A break down of the formation of cavities:
1. High intake of acid forming foods and other harmful activities that lead to a poor inner environment within the mouth:
Processed foods, meat, dairy, starchy, sugary foods, soda, artificial sweeteners and chemicals, smoking of all kinds, chewing tobacco, oral sex, chewing ice, popping mints and other breath fresheners frequently etc.
2. Not cleaning the mouth properly after eating and other oral activities. Bacteria present in the mouth then converts the foods and debris into acids:
Angling your toothbrush at 45 degrees so the top edge of the bristles gets your upper gums and again, the bottom edge of the bristles get your lower gums, and tracing your gum lines with a toothpick breaks up bacterial colonies that have built up from the food deposits found stuck in your teeth.
3. The acid from the acid forming foods and other debris combines with saliva and forms plaque.
Alkalizing the mouth through the diet and special remineralizing tonics changes the environment of the mouth from acidic to alkaline, preventing the build up of plaque due to the environment of our natural biological terrain.
4. Plaques can easily lead to enamel and dentin corrosion, forming dental caries- tooth decay/ cavities.
This is when it is time to rebuild from our bones outward, and become conscious of the environment of our mouth and body.
Neem, Licorice, Miswaak and Oregon Grape Root are good examples of highly effective antibacterial chewing sticks and roots. They keep the mouth fresh and clean and can reduce bacterial colonies and stop gum infections.
Herbal remedies: a well known herb in Ayurveda for treating cavities and oral hygiene is Amla, or Indian Goose Berry. Bilberry and Hawthorn berries also have a similar effect. All three of these berries are high in vitamin C and support oral hygiene and connective tissue health. Teeth in Ayurveda are also considered bone tissue so all herbs that would help rebuild bones: yellow dock root, turmeric root, Bala, cinnamon bark, clove bud, fenugreek, horsetail, oatstraw, nettle leaf, alfalfa leaf, root vegetables.
Oil pulling is a wonderful way to pull out toxins from within the head and body, alkalize the environment, remove plaque and bacterial colonies and the like! For extra strength you can add a teaspoon of turmeric and 1 drop of organic clove bud essential oil for extra anti microbial action. Clove oil is rich in minerals such as calcium, hydrochloric acid, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and vitamin A, vitamin C and has a powerful compound call 'eugenol.' Clove's anti microbial and anti-septic properties makes it perfect for treating cavities, bleeding gums, bad breath, tooth ache, sore gums, and mouth ulcers. Turmeric also helps whiten teeth.
Switching to a natural toothpaste: Toothpaste doesn’t necessarily need to foam. Surfactants cause the foaming and are usually harmful to or health. Not to mention the high fluoride and other unnatural chemicals found in commercial toothpastes. Toothpaste also doesn’t even need to be sweet! Again artificial sweeteners cause an acidic environment. You can find a lovely selection at your local natural food and health stores. You can even make our own herbal tooth powder at home! Neem powder, baking soda, salt, clay, activated charcoal, cinnamon, xylitol, a couple of drops of myrrh and/or clove essential oil etc. are all good ingredients to make your own powdered toothpaste!
Gum massage: seed oils like sunflower, mustard and sesame, with sesame being the best for oral hygiene with some added rock salt creates a perfect gum massage remedy. Get the oil and rock salt in the mouth and use your finger to massage the salt crystals into the gums. This strengthens gums and enamel, can combat pyorrhea , swollen gums, toothache, bleeding gums, and creates an alkaline environment, stopping the formation of acids which lead to an over abundance of bacteria which leads to plaque.
Gargling with high concentration of minerals. Minerals form an alkaline environment in the mouth. They also supply the teeth with what they might need to rebuild. This can also be done with mountain salts like Himalayan pink salt, and Yellowstone salt. I recommend staying away from sea salt as there are more and more micro plastics found in ocean salts these days. There are a couple of brands of remineralizing mouth rinses. You can also get your hands on concentrated trace minerals to make your own.
There are also deeper factors as to why our oral hygiene may be a constant struggle, Banyan Botanicals has an interesting blog post that may resonate with you. Google search: Banyan Botanicals, the colon-bone connection