When patients inquire about natural tooth cavity treatments, they’re often referring to what’s called remineralization. This method naturally repairs non-cavitated tooth lesions by depositing calcium, phosphate, and fluoride into demineralized enamel. While remineralization can help restore strength within the tooth structure, it should not be mistaken for an effective treatment that stops further tooth decay.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways a dental cavity can worsen and what you can do to prevent them.
How to prevent cavities
The first line of defence against cavities is daily brushing and flossing combined with regular visits to your dentist. However, some patients continue to experience cavities despite good oral care. When this happens, your dentist may begin looking further into your diet and lifestyle to determine what’s causing tooth decay.
To fight against cavities, we recommend eating a well-balanced diet with foods that contain calcium, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin K2, and magnesium. Your dentist will recommend avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks.
Some nutrient-dense foods that are great for your teeth include:
Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. It’s not only great for your health overall but also plays a part in helping keep your tongue, teeth, and gums clean.
How does tooth decay worsen?
A deep cavity that’s causing localized pain often calls for extensive treatment or even tooth extraction. We want to avoid this situation as much as possible. If you suspect that you have a cavity, it’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible so they can administer proper tooth cavity treatment. Attempting to heal your tooth cavity naturally, regardless of how small or if it’s early in the development stage, can lead to further decay.
Tooth decay worsens when it’s not attended to right away. When we eat food, especially sugary and starchy foods, the bacteria in our mouth naturally turns that food into acid that forms plaque. Plaque that is not removed then hardens into a substance called tartar. Plaque and tartar damage the protective enamel covering your teeth, which results in cavities.
Understanding how tooth decay starts and how it can worsen helps us recognize just how important daily brushing and flossing is. Without good oral care, plaque and tartar continue to build up and cause further damage.