after eating.     
  3. Protect your tooth with toothpaste, temporary  dental cement, or dental wax. If your veneer or filling has fallen off intact, clean it out and place it back in your tooth with temporary dental cement you can find at the store or toothpaste made for sensitivity. Or you can use dental wax to fill a void. This will protect your tooth from bacteria entering, growing, and accelerating decay. Don’t use home-glue as it can increase your condition to becoming a dental emergency.
  4. Use clove oil to alleviate pain and sensitivity. If you have thermal sensitivity or pain on the surface, you can place dental wax to lessen the pain. But a more efficient method is to apply clove oil to ease discomfort and numb the pain. And you’re in luck, cause we sell it in our office.
  5. Call your dentist. Even though you’re away on vacation, making a dental appointment at your earliest convenience upon your return is important. It will allow you get your tooth examined and taken care of right away.

A fallen filling or veneer doesn’t mean your vacation is at a halt. It just says you have to take precautions to protect your tooth from bacteria growth. Ensuring you clean the area gently or placing dental wax or cement can help decrease your chances of bacteria entering and accelerating tooth decay. Remember to keep your tooth protected until you can see your dentist.

 

Healthy Alternatives to Valentine’s Day Treats

Valentine’s Day is almost here, just 9 days away! Who’s ready? If you’re at a roadblock, we understand what that can feel like. Not knowing what gifts to give to your partner, family, and friends can be overwhelming.

This year why not start your Valentine’s day with a healthy treat? They’re a great way of replacing the sugar sweets with natural sweetness and benefits the body and teeth.

We’ve collected 5 cute, healthy Valentine’s Day treats you can make for your loved ones. They’re easy to make and suitable for kids. So, let the fun treats begin!

Strawberry Roses

Get creative with your strawberries! Roses- who doesn’t want them on Valentine’s day right? Instead of getting flowers make your strawberries into edible roses for an enjoyable snack. This recipe offers a healthy natural sweetness from your strawberries and in a simple arrangement in the form of a planting pot with raisins as dirt.

Ladybug Apples

Now, I know we shouldn’t play with our food, but it’s a lot more fun to make our fruits more appealing to eat than shoving them aside on our plate. Make ladybugs out of your green and red apples! A snack not only for adults but for kids who shy from eating their fruits. Not only will they be fun to look at but they will bring health benefits to your body such as essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that we need, even the calcium our teeth need.

Veggie Bouquet

We can’t forget our veggies! Creating a bouquet of our greens is great food option for a small gathering or party. Adding some green to your diet will increase the functions and maintenance of your body. Fun shape veggies can be more tempting to eat than it’s natural shape and size plus they can be made fit to be snackable bites for children. (If you prefer to have a fruit bouquet, you can always do that too.)

Blueberry-Lemon Tarts

This is a pastry, I know. It’s something for pastry lovers, and different from the other recipes we’ve mentioned. It’s February, and it’s American Heart Month meaning it’s awareness month for heart health. Blueberries are an excellent source of food to promote your heart health and to add flavor to your pastries. Not only will you be eating something delicious but it’ll boost your heart health and contains less than 7 grams of sugar.

Strawberry Ice

For those of us who aren’t that crazy for Valentine’s Day celebration but still want to participate, there’s a way! Consider it a small celebration for you but adds flavor in your water. Strawberry heart-shaped ice allows you to participate in a small way while giving your plain water some sweetness to it. It’s a simple recipe and if you’re struggling to get your kids to drink water add strawberry ices to get them drinking.

This Valentine’s Day give your loved ones something healthy to eat that’ll benefit their body. Have fun making and re-creating recipes you’ll love to use over and time again. Choose to eat naturally sweeten foods and sources of food promoting and increasing the functions of your body and heart health.

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and heart health awareness month, treat yourself and your loved ones to treats made of blueberries and strawberries along with raspberries and blackberries as a source of boosting your heart health. Your body will thank you for it later. What healthy recipes do you make during Valentine’s Day or know of that’ll make a great Valentine’s Day treat?  

 

Confirming and Keeping Your Dental Appointments

Do have a dental appointment coming up soon? Have you confirmed it? If you haven’t you should do so now. It’s important you confirm and keep your appointment to avoid any setbacks or getting penalized by your dental office.

When you set an appointment with your dental office, you are setting aside a time not just for you but for the office and its staff. It is valuable thing which is why reciprocal respect of each other’s time is critical. Dental staff make the time to prepare for your visit, to care for your needs, and to complete your treatment. It’s time allocated to serve you.  

Yes, there are times where emergencies come up and offices are willing to accommodate for such incidents. However, repeated failed appointments and short cancellations done in less than 48 hours is not a good reflection on you and doesn’t allow for another patient to get their dental needs met. It gives your dental office less time to accommodate another patient who may need treatment.

You should also consider the penalty dental offices have when patients have failed to meet their appointments repeatedly or cancelled on short notice. Some dental offices will charged you for missed appointments. It’s good to know ahead of time if you’ll be able to meet your appointment time.  

We can’t stress enough the importance of confirming your appointment. When you receive a call or text from your dental office asking to confirm your appointment, it is the perfect time to double check your calendar and confirm you can still make it. If not, then notify them to reschedule for another day and time. It keeps costs at a minimum for your dental office when you confirm dental appointments.

Ignoring confirmation calls does not opt you out nor does it cancel your appointment. You need to call to respond in order to cancel or reschedule an existing appointment. Consider not only yourself in this equation but your dental office and potential patients who could be receiving dental treatment should you choose not to attend.

Confirmation and keeping appointments reflects well on your part but also gives you time set aside to care for your dental needs and treatment. Time scheduled is for dental staff to serve you and ensure your receiving best dental treatment you deserve. So, make sure you confirm your next dental appointment.

Our Exclusive Discount Dental Program

Put the power of your oral health back in your hands with a Dental Discount Program.

Many Americans these days struggle to pay rising cost of health insurance and find it difficult to add in dental coverage to top it off. These rising costs have left many American families without traditional dental insurance coverage.

Since the rise in health care costs and the dictation of traditional dental insurance companies of what services you can and cannot have, many families have chosen to take their oral health into their own hands by deciding to sign up for a Discount Dental Program.

Alleviate some of the financial burdens of dental procedures with our Discount Dental Program. In addition to the phenomenal discounts and affordable price structure, for December, we will be waiving the initial sign-up fee for our affordable program!  

We’ve designed a program with you in mind to bring alternatives to receiving the dental care you deserve without making a weighty impact on your finances. You can’t get this Discount Dental Program anywhere else! Only The Center of Dental Professionals offers this exclusive Discount Dental Program for you and your family.

Our Exclusive Discount Program:

We know raising a family can be costly and so can health care expenses which are why we’ve created this plan. A perfect membership plan to offer you and your family an affordable alternative to visiting your dentist without worrying about high dental expenses. If you don’t have insurance, enroll in our program today to start receiving the dental health care you deserve.  

Offers You Can’t Refuse:

Our Discount Program is NOT an insurance but a membership program where you’ll pay an annual fee. Some might ask, how does it save money if I am paying a yearly fee?  By spending that annual fee, you receive discounted rates on preventive and restorative treatment options, just to name a few, at any of our two locations in Salt Lake City. Our discount rates vary by the category, but the percentages range between 10% to 60%. Saving you and your family noticeable dollars on dental health care, you would otherwise be spending without our program. We put you back at the helm of controlling how you spend your money and what dental treatments options are best for you.

If you don’t have dental insurance and require dental treatment but feel it’s unaffordable, then enroll in our Discount Dental Program today! For December, we’ll be waiving the sign-up fee so you can get the dental treatment you deserve. Feel free to contact us at 801-747-8018 if you have any further questions, concerns, or want to enroll today. You can also chat us here online, or message us over on Facebook, for a quick and easy reply.

Going…Going…GONE!

Save money…..read this!

We discovered, according to the National Association Of Dental Plans that an astounding 97.8% of PPO plan participants never reach or exceed their dental plan maximums. The consequences of not utilizing yearly dental benefits are costly, and we are here to help to maximize your plan.

Here are just a few reasons why you want to complete any necessary dental treatment before the new year.

  • Yearly Maximums Reset: Insurances give an annual dollar maximum of what you can spend on dental care. Every year insurances reset your individual and possibly family maximums. Sadly, these benefits are not like cell phone minutes and roll over. If you do not use them, they are gone!  
  • Annual Deductibles Reset: Like most Medical Insurance, Dental Insurances have Deductibles which are a specific amount of out-of-pocket money you have to pay before your benefits begin to cover any services. Typically an individual and family deductible ranges between $25-$150 per year. Unfortunately, this money must be paid each year newly before coverage comes into play. Yearly Deductibles usually do not apply to routine dental check-ups and cleanings and come due when dental treatment is needed.  Maximize your dollars and complete any required dental treatment you have this year.
  • Premiums Remain Active: As long as you or your employer has paid your Dental Insurance Premium, you have benefits, why not use them? Take advantage of the FREE dental services which are provided per your plan and use the percentages of coverage to facilitate completing any needed dental procedure. Look at your dental insurance as a bank of money set aside for your dental well being. A specific amount of money is deposited into your account typically at the beginning of the year (calendar year plans) and is yours to use until it is gone or expires, which is usually January 1 each new year.
  • Dental Fees Increase: Dental fees charged by dental offices, and allowed by Dental Insurances tend to rise at the beginning of each year to accommodate for cost of living and materials. These increases could lead to a higher co-pay. You can divert some of those increased costs by maintaining your regular six-month check-ups, dental cleanings and completing your dental treatment at the time of diagnosis.
  • Avoid Exacerbated Dental Problems: Waiting to complete simple dental treatment, such as a cavity can turn into extensive dental treatment. Through proper oral care, following the dental hygiene instructions of your hygienist and completing necessary dental treatment, you can avoid future costly procedures.

The best approach to maximizing and utilizing your Dental Insurance benefits is to work with your dental office’s Treatment Coordinator. Through establishing some simple treatment plan goals and financial planning, you can maximize your current and future dental plan benefits.

As a Special Gift to you, we are giving FREE Teeth Whitening to all our dental patients who complete their dental treatment now through December 31st, 2017, this is a $300 savings!

Don’t miss out on using your Dental Benefits, and FREE Teeth Whitening! Contact us today to see how we can help you save money while maintaining good oral health!

Being Truly Healthy Starts With Your Gut

Did you know our health is dependent of your gut? I was surprised to discover how much of an impact our health can be affected by the way we treat our gut. The various systems our gut affects is concerning which is why we can’t stress enough the need to care for it! The gastrointestinal tract is a vital system that is commonly known to be the “second brain” of our body. It’s a system independent of the rest and the one where we know so little of until we start to show symptoms when there is a severe problem.

Our gastrointestinal system makes us seventy-five percent of our immune system which has it’s own operating system of its own and contains more bacteria than most parts of our body. It’s a system where many resources are allocated and where many systems can be affected by a dysfunctional gastrointestinal problem such as the brain, gut, thyroid, and kidney and a decrease in energy. The gastrointestinal system is responsible for our digestive system and immune system and affects the body’s mineral and vitamin absorption and elimination of toxins. It doesn’t have pain-sensing systems which is why we have a hard time finding out we have a problem until it is bad where we begin to have symptoms. If we are interested or moving towards the direction of a healthy body, then we need to start with our gut!  

Healing your gut will have significant, positive effects on your entire body and will allow your gut to build a stronger immune system and build good bacteria. Some the ways to stop the problem in your gut is reducing the inflammation and identifying food sensitivities. Most of the inflammation we experience is caused by the food we eat. Foods that cause inflammation are sugar, dairy, gluten, soy, refined grains, grain-fed meats, tropical fruits, and bad fats such as vegetable oils. It’s important to know what we put into our body and how it affects us since everything we eat and drink passes through the gastrointestinal tract where nutrient absorption takes place. So how can we start having a healthy gastrointestinal and digestive system? By following the 4Rs of gastrointestinal and digestive health: Remove, Replace, Repair, and Restore.

You want to start off by removing foods that cause inflammation and cause digestive irritants like dairy, soy, processed food, and processed food. You want to reduce the inflammation caused by our food to keep your body from being continuously inflamed. This can cause irritation over time because your body is in overdrive.

Removing certain foods from our body means we have to replace the nutrients we require for digestion to take place and to produce enough stomach acid to digest properly. We are talking about the replacing the nutrients our body needs to gain its healthy daily functions. Part of replacing is restoring what we have deprived our body.  

Restore the good bacteria! Once you have eliminated the problem and start addressing the inflammation then, it is time to restore the good bacteria. The good bacteria found in our gut affect the rest of our health which is why we need to reestablish a balance of microflora in our gut. Fermented foods are a great way of introducing beneficial bacteria to the digestive system and balance out the bacteria.

Once we restore our gut, we have to repair the damage that has been done. We do this by providing the body with nutrients to heal the wall and lining of our gut and supporting the immune function of our gut. We want to make sure we are replenishing our body and gut with the nutrients it needs to regain its strength and normal functionality again.

What we eat affects our body even if we aren’t aware of the complications now, they will later when the problem has worsened. A healthy lifestyle starts by taking care of the inside of our bodies, and this means our gut! Our gut is an essential system that needs extra attention since it is associated with so many of our body systems. Let’s start our health with our gut to achieve the overall healthy life we want. Remember to watch what you eat and to be conscious of how it affects your body.

 

Which Foods Are Most Damaging To Your Enamel?

The diet we choose can affect our body and most importantly our teeth! Our teeth are the first to help with our digestive system and are the ones prone to damage from the food we eat. Our teeth don’t grow back so when we damage them; they are damaged. Some foods keep our teeth and gums healthy, and others do the opposite. There are four kinds of foods we should avoid while eating or at least minimize the amount we intake.

Foods High in Sugar

Even though foods high in sugar are delicious and have more flavor, they are harmful to our bodies and our teeth. We should be careful with how much intake we get from sugar foods. The bacteria in our mouth feeds off the sugar to create acids, the first steps to what can lead to cavities and tooth decay. You want to minimize your intake of sugar especially if it is refined sugar and not to let sugar linger in the mouth too long. Foods high in sugar include sugar, soft drinks, candies, dried fruit, desserts, jams, or cereal.

Sticky/Chewy  Foods:

Soft foods are another type of food you want to avoid eating. The softness of food may sound good and effortless when it comes to chewing, but it causes more damage to our teeth. Sticky and chewy foods are clingers to our teeth; they stick and stay on teeth especially in between them for a long time. The longer the food stays in our mouth, the more acid bacteria produce. After eating sticky/ chewy foods make sure you clean your teeth thoroughly by flossing! Flossing will help you get in between your teeth where your toothbrush doesn’t reach. Foods that are sticky and chewy are jelly beans, Laffy Taffy, dry fruit, beef jerky, cereal bars, or ginger cookies.

Hard Foods:

Our enamel is hard, but it doesn’t mean it’s durable. Our enamel may handle breaking down hard food when we choose to eat it; however, we always run the risk of chipping a tooth and damaging our enamel over time by weakening it. If food is too hard to chew on, then it means it’s not supposed to be in our mouth to eat. Hard foods to avoid are ice, Japanese peanuts, jolly ranchers, or uncooked popcorn.

Starchy Foods and Refined Carbohydrates:

Starchy foods are complex carbohydrates which contain a chain of sugar molecules. Not all starch foods are a source of fiber, and some contain more starch which are the ones we want to avoid to decrease tooth decay since they stay in the mouth longer. Refined carbohydrates are another source of carbohydrates to avoid as the fiber and nutritional value of the food is extracted. Refine carbs and starchy food quickly change into sugar the minute they enter our mouth due to the bacteria and saliva. Specific foods to be careful with are white bread, pasta, white rice, breaded or battered food, ice cream, bagels, corn chips, or pies.

Acidic Foods:

Foods high in acid are dangerous! They can erode our teeth’s enamel causing tooth decay and cavities. It can even cause us to weaken our teeth making them sensitive. Sensitive teeth aren’t the best to have when you are drinking cold or hot beverages not to mention they continue to hurt over time. Foods high in acid are lemons, limes, oranges, tomatoes, coffee, or pickles.

Dry Mouthing Foods:

Having a dry mouth is always uncomfortable, sometimes it’s an unpleasant experience when you are trying to eat, talk or walk from one place to another without feeling the dryness in your throat. Foods causing our mouths to dry isn’t the best choice of food to have. We need to have saliva in our mouth regularly. Our saliva contains minerals our mouth needs and helps wash out plaque. It can even help prevent specific food from sticking to our teeth! We need to keep ourselves hydrated, and foods doing the opposite are coffee, energy drinks, alcohol, crackers, or toasted bread.

These are just some of the types of foods we want to avoid eating or minimize our intake of to reduce the damage we can cause to our teeth’s enamel. Our teeth need to have the same care as the rest of our body, but it needs extra attention as it’s the first step to our digestive system and is exposed to the damages of food. We choose what foods we eat and even though there are foods we eat that can harm our teeth but are good to our body doesn’t in no way mean we can’t have it. It just means we have to be cautious of how much we eat and creating a balance with the foods we eat to minimize the production of acid and the risks of damaging our teeth’s enamel.   

 

Bad Breathe Remedies For Kids

Have you noticed a bad odor coming from your child’s mouth? Like adults, kids can suffer from bad breath and it often stems from poor oral hygiene. Medically known as halitosis, bad breath is a condition even a healthy child can have at times. This can be temporary or it can remain for an extended amount of time which may be a sign of a more severe problem.  

What Causes Bad Breath?

There are many factors that can contribute to the problem. Some of the causes are:

  • Poor Oral Hygiene: not brushing or flossing frequently can result in bad breath and can lead to other dental issues.
  • Bacteria in the Mouth: most odors reside on the tongue, which is why you should check and make sure your child doesn’t have a white or yellow coat. Make sure your child brushes their tongue thoroughly to prevent the accumulation of bacteria.
  • Dry Mouth: saliva helps to cleanse the mouth. Keep your child hydrated! If they suffer from dry mouth, there are a variety of mouth rinses you can buy to keep your mouth moist.
  • Mouth Breathing: if your child has a stuffy nose or is a mouth breather by habit, there is less saliva to wash the bacteria away.
  • Infections in the Mouth: bad breath can be a result of infection from cavities, plaque buildup, mouth sores, oral surgery, or gum disease. It is important to see your dentist every 6 months for a routine check up and cleaning.
  • Foreign Object: Kids, especially small toddlers, are continually touching objects and placing them in their nose. A foreign object stuck in the nose can cause bad breath, you’ll need a doctor to check their nasal passage if you suspect the smell comes from their nose.
  • Swollen Tonsils: check if your child’s tonsils are healthy or if they are infected. When tonsils are red, inflamed and have white spots they are swollen. Its the perfect place to collect bacteria and can cause terrible breath.
  • Foods: foods containing strong odors like onions, garlic, or caffeinated drinks can give your child a temporary, sour smell to their breath.
  • Illness or Medical Condition: suffering from sinus infections, uncontrollable diabetes, malnutrition, or other conditions can cause bad breath.

These are just some of the causes of bad breath and they can be treated from home!  Teach your child to brush their teeth before bedtime to promote a good oral habit and prevent bad breath. 

Remedies for Bad Breath:

If you’re noticing a less refreshing breath from your child, one way to start is by following a healthy dental routine. Healthy teeth are integral to the overall health of a child and helping your child develop good oral care is a step towards avoiding bad breath. Remedies to freshening up your child’s breath are:

  1. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, try to supervise so that no toothpaste is consumed in the process.
  2. Scrape you tongue each morning to decrease bacteria.
  3. Replace your toothbrush every 2 to 3 months, especially after your child has been sick.
  4. Arrange regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
  5. Remove your dentures and clean them regularly to get rid of bacteria.
  6. Drink plenty of water and swishing cold water to have a fresh morning breath.
  7. Chew on a lemon or orange rind. The citric acid stimulates the salivary glands and fights bad breath.
  8. Chew a fresh sprig of basil, cilantro or mint to neutralize odors.
  9. Try swishing mouthwash that’s alcohol-free for 30 seconds.

Even if you’ve tried some of these remedies and still notice your child has terrible breath lingering, then consult with your dentists for further treatment. Together, you can both track the origin of their bad breath by doing a proper cleaning and oral exam. Your dentist can help rule out oral health problems and advise you on further steps to take.

Regardless of what the cause may be for your child’s bad breath, start implementing good dental and oral habits at an early age. When was the last time you went to the dentist to get your teeth cleaned? If you can’t remember, then it’s time to schedule an appointment with us to get your teeth cleaned!       

Are You Brushing Correctly?

On average, how long does it take you to brush your teeth? I admit there are times where my time is counted for that I do a quick brush which is bad. Did you know we should spend at least two minutes brushing our teeth? Two minutes! I know I can spend less than that and the average person usually falls short of the two minutes our teeth need to ensure they’re clean. Properly brushing your teeth is part of maintaining a good oral hygiene and promoting healthy dental care.

We need to use proper brushing techniques to remove the bacteria and plaque from our teeth including our tongue! There are four areas we should be focused on cleaning when it comes to our teeth and mouth:

  1. The outer surfaces of your upper teeth and lower teeth
  2. The inner surfaces of your upper teeth and lower teeth
  3. The chewing surfaces
  4. The tongue

These areas should be our primary focus when we brush our teeth along with how we clean them. As a general rule, to properly brush our teeth we have to be gentle! Try not to press so hard on your teeth; they are sensitive need to be handled with care. In addition to brushing gently, our strokes should be short, and our attention should be given to our gum line, the back teeth and the areas where dental work has already been done such as fillings and crowns. As for ways to brush our teeth, there are four commonly known techniques designed for manual toothbrush use.

Horizontal Reciprocating Motion:

Probably the most used technique to brush our teeth. The toothbrush is placed on either the left or right side of teeth then moved back and forth along the side. This motion follows from the back and front region of the teeth which can be harsh against our teeth and gums. In the long run, this technique can damage our teeth making us prone to sensitivity and risk of stripping tooth’s enamel. It is also not as effective in cleaning since we miss the spaces in between our teeth.

Vibratory Motion:

This technique reminds me of how our phones vibrate when they’re set on the table or a flat surface. There is a constant small movement to our phone which primarily occurs when we apply this vibratory motion to our teeth. It is small, continuous movements along our teeth covering the entire surface in a rapidly to and forth motion.  

Bass Method:

It’s the most efficient way of cleaning our teeth. The bristles of the toothbrush are placed at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the tooth as we press gently to have the bristles enter the gumline. We vibrate the brush back and forth for about 10-15 strokes over the entire tooth before moving on to the next. 10-15 strokes per tooth is a long time not to mention time-consuming which makes this technique the longest.

Stillman Technique:

The stillman follows the same angle of the bass method with the only difference of the position of the bristles. The bristles for this technique are placed with half of them on the gums and the other half on the tooth surface. The short and light horizontal movements help remove plaque and stimulate the gums.

Another brushing method we can use is the circular brushing motion. Again the bristles are placed at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line then lightly make small circular strokes until the all the surfaces of the tooth is covered. Whichever method we choose to approach when brushing our teeth, we should make sure we’re reaching all surfaces of the teeth including the chewing surfaces, gum, and tongue.

We should make sure we wiggle our toothbrush to allow the bristles to cover each tooth and find their way in between our teeth. Gentle strokes help us from damaging our teeth, gums or any tissue while ensuring we remove all food particles and plaque with every brush. We should aim for the two-minute mark and brush our teeth twice a day for healthy teeth and a beautiful smile! Let us know what method worked for you and if you saw an improvement in the comments below. Happy brushing!

 

3 steps to Naturally Prevent Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is your smile’s worst enemy. It takes everything and leaves you with nothing, except pain. Kind of like what your ex did to you, but worse. The worst part is that it also affects your dental health, which means you could be changing your bodies overall health. Tooth cavities not only rob you of your beautiful and charming smile, but they also make eating difficult and painful, and, can also cause you to mispronounce certain words.

Tooth decay occurs because of certain careless habits. Luckily for us, it is very easy to prevent, and you can fight tooth decay through natural methods. In the paragraphs below, we will discuss how you can prevent and fight tooth decay using these natural methods. However, first, let’s go over what tooth decay is, and how it’s caused.

Tooth Decay

Have you ever seen a person with teeth that look green or black and they are missing a tooth or two? Well my friends, that is what tooth decay can do to you. Tooth decay is the erosion of a hard armor that covers the visible parts of your teeth. This super armor is called tooth enamel. It is the hardest of all tissues in the human body and is also responsible for the sparkle in your smile.

If the saliva becomes somewhat less alkaline, the enamel there starts losing its apatite crystals to saliva. This process is called demineralization of enamel. The less alkaline the saliva, the faster the demineralization, or erosion of the enamel. Also, the longer this state remains, the greater the cumulative erosion becomes. As a result, cavities start forming on the teeth. So, tooth decay is the product of two factors, reduction of alkalinity of saliva, and the period over which it exists. The key to preventing and fighting tooth decay lies in controlling these factors.

What Reduces Alkalinity of the Saliva?

What reduces the alkalinity of the saliva? You guessed it, bacteria! Bacteria is always present in our mouths. It is also on the food particles that keep sticking to your teeth after eating and drinking. The bacteria are quick at converting sugars and starches in our food to acid, and wherever the food particles are sticking, the saliva around those teeth loses alkalinity. This process creates Erosion.

How To Kick Tooth Decay’s Butt!

 

Natural Method 1 – Avoid Excessive Sugar and Starch

Avoiding excessive sugar and starch is the first, easy and natural step to reducing tooth decay. It will protect not only your teeth but also your general health by controlling the calories, breakouts, etc. Avoid foods rich in sugars and starches, such as fast food, bakery products, chocolates, and candy. When high-sugar foods are partially digested inside the oral cavity, their degradation products are acidic in nature, and they promote enamel demineralization. It must be noted here that it is not the quantity of the sugar intake that is important – rather, it is the amount of time between the intake of sugar that is crucial.

 

Natural Method 2 – Eliminate Phytic Acid from your Diet

Phytic acid is a known mineral and enzyme inhibitor and is found in whole grains, seeds, and nuts. Since minerals are the building blocks of the dental enamel, eating a diet that is rich in phytic acid can result in an accelerated demineralization of the teeth. Besides, phytic acid also devoid the body of various nutrients that are essential for ensuring the health of your teeth and gums. So let’s keep the Phytic Acid at to a healthy limit, for our beautiful smiles!

 

Natural Method 3 – Oil Pulling

Oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic folk practice, dates back 3,000 to 5,000 years to traditional Indian medical remedies. Interestingly, swishing a tablespoon of any medium-chain triglyceride based oils, such as coconut, sesame, olive, and sunflower oil, can stop teeth cavities! These oils enhance the resistance of teeth against demineralization and prevent various dental problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. All you need to do is to swish coconut oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes. Not only will your teeth look sparkly white, but you will also never complain of teeth sensitivity or cavities again! Just make sure you do not swallow the oil, this could cause diarrhea or upset stomach. Dispose of the oil in your garbage can, not your sink, because the oil could cause your pipes to become clogged!

By following these three simple natural tips, you can ensure that you and your family are limiting tooth decay. However, it should be emphasized here that these natural remedies are not an alternative to regular dental visits. After all, your dentist can detect and treat dental problems which are not even visible to the naked eye. Therefore, natural dental health remedies and regular dental visits must go hand-in-hand.

Happy eating! Moreover, happy smiling!