There is not a person on earth who would not like to know how to prevent cavities. Cavities are for many people the worst part about visiting a dentist. The reality is that preventing tooth decay is not rocket science. Although genetics can play a role in how likely you are to get cavities, the prevention of tooth decay comes down more to discipline and technique than it does anything else.
Tooth decay prevention starts with a good and consistent teeth cleaning regimen. Brushing, flossing, scraping your tongue and using mouthwash are all a very comprehensive start, but here are some lesser known but still effective ways to prevent tooth decay.
1. Try oil pulling.
Oil pulling is a technique used in Ayurvedic medicine. The idea is that you use sesame oil, sunflower oil, or coconut oil almost like a mouthwash. By swishing it in your mouth for between 15 and 20 minutes you are drawing out harmful bacteria and strengthening your teeth. This is something that you can do every day after you wake up, and before you eat.
2. Eat more foods rich in vitamins and minerals.
Believe it or not, there are certain foods that prevent cavities. Having strong and healthy teeth is as much about what you put in to your body to build those teeth as it is about what you do to the outside of the teeth to keep them clean. Vitamins A, D, E, K, and minerals are found in whole food diets rich in raw dairy, wild seafood, leafy greens, and organ meats. While you are eat it, reduce the amount of processed foods and sugar that you consume to keep your teeth healthy.
3. Drink green tea.
Did you know that green tea is naturally high in fluoride, and fluoride protects teeth from decay? Drinking or even swishing green tea in your mouth can also make your breath smell better by inhibiting bacterial growth.
The best way to prevent tooth decay is to do all of the above in combination with visiting your dentist. When your dentist cleans your teeth they scrape away the built up tartar and plaque that can cause cavities and tooth decay. Remember that preventing tooth decay is a holistic process, one that requires good maintenance internally, and externally.