Healing Cavities the Natural Way
Agreeably, it’s one of those phrases we all dread hearing from our dentist during an exam: “Well, it looks like you have a cavity”. Or sometimes the news is even worse when the dentist reveals that we have several cavities. We all know what is coming next. It’s that oh so unpopular yet traditional method for treating cavities. That’s right, drilling and filling. But what many people may not be aware of is that there is a legitimate way to avoid the dentist drill for treating cavities. In the West Hollywood area there is no shortage of dentists, but finding one who has the knowledge and motivation to help patients do what they can the natural way may be a little more difficult to find.
According to the British Medical Journal regarding a study that was conducted, many individuals do have the potential to reverse cavities by changing their diet and staying with it. The study included sixty-two children who already had one or more confirmed cavities. They were divided into three different groups. The first group ate as they normally would and added daily oatmeal to their regular diet. Group two ate the same normal diet as group one, however, group two supplemented their intake with vitamin D. Group three ate a diet completely free of grains and also supplemented their diet with vitamin D.
The results were somewhat surprising. It showed that cavities could be reversed. The outcome revealed that in group one where they had eaten the diet high in grains which have phytic acid, actually had an increase of cavities during the study. In group two where they had eaten a normal diet without the oatmeal but adding vitamin D daily showed some improvements in the already existing cavities and had less new ones appear. Group three who followed a diet completely free of phytic acid and daily added vitamin D to their diet had the most convincing improvements in their situation. This group of kids filled their daily intake with foods like milk, fruits, meat, and vegetables. They also took vitamin D and saw nearly all of their cavities healed. Another interesting fact of the study is that group three also did not have any new cavities form.
The process of healing cavities is really not a complicated one. All that is needed is a little knowledge, time and patience each and every day. Having the guidance of a qualified dentist in the West Hollywood area is one way to be sure you are on the correct path to good dental health the natural way.
Remove Phytic Acid
As the study suggests, one of the best things you can do is to remove phytic acid from your diet. Replace it with healthy foods that do not contain any phytic acid. Avoid foods like grains, nuts, beans, seeds as these can cause cavities but also problems with osteoporosis, digestive disorders and mineral absorption to name a few. If you have some cavities you would love to see healed naturally, then one of the best things you can do is to stay away from foods containing phytic acid altogether.
Add Vitamin D
Another important factor for healing cavities the study pointed out is to boost the level of vitamin D in your diet. Be sure to eat foods like meat, fish, eggs, green leafy vegetables, cheese, butter, kefir and fruit. On days you are not able to consume enough vitamin D, try and get plenty of sunshine or take 5,000IU of vitamin D every day.
There are a few other home remedies that have been proven to help reverse cavities. Be sure to ask for the guidance of your West Hollywood dentist professional when trying any of these home remedies.
Use of mineralizing toothpaste can also be beneficial. Studies have shown this too can not only prevent cavities but help heal them also by adding essential minerals back to the teeth.
Often used for oral problems in ancient times, oil pulling has had some positive results for helping to heal cavities. The usual method is to use coconut or some other similar oil to swish around in your mouth for about 20 minutes without swallowing any of it. Spit it all out at the end of 20 minutes and rinse then brush as you do normally.
Of course, you should always speak with a dentist before trying or relying on any of these methods yourself at home. You can call West Hollywood Dental for a completely consultation today. They will give you a detailed summary of what can be done and which natural remedies can help in your particular situation.