Most of us tend to think that once we get a cavity there isn’t much we can do to resolve the problem, other than having a hole drilled through our teeth to make way for a filling. However, this isn’t always the case. When you have a cavity, there is a lot that can be done before the drill is fired up. In fact, the steps outlined in this article may help you to completely—and naturally—reverse your cavities.
Understanding Your Teeth’s Natural Ability To Rebuild
In my opinion, many dentists are a little too quick to grab their drill and “fix” cavities with synthetic fillings. The truth is that the process of filling cavities weakens the teeth and can cause more issues in the future, but if we truly understand the natural capabilities of teeth, we may be able to prevent this altogether.
FACT: Your teeth are much more than the pearly whites that meet the eye.
From the outside, in, your teeth consist of three major parts: the crown, dentin, and pulp.
The crown is what you see when you look in the mirror. It’s the shell-like, enamel structure on the outside of the tooth that is composed primarily of calcium rods (96%), along with water and protein.
The dentin is located just under the crown and covers the pulp. It consists of calcified tissue comprised of 70% calcium and 30% protein. Along with the enamel (in the tooth’s crown), the dentin is the primary part of the tooth affected by demineralization, or cavities.
Finally, the pulp is the soft tissue at the center of the teeth. This part of the tooth contains nerve endings and blood vessels, so it is very important to keep it protected. When decay and damage reached the pulp it is very painful, and, in most cases, requires a root canal for repair.
Now that you know a little more about the basic structure of your teeth, consider this: Just like your hair, nails, and skin, your teeth are constantly rebuilding and regenerating. How else could your teeth last an entire lifetime (assuming proper care) and withstand the constant abuse of biting, chewing, and tearing?
More specifically, the teeth go through a process called remineralization, which happens when calcium and phosphate ions deposit in the spaces of your enamel to repair and rebuild them. The only problem is that we are constantly engaging in activities that threaten this natural process.
How Cavities Are REALLY Formed
Since we were young we’ve been told that sugar is what rots our teeth and causes cavities. And while sugar does play a role in tooth decay, there is far more to consider.