Cavities: Causes and Natural Treatments

Each dental part corresponds with an area of our body. If we have a cavity or tooth decay in some tooth, it could indicate that some organ is not functioning properly.

Cavities are defined as the destruction of dental tissue as a result of the loss of minerals caused by acids produced by bacterial plaque. Even though we’ve heard several times that eating sweets provokes them, the truth is, there are several other foods that can provoke them as well.  In fact, dental problems are caused by nutritional imbalances.  Therefore, cavity prevention and treatment is definitely within reach.

Two factors

There are 2 factors that generally coincide in those who suffer from cavities:

  • Poor digestion
  • Over-consumption of certain foods

Some people only meet one of these factors, and still don’t have cavities. For example, some people eat a lot of sugar and never get cavities. On the other hand, some people eat a balanced diet, but do get them. These people could suffer from poor digestion, even though they might not have any symptoms.

Acidity

Based on how we eat and how well our digestive system functions, we will have pH levels throughout our digestive tract that will produce saliva either capable of fighting germs, or that create the perfect landscape for all types of oral diseases.  Bacteria, therefore, is not the direct cause of cavities.

Foods that can produce acidity

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One tooth, one body

Adults generally have 32 teeth.  Each tooth corresponds to a vertebra in the spine, and each vertebra is connected to an important organ or gland.  This means that if we have cavities in one tooth, it means that one organ is also not functioning as it should.  The canines, for example, correspond to the liver and gallbladder.




The importance of calcium

Calcium is a fundamental mineral in keeping teeth strong, and in preventing cavities.  We can ingest calcium by consuming foods that contain it:

  • Sesame (tahini or sesame pasta, gomashio or sesame salt, sesame oil, etc.)
  • Broccoli (Even better if eaten as broccoli sprouts)
  • Raw, unsalted nuts
  • Kefir (better than yogurt because it is much easier digested, since it is fermented.  You can also make it yourself with goat’s milk.)
  • Seaweed (Preferably organic, so as to avoid any toxic marine residue.)

You can also occasionally take the homeopathic remedy Calcium Fluoride, which will help to better absorb ingested calcium.

A very simple natural remedy

One way to make your mouth more alkaline it to apply a bit of baking soda to your toothbrush.  We do not recommend that you do this daily, nor in large quantities.  But if you do this with some regularity, or after acidic foods or when you notice your gums are inflamed, etc.

Oregano essential oil

Oregano is a potent natural antibiotic.  You can use one drop of essential oil diluted in 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil to rinse or brush your teeth every once in a while.  If the flavor is a bit too strong for you, you can further dilute it with more vegetable oil.

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Natural mouth rinse

You can prepare your own natural mouth rinse with essential oils.

Ingredients:

  • 3 drops of clover essential oil
  • 10 drops of mint essential oil
  • 3 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil
  • 3 drops of thyme essential oil
  • 40 drops of liquor
  • 100 ml of mineral water

Mix and shake all ingredients well.  This mixture can be stored in a cool and dry place.

Avoid mint essential oil if this mouth rinse is for children.

Ocean water rinse

You can find small bottles of purified ocean water in herbal and dietary stores, which can also be used in mouth rinses. Ocean water is very alkaline, and also contains all of the minerals in the periodic table of elements in the exact amounts that our bodies need.

People who live close to clean beaches can collect it directly.  It is important to do this in the morning, preferably avoiding the time of day when people come to play in the water.  Submerge a bottle to the bottom, avoiding collecting water from the top layer, when residues accumulate.

Photos courtesy of ulterior epicure and Fernando Stankruns