At Indianapolis Dentistry, we are firm believers in holistic dentistry, viewing dental and oral health in conjunction with overall health and treating the root causes of dental problems aside from treating problems symptomatically. Tooth decay is the most common dental problem most patients, regardless of age, face and we focus on preventive dental care and health promotion to ensure that cavities don’t develop. According to the American Dental Association, tooth decay develops because:
"[Tooth decay] occurs when foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) such as milk, pop, raisins, cakes or candy are frequently left on the teeth. Bacteria that live in the mouth thrive on these foods, producing acids as a result. Over a period of time, these acids destroy tooth enamel, resulting in tooth decay."
Inasmuch as we educate patients on the proper dental hygiene of regular, proper brushing and flossing, diet and proper nutrition play important roles whether or not tooth decay develops.
What actually causes tooth decay
The foods we eat give us cavities. The diet many people eat daily is what is causing tooth decay. Remember the phrase, “You are what you eat”? The same thing happens with your teeth. Your teeth reflect what you eat!
Tooth decay boiled down to three factors, according to a research made by Dr. Weston Price:
• Not enough minerals in the diet.
• Not enough fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) in the diet.
• Nutrients not being readily bioavailable, and your intestinal system not properly absorbing them. The presence of phytic acid largely influences this factor.
Managing Tooth Decay using Natural Methods
- Removing sugar in one’s diet
- Removing Phytic Acid-- Phytic acid not only doesn’t allow you to absorb in minerals in your food, it also leaches minerals out of your body, bones and teeth!
- NO processed food, packaged food or fast food.
- Raw Dairy and Nutrient Rich Foods - Remember, if you’re going to beat tooth decay, you need to increase your fat soluble vitamin intake and mineral intake.
- Mineralizing toothpaste
- Oil Pulling – it is even recommended by dentists!
Tooth Decay – Is There a Cure?
There are studies that point that tooth decay is reversible with proper nutrition and avoidance of foods that enhance an acidic environment conducive for decay to develop. These have not been verified by medical or dental associations.
Tooth decay can easily be prevented with proper diet and nutrition, especially when it comes to children. Decay at its early stages might even be reversible. However, choosing to eat properly and avoid decay-forming foods isn’t a one-time deal but a lifestyle change. Once decay forms into cavities and become larger or deeper, it is not reversible and will require dental treatments such as fillings.
Prevention is Better Than the Cure
Dr. Reese knows the importance the role of dental health promotion and prevention, practicing integrative dentistry through fluoride-free cleanings and other services designed to help his patients keep their teeth cavity-free for many years to come. Together with his dental services, the clinic offers dental products that help keep your teeth, mouth and gums healthy and prevent diseases. Call 317-882-0228 to order by phone and have it shipped. You can also schedule an appointment today!