Tooth decay is largely preventable. Here are 12 tips to help you prevent tooth decay. If you follow these rules you should have better dental health and less decay. Tooth decay is like rotting wood. Once it starts it becomes contagious. Treat early for the very best results. Lingering mouth infections can become systemic health problems later down the line with links to autoimmunity and heart problems later in life.

  1. Brush teeth twice a day with a fluoride alkali toothpaste ~ There is a process at play when teeth start decaying and breaking this cycle requires several things a} The mouth needs an alkaline pH > 7, because acid erodes tooth enamel b} Bacteria create the acidic environment in the mouth, the wrong bacteria need to be reduced and replaced. The right bacteria such as Streptococcus salivarus ned to be introduced to create an alkaline environment. c} Sugar feeds bacteria. The more frequently you eat sugar the more this feeds bacteria. Sugar should be taken all in one go when it comes to teeth. Brush or rinse afterwards. The cycle of bacteria, turning the mouth acidic and eroding the enamel can be broken by fluoride and an alkali pH. Fluoride alters the pH towards alkaline and helps the teeth re-enamel. This drtungs-tongue-cleanerprocess of re-enameling occurs only when the mouth is alkaline, so we need to create these conditions. Use #BLIS mouth probiotic for 1 month to get the good bacteria Streptococcus salivarus K12 back in there.
  2. Floss at least once a day ~ Its easy to do this in the shower where you can rinse the floss in between teeth. If you have teeth with large gaps you can also use #Vivi brushes that fit in between as even after flossing more food can often be removed.
  3. Clean your tongue with a tongue scraper ~ This will keep the level of the bacteria in your mouth down and will help with bad breath. Once a day is adequate Try the #DrTung one. Once again doing this in the shower is the easiest.
  4. Reduce the amount and frequency of sugar containing foods and drinks ~ Replace sugar with #Xlitol – a natural sweetener with benefits to teeth and gums. Never drink soft drink or fruit juice. #Liquorice nippits are sweet treats but don’t contain any sugar. #TheSugarDestroyer anaethitises the sweet taste buds in the mouth so if you have sugar cravings this may be of help to you. Bitter foods help with sugar cravings – by tasting them you normalise the taste buds sweet receptors #Bitters
  5. Reduce the amount of acid containing food and drink ~ Acidic foods generally taste Sour and sour foods are acidic. Good for the digestion – bad for the teeth! Rinse with homemade Mouthwash recipe to alkalise after eating sour foods. Many vitamins and minerals also aid the formation of healthy gums and teeth. Vitamin A which is found in #CodLiverOil is involved in the strengthening of the gums. Silica, calcium, vitamin C, zinc, boron also aid in healthy teeth and gum tissue. A good quality multivitamin and mineral tablet will help provide the trace minerals in particular.  #Calcflour tablets may be necessary for some especially small children with tooth decay.
  6. Chew sugar free gum ~ Xylitol & Extra but not bubble gum, PK or juicy fruit as they contain sugar.
  7. Drink plenty of water ~ When you are dehydrated your body turns off salivary glands and reduces the amount of saliva produced in order so preserve fluids.
  8. Stop or reduce smoking – Smoking damages the salivary glands and reduces the amount of saliva produced.
  9. Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake ~ Alcohol and caffeine are diuretics meaning they make the body lose fluid and your body will turn off your salivary glands to save fluid also.
  10. Have deep pitts and fissures on your back teeth sealed or opt for flouride varnish which lasts on the teeth longer.
  11. Visit your dentist once a year ~ Some decay grows fast. Toothache is a sign that you may have a hole. Get this seen to asap. If it goes away on its own it will surely comeback twice as strong when it returns and then it will be further progressed. Save a tooth and save money by going to your dentist more regularly. Root canals are expensive and can sometimes cause problems even after being done.
  12. For toothaches use #Clove oil ~ This is a temporary pain relief and mostly acts as a local anasthetic on the gum surrounding the tooth but it can keep pain at bay until you get that dental booking. You can find #CloveOil at most good healthfood stores including ours. It is strong and needs 1 drop placed on a cotton but and rubbed around the gum. This provides quick relief but careful, it can damage the gum tissue if applied too liberally.

Mouthwash recipe ~ Take a small glass bottle {plastic leeches chemicals} and 3/4 fill with warm water. Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda {alkali} and 1 teaspoon of salt. Top it up with 1/2 cup Vodka or Gin. Add 5 drops of #PeppermintOil. Shake before use. Take 1 mouthful of the Mouthwash and swill for 30 seconds before spitting out.Use after sweet foods or acidic {sour} foods such as fruit.

These notes have been reproduced {and added to} from Stuart Johnson at Church Corner Dental – Thanks Stuart 🙂

Simone Reddington is the founder of the Apothecary, a Medical Herbalist and thinker. She holds a degree in Psychology and is a professional member of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists.