When you begin to see signs of decay on your teeth, it is best to take action as soon as possible to avoid potential problems. There are several options to help you treat your tooth damage, depending on the type and extent of the damage. Here are three options to help you.
Cover the Tooth with a Dental Crown
One of your options to treat a tooth that has been severely damaged is to have your dentist, someone like Sunnyside Dentistry for Children-David E Doyle, DDS, cover it with a crown. This method can help protect a tooth that has been damaged by cavities and is weakened so much that the tooth won't be able to remain intact on its own. When your tooth has become cracked and cannot be naturally healed on its own, your dentist can place a crown over its top to remedy the problem.
Crowns are helpful in repairing these types of dental damage because they cover the entire tooth down to your gum line, making the underlying tooth and its damage not visible and completely sealing it to protect it. A durable stainless steel crown can be used to cover your tooth, although there are other options available too. You can opt for a metal crown covered with porcelain to make it match the surrounding teeth. There are also resin and all-porcelain crowns as other options for a natural-looking crown to repair the damaged tooth.
Adjust Your Diet to Promote Tooth Healing
You can also try to heal your teeth naturally, just as the bones in your body can heal. According to the studies of Dr. Weston Price, grains, seeds, nuts, and legumes contain stored phosphorous that our bodies can't use because of the mineral's molecular make-up. These unusable compounds are called phytates.
When you eat the foods that are phytates, or contain phytic acid molecules, the molecules bind to other minerals in your foods, such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and calcium. This causes your body to not absorb the phosphorous and slows the absorption of the other minerals. Because these minerals are important for the health of your teeth, eating these foods daily can cause your body to lose calcium and your teeth to lose their mineral structure and begin to decay.
Additionally, high phosphorous fertilizer used to grow many crops today increases the amount of phytic acid in foods even more. This causes more calcium loss and lower absorption in your body of tooth health-promoting minerals. Some foods that contain the highest amounts of phytic acid include seeds, nuts, bran, oatmeal, and soybeans.
To help the remineralization of your teeth, it is recommended to eat a diet high in meat and other proteins, healthy fats, such as coconut oil and pastured butter, vegetables, and bone broth. It is important to avoid grains, beans, and nuts. You can eat some fruits, but it is recommended to limit the amount you eat, along with starchy root vegetables, such as sweet potatoes.
Remineralize Your Teeth with Homemade Tooth Paste
Another option to help treat and repair tooth damage is to make and use a natural remineralizing tooth paste to help your teeth heal from their outside. To make your own tooth paste, you will need:
- 5 parts calcium carbonate powder
- 2 parts baking soda
- 3 parts xylitol powder
- 3 to 5 parts coconut oil
- Your choice of essential oils to improve the taste of your tooth paste
First, combine the calcium carbonate powder, baking soda, and xylitol powder. Begin adding coconut oil, one part at a time until your paste reaches the right consistency. Keep in mind, the warmer your tooth paste's environment is, the runnier the paste will become. This is also true if it is in a cold environment, your paste will be much firmer.
Store your tooth paste in a jar with a lid, or buy a reusable, squeezable toothpaste container, which you can find online and in most herbal stores. Use this tooth paste daily as you would use a store-bought tooth paste, but to help remineralize your teeth while you clean them.
You can use these three options to help you treat and repair your tooth damage.