Don’t you hate it when your tooth ache at the sight of cold water and you have to go to the dentist, again? For someone like me who absolutely hates going to the dentist at all costs, I’ve had to learn to watch what I eat and keep my teeth healthy.
How to Prevent Cavities Tooth Decay:
1. Refined Sugars and Acidic Foods
A dentist once told us that when you eat foods with refined sugar such as candy, sweets, cookies and soft drink, or foods high in acidity such as plane white rice, it’s the acid formed from these sugars that rots your teeth from the inside. That’s important to know, because no matter how much you brush your teeth, it won’t stop your teeth from deteriorating inside.
The first step to prevent cavities I believe is to cut down on anything with refined sugar such as chocolates, lollies, candy bars, cookies, soft drinks and cakes.
Also, be Careful with juices and dried fruits. You may think you’re safe with 100% juices or dried fruits with no added sugar, but the amount of concentrated sugar makes a great difference. Grape juice is particularly high in sugar, as well as many overly sweet dried fruits. Don’t avoid them, but just remember when you’re eating eight dried banana pieces, you’re eating the sugar equivalent to eight actual bananas, it just seems less because the water concentrate is gone.
2. Keep Saliva Alkaline
Another very important thing is to keep your saliva alkaline. This includes what you eat and the mouthwash you use. Here’s a food chart with alkaline and acidic foods:
When teeth are in an acid environment, they will become weaker. Foods can affect the acid levels in your body, so it is important to watch what you eat and try to eat more alkaline foods.
3. Vitamins and Minerals
According to Ramiel Nagel’s Cure Tooth Decay book, the most important vitamins and minerals to promote healthy and strong teeth are: Vitamins A, D, and K2 coupled with plenty of calcium and phosphorus preferably obtained from cod liver oil and raw dairy products.
4. Good Teeth Brushing Habits
It’s important not to brush your teeth right after meals, as the acid is still in your mouth from the food and brushing it would force the acid into your teeth, potentially destroying the enamel.
Brush Gently. Don’t assume having healthy teeth means you need to dive full force into brushing it so hard that you almost explode your gums. (I used to think like that!) If you do that, you’re probably doing more harm than good by brushing away your tooth enamel, which protects your teeth against all kinds of things.
Flossing is a brilliant way to get rid of food that’s stuck in your teeth that tooth brushes simply can’t reach. Be sure to floss once every day or second day.
Use Anticavity Fluoride Rinses once a week or more as they are proven to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. (Please don’t accidentally drink it though!)
Be careful with what tooth paste you use. Some tooth paste with whitening effect can actually damage your enamels.
5. Drink Green Tea to Benefit Oral Health
Multiple studies have shown that the catechins in green tea promotes dental health by killing bacteria in the mouth which causes tooth decay and cavities. Green tea also has the ability to lower acidity levels in the saliva. Studies have tested that those who rinsed their mouth with gum had less bacteria and acid, which also reduced gum bleeding. Several studies even show that green tea is able to increase acid resistance to the tooth enamel. In addition, The anti-inflammatory powers in green tea was very effective in controlling gum disease.
One thing you can do when you’re drinking green tea is before you swallow it, rinse thoroughly in your mouth.