A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Tooth Decay
I had a question the other day about tooth decay.
Tooth decay ties the common cold as the most prevalent human disorder.
It’s not a natural process, as many people believe, but a bacterial disease.
This bacteria can enter your bloodstream and cause other problems in your body.
Bacteria in your mouth combine with mucus and food debris to create a sticky mass called plaque which sticks to the surfaces of your teeth.
The bacteria in the plaque feed on sugars you eat and make an acid that leaches calcium and phosphate from your teeth.
If the sticky deposits aren’t removed, your teeth gradually erode – first the enamel (outer layer) and then the dentin (body of the tooth).
If unchecked, decay can progress even further, into the pulp containing the nerve in the center of your tooth, causing a toothache.
This leads to infection.
Tooth decay depends on 3 things: the presence of bacteria, the availability of sugars for the bacteria to feed on, and the vulnerability of tooth enamel.
Poor nutrition and poor oral hygiene are probably the main factors behind most cavities.
If you eat large quantities of refined carbohydrates (especially sticky-textured foods clinging to tooth surfaces) or snack frequently without cleaning your teeth afterward, you’re much more likely to have a problem with tooth decay.
Tooth decay doesn’t normally cause symptoms until it’s rather far advanced.
Then your tooth may become sensitive to heat, cold, and the consumption of sugar.
In later stages, a toothache may occur.
To deal with tooth decay, it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Calendula, peppermint, and yarrow are naturally anti-inflammatory.
*Essential oil of clove, available in most drugstores, is helpful for toothache pain. Apply 1 or 2 drops to the affected tooth with a cotton swab as needed. If you find the clove oil too strong, dilute it with olive oil.
*St. John’s wort, white willow bark, and wintergreen have analgesic properties. White willow bark is also an anti-inflammatory.
*Thyme is a natural antiseptic reducing the level of bacteria in your mouth.
*Eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. These contain minerals to help keep your saliva from becoming too acidic.
*Avoid carbonated soft drinks. These are high in phosphates, which promote the loss of calcium from the tooth enamel.
*Avoid all refined sugars.
*Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth after each meal and snack, if possible, and floss daily. This is the only way to remove cavity-causing plaque. There are also mouth rinses available. Don’t brush too hard. Brushing either too hard or too much can cause your gums to recede, exposing the root areas of your teeth, which are more prone to decay. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and replace it every month.
*Don’t use chewable vitamin C supplements, which can erode tooth enamel. Tablets or powders designed for swallowing don’t pose this danger.
*To ease the pain of toothache or abscess until you can see your dentist, rinse the affected area with warm salt water (add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to 8 ounces of warm water).
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