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Is It Possible to Reverse a Cavity?

Posted on 1/25/2019 by Dr. Chapko
Is It Possible to Reverse a Cavity?Cavities are extremely common, and these holes in the mouth can lead to a variety of problems if not treated. However, they are not well understood, especially when it comes to what causes them and how they should be treated. In fact, some researchers even believe that cavities can be reversed if they are detected during an early stage.

Reversing a Cavity through Diet

When it comes to reversing cavities, some researchers believe that diet-related changes help. One recommendation is to remove unnecessary sugars from the diet, while decreasing intake of foods with phytic acid is also recommended. Sugar is especially problematic when it comes to cavities, as the bacteria that lead to decay feasting on sugar.

Reversing a Cavity with Fluoride

Another strategy that may help to reverse cavities is to use fluoride. This mineral prevents tooth decay from progressing, and it can even stop or reverse early tooth decay. Fluoride works to protect the teeth by preventing mineral loss within the enamel and reducing the ability of oral bacteria to make acid. You can get fluoride into your system by drinking from community water supplies or by using a fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash.

Chew Sugarless Gum

In the early days of decay, chewing sugarless gum can also help to prevent and stop cavities. Most sugarless gum varieties contain Xylitol, which reduces plaque formation. The activity of chewing is also beneficial to keep your teeth clean and healthy, as it promotes the production of saliva, which flushes away food particles, debris, and bacteria from the enamel.

These are just a few of the ways that you can help reverse a cavity, but the most important thing to do is to give our office a call. We can examine your cavity to determine the severity of the issue, and then we'll work together to create the best treatment approach.
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