by SPENCER ARNOLD
Tooth disease is a process where acids, created by bacteria in your mouth, damage your teeth. When it comes to tooth disease, many people blame plaque. They claim the buildup of plaque causes your tooth enamel to deteriorate and gives you cavities. The reality is plaque only plays a minor role in the progression of tooth decay. The primary factors affecting our teeth are our daily diet and the strength of our tooth enamel.
There is more to preventing tooth disease than brushing and flossing on a regular basis. Many people who brush and floss regularly still get tooth disease!
History of Tooth Disease
Tooth disease has been around for thousands of years. Even ancient mummies have been found to have a few cavities. However, only in the last 200 years has it become a major problem. According to the writings of Weston Price, tooth disease has increased by as much as twenty-fold when people started consuming a manufactured diet of processed sugars and flours. 
In order for tooth disease to occur, we need to have weak tooth enamel and an acidic diet. The introduction of processed flours and sugars have encouraged more acid-producing bacteria to live in our mouth. These bacteria create acids which de-calcify our enamel. Additionally, processed sugars and flour give us less nutrition, making our bone structure and our tooth enamel weaker.
5 Natural Methods of Tooth Disease Prevention
1. Avoid Processed Foods and Sugars
Processed foods and sugars break down into acids in our mouth just a few seconds after we start chewing on them. When the pH (acid levels) in our mouth falls, it starts to decalcify and weaken our tooth enamel. Your mouth can remain acidic for up to one-half hour after you eat. Once your tooth enamel becomes weak, it becomes very susceptible to cavities and periodontal disease. When these cavities form, they quickly become the home to millions of harmful bacteria.
Our mouth contains about 10 billion bacteria. There are more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on this planet! The great news is we get to choose what type of bacteria we want to be present in our mouth based on what we eat. Do we want to have a high amount of disease-causing bacteria? Or do we want healthy bacteria to aid in digestion?
2. Proper Nutrition
In order for bones and teeth to be healthy, they need a lot of calcium and phosphorus. They also need healthy vitamins and minerals. When it comes to being healthy, we often take shortcuts. We often replace a nutritious meal with a quick and easy meal. One good example is breakfast. People used to call breakfast the most important meal of the day. If you are eating healthy, it is. Unfortunately, many people eat sugar cereals for breakfast, causing them to miss out on a lot of vital nutrients that would make their bones and teeth stronger.
The biggest problem with modern dentistry is not stressing enough the importance of proper nutrition. Dentists often overlook the fact that 50% of our teeth are composed of living material, and that bones and teeth often heal themselves naturally.
3. Rinsing Out Your Mouth Regularly
One natural way to ensure your teeth stay strong is to rinse out regularly. After eating sugars, be sure to rinse your mouth out with water. It’s a good idea to swish it around your mouth to get rid of as much of the sugary residue as possible. This gets rid of the damage done to your tooth enamel.
Another great way is to clean your mouth by chewing gum, especially gum containing Xylitol. Xylitol is a non-fermentable type of sugar. It removes bad bacteria out of your mouth and helps bathe your teeth in saliva. Saliva is rich in calcium and phosphate ions. I have personally tested the effects Xylitol, and I found it only took about 10 seconds for Xylitol to restore my mouth back to a normal pH.
4. Miswak Stick or Chewing Toothpicks
For thousands of years, Miswak has been the preferred dental treatment for most people on this planet. It is still a prevalent dental cure for people living in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. This is one of my favorite methods of natural prevention. You can use a tea-tree oil toothpick, or a Miswak chewing stick.
These contain anti-bacterial properties that can kill infections found in cavities. Once you can kill the infection, your teeth can often heal themselves on their own. Regularly chewing on a toothpick or an African chewing stick is a great way to strengthen the roots of your teeth, and your gums as well.
If your dentist tells you that these things don’t work to get rid of cavities, you need to get a new dentist!
5. Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is especially useful for people who have dental disease at or below their gum line. In this part of the tooth, the enamel, called the cementum is especially thin. Oil pulling helps to reduce harmful bacteria in your mouth. It also helps to prevent plaque build up.
Oil pulling works the same way as cleaning soaps. Soaps are basically fats that attract germs in order to clean. Oil pulling attracts germs and bacteria to ‘pull’ them out of your mouth. It cleans your gum line without damaging your gums. Oil pulling has been known to cure problems with bad breath, and helps with gum inflammation. It can also help prevent and reverse tooth disease.
Weston Price. (1939). “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration”. Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. pp xv-xvii., xxiii-xxxv.
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