After my mom lost enough teeth to eat properly, her health declined. It was dramatic.
She was negligent when it came to taking care of her teeth.
I wanted to share some realizations I made about tooth decay and one simple thing you can do to make your teeth last longer.
It was so simple that I wondered why it took me so long to realize it. I think if I knew of it sooner, I wouldn't have a single cavity.
It began with an investigation of what causes cavities.
From an article:
"While multiple bacteria play a role in cavities, the primary culprit is a nasty strain of bacteria (streptococcus mutans) that thrives by producing
acid. These evil bacteria make tooth-eating acid as they feed on the carbohydrates they find on teeth. The acid eats away at teeth creating the holes
we call cavities." www.epicdental.com...
"..tooth decay or a cavity, is an infection, bacterial in origin, that causes demineralization and destruction of the hard tissues of the teeth
(enamel, dentin and cementum). It is a result of the production of acid by bacterial fermentation of food debris accumulated on the tooth surface."
"The etiological agent of dental caries is associated with its ability to metabolize various sugars, form a robust biofilm, produce an abundant amount
of lactic acid, and thrive in the acid environment it generates." en.wikipedia.org...
Ok, so what did we learn in science class?
What neutralizes an acid?
Answer: A base!
What is a readily available base that is safe to put into your mouth? - Baking soda!
So all you do is take a small spoonful (like 1/2 tsp) of baking soda into your mouth with a tiny bit of toothpaste when you brush.
The result is dramatic.
My dentist said to me - "I am surprised that you have so little cavities for a person your age. You must have a basic saliva.. not too many people
have basic saliva."
I thought to myself - "No biiaaatch, I use baking soda." .. but didn't say that out loud.
Baking soda creates a basic environment in your mouth so that the bacteria that causes tooth decay cannot thrive. It also neutralizes the acid created
by the bacteria - which is the cause of tooth decay.
Another important thing I realized, since I am a tooth grinder, is the danger of too much Fluoride.
Fluoride hardens your teeth and makes it brittle.
Brittle teeth are more prone to chipping and cracking.
Before my adjustment in how I clean my teeth I got hairline fractures from grinding my teeth or eating something hard.
Nutrients and sugar seep into cracks advancing tooth decay in them.
My solution to this was to decrease my use of fluoride toothpaste by just using a tiny dab. I still used it to take advantage of the tartar
controlling chemicals to break down hard buildup between teeth, and breath freshening mint.
It also abated the loss of tooth surface due to tiny chipping.
Another great adjustment I made was using an Oral B electric brush with a flossing head.
This resulted in less frequent visits to the dentist for a cleaning by reducing buildup on the back side crevices of my teeth.
So there you go, hope this helps.
edit: If you want to get fancy, you can mix in some ground up dried mint leaves and add a little fine sea salt which break up mucus, for a proper
edit on 26-7-2014 by nOraKat because: (no reason given)