Visiting dentists are something that a lot of us dread from doing but we must at least do this once a year or every 6 months. Once you learned that you have cavities, don’t worry it is not the end of the world! It is not too late for your tooth; in fact, according to our research getting cavities doesn’t mean you have to fix it up using fillings. We have learned that our tooth is naturally capable of fixing itself.
If you have found out that you have a tooth cavity, please read on below so you will know How to Heal a Cavity without fillings. We will teach you different solutions you can do so your teeth can be fixed without having the need of going to the dentist to have your teeth fixed by synthetic fillings.
Divisions and Components of Teeth
The teeth have 4 different components. If you want to fully understand the tooth’s natural ability to rebuild it, you have to understand and know the 4 different components of the teeth.
1. Enamel – The enamel is the component that covers the tooth. It is created by ameloblasts. It is the hardest substance in the body and it is the part of the tooth that is considered as the first line of protection from cavities and tooth decay.
The enamel is the part of the tooth that is not able to regrow itself once it is fully formed. If there are instances that demineralization occurs on the tooth, there are different ways to remineralize or harden it and therefore stopping the process of decay. Proper nutrition intake and excellent oral care are important and will help remineralize it. The enamel has a translucent color.
2. Dentin – The dentin is the component of the tooth in between the enamel and the cementum. It is created by the odontoblasts and it makes up the larger portion of the tooth.
The dentin is composed of dentinal tubules and there are three types of dentin. Primary dentin is the one that is present when the tooth erupts. The secondary dentin is formed continuously during the tooth’s life. Reparative dentin is the type of dentin that may form when a trauma, inflammation or irritation occurs. The dentin is the one responsible for the color of the tooth.
The dentin is softer than the enamel of the tooth. When the cavities pass through the enamel and it reaches the dentin, there is a great possibility that it can spread easily from here. The dentin and the enamel meet at the dentoenamel junction of the teeth.
3. Cementum – The cementum is the component of the tooth that encapsulates the root part of the tooth. It is thin and not as hard as the enamel but it is somewhat similar to the hardness of the bone. The cementum is formed by the cementoblasts. The cementum has fibers that are attached to the alveolar bone.
The cementum is the part of the tooth that is prone to the stiff bristles of a toothbrush. When your cementum is exposed to the oral cavity because of the recession of the gums, this is the area that is prone to hot and cold temperature changes in the mouth. The enamel and the cementum meet at the cementoenamel junction.
4. Pulp – The pulp is the last component of the tooth. This is the part that is constituted by nerves, blood vessels that provide blood circulation for the teeth. The pulp is divided into two sections. The pulp chamber where it is located in the tooth crown and the pulp canals where it is located in the roots of the tooth.
Once the pulp area is exposed to cavities and decay, a bacterial infection can occur and therefore require root canal therapy to save the tooth. During the first eruption of the tooth, the pulp chamber and canals are quite large when the secondary dentin forms the pulp decreases in size.
What are Cavities?
Cavities or hole of the tooth can occur when the tooth experiences decay. It occurs when the enamel of the tooth softens and there is damage in the tooth structure.
The plaque bacteria break down the sugar in the mouth and it results in producing acids that can cause damage on your tooth. If the mineral loss of the enamel is not treated as soon as possible the holes on the teeth can grow and can possibly destroy the whole tooth.
The plaque bacteria can also damage the dentin and may eventually cause a root cavity. When this occurs, the nerves are exposed and it will be evident with the pain you feel every time you eat or drink hot or cold foods. If there is a pain at the root part of your tooth, there is a possibility that you have tooth decay and you must consult your dentist as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of tooth cavities?
The symptoms of a cavity depend on the severity of tooth decay or dental caries.
- A sensitivity in the affected tooth
- Pain in the affected tooth
- Presence of visible hole in the affected tooth
- Black or white coloration on the affected tooth
What causes cavities in your teeth?
There are different causes of cavities and here are some of them.
Eating sugary foods and beverages – If you have a sweet tooth, there is a possibility that you consume more sugar daily, the more sugar you eat, the more acid is produced that can cause the decay of the tooth.
Tooth decay can also occur from eating too many carbohydrates that may be trapped in between the teeth and not completely removed by normal brushing and flossing.
Poor oral hygiene – If you are a person who hates brushing your teeth, we have news for you, not brushing the teeth is one of the major causes of having tooth decay and cavities. This allows the plaque to build up on your teeth and attack the enamel of your tooth.
Plaque – The plaque formation on the different areas of your teeth that does not get cleaned properly can be a cause of tooth decay. Plaque is caused by bacteria, saliva, acid, food stuck in your teeth are all combined inside the mouth. When the plaque adheres on your teeth it builds up over time especially if you do not brush and floss regularly. The acid causes the enamel of your teeth to soften and often results in holes on your teeth or as we all know it as cavities.
Dry Mouth – Saliva has an important role in our mouth. It helps to wash the plaque in your mouth. If you have a dry mouth, you are prone to increased plaque buildup than individuals who do not have dry mouth.
Eating and Drinking – This is unavoidable as we all need to eat and drink to live, however, this is one of the main causes of the formation of cavities. Whenever we eat or drink the carbohydrates from the food or drink stays on the teeth until we brush and floss our teeth.
If there are particles that are not completely removed even after brushing and flossing the teeth, these are the culprit that hastens the possibility of having a tooth cavity. By being able to brush and floss regularly especially after drinking sweet drinks and milk, eating candies, chocolates and even breath mints, yes you read it right! Even breath mints can cause tooth cavities!
Bacteria – Bacteria are commonly found in the mouth. Yes, that is right! Whether we like it or not, we all have bacteria normally living in our mouth. When these bacteria feed on the carbohydrates from the food and drink you consumed it results in acid formation which causes tooth decay.
Medical problems and health issues – There are medical issues that can increase the possibility of a tooth cavity. Individuals who have Bulimia have a higher risk of having tooth cavities when the teeth are repeatedly exposed to acid coming from the stomach due to frequent vomiting.
Cancer patients are prone especially when they undergo radiation on the head and neck, therefore, changing the saliva that increases bacterial growth in the mouth.
You must take good care of your teeth, it is an important part of your overall health and by doing this you are preventing the formation of cavities on your teeth. Dental caries are one of the causes of tooth decay and it can be a sign of poor maintenance of oral health and proper hygiene.
Brushing and flossing are not enough to reverse the cavities that already formed in your teeth but they are also essential factors that need to be properly done if you want your teeth to heal from the cavities.
Please watch the video on how to treat cavities naturally below:
Treatment for Cavities
When a dentist finds a cavity and depending on the severity of the decay, he or she will suggest to drill out the decay and fill the hole with a synthetic material.
Other times, the dentist will suggest giving you a crown, a custom fitted on the healthy portion of the tooth and drills out the decayed part accordingly.
When the cavities have reached the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be necessary. This procedure is done by drilling and removing the decayed pulp and administering medication to heal the infection, then the decayed part will be replaced by a filling.
When the tooth is severely affected, the dentist will have to extract the decayed tooth and a false tooth can be put in place of the removed tooth.
There are different ways that you can do to naturally heal your cavities and without the need of using fillings. Here are some of them:
- Change your eating habits – We all have been guilty at some point in time. Who doesn’t love eating sweets and drinking soda? Based on our research we have learned that eating and drinking too many sweets is not good for your health but as well as your oral health. Bacteria love sugar and the more sugar you feed them, the more acids are produced that hastens the production of plaque and results in cavities in no time.
- Eat healthy foods – Healthy foods that are rich in calcium like raw milk are known for helping a tooth cavity repair itself. Calcium-rich foods are rich in calcium, the main component of teeth and bones. Foods rich in probiotics are helpful in increasing the production of healthy bacteria in the mouth.
- Drink unsweetened beverages – If you love drinking soda, juices, and other sweetened beverages, it is time for you to consider drinking unsweetened ones. Sugar is one of the causes of cavities. If you want to help your tooth naturally heal from cavities, you have to do everything that you can. Make sure to increase water intake as it helps to hydrate the body and increase saliva production and prevent the mouth from getting dry.
- Change your toothbrush regularly – Use a small or medium-sized toothbrush that has soft bristles so it can reach the hard to reach areas of the teeth. Do not use a toothbrush cover and always clean it with water and air dry after using it.
- Observe proper dental cleaning – Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss your teeth especially in between areas of the teeth at least once a day. Use alcohol-free mouth wash to clean your mouth and freshen your breath.
- Visit the dentist regularly – Visiting the dentist may not be a pleasant experience but we all know that regular teeth cleanings are a must for our teeth to stay cavities free. Make sure to visit your dentist at least once or twice a year.
- Take vitamins – Supplements and vitamins help improve your oral health. Increased salivation helps prevent plaque and tartar build-up. Fruits, vegetables, and nuts like apples, bananas, and peas are a must in your daily diet. Whole grain foods are rich in vitamin B and seafood are rich in Vitamin D. Vitamin K has been found to be essential for healthy teeth.
- Use Coconut oil – Coconut oil can naturally protect your teeth from getting cavities. It helps to pull the bacteria from the teeth and it helps heal it naturally. You can do this by taking 1 tbsp of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes until the saliva and oil turn into a milky white color. Do not swallow the oil and rinse it afterward.
- Do it yourself remineralizing toothpaste – Use the following ingredients below. If you make this remineralizing toothpaste, you are sure that you are using toothpaste that is made from natural ingredients and does not contain harsh chemicals that can be harmful to your health.
Mix all the ingredients until you have it as a paste form.
- 4 tbsp calcium powder
- 1 tbsp stevia
- 1 tbsp sea salt
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
This toothpaste is not advisable to use for more than 30 days due to its abrasive structure.
- Take note of the pH of the foods that you consume – If there is an imbalanced pH level, it allows the growth of bacteria. Drinking too much coffee creates pH imbalances and can be a conducive environment for the growth of the infectious bacteria in the mouth. Green tea is the perfect alternative drink as it contains polyphenol, a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties that are effective in preventing the growth of bad bacteria and results in improved oral health.
- Supplements that support remineralization – You can take supplements like Magnesium, Phosphorus, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, and Collagen.
- Check for hormone imbalances – Sometimes when the hormones are imbalanced, it can also cause tooth decay.
- Do not over brush your teeth – Your teeth must not be brushed using hard bristles and brushing too hard can cause harm than good. Make sure you are brushing to remove the particles and plaque but at the same time not too hard that it may harm the enamel of your teeth. You can also brush using your opposite hand with gentle and circular motion to remove the food particles and clean your teeth effectively.
Preventing cavities is better than looking for ways to heal them. Always make sure to follow these tips that we have compiled for you so you can avoid having a cavity or dental caries.
A trip to the dentist is a must at least once a year. Pay attention and take care of your pearly whites by using a soft-bristled toothbrush, you can use a remineralization toothpaste and make sure to consult your dentist if it is possible instead of healing your cavity by using synthetic fillings.